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Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Holiday CheerShiner Holiday Cheer

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BA SCORE
80
good

910 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.28%


Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Atlas1 on 10-26-2008)
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angelmonster

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 1/2 inch off white head.Beer is dark brown with minimal lacing through out.

Very nice smell of sweet peaches and some malts afterwards. Wish I could get this beer as an air freshener.

Tastes of roasted malts, peach and some hops at finish.A bit of metallic taste towards end. Not your typical dunkelweizen.

Mouth feel is light with a smooth finish. Mid to high carbonation and a slight bitter after taste.

Drink ability is great. Overall good seasonal beer, another solid product from shiner, one of my favorite winter seasonal beers even though its not your typical winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 06:51:31 | More by angelmonster
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

Really, this beer should be viewed as an American Dark Wheat as it shares virtually nothing in common with a dunkelweizen. It's not that it's a bad dunkel, it's just that it simply IS NOT a dunkel. That being said, I'm rating this as a flavored wheat and not a dunkelweizen.

A - Perfectly clear, with a rust colored hue. Off white head rises between a finger and two. Retention is fairly short, no lace.

S - Huge peach aroma, as if one had been freshly sliced. Not much noticable malt or hop character but I believe the roasted pecans are pulling through somewhat.

T - A sweetness comes on at first with some of the roasted pecan flavor. The brew dries out a bit and sourness from the wheat malt makes an appearance. Mid palate sees a spike in the peach flavor, which tapers quickly into a sourness and earthy, almost metallic bitterness.

M - Fairly light bodied with lively carbonation. High carbonation and light body works well with the peach character, but does little to enhance the malt profile.

D - The peach is definitely the focus of this beer but it isn't overpowering. A simple beer overall, but certainly tasty. One of Shiner's better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 06:24:45 | More by PatrickJR
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Goliath

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown/dark amber color with some ruby hues in the light. A large inch and a half light tan head forms on top and lingers with decent retention leaving no lace behind.

This beer is incredibly fragrant, and I think I like it. As soon as you open the bottle you get hit in the face with fruit, and even with the glass sitting a little over a foot away, I can still smell it. That peach they used in the brewing definitely comes through and add a wonderful fruit quality that dominates the nose. Actually, I really can't get past the peach, so as much as I like the nose, I'm disappointed that I can't get some familiar characteristics.

The taste is ok. Again, the peach takes a dominant role, and I'm not opposed to it. It's certainly a nice twist on a traditional Dunkelweizen. The malted wheat has a soft characteristic, kind of grainy but not a whole lot going on with it. I don't get the pecans at all. The peach dominates the flavor profiles as well as the nose. Sigh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of lively small bubbled carbonation. Very crisp on the palate.

Drinkability is moderate. A tasty beer, but the overbearing peach flavor will definitely limit the consumption of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 21:53:51 | More by Goliath
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blakesell

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz twist off bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Beer pours reddish brown and bold looking with still enough clarity to see the light through with a solid finger of head that quickly dies. Lacing does persist on the sides of the glass and it is a very good looking beer.

Smell- Wow. I really didn't expect to smell the peaches and pecans that thickly in the scent. The peaches are the most peach I've smelled in a beer since Lindemans Peche, and the pecans are nutty and roasty, very thick on the nose, really a surprise that it also smells like beer with hops and malt in there as well. I would call out off flavors, but they all seem to back up nuts and fruit which are in the brew as well. Very interesting and I don't know what to make of this beer.

Taste- Neat! The peach carries over very highly right into the taste as well. I'm not so sure about dunkelweizen although there does seem to be some wheat content. I can catch the pecans as well on the finish, but not upfront. This is the most interesting winter beer I've had this year to be certain. Malts are thick enough to make it a fairly smooth drinking beer. I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it at this point.

Mouthfeel- Mouthfeel is very corn macro swill like, the finish isn't quite where I would want it to be. the body is about medium and I would have to say the carbonation is slightly overcarbonated.

Drinkability- This is a really hard one on drinkability, it's one you have to try just to sample those flavors, but it may not exactly be your cup of tea. After drinking the whole beer, I'm still not exactly sure if I like it or not. There are good and bad aspects to this beer. That said, I'm glad I have a six pack to re-evaluate at my leisure.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 20:15:42 | More by blakesell
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Bagman007

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice ruby amber colored appearance.

S- Can smell peaches and an overall citrus scent with a hint of hops. Kind of smells like a Capri Sun.

T- Definitely a fruit beer, but the peach taste is suprisingly not as strong as I thought it would be. Can taste some spices with a slightly hoppy finish.

M- Has a slight fruit punch feel to it, but it goes down smoothly. Not too hoppy at all.

D- Very drinkable. More drinkable than most fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 04:39:39 | More by Bagman007
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armock

New York

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a nice ruby mahogany color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Has a very peachy smell some malt sweetness

T - Has a sweet malt start then the blast of peach flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This isn't a bad beer as long as its pretty cool but as it gets warmer the peaches come out all that much more until its almost undrinkable but its worth trying as long as its cool

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 01:16:40 | More by armock
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heath1agnew

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

gives me about a one finger head that disappears pretty quickly. has an appealing amber color to it, and carbonation is visible.

smells of peach nectar really...i can't pick up much else. but yes it smells pretty good.

the taste is not nearly as sweet as i would expect. a bit bitter with a sweet finish, but for sure not too sweet.

the mouthfeel is a little to carbonated for me. but other than that i don't mind it.

i would say the drinkability is easily there on this brew.

Oh i just thought i would add that i found out the ABV is 5.4

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 18:27:54 | More by heath1agnew
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cadenwhitaker

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with peaches? Did they add anything else? I'm not a big fan of overly fruit beers and this one is really, really fruity. Halfway through it and has more in common with a B&J Fuzzy Navel Wine Cooler then a beer.

Despite that... it isn't awful. I managed to finish the entire bottle but I'm glad I didn't buy a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 01:16:53 | More by cadenwhitaker
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This holiday offering pours a rich, dark ruby-tinged brown color with a bubbly head of light cocoa foam about two-fingers high. Active carbonation bubbles and spotty lacing in the glass. Poor head retention.

The nose is like liquid peaches - very fruity, with hints of pear, honey and very subtle spices. The nose reminds me of the syrup in canned fruit more than anything.

The palate offers a very fruity punch right up front, but isn't as sweet as the nose would have you believe. There is a rather nice balance of peachy sweetness and nutty dryness going on here. I detect ever-so-slight hop bitterness and a subtle roasted malt character that counters the fruitiness of this beer rather well.

This is a medium bodied wheat beer with very ample carbonation - maybe slightly over-attenuated - and a dry, slightly bitter finish.

A very drinkable holiday beer, and a nice change of pace from the heavier "barley-based" beers of winter. I would have liked to have seen a bit more spice in the beer and just a bit less carbonation. Having said that, though, this beer exceeded my expectations quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 16:47:34 | More by beerphilosopher
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/22/2008 (bottle):

Pours a clear dark brown-reddish color body. Big cream colored head, somewhat diminishing. Strong aroma of peaches, some dark malts. Almost like an acidic aroma. Peachy, pecany taste, medium body. Tasty, peachy aftertaste. Nice grainy taste, maybe wheat or something. Nice fruity taste from the peaches. Somewhat carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 18:41:01 | More by jujubeast6000
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KI9A

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried to like this beer, but, having a hard time putting Christmas & peaches together in my head. peaches around here are a mid summer treat.

A: NIce, appealing mahogany/ruby red color, puffy head, and nice retention/lacing.

S: Big whiff of peach. Some maltyness. Almost like sniffing a peach iced tea.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Both from peach juice, and the sweetness of the malts & dark wheat. Peach beer is working for at all..

M: Slick and easy. No bitterness, no metallic aftertaste.

D: Well, what my initial sentence stated. Having a hard time wrapping my mind around peaches, and Christmas. Not working. This, however, would be a great beer to fall back on on a hot July afternoon, something different than my normal Saison/Kolsch/wit habit.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 02:00:39 | More by KI9A
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

POurs a beautiful head with excellent lacing and an ruby color. It's a little light, but I don't care so much about color as I do head retention.

Smell is of peaches and mangos. It's a huge whiff of fruit and I like it.

Taste has a little bit of dry tannins and the fruit gives off a little bit of an off bitter flavor. This beer is a little astringent and has some tannin problems that interfere with the awesomeness that should be there from the fruit. There is also a hint of DMS in there as well.

AS THE BEER WARMS it becomes loads and loads better. The fruit blends nicely with the beer and everything comes together.

Let this beer warm up. After it does it becomes a refreshingly crisp beer with a huge peach flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 03:49:20 | More by jasonjlewis
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LordofTime25

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a amber orange with a thick off white head. Leaves good lacing due to head staying for most of the drinking experiance!

Smells very fruity like peaches, pears, apricots, and maybe some honey. Very Nice!

Taste a peachiness and a hint of the peacans or some other nut.

Medium body with low carbonation and a dry finish!

A very easy drinking beer! Very Nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:13:33 | More by LordofTime25
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Pear, honey, apricot & peach juice

T: Apricot, dryness, nuttyness, oakyness & green apples up front. Peach juice, comes through as it warms, plus more nuttyness. Finishes dry, fruitty & with oaky notes. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy, this an Americanized dunkleweizen. I could drink a few before moving on. Probably on the better brews I've had from these guys

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 05:17:28 | More by russpowell
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scottblaze

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent amber, short lived head, the lacing is..so...so. Interesting smell, a little vanilla, a little molases, and something I can't quite put a finger on...maybe it is peaches, yeah peaches...well,..imagine that. The flavour of this little brew caught me off guard, expecting peaches, I was not disappointed but where are the pecans?...oh well. The peach is very nice against a nice malty, slightly bitter backdrop.... it pushes my button. Mouthfeel is decent and drinkability very good.

I found this to be a balanced and interesting brew. Tweak it a little, lighten it little and bingo!.. you could have a delightful summer refresher.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 00:55:35 | More by scottblaze
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shiner Holiday Cheer

This beer pours a beautiful dark brown with a ruby haze, with just a small amount of translusency. Large off white head, with great retention.

Aroma is very unique. Unlike one I've ever smelled before. A blend of insane amounts of ripe peaches, cherries, sweet sundried raisans, sugary vanilla wafferrs, light melted dark chocolate, a touch of sticky honey, and hazlenut creme. Fantastic aroma. Reminds me of peach ice cream in a way. Very fragrant and sweet, yet no where near cloying. A++

Taste is a combonation of rich chocolate malt and a light spiciness. Upfront, the malt grasps a hold of the palate. Sweet chocolate, succulent peaches, and fig. Along with some spiciness of light rosemary, and nutmeg, and light florals near the end to balance. Overall balance is great with none of the flavor notes being overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it works.
Drinkability is only average, due to it's sweet nature.

A tasty treat from Shiner. Absolutely amazing aroma, and great taste. Not quite as good as Shiner Black, but this one is unique and one of a kind. Nothing like this one, so check it out folks!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 23:35:27 | More by HoustonTX
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Onslow

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

wow, I was very surprised on how much i enjoyed this. Pours a dark brown-ruby colour .. stable head, covers the top like a blanket .. dark semi-sweet malt and lots of peach, fresh and burnt, nice! ... very drinkable, with just a touch of bitterness on the finish... thank god, this beer is actually really nice! .. a great beer for the weird texas winter?

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 18:01:27 | More by Onslow
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OverToad

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a case of this at the Sam's in Grapevine, TX.

I thought at first after reading the label I might be turned off by peaches. I don't know if it's the batch I bought or not, but I can't really detect any peaches in it or it could be just a great balance that I can't detect it.

It pours a great color of a deep red.

Smell is very good which reminds me of Shiner.

Taste is very good. I like this brew best out of all the Shiner beers. Very crisp with spices.

I knocked out two of these right off the bat. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 00:20:40 | More by OverToad
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BeanBone

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany with a stunning amber highlights and a creamy, craggy head that leaves wonderful lacing. This is a very pretty beer.

Aroma: Sweet peach, like that of peach yogurt, masks just about all other aromas. There's some beer down there if you keep sniffing, but you have to pull a lot of peach aside.

Taste: Luckily, this isn't the sugary peach yogurt beer that the aroma warned of. Instead, you find a complex, if a little thin, malty body with decent bitterness in the finish. I'm not sure if it's roasted pecan I'm getting necessarily, but the beer does has a pleasing nuttiness. Peach is certainly here, and in full force, but it compliments the beer instead of smothering it. I would never have thought of a peach infused Dunkelweizen (at least while sober), but it works. While it may taste a little thin in the mouth, the aftertaste is quite nutty and hangs with you for a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slick, oily feel that coats your mouth. A bit fizzier than I prefer, but it doesn't spoil the beer.

Drinkability: Provided you don't hate peaches, this is an easy beer to drink. It goes down smooth and tastes pretty damn good.

Verdict: Between this and Shiner Dunkelweizen, it's no contest: Holiday Cheer just doesn't measure up. But that's not a fair way to rate the beer. Viewed objectively, this is a nice middle-of-the-road Dunkelweizen with an interesting splash of Peach. It fits well into Shiner's portfolio of beers stuck in a bizarre purgatory between macro and micro. I'm still not sure what peach has to do with Christmas, but I'm willing to look past that here.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 21:01:15 | More by BeanBone
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HardTarget

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Dark brown with thick clear edges. A creamy tan head gives up some wispy lacing.

S) Great peach nectar aroma tops a toasted bread base with a hint of hops. Nice level on the fruit.

T) The peach is a bit heavy in the taste, giving a bit of a syrup element that's a bit overdone. The fruit overpowers any subtle underlying elements for me.

M) A bit fizzy, medium light body, lingering finish.

D) Flavorful, festive, not a bad beer and I'm glad I got the 6'er. High marks for creativity, but I would like to see the peach dialed down a mark or three.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 00:10:25 | More by HardTarget
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tburkhart

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams glass

Pours a nice, rich caramel with some hardcore lacing. Head sits nicely on top of the beer the entire way.

Per the bottle, this beer is brewed with peaches and pecans. The peaches come through heavy on both the nose and the palate. Can't detect much pecan if any.

Tastes of peaches.

Not Shiners best work, but a very easy drinking Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 01:10:16 | More by tburkhart
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TexIndy

Texas

2.08/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info but new seasonal so it's fresh) into a pint glass. It was mahogany color with some carb and slight lacing. It has a good sized light beige head that took awhile to fade.

The was peach, peach and more peach. Never really got a whiff of the underlying base beer. I like peaches but this was too much. Same for the taste. Very one dimensional and cloying. It also clashed with the base flavor.

Overall, nasty and a drain pour. One and done. Very glad I got a single instead of a sixer. Another sub-par effort from Shiner - a faded Texas icon. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 01:08:42 | More by TexIndy
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weizen glass to a redish copper color, and a very good tan head. The smell is very apparent that peaches are used. In fact, along with the taste, peaches are being overused. So much that this really should be catagorized as a fruit beer.

Of the new releases in 2008 from Shiner, I'd have to say this is the best one. But I liked their Dunkelweizen the way it was. I'd also like to have less peach and more pecan flavor in this beer.

This will be the last 6'er I buy of this. There are just far too many better winter/christmas beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 00:41:03 | More by whoneeds8
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beeragent

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a deep amber, forming a good 1 inch head, leaving light spots of lace that slide down the glass.

S - Strong peach aroma dominates the nose. Detection of anything else is minimal.

T - Strong taste of peach up front, followed by a hint of wheat malt, and a very noticeable nutty finish in the flavor. Highly enjoyable!

M - Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation.

D - Great flavor, low alcohol, and smooth drinkability makes this a very holiday sessionable ale. With that said, its almost impossible to view this as a dunkelweizen. I dont see many traits of a dunkelweizen in this beer, and IMO should be considered a fruit beer. Highly drinkable and delicious!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 01:45:04 | More by beeragent
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose is highly peachy with spicy notes. Smells kind of like a fruit-flavored soda - almost like peach Fresca, only more peaches-and-creamy.

Pours a dark caramel color, good clarity, mild foamy head.

First sip shows some bitterness and soft peachy, creamy, fruity flavors. A little malt, mild dry roast notes and drop of caramel sweetness. Splash of floral hop. More bitterness acts like a mechanical hum white nose in the background. Deeper peach notes - some sips really come close to the feeling of the wonderful canned peaches I love. I can't really detect the pecan (pronounced 'pee-can', not 'pa-con' round here), but I do get some dry, oily, nutty notes that I attribute more the malt than actual nuts. Then again, I don't think I've ever had a beer with real nuts in it so I can't say. Deeper sweetness, and the bitterness subsides for the most part. Medium body with syrupy feeling (think 'peaches with medium syrup') and moderate carbonation. Perhaps the creaminess is from the wheat?

What a funny thing to come from Shiner. I love the idea, and the beer's not bad either. It's fun and different and, well, peachy! Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 01:32:54 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.