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Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,110 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,110
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 28
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shiner Holiday Cheer
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "325 13 A-1P 08:32" (I have no idea what that means or how fresh it is. I hope that's not the 325th day of 2013!)
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Who would have expected a dunkelweizen to be the holiday beer from a brewery in Texas? Well that makes perfect sense given the long history of German-immigrant brewers in Texas, and that of the Spoetzl Brewery as well (since 1909). Of course, there's really nothing traditional about this beer either as it's brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans as well!

It doesn't exactly look like a "Bavarian-style dark wheat" considering that it's quite clear (I guess it's a kristalweiss), and it has a pretty standard sized head of yellowed khaki. With that said, it's medium-light in body with a fairly moderate carbonation that leaves it silky smooth across the tongue. It looks to me like a Munich dunker, or a dark Vienna lager, but it doesn't matter anyway because once you get to the taste you'll realize that the designation doesn't matter, this is a beer that doesn't really fit any style category.

You can smell the peach in the nose. It's juicy and bright, and it appears in the flavor as well, but not all of the time. Each sip gives you a little bit of a different take on it, sometimes revealing more of the pecan, sometimes more of the malt, and sometimes more of that great peach flavor (probably depending on how much you bring into your mouth, and how long you let it sit before swallowing it). It finishes dry with a toasty, ashen edge.

It's unique, and you've got to give them credit for originality. Additionally, I feel all of the components work together, and stand out at least a little bit on their own. It's balanced by a firm bitterness, and it's pretty nicely polished. It's certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Nov 05, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev -6.2%

LoganMc, Nov 05, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +20.9%

Bossgalaga1977, Nov 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Fabiand, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%

Yay! Holiday!

A : Pours a two fingered fluffy head, brown cranberry body. 3.75/5.

S : wet smells, like a wet towel, with cling peaches and spice. Aroma is faint though. 3.5/5.

T : pecan. Nutmeg. Faint Peach Pie with spices. Malted barley. Hop at the end. Pretty good cornucopia. 3.75/5.

M : lightly creamy, carbonated. Ends nippy and tart. 3.25/5.

O : I'd have it again, but i probably wouldn't buy it again. Nice change of pace. 3.41/5.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Nov 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

BabaBeer, Nov 04, 2014
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

Nicifox, Nov 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

Reggiestank, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Acubflem, Nov 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Doublicious, Nov 02, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

I was prepared to be disappointed, since their bock, the only other Shiner beer I've had, is a poor example of that style. But I was pleasantly surprised with this one. And, for the price, (a little more than 2 dollars for a 24 oz bottle), it is one of the tastiest beers I've had. After guzzling this one, I'm going back for more.

Davideo, Nov 01, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Pro_Magnon, Nov 01, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

brobst, Oct 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

Love the fruity notes of this beer.

kathryn320, Oct 31, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -25.7%

Hoppup, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of donspublic
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

Always look forward to this coming out. First time I tried it, I was kind of like no not really, but once I got it on tap it changed my mind. If you get it in a bottle find something to pour it in as it improves as it breaths. The peach and pecan are right there in your face. Best experience with this beer was on a rooftop bar when it was snowing :)

donspublic, Oct 29, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +6.2%

Devin_McDevinson, Oct 29, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -4%

Ryanpro, Oct 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Oct 28, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +14.1%

dbunch21, Oct 27, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +14.1%

bmoney68, Oct 26, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +0.6%

italiaboy85, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

LennyBound, Oct 24, 2014
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

Samjenks2, Oct 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

DeadeyeOTDO, Oct 22, 2014
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.