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Shiner Holiday Cheer | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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386 Reviews
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3.53
pDev:
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Shiner Holiday CheerShiner Holiday Cheer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Atlas1 on 10-26-2008

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Photo of david131
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, clear blood red liquid with numerous streams of rising carbonation. The light brown head is thin, but has good coverage and retention.

S- Raspberries, cranberries, oranges, cherries, and grapes. Smells like a unique, sweet fruit punch. Aromatic and appealing.

T- Not nearly as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Some of the fruitness I found in the aroma with a nice malt backing. Rather simple, actually.

M- A nice little bit from the carbonation. Pretty clean on the finish with just the slightest hint of astringency.

D- A unique beer that drinks a lot easier than the aroma indicates.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber to light brown and perfectly clear, great head that lasted a bit and left nice lace.

Smell is very peachy, pungently fruity with a little bit of malt and yeast but no hops.

Taste isn't as good as the smell, it's a bit overly peachy, almost like syrup was added rather than fresh peaches. Tons of caramel malt finish it out.

Body is nice, full but easily drinkable and pretty satisfying.

Interesting but not something I'd drink more than a sixer of during the holidays. Still, it's not bad.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served on tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a dimpled house mug, showing an even mahogany hue. It held a creamy, tan head standing one finger tall, leaving patterned wisps of lacing as it bubbled away at a moderate pace. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave fruitiness of pomegranate and strawberry, cinnamon and clovey spice, sourdough breadiness, tart candied raspberries, sugary Twizzler sweetness, roasted wheat and brown maltiness, and lemon iced tea tannins. With warmth came a cleansing wave of authentic apricot and prune juice sweetness. Our first impression was that the depth of spice and grain gave the flavoring a decidedly Christmasy flair of warmth and balanced togetherness. As we sipped, the taste opened up with bubblegum ester sweetness, freshly churned butter, basement mustiness, molasses, cranberry fruitiness, cereal and caramel grain, and roasty fig pudding spiciness. The middle came to a peak with lemon and orange flesh and peel, bright phenolic clove, gingerbread cookies, black tea tannins, burnt caramel grain, and raw wheaty and brown malts. The end lighten a bit, with creamy vanilla softness, apple cinnamon fruitiness, deeply cooked caramel sugars, soured dried grassiness, lemon pith, white sugar, soft soapy hops, phenolic chemical cleanliness, and almond oiliness. The aftertaste breathed of chai and black tea tannins, herbal essence shampoo, strawberry wine cooler, white grape and plum skins, cereal and caramel graininess, orange peel, and distant herbal hops. The body sat on the full side of medium, while carbonation was lighter. Each sip gave decent slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with slower glug. The mouth was left initially coated and creamy, but this faded into more comforting toastiness and warmth, especially as the beer came to temperature. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. This, as with the mouthfeel, enhanced with each further degree that the liquid warmed. We were then better able to appreciate the nuances of the fruity inclusions, and the inherent spiciness of the grain bill. These lent to each other well, for a balanced, blended experience. We felt much the same way about the flavoring, with fair representation from each corner. This is really what being a Christmas beer should be all about, with richness, depth, warmth, and a touch of fun. All of this, actually, might make it harder for one to indulge all by themselves, as at points we wished we had smaller pours, but that just lends itself to the spirit of the holiday, so go find someone to share this tasty beer with.

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

A: Deep copper, with nice clarity and light carbonation. A soapy orange tinged cap has OK retention, but leaves little lace.

S: Peaches and nuts; especially the peaches, come through strong. There's a light baked bread aroma in the background that combines with the other aromas to give the beer a peach cobbler effect.

T: The peach theme continues. The beer is fruity, yet not too sweet, which is an interesting accomplishment. The pecans add a nutty dryness. Bitterness is very low and doesn't add any real flavor. A toasted bread flavor hangs in the rafters.

M: The medium-light body is somewhat dry and grainy. Carbonation feels about right.

D: If it were me, I would have filed this beer under Winter Warmer, as the peach and nut character are the true centerpiece, not the very faint weizen flavors. Overall, quite drinkable. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of bashiba
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice dark amber with bright copper highlights and a lingering tan head with some mild lacing.

Smell like a bowl of peaches and cream.

Taste like a very muted peach with just a hint of caramel malt and with a bit of a coppery metallic finish. Typical fruit beer to much fruit not enough beer.

The mouthfeel is light and thin.

Another boring fruit beer, where is all the Dunkelweizen goodness.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of from Totowa for the holidays, not having a beer from Shiner in quite a long time. I didn't think that this was a Dunkelweizen when I first poured it out, as it was clear and not indicative of being full of wheat. As a seasonal, this was fine on its own but there wasn't a lot of body or aroma to this and this tasted quite a bit like the Bock and the other beers that I've enjoyed from Shiner in the past.

The pour to this was what I expected, with a clear nutty hue, somewhat frothy head, and lots of carbonation. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but the pecans were certainly there and there was a slight Bock or Weizenbock feel to it. This was repeated in the mouthfeel to some extent, as the peaches same out a bit more along with the heavy carbonation and somewhat fruity undertone to this. Very little banana and no wheat to be found and the consistency of this was light, even though it felt a bit creamy. The body had some malt in it but not enough to compensate for the aforementioned lack of wheat.

Thankfully, the alcohol was low and hardly detectable and I could have had a few more in a sitting had I bought more than one bottle. The roasted nuttiness wasn't as strong as I would have liked but had it been, this would have felt like a Brown Ale. As it was, this was enjoyable on its own even though it paled in comparison to its more highly-rated European counterparts. Some may feel like this is a lighter version of the Shiner Bock but for the holidays, this would be a good choice as a lighter alternative to what's currently on the shelf.

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Photo of budgood1
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a clear auburn colour with a respectable tan head that sticks a bit and stays a bit longer. light wisps of lace, too. aroma of peaches and popcorn....something i don't think i've ever experienced before in a beer. taste is good deal more of the peaches with a slight hint of roasted nuts, mingling nicely with the sweetness of the malts used. there is some underlying weizen notes of lemon and some spice which actually gives the overall flavour profile some depth and legitimacy. light mouthfeel with a medium at best body provides an easy drinking, yet sort of underwhelming performance. finishes on the dry side which helps things out because if this concoction was sweet and cloying it would be a lot less enjoyable. therefore drinkability is fairly decent.

overall, i don't hate it but do not necessarily like it too much, either. for a winter/holiday/x-mas ale it's interesting but not something i think i would want to revisit or look forward to every year.

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Photo of bmwats
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles slowly. Very spotty lacing.

S: Sourdough, peach, and mango

T: Light grain, with hints of tropical fruit.

M: Light body. A little bitter and pungent.

D: A little of a sipping brew, although not much resistance.

Atmosphere is decent. Dark hue, foamy head, very slight lacing. Nose is pungent bread with plenty of fruit. Light bready flavor accentuated with tropical fruit. A little bitter and pungent. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of bump8628
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

It pours up with 2 fingers of light tan foam that settles into a fizzle of lace that holds on to the copper/brown body.

The aroma is pleasing with a dominant smell of overripe peaches backed by toasty malt and pecans.

After the aroma the taste is quite a letdown. The artificial-tasting peach completely overrides the other aspects of the beer. The pecan is barely perceptible followed by some grainy wheat. Some hop bitterness hangs around on the back of the palate. The more I drink it the more muddled the flavors become. It's pretty sweet and the non-beer flavors that abound in this beer severely hurt the drinkability.

I must admit, peach isn't a flavor I'm fond of in beer. I'm glad I only bought a single bottle of this. I applaud the creative spin on a holiday beer, but it's just not my bag.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a nice clear dark copper color with a slight hint of ruby red. A cream colored head dissipates to an even film. Sticky, watery lacing. The beer smells tremendous, because you can really smell peaches here. Again, peaches dominate, but it's got enough of a caramel malt presence to help, sort of. It's overbearingly sweet, and peachy. The mouthfeel is smooth, perhaps a tad watery. Overall, this is a weird one. It's just too sweet! And peachy! I don't equate peaches with Holiday Cheer in any way, but I do realize this beer is a regional thing. It's fun to have one, but a 6 pack? yikes.

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Photo of soju6
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, fruit which is mostly peaches with some grain and nuts in the background.

T: has a fruity sweet flavor dominated by peach with some grain and nuts. There is a nice bitterness in the background and a slightly sticky finish.

F: Light body, smooth, but too sweet.

O: Not what I enjoy in a holiday beer, but a good novelty beer for non-craft beer drinkers.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep dark mahogany brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a thin collar and a good deal of lacing upon the surface of the beer. This is a very clean and clear looking dunkle.

S- There's a strong wheaty nuttiness to the aroma that I can only guess is the pecans blending in with the natural aromas from the dunkleweizen. There is some faint peach in the finish that is similar to the aroma of peach tea. Some brown sugar notes as well.

T- There is a nice wheat maltiness up front with some strong pecan notes. The malts are followed immediately by a sweet peach flavor that is once again somewhat similar to peach tea. The finish consists of a slightly malty wheatiness similar to many dunkles with some brown sugar notes added in. Peach is definitely the most pronounced flavor throughout the whole beer.

M- Lighter bodied with a good deal fo carbonation despite the poor display of head retention,. Crisp with a somewhat prickly carbonation.

O- This is an incredibly unique and funky take on a Christmas beer, or even a dunklewizen in general. Indeed, this is the most unique dunkleweizen I have ever had. Maybe it's a "Texas" thing, but nothing about this beer really says "Christmas" to me. For this reason I find it funny when people tell me that this beer is a bad "winter warmer". OF course it's a bad winter warmer, because it's NOT ONE. The disappointing thing about this beer is that it is really not sessionalbe (at least for me). This is more of a 1 and done kind of beer which is really unfitting considering how low of an ABV it has. Still, kudos on your creativity shiner and making a beer that slightly stands out from the rest during the holiday season.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Pecan-brown colored with a one-fingered head
S: Sweet wheat, a bit nutty, definitely peachy but it doesn't quite balance out
T: Tons of sweet peach. Too sweet, though. Some malt in the background but this is more like peachy candy rather than fresh peaches
M: Don't drink this before seeing the dentist... but schedule an appointment after you do
O: On paper the peach & pecan combo should work quite well but in practice it tastes candied and the sweetness is out of balance

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body has a dark garnet red color with visible carbonation inside. The pour produced a tall light tan head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: There are loads of ripe and over ripe peaches, nectarines and plums. Behind all the fruit it has a light white bready maltiness.

Taste / Palate: The aroma is matched on the tongue. It’s sweet up front with loads of stone fruit with a touch of tart black cherry. Mild hop bitterness come in to add a nice balance of bitterness in the finish.

Notes: This is an amazingly complex and well-balanced beer from the Spoetzl Brewery!

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

12oz poured in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Clear medium brown, off-white head creates a thin cap.

S - Peaches dominate the aroma from fresh to candy like.

T - Peaches, lightly toasted malt, wheat malt is there but you have to search for it. Peaches pretty much dominate. Mild spice note, maybe clove or coriander. Some light hops on the back end/

M - Very creamy with a velvety feel, ample carbonation.

This seems to be more of a fruit beer. The peaches are nice though. The wheat shows on the fell more than the flavor. This could be a great summertime beer as well.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark nut brown pour into a pint glass with two fingers of long-lasting eggshell head. Very peachy aroma with hints of sweet buttermilk and pecan.

Moderate carbonation and a somewhat light mouthfeel. Mildly sweet caramel malt up front with biscuit, hints of peach, and a lingering trace of pecan on the finish.

Shiner nailed the "holidays in Texas" theme with the great peach and butter pecan notes on the nose, but the body/taste of the brew was nothing spectacular. However, given the flavors involved it was very drinkable!

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Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the very least, this one sounds interesting. Shiner Cheer pours out a red color with a decent head. The aroma comes strong with the peaches. The taste comes really hard with the peaches too. There's a bit of nuttiness and just a tiny amount of spices on the finish, but otherwise this is a one-note peach fest. Unique enough and pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and lightly carbonated. Overall, Shiner Cheer is a solid and unique winter beer. However, stay far, far away if the idea of a primarily peach flavored beer doesn't tickle your fancy.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a lot. Good peach flavor that seems to be missing in most peach beers. The brownish color caught me by surprise. Head did not last and no lacing to speak of. Smell is pure peach. The taste is peach on the front and a sweet nutty taste on the back. Smooth, easy drinking beer. Pleasantly surprised with this offering from Shiner. My favorite from this brewery to date.

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Photo of brystmar
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured an amber color into my pint glass. Not much head with poor retention and no visible lacing.

S: tons of peaches! Hints of pecan nuttiness too.

T: both ingredients from the nose are quite apparent, but the nuttiness really takes over here. The malty pecan heaviness gives this brew an interesting and unique flavor that I found enjoyable. And not overly sweet by any stretch.

M: medium-bodied and creamy with average carbonation. Exceptional!

D: others may disagree, but I found this beer very drinkable. It certainly isn't a light beer, but throwing back 2-3 of these wouldn't be a problem for me.

If you like peaches and pecans, I can't imagine you not enjoying this beer. And here's the kicker: I don't even like peaches!

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear dark amber hue. A small burst of light beige head reaches about a half inch before receding before I can even sit down. No lace to be seen.

The aroma is a heavy blast of peaches. A slight hint of candy coated roast pecans can be picked out with deep whiffs. Touches of cinnamon and toffee are there as well. The peach is bit over the top for me.

The flavor is slightly less peach but not much. Some dunkelweizen characteristics are at least present in the taste department. The peach tidalwave settles leaving hints of malt and light chocolate. Ever so slight nuttiness comes in at the finish.

Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall no where near what I was expecting. I didn't read the label when I grabed this beer. Lesson learned. Not a bad beer by any stretch. Just not a typical holiday beer. Unique for sure.

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a rich reddish mahogany color with a 1&1/4" light tan head that slowly settles to a thin island over much of the liquid. Sipping creates some patches and streaks of lacing. The foam is mostly gone by the end of the beer.

The aromas include some peach and nuttiness from the pecan, all mixed in with the malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some peach, pecan, and sweetness from the malt. There's also a touch of mild bitterness from the hops

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly crisp from the persistent moderate carbonation. The finish is medium in length and begins as the sweetness gives way to the hop bitterness and the peach and pecan nut character begin to fade away into the slowly developing dryness.

Overall I liked this beer and would enjoy having another. While I don't expect to spend time deliberately seeking this beer this year I'll certainly be looking at having more next year. Its also a bit unique in that its not what I'd expect from a Dunkelweizen (there's no banana and clove), but I'm definitely liking the peach and pecan flavors here and so am rating more on personal preference than adherence to style.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking festive Christmas bottle poured into a Founders pint glass and rolls out an amber reddish with a pretty decent head atop that has a slight pinkish hue to it...

I'm getting the peaches here as well along with a nutty maltiness that seems spiked with Christmas spices... Almost fruitcake like really... Not overly sweet but the fruit is definitely a player here... Not much of the usual dark wheat found with the style...

Slightly sweet maltiness with a backbone of the fruits present in the aromas... Nuttiness from the pecans... Lots of spiciness as well... Not bad at all...

I liked this one... Not sure I could drink more than a couple but the uniqueness of the flavors would keep me interested for a bit...

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Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with two fingers of tan head and few lacings. Smell is light fruitiness. Taste is sweet peachy malts with barely enough hops to support. A touch of the pecan shows up in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is clean and slick with a neutral finish. Overall a handsome beer and label. Easy drinker that would probably please the macro beer drinkers more than the craft drinkers due to low hop impact.
I enjoyed it and could detect no alcohol in the taste. Never did taste any wheat presence either.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled purchased from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.
No bottled on date.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a fairly large (>4cm) head of light tan bubbles that quickly fades to a thin cap atop the beer. Leaves some modest lacing along sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber color out of the light, fiery reddish-orange with orange highlights when held up to the lamp. The beer is completely clear, so I guess it's a kristalldunkelweizen? Fairly minimal, sluggish carbonation. Minus points for being clear and calling itself a dunkelweiss, which isn't.

Aroma of very uprfront, "punchy" sweetness and canned peaches, maybe candied peaches. Slight bready character if inhaled deeply. Did they even use a German yeast with this one, because there are no banana, clove/allspice, bubblegum, or wheat malt scents.

Taste predominantly of sugary sweet peaches, a bit of clove or other phenol, and some brown malt. This continues until the back of the tongue picks up an aftertaste of some brown or toasted malt characters. As in the aroma, no detectable banana, citrus, bubblegum, or wheat malt flavors. Peach flavor is slightly cloying to me.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a bit of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation starts fairly low and decreases so that by the end of sipping, this is almost a bit flat. Smooth, a bit creamy, finish is semi-dry. Not too far off from a dunkelweiss.

Is this a gateway beer for macrolager drinkers, as some have suggested? Only if they really want to drink artificially sweet, candy flavored beer that mocks its supposed progenitor. I don't need a beer with "natural flavors added" or "caramel color added," and this one has both. Essentially cloying, no need to revisit.

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Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours dark and brown, with some dark burgundy hues throughout. It's a bit lacking on the 'weizen' part as it's not cloudy, but rather as clear as a rich brown beer can be. The head is thinnish and doesn't have much retention, but it wasn't an aggressive pour.

It's got an amazingly strong smell of peaches. I've not associated peaches with the holidays, nor with a dunkelweizen, but this is a neat change of pace. Nothing else is prevalent.

There's not much happening until the swallow, where the peach really makes its presence known. Immediately after that, subtle notes from the pecans can be found. Only then can any note of hops be noticed.

Despite the color, it's light bodied and has a loose feeling on the palate. The bottle says it's an ale, but it feels more like a lager if that makes sense.

It's a better than average beer, but not great, or even good. It's a nice change of pace from usual beers and is an easy drinker.

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Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
80 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.