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Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,013 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 20
Gots: 91 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

sprucetip, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

deadliest, May 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

wtkphoto, Feb 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

DOCRW, Feb 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

valkyre65, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of mattcrill
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma: Crazy big artificial fruit flavors going on here. I get lots of artificial grape gum flavors that dominate the nose. No hop aromas. Some bready malt character as the beer is agitated.

Appearance: Dark copper colored pour with a low and short lasting white head.

Flavor: More artificial fruit flavors. Kind of seems like cran-grape juice. Background spicy hop notes provide some balance. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and high carbonation. No astringency or warmth on the palate.

Overall impression: A very artifical, confusing ale. Not sure what to think of it but it just tasted industrial and artificial. Avoid.

mattcrill, Dec 07, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

OKCNittany, Jan 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

WesM63, Nov 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Lob, Feb 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

abex44, Nov 04, 2012
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.

Spikester, Nov 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

TheBishopco, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

JVan, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

PaBeerLover, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

A beer that will pair excellent with fruitcake if you like fruitcake. Holiday Cheer pours a dark brown with a fruit scent, peaches are the most obvious. It drinks rather smooth as you get a semi-mild taste of different fruits ending in an ever so slight spice. Out of all the beers I've tried to date, this has to be my favorite. The only way to improve this to a 10 of 10 is by adding a slight more texture and taste to it. Definetly a must try if you can find it.

Lemke10, Nov 18, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice chestnut color with good clarity and about 2 fingerrs of sticky brown tinged head. Smells extremely fruity on the nose with hints of dunkel components, dark fruits, just a hint of peach, some toasty malt.

Actually works out better than i thought it would. Almost like a dunkel meets a roasty toasty english brown meets a fruit beer. Sweet peach juice up front rolls into other dark fruits along the mid-palate and some weizen flare, creamy body but not too heavy, prickly carbonation. Just enough bitterness on the back end with a big roasted malt and toasted bread flavor to balance the sweetness. Toasty flavors linger on the palate. It does finish a little soapy however with what feels like a bit of alcohol heat which is strange for such a flavorful beer at a low abv. but overall it is definitely something different for the holidays. I wouldn't call it a dunkelweizen however it is a very unique take on a fruit beer that combines some other interesting traits from other styles. Something you can have a few of with a unique flavor.

jtierney89, Oct 24, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Creamy tan head holds up at about an inch. Depending on the pour, the head has pretty good legs or just drops down right away. After four of these over the last few days it's about 50/50. Body color is a clear dark amber. The nucleation ring on the bottom of the glass kicks up a steady stream of carbonation.

Peaches dominate the smell, with a dark malt rounding out the edges. This is a fairly tart peach, verging on a nectarine. I'm glad it's not a sweetened peach like cobbler filling. Taste actually slides back and is like pie filling. It is a juicy peach filling and comes off fairly natural. At this point the pecans sneak in and give a crunchy pie crust finish.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy and sweet. The peach aftertaste has a fizzy character that has nothing to do with the carbonation. This is a great dessert beer and would be great for a holiday party. I don't see this as a dunkelweizen as more of a straight up fruit beer.

bort11, Nov 07, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

dexterk1, Jan 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a wiezen glass at 42 degrees. I got this beer while I was in OKC, over the holiday.

Appearance: A nice one finger tan head that some retention to it. The head is foamy and a tad creamy. The color of the beer is a medium amber color with reddish copper hues. There are nice highlights of garnet in the beer. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to almost brilliant.

Nose: A strong fruity esters that are orange, there is a hint of banana, and clove, vanilla, and some cloves. The malt is slightly caramel aroma with bread, and toast. There are some floral and a touch of wood.

Taste: A good malt character, with bread crust, caramel, yeast, cloves, banana, fruity ester that are orange, a touch of wood, and vanilla. In the background of the beer has wheat and a light sweetness.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, sticky, rich, and creamy finish. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. I really like this beer it has a roundness to the flavor and a nice supple finish. This is a wonderful easy drinking beer.

colts9016, Dec 11, 2009
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3/5  rDev -15%

Fargrow, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

DaveMiller, Mar 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

Proclarush, Nov 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

yancot, Jan 23, 2014
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.