Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.6/5 rDev +2%
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.
12-07-2008 21:53:51 | More by Goliath
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
A: A clear dark brown with a finger width of tan colored head.
S: Aromas are mostly of peach with some sweet toasted malt and a touch of herbal hop. The peach aroma is really, really strong.
T: A nice toasted nutty malt flavor up front with some herbal hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is where the peach really comes out with a little bitterness that combines with the toasted malt/nut flavors. A lot better than I had anticipated, tastes really good, but that peach is strong.
M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and the carbonation is good.
D: This is a nice beer. The fruity peach flavors remind me of a summer beer, while the full body and toasted malts are more of a fall feel. Overall the beer works, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone who doesn't like sweet fruity beers.
10-29-2009 23:27:41 | More by Kromes
3.74/5 rDev +5.9%
Not really a true Dunkelweizen this year, it has pecans, peaches and um....caramel color added.
Pours to a nice buff head and clear brown color. Aroma is peachy, nutty malty and grainy. No hops detected. Flavor is bold and complex with bitter pecan, peach and sweet grain notes. Mouthfeel is medium and pleasingly sticky. A good hearty winter brew that is askew but tasty.
12-18-2013 23:47:42 | More by EagleTalon
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
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!
11-10-2008 01:32:54 | More by MrHungryMonkey
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
Appearance: Medium amber with a off-white foamy head.
Smell: Peaches and roasted malt.
Taste: Peaches and roasted pecans with underlying malty sweetness. Mild spicy earthy hop. Finish is dryish.
Drinkability: Not too bad, but too fruity for me to go more than one bottle at a time.
12-05-2010 23:43:17 | More by JackieTH
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
This is an amber, carbonated beer with modest foam that quickly disappeared. Peaches, peaches, and more peaches--it is difficult to pick out any else from the peachy saturated aroma. A decent mouthfeel. The wheat character is definitely present, adding some texture to the experience.
The flavor is more in the sweet peach department with a dash of holiday spice at the end.
Sweetness and the extent of the peach is a bit too much for this beer enthusiast.
11-25-2009 23:09:32 | More by BeardedBoffin
3.21/5 rDev -9.1%
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
11-21-2013 07:30:19 | More by ONUMello
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
12oz bottle poured in a Kasteel goblet.
Appearance- Dark brown to the eye, but when put to the light a dark blood red is revealed. White tiny head that disappears like a rabbit in a hat.
Smell- Tons of peach with toasted pine nuts.
Taste- Once again lots of peach but not to much to over take the actual beer itself. A piney hops on the back end.
Mouthfeel- Light mouthfeel that is very properly carbonated. Makes for a very easy drinker.
Overall- A nice tasty change of pace holiday beer. My biggest gripe is that I've had it 3 years in a row and the taste changes every single time. I would prefer more consistency.
09-10-2012 15:53:51 | More by BrownAleMale
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
12-09-2008 06:24:45 | More by PatrickJR
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
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