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Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Holiday CheerShiner Holiday Cheer

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996 Ratings

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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 76 | 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 Catlin
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Catlin, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Frosty80
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours golden brown and sits a clear, deep amber with a thick head and good lacing

Smell: fresh peaches dominate with sweet strawberry shortcake and pecans in tow

Taste: aroma translates well onto palate with the addition of a slight bitterness and bready malt. finish is balanced, somewhat dry and lightly bitter

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: love this one-of-a-kind ideal holiday brew

Frosty80, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of UTCengOwl
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack of Cheer over the holidays. Probably my second favorite Shiner after Ruby Redbird. Let's give this a whirl on a BA review. Poured a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

The beer pours with a nice off-white head... as long as I pour it as vigorously as possible. The body is wonderfully clear, though. Nice clean amber color. Maybe a bit too clean for a solid beer... but that's not a truly valid complaint. Decent stuff.

The nose has a sweet tang to it to start. Must be the peaches. There's also a unique nuttiness that rolls with it. I'd give it a higher score, but this bottle has a slight putrid aroma to go along with those two awesome components.

The beer isn't putrid, it's interesting. Very sweet and peachy. The caramel malts come through, too. The nuttiness is fatty and rounded. It makes for a nice aftertaste. I don't get any of the characteristic Shiner metallic flavor in this... so huzzah! Still, I wish the beer would jump a bit more with these flavors. Can someone else make this beer?

I have a Texas license, but I'm not a Texan. Maybe that explains why I don't love Shiner. It's better than the standard AAL... and this is completely unique and better than the Bock... but Shiner still isn't great in my book.

UTCengOwl, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of hannaho
3/5  rDev -15%

hannaho, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

bpackertx, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Bearman13, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Fakexican, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of kpowledge
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

kpowledge, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of vdread
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shiner Holiday Cheer pours a dark coppery color with a good sized head.

smells strongly of peaches and pecans. there's that twinge of artificiality that i don't care for in my beer, but it comes across as good.

wow, the taste is much different than the smell. much stronger in the peach especially, but the pecan also comes through. the malt is slighlty roasted and grainy, and the earthy hops are slightly bitter. it's a bomb of artificial peachy-nuttyness.

mouthfeel medium-full, strongly carbonated. easy to drink, but not really for me. it's the overwhelming taste of peaches that turns me off to it.

vdread, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of jbierling
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

jbierling, Nov 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Stevotex, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

RelentlessLefty, Feb 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Rdc67, May 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Blumstein, Feb 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Aubs723, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of tillmac62
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark ruby amber with a well formed head that laces well. Said lacing lasts only a few minutes, however. Nose is of peach over a slight caramel. Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel. Slightly above normal carbonation level. The flavor profile is not complex. Like the nose, it is peach predominating over a light caramel. The beginning is a nice peach which effervesces into an ending that has pecan, but you have to really search for it. The finish is a lingering taste of peach that is OK, at best.

tillmac62, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

klmcmachen, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of MDekker
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't going to spend the time reviewing this beer until I read that it was brewed with peaches and pecans. So...

A: Forms a nice head that sticks around. Quite dark in color, but the fact that they mentioned the addition of caramel color makes it feel like their cheating.

S: Sure enough - dominant peachy smell, with butty, bready underlayers.

T: Peachy keen. Somewhat sour, and malty flavors, but they fade pretty quickly, and there's not much finish to it.

M: Almost creamy, but tends toward watery. Somewhat insufficient carbonation. Not terrible, but nothing great.

D: The peach flavor is novel, but I'm not compelled to have more. I'll add the bottle to my Christmas collection, but I'm think I'm pretty much done.

MDekker, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Shumista
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am a sucker for seasonal and holiday release beers so I grabbed this one as a single for $1.60 at one of my beer stores.

A- Dark copper, kind of fizzy looking.
S- Thin smell of mostly peaches.
T- Peaches again, and some other fruity flavors. I don't get much pecan, some wheat malt in there too.
M- Medium bodied, pretty fizzy.
D- I'm glad I only bought one but it was pretty enjoyable.

Interesting take on a holiday beer. I took my first smell and sip expecting the holiday spice cabinet as I had not yet read the label and found the peach flavor to be a nice change from the usual holiday beers.

Shumista, Dec 24, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Hugh37, Aug 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

schoun, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

DrChadly, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

TheTinDoor, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

hoppy91, Jul 21, 2014
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.