Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
I get a finger of sand colored head. The body is a good looking ruby brown. Head has decent retention. Decent attempt at lacing.
Peaches are named on the label, and they dominate the aroma. Faint graininess is the only other thing coming through.
Malt with bananas and peaches is the first impression I get. It gets a little wheaty after that, but the peaches just keep going.
This is light-medium bodied. It starts going down rather quickly, but the carbonation seems to create some drag when it hits the back of the tongue. Overall it's a pleasant effect, as it helps keep it around longer for the flavor.
12-16-2013 16:49:05 | More by CFHMagnet
2.73/5 rDev -22.7%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color which is disappointingly devoid of haziness for the style. The head is a one finger off-white shade. It isn't particularly creamy, nor does it have great retention. It leaves behind a thin ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Peach notes are at the forefront. I'm having trouble picking up any nuanced malt qualities, though, and that's unfortunate. Maybe a touch of caramel and some wheat. At first, I thought I picked up a cheesy scent, but that's gone away almost entirely in the glass. The fruitiness IS pretty nice anyways.
T: Okay, I lied - the malt here is like a punch in the face. It hits the palate immediately with caramel-laden sweetness, clashing with the (nice) peach notes instead of coexisting peacefully. At least the peachy finish is pleasant - too bad I don't pick up much pecan flavor. There's too much in the way of clashing flavors for me to enjoy this.
M: Light, but too sweet on the palate to really inspire drinkability. Carbonation does its damnedest to help it go down, though.
O: It's a shame about its lack of balance, because I enjoy the fruity flavors of this. Wasn't a fan of this one, frankly. On the plus side, I can see this appealing to other drinkers.
12-10-2013 03:11:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.01/5 rDev +13.6%
12 oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass.
Amber red and clear body with a medium sized cream head of great retention and lacing. A really nice looking brew.
Aroma is of sweet peaches and a strong malty backbone. Not getting much pecan in the aroma though.
Taste is heavy on the peach with a more substantial wheat backbone, a hint of pecan but minimal. No bitterness to balance out the sweetness.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp, a little stickiness, smooth.
Overall a nice light peach dunkel that might be better during the warmer months, but surely enjoyed more than expected. Would have been nice to get more pecans though.
12-09-2013 14:46:27 | More by MCain04
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.