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Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

998 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 77 | 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  rDev -15%

Sipchue, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

ThisWangsChung, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of lauries444
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

lauries444, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of ChanceK
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ChanceK, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of MCain04
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MCain04, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

cmarshall0, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

TheSupremeAJ, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Turbo, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Averwo
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Averwo, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of klimoja
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

klimoja, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

TheBrewo, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

SaranacinTexas, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

FreshButterbeer, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Fergyx825
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark brown appearance, with a large amount of head on the pour. It sticks around but does dissipate after a little while. As described via the beer's style.

Smell: a very fruity citrus smell. Smells of mango, very sweet. This smells great, i'm really excited to taste this.

Taste: a very fruity, ale taste. It does have hints of the citrus/mango taste, but it is not as sweet as it smells. Definitely something i've never had before, but i really enjoy this.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, and medium carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall: Not bad, i would drink this again.

Fergyx825, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

BrewClint, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.71/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is a rarity anymore when The CANQuest (TM) is the first to review a particular beer in/from a CAN, but this is one of those rare instances! It used to be pretty easy to accomplish this feat, but with the craft CAN revolution on full swing and loads of new CANned beers coming out every day, it has gotten harder. Cheers to The Friendly Greek for making singles of this one available.

From the CAN: "'Tis the season for cheer"; "Greetings from Spoetzel Brewery Shiner, Texas 77984"; "Ale brewed with peaches and peCANs and with natural flavor and caramel color".

The Crack was nice and loud, befitting a Texan beer and my inverted Glug was equally big, to the point that I had to back off to avoid an overflow. While awaiting some of the massive, dense, tawny two-plus fingers of head to fell to a point of reasonable drinability, I took in its color. It was a deep-mahogany (SRM = > 27, < 34) with button-brightness. Man, i could really smell the peaches on the nose! It was like a CAN of preserves. Mouthfeel was medium and the peach flavor was unrelenting, but it also had flavors of milk chocolate and a nuttiness that was the peCANs doing their thing. Finish was pretty sweet, which is usually a drawback for me, but I was really digging this beer. I know that The Friendly Greek also has bottles for sale, so I may give that serving style a try. In the meantime, let me know if you would like me to score a CAN for you in trade for a CAN that I have not tried. Cheers!

Today is Saturday, 28 June 2014 and I have a bottle that had been held in abeyance which I am also going to review at this time.

From the bottle: "Here's a Brew! A Bavarin-style dark wheat"; "'Tis the season for cheer"; "Just for You! Enjoy the Gift of Holiday Cheer"; "Spoetzel Brewery Shiner, Texas 77984"; "Ale brewed with peaches and peCANs and with natural flavor and caramel color"; "Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner"; "Happy Holidays from the 'Little Brewery' in Shiner, TX. We hope you enjoy your Shiner Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat. And Krausening ensures a smoothness hat makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying. May your days be merry and bright and your Shiner be cold. Prosit!"; "Give one to someone you love!"

I appreciate that this beer had such wonderful patience in waiting for me to get around to drinking it. The pour began to foam up pretty quickly, so I backed off and let the pseudo-cascade do its thing before settling into two fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with mahogany highlights (SRM = > 22, < 27) and NE-quality clarity. Man, but the nose was just redolent with peaches! Peachy keen, I say. I may run out and get a Tastykake Peach Pie after this. Mouthfeel was soft, kind of full and creamy and the taste was heavy on the peaches, but with a nuttiness, also. Finish was fruity, nutty, semi-sweet, but not over the top. Man, I could drink this year-'round!

woodychandler, Dec 07, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

JerzDevl2000, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

IrishGermanAmerican, Dec 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

eadkins, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

lionnusmb, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

ImperatorScab, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Shiner's winter seasonal, here again. I had this beer sometime last year, but I don't really remember it all too well, so I'm here to revisit it.

Poured into a Houlihan's pint glass.

A - Pours four giant billowy fingers of fluffy khaki head. Body is a dark ruby-chestnut color. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty nice and pleasant also. Fresh juicy peaches, not unlike what a Magic Hat #9 smells like. Subtle pecan nuttiness. Brown Bread. And a hint of metallics.

T - Taste follows the nose: juicy peaches, brown bread, lightly grainy, mild earthiness, and some metallic well water on the finish.

M - Feel is clean, dry, and bready. Mineral well water finish.

Overall, another fairly simple and standard brew from Spoetzl Brewery, but it's one I tend to enjoy. The addition of the Texas peaches and pecans makes this a more memorable beer than much of their year-round line up. Recommended seasonal drinking.

Shiner Holiday Cheer ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Gagnonsux, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Bobcat, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Flying_Moose
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Flying_Moose, Dec 02, 2013
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.