Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery
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4.2/5 rDev +19%
Bought this in a carnivores in Oakmont for 2.50. I didn't expect them to get it in since it's January and I figured holiday beer seasons over but I found this on the shelf!
A - Ruby red orange with decent head.
S - soft Peachy smell with nut backbone. Also some spices to the nose.
T - mmm great peach taste with little hop bite. Very interesting for a holiday beer.
M - Light bodied and delicious
D - I would love to drink a sixer of this and could easily drink a few in one sitting.
Overall I am glad to get my hands on this beer for the ABV it's both smooth and delicious.
01-05-2010 05:15:38 | More by DrDemento456
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
Bottle poured out a dark amber color, not very big head. It smells slightly fruity, you can pick up the hint of peach. The taste is less peach and more pecan, but it finishes slightly fruity and a little bitter. I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it. There are definitely better seasonal options out there.
01-04-2010 04:48:12 | More by Cubsfan1087
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours dark red with an off-white head. Aroma is strong peaches and maybe some pecans. Flavor is pecan, caramel malt and peaches. Quite a bit of nuttyness in the flavor and it finishes slightly bitter. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. I think this is targeted towards macro drinkers but it is an interesting beer anyway. Not bad overall.
01-01-2010 18:39:34 | More by Mora2000
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
A - blood orange, little foam, mostly translucent
s - peach, raisin, yeast, esters
t - all of the above, but pecan emerges to be strongest of all. Crisp malts remind you you're still in the weizen world, but the other flavors don't really work together. Too bad, as it definitely reminds me of home (tx hill country).
M - thin, not enough carbonation
D - easily sessionable if you dig the flavor combo. Don't think I could do >2 myself.
12-25-2009 06:15:20 | More by Richardberg
3.28/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
12-24-2009 20:07:10 | More by Shumista
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.
Appearance: Light cola color with a thick beige head that dissipates slowly with a bit of lace.
Smell: Wheat and yeast under sweet pecans and peach.
Taste: Sweet malt beginning, finishing with hints of wheat and strong peach flavor.
Mouthfeel: Thin with light carbonation and refreshing finish.
Dribnkability: Decent beer overall. Quite drinkable and a light, refreshing beer for the holiday season. Would go well with pecan pie or a Christmas dinner.
12-19-2009 04:58:26 | More by Mosstrooper
3.03/5 rDev -14.2%
An easy pour of this filtered brew into the Sammy Adams freebie glass reveals a clear oak brown hue, capped with a thick and rich ran head. Brussels lace remain in the glass all the way down.
Sweet peach, molasses, honey and spice in the aroma - this holiday brew really has a nice nose to it. Body is a bit thin, but the peaches and roasted nuts come into play with the quaff. On the sweet side, esp. for a winter holiday brew - this could use more spice and hops, but all in all, not too bad of a drinking brew. Might be tough to work through a sixer in a sitting though.
12-16-2009 01:36:54 | More by Vancer
2.05/5 rDev -41.9%
A dunkelweizen brewed with peaches, pecans and delicious natural flavor and caramel color. On a day like this, what could be better than some crisp refreshing natural flavor?
The beer is the color of mahogany with ruby red highlights and perfect clarity, which I find a little odd for a dunkelweizen. The head crackles and dissipates like a can of soda poured into a paper cup. Looks exactly like Coke, actually.
Sweet and tart peaches and cream greet the nose first; more like cream soda actually. Toasted pecans and whole wheat toast are present as well. It's on the sweet side, and oddly artificial smelling.
Cola, peaches, strawberries, caramel and pecans are dominant on the tongue, along with a touch of nutmeg and chocolate. It's very sweet and syrupy, though the body is thin and carbonation high. It finishes on a dry note, with some lingering bitterness, Cherry Coke and peach. This is strange, unsettling stuff; it's like a soda/beer hybrid. If you're the type of person that adds shots of vodka to their RC Cola, you may enjoy this, but otherwise it's best avoided.
12-15-2009 03:09:55 | More by largadeer
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
The beer pours a clear dark amber hue. A small burst of light beige head reaches about a half inch before receding before I can even sit down. No lace to be seen.
The aroma is a heavy blast of peaches. A slight hint of candy coated roast pecans can be picked out with deep whiffs. Touches of cinnamon and toffee are there as well. The peach is bit over the top for me.
The flavor is slightly less peach but not much. Some dunkelweizen characteristics are at least present in the taste department. The peach tidalwave settles leaving hints of malt and light chocolate. Ever so slight nuttiness comes in at the finish.
Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation.
Overall no where near what I was expecting. I didn't read the label when I grabed this beer. Lesson learned. Not a bad beer by any stretch. Just not a typical holiday beer. Unique for sure.
12-14-2009 23:20:03 | More by beerwolf77
3.6/5 rDev +2%
A: Deep copper, with nice clarity and light carbonation. A soapy orange tinged cap has OK retention, but leaves little lace.
S: Peaches and nuts; especially the peaches, come through strong. There's a light baked bread aroma in the background that combines with the other aromas to give the beer a peach cobbler effect.
T: The peach theme continues. The beer is fruity, yet not too sweet, which is an interesting accomplishment. The pecans add a nutty dryness. Bitterness is very low and doesn't add any real flavor. A toasted bread flavor hangs in the rafters.
M: The medium-light body is somewhat dry and grainy. Carbonation feels about right.
D: If it were me, I would have filed this beer under Winter Warmer, as the peach and nut character are the true centerpiece, not the very faint weizen flavors. Overall, quite drinkable. I'm glad I picked it up.
12-14-2009 04:16:45 | More by Rayek
2.98/5 rDev -15.6%
A: Pours a dark red amber with a finger or two of thick tan head. Looks quite nice, really, until the head dissipates, which happens fairly quickly, resulting in not much lacing.
S: Strong peach with a background of nuttiness. Like a a sugary peach drink and almonds. Strange.
T: Sweet peach again, finishing slightly dry.
M: Medium carbonation, fairly smooth, medium to light body.
D: It's too weird to be drinkable for me. I guess if you like the peach-beer characteristic it would be quite drinkable, given the fairly low ABV and nice mouthfeel.
Quite an odd beer. Probably worth trying for the experience if you can split a single bottle with someone else - a full 12oz bottle was a bit much of this for me, and I have no desire to get more.
12-13-2009 00:25:17 | More by seand
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
12-11-2009 00:42:57 | More by colts9016
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
Received as one of the numerous extras in a trade with JJFoodie. Thanks!
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with twist-off cap into a snifter glass.
Pours a clear mahogany hue with a finger of light beige foam that lingers momentarily before disappearing into a thick crown that leaves no trace of itself on the walls of the glass as it fades away.
Aroma is a fruity mix of peaches, apricots, and blueberries, with a hint of underlying nuttiness and brown sugar.
A little on the light side, with a medium body and a mild carbonation. Sweet up front, with a mild maltiness that is encircled by sweet peach juice. The middle is embodied by a very dry combination of nuts and herbaceous hops, with a bit of a gritty nature that carries through into the dry, nutty finish.
Very interesting and rather drinkable, though the finish is perhaps a bit too astringent. Peaches are not the sort of fruit I generally think of when it comes to winter, though having been born and raised in The Peach State on the site of an old pecan plantation, I do very much enjoy both peaches and pecans, and the combination in a beer is pleasant, unexpected, and uncommon. Certainly recommended.
12-10-2009 04:17:38 | More by superdedooperboy
2.83/5 rDev -19.8%
A: Dark amber, and copper coloring. Slight head, but not overly so.
S: Smells of dried apricots and a slight nuttiness.
T: The rich flavor of the apricots that are brewed in are heavy on the toungue with a smooth finish that makes you want more.
M: The overall mouth feel is supurb. This probably one of my favorite holiday beers as it is full bodied, but somewhat lighter than I expected.
D: I'd rate fairly high if it wasn't so seasonally oriented.
Overall, I'd suggest this beer to any of my friends. Cheers.
12-08-2009 21:07:48 | More by NicholasCasber
2.35/5 rDev -33.4%
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.
12-07-2009 01:02:37 | More by mattcrill
4.64/5 rDev +31.4%
The ratings given above are of the most recent tasting
Review of 11-12-13
AR: 4.5 AR 4.75 F 4.75 MF 4.25 OA 4.5
Wow... they have tweaked the recipe again. I think they have upped the peaches and the pecans. Just a little bit of hop and spice in the background. Very sweet but not overly so. Very smooth. Also very affordable.
My only gripe is that they do use "natural flavorings" and "caramel color" according to the label. This made a slight dent in the overall score.
Review of 12-4-2012
AP: 4.0, AR: 4.5, F: 4.5, MF: 4.0, OA: 4.5
I think they changed the recipe since 2009 because I really like this tasting (and I didn't like this beer when I had it in 2009).
The aroma is very fruity (definitely some ripe peaches) and some wheaty malt goodness.
Appearance has changed. This is now a shade lighter than Shiner Bock (rather than darker back in 2009).
Flavor is fantastic. Yes, there are peaches (ripe juicy ones) and pecans, but there is also some faint spiciness, and some heffeweizen-ish twang. Rich and sweet but not overly so. Pecan and peaches are noticeable in the finish. Not much hops but maybe a smidgen of cloves and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel is much improved. Smooth and NOT over carbonated (as it was back in 2009).
Overall, this is one of the best beers I have had from Shiner in some time. I don't know what they did to the recipe (or if the 2009 tasting was from a bad batch), but I like this beer in 2012! This beer should get the "Most Improved" award for sure.
Review of 12-6-2009
AP: 4.0, AR 3.5, F 3.0, MF 2.0 OA 2.5
This is a strange beer. I've liked Shiner's winter seasonals in the past, and I generally like fruit beers, but this one doesn't quite work for me.
Pretty mahogany brown brew with little head. Clear, a shade darker than Shiner Bock.
Aroma is faint, maybe some peaches. The flavor to me is sorta confused, and is further thrown off by the excessive carbonation. Maybe there is twinge of peaches (more in the aftertaste though), roasted malt. The bottle says there are pecans in it, but I can't taste them. Maybe a little bit of spice in there somewhere.
I don't know. This beer seemed to need a little more something, maybe a tiny bit sweeter...
Ok, as I drink more of it, it gets better. Maybe the carbonation is fading off as I drink more. But really they should have gone for more of a creamy mouthfeel than the highly carbed one.
Probably too harsh on this. It's a good value for the price, but I guess I've been spoiled by Shiners other recent offerings like Commemorator.
12-06-2009 07:25:50 | More by jmbranum
2.98/5 rDev -15.6%
bottle states a bavarian style dark wheat deer.
pours is copper lager clear. with as small head that doesn't stick around long. nose is that initial cereal i've found in other shiners... after it sits a very prominent strawberry. palate is sweet. not much wheat character. not much of anything besides the fruit citrus of a strawberry then a overly hoppy. and i'm not saying its actually a hoppy beer but no balance at all as for malt character interaction. quite plain. might have been decent if it wasn't clear... crisp, not bready dense. not as misplaced yeast as some of the other shiners. definitely not a dukelweizen so don't try if that's what you're hoping for.
12-06-2009 04:00:13 | More by rtepiak
4.08/5 rDev +15.6%
Appearance-opaque brown with a red tint
Smells like peaches and cream
Taste- peaches and cream and caramel with medium bitterness from hops.
Mouthfeel- medium/high water content
Drinkablility- easy to drink but could probably only drink 2 or 3 in a night because of the peach.
This beer is not sweet like I thought it was going to be, which was a pleasant surprise. I would probably spend 6 bucks on a 22oz rogue style bottle, but luckily it is that price for a 6 pack. Very good deal and very good beer. The flavor is very complex and the peach/cream/caramel comes first with the hop bitterness next. Both flavors then lighten up. Also, the beer is very carbonated. Best beer that I have had from Shiner. They did a great job brewing this beer.
12-01-2009 05:48:46 | More by huricrane47
3.05/5 rDev -13.6%
Bottle enjoyed at the Old Chicago yesterday.
It poured a clear deep amber with about an inch of foam. Some lacing.
The smell was very sweet and fruity with a butt load of peaches shining through.(pun intended)
The taste brought the peaches to my tastebuds along with a light taste of the pecans. It tasted very grainy as well...wheat, me thinks. Decent taste but perhaps a bit too sweet.
Light bodied with medium carbonation. It does finish on the watery side.
Drinkability? Interesting stuff going on but 1 bottle was all that I could handle. Worth a shot but nothing really sessionable about this brew and really, not much of a dunkelweizen.
11-28-2009 16:47:47 | More by Bitterbill
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
3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
This brew is a deep clear reddish color. An aggressive pour forms a smallish creamy head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves light lacing.
The aroma is almost entirely fruit (strawberry, peacher and/or apricot), perhaps some grains, and subtle spices. It's pretty light.
The flavor is likewise pleasant but light and makes for extreme sessionability. This is a lot like a soda, not the overly sweetened kind; more like an Italian soda.
The mouthfeel is pretty thin with a light to moderate carbonation giving it a crisp bite.
11-23-2009 23:45:22 | More by Brenden
4.2/5 rDev +19%
Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble' glass.
Dark Hefe-copper with a foamy one inch head thats sustains with a nice lace.
Smells of ripe peaches, spicey saaz and roasted nuts.
Taste is a smooth fruity peach and roasted almond blended with a noble saaz and flowery lemon grass.
Smooth and satisfying medium bodied offering. Excellent holiday brew!
Holiday cheer indeed...
11-23-2009 23:20:11 | More by GordonQuid
4.35/5 rDev +23.2%
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark copper in color with a big, creamy head of foam
Aroma-Wow! A bit unexpected, but a pleasant surprise of fresh peaches, wheat, and spices
Taste-Fresh peaches, dark malts and wheat, subtle roasted pecans that just balance out the sweetness of the peaches. Nicely balanced, as a little peach essence goes a long way , but this brew seems to get it right. Flavor is not cloying, but rather refreshing and very drinkable. A very interesting and tasty offering-Certainly worth a try!
11-22-2009 17:32:11 | More by hosehead83
2.23/5 rDev -36.8%
Oh God, the peaches. It's not so much that the peach flavor is all that bad, in fact it's one of the more natural-tasting fruit flavors in a fruit beer that I've tried, but it's just extremely peachy, like someone mixed peach preserves and beer. The smell is particularly peachy, literally rather than figuratively. The flavor is like a cross between a strawberry soda, a light possibly decent dunkelweizen and a giant bowl of peaches (and a trace of bile - but I hate a lot of sweet fruit beers). I've never really associated peaches with the holiday season, so it leaves me a bit confused. Maybe, it's a Texas thing. Also, if anyone can taste pecan in this beer, my hat is off to you. It's really not a horrible beer, I guess, but it's not my thing.
11-21-2009 07:15:09 | More by popery
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
Alright, so this is my first review, and I am partial to dunkelweizen, but this beer was very interesting. The peach notes are obvious from the moment you open the bottle, and the pecan is tasted from the first sip. While this isn't my first rodeo, I did appreciate the subtleness from the first note onward. While this isn't the best dunkel I've had, I have been enjoying it thoroughly. All I can say is the description on the bottle has been accurate, and isn't going to disappoint.
11-20-2009 05:50:45 | More by Nichts
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.