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Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery

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80
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991 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 991
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 18
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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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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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%

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
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Brenden

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%

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
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GordonQuid

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +19.3%

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
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +23.6%

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
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popery

California

2.23/5  rDev -36.6%

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
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Nichts

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

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
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thebeerdoctor

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

A spiced dark wheat wassail, caramel colored, with a fresh peachy note in the nose.
After reading about this a Christmas or two ago, this is my first sampling, and I must admit this is like finding a surprise package under the tree. I have never tasted an ale like this one before. The use of peaches and pecans gives this a unique flavor profile, which is neither dry nor sweet, but has bit of tartness in the finish. Getting over the initial flavor shock, this becomes a very tasty, drinkable beer. A krausend 5.4 % delight.

11-18-2009 21:12:57 | More by thebeerdoctor
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GregSVT

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

12oz bottle poured into a pint 1554 pint glass.

A: Pours a dark cola-like brown with a small tan head that fades to near nothing and leaves no lacing.

S: The nose is unlike any other I've ever had. Big candied fruit sweetness, malty, and a hint of peaches.

T: Taste is peaches, peaches, and more peaches with a malty backbone. It's pretty sweet and I'd like to see a bit more hops to balance this out a bit.

M: Light and refreshing with a tiny bit of creaminess from the carbonation. About par for Shiner but I'd like to see a bit more body seeing as how this is a Dunkel.

D: I could have two or maybe 3 before the sweetness got to me. I'd also buy again if only to share with friends and family.

If you see it grab at least one bottle to try. The interesting Peach component makes this pretty unique at least from a TX brewer.

11-17-2009 01:06:59 | More by GregSVT
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katan

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -2%

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark amber to brown color. Very clear, especially against its opaque qualities. Head formation is strong, lightly off white. Carbonation is light.

S - A sugar sweet combination of light malts, crystal malts. Amazingly, the strongest flavor is an almost apple like note. I don't quite get the peaches or pecans.

T - Starts off with a light malt note that wants to sneak through a fruity backdrop. Builds with a bit of bitterness, but is certainly sweet forward. It does finish with a peach/apple note that is quite strong. Leaves behind more of that more apple than peach aftertaste.

M - Moderate to strong body - certainly strong built with the strong sugar backbone. Carbonation does come through in the mouthfeel, leaving a bit of a bite. Aftertaste is a bit clinging sweet.

D - Moderate drinkability. ABV is not a problem. A bit thick to call it a session beer - turns just a bit filling. Clinging sweetness does become a bit overbearing.

A good Christmas beer - although I'm not sure its a dunkel.

11-13-2009 04:58:18 | More by katan
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%

A- Awefully clear for a Dunkelweisse. Red/amber with, I think, the most bubbles i've ever seen rising to a frothy head.

S- Peachy? Yes. Also, somewhat of a dirty dish sponge note that is off-putting and some sweet malt.

T&M- Fairly muddled taste, but clearly peachy. Slightly nutty in the finish, but the highlights for me were caramel and vanilla in the mid-palate, and a nice malty mouthfeel. Gets a little better as it warms.

Not a very desirable beer by any means and definately a stretch calling this a Dunkelweiss.

11-13-2009 04:01:13 | More by brownbeer
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bump8628

Oklahoma

2.9/5  rDev -17.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

It pours up with 2 fingers of light tan foam that settles into a fizzle of lace that holds on to the copper/brown body.

The aroma is pleasing with a dominant smell of overripe peaches backed by toasty malt and pecans.

After the aroma the taste is quite a letdown. The artificial-tasting peach completely overrides the other aspects of the beer. The pecan is barely perceptible followed by some grainy wheat. Some hop bitterness hangs around on the back of the palate. The more I drink it the more muddled the flavors become. It's pretty sweet and the non-beer flavors that abound in this beer severely hurt the drinkability.

I must admit, peach isn't a flavor I'm fond of in beer. I'm glad I only bought a single bottle of this. I applaud the creative spin on a holiday beer, but it's just not my bag.

11-02-2009 18:02:39 | More by bump8628
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Spineypanda

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +8%

Not a bad beer, but kinda freaks me out.

Has a nice dark amber color, with a head that dissipates quickly.
Carbonation is high. Beer smells of peaches! (which is claims on the packaging)
Tastes like peaches and pecans.. freaky but somewhat tasty.
Not sure if I would buy it again or not.

11-02-2009 03:18:48 | More by Spineypanda
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Kromes

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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
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joozyboozy

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%

the appearance was a deep red color

the smell was very very peachy pretty nice.

the taste was alot like peach coolaid and bland.

mouthfeel was decend a bit watery though.

i drank all right away cause that was about the only enjoyment i got from them

10-26-2009 17:13:15 | More by joozyboozy
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JohnWaynes44

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured clear dark amber with frothy tan head. Sticky to the glass. Slow moving head.

Peaches are all I smell. Weird.

Taste is pleasant, surprisingly. Peaches do not dominate the taste as they do the smell. Spices are subtle. Malts are subtle. Hops are very subtle. Peaches are subtle. Nothing stands out, which is probably just as well.

Mouth is moderate fizzy, creating a nice cream finish.

I'm usually not a fan of Holiday spiced ales. They are mostly over the top with artificial flavors; however, this one dispite its weird smell is quite nice. I could do a couple of these during the holidays or any other days. It would be nice with a slice of pecan pie. Which reminds me....I did't even notice the pecans!

07-08-2009 23:34:30 | More by JohnWaynes44
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

2.78/5  rDev -21%

Poured a Clear fizzy amber color with a creamy off white head and good lacing. Smells of artificial peaches, nutty, bready. Taste is about as it smells, Huge peach flavor but not in a good way. It taste way too artificial and sweet. Light to medium oily body. One is definably enough to drink in one sitting. I don't believe I will drink this again to tell you the truth.

07-07-2009 17:56:58 | More by mugglesandhops
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Pegasus

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Clear medium amber body sport a dense, creamy, off-white head, with lots of scattered, thin lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fresh peach notes are very, very prominent, to the exclusion of all else, overwhelming any malt characteristics, or pecans.

Taste: Opens with toasted malts, as the taste progresses, a moderately bitter, lingering herbal hop flavor. Later in the taste, some nut notes appear, presumably the pecans, and a prominent peach skin note. The peaches, with the bitter characteristic of the skins, blend harmoniously with the hops, and bring the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, fairly soft.

Drinkability/notes: I give Shiner high marks for using native Texas ingredients, the peaches and pecans, in an original way. However, the original Shiner Dunkelweizen was an excellent beer, and Holiday Cheer is certainly not its equal. If this beer is to be offered again, more emphasis on the pecans, as with 512 Brewing superb Pecan Porter, would be welcome, with the peaches taking on a lesser role. Its certainly not bad, but could be better.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

04-26-2009 17:34:20 | More by Pegasus
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Riccymon

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours from the bottle a deep blend of garnet and brown with a short-lived finger of brown head. Peach dominates the aroma, much like a can of fruit cocktail, but it's not a unpleasant smell. The amount of peachiness in the nose is a good indicator of what's to come in the taste. The peach flavors, however, aren't as pleasant, and I found the taste a little astringent. The pecans the label mentions do come out at last in the finish, however, and are a nice touch. A slightly hoppy finish combined with the peach flavor makes for a below average mouthfeel and drinkability, in my opinion.

An interesting beer and not bad.... I'm glad to have Shiner trying offerings like this, and I think I'd drink a few again next winter.

04-04-2009 02:12:42 | More by Riccymon
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.78/5  rDev -21%

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark amber body with a smallish, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: The aroma is almost fully dominated by the scent of peach.

Taste: Bready, toasty malts with a light sweetness. There's the anticipated peach flavor, though, thankfully, it doesn't overwhelm everything else like it did in the nose. Vague nuttiness. No more than a light hop bitterness. Drying, peachy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I don't get it. The union of peaches and pecans alongside a dunkelweizen (which is as much a proper dunkelweizen as Shiner Bock is a bock) is totally lost on me. This just isn't what I'm looking for in a fruit beer, winter beer, or dunkelweizen.

03-25-2009 17:19:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%

Lucent reddish orange with bright orange trim. It's hard to be impressed by any beer that uses artificial caramel color (although maybe other breweries just don't admit it). The khaki colored cap looks decent enough, but doesn't do a very a good job of decorating the glass.

Texas peaches and roasted pecans are odd choices of ingredients to add to a holiday ale. That design decision could either succeed admirably or fail miserably. The aroma is pretty much wall-to-wall peachiness and smells nothing like a dunkelweizen. It's a good, natural scent (if you like peaches), but it makes the beer too one-dimensional.

The flavor isn't quite as fruit-dominant, making Holiday Cheer taste more like the peachy dunkelweizen the brewers were aiming for. Some might disagree, but this combination of dark wheat and fruit isn't one that floats my boat. About half as much peachiness would have been better.

It isn't easy to appreciate the roasted pecans. The beer is no more nutty (it's actually less nutty) than most brown ales. Again, peaches are too prominent, which tends to steamroll over any complexities that might have been present. A good sweet-bitter balance keeps it reasonably drinkable... if you enjoy the flavor. 22 IBUs contribute a minor nip on the finish.

Considering the 5.4% ABV, the mouthfeel isn't too bad. It's light without being watery and stops well short of being too abundantly bubbled. Call me crazy, but a holiday beer should be bulkier than this. Then again, Texas doesn't have a *real* winter.

Shiner Holiday Cheer is a unique beer that gets points for originality. On the other hand, only peachophiles will love it. Since I'm not one, I don't. Here's hoping the boys at Spoetzl come up with something completely different this coming holiday season.

03-19-2009 12:24:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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thirdeye11

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: This beer pours a nice rich reddish brown color. Even when vigorously pouring I cannot get even 1/2 finger head out of this beer. There is minimal lacing.

S: This beer smells distinctly of pecan, peaches, and brown sugar. Smells absolutely delicious!

T: I sure wish it tasted more like it smelled. The smell is deceiving of what is the come from the taste. I expected more peach, pecan, and sweetness, but instead was greeted by too many hops, with mild sweetness in the background that didn't blend well with the hops.

M: Pretty standard for a Shiner beer. Low carbonation, pretty slick and thin on the mouth. Needed to be thicker in my opinion.

D: I wouldn't want more than one of these at a time, but my wife and I dispatched of a 12 pack in about 3 weeks.

Overall I loved the smell of this beer, but the taste did not match it. For me that killed the experience a little bit. If they added some sugar to increase sweetness and found a way to make that nutty pecan smell come through in the taste this beer would be downright awesome.

03-11-2009 15:43:22 | More by thirdeye11
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Tone

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 3/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of fruit (peaches), tart malt, some caramel, a hint of all spice, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of peaches and earthy malt up front. A strong dryness is present after the initial sip. A slight hop background is barely noticeable and a strong peach/biscuit flavor dominates the finish. Overall, not a very good Dunkelweizen. I would not recommend this brew unless you're trying to find a decent peach flavored beer.

03-11-2009 03:49:09 | More by Tone
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aeminter

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +19.9%

The color is a nice deep amber with great initial effervescence and three fingers worth of foamy tan head. It's surprisingly clear for the style, but has some ok lacing.

Smells like fresh peaches with hints of bubblegum and vanilla.

Medium mouthfeel and smooth with a malty sweetness in the front and some balancing hop bitterness in the back. There is some bite from the carbonation and a little punch from the alcohol. I can't really decide if the flavor is to style or not, but it is pleasing.

03-02-2009 07:11:10 | More by aeminter
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6%

Thanks to mugglesandhops for this tasty treat.

Clear caramel brown in color with a finger sized head that falls pretty quickly but leaves a lot of sticky suds behind.
Smells like I just sliced into a fresh peach. Yummy. I can't even get a hint of the pecan though.
Wonderful peach flavor that gives this beer a pleasent sweetness. I'm a bit suprised b/c I usually don't like the fruity sweet type beers. But this is yummy. There's a nuttiness middle to end that I asume is from the pecans. The nutty flavors get stronger as the beer warms. Nice dry finish.
Medium bodied and crisp.
Easy to finish but I wouldn't go as far to call it a session beer. It's a nice beer to have when you want something tasty that's different.
Good beer unlike anything that I've had.

02-20-2009 01:22:24 | More by wcudwight
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +8%

This holiday beer is brewed with peaches and pecans, an interesting combination. Pours a clear, dark, copper color. A thick, light brown head fades to a sudsy film leaving sheets of lace. Peaches dominate aroma masking most others. The combine with the light maltiness to give a candied impression. There might be slight notes of pecan, but it's hard to tell if that's the label planting things in my head.

Carmel malts, and a definite pecan nuttiness upfront. The sweet fruitiness of the peaches appears in the center along with a bit of spiciness. The finish is mildly bitter, especially in the aftertaste, which is reminiscent of the dryness of pecan husks. Highly carbonated, medium-bodied with a pleasing husky dryness in the finish.

A little sweet overall, but definitely a flavorful and interesting beer. The odd combination of pecans and peaches in a beer really works here.

02-11-2009 17:20:27 | More by EPICAC
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.