Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
12-18-2008 02:44:07 | More by MDekker
3.18/5 rDev -9.9%
A- Pours something of a crimson or garnet color with a two and half finger beige head that disappates to half a finger. Looks good.
S- Peach. and peach. a bit of wheat smell. the peach smell is overwhelming.
T- More peach. I know the company was billing this as a dunkelweizen with peach and nut, but there is no real nut flavor. It's like peach with a shot of dunkel. On the positive side it tastes like real peach instead of fake fruit flavor like in so many beer.
M- Good mouthfeel. not too watery.
O- Wouldn't be that bad if the peach flavor wasn't so freaking overwhelming. A one trick pony.
12-15-2008 07:19:03 | More by jsprain1
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
Picked up a single to add to my Christmas beers collection. Decided to try it when I definitely needed some holiday cheer after a crappy day at work. Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass.
Appearance: The color is great - a beautiful deep coppery brown, kind of like Coke. Light carbonation can be seen rising to the top. Light brown, fluffy 2-finger head fades incredibly fast to a skim on the top. Not much lacing throughout, sadly.
Smell: The peaches are incredibly upfront in this brew. Kind of unique compared to the other holiday beers out there. Really nice note of caramel chewiness and a buttery, nutty scent. The bottle claims pecans, but I don't know if I could discern that from the smell. There is a hint of a metallic smell as the head fades.
Taste/Mouthfeel: The nutty, maltiness is deliciously complemented by the peaches. The sweetness is not overpowering - not saccharine-like, more subtle. There's a maple syrup-like quality to it. There's also a little spiciness, like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. The carbonation is perfect for me - very much like a soda. The mouthfeel is very light and clear for such flavors thanks to the carbonation.
Drinkability: Very high thanks to the bubbles, and they help remove the stickiness typically left from a beer like this. I really enjoy the taste. Despite the peaches seeming more like a summer fruit, I think this is an excellent accompaniment to holiday celebrations.
12-12-2008 21:30:11 | More by kels
4.38/5 rDev +24.1%
Appearance - a robust pour into the Sam Adams curvy glass yields a nice two finger manila head atop a clear, dark amber beer. Crests and lattices of lace form as the head drops back to a thick cover.
Aroma - peaches for sure, fruity but not excessively sweet.
Taste - a base malty sweetness, built upon by the sweetness of the peaches. I wouldn't really think peaches and pecans would ever go together, but they work well here. The light tannic character of the pecan offsets the fruit sugars enough to prevent this from being quickly brushed off as just another fruit/veg beer. The peaches are at the fore of the taste, the pecans showing up on the swallow towards the back of the tongue. The swallow allows the tannins to join with whatever hops are there for some balancing bitterness, but I'm thinking pecans not hops at this point. The finish is still a remaining trail of peach, a certain dryness and a bit of roast from the nuts. Unusally tasty.
Mouthfeel - crisp, medium to a touch light in body. Some smoothness, all playing well to accentuate the flavor IMO.
Drinkability - maybe it's just a fad, but I'm digging this beer and contemplating a few more sixers to share around the family and 'hood. Kudos to HawkinMI for alerting me to these babies over in NKY.
12-12-2008 05:06:35 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.2/5 rDev -9.3%
Single bottle from a create-a-six-pack of holiday/x-mas seasonals.
A- deep cranberry juice color, crystal clear. Small tan head, steady carbonation throughout.
S- Huge peach jam scent- no hops, malt, or supposed pecans.
T-Huge front of peaches, then a second wave of the pecan's nuttiness and sweetness. Also after the peaches is a slight bitter note-- not very pronounced whatsoever.
M- Light and thin. The carbonation is very subtle, not biting or crisp really.
D- Very smooth texture, but the sweetness and peach flavor are quite out of balance. Probably couldn't drink more than two at a time. Would go really well with desert however.
12-12-2008 03:46:08 | More by fctoaster
3.53/5 rDev 0%
Thanks goes out to armock for this brew.
Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some peach, toffee. The taste is malty, with a very nice peachy note, with some toffee thrown in. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, quite different.
12-12-2008 01:21:30 | More by Wasatch
4.2/5 rDev +19%
Pours a 1/2 inch off white head.Beer is dark brown with minimal lacing through out.
Very nice smell of sweet peaches and some malts afterwards. Wish I could get this beer as an air freshener.
Tastes of roasted malts, peach and some hops at finish.A bit of metallic taste towards end. Not your typical dunkelweizen.
Mouth feel is light with a smooth finish. Mid to high carbonation and a slight bitter after taste.
Drink ability is great. Overall good seasonal beer, another solid product from shiner, one of my favorite winter seasonal beers even though its not your typical winter beer.
12-09-2008 06:51:31 | More by angelmonster
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.
Really, this beer should be viewed as an American Dark Wheat as it shares virtually nothing in common with a dunkelweizen. It's not that it's a bad dunkel, it's just that it simply IS NOT a dunkel. That being said, I'm rating this as a flavored wheat and not a dunkelweizen.
A - Perfectly clear, with a rust colored hue. Off white head rises between a finger and two. Retention is fairly short, no lace.
S - Huge peach aroma, as if one had been freshly sliced. Not much noticable malt or hop character but I believe the roasted pecans are pulling through somewhat.
T - A sweetness comes on at first with some of the roasted pecan flavor. The brew dries out a bit and sourness from the wheat malt makes an appearance. Mid palate sees a spike in the peach flavor, which tapers quickly into a sourness and earthy, almost metallic bitterness.
M - Fairly light bodied with lively carbonation. High carbonation and light body works well with the peach character, but does little to enhance the malt profile.
D - The peach is definitely the focus of this beer but it isn't overpowering. A simple beer overall, but certainly tasty. One of Shiner's better offerings.
12-09-2008 06:24:45 | More by PatrickJR
3.6/5 rDev +2%
Pours a clear brown/dark amber color with some ruby hues in the light. A large inch and a half light tan head forms on top and lingers with decent retention leaving no lace behind.
This beer is incredibly fragrant, and I think I like it. As soon as you open the bottle you get hit in the face with fruit, and even with the glass sitting a little over a foot away, I can still smell it. That peach they used in the brewing definitely comes through and add a wonderful fruit quality that dominates the nose. Actually, I really can't get past the peach, so as much as I like the nose, I'm disappointed that I can't get some familiar characteristics.
The taste is ok. Again, the peach takes a dominant role, and I'm not opposed to it. It's certainly a nice twist on a traditional Dunkelweizen. The malted wheat has a soft characteristic, kind of grainy but not a whole lot going on with it. I don't get the pecans at all. The peach dominates the flavor profiles as well as the nose. Sigh.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of lively small bubbled carbonation. Very crisp on the palate.
Drinkability is moderate. A tasty beer, but the overbearing peach flavor will definitely limit the consumption of this beer.
12-07-2008 21:53:51 | More by Goliath
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from the 12oz twist off bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Beer pours reddish brown and bold looking with still enough clarity to see the light through with a solid finger of head that quickly dies. Lacing does persist on the sides of the glass and it is a very good looking beer.
Smell- Wow. I really didn't expect to smell the peaches and pecans that thickly in the scent. The peaches are the most peach I've smelled in a beer since Lindemans Peche, and the pecans are nutty and roasty, very thick on the nose, really a surprise that it also smells like beer with hops and malt in there as well. I would call out off flavors, but they all seem to back up nuts and fruit which are in the brew as well. Very interesting and I don't know what to make of this beer.
Taste- Neat! The peach carries over very highly right into the taste as well. I'm not so sure about dunkelweizen although there does seem to be some wheat content. I can catch the pecans as well on the finish, but not upfront. This is the most interesting winter beer I've had this year to be certain. Malts are thick enough to make it a fairly smooth drinking beer. I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it at this point.
Mouthfeel- Mouthfeel is very corn macro swill like, the finish isn't quite where I would want it to be. the body is about medium and I would have to say the carbonation is slightly overcarbonated.
Drinkability- This is a really hard one on drinkability, it's one you have to try just to sample those flavors, but it may not exactly be your cup of tea. After drinking the whole beer, I'm still not exactly sure if I like it or not. There are good and bad aspects to this beer. That said, I'm glad I have a six pack to re-evaluate at my leisure.
12-06-2008 20:15:42 | More by blakesell
4/5 rDev +13.3%
A- Nice ruby amber colored appearance.
S- Can smell peaches and an overall citrus scent with a hint of hops. Kind of smells like a Capri Sun.
T- Definitely a fruit beer, but the peach taste is suprisingly not as strong as I thought it would be. Can taste some spices with a slightly hoppy finish.
M- Has a slight fruit punch feel to it, but it goes down smoothly. Not too hoppy at all.
D- Very drinkable. More drinkable than most fruit beers.
12-06-2008 04:39:39 | More by Bagman007
3.1/5 rDev -12.2%
A - Poured a nice ruby mahogany color with an off white head that leaves lacing
S - Has a very peachy smell some malt sweetness
T - Has a sweet malt start then the blast of peach flavors
M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it
D - This isn't a bad beer as long as its pretty cool but as it gets warmer the peaches come out all that much more until its almost undrinkable but its worth trying as long as its cool
12-06-2008 01:16:40 | More by armock
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
gives me about a one finger head that disappears pretty quickly. has an appealing amber color to it, and carbonation is visible.
smells of peach nectar really...i can't pick up much else. but yes it smells pretty good.
the taste is not nearly as sweet as i would expect. a bit bitter with a sweet finish, but for sure not too sweet.
the mouthfeel is a little to carbonated for me. but other than that i don't mind it.
i would say the drinkability is easily there on this brew.
Oh i just thought i would add that i found out the ABV is 5.4
12-04-2008 18:27:54 | More by heath1agnew
2.6/5 rDev -26.3%
Brewed with peaches? Did they add anything else? I'm not a big fan of overly fruit beers and this one is really, really fruity. Halfway through it and has more in common with a B&J Fuzzy Navel Wine Cooler then a beer.
Despite that... it isn't awful. I managed to finish the entire bottle but I'm glad I didn't buy a six-pack.
12-02-2008 01:16:53 | More by cadenwhitaker
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
This holiday offering pours a rich, dark ruby-tinged brown color with a bubbly head of light cocoa foam about two-fingers high. Active carbonation bubbles and spotty lacing in the glass. Poor head retention.
The nose is like liquid peaches - very fruity, with hints of pear, honey and very subtle spices. The nose reminds me of the syrup in canned fruit more than anything.
The palate offers a very fruity punch right up front, but isn't as sweet as the nose would have you believe. There is a rather nice balance of peachy sweetness and nutty dryness going on here. I detect ever-so-slight hop bitterness and a subtle roasted malt character that counters the fruitiness of this beer rather well.
This is a medium bodied wheat beer with very ample carbonation - maybe slightly over-attenuated - and a dry, slightly bitter finish.
A very drinkable holiday beer, and a nice change of pace from the heavier "barley-based" beers of winter. I would have liked to have seen a bit more spice in the beer and just a bit less carbonation. Having said that, though, this beer exceeded my expectations quite a bit.
12-01-2008 16:47:34 | More by beerphilosopher
3.33/5 rDev -5.7%
Reviewed 11/22/2008 (bottle):
Pours a clear dark brown-reddish color body. Big cream colored head, somewhat diminishing. Strong aroma of peaches, some dark malts. Almost like an acidic aroma. Peachy, pecany taste, medium body. Tasty, peachy aftertaste. Nice grainy taste, maybe wheat or something. Nice fruity taste from the peaches. Somewhat carbonated.
11-29-2008 18:41:01 | More by jujubeast6000
2.58/5 rDev -26.9%
I tried to like this beer, but, having a hard time putting Christmas & peaches together in my head. peaches around here are a mid summer treat.
A: NIce, appealing mahogany/ruby red color, puffy head, and nice retention/lacing.
S: Big whiff of peach. Some maltyness. Almost like sniffing a peach iced tea.
T: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Both from peach juice, and the sweetness of the malts & dark wheat. Peach beer is working for at all..
M: Slick and easy. No bitterness, no metallic aftertaste.
D: Well, what my initial sentence stated. Having a hard time wrapping my mind around peaches, and Christmas. Not working. This, however, would be a great beer to fall back on on a hot July afternoon, something different than my normal Saison/Kolsch/wit habit.
11-26-2008 02:00:39 | More by KI9A
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
POurs a beautiful head with excellent lacing and an ruby color. It's a little light, but I don't care so much about color as I do head retention.
Smell is of peaches and mangos. It's a huge whiff of fruit and I like it.
Taste has a little bit of dry tannins and the fruit gives off a little bit of an off bitter flavor. This beer is a little astringent and has some tannin problems that interfere with the awesomeness that should be there from the fruit. There is also a hint of DMS in there as well.
AS THE BEER WARMS it becomes loads and loads better. The fruit blends nicely with the beer and everything comes together.
Let this beer warm up. After it does it becomes a refreshingly crisp beer with a huge peach flavor and aroma.
11-25-2008 03:49:20 | More by jasonjlewis
3.93/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours to a amber orange with a thick off white head. Leaves good lacing due to head staying for most of the drinking experiance!
Smells very fruity like peaches, pears, apricots, and maybe some honey. Very Nice!
Taste a peachiness and a hint of the peacans or some other nut.
Medium body with low carbonation and a dry finish!
A very easy drinking beer! Very Nice!
11-25-2008 01:13:33 | More by LordofTime25
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & average head retention
S: Pear, honey, apricot & peach juice
T: Apricot, dryness, nuttyness, oakyness & green apples up front. Peach juice, comes through as it warms, plus more nuttyness. Finishes dry, fruitty & with oaky notes. Almost pulled a 4.0
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation
Drinks easy, this an Americanized dunkleweizen. I could drink a few before moving on. Probably on the better brews I've had from these guys
11-24-2008 05:17:28 | More by russpowell
4.08/5 rDev +15.6%
Transparent amber, short lived head, the lacing is..so...so. Interesting smell, a little vanilla, a little molases, and something I can't quite put a finger on...maybe it is peaches, yeah peaches...well,..imagine that. The flavour of this little brew caught me off guard, expecting peaches, I was not disappointed but where are the pecans?...oh well. The peach is very nice against a nice malty, slightly bitter backdrop.... it pushes my button. Mouthfeel is decent and drinkability very good.
I found this to be a balanced and interesting brew. Tweak it a little, lighten it little and bingo!.. you could have a delightful summer refresher.
11-21-2008 00:55:35 | More by scottblaze
3.6/5 rDev +2%
Shiner Holiday Cheer
This beer pours a beautiful dark brown with a ruby haze, with just a small amount of translusency. Large off white head, with great retention.
Aroma is very unique. Unlike one I've ever smelled before. A blend of insane amounts of ripe peaches, cherries, sweet sundried raisans, sugary vanilla wafferrs, light melted dark chocolate, a touch of sticky honey, and hazlenut creme. Fantastic aroma. Reminds me of peach ice cream in a way. Very fragrant and sweet, yet no where near cloying. A++
Taste is a combonation of rich chocolate malt and a light spiciness. Upfront, the malt grasps a hold of the palate. Sweet chocolate, succulent peaches, and fig. Along with some spiciness of light rosemary, and nutmeg, and light florals near the end to balance. Overall balance is great with none of the flavor notes being overwhelming.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it works.
Drinkability is only average, due to it's sweet nature.
A tasty treat from Shiner. Absolutely amazing aroma, and great taste. Not quite as good as Shiner Black, but this one is unique and one of a kind. Nothing like this one, so check it out folks!
11-20-2008 23:35:27 | More by HoustonTX
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
wow, I was very surprised on how much i enjoyed this. Pours a dark brown-ruby colour .. stable head, covers the top like a blanket .. dark semi-sweet malt and lots of peach, fresh and burnt, nice! ... very drinkable, with just a touch of bitterness on the finish... thank god, this beer is actually really nice! .. a great beer for the weird texas winter?
11-16-2008 18:01:27 | More by Onslow
4.6/5 rDev +30.3%
Bought a case of this at the Sam's in Grapevine, TX.
I thought at first after reading the label I might be turned off by peaches. I don't know if it's the batch I bought or not, but I can't really detect any peaches in it or it could be just a great balance that I can't detect it.
It pours a great color of a deep red.
Smell is very good which reminds me of Shiner.
Taste is very good. I like this brew best out of all the Shiner beers. Very crisp with spices.
I knocked out two of these right off the bat. Very good beer.
11-15-2008 00:20:40 | More by OverToad
3.4/5 rDev -3.7%
Appearance: Deep mahogany with a stunning amber highlights and a creamy, craggy head that leaves wonderful lacing. This is a very pretty beer.
Aroma: Sweet peach, like that of peach yogurt, masks just about all other aromas. There's some beer down there if you keep sniffing, but you have to pull a lot of peach aside.
Taste: Luckily, this isn't the sugary peach yogurt beer that the aroma warned of. Instead, you find a complex, if a little thin, malty body with decent bitterness in the finish. I'm not sure if it's roasted pecan I'm getting necessarily, but the beer does has a pleasing nuttiness. Peach is certainly here, and in full force, but it compliments the beer instead of smothering it. I would never have thought of a peach infused Dunkelweizen (at least while sober), but it works. While it may taste a little thin in the mouth, the aftertaste is quite nutty and hangs with you for a while.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slick, oily feel that coats your mouth. A bit fizzier than I prefer, but it doesn't spoil the beer.
Drinkability: Provided you don't hate peaches, this is an easy beer to drink. It goes down smooth and tastes pretty damn good.
Verdict: Between this and Shiner Dunkelweizen, it's no contest: Holiday Cheer just doesn't measure up. But that's not a fair way to rate the beer. Viewed objectively, this is a nice middle-of-the-road Dunkelweizen with an interesting splash of Peach. It fits well into Shiner's portfolio of beers stuck in a bizarre purgatory between macro and micro. I'm still not sure what peach has to do with Christmas, but I'm willing to look past that here.
11-14-2008 21:01:15 | More by BeanBone
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.