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Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Holiday CheerShiner Holiday Cheer

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BA SCORE
80
good

913 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.28%


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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elgiacomo

Georgia

2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, 2010 batch. Pours clear copper amber with a one finger off white head that quickly recedes to a wispy cap and ring, not much lacing at all. Aroma is a bunch of funky peaches, I can dig peaches but these are just...well...funky. A lot of pecan as well, maybe too much as it ain't playing nicely with the peaches and may be what is contributing to the funk. Also a bit of caramel malt. Good strength. Flavor is also loaded with the funky peach taste, particularly on the finish, pecans, good caramel malt backbone, bready, rather sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily becoming sticky, medium carbonation. Not my cup of tea. I know they use real peaches and pecans but can't help but feel that those may be boosted by some artificial flavorings as well. Doubt I'll make it to the end of the glass...

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:31:29 | More by elgiacomo
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carolinahophead

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the latest edition in my kegerator & have been enjoying this one throughout the holidays.
A: An amber color with a snow capped head. It is lighter than a Shiner Bock, almost a bourbon like appearance.
S: Texas peaches and a smooth malt aroma. Not alot hops but is a nice change to all those Big winter warmers around. The pecans do come out when the beer warms. A southern treat .
T: You get the peach and german malt in the taste for sure. Holiday Cheer is sweet, warm and easy to drink. Could be a hit for just the average beer drinkers.
M: Easy to drink, has a medium mouthfeel, good carbonation and a medium finish. The more you drink the more peaches and pecans come out.
D: Definitely a session beer. With food , with friends , with a bowl game or just enjoying the holidat season . The girls will love this one.
O: Thanks Shiner for spreading Holiday Cheer & a Happy New to all . Its not complexed but fun to drink. Thank you too for Mike Brawley for getting this one for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 23:43:05 | More by carolinahophead
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Duff27

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark, clear red. Quickly dissipating one fingered white head. Plenty of effervescence if you look close. No lacing and medium to poor head retention.

S- Very fruity nose. Fresh berries perhaps.

T- Fruit. Cherries, apricot. No hops detected. You'd almost want to qualify this as a fruit beer. Weird aftertaste that I want to go away.

M- Great carb bite, slightly watery.

D/O- Drinkability isn't bad, as long as you'd want to. No glaring inadequacies, just not what I'd pick to have a few of. I always like to enjoy a few of these around the holidays. Unique widely-available brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 04:45:51 | More by Duff27
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mdunman

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, reddish-brown with a thin head

S: Sweet peaches are overwhelming with a maltiness in the background

T: Again the peaches and sweetness are notable up front. Starts sweet again Goes through a good progression as it finishes dry.

M: Medium-heavy that is fairly smooth with light carbonation.

D: Its unique smell and taste make it an enjoyable novelty beer, but not something that I would want to drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 06:27:01 | More by mdunman
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smulkowski

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Chestnut, translucent, billowing head dissipating relatively quickly to a skiff and ring.
S: Canned peaches, faint alcohol and malt.
T: Peach cobbler, sweet attack with a dry mango aftertaste. Well balanced and interesting.
M: A bit thin, slick.
D: Pretty high, might get tired of this after a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 02:17:08 | More by smulkowski
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, one plus fingers head, walnut coloring, creamy layer of lace and clinging.

s- whoa peaches, smells like peach yogurt actually, i get a bit of nuts, not a ton, and some sweetness.

t- actually pretty interesting here, a kiss of sweet peach then earthiness kicks in with the nuts - a touch tart, very interesting. never had a beer that tasted remotely like this.

m- medium, slick.

d- okay, just cause this was a bit off the beaten path, and not exactly up my alley. it was interesting to try, but not anything that i'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 18:37:48 | More by thecarster1
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johntp

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear, and christmas red. One fingers worth of off white, creamy head.

S: Smells mostly of peaches, with a slight nutty hoppiness.

T: Taste is overwhelmingly peaches, like peach juice. The hop bite is the only thing that tastes like beer. Faint nut and spice in the background.

M: Thin, a bit sticky, and plenty of carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable due to thin body, carbonation, and flavour is not very robust.

To me, this is a once a year type beer. Its unique and a great beer to enjoy during the holidays, I would not probably drink this year round, even if it were available.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 06:38:25 | More by johntp
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cdizinno

South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, darker reddish-amber. Decent light tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

S: SWEETNESS. Caramel, sweet tea and some fruitiness.

T&M: Peaches and pecans. That's what the beer is brewed with and they are prominent flavors. Mild carbonation with an odd mild roughness.
Sweetness all the way through. Like a pecan-peach pie.

Definitely different. If you like pecan or mild peach, this might be the beer for you. Not either of my favorites though.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 18:46:12 | More by cdizinno
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Rhettbuck

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is perhaps the most unusual winter/holiday beer I've ever had the joy to drink. I am not normally a holiday beer kinda guy, but if they were all this good, I might be more inclined to try them.

Appearance: Darker than I thought it would be, with a good head that rapidly disappears. Not much for lacing.

Smell: The label says that the beer is brewed with peaches and you really can smell it! Very sweet almost sugary trait to the smell.

Taste: Peaches and pecans, thats what the beer is brewed with, and thats the taste you get. When I first tasted it I thought that someone had made a cupcake flavored beer.

Mouthfeel: Not very carbonated which doesn't seem to matter as the sweet taste still has a clean finish. Maybe some carmel after tones, but thats about it.

Drinkability: Considering how sickly sweet this beer can be, you probably couldn't drink it non-stop. But that being said it is still so good that you should check it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 23:18:00 | More by Rhettbuck
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I decided to pop this one open last night. Really not that big of a fan of their lineup but hey I will give it a whirl.

Poured out a medium amber with a smooth hea of white that faded quickly and left behind only small lacing, ehh. Aroma is overspiced. Like candy with nutmeg, cinnamon, tons of weird candy like aromas and flavor. Really just off to me and not befitting the style at all. This carried right over into the flavor which was sickingly a mess and just way over the top with the spices and no hint of deep caramel malts.

Overall no way its a dopplebock and no way would I do it again

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 20:07:40 | More by mikesgroove
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Head disappears quickly, lacing doesn't last for very long. Brown mahogany with red tones

S: Peaches, sweet tea.

T: Exactly as it smells. I tastes like canned peaches and tea. Hop aftertaste lingers nicely.

M: Unremarkable except the sugars I get that coat the mouth throughout.

D: Strange...not wintery at all but I could see drinking it on my porch after mowing the lawn. I don't quite understand the idea of labeling a beer "winter" unless it tastes like winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 06:26:41 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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droomyster

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with a long lasting tan head. The nose delightfully packed with fruit and spices. I get a lot of raspberry aroma with a bit of molasses, cinnamon, and something like all spice. The flavors are considerably more simple than the nose, with most of the spice coming together to taste something like gingerbread. Raspberry/cranberry flavors are also quite prominent. A cranberry essence and tea-like bitterness linger long. Not a bad beer by any means, but doesn't live up the promise of its nose.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:44:27 | More by droomyster
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depechemode1983

Texas

1.93/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours an amber reddish brown with a fluffy brown dissipate not too long after the pour. There is no evident carbonation or lacing. The smell is very sweet. Lots of peaches and strawberries up front. Artificial candy notes actually take over the whole nose. Taste is artificial as well with candy strawberries being the highlight. Mouthfeel. A bit syrupy and with medium carbonation. not good. Drinkability is minimal. Ill finish the one and move on to good beer. Not very impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 00:02:41 | More by depechemode1983
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- A moderate pour and sediment swirl produced a 1-1/2 finger, khaki head that drops pretty quickly to 1/2 finger. The body was a very clean bronze with moderate carbonation. I expected some haze or yeasty sediment, but got a really clean look. There was some pretty good, sticky webbing left on the glass.

S- There was a big hit of peach initially, which pretty well dominated throughout. There were some dark, bready notes and nutty aromas that just peeked through with a little warmth that went a long way to improve my overall impression.

T- There was a mix of sweet peaches and dark bread (coming off as kinda' fruitcake-like or even as toasted and buttered panettone). It all combined for a pleasant, holiday mix.

M- It's really clean for a dunkelweizen, boardering on thin. Yet, there were kind of syrupy aspects. It had fairly heavy carbonation.

D- For any faults as a dunkelweizen, it's actually pretty good as a flavored holiday beer. I could see putting a few back at the big family Christmas gatherings. It would probably compliment the rich, Christmas dishes quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 04:24:47 | More by GRPunk
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david131

California

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, clear blood red liquid with numerous streams of rising carbonation. The light brown head is thin, but has good coverage and retention.

S- Raspberries, cranberries, oranges, cherries, and grapes. Smells like a unique, sweet fruit punch. Aromatic and appealing.

T- Not nearly as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Some of the fruitness I found in the aroma with a nice malt backing. Rather simple, actually.

M- A nice little bit from the carbonation. Pretty clean on the finish with just the slightest hint of astringency.

D- A unique beer that drinks a lot easier than the aroma indicates.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:40:43 | More by david131
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Fnord

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear dark red with a wispy head.

Smell - Peaches, brown sugar, wheat, and alcohol. I think I can smell a bit of pecan as well, though I doubt I would have noticed if it hadn't been mentioned on the bottle.

Taste - A bit sweet, some definite wheat and peach. There is some nuttiness in the aftertaste. No noticeable yeast, unfortunately. The finish is a little bit crisp.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick body and medium carbonation.

Notes - An interesting take on a dunkelweizen. I'm surprised at some of the low marks it gets in the reviews; I guess innovation is only appreciated in the trendy brewers. Sure there's better dunkelweizens out there, but it's both tasty and unique, and that's good enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 18:41:32 | More by Fnord
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TheSarge

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours well for a strong two finger thick light tan head. The body is dark ruby red in color, and is not hazy at all.

In the aroma and taste, there are spices, cherry, and light hints of vanilla. There is an odd sour milk like note here too.

Feel wise it's medium in body, with a slight crisp wetting to the palate type of quality.

Wrongfully labeled a dunkelweizen, this beer would not hold up to that style. Anyhow, I read they placed peach juice and pecans into this brew after the review. I think the peach juice is what kind of gives off the sour milk aroma and taste. I'd say take the crap out and see how this brew tastes then.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 21:33:52 | More by TheSarge
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csiewert

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This holiday beer has a distinct nutty and peachy smell/taste. Although sometimes it comes off smelling like popcorn... don't know if that's just me. Finishes smooth. Nothing special about the color or head features and came off a little flat... but that may have been the tap that it came from. Could use a little more hops, very strong malty flavors with a fruity/nutty aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 15:47:13 | More by csiewert
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JAZwara

New York

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent holiday offering from Shiner. Made with pecans and peach, a great blend of sweet and nutty with a little touch of citrus. Very good to drink one, but all the flavors make it tough to drink more than that. The peach flavor is definitely a pretty unique one.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:25:48 | More by JAZwara
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grittybrews

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark nut brown pour into a pint glass with two fingers of long-lasting eggshell head. Very peachy aroma with hints of sweet buttermilk and pecan.

Moderate carbonation and a somewhat light mouthfeel. Mildly sweet caramel malt up front with biscuit, hints of peach, and a lingering trace of pecan on the finish.

Shiner nailed the "holidays in Texas" theme with the great peach and butter pecan notes on the nose, but the body/taste of the brew was nothing spectacular. However, given the flavors involved it was very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 04:57:13 | More by grittybrews
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oddly refreshing for a Christmas Beer to showcase the fruit of peaches, which makes sense in the regions where those fruits are in season during the holidays.

Aromas of peach are obvious stand outs, far above the grainy/malty elements of mild toast and caramel. Nutty notes arise but only in moderate fashion; for a beer that boasts the additions of pecans, I would have expected more. Regardless, the peaches dominate.

Pouring a crystal-clear, dark amber hue, the beer has crimson highlights while carrying a part-froath, part-creamy head. The beer settles into a light sheet across the surface before holding firm.

Flavors are more balanced than the nose. Sure, roasted peaches are a mainstay, but are tempered by grainy sweetness, spice, toffee, and roasted nuts (pecans, I'd say). Where the depth and complexity of Dunkelweizens is needed, the beer instead delivers a one-dimentional fruity (peach) taste while the flavor of toasted grain husks leaves the finish a bit bitey.

Medium creaminess fades fast into a weakening mid palate. There's no real reprieve as the beer further falls into a woodsy, astringent feel late.

I rather enjoy the notion of peaches added to a beer like Dunkelweizen, but only if the subtle complexities of the base beer can be read, and not dominated by such a finess type of fruit as the peach. As with many Shiner beers, the over-attenuation leads to astringency and grainy taste: signature Shiner. No real mention of pecans? I thought that a walnut flavor from grain/malt made more of a contribution than pecans- would have missed it if the label hadn't said so.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 04:02:00 | More by BEERchitect
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cmkendrick

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my favorite pint..

L - Auburn color with a small head that recedes quickly.

S - Peachy, peachy! And I mean it smells like real peaches. And a little bit of an earthy hop.

T - I think I'll describe it as a Shiner Bock that lost a little of its good taste and replaced it with peaches. The peach flavor kind of comes and goes for me though. One taste and I'm like "Wow that's peachy!" and the next tastes like a watered down Shiner.

F/D - Carbonated with a smooth finish. Definitely worth a try and I'll have another. I'm not sure how peaches are holiday flavors but it's an interesting change.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 02:18:11 | More by cmkendrick
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DCon

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought Beer from Stadium Liquor.

Appearance: Cloudy, Orange

Smell: Cheddar Cheese, Peach, and Nut were all evident

Taste: Strong peach flavor, also could taste the pecan/walnut

Mouthfeel: After sitting on my pallet for a while, hit many different taste buds I didn't think possible. Awesome

Drinkability: Great beer to show your woman or friends who need something different. Definitely a great beer from Shiner, TX!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 21:09:48 | More by DCon
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: pours mahogany with a fizzy tan head that soon fades to nothing

S: I can immediately pick up a strong peach and nutty pecan aromas. Also, picking up a spiciness of wheat

T: caramel maltiness blends well with peach and pecan flavors. finishes with peach skins, more roasted pecans and a hint of clove, with the familiar shiner yeast, making the finish similar to Shiner Bock. good, but nothing amazing

M: foamy, medium body with a crisp drying finish

Overall, another enjoyable beer from Shiner, but as expected nothing out of this world. The peach and pecan are unique. Would be a good recommendation for a newcomer to craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:59:24 | More by OlRasputin989
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium amber with a off-white foamy head.

Smell: Peaches and roasted malt.

Taste: Peaches and roasted pecans with underlying malty sweetness. Mild spicy earthy hop. Finish is dryish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but too fruity for me to go more than one bottle at a time.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:43:17 | More by JackieTH
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.