Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
Presentation: 12 oz longneck, similar vintage look that the other Shiner logos have. No date - I thought it was strange that this just showed up on the shelves at some of my local spots .. seems a bit late for a holiday appearance.
Appearance: Reddish brown and clear, nice head.
Smell: Even before getting my nose near the glass there is a big hit of sweet nutty aroma. Getting closer there is a sweet peach flavor - like peach jam.
Taste: I guess this is a dunkelweizen in the sense that there is wheat in it, and its dark - but none of the flavors match that. It should probably be classified as a fruit beer because the peach definitely dominates in my mind.
Overall impression: Its different, but overall not all that interesting. That being said there is nothing overtly bad about it, and I'm sure I'll have no trouble finishing the six pack.
01-27-2009 00:47:47 | More by rowew
4.35/5 rDev +23.2%
Appearance: 12oz twist top bottle with no best by or bottling date. To me From Shine. This beer pours a dark red with a tan head that reaches about one inch then starts to recede.
Smell: Peaches, and tons of them, apricots, plums, alcohol, and malts. Possibly the best smelling beer I have ever had.
Taste: Malts, peaches and slight alcohol notes.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated, but not overly so, warmth from the alcohol. The mouth is left feeling clean.
Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, the best wheat beer I have ever had. This is also the best Shiner beer I have ever had. A great job and an excellent beer.
01-24-2009 22:10:36 | More by grs8313
3.93/5 rDev +11.3%
Thanks to Deuane for picking me up a few bottles of this while out in State College. This has to be one of the coolest, retro looking bottle of beer that I've ever come across, right down to the cap. Seems like it jumped out of a time machine from the 50's. Cheers to the graphic artist(s) that designed the artwork for this beer. Poured into my nonic pint glass a clear deep brown amber color reminiscent of cream soda with barely a finger of off white foam. Smells of toasted grain and fresh sweet peaches. Tastes of creamy caramel malt, fresh peaches, and a pleasant nutty bitterness. Medium in both body and carbonation. A very tasty and different take on a holiday beer. Well done.
01-22-2009 04:05:46 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.03/5 rDev -14.2%
Pours dark red-copper with a modest creamy tan head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma is dominated natural peach. Hints of dry malt and orange.
Taste is mild malty and fruity with a distinct peach character. Mild spices and a nutty earthy finish, with a lingering metallic quality.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall a drinkable, if odd dunkel. Flavor is not as unified as I would prefer.
01-20-2009 02:40:04 | More by Blakaeris
2.95/5 rDev -16.4%
Poured a nice dark amber with bright copper highlights and a lingering tan head with some mild lacing.
Smell like a bowl of peaches and cream.
Taste like a very muted peach with just a hint of caramel malt and with a bit of a coppery metallic finish. Typical fruit beer to much fruit not enough beer.
The mouthfeel is light and thin.
Another boring fruit beer, where is all the Dunkelweizen goodness.
01-20-2009 02:39:51 | More by bashiba
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
pours a clear amber body with a billowy-bubbly lightly brown head. the smell is very interesting. it's very berry like, fruity, fruit punch. with a hint of saaz hops i think, graipfruit / pine smell. Taste is interesting. lots of different fruits going on, peachy for sure. the dominant flavor is the grapefruit / pine hops. it could use a little for malt up front to match the hops. mouth feel is light a carbonated. drinkability is average, maybe not a session beer but you could do a sixpack in one night. this might be my favorite xmass beer because it's not super high alcohol, not super heavy, and not heavily spiced.
01-17-2009 01:18:34 | More by danadeny
3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
An orange/ yellow color with a slight white head. The peach comes right to the front with added smells of apricot and cherry. Very refreshing in taste with the peach being a subtle flavor that blends well. An easy drinking beer with a nice balance of flavor. I like this beer. Simple but good.
01-12-2009 04:10:09 | More by jyeast101
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
From deep in the heart of Texas, from Shiner where winter means you might have to put on your windbreaker from time to time, comes a pretty solid winter warmer style brew.
Looked good in my shaker glass with a nice mahogany color and a thick, fluffy, light brown head. A little carmel and nutty aroma on the nose. Taste is similar, with a carmel malt and nutty flavor, which is nicely balanced by the hops. If anything, this was a little thin and watery, but a very drinkable brew.
Solid holiday beer from a place you wouldn't necessarily expect it from.
01-08-2009 01:52:39 | More by RunDWP
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
A- Dark translucent brown-red color with a nice bubbly head that leaves a few globs of lace
S- Fresh peaches dominate the smell. Some sweet malty smell and a hint a pecan noted at the suggestion
T- Yummy wheat malt and peaches all the way home. Grainy, roasty, sweet. Becomes nicely nutty as it warms up
M- Shiner never wows me with their "flaccid" carbonation. Moderate body with some chewy-ness
D- The added peach flavor really detracts from drinkability. However, this beer has enough character to be a delight all by itself(rather than paired with a meal)
01-08-2009 01:18:08 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
This beer pours dark and brown, with some dark burgundy hues throughout. It's a bit lacking on the 'weizen' part as it's not cloudy, but rather as clear as a rich brown beer can be. The head is thinnish and doesn't have much retention, but it wasn't an aggressive pour.
It's got an amazingly strong smell of peaches. I've not associated peaches with the holidays, nor with a dunkelweizen, but this is a neat change of pace. Nothing else is prevalent.
There's not much happening until the swallow, where the peach really makes its presence known. Immediately after that, subtle notes from the pecans can be found. Only then can any note of hops be noticed.
Despite the color, it's light bodied and has a loose feeling on the palate. The bottle says it's an ale, but it feels more like a lager if that makes sense.
It's a better than average beer, but not great, or even good. It's a nice change of pace from usual beers and is an easy drinker.
01-06-2009 16:45:16 | More by RickS95
2.4/5 rDev -32%
Pours an amber/ruby color with a one finger head that stays for a while.
Smell is not appealing at all. It smells like that gummy peach ring candy you can buy at any convenience store. Totally artificial and a bit sickly. Taste is a bit of maltiness with a ton of fake peach sweetness and a disgusting bitter metallic finish. Ugh.
Mouthfeel is thin, and I wouldn't drink this again if I had to.
01-02-2009 04:59:42 | More by daythree16
3.18/5 rDev -9.9%
A- Pours a clear copper color with a descent size off white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.
S- Peaches are every where here. I can also pick up pecans even though the bar keep said it was made with almonds.
T- Just like the nose here.
M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.
D- Not to bad not something I'd have all the time.
01-02-2009 01:13:26 | More by nrbw23
2.68/5 rDev -24.1%
A - Nice clear, amber color with a lot of head after a hard pour. The off white head slowly shrinks to a thin coating but leaves a great deal of foam on all sides of the glass (enough that saying lcaing doesn't seem to describe the amount).
S - No hiding the peach scent. Smells like a fruit cocktail, heavy on the peach.
T - Up front the peach again comes forward. But then a thickness seems to come forward and take over. Don't really get any pecan flavor. A very sweet beer.
M - Thin, watery.
D - I still can't over how much peach flavor was in this beer. Even after some time of having a sip, the flavor still sits, very sweetly, in my mouth. I can't see having more then one at a sitting.
01-01-2009 06:11:47 | More by JMBSH
2.93/5 rDev -17%
pours a clear ruby-brown with lots of carbonation and a small beige head, not much lacing.
smell of malt, spice, prunes, raisins, some nuts, and cherries.
taste is somewhat watery, tangy, dark fruit, some cherry, malt, and spice, flatting out quite quickly, end is slightly dry.
12-31-2008 02:56:42 | More by froghop
3.33/5 rDev -5.7%
12oz bottle acquired in trade with lb4lb - Thanks!
Poured a medium reddish-brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of peaches and some roasted nuttiness. The nuts were in the background at first, but came out more as I drank. Tastes of peaches, nuts, and caramel. Medium sweet. Lots of Peaches.
12-31-2008 00:56:54 | More by hopdog
4.03/5 rDev +14.2%
I just tried this new Shiner beer last night before the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio .. definately has a holiday taste to it. I normally don't like "fruity" beers but this one has a lot of flavour! I don't find it nearly as good as Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale, a bit sweeter, but still, you ought to try it. I'd just had about 4 plates of Tex-Mex food (mostly marinated chicken to make some fajitas with) and this ended the meal on a positive note.
12-30-2008 11:43:58 | More by marc956
2.83/5 rDev -19.8%
Poured into a pint glass.
A-Poured a thick, light-tan head with appropriate weizen retention. Pristine copper beer.
S-Overwhelimingly of peaches, sweet and fruity. One-dimensional.
T-The peaches are very prominent. Some malts were under there somewhere... When malts did poke through the peach, they tended toward bready and caramelly. Some nuances of the added pecans also appeared subtley. No bitterness. This brew was sweet and peachy.
M-Moderate-high carbonation. Medium body. The sweetness adds a lot of perceived fullness to the body.
D-Low. This beer is overly fruity, making a beer that's a bit too one-dimensional, focusing on the fruit while seemingly leaving the rest of the beer behind.
12-29-2008 15:54:11 | More by CHSLBrew
3.1/5 rDev -12.2%
Appearance - Light brown with slight caramel hue to it. The wheat gives it good head retention. Filtered brew.
Smell - Light peach aroma with some of the wheat malt present as well. Slightly nutty aroma is also there.
Taste - Soft peach flavor with refreshing wheat malt. The nutty flavor is in the beginning of it and it finishes with a nice sweet peach. The hops give it a soft bitterness but are mostly there to support the malt profile.
Mouthfeel - Very refreshing and smooth carbonation with a light body.
Drinkability - Overall, I would have to say fairly good drinkability. I like combination of the pecan and peach flavor. It is a sweeter brew, but its a nice seasonal type variety.
12-29-2008 03:12:34 | More by DubBrewer
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours a amber orange with a thick off white head. Leaves good lacing due to head staying for most of the beer.aroma is very fruity like peaches, pears, apricots, and maybe some honey. Very Nice!Taste is of peaches a hint of vanilla and the roasted peacans very balanced for a fruit beer. Medium body with low carbonation and a dry finish!
A very easy drinking beer! Very Nice! Im going to hide one of these away for the 4th of July.
12-26-2008 16:14:27 | More by WakeandBake
4.03/5 rDev +14.2%
A-Bright copper with a light tan head that hung on well, reduced a bit and left decent lace.
S-Fairly robust peach aroma, not fake at all. The aroma is very natural with a bit of dryness in the background from the pecans
T-Tasty, slightly tart peaches with a pleasant spicy hop kick and a nice astringent finish courtesy of the pecans.This one is very bright and fresh on the palate.
M-Medium-light body with a nice tart crispness from the peaches. MAybe just a tad on the thin side and starts to feel a bit sticky after a while. Decent lingering flavours.
D-Wow! A different take on a holiday brew with peaches and pecans...a nice southern twist from Shiner. This one is a winner IMHO. I really like the fresh, real peach taste combined with the tannic dryness from the pecans. A well balanced and flavourful brew. Wish I had more of this one! Although they call this a dunkleweizen? I find no dunkle or weizen in here at all...regardless I enjoyed it!
12-25-2008 03:18:13 | More by Deuane
3.35/5 rDev -5.1%
Deck the halls with a twist-top bottle, poured into a glass fa la la la.
'Tis my Kolsch stange that I'm using, fa la la la la la la la la...
The brew is clear and reddish-copper, fa la la la la la la la la...
Fine lace from ecru foam a-topping, fa la la la la la la la la...
Ok-Now...enough of that caroling... fa la la la la la la la la *Punch! Bang! Kick! Clatter, feedback screech, clang! Pow!*
Ahem,sorry. The aroma of the drink is fruity-sweet with a floral character and a soft toasted note, marinated with a clove or two in a bowl of canned peach syrup.
The taste is sweet and oddly fruity, with canned peaches in the forefront and a dry bitter earthiness in the finish and aftertaste.
Light-medium in body and fruit juicy with plenty of carbonation.
Merry Christmas 2008/Happy Holidays/Kwanzaa/ Hannukah, etc. BA, and thanks for the bottle Dr. Brad!
12-24-2008 17:35:10 | More by cvstrickland
2.5/5 rDev -29.2%
Dark mahogany in color, finger of head that stays; it's very clear, and that's not quite to style, but all in all, very nice looking.
Smells overwhelmingly like cherries, and a little yeast action.
Wow. This tastes like fruit cocktail. I mean, if there wasn't a slightly bitter finish, I would think I was back in my school cafeteria slurping something 'in heavy syrup'.
Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, slightly drying.
Where's the beer? This is pretty strange, very non-dunkelweizen. If you like really sweet, fruity alcoholic beverages though, this one is for you.
12-22-2008 23:34:03 | More by bboven
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
Had this one at The Chimes... 12 oz. bottle served with a pilsner glass.
This one surprised me... not a typical take on a Holiday beer. This was almost more of a peach-infused beer than anything else. A very dominant peach taste, but also pecans and other spices.
It wasn't bad, really. I could have gone for multiple in a session no problem, but there is always other beer to check out.
12-22-2008 03:20:48 | More by theboozecruise
1.88/5 rDev -46.7%
Quick review - yuch! I feel bad about such a negative review, but this is probably the worst beer I have ever had. I would rather drink a Heineken and I can't stand Heineken. This is my second one and I'm drinking it a) to get it out of my refrigerator (will not chill the remaining four) and b) so I can report on it here.
I poured it in a 16oz. pint glass. The color was a dark reddish brown with more than an inch of head that almost immediately disappeared. Very good looking beer with a nice color.
The smell is definitely peachy but also almost like something rotten. The peach scent smells authentic. It doesn't smell like potpourri or anything.
The taste is sour-peachy sitting on top of something that almost tastes good. This seems like a good recipe to ruin a dunkelweizen (one of my favorite styles of beer).
The mouthfeel was medium thick with no fizzy feel to it. I did not give this beer time to warm. I just can't take the taste.
I hope if Shiner offers a Holiday Cheer next year, they experiment in another direction. I'll be sure to pick it up if I see it.
12-19-2008 18:22:35 | More by TeeCee
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
When poured into a glass, an inch thick tan head forms over the dark brown with ruby accented body. The head fades slowly to a ring around the edge of the beer. A nice lacing forms in the glass and lasts all the way until the beer is finished.
The smell is an interesting combination of peaches, pears and nuts. There is a nice hop background to it, which really brings out the sweetness to the scent. It's not so sweet that it deters an avid beer drinker from wanting to drink it. The smell sets up the taste. A smooth combination of Malts, peaches and apricots crosses the tongue. A nice nutty finish of pecans rounds off the flavor. The flavor lingers after you've finished drinking.
This is a medium bodied beer that is light on the carbonation. It's smooth and very easy to drink.
Normally I'm not a fan of fruit beers, but this one was really enjoyable, surprisingly so actually. When I first smelled the beer and the sweetness to it, I figured it would be like drinking fruit juice mixed with beer. It was nothing like that. I found this rather enjoyable to drink.
12-19-2008 03:02:36 | More by Contagion
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.