Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.25/5 rDev -7.7%
This is an odd duck.
Orange color, with a decently looking tan foam. Not much lacing, although the head retains its shape alright. The nose is quite peachy, to the exclusion of any other ingredients.
Dark wheat and peaches rule the flavor. The natural nuttiness of the brown ale style rolls over in deference to the more powerful flavors of fruit, so the pecans don't add much to me. I find the peach overbearing, and a confusing style choice.
Solid mouthfeel, nice and light, and I found it easy to drink without loving the flavor. Very interesting and unusual, but far from up my alley.
03-22-2010 01:22:44 | More by BretSikkink
3.26/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours chestnut brown, tan head.
Smell is all peaches, no trace of any weizen. Smells like a can of peaches in syrup.
The peach taste starts things out but the finish and is the dull American wheat beer taste.
This would be much better with the more of the banana taste of a decent dunkel weizen to go along with the peach sweetness.
11-03-2013 20:33:00 | More by confer
3.28/5 rDev -6.8%
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
3.28/5 rDev -6.8%
Shiner Holiday Cheer
*brewery established 1909
LOOK: Pours a light brown color. Good clarity, with a soapy white head providing some lace.
SMELL: Peach and wheat, caramel and brown sugar.
TASTE: Opens up malty and full of peach, giving way to a nutty flavor from the pecans endorsed on the label. Bright peach flavor tempered by ample hops and dry wheat. Juicy fruit and even citrus notes. Toasted malt but falls a bit short, would love it to be more robust. More pecan would help as well. As is, it's still tasty.
FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, fruity aftertaste.
OVERALL: A decent holiday beer, with a major peach influence. The flavor is genuine and everything more or less works. A bit light and confused, but still quite drinkable.
01-02-2013 19:05:53 | More by Stinkypuss
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
3.29/5 rDev -6.5%
A. It has a redish brown head. Dark but you can see through it. Some bubbles from the middle. A good head and some lacing after.
S. It is extremely fruity. I'd say strong cherry malt.
T/M. It has a very sweet taste. The cherry definitely comes through. There's a bit of raspberry tartness there. Combined it tastes like bubble gum with malts and not bite.
O. Not enough spice for a holiday brew. But not bad at all.
12-31-2013 05:48:04 | More by Amalak
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
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