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Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,117 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 28
Gots: 153 | FT: 0
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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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose is highly peachy with spicy notes. Smells kind of like a fruit-flavored soda - almost like peach Fresca, only more peaches-and-creamy.

Pours a dark caramel color, good clarity, mild foamy head.

First sip shows some bitterness and soft peachy, creamy, fruity flavors. A little malt, mild dry roast notes and drop of caramel sweetness. Splash of floral hop. More bitterness acts like a mechanical hum white nose in the background. Deeper peach notes - some sips really come close to the feeling of the wonderful canned peaches I love. I can't really detect the pecan (pronounced 'pee-can', not 'pa-con' round here), but I do get some dry, oily, nutty notes that I attribute more the malt than actual nuts. Then again, I don't think I've ever had a beer with real nuts in it so I can't say. Deeper sweetness, and the bitterness subsides for the most part. Medium body with syrupy feeling (think 'peaches with medium syrup') and moderate carbonation. Perhaps the creaminess is from the wheat?

What a funny thing to come from Shiner. I love the idea, and the beer's not bad either. It's fun and different and, well, peachy! Prosit!

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of JackieTH
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

JackieTH, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of user785335
3/5  rDev -15.5%

user785335, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of ChaseTheAce
3/5  rDev -15.5%

ChaseTheAce, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev +12.7%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

BeardedBoffin, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of fishguyac
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

fishguyac, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of swgwilt
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

swgwilt, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Hallertau
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Hallertau, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of MaddDogg84
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

MaddDogg84, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of mgr78704
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

mgr78704, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of PatrickJR
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

PatrickJR, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev +12.7%

videofrog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of beerdrifter
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear mahogany pour with one finger head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. Nutty, fruity nose with subtle hints of peaches along with brown sugar, and caramel. Taste is dominated by the sweet malt with hints of peaches, toffee, and maple syrup. The mouthfeel is syrupy and sickly sweet. The description of this beer sounded interesting, but Shiner definitely didn't pull it off. Way too sweet for my tastes.

beerdrifter, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Westyn
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of mwar
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

mwar, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ssjkyle
4/5  rDev +12.7%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

WritersBlock, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of GRPunk
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

GRPunk, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of Slay40
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Slay40, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of WVUbrew
3/5  rDev -15.5%

WVUbrew, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light cola color with a thick beige head that dissipates slowly with a bit of lace.

Smell: Wheat and yeast under sweet pecans and peach.

Taste: Sweet malt beginning, finishing with hints of wheat and strong peach flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin with light carbonation and refreshing finish.

Dribnkability: Decent beer overall. Quite drinkable and a light, refreshing beer for the holiday season. Would go well with pecan pie or a Christmas dinner.

Mosstrooper, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev +12.7%

fehrminator, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Amp, Dec 22, 2011
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.