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Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

996 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 77 | 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 qubit01
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

qubit01, May 20, 2013
Photo of johntp
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

johntp, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of UHRedCat
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured into a pint sized drinking glass.

Appearance is dark amber or brown. The smell has a slight peach flavor. The taste is where the peach sticks out the most. I could not taste the pecans that are mentioned on the bottle. The mouthfeel is slightly smooth.

A very drinkable beer and much better than I expected it to be.

UHRedCat, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of thomasdidymus55
3.6/5  rDev +2%

This beer is caramel or light coffee color..with quite a bit of carbonation. Not a whole lot of head though. Nice sticky lace..almost like a watered down syrup. I can definetely smell the peach. Very good tasting. Goes down well. You gotta have one of these.

thomasdidymus55, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of welto1cs
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

welto1cs, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of CR19845
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

CR19845, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of JohnCellona
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

JohnCellona, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of airtraffic01
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

airtraffic01, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Nichts
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%

Alright, so this is my first review, and I am partial to dunkelweizen, but this beer was very interesting. The peach notes are obvious from the moment you open the bottle, and the pecan is tasted from the first sip. While this isn't my first rodeo, I did appreciate the subtleness from the first note onward. While this isn't the best dunkel I've had, I have been enjoying it thoroughly. All I can say is the description on the bottle has been accurate, and isn't going to disappoint.

Nichts, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of capt_rob934
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%

(11/11/2011) Poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass. Thin white head fading quickly from the glass.

A: Beautiful aroma of peach, pecan, and caramel

C: Light brown color, very wintery looking

Sip: Peachy combined with pecan initially, light wheat flavor comes through in the end for a clean and refreshing finish

OV: Great winter warmer with a very fun profile. Full bodied and very warm.

capt_rob934, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of mayra
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

mayra, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

rmewett01, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

iggzy, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Stephenboyter
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Stephenboyter, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of rexbock
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%

A - Poured thicker than anticipated, which was a welcome revelation compared to previous renditions of SHC.
S - The creamy brown sugar, caramel, and peachy notes can knock your socks off if you're not careful. Very forward with smell, but doesn't overwhelm.
T - Such a wonderful departure from the previous version of SHC. Mild, but thick warm-your-fireplace-and-get-those-chesnuts-roasting start. I was so much caught off guard by the new flavor that I had to have another to assure myself I wasn't dreaming. Sweet, peachy, dessert notes to start with a wooden, nutty finish thanks to the pecan.
M - Deceivingly smooth and complex. I cannot attribute the carbonation to my pour, the bottling, or coincidence, but the lightness of it was surprising.
O - I was monumentally surprised at the changes in SHC for '11. It was a delight. It was impressive and will replace all other cozy, holiday beverages in my household.

rexbock, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of SatchBeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

SatchBeer, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of MitchKeller
4/5  rDev +13.3%

MitchKeller, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of grg001
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Nice and fruity. Like the label says - full of Holiday Cheer.

grg001, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of socko
3/5  rDev -15%

socko, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

brian48195, Dec 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

oliviabitting, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of fctoaster
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.

fctoaster, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of cmkendrick
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

cmkendrick, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of rjr8
4.78/5  rDev +35.4%

This beer looks absolutely delicious. A nice darker beer with red hues very appetizing to me.

It smells heavily of peaches and is just very unique to me, its a lovely fruity flavor which I feel is very well suited to a Christmas ale. It's a very nice change from the usual (though delicious) culprits (nutmeg, cherries, cinnamon, ect) that are in Christmas ales.

The taste is a tad too fruity for me, it is very delicious though (this comin from a guy who loathes peaches). I like my Christmas ales with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and while I love the aroma I wish I could taste a little more of these spices.

Mouthfeel is excellent, very smooth.

Even though its not a traditional Christmas ale (in my eyes) it is a very unique and delicious change. Add some cinnamon/cardamom and nutmeg and this guy would be perfect.

rjr8, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

vato315, Dec 31, 2012
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.