Shiner Holiday Cheer | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

Style: German Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Atlas1 on 10-26-2008

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#36,885
Reviews:
416
Ratings:
1,638
pDev:
17.42%
 
 
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Photo of stonecutter2
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is dark amber, head is minimal with some lacing. This is a holiday beer unlike others, and for that, I think Shiner has done well.

If you're in the mood for something festive and bright, this isn't your typical spicey winter brew. Rather, the notable peach up front and wheat mid and mild spice finish give this something no other brew this time of year has.

The biggest hurdle with this is expectation - people see it and instantly think it will be something totally different. It looks like something full of gingerbread and spice, but instead you get a fruity brew.

I really enjoy it because it's NOT following the mass explosion of similar brews this time of year. It's playing its own tune, and it is a sweet tune at that. Cheers!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Shock Top weizen glass. Picked one up for $2 at the grocery store. No discernible date on bottle, however 110 18 stamped on the bottom. Typically that would mean 110th day of the year, but that would suggest it was bottled on April 9th... that would be pretty bizarre date for a holiday beer. So I'm a little a a loss here. Maybe someone who knows their convention can PM me what it means.

Appearance - Pours large light tan head with patchy clumps for lacing and good retention. Clear medium brown-amber body. 4.5

Smell - Very unique spices. Smells festive for sure. A round, malty texture, and something else that really stands out that's hard to pinpoint, but very familiar. After looking at the back label, it's definitely the peaches. 4.5

Taste - Peaches all the way up front with the slightly bitter toasted coffee and a bit of cardboard in the aftertaste. 3.5

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy light bodied with some astringency in the finish. 2.75

Overall - Definitely doesn't taste like any hefe I've ever had. Interesting but not particularly enjoyable, perhaps unless paired with food. Lives up to the festive moniker though. 3

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Photo of beerfam205
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamHill_92
4.79/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chilmer
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of poppopintheattic11
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dkloubec
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cizoc
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VILJ
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ben1313
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sisterofba
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.
I didn't read the description before trying this so I was quite surprised by the flavor profile which is dominated by peach jam. This is not what I expect in a winter/holiday beer but I put that aside for the ratings. The aroma is also quite peachy.
Excellent appearance with a deep copper body that has excellent clarity and is topped by a creamy, durable beige head that leaves sheets of lacing.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a becher pint. Lovely beige head, much retention. Ruby brown color.

Fruity nose like berry tea, with some hops. These carry over into the flavor, with the peach more prominent. Bitter nut notes mingle with the hops. Dark wheat barely hinted on the tail. Mouth is medium carbed, smooth.

Not very indicative of a dunkelweizen, but works as a holiday beer, comparable to pale a winter warmer. A pleasant seasonal offering.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sam_Lowry
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smcolw
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Light brown color and clear. Smallish head but it lasts as a thin layer of bubbles. A few minor bubbles for lace.

Very sweet and perfumy smell. It reminds me of a sweet, berry-like tea. Too much so. There's no wheat aroma and the darker malts are nearly missing.

The flavor is also too sweet as if with blackberry juice. Again, the wheat seems to be missing and the dark malts are overwhelmed by the sugars. This makes the beer sweeter than it should be, but also richer.

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Photo of CanadianGinge
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pete13
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,638 ratings