Shiner Holiday Cheer
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Holiday CheerShiner Holiday Cheer
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Style:
German Dunkelweizen
Ranked #101
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,243
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 17.22%
Reviews:
447
Ratings:
1,723
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Spoetzl Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  50
Gots
  575
SCORE
82
Good
Shiner Holiday CheerShiner Holiday Cheer
Notes: Holiday traditions come in all shapes and sizes. Ours come in freshly wrapped bottles and cans. This old-world dunkelweizen is brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans - perfect for cracking open in front of a crackling fire.
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Photo of KTCamm
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/18/20....pours medium dark brown with fast white fizzy foam. Sweet caramel nose, slightly nutty. Spiced malt flavor. Light sweetness with a strange holiday-ish flavor. Pecans and peaches per the label. Clever.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lighter brown color. 2 finger tan head. Head retention is good. Some lacing on the glass.
The nose is interesting, and I'm not sure how to describe it. I think I'm getting a peach aroma. I'm not sure how that fits into a "holiday beer". It's pretty strong, but still pleasing, but different.
Taste - I do get the peach, and it goes throughout. Gosh, there's other flavors, but I'm having a tough time putting it to words. There's a malt flavor to this, but I don't think it's the best way to describe it.
There's a nice carbonation feeling here. The body is decent.
This is a strange beer, and I'm not sure I did justice to it. It's different, and while it's confusing me, I think I like it.

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Photo of dd53grif
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden brown with a nice foamy head. Smells sweet and fruity, peach aroma comes through. Taste is sweet, a little bit on the thin side. Good mouth feel, slight aftertaste.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't rated this yet. I've been drinking it for years. This is an awesome spice/fruit bomb that goes great with a mild Texas winter. The peach and what I think tastes like cloves is pretty strong but there is still a good rich flavor to this beer due to the dunkel style. You'll burn out on this beer as a regular drinker but it is perfect as a 6-pack every year.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A reddish amber color. It smells very good. Fruity like peaches. Taste follows the nose and is sweet peachy, fruity. A perfect drinkable brew for it's style. Very smooth and easy drinking. Overall a nice beer for the Holidays.

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Photo of gvickery
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is clear, the color of strong tea with a minimal tan head.
Smell is canned peaches, peach cobbler, maybe some coffee. I did not detect any pecan.
Taste is peach, dark malt, coffee, it’s semisweet with a medium heavy mouthfeel. I didn’t taste any of the pecans but perhaps the slight bitterness is from pecan shells? It’s good for what it is, it’s considered a Dunkel weizen but you could also drink it as a winter warmer type as well. I guess you'd have to be from Texas, we do things with peaches around Christmas, even if they're from the can or the freezer. One is probably all you’ll feel like having at one setting, it’s pretty heavy. More of a sipper than something you’d throw back.

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Photo of mjurney
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Dark amber to light brown, looks pretty clear. Fast rising bubbles. Thick creamy head, very good head retention. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Sweet ripe peach, some leafy, tea-like, hint of caramel.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Peach is very dominant, candy like sweetness. Some bready and bread crust, maybe a little nutty. Hop bitterness is super low. Semi-dry finish. Medium bodied, slight chewy, prickly carbonation, somewhat drinkable.

Overall:
It's a good dessert beer, but it's way too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of defunksta
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber red, cherry type of color. Looks like cherry cough syrup. A mild tan head. SRM of 17-18. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of Peaches and nuts. Possibly pecans. It's a nut airiness. There is a slight cherry or raspberry aroma present as well. (3.75)

Flavor: More peaches, raspberry, some cherry. Less nuts on the tongue. Maybe some pecan in the middle. Then finishes with more peach sweetness on the end. Finishes slightly sweet. Sort of like peach and raspberry juice. (3.25)

Feel: Light to Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Leaves a fruity sweetness on the palate.

Overall: Well the beer is as described. Pecans and peaches. Reminds me of Peach and raspberry juice. More complexity in the aroma that is lost on the tongue. Ehh I'm not a juicy beer person so slightly lower rating from me. (Final Rating: 3.39)

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Photo of Groovermeister
1.87/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Shiner really knows how to make a disgusting beer. I can’t remember the last time I picked up a beer this bad. I mean, who the hell drinks peach flavored beer in the winter? I was hoping for something like the Southern Tier 2X Christmas, considering how that beer was so good and has been discontinued. The design looked the same and style sounded somewhat remotely similar but I was terribly wrong.

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Photo of Lucular
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle split with my wife, poured into two snifters. Pours a golden copper color with a small white head that quickly fades. Aroma is tart peach, fairly one-note. Taste is medicinal peach (not cough syrup, some other kind of medicine) with a strange bitterness almost like they used the pecan shells instead of the meat. Not undrinkable, but also not very good.

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Photo of mikeinportc
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear orange-amber, with one finger of light tan head, that fades to a 1/16" ring, with a triangle spider web of fine bubbles in the center . (Hmmm? Not sure I've ever seen that last part before.)

Smells of peach, as in peach-flavored iced tea, minus the tea aroma. Not getting anything else from the glass. A faint hint of something else (malt + nut?) from the remainder still in the bottle.

Taste is bread crust, dried peach, a light bit of pecan, finishing with a lingering artificial-sweetener-like flavor. (Aspartame?) That's not to say that it is sweet overall. Just a touch. Slight drying bitterness on the finish. Fortunately not as sweet, or one-dimensional, as the aroma would indicate.

Feel medium-light, slightly oily, with moderate, very fine carbonation that mostly shows up at/near the finish.

Overall, it was a chore to drink it. The peach flavor comes across as artificial, and the pecan is barely perceptible underneath that . The artificial sweetener flavor (whatever it actually is?) is the cement shoe that sinks the whole thing. Glad I only got a single.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(12 oz bottle, twist-off crown; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: polished-clear, deep tawny almost garnet liquid; craggy foam on pour, settling into thin cap - nice contrast in color between suds and juice

S: peach candle (or hand soap); strange woody (tannic nutty?) stain at first, which backs off after a few moments, but lingers in the back... the combo of those aromas does not seem to work, even well after letting it air out a bit; smells like some mess of clashing bathroom potpourri; not working at all

T: the pecan does leap out a good bit more upon first sip, rather nice for a moment, but still sort of clashing with the peach essence - is it that each flavor is respectively artificial in its expression?... at any rate, the aftertaste has a mellow (high-order) caramelized bread crust note, as well as the toasty-nutty character of the pecan... thankfully, hardly sweet; bottom relatively dry, like a bock; stealthfully malty middle, light spicy sting slowly builds

F: delicate silky shell around a light-medium body; subtly cut finish, soft bite lingers... hardly weizen-like in its textures; more lager-smooth

O: best compliment is that I've never tasted quite a flavor profile in a beer, honorable mention: hardly dessert-like (which likely would've resulted in an immediate drain pour)... overall, however, it does taste like a heavily-filtered dark wheat beer concentrate 'dry-hopped' with air fresheners... worth the experience, I guess; maybe excels in a food pairing?? (1604)

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Photo of PopEyeFromMN
1.71/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Soooo much Peach Flavor. This does not taste like Christmas. Peaches do not equal December. Pecans are a good start but they are totally overpowered by my least favorite fruit. If you're going to make a beer taste 100% like something...you need to state it upfront. This should be called peachy keen jellybean. Yuck.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes. Had this on draft.

Whiskey colored; moderately see-through.

Decent off-white head; spotty lace.

Strawberry smell.

Thin mouthfeel.

Subtle strawberry taste; not much else going on. Decent.

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Photo of DeuilEtoiles
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I purchased this today, 25 June, for $6 (12 bottles). Surely the price and odd time of year colors my review.

It’s an attractive amber. I thought it would be darker, given the Bavarian style it claims.

It smells wonderful! Definitely peaches and perhaps apricot? I don’t think I would know the smell of pecans that aren’t roasted at a fest in Heilbronn a few minutes before I am enjoying them...

Taste is definitely peach but also nutty. Sweet but not “I can only drink one of those” sweet. This beer would absolutely be better by a fireplace around Christmas in Philly. But it’s pretty good on a warm summer day in the greatest city in the world.

I don’t know what feel really means. It’s carbonated but not obnoxiously so. It isn’t watery. Kinda thick like my beloved porters. Not all malty thick but not macro drivel by a long shot.

I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The review might have been decidedly less positive had I paid full retail (probably $20+). My partner, wine drinker that she is, really liked it.

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Photo of EMV
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Beautiful beer... clear burgundy brown pour with 2 fingers of off-white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Fruity and sweet... peach and malts.

T/F: Sweet and fruity... peach and stone fruit... earth and grains. A little too medicinal for my taste. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O: An interesting holiday beer. Looked and smelled better than it tasted (a little too sweet and medicinal) but still went down easily enough.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; amber ruby in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: sweet malt;

T: sweet malt up front; peach and nuttiness come into the background from the middle through the finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: expected more from the peach and pecans;

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Photo of jrc1093
2.49/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Best before 3/3/19

Pours a deep blood red-amber with over a finger of off-white, fairly fluffy head, which is pretty quick to recede. Leaves a fair bit of spotty lacing around the glass and a thin ring around the surface.

Aroma is overwhelming upfront with candied, syrupy peaches and a faint backbone of earthy, slightly sweet pecan that makes things a bit more balanced and pleasant; maybe some bitter herbal tones make their way in sporadically, as well.

Taste takes an interesting turn toward bitter, medicinal herbs, with peaches and earthy, sweet pecans finding some semblance of balance toward the back end of the palate alongside some wheat and grains; thins a bit too quickly and never quite shakes the initial bitterness, which is more of a deterrent to the profile than anything else.

Mouthfeel is slightly over-carbed, but is actually bolstered with a decent medium body the carries the profile (which does it no favors) nicely. Relatively dry finish, with some cloying bitterness hanging on through to the end.

Not quite feeling the cheer here, as this one is just all over the place. The herbal bitterness does not endear itself to the palate much, and actually makes me wish for a bit more sweetness from the pecan notes that only faintly show themselves beneath the overwhelming notes of medicinal peach.

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Photo of DavidD3
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a fun holiday beer that provides some unfamiliar seasonal flavors (at least for those of us who haven't spent December in Texas). The peach flavor definitely comes to the fore and is pretty good, but the overall taste can be a bit overpowering by the time you finish just one. The dark red color is damn near perfect for its theme. Overall, not bad and something interesting to try seasonally.

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Photo of izraelc
1.5/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Wow. Tastes like mad dog 20/20 mixed with Boones Farm. Nothing about this is good or cheerful. I've never met a beer I couldn't finish but damn I may have met my match.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to the thin film with light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, peaches and a hint of pecan. Flavor is biscuit and bready malt, peaches, mild pecan with the peach up front and a pecan developing into the finish which has a light pecan husk astringency. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An odd holiday ale that is dominated by peach flavor. The flavor is a bit of a roller coaster, sweet, peachy and malty up front with the flavor dropping off a bit into a finish where the pecan comes to the fore, with bitterness that seems to be hops and pecan fiber. Interesting, with a bit more peach than I'd expect from a holiday beer. Maybe I've been gone from Texas too long. Fun for a change.

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Photo of ntjockey
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My taste is usually skewed to the “dark side” where stouts are my favorite, but I was surprised first by the fruity flavor and second by the nutty after-taste floating on the smooth dark wheat ale (surprisingly dark). I like it!

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Photo of Nass
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peach on the aroma & taste, some malts, it's different. Overly sweet. Oh well at least now I can say that I have had a beer that was made with peach added to it. Cheers! B-

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Photo of BillDon
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Seasonal Shiners are way better then bock. The Peach taste comes through in this seasonal. It’s good enough to split with another but then I’m done.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No bottling date found.
Clear, dark amber colored body. Quite a rising bubble show when back lit. One finger of off white head that sticks around. Good surface sheets of lacing.
Aroma certainly has a peach smell. Roasted malts and nutty also.
Taste is sweet with the peach and the roasted malts. Has a rather harsh taste overall, unrefined.
Medium mouth feel with good smoothness.
Unbalanced holiday beer that does not use the peach to best effect. It's as if the peach skin and the fruit next to the pit is the source of the peach flavor.

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