Shiner Holiday Cheer | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Holiday CheerShiner Holiday Cheer
BEER INFO

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

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Atlas1 on 10-26-2008

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.08/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

Shiner Holiday Cheer pours a dark amber color with not much head. Big fake peach aroma. Flavor is just peach, nothing else. Good feel. Overall, its just carbonated peach juice.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured a clear rich amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of ripe fruit and nut. The taste is fruit leaning. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red/amber with a moderate head that faded to a light little lacing. Aroma was of sweet fruity peach. Taste starts off kind of malty with peach in the mix. It finishes with mild hops and slightly pecan nutty aftertaste.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So to me the scent of this beer is actually enviting. Peaches on the edge of a malty base if not seeming a little too peachy. Maybe a little grape juice scented. I like the flavor. It's a beery drink with a peach ending. I like the sweet/bitter fight at the end of this beer. The only downside is the sweetness does linger on the palate a bit. It's really carbonated and a bit watery. Decent holiday beer if you ask me.

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Photo of animal69
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is EXACTLY why we should read labels folks, saw this beer for years always assumed it was some cinnamon and nut type winter warmer, nope...Looked decent enough, amber hued w a nice off white head. Almost immediately however I was greeted with a sickly sweet, urine filled diaper aroma, mind you I'm pouring 2 ft away, put my nose in and taht was it, pee pee peach overwhelming everything, taste following suit being almost artificial in its sweetness, even if I liked peaches this is horrible, mouth is like syrup, opposite of a dry wheat feel, overall, no cheer here, not how planned to start 2017, thanks shiner

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Photo of puboflyons
2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2016 batch. Sampled on December 30, 2016.

Attractive looking amber-mahogany pour with a quick lasting head that fades fast with no lacing.

Ack! That aroma is crazy. Peaches, peaches, and more peaches. Smells like peach juice. No barley malts or hop sensation that I can pick up. Vegetable oil too. Highly disappointing.

Light body.

The taste is a tad better than the abrupt peach-like aroma but not by much. I get this peach juice character, a vague (very vague) bready note, and only the slightest of hop bite. But this might as well be a peach drink.

After 8 years on BA I do really try to keep an open mind and "respect beer" but I can't get why this is getting the better than average ratings it is getting. It seems so artificial. Maybe I got an old or bad bottle. Yeah, that will be my excuse.

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Photo of dcotom
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was not a fan of the aroma profile on this at first, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Lots of dark malt on the nose, with some odd notes of overripe peach that seemed incongruous. These elements complemented each other a little better on the palate. This beer was actually quite drinkable, with a lingering bittersweet finish. Not one I'll be seeking out again, but not bad.

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Photo of Kendo
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, dark coppery-amber with a small khaki-colored head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Pureed peaches and strawberries over a sweet malt foundation.

T: Meh. Nutty malt foundation is followed by overripe peaches. Finishes clean, though with a slight aftertaste of fruity sweetness.

M: Light in heft, active, fizzy carbonation.

O: Not impressed. Glad I only bought the single bottle. Merry Christmas to all and to all a [better beer than this one] . . . Good night!

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Photo of Griffin2
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Poured a deep amber with a light tan head.
S - Smells of peaches.
T - Taste matches the smell, very peachy, with a little nuttiness. It has a nice maltiness on the finish.
F - Nicely carbonated.
O - I've been trying different holiday beers lately, and this one was different in a good way. Very nice drinking beer.

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

L: Pours a deep russet mahogany color with very little head.

S: Peach and other orchard fruits. Faint nutty aroma, too. Very pleasant on the nose.

T: Overwhelming grapefruit; so much grapefruit, in fact, that I didn't detect much else. I expected more peach, since it is so dominant on the nose. A bit yeasty in the aftertaste.

F: Somewhat crisp and dry. Feels thin and somewhat unsubstantial on the tongue.

O: A very solid holiday brew.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark, deep mahogany colour. Smells like sweet peach cobbler, with notes of figs, cranberry, and malts. Tastes like it smells, sweet, rich malts, figs, sticky fruits, and syrupy peaches.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.63/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shiner Holiday Cheer brewed by Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner, with an ABV of 5.40% This brew pours out a nice brown color with a nice off white head. The smell of Holiday Cheer is rich with grapefruit citrus, peaches. There is also a nice mix of grains,malts , and hops. It is different but in a good way. There is a lot going on in the smell of this brew. The smell of this brew is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is rich with flavors, you first pick up on the fruit sweetness. Then you pick up on the grains and malts. I really like how this brew pulls everything together. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, this brew has a super nice balance to it. I like how rich this brew is but yet it is so smooth . I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. The month feel of Shiner Holiday Cheer is Bold, Rich , Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Shiner Holiday Cheer a 4.75 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner, did a real nice job with this brew. If you are looking for a different type of Holiday brew look this one up.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shiner Holiday Cheer | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a two finger thick head, with spotty lacing, and a dark reddish-brown body.

I certainly smell the peaches mentioned on the labeling, with citrus hops. Can't really pick up on the pecans.

Ok, now I taste them. And those juicy peaches. This is like the south in my mouth; now I'm just missing a note of crawfish & gumbo.

Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Shiner Holiday Cheer | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner a well-deserved 4.5. Certainly will pick this up when things need switched up during "stout season".

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Photo of DavidRolle
4.68/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As I love the smell of peaches and pecans together I can't help but be a little biased when it comes to this beer. I believe that Its an instant classic and doesn't disappoint. Its easily one of the best beers shiner makes and its a very good christmas/holiday/winter beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wish I had read the lable a bit closer before I purchased this. Did not notice the "brewed with peaches, pecans and caramel color".I thought it was a staight bavarian dark wheat.????

Dark amber with brown and red hues. A quick and thin off white cap rises and fizzles fast.

Smells mostly of peaches. Maybe some sweet caramel.

A thin, sweet malt dominates the palate, sweet peach juice and caramel pretty much round it out. A slightly dry, bitter finish.

The feel is pretty thin and subtle, decent crisp bite.

Not a terrible flavor, the sweet peach and caramel dominates. This is not exactly what I had in mind !

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Photo of taters21
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark amber brown with a one finger lively tan head that recedes quickly.
Smells amazing! Of fresh cut peaches, brown sugar, nuts, caramel, and...fresh linen?
Starts with fresh peach and strawberry, then roasted almonds, and then to a nice maltiness with some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel I slick, and moderately creamy, diggin' it.
Overall a kickass, fragrant brew, with a great flavor to match, caramel color be damned, it's still a great beer!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear, the color of partially artificial maple syrup. Head is sandy-tan and foamy, with excellent retention. Beer appears at least moderately viscous. Peaches, an almost sweet-roasted nuttiness (although I wouldn't have guessed this was from actual pecans), and suggestions of bread on the nose. Palate denotes peaches, nuts, toffee, wheat bread, and a herbal to earthy bitterness, more along the lines of an English ale than a German wheat. This goes very well with peach and pecan flavors, in my opinion. Medium-bodied, though perhaps light for the style. Softer, sparser, sloshable carbonation. A creamy-smooth drinker.

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Photo of stevoj
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dunkelweizen? Hmmmm....mostly sweet tree fruit, pecans barely noticeable. Decent head, light weight body and mouthfeel. Nothing memorable here, trying to place peaches in the realm of winter seasonal flavors, doesn’t work...

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Photo of teromous
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a bottle date. It's past the holidays when I am reviewing this beer but luckily it's only the second week of January.

Appearance: Brilliant clarity. Rich dark brown with a hint of red in the body. The eggshell-white head is large and rocky with good retention and lacing. It looks absolutely perfect.

Aroma: This has a very interesting smell. It smells like peaches and cream. I don't get any of the standard Dunkelweizen aromas but the peaches are very good smelling.

Taste: There it is again with the peaches. It has a very strong peach flavor...it's not like peach Jolly Ranchers but it's a muted flavor. It's interesting for a holiday beer. This would make an excellent beer for the Spring. There is a bit of bread flavor but this is quickly dominated by the peach. It tastes like you're biting into a peach which is awesome but there's no real support from the base of the beer.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit too light bodied. The beer is smooth and highly drinkable. It could use a little bit of a push.

Overall: If you like peaches I would highly recommend the beer. If you like Dunkel's you will find an average beer here that is overwhelmed by peach flavor. Overall it is an enjoyable beer but as the novelty wears off the peach marches on without the support of the band.

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Photo of JSigsbach
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very well made and very nice Christmas holiday offering in Bavarian and Austrian tradition. I’ll be coming back for this one seasonally. Appearance: Direct pour Sam Adams glass at refrigerator temperature. Inviting peachy, amber, rosey caste with fosmy, fizzy semi-long lasting head. Aroma: Peachy notes come through most for me. Mouthfeel: Light but sturdy, slightly fizzy. Aftertaste: Peachy on retro olfaction with slightly bitter finish. Flavors are more balanced when it warms a bit inthe glass. Overall: Very drinkable and works well with lighter, sweeter, more complex food or desert pairing.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.34/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a beautiful amber color with a frothy off-white head. Smells very fruity, maybe strawberries or cherries. Initial taste is very smooth and crisp with a very light cherry taste finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable. The more I drink this, the more the natural Cherry flavor pops before the finish. Not much lacing to speak of. Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised with this brew and I just hope I can find more when I go back to the store.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tis the season...
A: a brownish roasted chestnut. Little head dissipates to some faint lining with the tiniest trace of lacing. S: the nose is mainly of the tart peach. Some bready malt in there as well. T: much more peach on the palate here. It has a slight soft-drink quality to it. Sounds strange, I know. There is a weak spiciness on the back end. I don't really taste the pecans, unfortunately. F: the carbonation and fizziness is there initially but eventually dies down into a fairly smooth beer. O: a decent Christmas brew, there are better out there but this one is different and worth a try.

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a rich reddish mahogany color with a 1&1/4" light tan head that slowly settles to a thin island over much of the liquid. Sipping creates some patches and streaks of lacing. The foam is mostly gone by the end of the beer.

The aromas include some peach and nuttiness from the pecan, all mixed in with the malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some peach, pecan, and sweetness from the malt. There's also a touch of mild bitterness from the hops

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly crisp from the persistent moderate carbonation. The finish is medium in length and begins as the sweetness gives way to the hop bitterness and the peach and pecan nut character begin to fade away into the slowly developing dryness.

Overall I liked this beer and would enjoy having another. While I don't expect to spend time deliberately seeking this beer this year I'll certainly be looking at having more next year. Its also a bit unique in that its not what I'd expect from a Dunkelweizen (there's no banana and clove), but I'm definitely liking the peach and pecan flavors here and so am rating more on personal preference than adherence to style.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark red to brown, 1 inch off white head, not much lacing

S: Peaches are the main smell, a little bread

T: Sweet peach right up front that transitions to a malty, nutty pecan bread flavor, lingering sweetness on the end

M: Medium

O: A really nice seasonal beer with sweetness from the peach and nutty flavor from the pecans. Its like a fruit cake beer, "'Tis the season for cheer".

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Photo of LarryV
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer. A well balanced nose of peach and pecan which follows through on the palate. It is slightly sweet but not cloying so. Color is a reddish amber, quite nice actually. It's easy to put a few of these down, I would definitely but this again, at the price it's a real bargain.

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