Shiner Holiday Cheer | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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80
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,580
Reviews:
402
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
17.56%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
517
For Trade:
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Ratings: 1,580 |  Reviews: 402
Photo of sgt_187em
4.31/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very first impression of the taste was that it tasted like berries, but then the peach flavor became more prevalent. The color was deep bronze and the smell was similar to the taste. Low bitterness, medium thickness. Pretty good.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty solid holiday beer. It has a nice caramel and nut flavor, but it's not too strong. There's a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste at the end, which keeps it from being one of the better winter beers.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is listed on the bottle as an ale brewed with peaches and pecans with natural flavors and caramel color. It pours a nice amber color with a half inch of thin, quickly dissipating head. The first thing I noted was a strong peach smell as it poured. There is also a nutty, malty smell. The taste is a little different than the smell. Less peach with a mix of pecan. The malty ale comes through on top of the peach and pecans. I love peaches, but I've never been satisfied with peaches in beer. This is no different, although the more I drank, the more I liked the flavor. As I looked through Shiner beers on this site, this is one of their highest rated offerings. I can see why - nice flavor and very easy to drink. I could see myself making my was through three or four of these on a cold afternoon.

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Photo of Suds
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a nice surprise...much better than I expected. The beer is a light chestnut color with a white head and a fizzy carbonation. The aroma is a mix of fruit, malt, and wheat...with a little yeast scent underneath. The taste, though, is really nice...peaches, lots of peaches, with sweet malt and a little wheat twang. Crisp due to the effervescence, which is essential to keep it from being too sweet. Medium in body and very enjoyable. Nice!

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always end up grabbing a 6-pack or two of this every year during Nov-Dec. Bought from HEB in College Station and poured into a pint glass. First review, new to BA, so here we go!

Look: Nice dark brown color with reddish tinge. Mostly clear. Small head with little lacing.
Smell: Peaches dominate. Sweet, and a good indicator of what's to come
Taste: Peaches, sweetness, and a comfortable hop touch that is very satisfying for this style.
Feel: Great frothy wheatbeer mouthfeel.

Overall: Well-flavored dunkelweizen with a hop touch that keeps things very interesting. Spoetzl's best offering, by far, in my opinion. Well worth multiple tries during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

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Photo of jmarko579
4.46/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sokol_1993
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cimperman17
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Whiskey_Weasel
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep red/amber color. If you put it up to a source of light you can really see more tints of red than amber. I would almost go as far as saying it has a red grape color to the beer. The head is an off white color, and not very thick after a few moments. The head retention seems to last quite some time.
S: Smells very fruity, heavy notes of peach and cherry with lesser aromas of pecans.
T: Peach and pecan, not so much cherry. A malty presence, especially towards the finish, alongside of some spices. Dry after taste.
M: Closer to a medium body than light. Not overly carbonated, but definitely not on the light side.
O: Overall a pleasant beer, worth drinking again, although I don't think I would go out of my way to purchase it.

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Photo of HabaJohn
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OKbrew89
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours an orangish copper color with a one finger head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lacing. Aroma of candied pecans, peaches, and roasted malt. Taste follows the nose with roasted malts and pecans before the peach sneaks in to provide a barely sweet finish. The biggest issue with this beer is the feel. Light bodied and medium-light carbonation. It makes it easier to drink but allows you to forget that it's supposed to be a dunked. It could pass for a malt forward amber.
I like this a lot during the holidays and pick up a 6 pack every November. There isn't much difference between bottle and tap though. It's not a great beer, but it gets bonus points for me because it really fits into the holidays.

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Photo of Warren1134
4.77/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papat444
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rusty brown body with ruby highlights and very small head and lacing. Some peaches for sure mixed with nuttiness and some spices; not too bad.

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Photo of SunglassesJoe
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feliz Navidad!

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Photo of benloho
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SalamanderPusi
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Littledinger
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaysauras
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Nice amber pour with a hint of red. Great lace, great thick cream colored head. Appetizing, and a good hint and what you are about to drink.

S: Scent wasn't much. Pretty dominant scent of peach, really masked anything else that could be deciphered. Maybe a hint of malt? But more like sour peaches and alcohol. Not much of a nose to this.

T: The taste blew me away. This was not what I was expecting when I read "Peaches and Pecans" for some reason. Why? Because it ACTUALLY had both of those flavors, quite dominantly, and well blended. The sweet maltiness and peach flavor hits you right up front in a sharp, sour, and sweet bite. Then it mellows into a very delightful pecan, malt, and bread flavor. The finish is like biting into a piece of warm pecan pie. A surprisingly well crafted, uniquely flavored holiday beer. Bit of a meddling aftertaste though, but overall pretty damn solid.

F: Dry up front, bit chewy and warm on the backend.

O: For the price, I'm really really impressed. It's a worthwhile holiday taste to anyone trying to get in the spirit of things. It is definitely flavored differently enough with the peaches to separate itself from the pack in terms of a unique twist on a holiday beer. Easy drink, dare I say sessionable by a warm fire on a chilly winter evening. Pair this bad boy with some pecan or pumpkin pie and enjoy a night by the fire.

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Photo of UniversalIPA_69
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Grupatre
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Justindemino
2.72/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of tempo013
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.53 out of 5 based on 1,580 ratings.
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