Shiner Holiday Cheer | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Atlas1 on 10-26-2008

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414
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1,635
pDev:
17.42%
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Photo of mpk_tx
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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 +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sokol_1993
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cimperman17
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Whiskey_Weasel
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OKbrew89
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papat444
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
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 +5.3%
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 -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SalamanderPusi
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Littledinger
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaysauras
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Grupatre
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Justindemino
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of tempo013
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gilgar
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Secret
4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer for its price range. For only about $1 a beer, it's absolute joy. You can't really buy a beer this good for that kind of price, so I take that into account when I'm doing this review.

As others have mentioned, it's got a good, dark amber color. Probably not a true dunkelweizen, because it's obviously filtered. That's probably my only complaint with it. Others have said it is very peach-forward, but I disagree, and admire the depth of the pecan flavor. I actually could not smell or taste the peach until the VERY thick, creamy head had dissolved, which can take quite a while, and even after it's mostly gone, there will be little islands of froth on top. After that, though, it certainly has a very fruity scent, but I don't get a really distinct peach flavor. My boyfriend found it more apricot with some prunes. To me, it's just "fruity". The lacing is GORGEOUS on this beer, and adheres to the glass for a long time. It's definitely sweet on the aftertaste, but not in a bad way, and the 22 IBU as listed on the label is spot-on correct. But overall the thing that impresses me most is the mellow, pecan-y taste. I grew up in the South and remember eating pecans by the handful, because they're practically free down there. (Not like up north, where they're an asinine $8 a pound.) You might have to be from the deep South- Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia- to pick up the subtle characteristics of pecan that are so well incorporated. I think a lack of recognition of these subtle flavors might be why so many who enjoy this beer are saying it's more peach forward. They just can't suss out pecans from the malt/ wheat/ hops, which it blends very well with. But to someone who grew up snacking on the abundance of pecans from random trees in the deep south like I did, the flavor of natural pecan is going to be right in your face, very noticeable and distinct. And that's okay, we all have different experiences and palettes. People in California or New York might eat candied pecans for a treat, or toss some on a salad, maybe know them in cookies and pastries, but I don't know any (I talk to a lot of people online) who would just sit around on long, hot summers, cracking pecans out of a 50 lbs sack that was hand gathered only days ago, and eating them for a meal. To say I am intimate with pecan's flavor is an understatement. Although it is a tender, mild nut, I know its every tiny nuance, and can pick it away from the scent of grains like a blood hound.

If you enjoy Abita Pecan, this is even more pecan flavored than that, and I think, much tastier overall.

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Photo of Nickpd
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,635 ratings