Shiner Holiday Cheer | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Shiner Holiday CheerShiner Holiday Cheer
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3.56/5
1,580 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Atlas1 on 10-26-2008

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#39,047
Reviews:
403
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1,580
pDev:
17.42%
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, peaches, and a slight nutty aroma. Taste is much the same with peach and apricot flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly interesting with the peach and pecan combo going on.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of those beers i have passed over about a million times without realizing what i was missing. this is a particularly unique brew, a wheat beer that features both pecans and peaches, a refreshing and tasty rewrite of holiday beer. huge peach nose is very authentic, not real nutty, but fresh and juicy in front of medium toasted wheat malt. i really like the subtle spice flavor with the sweet peach, its like real good iced tea from the south. could maybe use a little more hops to soften the sugar, but i like how different this is. the pecans add an earthy richness which is nice with the grain, and the beer is robustly carbonated and lively on the palate. this beer deserves more credit, its one of a kind and among the very best ive had from shiner. worthy of any holiday feast, i may make this a tradition.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear reddish brown color with an off white head on top. The retention is thin and there isn't any lacing. The smell of the beer to me was really impressive. I poured out and was overwhelmed by the peach in it. The smell is sweet like candy and won't appeal to most beer lovers out there. The taste is also sweet, again with peaches I wish the nuts came out a little more. The mouthfeel is very drinkable and easy going. Not bitter at all or cloying. Overall despite it's "artificial" aromas and flavors that it more than likely has... it's still a really good tasting beer in my opinion. I would prefer it if it wasn't artificial at all and all natural but either way I enjoy this beer. I feel it's a bit too clear to be a traditional Dunkelweizen as well. All in all I would drink this beer again though.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear garnet red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a few pillows of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet peaches are present in the nose along with hints of pecans and spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the initial taste starts out with flavors of peaches (and associated hints of sweetness), which become mixed with flavors of toasted pecans and spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This seems to taste more like a Fruit/Vegetable Beer than a Dunkelweizen. It's an interesting Texan take on a holiday beer and is a lot easier to drink than some of the other holiday beers in the heavier styles such as winter warmers. There seemed to be a good balance between the peaches and pecans/spices because the beer wasn't overly sweet.

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3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oddly refreshing for a Christmas Beer to showcase the fruit of peaches, which makes sense in the regions where those fruits are in season during the holidays.

Aromas of peach are obvious stand outs, far above the grainy/malty elements of mild toast and caramel. Nutty notes arise but only in moderate fashion; for a beer that boasts the additions of pecans, I would have expected more. Regardless, the peaches dominate.

Pouring a crystal-clear, dark amber hue, the beer has crimson highlights while carrying a part-froath, part-creamy head. The beer settles into a light sheet across the surface before holding firm.

Flavors are more balanced than the nose. Sure, roasted peaches are a mainstay, but are tempered by grainy sweetness, spice, toffee, and roasted nuts (pecans, I'd say). Where the depth and complexity of Dunkelweizens is needed, the beer instead delivers a one-dimentional fruity (peach) taste while the flavor of toasted grain husks leaves the finish a bit bitey.

Medium creaminess fades fast into a weakening mid palate. There's no real reprieve as the beer further falls into a woodsy, astringent feel late.

I rather enjoy the notion of peaches added to a beer like Dunkelweizen, but only if the subtle complexities of the base beer can be read, and not dominated by such a finess type of fruit as the peach. As with many Shiner beers, the over-attenuation leads to astringency and grainy taste: signature Shiner. No real mention of pecans? I thought that a walnut flavor from grain/malt made more of a contribution than pecans- would have missed it if the label hadn't said so.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy head that leaves a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Canned peaches, nuts and vague hints of holiday spioe

Taste: Opens with a peachy flavor that grows progressively sweeter and nuttier by mid-palate; after the swallow, the peach and butter pecan flavors combine together nicely leaving a spicy aspect that comes together on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink though not something I would want to have again

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of fluffy foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of peaches, maltiness and overall was fairly sweet. Not a bad smell, but it just didn't have any dunkelweizen aroma.

T - It tasted of peaches, malt and some crisp wheat flavor came through here. Mild yeastiness.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - This is an interesting beer. Some dunkelweizen flavor with peaches mixed it. I would drink it again. It could be something to have on hand for guests.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A dunkelweizen brewed with peaches, pecans and delicious natural flavor and caramel color. On a day like this, what could be better than some crisp refreshing natural flavor?

The beer is the color of mahogany with ruby red highlights and perfect clarity, which I find a little odd for a dunkelweizen. The head crackles and dissipates like a can of soda poured into a paper cup. Looks exactly like Coke, actually.

Sweet and tart peaches and cream greet the nose first; more like cream soda actually. Toasted pecans and whole wheat toast are present as well. It's on the sweet side, and oddly artificial smelling.

Cola, peaches, strawberries, caramel and pecans are dominant on the tongue, along with a touch of nutmeg and chocolate. It's very sweet and syrupy, though the body is thin and carbonation high. It finishes on a dry note, with some lingering bitterness, Cherry Coke and peach. This is strange, unsettling stuff; it's like a soda/beer hybrid. If you're the type of person that adds shots of vodka to their RC Cola, you may enjoy this, but otherwise it's best avoided.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/25/2014. Pours almost crystal clear deep ruby brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big peach, caramel, toffee, brown bread, wheat, floral, light banana, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with big peach presence and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big peach, banana, caramel, toffee, brown bread, wheat, clove, pepper, floral, light nuttiness, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, banana, caramel, toffee, brown bread, wheat, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of peach, yeast, and malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruited dunkelweizen. Good balance and robustness of fruit, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of mothman
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass. Pours ½ finger of beige head. Head fades fast. Color is am amber copper.

Aroma: I can't believe how much the peaches stick out. The pecans show as well. Some caramel and roasted malts. A touch of cocoa.

Taste: Peaches and strawberry fruitiness. Pecans and roasted malts. Chocolate syrup with earthy hops. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, fizzy, and roasted. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry with fruits.

Overall, a very interesting. Somewhat drinkable. Very fruity. At first, I thought I would be able to drink multiples, but quickly found out that one would be enough.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shiner Holiday Cheer
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "325 13 A-1P 08:32" (I have no idea what that means or how fresh it is. I hope that's not the 325th day of 2013!)
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Who would have expected a dunkelweizen to be the holiday beer from a brewery in Texas? Well that makes perfect sense given the long history of German-immigrant brewers in Texas, and that of the Spoetzl Brewery as well (since 1909). Of course, there's really nothing traditional about this beer either as it's brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans as well!

It doesn't exactly look like a "Bavarian-style dark wheat" considering that it's quite clear (I guess it's a kristalweiss), and it has a pretty standard sized head of yellowed khaki. With that said, it's medium-light in body with a fairly moderate carbonation that leaves it silky smooth across the tongue. It looks to me like a Munich dunker, or a dark Vienna lager, but it doesn't matter anyway because once you get to the taste you'll realize that the designation doesn't matter, this is a beer that doesn't really fit any style category.

You can smell the peach in the nose. It's juicy and bright, and it appears in the flavor as well, but not all of the time. Each sip gives you a little bit of a different take on it, sometimes revealing more of the pecan, sometimes more of the malt, and sometimes more of that great peach flavor (probably depending on how much you bring into your mouth, and how long you let it sit before swallowing it). It finishes dry with a toasty, ashen edge.

It's unique, and you've got to give them credit for originality. Additionally, I feel all of the components work together, and stand out at least a little bit on their own. It's balanced by a firm bitterness, and it's pretty nicely polished. It's certainly worth trying!

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