Shiner Holiday Cheer | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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80
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1,580 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

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:
0
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red/brown color, with an off-white head that crackles and pops its way down to nothing in no time. Nice color, but this is my fourth bottle in a week and I've never been able to achieve much of a head on this beer. And life's too short to worry about THAT.

If this were fruit juice or soda, it would smell just fine, but I'm pretty close to being put off by the smell. It's peachy, because I've been told peaches are in this beer, but moreover I feel like I'm smelling a just-opened bottle of Juicy Juice fruit juice, if you're familiar with that stuff. Cherry, grape, peach...it's like a punch in here. The pecans this beer was also brewed with are indiscernible in the nose, as is any real beer-like quality.

Each bottle I've had has been less and less impressive to me, taste-wise. I get some pecans here, and that's nice, but there's a kind of burnt-sugar character that is unpleasant, and the peach flavor borders on nasty, not to mention overpowering, and the overall sweetness is very soda-like. A spiciness like that in various US winter warmers tries to peek through (are these the "natural flavors"?) and I don't get much "Bavarian-style dark wheat" character as promised by the label. Again: soda-like. There's a good beer in here somewhere, I swear, but as is I wouldn't ever buy another 6-pack. Finishes bitter and plastic-y and just really messy.

And again soda-like with the texture/feel...quite spritzy and tingly, also it avoids being harsh with an element of smoothness and slickness.

Dunkelweizen? Really? I wish it had struck me more like a dunkelweizen, I like a good DW. This Shiner Cheer just isn't for me.

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Photo of richkrull
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of misternebbie
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Jas45678
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BigMike
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ScaryEd
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fargrow
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of from Totowa for the holidays, not having a beer from Shiner in quite a long time. I didn't think that this was a Dunkelweizen when I first poured it out, as it was clear and not indicative of being full of wheat. As a seasonal, this was fine on its own but there wasn't a lot of body or aroma to this and this tasted quite a bit like the Bock and the other beers that I've enjoyed from Shiner in the past.

The pour to this was what I expected, with a clear nutty hue, somewhat frothy head, and lots of carbonation. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but the pecans were certainly there and there was a slight Bock or Weizenbock feel to it. This was repeated in the mouthfeel to some extent, as the peaches same out a bit more along with the heavy carbonation and somewhat fruity undertone to this. Very little banana and no wheat to be found and the consistency of this was light, even though it felt a bit creamy. The body had some malt in it but not enough to compensate for the aforementioned lack of wheat.

Thankfully, the alcohol was low and hardly detectable and I could have had a few more in a sitting had I bought more than one bottle. The roasted nuttiness wasn't as strong as I would have liked but had it been, this would have felt like a Brown Ale. As it was, this was enjoyable on its own even though it paled in comparison to its more highly-rated European counterparts. Some may feel like this is a lighter version of the Shiner Bock but for the holidays, this would be a good choice as a lighter alternative to what's currently on the shelf.

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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 JohneHoodlum
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jvillefan
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pens1967
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 emmasdad
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first thought here is WOW! Six and a half bucks from a brewery that is meh at best, and I am very impressed. Pours a medium amber color, with a bit of a white head on top. Light to medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. Huge peach aroma and flavor carry the day here, along with a hint of nuts, some light brown sugar and earth. A very surprising, inviting and delicious "holiday" beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Dark amber colored with light brown head. The aroma is predominantly peaches and apricots. The taste is naturally heavy on the peaches with some nutty malt, banana bread and caramel flavors also in the mix. A peach flavored Dunkelweizen is not exactly my ideal winter seasonal but the overall flavor is surprisingly smooth and refreshing. Neat vintage label and this beer was a major let down for me - too peachy for a winter. I'd rather stick with the Shiner Bock here.

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