Thursday, February 16, 2012

Shiner Holiday Cheer

Shiner Holiday Cheer

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery
Shiner, Texas, USA


5.40% ABV

Commercial Description:
Happy Holidays from the "Little Brewery" in Shiner, TX. We hope you enjoy your Shiner Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat. And Kräusening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying. May your days be merry and bright and your Shiner be cold.

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$6.50 6 pack, ~$24.00 case

This beer was in this years Christmas Beer Variety case at State Line Liquors. I did not know that Shiner brewed a Christmas beer so this will be a first for me.

The beer pours a dark amber with orange hues and a modest off white head.

The nose is nice with rich dark malt aromas and just a hint of floral hops.

What a nice first sip; this is a good tasting beer.

It starts out with a dark malt sweetness up front then a smooth easy mouthfeel as the beer washes over the tongue. The back-end is very easy drinking with a practically effortless swallow. The finish is very nice rich earthy malt flavors and just a hint of hop bitterness. There is also an interesting sweetness on the finish. There is not much of a final aftertaste just a hint of these dark wheat malts.

This is a nice easy drinking Dunkel

I’m not picking up Christmas but what a nice drinking beer.

As the beer warms up it is getter smoother and a little sweeter. There is also an earthy nuttiness almost oaky flavor that is now coming through.

The beer has now warmed to room temperature.

I am really picking up a peach flavor now that I didn’t notice before. And I’m not picking up any off flavors.

I am always impressed when a beer warms to room temperature and it does not pick up any off flavors.

I’m going for an A- on this delightful Dunkelweizen. I really enjoyed this experience.

Shiner Holiday Cheer is a Dunkelweizen whose smooth mouthfeel and pleasant dark earthy wheat malts are enhanced with a touch of peach and pecans to produce a delightful easy drinking glass of Holiday Cheer.


  1. I'm glad you liked it. It is one of my favorite Holiday beers.

  2. Hey Kerry, Thanks for the comment.

    Yes, I was pleasantly surprised, this was a much better beer than I expected.