Beer lovers often look forward to the change of seasons because with the change in the weather comes a change in beer products. Brewers like to tantalize the taste buds with seasonal products and some of them are quite distinctive and memorable; providing beer drinkers with a reason to anticipate the inevitable passage of time. One interesting seasonal beer available to a large segment of the population is Shiner Holiday Cheer, a fruity winter seasonal from Spoetzl Brewing.
How Does This Beer Measure Up?:
First, let’s look at the basics. Shiner Holiday Cheer pours to a mahogany color with a nose that combines nuts and fruit. The fruity aroma is like a combination of peaches and cherries and is both pleasant and enticing. The head of foam on this beer is light brown in color and abundant at first, but it does eventually settle down, maintaining a thin layer as you drink.
As for the taste, Shiner Holiday Cheer is a peachy brew. The main flavor component is that of peaches and more peaches. There are some other flavors in this beer also, like pecans, apricot, wheat, toffee, and just a touch of cinnamon. A small amount of hops closes out the tasting experience, but it then returns to a sweet, peachy aftertaste.
Shiner brews its Holiday Cheer with peaches, pecans, wheat malt, and other ingredients. The alcohol content of this beer is 5.4 percent by volume and it has a bitterness rating of 22 IBU.
Other Things to Note:
Shiner Holiday Cheer is a Christmas seasonal product offered by Spoetzl Brewery, the company that helped to make Shiner Bock a household name. Shiner Holiday Cheer is a dunkelweizen style brew and, as far as I know, was the first ever Shiner beer brewed for the holiday season.
Winter seasonal beers are typically spicy and warming, with a small amount of fruit flavor sometimes added in but with an emphasis on cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. Shiner Holiday Cheer, however, is a little different. The dominant flavor in this holiday beer is peaches, with only a small amount of nut flavor and spices. Spoetzl brews this beer using Texas pecans and Texas peaches, creating a beer that is like a fruit pie or peach cobbler served with a wheat crust and some nuts sprinkled on top.
Shiner Holiday Cheer is a sweet beer overall, but it does manage to offer some bitter contrast in the finish. There isn’t much, but there is enough hop character to keep this beer from getting too sweet. Yes, it does have a flavor that reminds me of a serving of fruit cocktail, but the taste isn’t so sweet that it tastes like a malt/wine cooler. You can still tell you’re drinking beer.
Shiner will always be best known for its popular bock, but the Shiner portfolio continues to expand and now includes a nice variety of products. Shiner Holiday Cheer is a good- tasting holiday beer that is great for those who love the flavor of peaches and want something a little different in a holiday brew. Its flavor is the type most anyone will find agreeable, and that includes those who don’t consider themselves beer drinkers. It may be a little too fruity for some, but its festive spirit and light but real beer flavor make it worthy of a sampling.
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