Total Score: 86.0
For the sixth day of Christmas I’m having Shiner Holiday Cheer from the “Little Brewery” in Shiner, Texas, Spoetzl Brewery. Due to a busy day I’m running up against the end of my sixth day, so I apologize for cutting straight to the beer. The brewery does have a long history, and their website does a great job of telling the story.
Shiner Holiday Cheer is a sparklingly clear mahogany with a 2-finger snow white head that fizzles to a film and leaves no lace. Great color, uninspiring head. Smell is primarily toasty and fresh bread malts with a sweet and slightly tart peach undertone. If that peach smell is natural that’s pretty impressive, but I suspect otherwise. Regardless, this smells pretty good. Taste mimics the smell almost perfectly: lightly toasted breads hit first, then give way to the mild sweet peach flavor from the smell. It does leave a bit of a syrupy sweet slick on the tongue which is probably where many get the artificial peach vibe from, but for me it’s actually an interesting twist, so perhaps you’d call this my guilty pleasure. In fact, I could go for a bit more of that peach flavor…if ya got, flaunt it! Mouth is lighter bodied and a bit fizzy for my tastes. Finish is moderately sweet and only slightly dry, almost as if by accident.
Overall this is a solid beer, and another change of pace from the spiced beers that I’ve been calling “traditional” Winter Warmers. Perhaps it’s not so much of a tradition after all. Some will like this beer and some will probably hate it, but it’s at least worth a try.
Look: 8.5/10 Smell: 9/10 Taste: 8.5/10 All-Around: 8.5/10