“12 Beers of Christmas” Review: Shiner Holiday Cheer

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Shiner says:

“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.”

shinercheer2Shiner Holiday Cheer
Dunkelweizen, 5.4% ABV

Karl: I got the feeling while drinking this selection from Shiner that I liked it a lot more than my Guy compatriots. Yes, this isn’t your typical Xmas brew or winter warmer. But, if this is what the holidays are like in Texas, then book my ass a ticket to Austin and I’ll see you in January. This beer is indeed, as promised, peach, peach, peach. (Side note: Without googling, is there a Georgia peach beer? There’s gotta be.)

We were promised pecans, though, were we not? If you give it a couple of minutes it starts to open up and develop that pecan flavor – but only just a touch – and gives it a hint of pie crust or cobbler. If some mad scientist of beer can figure out how to take the pie crust wave of flavor that we saw in the Short’s Key Lime Pie or the Southern Tier Pumking and wrap that into the peachiness of this beer, then my friends, we would have a true winner. As it is, this is a damn fine beer. Or in Texan parlance, this-uh is a dayum fahn beer. Yeehaw.

Really, you know what this is? Porch winter beer. If you’re in an area where the weather gets down into the 50s at worst, and you want something to break up the monotony of watery lagers and sweat killer beers, you might want a holiday beer that’s fruity and light and refreshing. So I get this.

As it opens up it actually develops like a literal bite of peach. It starts with that bright fresh “sweet as a peach” flavor, then gets tart for a second, and then bitterness. A nice journey of beer. Could I have more than a few of these? No, it would probably get overly cloying after a bit, but I could definitely do a couple while opening up presents. Shiner Cheer mimosa, anyone?


Ryan: Well, Karl, you hit the nail on the head with this one. You did like it a LOT more than I did. Now that’s not to say it’s a bad beer but it is a one note beer. And that note is peach. You can pick from any of the following to describe this beer; (a) peach cobbler, (b) peach pie, (c) peach ice cream, (d) peach jello, (e) all of the above.  All you get in the nose is peach and all you taste is peach.  Sure, you do get a bit of nuttiness in the finish after a while but it’s still too peachy for my liking.

This beer was fun and sparkly though, but not in a Berliner Weiss sort of way.  No, it was fun and sparkly in a wine cooler sort of way.  I kept looking around waiting for the guys from the old Bartles and James ads to thank me for my support.

Not to steal your thunder (bro), Andrew, but this did taste like a peach Jolly Rancher…dropped in to a bottle of Zima.

Andrew: I liked the Shiner Holiday Cheer – it was much different as far as Christmas beers are concerned. My problem was with how one-dimensional the beer was.

It poured a very nice clear, ruby-red with a slight white foamy head which dissipated quickly. The nose was nothing but peaches. Same for the flavor of the beer – peaches, peaches and peaches. In fact, it tasted like a peach jolly rancher. The bottle indicated that pecans were also present, but you’ll be hard pressed to find them – totally overpowered by the peaches.

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  2. BubbaT

    To me it tastes like ass. Sweaty gym socks. I’ve had a lot of beers and I can honestly say I cannot stand this one. I’ll probably toss it down the sink.

  3. joe

    i love this beer! i drank it all through the thanksgiving holiday and plan to have more for the rest of the holidays

  4. En

    this is one of my favorite holiday “drinks”…. and I am always disappointed that many of my beer-loving friends disagree (though all my friends who usually dislike beer, end up loving it).

    I think it all has to do with our expectations affecting our tastes. If you expect a dark and hearty beer, you won’t like it (or at least won’t be impressed). But instead don’t expect a beer at all, just a delicious holiday drink and the next thing you know, you’ll be filled with holiday cheer! (even if you have to huddle around a fire inside instead of sitting on a porch in TX).

  5. Dave Stokley

    Hey Guys,

    Love what you’re doing with the site. I just reviewed Shiner Holiday Cheer on my site, and agree with a lot of what you both said. Although it is definitely a new take on a Christmas beer, I like it (and regularly refer to it as a guilty pleasure). I could use more of the malt backbone, and believe it or not, I wouldn’t mind some more peaches in there too. It’s promising, but understated IMO.


  6. Rob Davis

    This is a holiday treat that many of my friends and myself look forward to each year. I am moving back to LA and will gladly support the Abita brewery. I stumbled upon this site while searching for a way to obtain this brew next Thanksgiving since I’ll be in LA. This Is my favorite beer to sit around a fire in the backyard with. It can be a little heavy after 3 or 4 but, 2 before dinner during Christmas is better than a desert after dinner. Who says you can’t have desert first? Great peachy and pecan flavor with a good smoothness that Shiner is known for.

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