Monday, December 10, 2012
Review: Shiner Holiday Cheer
It is time to try the Shiner Holiday Cheer. Brewed at the Spoetzl Brewing in Shiner, TX, this ale is described as a Bavarian-Style Dark Wheat, with further description as an "ale brewed with peaches and pecans and with natural flavor and caramel color." I understand the peaches pecans, but "natural flavor and caramel color.?" Sounds more like something on a juice bottle. Perhaps it's just a simple way to explain the beer flavors?
At any rate, upon opening this (twist off top) a nice festive aroma presents itself. "It smells like Christmas!" my wife exclaimed. I smelled the peaches mostly. The flavor is smooth and malty (the peach aids to the smooth character as well), with a bright and rather dry finish. The nutty tones in the finish are probably due to the pecans adding a little character.
The color is a nice deep golden amber. Very clear, with little head retention.
If you are sampling some holiday beers, its worth the try. The peach is nice and has given me some ideas for homebrew experiments too, which it always worthwhile.
I'll finish this post as they do with their description... Prosit!