Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Game Day Beer Review: Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Holiday Cheer Dunkelweizen

We'll kick off the start of the holiday season with a beer brewed especially for the occasion.

From deep in the heart of Texas, Shiner Holiday Cheer pours a dark cherry cola color, with a thin white head -- the color of Santa's beard -- that gets lost quicker than a big man in a red suit scoots up the chimney. I'm definitely getting peaches on the nose more than any other scent; the beer just smells sweet.

I'll say one thing for the taste: this beer is definitely different, a true standout. It begins sweetly enough, but not cloyingly so, before running into an earthy note in the middle. I'm also getting some definite malts, both in the beginning and in the middle of the taste. 

But Holiday Cheer finishes very dry, which brings you up a bit short after its sweet start.  It's well carbonated and very refreshing. It's clearly different than your every day holiday beer, and I actually kind of like it.  I may need to taste a few more to figure out exactly how much: B+

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