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Shiner Holiday Cheer

January 7, 2010

Christmas time.  Holiday time.  New Years time.  Whatever you celebrate, whenever you celebrate, and however you celebrate it is always a good time for a beer.  Brewers know this and it is evident by the huge amount of specialty winter brews available this time of year.

Shiner celebrates with the release of Shiner Holiday Cheer.  Having tried a few Shiner brews in the past and having been pleased I quickly picked up a six-pack of Cheer.  According to the brewer this is brewed with peaches and pecans.

A pour into a Molson Export vintage 12 oz. mug  reveals a beer that is clear and the color of red beginning to rust.  It is quite attractive.  The head is medium height and a light brown color.

The aroma of Holiday Cheer is all malt goodness.  A strong fruit note is dominant consisting of peaches, ripe plums, and dark fruit.  The smell of this one makes me eager to dive right in.

At first quaff the sweetness is very apparent.  It is sweet, sweet, and more sweet, but still not cloying.  I’m used to spicy winter beers, and roasty malt winter beers, but Shiner Holiday Cheer is unique in this category.  The flavor is still malty and fruity, but a hidden roasted nut flavor (the pecans?) comes in and out almost before you notice it.  Just as the flavor begins to fade away a light  dash of hops appears and begs you to bring the glass up to your mouth one more time.

The body is light with prickly carbonation and it leaves just a small bit of coating residue in your mouth.  This one is highly drinkable for the amount of sweetness it holds.  My six-pack didn’t last long, and in the spirit of the season I also took a case of Holiday Cheer to a holiday party.

Just as the cap reads “To: You,  From: Shiner” this one truly is a gift worth waiting for.

Appearance: 4.0/5

Aroma: 4.0/5

Flavor: 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: 3.8/5

Drinkability: 3.8/5

Overall: 4.02/5

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4 Comments
  1. Erik permalink

    Awesome. Sounds great!

  2. Is it beer 30, yet? I’m ready to crack open a nice bottle of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale!

    • On the weekend it is always beer:30! LOL. Thanks for the comment and enjoy that Sierra Nevada. Cheers!

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