ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color which is disappointingly devoid of haziness for the style. The head is a one finger off-white shade. It isnít particularly creamy, nor does it have great retention. It leaves behind a thin ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Peach notes are at the forefront. Iím having trouble picking up any nuanced malt qualities, though, and thatís unfortunate. Maybe a touch of caramel and some wheat. At first, I thought I picked up a cheesy scent, but thatís gone away almost entirely in the glass. The fruitiness IS pretty nice anyways.
T: Okay, I lied - the malt here is like a punch in the face. It hits the palate immediately with caramel-laden sweetness, clashing with the (nice) peach notes instead of coexisting peacefully. At least the peachy finish is pleasant - too bad I donít pick up much pecan flavor. Thereís too much in the way of clashing flavors for me to enjoy this.
M: Light, but too sweet on the palate to really inspire drinkability. Carbonation does its damnedest to help it go down, though.
O: Itís a shame about its lack of balance, because I enjoy the fruity flavors of this. Wasnít a fan of this one, frankly. On the plus side, I can see this appealing to other drinkers.
jeffbigD (57) - - DEC 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The taste of peaches is very dominant in this brew. Medium carbonation with peacan undertones.
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark red with a fading sudsy head. Decent clarity.
Aroma: Brown sugar, apple skin, potpourri/scented holiday candle.
Taste: Light toast, brown sugar, sweet cherry. Definitely fruit cake.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Sticky.
Overall: This was a cool little unique holiday beer.
jbruner (2502) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep copper brown from the bottle with thin cream colored head that leaves light lace. Aroma is big peach up front, then malty sweetness on the back end. Taste is sweet fruit and peach worth nice nutty back end, slight bitterness. Pretty solid, better than I expected for sure.
weihenweizen (1874) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a glass. Aroma is nice peach, medium body, low carbonation, and good small-bubble lacing. Taste is peach, pecan, and some bananas. The flavors compete a little for me, but still pretty good.
TATE (307) - Lubec, Maine, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. The peach thing comes through strong in the aroma and the beginning of the taste. It pours a deep amber with minimal head. Peach up front then not much after, some sweet malt, no hops. Not sure about this one. Pretty different from a lot of the other Christmas beers and not that good.
bnwokedi89 (57) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma of this beer is a bit more on the fruity side... It almost smells as if this beer is made with mixed berries. This aroma isn't overpowering since this Holiday Cheer gets the right balance. The color of this beer is deep burgundy-brown and this beer is more opaque than translucent. The taste of this beer is almost a mix between cranberry upfront and a caramel aftertaste. Very delicious beer for the holidays.
Clarkdvm (172) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can in Florida. Faint peachy aroma. Not what I expected for winter beer but was a pleasant surprise. Easy to drink. Not too sweet despite peach flavor. Did not detect the pecan. A wonderful specimen
arnold931 (634) - Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at 3rd Base. Pours clear dark reddish brown with no head. Nose and taste is peach and caramel. Not bad
foyle (254) - Wyoming, USA - DEC 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
Appearance: pours a 2"+ sudsy head that falls slowly with some mild lacing. Color is a mostly clear reddish-brown. Some mild carbonation streams are visible.
Aroma: peaches are dominate, but also a bit of wheat grass, caramel and lightly toasted bread.
Mouthfeel: light bodied, fairly crisp with a dry finish.
Flavor: interesting combination of wheat, caramel, sweet barley, peaches and roasted pecans. There is a mild hop bite in the finish.
Overall: extremely good as far as flavored/fruit beers go. The first pecan beer I can recall having where I can actually taste the pecan flavor. Well done Shiner!
Travlr (13407) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma has an interesting combo of peach and caramel. Taste is fruity, malty, light spice. Different than your usual holiday beer, a welcomed change of pace.