Hunter's Beer gives reviews and descriptions of different beers that I sample and enjoy. I welcome all to sample, share, and comment with their own experiences of different beers. This blog will use many different styles and values of beer, from mass produced American beers to top of the line micro-brewers to historical brews from around the world. I present the information on the beer in a very informal and laymen manner, nothing you would find at a vineyard in France. So come, pop a top, and enjoy!

I will be using a 'cheer' system for quick ratings of the beer. The main factors I will use are taste, quality, lasting appeal and price.

5 Cheers - The best example of the quote by Ben Franklin "Beer is proof that God loves us and want us to be happy."
4 Cheers - Good enough to be remembered a week after drinking it, but falls just short.
3 Cheers - Only good enough to remembered the next day.
2 Cheers - Forgotten the next day, but good enough to be remembered in an hour.
1 Cheer - Forgettable.
Crickets - Skunked beer. Not even finished.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Holiday Cheer - Shiner Brewing Company

 Yes, I am reviewing a Christmas beer now.  It is about that time.  Anyway, this beer, called Holiday Cheer, comes from my favorite brewery in Texas, Shiner Bock Brewery.  It is a nice malty variation of their famous Shiner Bock beer that also includes peaches and pecans.   On top of all of this, the ingredients are roasted before entering into the beer itself, creating the perfect beer for a cold winter night, at least in theory.

Sight - The roasted malts are the very first thing anyone can see from this deep amber color beer.  Unfortunately, it does not carbonate well, but this can be solved easily by pouring the beer into a pint glass.    the only negative aspect of this beer is the head is rather flat.

Smell - Sweet, sweet peaches!  Not only does this beer have the smell of a sweet ripe peach, but also of the sweet smell of roasted malts.  This beer satisfies the senses and brings many flavors.  I can already recognize the craftsmanship in this beer.

Taste - As with the smell, this beer is sweet to its core.  You first taste the malts, but they quickly are overtaken by the peaches in this beer.  The peaches provide the strongest taste in this beer, and rightfully so.  The nutty aftertaste of the pecans appears slightly, but the peaches provide the best taste of this beer.  Do not think that the peaches make this less of a beer.  The malts and hops are still present with the taste of peaches and the hint of pecans.

Overall - I will be honest, this is one of my favorite beers, falling in love with it at my first sip,  (love at first sip?).  This was two years ago at Christmas time, and I still avidly look for this beer every year.  I hope you do the same and start spreading the cheer.

5 out of 5 cheers!!!!! (if not more!)

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