The base beer for Shiner Holiday Cheer is a dunkelweizen - essentially a dark hefeweizen, ‘dunkel’ meaning ‘dark’, as in dunkel lager. So not only are we getting the peaches and pecans, there’s also the typical banana and clove characteristics found in a good hefeweizen, and if you’ve had a Live Oak Hefeweizen you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
Dunkelweizen has all those hefeweizen qualities plus the richness of darker roasted malts. Think of it as a cross between a hefe and an Oktoberfest.
I freely admit that I’m not a fan of wheat beers. There’s just something about the taste of the wheat malt that my palate doesn’t care for, and those banana and clove flavours of the hefeweizen or the orange zest and coriander characteristics of the witbier don’t sit right with me. But that’s the beauty of beer and why I prefer it to wine - there are so many beer styles and so much diversity between the styles, from blonde ale to pilsener to pale ale to helles lager to IPA to bock to stout and porter to barley wine and all points in between, so even if there are beer styles you don’t like there are still so many more to enjoy.
I’m very happy to be a friend of John Barleycorn.
Jim Hughes, Head Beer Nerd, Alamo South Lamar
“If I had all the money I’ve spent on drink… I’d spend it on drink.” ~ Sir Henry Rawlinson