Beer Review – Shiner Hill Country Peach Wheat

Overview

Hill Country Peach Wheat is a limited-run witbier brewer by the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. It has an ABV of 4.5%.

About the Brand

The Spoetzl Brewery, based in Shiner, is one of the better known breweries in the state of Texas. While its year-round Shiner Bock is probably its best known product, Shiner has developed a reputation for creating great seasonal and limited run brews.

The Hill Country Peach Wheat was one of the brews available in the Shiner Family Reunion Six Pack, purchased in May of 2017.

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Most of the brews available in this pack are available year round. A review of each beer and a comprehensive review  of the pack is coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled. I am leading with this review as the Hill Country Peach Wheat was only brewed once, and once its all gone you won’t find it again.

About the Beer

Until very recently, I would have been incredibly skeptical of a fruit-based beer (this position was changed by Abita’s Strawberry Lager). With a new frame of mind and acknowledging Shiner’s great reputation for beer, I was excited to try this brew.

On popping the cap, I was greeted by the overly sweet smell of peach, akin to opening a bag of peach-rings. This shook my confidence a little, as the overt sweetness did not seem like a good sign.

My concern was quickly settled. Hill Country Peach Wheat has a slightly cloudy, amber color that telegraphs its smooth texture. Similarly to Abita’s Strawberry Lager, the beer holds the pleasant qualities of its fruit ingredient. The hint of peach flavor contributes to the overall drinkability of this interesting beer. Its aftertaste is slightly bitter, but not enough to become overwhelming.

TL;DR

Despite its overwhelmingly sweet smell, Shiner’s Hill Country Peach Wheat is a very pleasant beer to drink. I would highly recommend trying this limited-run brew if you are presented with a chance!

Rating: 7.5/10

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