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Shiner FM 966 - Spoetzl Brewery

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392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%


Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Lawl3ss on 12-24-2012)
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown can with a freshness date.

Crystal clear dull amber hue, very bubbly with a decent amount of lace. Ripe pears, spice, bready malt and hay in the nose. Slick medium body, mild crispness. Rustic graininess meets a mild hop bitterness, slightly spicy with a fruity backing. Faint medicinal tone with a ghost like broth note. Finishes spicy and semi-dry.

Decent and expected this. While the whole Saison / Farmhouse thing is way over done now Shiner took a good stab at it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:50:24 | More by Jason
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Guden

Maryland

3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- slightly hazy gold with a large white head that fades to a finger and leaves suds of lace.

S- upfront is big orange peel with some sweet grain and cardamom underneath. A little bit of wit-like metallic shows as it warms.

T- candy sweetness with just faint notes of citrus hanging on throughout the finish.

M- moderate carbonation with a dry finish that helps dissipate the sweetness.

O- I wasn't expecting much from a Shiner Farmhouse beer but wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately this beer is both a bit muddled and bland without enough character from the hops or yeast.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:54:50 | More by Guden
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Almost clear light tangerine color. A light cream colored head recedes to a light film. Light watery lacing initially.

Aroma: Light yeasty notes, grains, wheat. Minimal fruit notes and some citrus towards the back.

Taste: Bright citrus notes to begin, backed by some bready grains. A faint hop presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty crisp.

Overall: A pretty clean, crisp tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:44:51 | More by JuicesFlowing
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magictacosinus

California

3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A big thanks to Ken for the Shiner samples recently. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a teku glass.

Not a bad appearance - clear amber gold, with a foamy white head that lasts at the top of the glass for a good long while. Carbonation is strong, with bubbles gathering in droves at the bottom as well as lines streaming upwards beneath the head. Looks like any good American made saison.

Very light on the nose, but some of the (apparent) Belgian yeast does seem to shine through, but only so much. Rest assured, don't expect any barnyard, leather, or funky notes on this beer! Banana, white grapes, light raisins, as well as some herbal properties, such as green tea (maybe camomile and sage), white pepper, white flowers, as well as a grainy, sweet toffee, and slightly "skunky" smell at the finish. Crackly wheat finishes it up, with light spice. Not very complex, but nothing wrong with it, to be honest. It's a pilsner disguised as a "farmhouse" ale here. Nothing more, nothing less.

Yeah, one sip reveals to me that this is essentially a pilsner, but there are at least some redeemable qualities that place this in the same realm as some saisons. Grainy sweetness and wheat, alongside notes of dried raisins and light banana meld into the slightly gritty (or tannic) tea and pepper notes from the yeast. As a result, it's relatively light bodied, with a finish that is gently carbonated with a lightly spicy finish. Relatively inoffensive, but extremely mild in execution. The toasted tobacco note at the finish is a little off putting as well. Develops into a more spritzy, heavily raspy grainy texture over time, but it's never a chore to drink. It only, alas, lacks the rustic elements that make these types of beers usually among my favorites. Not a bad effort from a larger brewery, however.

Eh, nothing too exciting, but definitely a decent break from more intense yeasty and spicy beers of its kind, which I've been having quite a few of as of late. I feel this fails to live up to a more memorable offering due to it not being bottle conditioned, and containing too much of a light pilsen malt profile that makes this a borderline lager with Belgian yeast. I'm happy it's not too thick or sweet, but it could really be this refreshing while striving towards complexity with a bit of tweaking.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 05:06:43 | More by magictacosinus
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mooseisloose

Florida

2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

Saw this brew par using the beer section at the local market. Shiner is always a good brew so seeing an ale I picked up a sixer to give it a whirl. Popping the top is a nice waft of hops with some spice. Pours into a gnarly oak chalice to a orange yellow with a medium size bubble two finger head. On the taste this brew is flat bitter with a bit of spicing but for an ale IMHO very waterery in the mouthfeel. A good brew but substandard for my expectations of anything calling itself an ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 18:07:51 | More by mooseisloose
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into pint glass.

Not sure what yeast they used for this but it smells and tastes like a Hefeweizen.

A: It pours with a white, light head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a light ring. Looks of a hazy golden color.
S: Smells sweet with traditional Hefe scents, yeast and a little banana.
T: Again has the ester tastes of a hefe. Really nice smooth taste that lingers for a bit and leaves a bready taste on the tongue.
M: It's a light beer but I think the flavors lead me to believe it had more body.
O: I really liked this beer, seems underrated. I don't think I could classify it as a farmhouse but as a hefeweizen I think works better. Really nice light body with really nice flavor. I can see this being a great go to beer in the spring/summer time with some BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 04:51:02 | More by Whiskeydeez
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a smallish white head for the style. Fairly clear golden body. Light lace.

Slightly funky yeast aroma. Comes off fairly earthy with some spice and fruit.

Light body and bubbly. Drinks incredibly easy. Refreshing. Not much to it though. Get the basics of spicy pepper and clove and more of the funky aspects of the yeast.

Prob the best Shiner I've had. Decent enough stuff. I'd say worthy of a 6 pack to relax with.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 00:14:19 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a light hazy yellow color with white frothy head that left webbed lacing.

S- Big bubblegum, wheat, citrus, and coriander notes reminiscent of a traditional and fresh witbier.

T- Lots of bright and slightly tart orange citrus and lemon notes, big bubblegum, coriander and wheat.

M- Very refreshing, light bodied, very dry, and crisp.

O- Tasted like a very solid and traditional take on a witbier that was quite refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 04:52:32 | More by Hoptometrist
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken 1-27-14.

I got a finger of off-white head over a straw covered body. This dissipated to a ring. A light attempt at lace was noted.

Wheat, sweetgrass and yeast made up the first aromas I noticed. Whiffing it more deeply I got funky apples.

Sour apple and wheat says hello first. Grass, spices and herbal notes finish her off.

This beer had moderately high carbonation that seemed to bite the tongue and lips. It had a slight dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 22:38:14 | More by CFHMagnet
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Retroman40

Kentucky

2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - A slightly cloudy yellow with some orange tint.

S - Very nice hops aroma with faint hints of grain and malt.

T - The hops hit hard initially but fade to something I am having trouble with - almost a soapy flavor and finish.

M - Very neutral - good carbonation but a very plain.

O - I actually expected better from Shiner. This beer, while ok was an overall disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:38:26 | More by Retroman40
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz picked up a while back at Brewer's Haven in Boise... Pours with a short lasting white head... little lacing... the brew is slightly hazed pale golden.

Nose shows cracker like maltiness along with a lightly spicy element that I associate with clove... a little bit of lemon too, but that could be my mind playing tricks on me.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose... a bit more clove and a light peachy fruitiness.

Overall like a saison "lite"... still pretty drinkable... a good introductory Belgian style.

3.25/3.25/3.25/3.5/3.25

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 06:13:44 | More by JohnGalt1
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Spikester

Oregon

3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with two fingers of white head and a good amount of lace.
Smells like a witbeir with a touch of funky yeast.
Tastes like a funky witbeir . Some spice.
mouthfeel is fine and it has a lightly dry bitter finish, Carbonation is just right.
Overall a Farmhouse Ale for the new guy. Think of it as Farmhouse light.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 09:39:45 | More by Spikester
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Hoptopher

Tennessee

2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

-Poured from a 12oz bottle-
Appears a thin gold with a decent 1 finger cream white head.

Smells of spice and and bread maybe like a un sweet cornbread. A little hop like that of a fruit plant not necessarily the fruit.

Taste like cracked pepper and bread up front from the malt. A little hop on the back end.


Mouthfeel is thin with mild carbonation.

Hard to make out the date on the bottle, but I do believe this is a few months past its "prime". Shiner makes decent beers for their price and that is all I've got here.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 14:14:28 | More by Hoptopher
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

1.85/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a small thin white head with some lacing. Smells a bit sour, with malts, spice, and a few other flavors which were hard to figure out. The taste was ummm...pretty bad overall. Trying to figure out what was the direct cause of the dislike and has to be some strange hops. Ended up poring out the rest of the glass. Shiner brews are all over the board.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:23:44 | More by BeerWithMike
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kind of a saison light presentation. Has the pieces, light fruity, a little doughy, but it is soft on intensity. And the intensity dies out in time.
Full rich white head. Slightly cloudy body and a straw gold color.
Nice fruit flavors. Really quite refreshing. Mild to a little more in the drying. Mild tartness and hints of sour.
Tingly, but not prickly, carbonation. Reasonable soft.
This is a good starter saison. Hits the basics. Is enjoyable. Price is right.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:20:39 | More by garymuchow
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dwren89

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slight haze, golden yellow, fizzy white head

Aroma: refreshing fruitiness bordering on citrus with a slight tartness. Slight pale malt aroma. Overall zesty aroma

Taste: Zesty refreshing taste of citrus fruit and soft pale malt background.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and medium bodid

Overall: Not bad, but nothing spectacular. Quite refreshing, as the style should be, but lacking in citrus fruitness that could take this ale to a new level. Slightly overcarbonated as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 19:43:53 | More by dwren89
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours out a dirty gold colour with a foamy and ample egg shell white head. some spotty and clingy lace. tart aroma with spicy sidekicks. green apples, pears and yeast pair nicely with some peppery and wheaty spice. taste profile has some yeasty phenols about, throwing down a bit of alcohol spice, apple skins, pears, apricots and wheat. malt bill is lacking somewhat...some residual sweetness but really a non-factor. finishes on the dry side with lingering hop bitterness that plays patty cake with the spice and yeast profile. true to Shiner fashion, this lacks umph in the body with a semi-creamy mouthfeel that also falls short in comparison to true to style saisons. drinkability is easy enough..it slakes the thirst and provides some character...just enough to grab another.

overall my impressions are that this is another typical Shiner take on style that dumbs down the process and is angled at the crossover crowd. that being said, this does have enough going on to be a lawn mower beer and i might revisit this at the right price.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:42:33 | More by budgood1
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Brenden

Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A clouded dark yellow just shy of amber, this beer barely raises up half a finger of head. Retention is average, and the thin foam of head that still sits on top is just able to leave light spotty lacing on the glass.
The nose is mostly green apple skins under a wheat-like malts base and some spiciness.
A bit more yeastiness comes out on the tongue, and it's slightly earthier, but otherwise there's not much difference from the nose.
The body is light, almost medium. Carbonation is a little too high, and crispness is a little too hard, but it does even out some as it sits.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 00:57:54 | More by Brenden
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clear golden color with a small 1/2 fingers worth of head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving very little lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: I'm getting a little grass, some floral hops with a touch of fruitiness. Smells quite inviting.

T: Taste ending up having a little more grassy-earthy hops than floral, but the fruitiness is right up front straight to the finish.

M: Crisp, pretty strong carbonation at first, but falls off as the beer warms up. Pretty light for the style.

O: Not a bad little beer from Shiners, again another great effort. Good flavors, good ABV, not a bad session beer... Worth looking for.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 23:01:27 | More by mralphabet
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mactrail

California

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Looks nice enough in the Duvel tulip, but it would be beter suited to a red Solo cup. The aroma is not bad, it's just anemic. A little plastic hint. Faintly sourish and somewhat sharp. Overall, it tastes like weak iced tea with that tannic flavor.

I can't taste anything that would indicate Belgian yeast was involved in this. It's more of a diluted malt liquor flavor. Spoetzl makes some decent lagers, but this is not one of them. Bought at Texas Wine in Fredericksburg in the 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 17:17:15 | More by mactrail
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, with a medium, sturdy white head. Phenolic aroma, with some cloves. Taste begins with some tart apple, then some husky grain, then a big banana flavor, with a bit of herbal bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a good Saison, though i suspect it would be a bit better if it wasnt filtered.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:29:53 | More by tronester
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json83

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am a Guinness fan and this Farmhouse Ale is an excellent reminder of it's goodness. The smell is above average and the mouthfeel and taste compliment each other and leave no bad aftertaste. My flavor preference is currently the dark and full flavored beer and this is one I would drink again and buy in bulk in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:33:27 | More by json83
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JayQue

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad take on a Saison. Certainly not up there with Hennepin or Dupont, but not bad either. Has a lot of Saison elements...light fruit, funk, and spiciness. Not as intense as the top offerings but enough there to make it interesting.

Color looks like slightly hazy apple juice, with a delicately bubbly head...medium size on a hard pour. A little lacing and fairly good head retention.

The smell is mild but gives a hint of yeasty funk as well as the apples and pears type light fruit.

Taste is refreshing. Fairly mild Saison elements, some funk,but you wouldn't say "horse blanket", "barnyard" or very musty in describing the beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and crisp.

A good summertime brew but not a great Saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:16:46 | More by JayQue
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Pears & apple peels, plus apple blossoms

T: Follows the nose, some perfumy hops as well up front. A bit of breadyness & white grape as this warms, along with more apple peel, a bit of honey & some dirtyness. Finishes fruity with a bit of lemony hops, a whisper of barnyard & white grape sweetness

MF: Light bodied, soft carbonation. Thickens up as this warms

Not bad, a step up from a training wheels saison, a pleasant suprise from these guys

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 03:39:54 | More by russpowell
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smallish white head settles pretty quickly above a clear bright golden colored beer.

Light soapy yeastish mixed with sour grain malts and throw in a touch of peppery spices in the aroma of this farmhouse ale.

The grain malts come through more in the taste, it loses most of the soapiness and yeast attributes I got in the aroma, but the very light peppery spices are still there.

A light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the grains and light pepper like spices clinging on with this light bodied drink.

Not overly impressive other than I happened to drink this on a hotter day and my air conditioner has yet to be turned on for the summer, so I guess to it rates better than it would have on most days.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:27:35 | More by LXIXME
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