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Shiner FM 966 - Spoetzl Brewery

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490 Ratings

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lawl3ss on 12-24-2012)
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.31/5  rDev 0%

Shiner FM966 Farmhouse Ale is a straw- colored beer that is clear as a bell and is coated with a white head of foam that lasts a decent amount of time. The nose on this beer is one of light spices, cloves, and bananas and based on appearances alone, the beer seems promising.

Shiner FM966 Farmhouse Ale is a lighter brew with flavors of fruit, yeast, bread, and biscuit- like malts. Searching a little more, I come up with even more tastes such as bread, grapes, banana, some honey, and spices like coriander and clove.

Shiner beer products, with a few exceptions, are not usually associated with greatness, but the brewery has managed a handful of tasty, satisfying beers worthy of a second helping. Unfortunately, the majority of Shiner beer is very middle of the road and, more often than not, leaves the drinker wondering why Shiner didn’t try a little harder. This beer is, again, an average beer product overall and yet another one of those middle- rated Shiner beers that have become the brewery’s trademark. It offers some decent flavors and some promise overall, but the problem is that the beer is too light and ordinary to rank among the best.

It is nice to see that Shiner is venturing out in new directions and it is great that the company is now brewing ales. But Shiner FM966 Farmhouse Ale is a very ordinary example of the style and while I agree that this beer is crisp, clean, and highly drinkable, it still comes up short overall.

02-18-2013 04:20:11 | More by BryanCarey
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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.

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

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Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.