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Shiner FM 966 - Spoetzl Brewery

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510 Ratings

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 41 | 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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4/5  rDev +20.8%

hochief, Mar 18, 2014
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swimfire, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a clear pale golden color and is topped with ½” of angel white head that lingers.
Smell: The beer smells of malt and a Belgian style yeast rather typical of this style I would say.
Taste: The taste of this beer is rather delicious a good malt base with a nice blend of spices and yeast that play nice with each other, neither one dominating the other.
Mouthfeel: It is a tad on the thin side but it makes for a smooth easy drinking beer.

raznug, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

BJasny, Jan 19, 2013
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jkermitj, Jan 02, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep golden body with a large, dense cloud-top head that retains very well. The lacing is Belgian-like. A modest number of fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Prominent spicy notes, coriander and pepper especially, as well as grassy hops. There are some bread-like malt notes as well, and a sort of mustiness I associate with old hay. Perhaps a little understated for the style, but not bad at all.

Taste: Opens with cracker malt flavors, and a very decent flourish of hops. A wave of phenolic flavors soon appears, these carry throughout the taste. Grapefruit rind is present as well. There is a bit of tropical fruit sweetness near the finish. Mildly bitter herbal hops linger on after the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Perhaps just a touch on the light side. Nonetheless, well done, Shiner! FM 966 is a very ambitious effort that more than succeeded. Also, this beer a drop-dead bargain at the typical retail prices that Shiner beers are offered for.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourced: Purchased at HEB in Georgetown, Texas at $11.77 for a twelve-pack.

Pegasus, Dec 30, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a bright golden yellow color with a white foamy head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer. Smells a bit funky and sweet with some aromas of grass lemon and hay. It tastes of grassy hops with lots of bread and a hint of lemon. The beer is light bodied with charp carbonation and a dry finish. This is one of Shiner's best offerings, I could drink this year round.

JMad, Jan 05, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have two kinds of bias when it comes to Shiner and the Spoetzl Brewery. First, I'm a Texan and I drank Shiner Bock before I really knew what craft beer was. In Coolidge it was the darkest beer on the planet, as far as I was concerned. I was proud that Shiner was from Texas. It's our hometown beer in a way.

The other bias goes like this: most of their beer isn't that good. They usually miss the mark on styles and generally have a weird "Shiner" flavor with everything. Even their Wild Hare, which was labeled a Pale Ale and advertised as highly hopped was a bland excuse for a Pale Ale, despite being very drinkable.

So, when Shiner comes out with a new beer my expectations are low. I know it won't be horrible (except for Ruby Redbird, that shit was awful) but it won't be anything to write home about or even be a decent example of the style. But FM 966 is a pretty damn good Saison. Not the best, but Shiner has really stepped up their game and brewed a true craft beer.

kyleelton, Jan 27, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden-yellow coloring with a thin, filmy, white surface coating of head. A bit clingy as you drink, leaving a sparse lacing. Aromas of bubble gum, cloves, and nutmeg, with subtle toasted grains in the backbone. Flavors of spice first and foremost, with a blend of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Subtle backbone of toasted grains supports all of the spicing, and transitions into a semisweet, pepper spiced aftertaste. Very clean finish on a light, smooth body. Tasty beer Shiner...way to go.

GarthDanielson, Apr 10, 2013
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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.

Whiskeydeez, Feb 13, 2014
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Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.