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Shiner FM 966 - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 538
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 40.6%
Wants: 6
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lawl3ss on 12-24-2012

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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 538
Photo of RomeosDelight69
4.39/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another delicious beer from Shiner. Too bad it's seasonal. Full flavor not watered down. Wheaty flavor and aroma. Nice full bodied beer. Smooth tasting too would recommend

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Photo of jazfst1
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean crisp beer that is best in the spring and early summer. It's a refreshing beer that I often enjoy after mowing the grass or working in the sun.

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Photo of Good_Ale84
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice beer....Smooth. Great near Ice Cold out of the bottle. Reminds me of spring for sure, but maybe because that's the only time it's available. A superior choice over standard American beer(bud,coors,miller,etc.)

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a semi-clear, golden, straw color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much of an aroma at all. I get some faint notes of toasted malt, some floral, barnyard-y aromas of clover, straw, honey-suckle and Belgian yeast. There’s also a touch of caramel, banana and bubblegum.

Taste: The beer tastes ok. There’s some strong flavors of toasted malt, imparting notes of crackers or stale bread, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, some clove, a touch of banana, a touch of bubblegum, a touch of coriander and a touch of sourness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, with some decent carbonation. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an ok beer. There’s some decent flavors of toasted malt and caramel-like sweetness, but the touch or sourness at the finish throws it off for me. There are much better Saisons out there, so I’d pass on this one.

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Photo of DIM
2.34/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a chill hazed golden color with a long lived, sticky white head.

Smells of... not much. Faint soap and plastic plus a little grain. Bland. There is a bit more going on in the taste category, but I don't much care for it. Faint, musty grains, soap, and maybe a hint of coriander.

I almost called this bland and inoffensive, but I am offended by how blend this is.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%

Found this oddity in a singles cooler. Lets see if I can marry it to my mouth.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance

Appearance (3.5) : A hazy mango-banana semi-opaque body with a thick two finger head. Leaves webbing on the glass as it recedes moderately.

Smell (3.5) : Smells of musty orange and grapefruit, some field wheat, a little coriander/cilantro, and I guess what I would generalize as "spice" - perhaps ginger and cinnamon.

Taste (3.25) : Tasty. Some slightly sour caramel/kettle corn follows a buttery body; a delightful checkered finish of slight onion and tomato. Somewhere in there, there's some corn or barley that leaves a small lager aftertaste. After half the bottle however, the flavor gets a little old and borders on drain pour. For this reason I have to lower this category a bit.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Easy-peasey. Real smooth and drinks like a champ. You want more, that's just how it is.

Overall (3.26) : I'd drink this again, although its not amazing enough for me to pick up a sixer or go out and buy more right away. It's a nice take on the farmhouse ale and I recommend you try it to see if it's for you.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

I am hoping to really run through some CANs today as The CANQuest ™ ramps back up to its normal operating speed! Here goes.

From the CAN: “A season delight”; “Made for Spring”; “There’s Nothing Finer than a Springtime Shiner”; “Est. 1909”; “Farmhouse Ale”.

The Crack! was music to my ears and my dance CANsisted of an inverted Glug, resulting in two-plus fingers of rocky, foamy, fizzy , bone-white head with limited retention. I wonder if it is something to do with Saison yeast that causes that type of carbonation. Color was a Solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality and of course, this was a clarion call for The Unholy Trio of Croesus, Midas and Mammon, all clamoring for a sip. Nose was slightly funky and musty, but in this one, the mixed fruitiness was much more pronounced. I wonder if they filtered theirs, given its clarity and reduced nose. Mouthfeel was thin, but effervescent, kind of like soda pop. The taste was much fruitier than in my previous Saison, which was more to my liking, but for hardcore Saison lovers, this might seem a bit pedestrian. Finish was semi-sweet with the yeast beginning to take ‘hold, but it was not as challenging as some/many (?) Saisons that I have had, even from a CAN.

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Photo of ahommell
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Clear straw yellow to light amber. Full finger and a half head that sticks around for a good while.
S: Citrus. Wheat. Sour bread. Lemon overtones.
T: Light citrus turns into a bready sort of sour. None of the sourness and spice I was expecting. This beer is an example of what it is not more than what it is. The taste may be more suited for a French Jelly Glass.
M: Carbonation is low for me. I feel as if this could enhance some of the notes in the scent... but alas... they are absent. Def. on the low end of "medium bodied."
O: This beer would be a great house beer for a session after a long hard day. It is crisp, tasteless, and refreshing. I expected so much more from Shiner. Not a "must try," but like all beer, it is worth a taste.

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Photo of myelo
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold with small white head that disappears quickly to a thin rim and slight lacing.

Aroma: mild malt, fleeting hint of cloves, and some citrus

Taste: Pils malt with some grassy hops. Slight tartness with minimal spicy cloves.

Light body with medium carbonation. Mild ethanol warmth.

Overall a mild farmhouse ale with not enough of the funky barnyard spice for me. Good enough beer but doesn't bring enough for the style.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A recommendation from a cousin as being one of his favorite beers, so I figured I'd give it a go.
L - rocky white head atop a slightly hazed golden ale, good head retention and lacing
S/T - funky yeast, grass, biscuit, lemon, earth, pepper, spicy noble hops
F - refreshing, thin-to-medium body, finishes dry and fairly clean with modest bitterness; I always seem to find Shiner beers to be a bit chalky and this one is as well
O - fairly decent farmhouse ale, not sure I'd get it again, but I'm always up for trying something new. If my cousin showed up with some to share, I'd definitely drink to that.

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: deep golden color and slightly cloudy, 1/2" white head recedes quickly. Very light lacing. Noticeable carbonation bubbles streaming.
Aroma: somewhat funky yeast dominates, with some malt in the background. Definite hop spice aroma as well.
Mouthfeel: a little light for the style, it is mostly watery with a dry finish.
Flavor: the sweetness of the malts meld nicely with the spicy hop varietals and that dominate yeasty, breadiness.
Overall: a very fine beer.

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Photo of humuloner22
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know a lot about Farmhouse style beers. I am learning, I have had some really good Saison/Farmhouse ales and this one tastes nothing like any of them. I basically get a lighter version of the Bock by this brewery. Its was an alright summer beer, but I would not buy this one over others in the same price range. I have drank a lot of the Shiner Bock over the years and usually at Robert Earl Keen concerts, since he seems to be a promoter of this beer. I personally prefer the other Texas mainstay Lone Star to Shiner, but its an alright beer. I don't believe I will be purchasing this one again, but it was worth trying. It might be just what you are looking for. But after some of the other great beers I have had this year, this one was just so-so.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a solid, very drinkable beer, nothing fancy but well-done for what it is. The flavor didn't leave a big impression on me, and I found the beer rather heavy for the style; but on the other hand, the graininess, very faint citrus notes, and slight touch of bitterness are refreshing. For a craft seasonal its not bad, but this is not something I would go out of my way to seek out.

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Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of lemony flavors along with some hints of bready malts. No spices are noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties, but seems more similar to a witbier compared to saison.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  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.

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Photo of Guden
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.


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Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.