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
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Lawl3ss on 12-24-2012

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Photo of BeerWithMike
1.84/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.29/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I poured this awful beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a pretty golden color and poured a nice big white head. Thats all the good I can say about it. The smell was skunky and terrible. The taste was sour and terrible. I like Shiner products for the most part but this beer got a YUK in my personal beer data base. I would not buy again and Shiner should not produce it again.

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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 brewerburgundy
2.36/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, appears to be best by 5/8/13, Ommegang tulip.

A pale, rich gold greets me on the pour. There is not all that much head, but it is stark, clean white and hangs around.

The nose is largely fruity, banana focused yeast. A whiff of pale malt. It's pretty tame and one-dimensional.

It's fruity here too, but the yeast oscillates between a clean lager crackeriness and banana and some apricot. There's pale malt, a matte yeast feeling combined with a slight bitter finish, but not much else.

Too much carbonation, thin body.

I suppose this is pretty much what you'd expect if Shiner tried a Saison. It's pretty good, but could go a lot further. There's a fairly strong, but not delicious, Belgian yeast strain popped in a wort of simple pale malt.

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Photo of duffalo
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Far lighter with less of a head than I would expect on a farmhouse ale. Smell is good, but to me it smells a little more like a Hefeweizen. Still, the clove smell is nice and has the kind of spiciness I would expect. The taste is strong on the cloves as well - it really tastes like a Hefeweizen with a little more maltiness. Overall, I think the taste is pretty good and decently signifies what a farmhouse ale stands for given the broad interpretation of the style. In my opinion I would prefer a much darker and maltier farmhouse ale - this one is far too light for my tastes. As for the mouthfeel, I think it's also a little on the lighter side for the style - it doesn't really have the smoothness and volume that I would like.

Overall, I think it's fine for a farmhouse ale, but in all honesty it tastes far more like a Hefeweizen to me. I don't think that it's got quite the darkness or depth of flavor that I expected.

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Photo of mactrail
2.53/5  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.

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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 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 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 SerialHiker
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color…mild bubble action happening…some head formed, but nothing really stuck around, just a top coating…looks lively but nothing overly impressive…(2.75/5)

Smell: Spicy, citrus, yeast, bubblegum, sweetness, summer grass…a nice farmhouse ale smell, though it’s not overly aromatic…(3/5)

Taste: Spicy hops balanced nicely with grassy, citrus, yeast and sweet flavors…fairly basic flavor happening here…(3/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body, light to medium carbonation…very watery (too watery), with some floral bitterness in the after taste...refreshing to the palate…(2.5/5)

Overall: This beer falls straight into the mediocre category…it’s got all right flavor, but the smell and mouthfeel leave a lot to be desired…this brew feels like it’s massed produced by a large “brewery” leaving quality second to putting something on the shelf…it’s super watered down leaving what flavor it does have passing over the tongue quickly and making it hard to enjoy…it’s drinkable, but I’m glad I only have one, certainly not worth picking up in six pack form…(2.25/5)

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Flat yellow in color with good white foam.

Smell: Faint honey and sour vinegar. I like the honey...not the vinegar. It does have faint grape saison smells along with the honey.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like honey mead...and sweat. I like the honey...not the sweat. Very flat, especially ofr a saison.

Overall Drinkability: I appreciate an American attempt at this style, but I'll stick the the European ones.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost a finger of head on a hazy, orange/golden colored body.
The aroma is nice: banana, grain, lemon and nectarine.
The taste is watery with hints of banana and lemon. Too mild.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
Not a bad beer but the taste could have more to it.

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Photo of Hoptopher
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a ever so slightly hazed, pale yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Slightly sweetish sniff of saltine, pils malt. Pinch of ground clove and coriander. Low peach fruitiness, as well as some lemony citrus.

Taste: Soft, crackery pilsner maltiness with a light sweetness. Particularly tangy citrus taste pops in alongside the spicy phenols. Dash of Albariño, little hint of peach. Some acidity. Flirts again with the initial sweetness. Clove-like spiciness and light fruitiness on the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's saison-lite, and saison-like, really.

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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 TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nothing good comes through at that number on my radio. Texas must be so much cooler than Illinois... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, light coriander, and a touch of apple cider. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything funkified and rindy, making for quite the muddling of flavors. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a kinda sad "farmhouse ale", one that comes across more like a spice-less wit than anything, and one that just doesn't work well at all.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color,with an airy head of white foam.
Aroma-faint spicy yeast
Taste-Watered-down spicy yeast, faint hop note. Refreshing, if a bit too light-hearted. Too many high standards to compare against keeps the score down for me, when you think of all the outstanding examples of Saison/farmhouse ales out there. An "entry-level" offering at best.

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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 vickersspitfire
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The body has a nice golden color to it, its crystal clear and topped off with a nice thick white head that slowly dissipates. There’s some good lacing going on, there’s a fine layer of bubbles has yet to reveal the beer below. The aroma is rather light, but fruity: hints of citrus, mild grapefruit and wheat come through, mild malts are present. Light bodied and very crisp overall, there are strong citrus flavors coming through, lemon zest, malts, banana bread, and grass are present. It’s bitter overall and sweetens up a bit in the aftertaste.

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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 tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - gold with a large, soft, white head that has decent retention; there are a ton of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S - white grapes, faint yeast

T - white grapes, sweet, grainy, some faint yeast

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit warm

This is a simplistic if not over simplified beer. The yeast seems to do all the work adding some notes of white grapes. For 5.70% it's way too warm. As far as saisons go, there are far better out there. As far as Shiner beers go this is a nice change from their traditional lagers.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I admit, I miss Texas. Even though I grew up here in New Jersey, I've driven through the Lone Star State enough times to have an affinity for it. I like how Shiner celebrates their roots and when I saw this in a store near me, I wanted to give it a go because dammit, I miss those back roads in Texas. I wasn't expecting this to be on part with its counterparts from Belgium or Ommegang but as an easygoing beer, this was just fine on a night like this.

Sure enough, this had a pour to it like a Macro Lager - malty, light, and with a fluffy head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass. The carbonation was good and there was even a bit of sediment on the bottom to swirl out. No lacing to be seen either and the aroma was that of white grapes and some sour yeast. This was complemented by grassy notes and a watery mouthfeel that made this slide down pretty easily. The back was very floral with some straw thrown in, but the typical Saison taste and funkiness faded relatively quickly afterward.

The alcohol was a bit strong in this but I never tasted it at all or felt that it detracted from this beer.

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