Shiner FM 966 - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 534
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 64 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with spice and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting. (495 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev 0%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity but not like most saisons.

T - Fruity and sweet with some yeasty/spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is okay. A nice attempt at an ale and a very sessionable brew. (386 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (552 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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. (1,240 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear goldenrod with a medium soapy white head, leaving some nice spotty lace.

S: Quite a barnyard character even though I doubt this has any brett in it. Hay, grass, floral and spicy hops character, hint of herbs.

T: More of a straightforward taste. Hints of barnyard, but really dominated by the pils style malt. Grassy earthy hop character.

M: Crisp, biting carbonation at first, but falls off thin in the finish. Needs some more body.

O: A solid effort, I don't expect the world from Shiner, and they definitely made a drinkable refreshing beer here. Hey where else can you find a saison for $7.99/six-pack. (642 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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 (538 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of hint of alcohol, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of wheat, slight spice, floral aromas, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of slight yeast, floral notes, hint of grass, hint of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of spice, slight of wheat, and a hint of hops. Overall, good blend and feel, but the body and aroma are muted. (526 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's a clear golden coloured brew with a 1 finger head of foam.

It smells spicy, there's some cloves with some sweetness that's very candi sugar like, some grain.

The taste is well, not as good as what I expected from the smell. Light spiciness, some grain, even some hints of the horse blanket flavour that I quite like in the style but there's a watery character that seems to mute what I like in the taste. Still, I think it's a decent shot at a Farmhouse Ale; it just need some tweaking to bring more of the flavours to the fore front. (542 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like wheat, bubblegum, and a bit of peppery spice. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, with the wheat flavor being the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid beer. $1.99 a single bottle. (439 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

So Shiner takes a whack at the farmhouse style.

A - Well its pretty lively with carbonation. A very clear yellow with a head that reduces to a thick lace ring.
S - Has some peppery spice, a touch of lemon peel. and a strong wheat base.
T - Well it's a pretty crappy example of the style since it drinks like a witbier. Lemon and wheat highlight with a mild touch of coriander mid palate. Not bad yet not very funky or spicy,
M - Pretty effervescent with the carbonation making for a light bubbly body. Goes down easy enough.

Overall it's not really a bad beer but if it was a witbier I would have rated it higher. As a farmhouse beer it's pretty sucky. (655 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a small white head. Not enough retention or haze for a 'typical' farmhouse brew.

Nose is honeyed grains with a grassy hop aroma. A fair amount of yeast presence surprisingly…a little tart and lemony with some sourdough. Nice.

Taste throws out more of the lemongrass yeast with a neutral, biscuity malt. Hops make their presence felt and crisp up the finish nicely. While this isnt going to compete with a fresh Saison DuPont or the like, it is not priced as such either. For about a buck a bottle, I think this is a very welcome addition to the fridge. I'll easily go through the 12-pack I purchased and most likely will buy another. Well done Spoetzl...well done. (718 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden apricot with a foamy ivory half inch head that lingers around the rim.

Ironically, apricot and confectioners sugar form the initial aroma, with a little farmhouse funk and yeast esters rounding things out. Notes of honey and bready malt and floral chamomile add complexity.

Flavor is fairly tart until mid palate, when toasted breadcrust, slightly sweet and stale, begins to dominate into the bready finish. Floral notes are evident in the beginning, along with coriander and pepper, detracting slightly from the funky sour character. Banana esters and yeast character ever as it warms.

Body is moderate, but is perceived as a touch light due to high carbonation. There's a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

Good funk character and nice tartness, but malt is a little overpowering. I'd like a little less carbonation to keep funk from being lifted from the palate. (894 characters)

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (463 characters)

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