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Shiner FM 966 - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

517 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2.25/5  rDev -32%

djrn2, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -39.6%

acurtis, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Texasfan549, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

metter98, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

kylehay2004, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.99/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.51/5  rDev +6%
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.

zeff80, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.51/5  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.

Jason, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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

russpowell, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of mactrail
2.5/5  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.

mactrail, May 27, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

oriolesfan4, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

woodychandler, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

LXIXME, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -9.4%

ejimhof, May 19, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

tdm168, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -9.4%

dmorgan310, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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

JohnGalt1, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
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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Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.