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Shiner FM 966 - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 544
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 40.48%
Wants: 6
Gots: 69 | 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: 91 | Hads: 544
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.26/5  rDev -3%

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 tubeyes
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shiner fm 966 farmhouse.
A Clear light golden, frothy white pillow head, leaving minimal lacing.
S Nose of banana and light but chipper fruityness.
T More of the nose, delicious banana fruitiness.
M Great carbonation and fruity banana aftertaste.
O Impressed by the fantastic banana farmy goodness. From note, had on tap at OSDH in Denton, TX in their winter flight on 12/23/12. Also in bottle, live, 01/19/13. Prosit!

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Photo of Minkybut
2.29/5  rDev -31.8%
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 chilidog
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a golden haze, small white head though it does maintain. Lace, not so much. Carbonation is lite.

Aroma of malts, hey and eayst.

Taste of a nice tasty malt backed by a spicy peppery mix with the hop. Some citric balance. Belgium yeast notes are noted.

Mouthfeel is left with a slight hop coat of spice.

Overall a real surprise here, I enjoyed this beer as a farmhouse, I haven't found a staple, till now. I will buy this beer again even if seasonal.

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Photo of ahommell
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
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 mooseisloose
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
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 Jeffreysan
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
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 mjurney
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, looks pretty clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head.

Sour, bubblegum, bready.

Sourness up front, but not overwhelming. Bready, cracker, biscuit, a little honey sweetness. Mild coriander. Bubblegum finish. Body is medium, smooth, tart-dry aftertaste.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz twist-off longneck into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date. Label declares this to be a Springtime Farmhouse Ale of the European "seasonal provision" style, I was a bit skeptical at the store (A Saison from Spoetzl?), but figured why not?

Look- Crystal clear pale gold with three fingers of super dense white head, looks like whipped cream. Good retention, no lace.

Smell- Go figure- it's actually got a bit of funk going on. Toasted cracker, light spice, aromatic. Light treacle, clean feel. Nice.

Taste- Alas, not quite as nice as the aroma, but about what I had expected. Light spice, very mild tartness, biscuit malt, light adjunct flavor. Earthy hops are there, but again faint. Finishes with oyster cracker a bit of mineral character.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, very light carbonation (particularly for a saison.) Heavier than expected, smooth, juicy feel. A little tart acidic character, but it's faint. Finishes clean, pleasant and definitely designed to be easily consumed.

Overall- It's not fantastic when compared to some of the classic imports or offerings from local Texas craft brewers such as Jester King, but for Shiner/Spoetzl its actually pretty good. +1 for the effort.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clear golden color with a small 1/2 fingers worth of head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving very little lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: I'm getting a little grass, some floral hops with a touch of fruitiness. Smells quite inviting.

T: Taste ending up having a little more grassy-earthy hops than floral, but the fruitiness is right up front straight to the finish.

M: Crisp, pretty strong carbonation at first, but falls off as the beer warms up. Pretty light for the style.

O: Not a bad little beer from Shiners, again another great effort. Good flavors, good ABV, not a bad session beer... Worth looking for.

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Photo of JMad
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours hazy golden with a quickly dissipating thin white head. Numerous tiny bubbles are visible rising in the beer. Some nice lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of Belgian farmhouse funk with citrus and black pepper. There are grassy hop notes and bready malts. The flavor profile is not bold, but the flavors do follow the nose. The bready malts, Belgian yeast and citrus flavors do come through. The black pepper, grassy hops, and the malt profile do shine as well. However, it is on a bit of the watery side. The body is light with lively carbonation. The finish leaves a slightly sour aftertaste. The drinability is fairly easy. This is a very good beer from Shiner. It's nice to see them spread out with this sort of beer, but I will miss their Dortmunder.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Color is a bit darker than what I’m used to, with more orange color than straw yellow; clear-bodied; fine head formation though not good retention.

Definitely saison in aroma with that sulfur/white pepper/yeast smell. Also some sweet biscuit malt in there.

First impression is that it’s a good thirst-quenching beer with its dry character. Body seems just right, as does carbonation. A few more sips and I’m noticing a lingering malt sweetness that I’m not a fan of. It’s slight, but I want that finish to be drier.

Overall I’d say it’s a middle-of-the-road saison. I’m glad I tried it but I’m also glad I didn’t buy six of them.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.09/5  rDev -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 brewerburgundy
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
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 CFHMagnet
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 humuloner22
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Guden
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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 ranger7
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Trader Joe's, poured from bottle into a Sam Adams etched glass.
"There's Nothing Finer Than a Springtime Shiner" - Have never tried this style, so we'll see about that.

A - Very light gold appearance. Not much of a head. It's inviting, but nothing spectacular.

S - Smells a lot like a wheat beer. Some citrus tones, as well as some yeast. Maybe some hops. I like it - I can see where the "It's Refreshing & Spicy" claim on the bottle came from.

T - Interesting. Again, I would say it is a wheat beer if someone gave this to me as a blind tasting. However, it is not as smooth overall as a wheat, and does have a tang at the end. Nice.

M - Overall, it's a pretty light mouth feel. Some carbonation, but not much. There is a bit of a lingering aftertaste, of which I'm not a fan.

Summary - I got this as a single bottle from TJ's, but I wouldn't have minded a six-pack. I like Shiner's experimentation with different styles from year-to-year, it makes things interesting. As for this beer, I can envision it being a good "everyday" beer in the Spring and Summer months when it's warm. The light body and refreshing wheat-style make it a good choice.

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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 BryanCarey
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shiner FM966 Farmhouse Ale is a straw- colored beer that is clear as a bell and is coated with a white head of foam that lasts a decent amount of time. The nose on this beer is one of light spices, cloves, and bananas and based on appearances alone, the beer seems promising.

Shiner FM966 Farmhouse Ale is a lighter brew with flavors of fruit, yeast, bread, and biscuit- like malts. Searching a little more, I come up with even more tastes such as bread, grapes, banana, some honey, and spices like coriander and clove.

Shiner beer products, with a few exceptions, are not usually associated with greatness, but the brewery has managed a handful of tasty, satisfying beers worthy of a second helping. Unfortunately, the majority of Shiner beer is very middle of the road and, more often than not, leaves the drinker wondering why Shiner didn’t try a little harder. This beer is, again, an average beer product overall and yet another one of those middle- rated Shiner beers that have become the brewery’s trademark. It offers some decent flavors and some promise overall, but the problem is that the beer is too light and ordinary to rank among the best.

It is nice to see that Shiner is venturing out in new directions and it is great that the company is now brewing ales. But Shiner FM966 Farmhouse Ale is a very ordinary example of the style and while I agree that this beer is crisp, clean, and highly drinkable, it still comes up short overall.

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Photo of Ranz
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: With a nice golden complexion and effervescent play all around, this saison looks the part. Lacing is a bit thin while the head flees rather quickly.

S: Bubblegum, rasberries, grass, coriander, and maybe even a hint of ginger here. This is where the beer shines--no pun intended.

T: The grassy notes come through strong here, and it has a nice, bitter finish the complements the hops nicely. Not too much malt presence here. I'd like it a bit more balanced.

M: Light-bodied but very carbonated, this brew will indeed be great come spring.

O: Shiner produces only a few above-average beers, and this is one of them. It's a nice saison that offers something new and unique.

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Photo of raznug
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
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 dwren89
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slight haze, golden yellow, fizzy white head

Aroma: refreshing fruitiness bordering on citrus with a slight tartness. Slight pale malt aroma. Overall zesty aroma

Taste: Zesty refreshing taste of citrus fruit and soft pale malt background.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and medium bodid

Overall: Not bad, but nothing spectacular. Quite refreshing, as the style should be, but lacking in citrus fruitness that could take this ale to a new level. Slightly overcarbonated as well.

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Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.