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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

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Beer added by: Lawl3ss on 12-24-2012

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Photo of Spikester
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with two fingers of white head and a good amount of lace.
Smells like a witbeir with a touch of funky yeast.
Tastes like a funky witbeir . Some spice.
mouthfeel is fine and it has a lightly dry bitter finish, Carbonation is just right.
Overall a Farmhouse Ale for the new guy. Think of it as Farmhouse light.

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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 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 garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of dwren89
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of budgood1
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours out a dirty gold colour with a foamy and ample egg shell white head. some spotty and clingy lace. tart aroma with spicy sidekicks. green apples, pears and yeast pair nicely with some peppery and wheaty spice. taste profile has some yeasty phenols about, throwing down a bit of alcohol spice, apple skins, pears, apricots and wheat. malt bill is lacking somewhat...some residual sweetness but really a non-factor. finishes on the dry side with lingering hop bitterness that plays patty cake with the spice and yeast profile. true to Shiner fashion, this lacks umph in the body with a semi-creamy mouthfeel that also falls short in comparison to true to style saisons. drinkability is easy enough..it slakes the thirst and provides some character...just enough to grab another.

overall my impressions are that this is another typical Shiner take on style that dumbs down the process and is angled at the crossover crowd. that being said, this does have enough going on to be a lawn mower beer and i might revisit this at the right price.

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Photo of Brenden
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 tronester
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, with a medium, sturdy white head. Phenolic aroma, with some cloves. Taste begins with some tart apple, then some husky grain, then a big banana flavor, with a bit of herbal bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a good Saison, though i suspect it would be a bit better if it wasnt filtered.

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Photo of json83
4.47/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am a Guinness fan and this Farmhouse Ale is an excellent reminder of it's goodness. The smell is above average and the mouthfeel and taste compliment each other and leave no bad aftertaste. My flavor preference is currently the dark and full flavored beer and this is one I would drink again and buy in bulk in the future.

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Photo of JayQue
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad take on a Saison. Certainly not up there with Hennepin or Dupont, but not bad either. Has a lot of Saison elements...light fruit, funk, and spiciness. Not as intense as the top offerings but enough there to make it interesting.

Color looks like slightly hazy apple juice, with a delicately bubbly head...medium size on a hard pour. A little lacing and fairly good head retention.

The smell is mild but gives a hint of yeasty funk as well as the apples and pears type light fruit.

Taste is refreshing. Fairly mild Saison elements, some funk,but you wouldn't say "horse blanket", "barnyard" or very musty in describing the beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and crisp.

A good summertime brew but not a great Saison.

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Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 DrDemento456
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, color is opaque gold/yellow; head is off white, presenting about 1" thick, then laces very nicely.

Smell is light wheat, pilsner malts, some solid spice profile intermingling as it warms.

Taste is quite pleasant, refreshing, a little on the lighter side for this style, profile consists of wheat and pilsner malts, maybe some biscuit, pretty good tasting spiceness, cleaner, subdued hops.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp, not out of style, but it seems to be from carbonation over flavoring.

Overall, a surprisingly tasty brew, nice malt profile, solid spicienss, just a knock on the carbonation.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a hazy bright golden-yellow with a small bubbly white head that dissapates quickly, leaving no lace

S- grainy with some Belgian yeast banana aromas, a bit spicy with just a bit if funk

T- grainy malt with just a bit of peppery spice, yeasty finish with a dry linger

M- medium body with bubbly carbonation, leads to a foamy finish

O- the traditional Saison flavors are there, but barely. Easy drinking and refreshing for spring, but for the style, doesn't compare to some of the finer examples.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.21/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’m going to be the contrarian here and say I liked this one.

This pours an auburn gold color with tight lacing. There’s a pleasing honey-floral aroma to it. It’s pleasant smelling—pleasant enough, at any rate.

The flavor has a light, hoppy (for a Shiner) Belgo-IPA character to it, like a floral, slightly sweeter saison. It’s affordable and sessionable and I wouldn’t complain if I had another. To be honest this beer surprised me with its approachability, its character, and its drinkability. Not at all what I expected from Shiner, and one which I would stand up against any number of second-tier domestic saisons (at double or triple the price).

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for passing this one my way.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Brooksington
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

FM 966 has a pleasant amber color with a white head, neither spectacular nor off-putting.

The smell is that of a light citrus and hops combination, somewhat earthy and mildly fragrant.

FM 966 tastes excellent in my opinion, though I tend to favor lighter beers. It tastes like a wheat beer with perhaps a bit more complexity than most. Somewhat light, fragrant hops flavor with citrus undertones and mild carbonation lend this beer to utter drink-ability. A- in my book. I'll certainly buy this beer again.

The beer feels light in the mouth with mild carbonation. I personally find the beer utterly drinkable. However, I tend to favor beers with more mild carbonation. From a tap, (at least the one I had it from) this beer comes out slightly less carbonated, which I tend to favor. Certainly not sticky with a very mild hops aftertaste I find the mouthfeel to be very favorable.

I would, and do, recommend this beer to anyone interested in trying new, if somewhat familiar, beers which evoke both spring and summer.

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Photo of denver10
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear haylike yellow with a white head. Simple and straightforward aroma for the style, but enjoyable nonetheless; belgian yeast giving off some bubble gum, slight fruity esters. Flavor starts off nicely with the yeast giving off the fruity esters and some gum but it then gives off to pilsner malt and some crackers, and by the end all flavor has seemed to vanish. A crisp, medium body. Overall, average beer at best by the standards of a craft saison but I feel as though I am doing a disservice to the beer comparing it in that light. To me, this beer feels like it serves the same role as Yuengling Lager does: cheap, highly drinkable, decent flavor. You drink the beer under a microscopes you will find things to fault with it, but to drink it while sitting back, hanging out with friends, watching some baseball, it will serve me well.

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