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Shiner FM 966 - Spoetzl Brewery

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494 Ratings

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 35 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ralphw56, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%

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 OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -9.4%

OriolesFan1008, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of poocheese55
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

poocheese55, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.31/5  rDev 0%

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.

BryanCarey, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Bitterbill, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

johndonor3, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Chokobo, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

match1112, Feb 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Red_Chaos1, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Benno6391, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.51/5  rDev +6%

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
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

videofrog, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Flashyspoons, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Riverared, Feb 14, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -32%

avisong, Feb 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

AngusOg, Feb 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

daddydawg80, Feb 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

AMCPhD, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Michaeldmanley, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

khargro2, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Eric908, Feb 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of beergoot
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%

The body is a nice golden yellow with a spare, flat white head. The aroma is an interesting mix of slightly tart fruit and berries with a good mix of freshly mowed grass and some cereal grains. Peppery and spicy flavor with light malt flavors in the background; slightly metallic character. Feel comes across light and watery with a prominent fizziness on the tongue; crisp and dry finish.

The overall taste is the saving grace with this offering. I personally like the warm, spicy flavor and just wish that the feel was a little more solid. Worth a try...

beergoot, Feb 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

dozier77, Feb 09, 2013
Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.