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Shiner FM 966 - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

516 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 516
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 dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -9.4%

dmorgan310, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Tone, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of punky796
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber, with about a finger of bubbly white head. Dissipates fast without much lacing.

S - Primarily hops, with a touch of alcohol smell, but not in an adjunct kind of way. Tracings of coriander and orange help balance the hops.

T - Hops, a little heavy for my taste, but that's alright because I like the way the coriander works with it. The oranginess is there along with a straw or haylike flavor.

M - Better than I initially perceived, relatively heavy carbonation, but also dry in a way that produces a refreshing sensation, and without a lot of aftertaste.

O - Pretty refreshing beer, one that I find myself enjoying despite being heavy on the hops. This was my first Shiner and I'm intrigued to try more of their styles.

punky796, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of blinker97
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

blinker97, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color,with an airy head of white foam.
Aroma-faint spicy yeast
Taste-Watered-down spicy yeast, faint hop note. Refreshing, if a bit too light-hearted. Too many high standards to compare against keeps the score down for me, when you think of all the outstanding examples of Saison/farmhouse ales out there. An "entry-level" offering at best.

hosehead83, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of soonerlight
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

soonerlight, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jmoyer3
4/5  rDev +20.8%

jmoyer3, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of mattclough
3/5  rDev -9.4%

mattclough, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of swimfire
4/5  rDev +20.8%

swimfire, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

markallmon, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of yankhawk
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

yankhawk, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

OregonGrown7, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -39.6%

acurtis, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2.25/5  rDev -32%

djrn2, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

barczar, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shiner FM 966 has a thick, fluffy, off-white head, a hazy, golden appearance, some streaming bubbles, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is very bursting- spicy pepper, cracker, subtle citrus, and some other indistinguishable smells. Taste is of spicy, yeasty malt, some hops, maybe coriander, white bread, and sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Shiner FM 966 finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and delicious. Overall, this is nice and well made. Check it out!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I admit, I miss Texas. Even though I grew up here in New Jersey, I've driven through the Lone Star State enough times to have an affinity for it. I like how Shiner celebrates their roots and when I saw this in a store near me, I wanted to give it a go because dammit, I miss those back roads in Texas. I wasn't expecting this to be on part with its counterparts from Belgium or Ommegang but as an easygoing beer, this was just fine on a night like this.

Sure enough, this had a pour to it like a Macro Lager - malty, light, and with a fluffy head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass. The carbonation was good and there was even a bit of sediment on the bottom to swirl out. No lacing to be seen either and the aroma was that of white grapes and some sour yeast. This was complemented by grassy notes and a watery mouthfeel that made this slide down pretty easily. The back was very floral with some straw thrown in, but the typical Saison taste and funkiness faded relatively quickly afterward.

The alcohol was a bit strong in this but I never tasted it at all or felt that it detracted from this beer.

JerzDevl2000, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Kips
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Kips, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

kylehay2004, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of RockinRob925
3/5  rDev -9.4%

RockinRob925, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with a fizzy one finger white head that is quick to fade into some wispy lacing on top and on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very Saison-like with hints of coriander and orange peel with a little underlying caramel. The yeasty citrus is quite nice and better than I was expecting.

The flavor, however, is a bit of a let-down. Citrus and coriander up front but it is very dialed back and weak. A tiny bit of acidity before the abundant carbonation washes away nearly all hints of flavor. Mouthfeel is extremely dry which is nice but it nearly goes too far and becomes chalky. Absolutely no lingering finish which is really a shame.

Overall, there is a lot of potential with this beer but it just falls short. I feel like Spoetzl was trying to play it safe and appeal to the masses but it is a little too safe. While this is not something I would pick up on a regular basis, it could be a good introduction to the style.

rangerred, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of ralphw56
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ralphw56, Feb 20, 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 OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -9.4%

OriolesFan1008, Feb 18, 2013
Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.