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Shiner FM 966 - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

502 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | 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 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
Photo of poocheese55
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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

BryanCarey, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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
Photo of johndonor3
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

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

Chokobo, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

match1112, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Red_Chaos1
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Red_Chaos1, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Benno6391
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Benno6391, Feb 15, 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 videofrog
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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

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

avisong, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
3/5  rDev -9.4%

AngusOg, Feb 13, 2013
Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.