Shiner FM 966 | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner FM 966Shiner FM 966

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of json83
4.47/5  rDev +33%
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 RomeosDelight69
4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another delicious beer from Shiner. Too bad it's seasonal. Full flavor not watered down. Wheaty flavor and aroma. Nice full bodied beer. Smooth tasting too would recommend

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really nice saison...from an American (large) low-priced craft brewer. Good stuff!

I recently had "La Fin Du Monde" on tap...and honestly, I think this beer compares favorably to it...though yes, they are different styles--still a saison is similar to a tripple. No, it's not as good, but...hey, it's less than $9 for a sixer.

Has an earthy, almost sour beer taste--like a homebrew, but fresh and refreshing--definitely a classic saison. I can guarantee, if this beer were from Belgium, in a fancy would be rated quite high. As it is, it's a bargain!

Try it friends, I think you'll love it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
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!


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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 elNopalero
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
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 jazfst1
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean crisp beer that is best in the spring and early summer. It's a refreshing beer that I often enjoy after mowing the grass or working in the sun.

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Photo of Brooksington
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
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 Hoptometrist
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a light hazy yellow color with white frothy head that left webbed lacing.

S- Big bubblegum, wheat, citrus, and coriander notes reminiscent of a traditional and fresh witbier.

T- Lots of bright and slightly tart orange citrus and lemon notes, big bubblegum, coriander and wheat.

M- Very refreshing, light bodied, very dry, and crisp.

O- Tasted like a very solid and traditional take on a witbier that was quite refreshing.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While I don't think this is Shiner's best performance, it's certainly not a pushover. This is a truly good beer on its own. I just can't help but comparing it to their Bock. This one lacks the complexity and strength of flavor that Bock has, but it is a very good drink. It isn't too strong, but definitely fills the palate. I would drink this again.

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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 kyleelton
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have two kinds of bias when it comes to Shiner and the Spoetzl Brewery. First, I'm a Texan and I drank Shiner Bock before I really knew what craft beer was. In Coolidge it was the darkest beer on the planet, as far as I was concerned. I was proud that Shiner was from Texas. It's our hometown beer in a way.

The other bias goes like this: most of their beer isn't that good. They usually miss the mark on styles and generally have a weird "Shiner" flavor with everything. Even their Wild Hare, which was labeled a Pale Ale and advertised as highly hopped was a bland excuse for a Pale Ale, despite being very drinkable.

So, when Shiner comes out with a new beer my expectations are low. I know it won't be horrible (except for Ruby Redbird, that shit was awful) but it won't be anything to write home about or even be a decent example of the style. But FM 966 is a pretty damn good Saison. Not the best, but Shiner has really stepped up their game and brewed a true craft beer.

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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 Pegasus
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep golden body with a large, dense cloud-top head that retains very well. The lacing is Belgian-like. A modest number of fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Prominent spicy notes, coriander and pepper especially, as well as grassy hops. There are some bread-like malt notes as well, and a sort of mustiness I associate with old hay. Perhaps a little understated for the style, but not bad at all.

Taste: Opens with cracker malt flavors, and a very decent flourish of hops. A wave of phenolic flavors soon appears, these carry throughout the taste. Grapefruit rind is present as well. There is a bit of tropical fruit sweetness near the finish. Mildly bitter herbal hops linger on after the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Perhaps just a touch on the light side. Nonetheless, well done, Shiner! FM 966 is a very ambitious effort that more than succeeded. Also, this beer a drop-dead bargain at the typical retail prices that Shiner beers are offered for.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourced: Purchased at HEB in Georgetown, Texas at $11.77 for a twelve-pack.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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 HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden glass shows a constant stream of tiny bubbles that struggle to hold aloft a cloud of foam. Some lacing of the glass, really a pretty beer.

Smell: Just a hint of farmy esters, firm banana floral Belgian yeast character. Shine made a Belgian beer?! Wow, ok, impressive step outside the usual range for the brewery; kudos.

Taste: All the nose is overwhelmed by a grainy sweet base of a standard Shiner beer. While I would prefer a bit more of a punch, Shiner is a middle of the road brewery so I respect the restraint showed in the profile.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and gritty, fairly light body.

Overall: Just a bit of funk keeps the beer interesting yet refreshing. Glad to see Shiner reaching for new styles. Texans love Shiner, and having Shiner show Texans beer can be a lot of different things is top rate Beer Advocacy. Cheers to Shiner!

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into pint glass.

Not sure what yeast they used for this but it smells and tastes like a Hefeweizen.

A: It pours with a white, light head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a light ring. Looks of a hazy golden color.
S: Smells sweet with traditional Hefe scents, yeast and a little banana.
T: Again has the ester tastes of a hefe. Really nice smooth taste that lingers for a bit and leaves a bready taste on the tongue.
M: It's a light beer but I think the flavors lead me to believe it had more body.
O: I really liked this beer, seems underrated. I don't think I could classify it as a farmhouse but as a hefeweizen I think works better. Really nice light body with really nice flavor. I can see this being a great go to beer in the spring/summer time with some BBQ.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Good_Ale84
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice beer....Smooth. Great near Ice Cold out of the bottle. Reminds me of spring for sure, but maybe because that's the only time it's available. A superior choice over standard American beer(bud,coors,miller,etc.)

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Photo of BeerAsAStoryteller
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with very light, thin layer of white foam.

S: Hints of banana and light tropical fruits, maybe mango. Some mild malt sweetness.

T: Lots of banana. Sharp carbonation that almost drowns the very mild hops. Decent amount of malty sweetness.

M: Light bodied, but has some small amount of heft, which balances out the sharp carbonation.

O: Well balanced, though rather light all around. Easy drinking, with just enough flavor to make it tasty and refreshing.

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Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.36 out of 5 based on 547 ratings.
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