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Shiner FM 966 | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Lawl3ss on 12-24-2012

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92
Ratings:
546
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
40.48%
 
 
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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tan and hazy. Head was less than half a finger and lacing was ok at best.

Aroma is pretty good. Bubble gum, yeast, coriander, spices.

Flavor is also pretty good. Spices, yeast, and a notable hops presence are forward, accented with coriander, bready malts, and a bit of funk.

Body is less carbonated than what I'd usually expect in a saison, but it's not much of a detractor. It's pretty easy drinking, and actually quite tasty.

I'm quite happy with this one from Shiner. I didn't think they'd do a saison that well, but it's not bad. It's not world class, but it's drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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 laramis
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: gold in color it poured slightly cloudy into a pint glass not too big of a head but decent lacing

S: slightly fruity some spices and maybe a little yeast

T: first there was a strong hop flavor that played well with the spices then followed the fruit flavors

M: crisp and light bodied it gives a pleasant feel on the tongue

O: this is a good spring time beer i had never had saison before but i rather liked it i would drink it again

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Photo of bmwats
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Golden hue. Pretty hefty carbonation. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Effervescence continues to rise to the surface throughout. Head quickly disintegrates completely.

S: Sour, fermented raspberry.

T: Light, sourdough bready tone, with just the slightest hint of fermented fruit.

M: Very light body with a light sour finish and aftertaste.

D: Not much resistance here.

Atmosphere is decent. Shallow hue, effervescence and a slight head, no lacing. Nose is white bread, and fermented fruit. Tastes like it smells...light bread with some fermented fruit. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of budgood1
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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 stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Surprised, this was actually a pretty nice saison. Elements of honey, meadow, some floral notes, and the yeast lilt. Soft and easy to drink. One of Shiner’s better brews.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a smallish white head for the style. Fairly clear golden body. Light lace.

Slightly funky yeast aroma. Comes off fairly earthy with some spice and fruit.

Light body and bubbly. Drinks incredibly easy. Refreshing. Not much to it though. Get the basics of spicy pepper and clove and more of the funky aspects of the yeast.

Prob the best Shiner I've had. Decent enough stuff. I'd say worthy of a 6 pack to relax with.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A recommendation from a cousin as being one of his favorite beers, so I figured I'd give it a go.
L - rocky white head atop a slightly hazed golden ale, good head retention and lacing
S/T - funky yeast, grass, biscuit, lemon, earth, pepper, spicy noble hops
F - refreshing, thin-to-medium body, finishes dry and fairly clean with modest bitterness; I always seem to find Shiner beers to be a bit chalky and this one is as well
O - fairly decent farmhouse ale, not sure I'd get it again, but I'm always up for trying something new. If my cousin showed up with some to share, I'd definitely drink to that.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz picked up a while back at Brewer's Haven in Boise... Pours with a short lasting white head... little lacing... the brew is slightly hazed pale golden.

Nose shows cracker like maltiness along with a lightly spicy element that I associate with clove... a little bit of lemon too, but that could be my mind playing tricks on me.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose... a bit more clove and a light peachy fruitiness.

Overall like a saison "lite"... still pretty drinkable... a good introductory Belgian style.

3.25/3.25/3.25/3.5/3.25

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Photo of Brenden
3.26/5  rDev -3%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.26/5  rDev -3%

Found this oddity in a singles cooler. Lets see if I can marry it to my mouth.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance

Appearance (3.5) : A hazy mango-banana semi-opaque body with a thick two finger head. Leaves webbing on the glass as it recedes moderately.

Smell (3.5) : Smells of musty orange and grapefruit, some field wheat, a little coriander/cilantro, and I guess what I would generalize as "spice" - perhaps ginger and cinnamon.

Taste (3.25) : Tasty. Some slightly sour caramel/kettle corn follows a buttery body; a delightful checkered finish of slight onion and tomato. Somewhere in there, there's some corn or barley that leaves a small lager aftertaste. After half the bottle however, the flavor gets a little old and borders on drain pour. For this reason I have to lower this category a bit.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Easy-peasey. Real smooth and drinks like a champ. You want more, that's just how it is.

Overall (3.26) : I'd drink this again, although its not amazing enough for me to pick up a sixer or go out and buy more right away. It's a nice take on the farmhouse ale and I recommend you try it to see if it's for you.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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 denver10
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of magictacosinus
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A big thanks to Ken for the Shiner samples recently. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a teku glass.

Not a bad appearance - clear amber gold, with a foamy white head that lasts at the top of the glass for a good long while. Carbonation is strong, with bubbles gathering in droves at the bottom as well as lines streaming upwards beneath the head. Looks like any good American made saison.

Very light on the nose, but some of the (apparent) Belgian yeast does seem to shine through, but only so much. Rest assured, don't expect any barnyard, leather, or funky notes on this beer! Banana, white grapes, light raisins, as well as some herbal properties, such as green tea (maybe camomile and sage), white pepper, white flowers, as well as a grainy, sweet toffee, and slightly "skunky" smell at the finish. Crackly wheat finishes it up, with light spice. Not very complex, but nothing wrong with it, to be honest. It's a pilsner disguised as a "farmhouse" ale here. Nothing more, nothing less.

Yeah, one sip reveals to me that this is essentially a pilsner, but there are at least some redeemable qualities that place this in the same realm as some saisons. Grainy sweetness and wheat, alongside notes of dried raisins and light banana meld into the slightly gritty (or tannic) tea and pepper notes from the yeast. As a result, it's relatively light bodied, with a finish that is gently carbonated with a lightly spicy finish. Relatively inoffensive, but extremely mild in execution. The toasted tobacco note at the finish is a little off putting as well. Develops into a more spritzy, heavily raspy grainy texture over time, but it's never a chore to drink. It only, alas, lacks the rustic elements that make these types of beers usually among my favorites. Not a bad effort from a larger brewery, however.

Eh, nothing too exciting, but definitely a decent break from more intense yeasty and spicy beers of its kind, which I've been having quite a few of as of late. I feel this fails to live up to a more memorable offering due to it not being bottle conditioned, and containing too much of a light pilsen malt profile that makes this a borderline lager with Belgian yeast. I'm happy it's not too thick or sweet, but it could really be this refreshing while striving towards complexity with a bit of tweaking.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Almost clear light tangerine color. A light cream colored head recedes to a light film. Light watery lacing initially.

Aroma: Light yeasty notes, grains, wheat. Minimal fruit notes and some citrus towards the back.

Taste: Bright citrus notes to begin, backed by some bready grains. A faint hop presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty crisp.

Overall: A pretty clean, crisp tasting brew.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a solid, very drinkable beer, nothing fancy but well-done for what it is. The flavor didn't leave a big impression on me, and I found the beer rather heavy for the style; but on the other hand, the graininess, very faint citrus notes, and slight touch of bitterness are refreshing. For a craft seasonal its not bad, but this is not something I would go out of my way to seek out.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - gold with a large, soft, white head that has decent retention; there are a ton of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S - white grapes, faint yeast

T - white grapes, sweet, grainy, some faint yeast

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit warm

This is a simplistic if not over simplified beer. The yeast seems to do all the work adding some notes of white grapes. For 5.70% it's way too warm. As far as saisons go, there are far better out there. As far as Shiner beers go this is a nice change from their traditional lagers.

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Photo of Guden
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- slightly hazy gold with a large white head that fades to a finger and leaves suds of lace.

S- upfront is big orange peel with some sweet grain and cardamom underneath. A little bit of wit-like metallic shows as it warms.

T- candy sweetness with just faint notes of citrus hanging on throughout the finish.

M- moderate carbonation with a dry finish that helps dissipate the sweetness.

O- I wasn't expecting much from a Shiner Farmhouse beer but wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately this beer is both a bit muddled and bland without enough character from the hops or yeast.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The body has a nice golden color to it, its crystal clear and topped off with a nice thick white head that slowly dissipates. There’s some good lacing going on, there’s a fine layer of bubbles has yet to reveal the beer below. The aroma is rather light, but fruity: hints of citrus, mild grapefruit and wheat come through, mild malts are present. Light bodied and very crisp overall, there are strong citrus flavors coming through, lemon zest, malts, banana bread, and grass are present. It’s bitter overall and sweetens up a bit in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ahommell
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Clear straw yellow to light amber. Full finger and a half head that sticks around for a good while.
S: Citrus. Wheat. Sour bread. Lemon overtones.
T: Light citrus turns into a bready sort of sour. None of the sourness and spice I was expecting. This beer is an example of what it is not more than what it is. The taste may be more suited for a French Jelly Glass.
M: Carbonation is low for me. I feel as if this could enhance some of the notes in the scent... but alas... they are absent. Def. on the low end of "medium bodied."
O: This beer would be a great house beer for a session after a long hard day. It is crisp, tasteless, and refreshing. I expected so much more from Shiner. Not a "must try," but like all beer, it is worth a taste.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nothing good comes through at that number on my radio. Texas must be so much cooler than Illinois... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, light coriander, and a touch of apple cider. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything funkified and rindy, making for quite the muddling of flavors. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a kinda sad "farmhouse ale", one that comes across more like a spice-less wit than anything, and one that just doesn't work well at all.

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Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.
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