Shiner FM 966 | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Shiner FM 966Shiner FM 966
BA SCORE
3.32/5
547 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,781
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
547
pDev:
16.87%
Bros Score:
3.55
 
 
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7
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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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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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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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Shiner FM 966 from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 547 ratings
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