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Shiner FM 966 | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Lawl3ss on 12-24-2012

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

So Shiner takes a whack at the farmhouse style.

A - Well its pretty lively with carbonation. A very clear yellow with a head that reduces to a thick lace ring.
S - Has some peppery spice, a touch of lemon peel. and a strong wheat base.
T - Well it's a pretty crappy example of the style since it drinks like a witbier. Lemon and wheat highlight with a mild touch of coriander mid palate. Not bad yet not very funky or spicy,
M - Pretty effervescent with the carbonation making for a light bubbly body. Goes down easy enough.

Overall it's not really a bad beer but if it was a witbier I would have rated it higher. As a farmhouse beer it's pretty sucky.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smallish white head settles pretty quickly above a clear bright golden colored beer.

Light soapy yeastish mixed with sour grain malts and throw in a touch of peppery spices in the aroma of this farmhouse ale.

The grain malts come through more in the taste, it loses most of the soapiness and yeast attributes I got in the aroma, but the very light peppery spices are still there.

A light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the grains and light pepper like spices clinging on with this light bodied drink.

Not overly impressive other than I happened to drink this on a hotter day and my air conditioner has yet to be turned on for the summer, so I guess to it rates better than it would have on most days.

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Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Pears & apple peels, plus apple blossoms

T: Follows the nose, some perfumy hops as well up front. A bit of breadyness & white grape as this warms, along with more apple peel, a bit of honey & some dirtyness. Finishes fruity with a bit of lemony hops, a whisper of barnyard & white grape sweetness

MF: Light bodied, soft carbonation. Thickens up as this warms

Not bad, a step up from a training wheels saison, a pleasant suprise from these guys

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Photo of mralphabet
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a clear golden color with a small 1/2 fingers worth of head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving very little lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: I'm getting a little grass, some floral hops with a touch of fruitiness. Smells quite inviting.

T: Taste ending up having a little more grassy-earthy hops than floral, but the fruitiness is right up front straight to the finish.

M: Crisp, pretty strong carbonation at first, but falls off as the beer warms up. Pretty light for the style.

O: Not a bad little beer from Shiners, again another great effort. Good flavors, good ABV, not a bad session beer... Worth looking for.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like wheat, bubblegum, and a bit of peppery spice. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, with the wheat flavor being the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid beer. $1.99 a single bottle.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken 1-27-14.

I got a finger of off-white head over a straw covered body. This dissipated to a ring. A light attempt at lace was noted.

Wheat, sweetgrass and yeast made up the first aromas I noticed. Whiffing it more deeply I got funky apples.

Sour apple and wheat says hello first. Grass, spices and herbal notes finish her off.

This beer had moderately high carbonation that seemed to bite the tongue and lips. It had a slight dry finish.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I am hoping to really run through some CANs today as The CANQuest ™ ramps back up to its normal operating speed! Here goes.

From the CAN: “A season delight”; “Made for Spring”; “There’s Nothing Finer than a Springtime Shiner”; “Est. 1909”; “Farmhouse Ale”.

The Crack! was music to my ears and my dance CANsisted of an inverted Glug, resulting in two-plus fingers of rocky, foamy, fizzy , bone-white head with limited retention. I wonder if it is something to do with Saison yeast that causes that type of carbonation. Color was a Solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality and of course, this was a clarion call for The Unholy Trio of Croesus, Midas and Mammon, all clamoring for a sip. Nose was slightly funky and musty, but in this one, the mixed fruitiness was much more pronounced. I wonder if they filtered theirs, given its clarity and reduced nose. Mouthfeel was thin, but effervescent, kind of like soda pop. The taste was much fruitier than in my previous Saison, which was more to my liking, but for hardcore Saison lovers, this might seem a bit pedestrian. Finish was semi-sweet with the yeast beginning to take ‘hold, but it was not as challenging as some/many (?) Saisons that I have had, even from a CAN.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, color is opaque gold/yellow; head is off white, presenting about 1" thick, then laces very nicely.

Smell is light wheat, pilsner malts, some solid spice profile intermingling as it warms.

Taste is quite pleasant, refreshing, a little on the lighter side for this style, profile consists of wheat and pilsner malts, maybe some biscuit, pretty good tasting spiceness, cleaner, subdued hops.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp, not out of style, but it seems to be from carbonation over flavoring.

Overall, a surprisingly tasty brew, nice malt profile, solid spicienss, just a knock on the carbonation.

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Photo of zeff80
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with two fingers of white head and a good amount of lace.
Smells like a witbeir with a touch of funky yeast.
Tastes like a funky witbeir . Some spice.
mouthfeel is fine and it has a lightly dry bitter finish, Carbonation is just right.
Overall a Farmhouse Ale for the new guy. Think of it as Farmhouse light.

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Photo of Kromes
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear gold color with a thick white head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass. Good head retention on the beer.

Belgian yeast, tropical fruit, grassy hop, and a bit of grain.

A nice tropical fruit and Belgian yeast flavor at first. The grassy hop kicks in during the finish and a slight bitterness and grain flavor remain with a lingering faint clove. The flavors do drop out a little in the finish and it gives the beer a little bit of a "watered-down" sense of flavor.

A nice light body with good, peppery carbonation. Does feel a little bit too light though.

I was surprised by this beer. All the other Shiner beers I've tried were very straight forward, no nonsense, easy drinking beers. This one is easy to drink, but it does have a little bit more depth to it than the others. An above average Farmhouse ale that would be great on a warm spring day.

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Photo of punky796
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz twist-off longneck into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date. Label declares this to be a Springtime Farmhouse Ale of the European "seasonal provision" style, I was a bit skeptical at the store (A Saison from Spoetzl?), but figured why not?

Look- Crystal clear pale gold with three fingers of super dense white head, looks like whipped cream. Good retention, no lace.

Smell- Go figure- it's actually got a bit of funk going on. Toasted cracker, light spice, aromatic. Light treacle, clean feel. Nice.

Taste- Alas, not quite as nice as the aroma, but about what I had expected. Light spice, very mild tartness, biscuit malt, light adjunct flavor. Earthy hops are there, but again faint. Finishes with oyster cracker a bit of mineral character.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, very light carbonation (particularly for a saison.) Heavier than expected, smooth, juicy feel. A little tart acidic character, but it's faint. Finishes clean, pleasant and definitely designed to be easily consumed.

Overall- It's not fantastic when compared to some of the classic imports or offerings from local Texas craft brewers such as Jester King, but for Shiner/Spoetzl its actually pretty good. +1 for the effort.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown can with a freshness date.

Crystal clear dull amber hue, very bubbly with a decent amount of lace. Ripe pears, spice, bready malt and hay in the nose. Slick medium body, mild crispness. Rustic graininess meets a mild hop bitterness, slightly spicy with a fruity backing. Faint medicinal tone with a ghost like broth note. Finishes spicy and semi-dry.

Decent and expected this. While the whole Saison / Farmhouse thing is way over done now Shiner took a good stab at it.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Color is a bit darker than what I’m used to, with more orange color than straw yellow; clear-bodied; fine head formation though not good retention.

Definitely saison in aroma with that sulfur/white pepper/yeast smell. Also some sweet biscuit malt in there.

First impression is that it’s a good thirst-quenching beer with its dry character. Body seems just right, as does carbonation. A few more sips and I’m noticing a lingering malt sweetness that I’m not a fan of. It’s slight, but I want that finish to be drier.

Overall I’d say it’s a middle-of-the-road saison. I’m glad I tried it but I’m also glad I didn’t buy six of them.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kind of a saison light presentation. Has the pieces, light fruity, a little doughy, but it is soft on intensity. And the intensity dies out in time.
Full rich white head. Slightly cloudy body and a straw gold color.
Nice fruit flavors. Really quite refreshing. Mild to a little more in the drying. Mild tartness and hints of sour.
Tingly, but not prickly, carbonation. Reasonable soft.
This is a good starter saison. Hits the basics. Is enjoyable. Price is right.

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Photo of mjurney
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, looks pretty clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head.

Sour, bubblegum, bready.

Sourness up front, but not overwhelming. Bready, cracker, biscuit, a little honey sweetness. Mild coriander. Bubblegum finish. Body is medium, smooth, tart-dry aftertaste.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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