Shiner FM 966 | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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77
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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
Ratings:
547
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
73
For Trade:
1
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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 Falcone
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DeanCHS1980
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of mooseisloose
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

Saw this brew par using the beer section at the local market. Shiner is always a good brew so seeing an ale I picked up a sixer to give it a whirl. Popping the top is a nice waft of hops with some spice. Pours into a gnarly oak chalice to a orange yellow with a medium size bubble two finger head. On the taste this brew is flat bitter with a bit of spicing but for an ale IMHO very waterery in the mouthfeel. A good brew but substandard for my expectations of anything calling itself an ale.

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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 hypnotoad1
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of valkyre65
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of mfl620ks
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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 Petey_the_Quiet
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JoeMans
2.25/5  rDev -33%

Photo of bkeller04
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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 MacStinson
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of javlin624
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of benloho
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MikeRice1969
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of bexley10
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Givemebeer
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of robertjskelton
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Steamer
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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