Shiner FM 966 | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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77
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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
Ratings:
547
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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7
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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 hypnotoad1
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.23/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of dankjohn
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of BJasny
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tronester
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, with a medium, sturdy white head. Phenolic aroma, with some cloves. Taste begins with some tart apple, then some husky grain, then a big banana flavor, with a bit of herbal bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a good Saison, though i suspect it would be a bit better if it wasnt filtered.

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Photo of batt6343
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BigRedDog
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of KevChiTown
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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 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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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Flat yellow in color with good white foam.

Smell: Faint honey and sour vinegar. I like the honey...not the vinegar. It does have faint grape saison smells along with the honey.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like honey mead...and sweat. I like the honey...not the sweat. Very flat, especially ofr a saison.

Overall Drinkability: I appreciate an American attempt at this style, but I'll stick the the European ones.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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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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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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