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

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Added by Lawl3ss on 12-24-2012

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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 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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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 tubeyes
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shiner fm 966 farmhouse.
A Clear light golden, frothy white pillow head, leaving minimal lacing.
S Nose of banana and light but chipper fruityness.
T More of the nose, delicious banana fruitiness.
M Great carbonation and fruity banana aftertaste.
O Impressed by the fantastic banana farmy goodness. From note, had on tap at OSDH in Denton, TX in their winter flight on 12/23/12. Also in bottle, live, 01/19/13. Prosit!

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Photo of duffalo
2.4/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Far lighter with less of a head than I would expect on a farmhouse ale. Smell is good, but to me it smells a little more like a Hefeweizen. Still, the clove smell is nice and has the kind of spiciness I would expect. The taste is strong on the cloves as well - it really tastes like a Hefeweizen with a little more maltiness. Overall, I think the taste is pretty good and decently signifies what a farmhouse ale stands for given the broad interpretation of the style. In my opinion I would prefer a much darker and maltier farmhouse ale - this one is far too light for my tastes. As for the mouthfeel, I think it's also a little on the lighter side for the style - it doesn't really have the smoothness and volume that I would like.

Overall, I think it's fine for a farmhouse ale, but in all honesty it tastes far more like a Hefeweizen to me. I don't think that it's got quite the darkness or depth of flavor that I expected.

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Photo of SerialHiker
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color…mild bubble action happening…some head formed, but nothing really stuck around, just a top coating…looks lively but nothing overly impressive…(2.75/5)

Smell: Spicy, citrus, yeast, bubblegum, sweetness, summer grass…a nice farmhouse ale smell, though it’s not overly aromatic…(3/5)

Taste: Spicy hops balanced nicely with grassy, citrus, yeast and sweet flavors…fairly basic flavor happening here…(3/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body, light to medium carbonation…very watery (too watery), with some floral bitterness in the after taste...refreshing to the palate…(2.5/5)

Overall: This beer falls straight into the mediocre category…it’s got all right flavor, but the smell and mouthfeel leave a lot to be desired…this brew feels like it’s massed produced by a large “brewery” leaving quality second to putting something on the shelf…it’s super watered down leaving what flavor it does have passing over the tongue quickly and making it hard to enjoy…it’s drinkable, but I’m glad I only have one, certainly not worth picking up in six pack form…(2.25/5)

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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 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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Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden glass shows a constant stream of tiny bubbles that struggle to hold aloft a cloud of foam. Some lacing of the glass, really a pretty beer.

Smell: Just a hint of farmy esters, firm banana floral Belgian yeast character. Shine made a Belgian beer?! Wow, ok, impressive step outside the usual range for the brewery; kudos.

Taste: All the nose is overwhelmed by a grainy sweet base of a standard Shiner beer. While I would prefer a bit more of a punch, Shiner is a middle of the road brewery so I respect the restraint showed in the profile.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and gritty, fairly light body.

Overall: Just a bit of funk keeps the beer interesting yet refreshing. Glad to see Shiner reaching for new styles. Texans love Shiner, and having Shiner show Texans beer can be a lot of different things is top rate Beer Advocacy. Cheers to Shiner!

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Photo of JMad
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a bright golden yellow color with a white foamy head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer. Smells a bit funky and sweet with some aromas of grass lemon and hay. It tastes of grassy hops with lots of bread and a hint of lemon. The beer is light bodied with charp carbonation and a dry finish. This is one of Shiner's best offerings, I could drink this year round.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a small white head. Not enough retention or haze for a 'typical' farmhouse brew.

Nose is honeyed grains with a grassy hop aroma. A fair amount of yeast presence surprisingly…a little tart and lemony with some sourdough. Nice.

Taste throws out more of the lemongrass yeast with a neutral, biscuity malt. Hops make their presence felt and crisp up the finish nicely. While this isnt going to compete with a fresh Saison DuPont or the like, it is not priced as such either. For about a buck a bottle, I think this is a very welcome addition to the fridge. I'll easily go through the 12-pack I purchased and most likely will buy another. Well done Spoetzl...well done.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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 ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a ever so slightly hazed, pale yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Slightly sweetish sniff of saltine, pils malt. Pinch of ground clove and coriander. Low peach fruitiness, as well as some lemony citrus.

Taste: Soft, crackery pilsner maltiness with a light sweetness. Particularly tangy citrus taste pops in alongside the spicy phenols. Dash of Albariño, little hint of peach. Some acidity. Flirts again with the initial sweetness. Clove-like spiciness and light fruitiness on the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's saison-lite, and saison-like, really.

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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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