Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Shiner farms out FM 966 in cans

Image credit:  Spoetzl Brewery
Say what you want about Shiner, but you have to give them credit for being consistent. Explore beyond that bock beer, and time and again you'll find a good, easy-drinking brew that leans towards the milder side of the target style guideline. Their products have, and probably always will appeal to their core consumer, that being the opposite of the ├╝ber beer geek.

Shiner FM 966 Farmhouse Ale is no exception to the above-defined rule. It's the kind of beer that doesn't have too much of this, or too little of that. Whether or not that means it's "just right", I'll leave that for you to decide.

The brewery's spring seasonal has a fair amount of complexity with hints of spice and funk to go along with some light florals. Clove-like phenols are more evident in the aroma, masked off somewhat in the taste by the enduring flavor of bread yeast. There is a faint bitterness, but no real tartness despite having a sort of lemon drop candy character in the background. It's a refreshing beer, with ample effervescence and a light-to-medium body.

Like most other Shiner products, if you're already a fan of the brewery you'll probably enjoy this one too. It's not a spot-on saison, though, due to being somewhat yeasty and not having an overly forward fruit character. Still, it's a good, easy-drinking brew that leans towards the milder side of the target style guideline.

Wait a second...didn't I already say that?

See? Consistent.


This year, FM 966 Farmhouse Ale is being offered for the first time in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans. Find it through March wherever Shiner beers are sold.

* Samples provided courtesy of Shiner/McGarrah-Jessee.  

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