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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Wild Hare Pale AleShiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 17
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gtermi on 01-24-2012)
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale is a tan colored beer with nose that is mild, with scents of bread, pine, floral, and a touch of fruit. The head of foam on this beer is fluffier and more solid than that of other Shiner beer and based on appearance alone, the product looks promising.

Moving to the taste, Shiner Wild Hare has a flavor profile that is fruity, with a touch of caramel and bread, and some banana. Earthy hops are present as well and the bitter overall taste is not overwhelming and milder than other American pale ale. There is a less citrus than what you find in other examples of this style. The fruit I notice most is that of banana.

Shiner has been brewing lagers for some time, but this is the company’s first foray into the world of ales. I am glad that Shiner finally took the plunge and I hope it is the beginning of many new adventures for this Texas based brewing operation. Maybe we will see a Shiner porter or stout next? It would be surprising, but anything is possible.

Wild Hare may not be the most flavorful American Pale Ale, but it really isn’t bad and I am convinced that most people will find that it does meet their minimum standards. It is priced lower than most APA also and is widely available for a craft or semi- craft beer. Try it and see what you think- I’m betting you will find it to your liking, by a hare.

BryanCarey, Sep 18, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear light copper/brass color with a thin quick to fade white head atop.A decent shot of floral hops mixed with some caramel/biscuit malts with neither winning out over the other.The hops don't show much presence on the palate with mainly lithly toasted biscuit malt flavors.The feel is pretty light and ho hum.Eh it goes down easy but there are better "no brainer" beers to be had out there.

oberon, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Turbo, Dec 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Shakerman, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Clear amber, ample lacing

SMELL: Dusty malt, taffy, caramel, herbal hop, bready, ripe pears, faint esters

TASTE: Fresh bread, crisp, medium body, dried grass, herbal, floral, mild pepperiness, baked apple, toasted grain, semidry finish

Spoetzl's first ale ever, testing the waters with a Pale Ale. We guess it would have been odd if they jumped into barrel-aged Double IPAs. Wild Hare sits in the middle of the pack; balance and drinkability seem to have been the focus. Give this one a whirl.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

AbbeyL29, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Cuvie62, Sep 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

markallmon, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Brauntasaurus, Jan 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

csmartin6, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

generallee, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

nstroup, Oct 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Jason, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, purchased at Yorktown, Bev. Yorktown, NY

Pours a clear warm shade of almond amber, quickly departing lite tan head, that leaves minor fine bits of lacing.

I get just some maple/caramel on the nose.

Malty, with more caramel up front. Just a smidge of hops in the finish.

Pretty uninspiring APA. Would work in a pinch, but truly nothing to get excited about

Billolick, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

nothunder, May 23, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a medium orange-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is quite floral with some bread notes also mixed in. I also get some orange citrus and perfume notes in the aroma. The flavor is full of bread and toffee with some floral and perfume notes. The beer has very little bitterness and the floral notes are quite sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Hazy amber with a thin white head and mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and mild citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and some citrus, some nutty notes as well.

Overall: Not bad, but I would not go out of my way to get it again.

Cavanaghty, Jan 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

wattoclone, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Irish_Fan, Jun 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Dello, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

acknight, Aug 10, 2012
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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.