Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Wild Hare Pale AleShiner Wild Hare Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,913
Ranked #48,260
3.34 | pDev: 15.57%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Shiner Wild Hare Pale AleShiner Wild Hare Pale Ale
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice little word play on the label. Wild hare. Hop to it. No age on the bottle, but after tasting it, I suspect it's a bit old.

Slightly tarnished copper color, clear, bubbly, with sandy-tan head of good retention, very fluffy and lacy. Orange, raisin, herbal, resiny, peppery hop aromas. Also bread and caramel. It must be a little off/old, tastes more like a very dank IPA, minus the bitterness, but even then a little funky and sour. Not what I would call "bad" though. My shortcoming, so I'll kick in an extra 0.5 points on the taste (going on memory of prior tastings as well). Definite attractive light and dark fruitiness to it and spicy and vegetal hops, throughout, very metallic, with citrus rind and peppercorn in the back, but again little bitterness. Other than that, seems fairly malt-forward, biscuity or crackery with caramel. Feel is not too effervescent so I don't think it's that old. Medium-bodied, smooth, sudsy, quickly-flattens.

Dec 06, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice fruity, citrusy, hoppy aroma, and it goes downhill from there. Amber in color with small off white head. Taste is caramel, fruit and some tingly hops. Mouthfeel is slick, but no aftertaste. This is better than rated, but could be better.

Nov 27, 2015
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_drummer_ from China

3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'll confess that I'm far from an expert on Pale Ales. I get this one with the Shiner family pack and I do like trying other kinds of beer - this one is actually pretty good. It's definitely hoppy, but has good flavor (not too bitter like some pa's). I don't know that I'd get it on its own, but if you like Pale Ales, give it a shot.

Nov 09, 2015
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Kubishark from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it's a shame if this really has been discontinued. This is one of the smoothest, most enjoyable American Pale Ale's I've had in my short time being of legal age. Nice and malty, enjoyably hoppy without overdoing it like some beers do. (More hops doesn't always mean better beer!) It's very pleasant and paired perfectly with the pizza I just ate with it.

Sep 15, 2015
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DeeZee83 from Oklahoma

4.55/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Perfect session pale ale. Pine hops and sweet malt with a mild aroma. Completely non offensive. Too bad it's probably the last I'll have since its being retired. You'll be missed wild hare.

Jun 14, 2015
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TopherBreski from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Excellent Amber color with thick prevalent head. Quaint smell of hops and barley. Thick tasting beer where the pale taste hits you on the forefront rather than the aftertaste. If you like Pale Ales this is within the top 5 I've tasted.

May 17, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3/22...pours copper amber, mostly clear, some white foam. Light caramel sweet nose, malty. Taste is a thin open, light body, modest hop, fast close. Smooth. A little chewy, fruity like an english pale would be. Simple but enough of a flavor profile to stay interested.

Apr 04, 2015
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KajII from North Carolina

2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It pours a clear medium amber with a white sudsy head and possesses mild notes of grain malts, floral hops, caramel and a stale cardboard odor. This brew is a little lighter than I expected, it has a very mild hoppiness and a light caramel sweetness and not much else. Really nothing special here...

Mar 07, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber, leaves a one inch off-white head that recedes fairly slowly. Leaves plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells pretty good actually, hoppy grapefruit, tropical notes, with some butter.

Taste is very disappointing after the scent. Minor tropical fruit notes, malty middle, biscuit, has some fruity chemical off flavors that come up for the finish and aftertaste. Almost like flavored cough syrup, not very pleasant.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, is mostly smooth.

If it didn't have the off flavor in the finish this would be quite a good brew indeed.

Feb 17, 2015
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1.33/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Very boring beer. Not very hoppy or flavorful. Would buy these for a large gathering if you're having a lot of people for a BBQ or want a decent beer that's not a light beer

Feb 11, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark clear golden color with average head and damn nice clingy lacing. Aroma is light with touches of malt and some citrusy hops. Flavor is similar to aroma, this beer is very light and subdued. The maltiness seems to be more of the hero here, but some of the hops and a small amount of citrus do come out. This was not what I expected from a pale ale, but not too bad...

Feb 08, 2015
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2/7 - Home (Bottle) - Decent Shiner offering. Somewhat strong, but a bit bland for an Pale Ale. Better than their standard offerings, and would have again if given the chance.

Feb 07, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Texas BBQ Northboro.

Nice creamy head, clear amber amber reddish copper orange.

Nose decent hops, floral grassy mild fruity, little copper amber malts, touch of honey malt.

Taste mild sweet malt, candy caramel, etc. Mild hop profile, floral grassy, fair bitterness and generic fruity flavor. Little candy caramel thing. Lingering icky bitterness and general candy malt.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall OK, but nothing special, decent malts, decent hops, a little icky bitterness, probably a meh hop added to some decent ones.

Feb 04, 2015
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utopiajane from New York

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber and clear with an almost khaki head of foam. Clear. Nose is caramel and a herbal hops. Cracker malt with a bit of richness. Drinks citrusy, light tangerine, a bit piney and tangy. Crisp. Light body medium carbonation. Not really dry finish.

Feb 03, 2015
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

04 18 15 etched on neck of the 12oz bottle. Thanks to my brother-in-law and father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday.
A - deep amber colored ale, fluffy ivory head holds good retention
S - earthy, spicy, herbal hops, caramel, grain
T - caramel, toasty grain, herbal, spicy, earthy; well balanced but seems more like an English Pale Ale - actually this would be a pretty good EPA
M - medium body, ample carbonation
O - ok APA, I actually would have scored it a bit higher if categorized as an EPA. I don't think I'll come back to this one anytime soon.

Jan 23, 2015
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fps_dean from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a little head that lives moderate lacing on the glass. Smells like malts with a hint of lemony hops. Mostly malts. Tastes like it smells, but goes down quite smoothly. Moderately carbonated with a moderate body. Nothing too terribly exciting, but not a bad offering either.

Should be a safe bet for almost anyone. Craft drinkers will appreciate that it's smooth and has solid flavor, and people used to fizzy North American brews will appreciate that it's not too terribly strong.

Jan 15, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also sampled last night on 1/10/15 while watching the NFL Divisional Playoffs. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pretty reddish-orange in color with a good 1+-finger foamy/creamy off-white head. Lots of 'sheet lacing' was seen when sipped, which surprised me actually. The aroma is of malts. Pretty much the same for the taste but was pretty smooth and went down easy, unlike many pale ales. Just a very slight taste of hops for the finish but was gone in a few seconds. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Very tasty and really liked this one.

Jan 11, 2015
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rorjets from Connecticut

3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up one of Spoetzl's mixed six pack, and this was included. Poured out the bottle into a pint glass, it had a decent off-white head with nice lacing. The color was a dark amber, or light brown. Slight aroma, mostly of malt. The taste is pleasant, with a bit of maltiness and very slight hops taste. According to the label they use Munich malts and U.S. Golding & Bravo hops. I would say that this is a 'Pale Ale Light', fine for the times you don't want a strongly flavored ale. It's definitely not retired - I have seen it in all the mixed six packs from Spoetzl.

Jan 03, 2015
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austinmiller from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Visual: First off, props to Shiner for the cool label. It just made me want to try this beer, even though I typically prefer to try the more uncommon brands of beers. This beer had a golden-yellow tint, though I don't really care too much about the color of beers because they are all different shades of yellow. So who cares as long as it tastes good (unless you're trying to sound like a beer intellectual)?

Scent: This beer has a sort of bitter, malt-like aroma, that smells just like it tastes.

Flavor: The flavor consists of too much malt flavor, and not enough hops, in my opinion. I prefer a more intense beer from the beginning, and this didn't pack that punch. It was enjoyable nonetheless, and I would drink it again if there were a lack of options.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and enjoyable. Not too much carbonation.

Overall: This beer was okay. It's not going to be a go-to beer or anything like that, but it was good. I'd much rather have a Shiner than something like Coors or Miller or anything like that. I drank this beer straight out of the glass bottle. In the end, this beer is just an average at best (or slightly above average) beer.

Nov 17, 2014
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thedoubler55 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.2%

A: A clear amber color, with no head at the top, maybe a little off white ring at the top that left quickly, not so much lacing that I noticed.

S: Some hints of floral but nothing crazy, and slight malt notes as well.

T: Sweet and dry, some malts in there to go along with the sweetness, hints of pine and berrys.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation, sticky.

O: Nothing great about this beer, might be why its retired, easy drinker and nothing complex about it.

Nov 14, 2014
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First off, this beer is alive! Not retired.
2ndly, it's better than reviews, and it's not mid-pack, it's different, decidedly perfumey, almost Belgian at first, and unexpected from Texas.
A: A steady film rides on an amber, dusty body, and leaves plenty of lace.
S: More pears, flowers, and esters than any other APA. Along with malt, caramel, mild herbal hop, bread crust, and yeast.
T: Follows smell, with the perfume more evident,but in a good way, balanced by apple pie, sun-warmed grass, the rest, and the long hop/caramel see saw finish, which works.
F: Slightly creamy, nice weight.

Floral for Texas or APA. More going on that the current crop of reviews reveals. Worth a try. All made in Shiner TX.

Nov 06, 2014
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DaneBramage from Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.2%

Pretty weak pale ale, not very hoppy taste at all and no real hints of citrus or anything else. Smooth-drinking but I like my IPA stronger with a heavier hoppy flavor. Typical of a Shiner beer, not bad but not great.

Oct 12, 2014
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep amber with frothy head. Nice caramel mix with pale malt. Nothing groundbreaking here. A solid, slightly above average APA that is easy to drink.

Oct 08, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber color and clear. Little head and even less lace.

Mild malt aroma; a bit metallic.

Lots of caramel flavor. Very little hop. I'd say this is too sweet for a pale ale. Rich body, lowly carbonated. Short cloy aftertaste.

Oct 05, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- an average aroma of hops and malt
Appearance- An amber colored beer with a very small white head.
Taste- You can really taste the malt, a pretty good flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with high carbonation with a sticky to oily texture.
Overall- An ok take on an American Pale Ale

Sep 26, 2014
Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale from Spoetzl Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 919 ratings