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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Wild Hare Pale AleShiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of lanechaffin
5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours reddish copper in color w/delightful head. Good bitterness, aroma kind of flowery imo. Goes down very easy but watch out this is a pretty strong brew if you're used to drinking standard lager like Budweiser or Coors. I like Blue Moon and Sierra Nevada pale ales and this one is on par with those brews. Anything from Shiner is good

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Photo of OverToad
4.65/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing I don't have have a palate destroying hop bomb to know when there's a good beer, I was excited to see Shiner make a pale ale.

Color is copper and clear
Taste is fantastic for a Shiner. I really like this beer.

Mouthful is light like a pale ale should be.

Thank you Shiner!

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Photo of DeeZee83
4.55/5  rDev +37%
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.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.47/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers I've had from Spoetzl.

Pour a clear medium amber with a big white head.

Aroma is very malty with a little bit of hops.

Flavor is nice. Very well-balanced. Feels like more of an English style Pale Ale to me. More hops than most beers from this brewery but less than many other Pale Ales. Some nuttyness, some herbal/floral notes. Nice use of hops. Very present without dominating the flavor. Nice lingering malty aftertaste. Just the right amount of sweetness without being cloying.

Medium smooth mouthfeel.

I like this beer a lot. I am very impressed.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a strange one. Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale has a thick, frothy, off-white head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, amber appearance, and nice lacing rings left on the glass. The aroma is, oddly, of coriander and banana, and the flavor is the same, with bread, sweetness, grapefruit, and bitter hop notes as well. It’s almost as if a heffe-weizen had been poured into the bottles by mistake. The mouthfeel is light, and Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale finishes crisp, snappy, and refreshing- almost lager like. Even with all the strangeness, it’s a very interesting beer and maybe the best that Shiner has on the market. I rate it excellent and would advise beer lovers to check it out.


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Photo of Hergestridge
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance of golden hues, tinged with crimson.
Smell is sweet and smelling of spring in a pine forest.
Taste is sweet with a hint of tinged bitterness and a aroma of springs flowing waters
Mouthfeel is perfect.. crisp.. with a bit of sharpness to excite the taste buds...
Overall.. A Very good Entry by Shiner... Spoetzl Brewery, please adopt me!!!! :)
Carry on Citizens!

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Photo of Kornoms
4.06/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-brown in appearance with a good 2 finger head after pour, with excellent lacing. You can definitely smell the hops- with tones of floral and citrus. It's pretty mellow, but you get a nice bite and hoppy character towards the end of the sip. Overall, excited about Shiner's first Pale Ale- It seems that Shiner is starting to get more creative and coming out with more complex beers.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a somewhat hazy and very appetizing copper-gold with a respectable pale wheat head. Strong aroma is malty and fruity, providing tones of apple and pear and a hint of banana. Flavor is mainly fruity, pear and apple and a bit of banana, malty and hoppy notes and a touch of horehound. Texture has good body and sassy fizz. Let this wild hare hop down your throat!Comes out of the tap a somewhat hazy and very appetizing copper-gold with a respectable pale wheat head. Strong aroma is malty and fruity, providing tones of apple and pear and a hint of banana. Flavor is mainly fruity, pear and apple and a bit of banana, malty and hoppy notes and a touch of horehound. Texture has good body and sassy fizz. Let this wild hare hop down your throat!

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Photo of Kubishark
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of imasloth
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So um ... Like many people I was a bit surprised that Shiner decided to do a pale ale. After seeing the billboards around Austin, I looked it up on BA and was disappointed by the reviews. Had my brother not sent me one, I may have never tried it.

A- Poured into snifter. Red with a slight tinge of amber, large white head with good retention, medium carbonation.

S- Sweet. Pine and tropical fruit hops smells. (I get passion-fruit). As the beer warms a slight malt smell comes out.

T- Strong fruitiness up front, followed by hop bitterness. A light malt finish with a fruity aftertaste.

M- Medium body, smooth with a clean finish.

O- After the reviews and word of mouth, I was greatly surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. I call it a nice effort by Shiner and a welcome new direction in pale ales.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to to a decent white head and moderate lacing. Golden amber color. Aroma is citrus hops and sweet malt. Flavor is a mild mix of citrus, lemon, pepper and dry malt. Mouthfeel is light and co2 is moderate. Overall, a light version of APA well suited for the texas heat.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a orangey-copper body, nearly clear with only a very slight haze to it. A finger of near white foam.

Smell: A scent of toasted bread and grains brushed with sweet-scented caramel and affixed to fine hoppy notes smelling of orange blossoms, a spot of orange oil, and grassy herbs.

Taste: Pale malts, toasty malts with touches of grain and gooey caramel. A drop of orange extract with herbal, grassy hops and some bitterness, not too terribly much, but enough to balance it out and close it out lightly crisp and nearly dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Not overly bold, but not entirely mild, it's a decent, inoffensive pale ale.

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Photo of Hulk_Beer
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. single from a store.

App- Cloudy rusted orange/reddish. Poured aggressive, got a two finger head that retains about a half finger throughout.

Sml- A lot of citrus hop notes. Hop oil/pine as well. Tried as I might, I couldn't pick up any malt smell, which is common for APAs.

Tst- Got that sharp cut from the citrusy hops. Alcohol. Hop oil comes through. And finally, the malts are showing. Just a slight, bready warm malt flavor that peeks out every once in a while.

Mf- It's unfiltered, and you can feel it. It's a light medium body.

Not a bad APA, however, I haven't had many, and my rating may change as I find better ones out there. I did enjoy this, and Shiner was surprisingly unafraid to let their hop characteristics shine through strong here.

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Photo of SanWrencho
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like hops, this is an excellent beer. The first impression is a very floral, aromatic hop aroma that is counterbalanced by a much more restrained maltiness. Nice amber color and head, mouthfeel is refreshing. Kudos to Spoetzl for brewing a beer that delivers on hop flavor without the overkill of many IPAs

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "031 14 D2 04:00" roughly 4 1/2 months old

Notes: Nice label. Retro. Deep golden / light amber in color. Creamy off-white head. Good retention and better than average lacing. Aroma of malt and hop: gently sweet, bready, slightly caramelish malt and leafy/grassy/floral hops ~ quite English in nature hop-wise, not what I think of as "American"; and "European" in malt, but again, not "American". Overall, balanced a bit too far towards sweet malt. The hops are nice (pleasantly floral against the sweet/bready malt). Easy-going basic pale ale that's got enough to satisfy.

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Photo of cousineddy
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pourds and yellow/golden color. 1 finger of white head that dissipated in about 1 minute. some lacing

Smell: Fruity. Slight banana aroma, citrus and bubble gum

Taste: starts very light, has nice hoppy backnotes i don't get a lot of malt from this brew

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and drinkable, would probably be better suited to trying in the summer.

Overall: not a bad pale ale but not a great one either. probably won't buy again, prefer schlafly.

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Photo of budgood1
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a slightly clouded deep amber colour with a thin bone white head. wispy lace as i drink. sugary malty notes with some melon hoppiness on the nose. the taste profile takes a balanced approach. subdued sugary malt bill...slight citrus pith and melon hop notes accompanied by an above average, mouth puckering hop bitterness to round things out. the bitterness really stands out in an otherwise non-descript pale here. underneath it all there is a hint of alcohol/peppery spice. the body is a bit light in the shorts, just ever so slightly watery, even for a regular, run of the mill pale ale. the mouthfeel is a bit more revealing...coarse and tongue tingling from the bitter hopping. this has a nice drinkability...and methinks that this would be a nice summertime quencher. it has just enough of the appreciable characteristics to make for a summer quaffer or to wash down some spicy hot wings.

overall, i'm sort of impressed. what it lacks in aroma and body is quickly made up by the taste, mouthfeel and quenchability/bitterness. for a Shiner product , it exceeded my expectations, and certainly has a wild hair (sic).

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Photo of raznug
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wild hare pours a crystal clear golden color and is topped with a good 1” of white head that disappear into a thin layer that hangs around quite a few drinks into the pint.
Smell: The first whiff of smells that I get is fruity and floral aromas followed by a malt smell that has me intrigued.
Taste: The blend of this beer is deliciously done it is balanced so that no one flavor is over powering. I wish that the hops were a little more in the forefront being an American pale ale but shiner doesn’t always follow in line with most brewerys.
Mouthfeel: This is an easy drinking a clean bodied pale ale. It is medium body which allows the palate to hang on to the flavors more than a typical pale ale.

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Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of grass, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight grass, slight citrus hops, hint of caramel malt, and hint of pale malt. Overall, great appearance and mouth feel, but the hops were too much of a secondary feature for an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of chapcat
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass. Left a nice two finger head with some lacing. Head diminished after a few minutes.

I could sense malt, pine and some spice in the aroma. Mouthfeel was average. Carbonation was fairly robust.

I could taste malt and spice, with a nicely balanced hop finish. I have tried most of Shiner's offerings, and this may be their most flavorful to date. This pale ale is very easy to drink, yet still has plenty of flavor. I would not say this is among the very best among this type I have tried, but Shiner has a good effort with Wild Hare Pale Ale.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold with a lasting thin, creamy head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit, orange and lemon with some bread and pale malt backing.

Hints of citrus with pale malt flavor are in the taste, but struggling to not get washed out by the water. Taste lingers a bit after the finish.

Fairly crisp, but watered down.

A well-balanced brew. It's an APA, not an IPA, but even for that it is thin. Still, it is easy-to-drink. Just on the thin side.

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Photo of ribby
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure what the problem is with this beer: the people who wrote the labels never drank it, or the people who make it don't know how to brew. It claims to be a classic American pale ale with a golden color. I will have to recheck the color, but it seems more medium to dark amber than golden from memory. And classic pale ale? No. It has a yeasty sourness to it that I do not associate with a classic pale ale. Now you call it a saisson and all the foo foo belgian snobs will give it a 4.5, maybe that is just showing my anti saisson snobbishness. Anyway, its not a bad beer, if you can handle the sourness. And, it could be a great bargain as the people truly looking for a 'classic American pale ale' stay away and Shiner cuts the price to sell the stuff. Of course, if the people at Shiner really can't keep the yeasties out of their ale when they want to, you'll just be taking your chances with this.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a burnt orange color with about a fingers worth a head that settles to a ring with spotty lacing.

S: Great mix floral hops and sweet malts with a touch of caramel.

T: I'm getting the sweet malt up front with a mild floral hops finish. Very well balanced.

M: Light bodied, crisp yet smooth and clean.

O: A very good Pale Ale, very good mix of flavors and very well balance.... Worth looking for.

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