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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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Added by gtermi on 01-24-2012

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Photo of frieds101
1.33/5  rDev -59.9%
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

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Photo of MLasoski
1.4/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Umm... really? Why would a brewery create a bottle design DIRECTLY resembling Great Divide's? Here I am in the store, making a mix-a-six pack, and I pick this beer up thinking it belongs to Great Divide. I come home and look closely; lo and behold, it's from Spoetzl's! I smell a lawsuit coming shortly... someone educate me why this happened.

A: Mellow gold body, little to no head, nothing much here.

S: Smells like a stale beer to be quite honest, forget the "floral hops."

T: Taste is lacking. My tastebuds are not receiving the hops they used in the brewing process. I'm not exactly sure what's going on here.

M: Very light on the palate. Foregoing the taste, it is easily drinkable as I downed this in less than 3 minutes.

O: To be quite honest, I'm confused on why Spoetzl mirrored Great Divide's labeling and design. The beer is not all that "wild" and I'm disappointed overall.

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Photo of whoneeds8
1.71/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out burnt orange into a pint glass with a two finger white frothy head. Good head retention.

Scent is unmistakable lager and metallic smell of Shiner. This is an Ale, right?

Taste has those same Shiner characteristics, lager and metal. It's almost like 103 years of lager brewing has permenatly penetrated their tanks to make any beer have the same characteristics, no matter how many Golding hops they put in.

The mouthfeel is actually correct for the style, which makes me think they at least tried.

But overall this is an EPIC FAILURE

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
1.78/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite glass.

A- Pours a orange copper color that isn't exactly what I'd call "pale."

S- All I get is malt and metal.

T- "More than a pound of hops per barrel were used to produce this beer." Did you put any of them in the brew kettle or did you use them in some other way? The taste isn't bad but according to style it is way off. Tastes more like an amber lager (Shiner Bock).

M- Not overly carbonated and actually has a nice feel to it.

O- My roommate brought this home and I thought that maybe Shiner was going to make something a little more "craft" but then I poured the bottle into the glass. Will not be buying ever, glad I didn't this time.

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Photo of kingcripple
1.99/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

I really did not like this one. Upon reading reviews I was really excited to try this beer, as I love fruity beers. But I got no fruit flavor what so ever. I was very disappointed. The best thing about this beer was the appearance. It looked exactly how a beer is supposed to look. Nice amber color. Taste at first was kind of rotton but it got to tasting a bit bitter after that. I just did not care for it at all. I finished it out of obligation not to waste it honestly.

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Photo of RickS95
2.05/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very clear, light golden orange. Very clear. The head is thick and foamy, bright white, good retention. Leaves a sticky, pastey lace.

Has a floral, earthy, slightly grassy smell. Hint of malt in the nose.

Wow, tastes only slightly like a pale ale. Really, it tastes more like a watered down pilsner. Malts are present, but the wrong kind.

Doesn't feel much like a pale ale either. Way loose mouthfeel. Watered down. Hoppy bitter finish, but barely, mostly just a watery pilsner feel.

Big disappointment. Not even a good pilsner, but a pretty bad pale ale. Don't bother.

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Photo of CEversole
2.11/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Very clear amber, copper color. Minimal head, some decent lacing.

S: Earthy, citrus aroma with a hint of some grass herbs as well.

T: Very mild bitterness, not a whole lot going on. It would be a good apa if it just had a little more hoppy bitter flavor to it.

M: Very clean and crisp, could stand a bit more carbonation. This is about the best part of the beer.

O: Overall, it is not bad I guess. Its nothing to go crazy about. If I wasn't from Texas and have a soft spot in my heart for Spoetzl brewery, I would not be happy with my purchase....

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Photo of thegodfather2701
2.31/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

A-copper with a decently thick white head that leaves no lacing

S-floral, malty-it has a distinct nose that is more akin to an English Pale Ale than American

T-a total mess of flavors consisting of spices, floral notes, and a soapy flavor with a lingering earthiness. It really tastes more like an EPA than APA as the nose suggested. Honestly, this is borderline undrinkable when poured into a glass, but can be tolerated straight from the bottle.

M-slick and somewhat chewy.

D-I almost poured this out.

Overall, I will never drink this again.

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Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Pours a nice golden color with a huge frothy head into my glass. Not bad for what I was expecting.

It does have the grassiness of a pale ale in the nose. I can't think of much else to say.

It tastes somewhat like a pale ale. I think the yeast just doesn't work here. It's too sweet with not enough hop flavor.

Ditto for mouthfeel. It's better than I expected but nothing to write home about.


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Photo of ChadQuest
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color is a translucent amber with loose white cap.
Nose has sweet orange and floral esters.
Flavors are sugary citrus, caramel, rye like spice. mild bitterness. Unexciting.
mouthfeel is medium-full, moderate carbonation.

i have amazing pale ales available to me, and this is poor in comparison.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Acquired as part of a Spoetzl variety 12-pack at me local HEB grocery. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and generic label art served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass; this one has "legs." Head retention is decent - about 2-3 minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent and transparent.

Overall, it's not unique or special for a pale ale. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Too much caramalt lends it some sweetness. Floral hops. Pine and accompanying bitterness. Syrupy. Flavour extract. Sticky. An off-putting aroma of moderate strength. I'd almost call it cloying. A bit nectary.

T: Caramalts, pale malts, floral hop character, and fruity syrupy extract. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Painfully simple; too sweet for a pale ale. Where's the hop presence? Balance is poor. Caramel. Some grains. Somewhat herbal. Lacks complexity and subtlety. Boring and uninspired.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Syrupy and thick. Not biting, oily, harsh, boozy, or gushed. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well. Artificial.

Dr: Downable but underwhelming. Too sweet. I wouldn't want another or buy it again. Doesn't deliver the hops - a crime for the style. A subpar pale ale from Spoetzl.


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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed reddish-copper color with a 'blink-and-miss-it' tan head. Does leave some stragglers of lace though.

Nose is a little caramel-apple maltiness and the hops never really assert themselves in any fashion. Weak sauce here, cant say it wasnt expected though.

What is with the fruity yeast going on here? It is the Red Delicious of the apple world...milly, mushy and makes you want to throw it at a car. I know it is Shiner's first ale and all...but really...did you have to let the yeast run this rampant? The bitterness is there, but where is the hop flavor? I was hoping this would be a nice, moderately priced beer to quaff on through the summer months here. No, that will not be happening. This is a bad example of a Pale Ale, reminds me of the Saranac lineup I had over the holidays.

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Photo of Apostlebrews
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just tried Shiner Wild Hare. I don't particularly consider Shiner a true craft beer, however I appreciate the history of this brewery and the fact that it's a good gateway beer for new craft drinkers.

There is a slight copper taste to this beer (and all Shiner beers) that I have never been fond of. This brew is quite watery and mild, but would serve as a good brew for someone transitioning from BMC to craftbeer.

If you're someone who enjoys pale ales, you won't think much of this beer. But if you're looking for something a bit more hoppy and complex than your Miller High Life, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of KajII
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
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... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

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Photo of LtCracker20
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crystal clear copper/orange body with a huge 3-finger white head that actually keeps rising for a couple minutes, and after that, it doesn't really want to go away. Only drawback was that it kept rising over the top of the class and had to keep sucking it down. A little over-carbonated.

S- A little bready, a slight funk, grassy, and some sweet maltiness. Not really getting any big hop aromas like an APA should have, just the slight grassiness.

T- Wow, a lot of green apple! Also a slight metallic flavor in there. Again, very little, if any, perceivable hop presence.

MF- A nice moderate body, and the heavy carbonation lets the flavors, as bad as they may be, linger for a little while.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!

From the bottle: “Assertive Aromas & Hoppy Brightness”; “Golden Color & Rich Malt Flavor”; “Every Drop of Shiner is Brewed in Shiner”; “Wild Hare is a classic American Pale Ale – richly hopped, fruity and floral. Munich malt nicely balances the assertive character of the U.S. Golding and Bravo hop varieties that give this brew its signature bitterness and aroma. Enjoy!”; “Hop to It!”

What happened when, while the lady was gardening, she bent over to pull up some carrots that a rabbit had already set its sights on? She got a Wild Hare up her ass! I simply unscrewed the top on mine and held it upside down by its back legs in order to skin it. It tried to rabbit on me, but I am wise to those sorts of tricks so I held tightly to its tail until it settled down. The pseudo-cascade formed three fingers of dense, tawny head that slowly fell, leaving behind some great lacing. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an interesting mélange of earthy malty sweetness and grassy, earthy hops. Say, what had this Wild Hare been eating before I caught up to him? Maybe he had been off to see his f**k bunny, which is allowable and understandable. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching, but not quite achieving creaminess. The taste had a definite earthiness to it, which while not unpleasant, seemed a bit out of style. Remember, they described it as “a classic American Pale Ale”, which I equate with SNPA and this was nothing like that. This seemed more English than American and could lead to disappointment in a more discerning drinker. I will try anything once, so who am I to talk? Finish was semi-sweet and more in keeping with an English Pale Ale. I dropped this dumb bunny and watched him scamper away.

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Photo of hophugger
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
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...

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a pale amber in color, lots of head and great lacing.

smells of grassy hops, caramel, sweet corn. taste is unfortunately quite bland.. very light hints of bittering hops up front, a slight mellow hint of malty caramel.

light body, crisp and refreshing. nicely carbonated, a slight watery/creamy feel.

overall, this is an average pale ale. a bit more flavor could have done wonders for it, but it is honestly nothing out of the ordinary. still a decent cheap beer for summer days, and i see it has a modest abv% so that's not so bad!

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. served into a Great Divide pint glass

A - Amber body with a slight chilled haze. A thick rocky head creates solid lacing.

S - Caramel, orange citrus, odd yeast aroma.

T - Watered down citrus clashes with muted caramel malt. Some bread and metallic mineral flavors in the middle. The finish never really happens. It just kinda falls off.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

I went into this with high hopes for some reason. It wasn't as good as I'd hoped. Everything happens right of the top and then just washes out.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
2.92/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear light amber pour with a small head and light carbonation. Nice grainy aroma. Flavor is pretty basic with a bit of sweet and bready malt backed by a light grassy hop bitterness with just a hint of grapefruit. Crisp finish. Very basic...not bad but nothing stands out to make me want another.

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Photo of Hopswagger
2.92/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P:  A clear but slightly hazy golden orange with streaming carbonation and a thin layer of airy white head. 

S:  Sweet malts, cinnamon, floral hops, lemon, bananas and a smell similar to the soft foam in the back of your remote. 

T/M:  Toasted malts, floral and fruity hops.  Light-medium body with a delicate prickle of carbonation. Pretty simple and straight forward. 

O:  Decent but pretty one dimensional. Flavors are subtle and not overly impressive.  I really expected more from this but it seems to come off as cheap. 

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Family Reunion 6'er... hazy lite amber... no real head or retention.

Nose seems like a macro pale ale.. lite citrus and a heavier than wanted toasty maltiness...

Toasty malt is the big player.. Lite but balanced hops are present... Flimsy and not for the PNW!!

Just not very good.


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Photo of smcolw
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: 1" foamy head slowly dissipates with some lacing on the glass. Color is a hazy amber-orange.
Aroma: floral and citrus hops, sweet malt, and some ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel: light and frothy, a little slick with a semi-wet finish.
Flavor: sweet caramel malt, bread dough, floral hops and some citrus rind.
Overall: not perfectly balanced, but a decent and enjoyable ale.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I saw this at the store and was sucked in by the label color and the "hoppy brightness." Call me a sucker for marketing but it looked better on the shelf then it does in the glass. Pale orange approving a dull yellow with a decent tan head. Not much lasting power on that foam. So far it's ho hum.

The nose isn't too shabby. There is a great malt presence and a cute little hint of hops. The malts are sweet and biscuit like while the hops are more muted and smell canned or stale but at least this is an improvement so far.

I wanted to give the taste an average rating but then reminded myself that this is a pale ale not a lager. The flavor is a more malty crisp wash then hopped. In fact the flavor starts out strong but fades to nothing almost instantly. If you compare to good pale ales this isn't even in the same category. Bummer.

The mouthfeel gets it a little bit right with finally a hint of hop bitterness. Combined with a crisp carbonation and a mild bodied texture you have a forgettable session beer. I wish there was more to this but overall it's a drinkable disappointment. Happy to see it as it might push more mundane beer drinkers towards superior beverages but overall it's a pass.

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