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 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 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 Auraan
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber color with golden highlights when held to light and two fingers of fluffy off-white head. It's pretty good looking, though with maybe a bit too much head formation. Scents of bready malt, light fruity esters reminiscent of apple, light notes of tangerine flesh and a light level of floral and grassy hop aromas. Malty and delicate, with a low level of hop aromas and a moderate level of fruity esters overall. Far more like an English Pale Ale than an American. Flavor begins with notes of bready, biscuity malt with a touch of caramel and medium-light floral hop flavors. This moves into a slightly drier yet still lightly sweet middle with a moderate level of floral hop flavor, a touch of apple-like fruitiness and a bit of sweet malt. Finish lightly dry with moderate flavors of floral and herbal hops, a light touch of apple and a bit of orange peel. Aftertaste is dry with notes of floral and herbal hops and biscuity malt. The flavor profile is balanced and not overly hoppy, with flavors most resembling an English Pale or an older style American. Not groundbreaking, but pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-low carbonation and a smooth feel. Nicely drinkable and true to style. Overall this is a serviceable Pale Ale. It's balanced in flavor and aroma, smooth and easy to drink. It's not the hoppiest or the most experimental American Pale around, nor is it the best simple pale ale, but it's good in its own way.

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Photo of sheeley
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Darker than I am used to for a pale ale. Pleasant amber color with a nice finger-worth of head. Smell: Not much to it for me. Some malts and grains and some hops as well. Taste/mouthfeel: Kind of fruity/citrus-y with a definite presence of hops. I am not normally a fan of IPAs, and this one, to me, was moodle of the road overall. It was tasty, but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of Vixie
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with a hint of read. Forms an inch or two of a tan head that doesn't stick around too long. It doesn't leave much lacing on the glass, leaves a thin layer across the top of the beer.

Smell seems to be malt, floral, pine, and a hint of caramel.

Starts out a touch sweet, reminds me a bit of caramel. A hint of apple. finishes with some floral and pine notes from the hops.

Feel is ok, seems a bit watery.

My impression is that this is a good beer, but not a great one. It has a decent amount of flavor, and nothing negative in it. My biggest complaint would be that it seems a touch watered down, like it is close to being very flavorful, then they got a bit timid and scaled it back. Had they just allowed the flavors to fully emerge, this would have been a standout. Still, it is pleasant enough, and a good beer for a hot day.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 6/29/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character up front. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in along with some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus bringing some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s an ok beer overall but there are several other choices in the style that are better.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a decent sized but short lived off white head. Aromas of bread and light caramel maltiness with hints of fruit and earthy hops. The flavor holds more earthy hop flavor than the aroma suggested backed up by a solid bready caramel malt base and lots of sugary fruitiness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent pale ale, but kind of middle of the road. Nothing flawed, but a bit boring.

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Photo of mnrider
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. brown Bottle. twist off. Into Dimpled Mug.

A: Mostly clear amber color. Medium sized off-white head. Good retention. No lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Weak floral hop aroma. Slight presence of pitted fruits.

T/M: Bread malts. Pepper. Floral hops. Pungent fruits. Medium bodied. grass. Has a nice
sharpness to the overall taste. Light dryness in the aftertaste.

O: Middle of the road Pale Ale. Easy and balanced enough to enjoy. Weak taste. Not bad
for Spoetzl.


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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My favorite of the Shiner series recently released in CT. Nice hazy yellow color. The smell had a lot of hop to it and the taste was similar with a lot of pine notes and a very clean finish. The mouthfeel was a little thick for a pale ale, but overall it was a decent beer.

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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 archyquaffer
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint. A semi-aggressive pour made the head overfill. I got a good whiff of floral hops as I sucked up the foam. The head is moderately sticky. The color is a pale, orange-amber with light carbonation.

The flavor-aroma is very balanced- moderate floral and light citrus hops are combined with some flavorful and semi-sweet Munich malt. Mildly bitter on the tongue with a hint of orange and maybe some pear lingering into the aftertaste. Light in body and goes down easy.

This is a solid, easy drinking pale ale that I would seek out again. Purchased as part of a variety six pack for about $8.50.

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Photo of JosefBerger
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance (3.00) : Three fingered head, amber (almost honey like) body, and medium-light carbonation. Not a bad looking beer by any means.

Smell (2.25) : There's a slight floral smell but otherwise not all too aromatic.

Taste (3.25) : Surprisingly good. I can taste an abundance of hops, however, the beer itself is not all that bitter. Instead, it's almost a sweeter ale.

Mouthfeel (3.00) : Nothing crazy special or awful - about average. Very smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall (3.25) : This was a good beer. Nothing too outstanding but also nothing very awful. A very good ale for a pretty good price too.

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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 marzenfannm
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful redish amber ... pillowy head (two finger plus) .. settles to an attractive short head with impressive lacing. Not much noticeable about the aroma ... pretty neutral. Clean taste with a hint of fruitiness ... nicely hopped. Clean, crisp finish. Silky smooth on the palette .. very pleasing mouth feel. A good ale that I wouldn't hesitate to have again.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish copper color with a little haze. Light tan biscuit head dissipated to a thin foam ring almost immediately. Low carbonation.

S: Sweet and malty with molasses and dark brown sugar. Cedar. Light pine sap.

T: Maltiness and sweetness up front again. Dry crisp autumn leaf flavor with a reasonable amount of crisp hoppiness. Not a big dry hop bomb like other pale ales, but enough to justify the pale ale name. Finishes with a mild wood and rich black dirt sort of flavor. It tastes like a rich wet deep mossy woods smells.

M: Mild dry. Could go for a slightly larger carbonation. Mild aftertaste of straw. Medium viscosity, theres a thickness to it. Nothing offensive, nothing outstanding.

O: I understand why other people don't rate this highly because its not trendy in the pale ale style. It's subdued. It's wet with a hint of dryness. It's quite good if you're not looking for the modern big pale ale. It's good but mellow for the style.

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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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Photo of Premo88
3.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(10/11/13 born-on date; drank on 12/22/13)

L: orange with a slight haziness; tan head at least 1/4 inch; very nice collar

S: major sweetness, apricot

T: caramel malty; apricot; a bit of barley and grain

F: decent carbonation, all-around fine

O: too sweet, tastes sugared up or flavored but not to the point of undrinkability; definitely a gateway beer at best, for there's more sweet here than anything and next to no hop presence; almost more of a bad imitation of an English pale than anything like an American pale

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ive done my share of bashing on shiner, we all have, but ive had three solid beers from them lately, so it time for reassessment. yeah, this pale ale isnt zombie dust, but its pretty darn good. clear amber tinted pale beer with a passable white head. the nose is citrusy hops, light and fruity with very little bitter. slightly richer malt profile gives some body. the hops really shine in the flavor, really citrusy, lemons and limes even, its quite a nice surprise. malt supports it with a touch of english sweetness, but the finish is clean, almost like a lager, a delicious combination, highly drinkable, and one of the better shiner brand brews ive gotten into. a six of this on a hot day would be enjoyable work. time to give shine another chance folks.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and medicinal yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, yeast, and earthy citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but the yeast presence in the aroma and flavor somewhat dominate things in this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit of fruit. Taste is well balanced. Hops coming first, mild bitterness, strong malt backbone at the finish. A touch of fruit is there as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark amber color, with a light bubbly head that disappears fast.

Smell - Malty and hoppy, not that much character to it.

Taste - mild citrus taste, with a roasted malt aftertaste. Sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel - a bit weak-bodied for an ale.

Overall - Its a light ale, lacks any strong flavors. Which isn't always a bad thing.

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Photo of BeerNewbs
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am typically quick to judge, but have learned when tasting beer to give the chosen brew a chance to grow on me - Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale did just that. At first taste I was slightly taken back by the strong citrus and harsh hops, but in the end this beer shined as a well-balanced beer, perfect for the fall.

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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.32 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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