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 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 brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - slight cloudiness to the peach/amber brew. A thin light tan head with good resilience.

Aroma - some caramel and citrus blend, a metallic edge.

Taste - caramel grain flavor, somewhat sweet, a little abv exhale. Dry hoppy aftertaste, not especially bitter but a nice balance. A little more bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium-bodied, good for the style.

Overall - a good session beer. Tasty, with good balance.

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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 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 jimmah120
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no date

orange amber look, cloudy, with a small head and minimal lacing. smell is fruity, with sweet savory malt in the background. taste is sweet and malty, with earthy floral hops in the background.

enjoyable pale, but not what I look for in one. too sweet and not enough hops is a death knell for me.

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Photo of Weston19
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Becker glass

A: Dark amber color with moderate carbonation. The beer is a little hazy but not enough that we can't see through it. Stars off with a weak head which turns into a very thin lace.

S: Some floral smells, a little bit of grapefruit, malts, some caramel. The beer smells like it's nicely balanced.

T: Has some bitterness from the hops, you get a piney flavor and it has a bready finish to it. I kept looking for some of the other flavors that I though I was going to get based on the nose but I couldn't get them. It's not a bad taste though, it's actually pretty good; simple, but good nonetheless.

MF: This beer is extremely carbonated. I even thought that it was overly carbonated. It sort of has a similar mouthfeel to a ginger ale or a Coca Cola. The beer also has a semi dry finish. I would say it has a medium body.

O: It's not a bad beer at all. it definitely has flavor and has a decent amount of alcohol. Once the beer warmed up the floral and piney flavors that are often found in IPA's became much more present. I wish the carbonation wasn't so strong and that the head was more consistent but other then that it was enjoyable. The lacing did not stay throughout the whole time and the beer eventually looked like I had some apple juice in my glass.

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Photo of sommersb
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-05-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

A: Mostly clear amber beer with frothy off-white head of 3 fingers. Head retention is very good; lacing is good as well.

S: Aromas have an earthy hop character supported by some caramel malts.

T: Taste features a moderate bitterness from the hops and a little bit of malt sweetness. Also has some vegetable flavor as an off-taste.

M: Crisp mouthfeel from the high carbonation and medium body. The finish is bitter and hoppy, but not too much so, with some lingering vegetable aftertastes.

O: Overall a basic but refreshing pale ale with some minor flaws. Not bad

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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 biegaman
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shiner Pale Ale has some golden edging but, on the whole, does not shine nor is it all that pale, relatively speaking. A caramelized amber tone, it is sparklingly clear but can look rather brownish, especially away from the light. Its surface has as much head as the Gobi dessert does grass.

The yeast has more presence in the aroma than either the malts or hops - acceptable in Belgian offerings but disappointing in an American-style. I like floral and fruity qualities in these kinds of beers but this one has very little (if any) of those kinds of aromatics.

A bit of toffee is also noted, which, combined with the esters, reminds me of typical British ales. That impression is compounded in the mouthfeel as carbonate-rich water minerals make for a dry and chalky texture (especially in the finish once the caramelly sponge cake flavours fade).

The flavour also features a moderate level of fruitiness. This taste - primarily the product of yeast esters, though there's a trace of lemony citrus from the hops - is too vague to convincingly resemble any one thing and has an ambiguous orchard fruit character. The malts also have a very generic taste that isn't overly impressionable.

Admittedly, how styles are defined and categorized can sometimes be rather subjective, but to brew a 'classic American Pale Ale' using German malt (Munich) and English hops (Goldings) isn't the way I'd go about it. This drinks so much like a British pale ale that it probably refers to soccer as 'football' and calls elevators 'lifts'.

Shiner Wild Hare Pale may, as the brewery advertises, have 'assertive aromas' and 'hoppy brightness' to drinkers that have only ever known commercial lagers. But anyone who's accustomed to truer, better brewed examples of the style will find it unsatisfying and lackluster. That was my impression anyhow. Not something I care to drink again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish amber with a thick, soft cap of somewhat loose head that fades after 30 seconds

S - caramel malt, some bread, batter sweetness, some citrus

T - citrus, caramel malt, faint sweetness, hints of batter, alcohol

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is quite a nice APA from the Shiner brand. It may not be an intensely hoppy APA that everyone loves to rave about, but this is a solid, highly drinkable, flavorful, balanced beer that has just enough hop character to keep you interested and a solid malt backbone. This is a beer I could definitely knock back.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy toned copper body adorned by a massive, sense, off-white head, which retains well. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls. Clouds of small carbonation drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Prominent toasted malt, caramel, and grassy and citric hops. The aroma seems quite well-balanced.

Taste: Opens with toasted malts, soon followed by caramel, and a mild wave of herbal and grassy hops. The hop and malt flavors compliment each other nicely throughout the taste. The hops offer a mild herbal flourish at the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasing, well-balanced example. Although the label notes "103", denoting that this is a one-year production produced three years after Shiner's centennial, it seems worthy of being added to the permanent offerings.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Texas in July of 2013 for $6.99/six-pack plus tax.

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Photo of Samp01
3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden amber with an lasting off white head, some moderate lacing. Aroma and Taste of caramel malt, some fruity notes and light floral hops. A medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. Finishes with caramel malt, yeasty, light floral hops with a bit of a nutty ending. Overall an good session brew for late summer.

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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 superspak
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Slow gusher upon opening. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, pear, apple, caramel, bread, floral, grass, slight pine, light pepper, and light floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, pear, apple, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, light pepper, and floral earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance of malt and hop flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. A little lacking in flavor robustness. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid pale ale. Quite pleasant in flavor and balance, but lacking in some aspects. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Billolick
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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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 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 metter98
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral, grassy and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has hints of underlying toasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness. The malts become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but I wasn't overall crazy about the flavor of the hop profile.

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Photo of tronester
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orangish brown with a medium off white head. Aromas of molasses and grain. Taste begins with some plums, then some oatmeal, and a slightly salty, earthy finish. Decent mouthfeel. Overall a below average pale ale. One of Shiners weaker offerings IMO.

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Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a well retaining white head that leaves some good lace on the pint. Aroma of caramel and floral hop. In the taste, light caramel and bitter, earthy hops. A little bread and then finishes with a grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit watery. Carbonation is good. Overall this is about average for an American pale. Par for the course.

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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 Lemke10
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a semi-cloudy, golden amber color with a thin beige head. The aroma has a weak scent of grains and yeast that is overtaken by the smell of hops. The taste is kind of unique for a pale ale as it has a little bit of spiciness to the hops. Drinks a little more like a spiced beer than a pale ale to me. Drinkable a fairly decent for the price.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I'm pretty sure the case I landed is from about a year ago since it was covered in dust even though it was in the freezer. I bought a case last year also and wasn't impressed but I thought I'd give it another go before it disappears entirely. Not sure if they're still making this or not, but Beer Advocate lists it as limited / brewed once.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a bubbly copper amber color with about a finger of foamy white head on top. Decent retention. Tons of bubbles floating about; looks a tad bit over carbonated. Some nice lacing leftover on the glass.

S - Light floral hop smell and crisp, dusty apple malt character. Little bit of green apple / pear fruit sugar sweetness going on. Faint citrus hops fade away quickly, but they are definitely in there.

T - Smooth, crisp malts. Some apple fruit sugars. No real hop bitterness to be found, which is slightly disappointing, but was to be expected. There is a vague taste of hoppy sweetness to be had though, in place of bitterness. Not horrendously over carbonated at all, and it has some nice fruity and floral character to it.

M - Very dry aftertaste / feel, invoking another taste. Nice light medium-bodied brew goes down smooth.

Highly drinkable stuff, with a modest 5.50% abv, you can definitely kick back with a couple of these, although not the greatest pale ale to ever grace my lips, it was a decent first try from Spoetzl. I still have eleven bottles of this stuff left, so I'll have plenty of time to savor the flavor.

Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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