Spoetzl Brewery of Shiner, Texas, has never offered a pale ale before, but recently released the first in their 103-year history. In fact, Wild Hare is the first brew they've released that's made with ale yeast and the ale process. It's a grainy beer full of slightly sweet malt flavors—this isn't a super-crisp, biting brew.
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Peaches and pecans don't scream holiday to me, but then again, I'm not from Texas. Spoetzl Brewery's Shiner Holiday Cheer is a Dunkleweizen-style dark wheat ale with the unusual addition of fruit and nuts. The aroma is rich and peachy, so you expect a blast of sweetness, but this beer is pretty crisp, with a tea-like bitterness, slight sourness on first sip and a bit more sweet roasted-peach flavor lingering on the finish.