Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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136 Reviews
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Reviews: 136
Hads: 890
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 6.38%
Wants: 19
Gots: 185 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gtermi on 01-24-2012

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Reviews: 136 | Hads: 890
Photo of DeeZee83
4.55/5  rDev +38.3%
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. (189 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Excellent Amber color with thick prevalent head. Quaint smell of hops and barley. Thick tasting beer where the pale taste hits you on the forefront rather than the aftertaste. If you like Pale Ales this is within the top 5 I've tasted. (237 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3/22...pours copper amber, mostly clear, some white foam. Light caramel sweet nose, malty. Taste is a thin open, light body, modest hop, fast close. Smooth. A little chewy, fruity like an english pale would be. Simple but enough of a flavor profile to stay interested. (269 characters)

Photo of KajII
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
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 (334 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber, leaves a one inch off-white head that recedes fairly slowly. Leaves plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells pretty good actually, hoppy grapefruit, tropical notes, with some butter.

Taste is very disappointing after the scent. Minor tropical fruit notes, malty middle, biscuit, has some fruity chemical off flavors that come up for the finish and aftertaste. Almost like flavored cough syrup, not very pleasant.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, is mostly smooth.

If it didn't have the off flavor in the finish this would be quite a good brew indeed. (580 characters)

Photo of frieds101
1.33/5  rDev -59.6%
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 (173 characters)

Photo of hophugger
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
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... (379 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2/7 - Home (Bottle) - Decent Shiner offering. Somewhat strong, but a bit bland for an Pale Ale. Better than their standard offerings, and would have again if given the chance. (175 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Texas BBQ Northboro.

Nice creamy head, clear amber amber reddish copper orange.

Nose decent hops, floral grassy mild fruity, little copper amber malts, touch of honey malt.

Taste mild sweet malt, candy caramel, etc. Mild hop profile, floral grassy, fair bitterness and generic fruity flavor. Little candy caramel thing. Lingering icky bitterness and general candy malt.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall OK, but nothing special, decent malts, decent hops, a little icky bitterness, probably a meh hop added to some decent ones. (551 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber and clear with an almost khaki head of foam. Clear. Nose is caramel and a herbal hops. Cracker malt with a bit of richness. Drinks citrusy, light tangerine, a bit piney and tangy. Crisp. Light body medium carbonation. Not really dry finish. (266 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

04 18 15 etched on neck of the 12oz bottle. Thanks to my brother-in-law and father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday.
A - deep amber colored ale, fluffy ivory head holds good retention
S - earthy, spicy, herbal hops, caramel, grain
T - caramel, toasty grain, herbal, spicy, earthy; well balanced but seems more like an English Pale Ale - actually this would be a pretty good EPA
M - medium body, ample carbonation
O - ok APA, I actually would have scored it a bit higher if categorized as an EPA. I don't think I'll come back to this one anytime soon. (579 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a little head that lives moderate lacing on the glass. Smells like malts with a hint of lemony hops. Mostly malts. Tastes like it smells, but goes down quite smoothly. Moderately carbonated with a moderate body. Nothing too terribly exciting, but not a bad offering either.

Should be a safe bet for almost anyone. Craft drinkers will appreciate that it's smooth and has solid flavor, and people used to fizzy North American brews will appreciate that it's not too terribly strong. (504 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of rorjets
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up one of Spoetzl's mixed six pack, and this was included. Poured out the bottle into a pint glass, it had a decent off-white head with nice lacing. The color was a dark amber, or light brown. Slight aroma, mostly of malt. The taste is pleasant, with a bit of maltiness and very slight hops taste. According to the label they use Munich malts and U.S. Golding & Bravo hops. I would say that this is a 'Pale Ale Light', fine for the times you don't want a strongly flavored ale. It's definitely not retired - I have seen it in all the mixed six packs from Spoetzl. (574 characters)

Photo of austinmiller
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Visual: First off, props to Shiner for the cool label. It just made me want to try this beer, even though I typically prefer to try the more uncommon brands of beers. This beer had a golden-yellow tint, though I don't really care too much about the color of beers because they are all different shades of yellow. So who cares as long as it tastes good (unless you're trying to sound like a beer intellectual)?

Scent: This beer has a sort of bitter, malt-like aroma, that smells just like it tastes.

Flavor: The flavor consists of too much malt flavor, and not enough hops, in my opinion. I prefer a more intense beer from the beginning, and this didn't pack that punch. It was enjoyable nonetheless, and I would drink it again if there were a lack of options.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and enjoyable. Not too much carbonation.

Overall: This beer was okay. It's not going to be a go-to beer or anything like that, but it was good. I'd much rather have a Shiner than something like Coors or Miller or anything like that. I drank this beer straight out of the glass bottle. In the end, this beer is just an average at best (or slightly above average) beer. (1,149 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3/5  rDev -8.8%

A: A clear amber color, with no head at the top, maybe a little off white ring at the top that left quickly, not so much lacing that I noticed.

S: Some hints of floral but nothing crazy, and slight malt notes as well.

T: Sweet and dry, some malts in there to go along with the sweetness, hints of pine and berrys.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation, sticky.

O: Nothing great about this beer, might be why its retired, easy drinker and nothing complex about it. (464 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +14%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Pretty weak pale ale, not very hoppy taste at all and no real hints of citrus or anything else. Smooth-drinking but I like my IPA stronger with a heavier hoppy flavor. Typical of a Shiner beer, not bad but not great. (219 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep amber with frothy head. Nice caramel mix with pale malt. Nothing groundbreaking here. A solid, slightly above average APA that is easy to drink. (157 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (226 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- an average aroma of hops and malt
Appearance- An amber colored beer with a very small white head.
Taste- You can really taste the malt, a pretty good flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with high carbonation with a sticky to oily texture.
Overall- An ok take on an American Pale Ale (337 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

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. (2,004 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -24%

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.

Mediocre. (405 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,463 characters)

Photo of sheeley
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (383 characters)

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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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