Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale - Spoetzl Brewery
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.13/5 rDev -6.3%
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date stamp.
Appearance: Hazy golden orange/amber. White head with plenty of lacing. Some chill haze noted.
Smell: Odd - a bit medicinal at first, floral, and some metallic. Not what I was expecting in an APA.
Taste: Also odd. The classic APA of citrus hops and malt backbone is missing. Malt is there under a strong hop flavor which is a mix of German spicy noble hops and some mild citrus. Much better as it warms up - not at all pleasant when cold.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness underneath, a bit sticky on the teeth.
Overall / Drinkability: For a beer from Texas, this is not a beer to drink cold, or at least not for me anyway. Cold it's offputting - the smell and the taste made me think it was way past due, but as it warmed up more of its charm came out. It grew on me, but I think that was because it was so bad at first and as it got better I did a bit of "oh thank god I won't have to drainpour this - it's not so bad after all" but that's not a good way to start a beer. It's not your typical APA. Once warm its just above average, but before that....it's a beer to avoid. I do wonder if this beer is a bit old, but no way of knowing. So overall, it's just okay if warm. Drinkability - one is enough.
10-20-2012 22:23:40 | More by damndirtyape
More User Reviews:
3.3/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-15-2013 17:37:28 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev +4.8%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):
LOOK: Clear amber, ample lacing
SMELL: Dusty malt, taffy, caramel, herbal hop, bready, ripe pears, faint esters
TASTE: Fresh bread, crisp, medium body, dried grass, herbal, floral, mild pepperiness, baked apple, toasted grain, semidry finish
Spoetzl's first ale ever, testing the waters with a Pale Ale. We guess it would have been odd if they jumped into barrel-aged Double IPAs. Wild Hare sits in the middle of the pack; balance and drinkability seem to have been the focus. Give this one a whirl.
01-18-2013 23:14:27 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.41/5 rDev +2.1%
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
05-15-2013 22:46:13 | More by Billolick
3.05/5 rDev -8.7%
The beer pours a medium orange-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is quite floral with some bread notes also mixed in. I also get some orange citrus and perfume notes in the aroma. The flavor is full of bread and toffee with some floral and perfume notes. The beer has very little bitterness and the floral notes are quite sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
03-26-2012 04:11:11 | More by Mora2000
3/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
01-29-2014 22:38:38 | More by Cavanaghty
Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale from Spoetzl Brewery
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