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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
76
okay

882 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 18
Gots: 173 | 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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Ratings: 882 | Reviews: 141
Reviews by dannydetox:
Photo of dannydetox
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

as a resident of los angeles with access to loads of west coast pale ales, my judgment of this texas brew may be biased. poured a coppery red tone with a smallish white head topping the glass. aromas threw me off - i get something of an estery, wheat-like nose coming off this one in addition to the caramel malts. label claims there is both "assertive aromas" and "hoppy brightness". the amlt characteristics are more prevalent than the US hop combination in my opinion. fruitier than i would have thought. i probably had built up in my mind a bit of an expectation for this beer, but it wasn't that great. the mirror pond i revisited in the store was better, but when in te-jas you gotta go with the local. nothing special here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Auraan
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Nice caramel mix with pale malt. Nothing groundbreaking here. A solid, slightly above average APA that is easy to drink.

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of whoneeds8
1.71/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out burnt orange into a pint glass with a two finger white frothy head. Good head retention.

Scent is unmistakable lager and metallic smell of Shiner. This is an Ale, right?

Taste has those same Shiner characteristics, lager and metal. It's almost like 103 years of lager brewing has permenatly penetrated their tanks to make any beer have the same characteristics, no matter how many Golding hops they put in.

The mouthfeel is actually correct for the style, which makes me think they at least tried.

But overall this is an EPIC FAILURE

Photo of frieds101
1.33/5  rDev -60.2%
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

Photo of jbphoto88
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I saw this at the store and was sucked in by the label color and the "hoppy brightness." Call me a sucker for marketing but it looked better on the shelf then it does in the glass. Pale orange approving a dull yellow with a decent tan head. Not much lasting power on that foam. So far it's ho hum.

The nose isn't too shabby. There is a great malt presence and a cute little hint of hops. The malts are sweet and biscuit like while the hops are more muted and smell canned or stale but at least this is an improvement so far.

I wanted to give the taste an average rating but then reminded myself that this is a pale ale not a lager. The flavor is a more malty crisp wash then hopped. In fact the flavor starts out strong but fades to nothing almost instantly. If you compare to good pale ales this isn't even in the same category. Bummer.

The mouthfeel gets it a little bit right with finally a hint of hop bitterness. Combined with a crisp carbonation and a mild bodied texture you have a forgettable session beer. I wish there was more to this but overall it's a drinkable disappointment. Happy to see it as it might push more mundane beer drinkers towards superior beverages but overall it's a pass.

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color that's got a golden hue to it but is darker, this brew develops a head one finger high, very slightly yellow-tinted, that shows excellent retention. It's not massive, and it doesn't make much of a statement except that it just won't fade. Bubbling activity from the bottom of the glass keeps it up indefinitely, and it leaves patchy lacing as it drops.
The smell offers breads and a nice, even-keeled sweetness of caramel with a hint of something honey-like while balancing an earthy and floral hops bitterness. It's actually really nice, and I'm really enjoying it before it seems to disappear. After that, it takes a little effort to draw it out.
The flavor's a bit stronger, and the brewers seem to have gone for balance and simplicity, which is achieved. True, the hops bitterness goes to a little too pithy and chalky into the finish, but it's nothing that makes it bad. This is certainly a good effort from a lager producers first ale ever.
The feel is brisk and light and plenty crisp with a slightly more than moderate carbonation. It could use a bit more cleanness to it, and while the lightness of the body is appropriate, it does seem thin at times, but it's not bad.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of RickS95
2.05/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very clear, light golden orange. Very clear. The head is thick and foamy, bright white, good retention. Leaves a sticky, pastey lace.

Has a floral, earthy, slightly grassy smell. Hint of malt in the nose.

Wow, tastes only slightly like a pale ale. Really, it tastes more like a watered down pilsner. Malts are present, but the wrong kind.

Doesn't feel much like a pale ale either. Way loose mouthfeel. Watered down. Hoppy bitter finish, but barely, mostly just a watery pilsner feel.

Big disappointment. Not even a good pilsner, but a pretty bad pale ale. Don't bother.

Photo of kyleelton
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to trying Shiner's first ale.

Great head retention. Light in color for a Pale Ale. I heard someone claim say that it still has a distinct Shiner lager taste despite it being an ale. I think that's projecting their expectations onto the beer. It's definitely an ale. But, while it's the hoppiest Shiner I've ever had, it's definitely not a Pale. Maybe an Amber at most. With that said, it's pretty good. Very drinkable with a little bitterness and pretty good mouthfeel. Picked up some malty sweetness in the nose, but only faintly.

Overall, one of the better ones from Shiner in a while, despite not living up to the style. But Shiner Bock is one of my favs, despite it's own shortcomings. I'll get this again.

Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This maintains a rich ½ finger, which stays frothy and slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells grassy, spicy, and earthy in the nose, with an underlying tangy combo of citrus and malt, with the malt in particular having a bit of a buttered biscuit thing going on with it.

The taste is mellow and earthy up front, which gives way to a crisp citric bite that spreads light earthy bitterness and spice into the finish. The malts have a nice presence here as well, with a buttered cracker sweetness to them that melds well with that citrus flavor to give this fresh earthy twang on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an initial soft sharpness to the carbonation that puts a nice firm crispness on the tongue while more of a slick creaminess comes in off the edges and keeps this relatively smooth in the mouth.

I thought that this was an above average Pale Ale that fell somewhere between the English and American styles but was still pretty flavorful and very easy drinking. This bottled tasted pretty fresh, which I think was key to my overall enjoyment of it. I’d definitely have another.

Photo of hophugger
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
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...

Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of imasloth
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So um ... Like many people I was a bit surprised that Shiner decided to do a pale ale. After seeing the billboards around Austin, I looked it up on BA and was disappointed by the reviews. Had my brother not sent me one, I may have never tried it.

A- Poured into snifter. Red with a slight tinge of amber, large white head with good retention, medium carbonation.

S- Sweet. Pine and tropical fruit hops smells. (I get passion-fruit). As the beer warms a slight malt smell comes out.

T- Strong fruitiness up front, followed by hop bitterness. A light malt finish with a fruity aftertaste.

M- Medium body, smooth with a clean finish.

O- After the reviews and word of mouth, I was greatly surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. I call it a nice effort by Shiner and a welcome new direction in pale ales.

Photo of DaneBramage
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to to a decent white head and moderate lacing. Golden amber color. Aroma is citrus hops and sweet malt. Flavor is a mild mix of citrus, lemon, pepper and dry malt. Mouthfeel is light and co2 is moderate. Overall, a light version of APA well suited for the texas heat.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
76 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.