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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Wild Hare Pale AleShiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 19
Gots: 157 | FT: 1
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Texas, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gtermi on 01-24-2012

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and medicinal yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, yeast, and earthy citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but the yeast presence in the aroma and flavor somewhat dominate things in this one.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ive done my share of bashing on shiner, we all have, but ive had three solid beers from them lately, so it time for reassessment. yeah, this pale ale isnt zombie dust, but its pretty darn good. clear amber tinted pale beer with a passable white head. the nose is citrusy hops, light and fruity with very little bitter. slightly richer malt profile gives some body. the hops really shine in the flavor, really citrusy, lemons and limes even, its quite a nice surprise. malt supports it with a touch of english sweetness, but the finish is clean, almost like a lager, a delicious combination, highly drinkable, and one of the better shiner brand brews ive gotten into. a six of this on a hot day would be enjoyable work. time to give shine another chance folks.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a orangey-copper body, nearly clear with only a very slight haze to it. A finger of near white foam.

Smell: A scent of toasted bread and grains brushed with sweet-scented caramel and affixed to fine hoppy notes smelling of orange blossoms, a spot of orange oil, and grassy herbs.

Taste: Pale malts, toasty malts with touches of grain and gooey caramel. A drop of orange extract with herbal, grassy hops and some bitterness, not too terribly much, but enough to balance it out and close it out lightly crisp and nearly dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Not overly bold, but not entirely mild, it's a decent, inoffensive pale ale.

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of short-lived foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled somewhat floral with some bread crust and toffee.

T - Fairly sweet and slightly malty with toffee and caramel. Light spicy bitterness from the hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay pale ale. It is an inexpensive brew with the potential to be a gateway beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I could go for a dish of wild hare about now... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, light BO (and I checked: it's not mine...), biscuit, and funky greens. The taste brings in more of the same (minus the BO, of course), with a slightly more pronounced orange character. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, an uninspired pale. It's not really bad, per se, but it's not very good, either. Average at best.

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 TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 6/29/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character up front. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in along with some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus bringing some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s an ok beer overall but there are several other choices in the style that are better.

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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 jlindros
3.54/5  rDev +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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold with a lasting thin, creamy head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit, orange and lemon with some bread and pale malt backing.

Hints of citrus with pale malt flavor are in the taste, but struggling to not get washed out by the water. Taste lingers a bit after the finish.

Fairly crisp, but watered down.

A well-balanced brew. It's an APA, not an IPA, but even for that it is thin. Still, it is easy-to-drink. Just on the thin side.

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -23.1%
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.


Photo of smcolw
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.