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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 891
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 6.38%
Wants: 19
Gots: 184 | 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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Photo of Vixie
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with a hint of read. Forms an inch or two of a tan head that doesn't stick around too long. It doesn't leave much lacing on the glass, leaves a thin layer across the top of the beer.

Smell seems to be malt, floral, pine, and a hint of caramel.

Starts out a touch sweet, reminds me a bit of caramel. A hint of apple. finishes with some floral and pine notes from the hops.

Feel is ok, seems a bit watery.

My impression is that this is a good beer, but not a great one. It has a decent amount of flavor, and nothing negative in it. My biggest complaint would be that it seems a touch watered down, like it is close to being very flavorful, then they got a bit timid and scaled it back. Had they just allowed the flavors to fully emerge, this would have been a standout. Still, it is pleasant enough, and a good beer for a hot day. (864 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear light amber pour with a small head and light carbonation. Nice grainy aroma. Flavor is pretty basic with a bit of sweet and bready malt backed by a light grassy hop bitterness with just a hint of grapefruit. Crisp finish. Very basic...not bad but nothing stands out to make me want another. (296 characters)

Photo of kingcripple
1.99/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

I really did not like this one. Upon reading reviews I was really excited to try this beer, as I love fruity beers. But I got no fruit flavor what so ever. I was very disappointed. The best thing about this beer was the appearance. It looked exactly how a beer is supposed to look. Nice amber color. Taste at first was kind of rotton but it got to tasting a bit bitter after that. I just did not care for it at all. I finished it out of obligation not to waste it honestly. (473 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a decent sized but short lived off white head. Aromas of bread and light caramel maltiness with hints of fruit and earthy hops. The flavor holds more earthy hop flavor than the aroma suggested backed up by a solid bready caramel malt base and lots of sugary fruitiness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent pale ale, but kind of middle of the road. Nothing flawed, but a bit boring. (449 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. brown Bottle. twist off. Into Dimpled Mug.

A: Mostly clear amber color. Medium sized off-white head. Good retention. No lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Weak floral hop aroma. Slight presence of pitted fruits.

T/M: Bread malts. Pepper. Floral hops. Pungent fruits. Medium bodied. grass. Has a nice
sharpness to the overall taste. Light dryness in the aftertaste.

O: Middle of the road Pale Ale. Easy and balanced enough to enjoy. Weak taste. Not bad
for Spoetzl.

Cheers! (475 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My favorite of the Shiner series recently released in CT. Nice hazy yellow color. The smell had a lot of hop to it and the taste was similar with a lot of pine notes and a very clean finish. The mouthfeel was a little thick for a pale ale, but overall it was a decent beer. (273 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint. A semi-aggressive pour made the head overfill. I got a good whiff of floral hops as I sucked up the foam. The head is moderately sticky. The color is a pale, orange-amber with light carbonation.

The flavor-aroma is very balanced- moderate floral and light citrus hops are combined with some flavorful and semi-sweet Munich malt. Mildly bitter on the tongue with a hint of orange and maybe some pear lingering into the aftertaste. Light in body and goes down easy.

This is a solid, easy drinking pale ale that I would seek out again. Purchased as part of a variety six pack for about $8.50. (634 characters)

Photo of JosefBerger
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance (3.00) : Three fingered head, amber (almost honey like) body, and medium-light carbonation. Not a bad looking beer by any means.

Smell (2.25) : There's a slight floral smell but otherwise not all too aromatic.

Taste (3.25) : Surprisingly good. I can taste an abundance of hops, however, the beer itself is not all that bitter. Instead, it's almost a sweeter ale.

Mouthfeel (3.00) : Nothing crazy special or awful - about average. Very smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall (3.25) : This was a good beer. Nothing too outstanding but also nothing very awful. A very good ale for a pretty good price too. (629 characters)

Photo of Foyle
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: 1" foamy head slowly dissipates with some lacing on the glass. Color is a hazy amber-orange.
Aroma: floral and citrus hops, sweet malt, and some ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel: light and frothy, a little slick with a semi-wet finish.
Flavor: sweet caramel malt, bread dough, floral hops and some citrus rind.
Overall: not perfectly balanced, but a decent and enjoyable ale. (423 characters)

Photo of marzenfannm
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful redish amber ... pillowy head (two finger plus) .. settles to an attractive short head with impressive lacing. Not much noticeable about the aroma ... pretty neutral. Clean taste with a hint of fruitiness ... nicely hopped. Clean, crisp finish. Silky smooth on the palette .. very pleasing mouth feel. A good ale that I wouldn't hesitate to have again. (370 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish copper color with a little haze. Light tan biscuit head dissipated to a thin foam ring almost immediately. Low carbonation.

S: Sweet and malty with molasses and dark brown sugar. Cedar. Light pine sap.

T: Maltiness and sweetness up front again. Dry crisp autumn leaf flavor with a reasonable amount of crisp hoppiness. Not a big dry hop bomb like other pale ales, but enough to justify the pale ale name. Finishes with a mild wood and rich black dirt sort of flavor. It tastes like a rich wet deep mossy woods smells.

M: Mild dry. Could go for a slightly larger carbonation. Mild aftertaste of straw. Medium viscosity, theres a thickness to it. Nothing offensive, nothing outstanding.

O: I understand why other people don't rate this highly because its not trendy in the pale ale style. It's subdued. It's wet with a hint of dryness. It's quite good if you're not looking for the modern big pale ale. It's good but mellow for the style. (951 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a burnt orange color with about a fingers worth a head that settles to a ring with spotty lacing.

S: Great mix floral hops and sweet malts with a touch of caramel.

T: I'm getting the sweet malt up front with a mild floral hops finish. Very well balanced.

M: Light bodied, crisp yet smooth and clean.

O: A very good Pale Ale, very good mix of flavors and very well balance.... Worth looking for. (446 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(10/11/13 born-on date; drank on 12/22/13)

L: orange with a slight haziness; tan head at least 1/4 inch; very nice collar

S: major sweetness, apricot

T: caramel malty; apricot; a bit of barley and grain

F: decent carbonation, all-around fine

O: too sweet, tastes sugared up or flavored but not to the point of undrinkability; definitely a gateway beer at best, for there's more sweet here than anything and next to no hop presence; almost more of a bad imitation of an English pale than anything like an American pale (554 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark amber color, with a light bubbly head that disappears fast.

Smell - Malty and hoppy, not that much character to it.

Taste - mild citrus taste, with a roasted malt aftertaste. Sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel - a bit weak-bodied for an ale.

Overall - Its a light ale, lacks any strong flavors. Which isn't always a bad thing. (337 characters)

Photo of BeerNewbs
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am typically quick to judge, but have learned when tasting beer to give the chosen brew a chance to grow on me - Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale did just that. At first taste I was slightly taken back by the strong citrus and harsh hops, but in the end this beer shined as a well-balanced beer, perfect for the fall. (312 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Family Reunion 6'er... hazy lite amber... no real head or retention.

Nose seems like a macro pale ale.. lite citrus and a heavier than wanted toasty maltiness...

Toasty malt is the big player.. Lite but balanced hops are present... Flimsy and not for the PNW!!

Just not very good.

2.75/2.75/3/3/3 (300 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - slight cloudiness to the peach/amber brew. A thin light tan head with good resilience.

Aroma - some caramel and citrus blend, a metallic edge.

Taste - caramel grain flavor, somewhat sweet, a little abv exhale. Dry hoppy aftertaste, not especially bitter but a nice balance. A little more bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium-bodied, good for the style.

Overall - a good session beer. Tasty, with good balance. (441 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance of golden hues, tinged with crimson.
Smell is sweet and smelling of spring in a pine forest.
Taste is sweet with a hint of tinged bitterness and a aroma of springs flowing waters
Mouthfeel is perfect.. crisp.. with a bit of sharpness to excite the taste buds...
Overall.. A Very good Entry by Shiner... Spoetzl Brewery, please adopt me!!!! :)
Carry on Citizens! (382 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

C- (1,791 characters)

Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
76 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.