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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Wild Hare Pale AleShiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

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578 Ratings

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.18%

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gtermi on 01-24-2012)
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Photo of diamondc


3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper shade, lots of lacing and decent head retention. Nice.

S: Tangerine, brown sugar, mazapan, flowers.

T: Good balance of the malt and hops. Lots of wheat bread, brown sugar sweetness with a medium earthy, floral hop flavor.

M: Quaffable, simple, I had this beer with some chicken fried steak and paired very well.

O: Decent pale ale, maybe a higher rating than it deserves when compared to world class ales, but a step up from the regular Shiner lineup.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 07:53:40 | More by diamondc
Photo of kyleelton


3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:15:27 | More by kyleelton
Photo of CEversole


2.05/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Very clear amber, copper color. Minimal head, some decent lacing.

S: Earthy, citrus aroma with a hint of some grass herbs as well.

T: Very mild bitterness, not a whole lot going on. It would be a good apa if it just had a little more hoppy bitter flavor to it.

M: Very clean and crisp, could stand a bit more carbonation. This is about the best part of the beer.

O: Overall, it is not bad I guess. Its nothing to go crazy about. If I wasn't from Texas and have a soft spot in my heart for Spoetzl brewery, I would not be happy with my purchase....

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 00:10:27 | More by CEversole
Photo of Mora2000


3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 04:11:11 | More by Mora2000
Photo of chapcat


3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass. Left a nice two finger head with some lacing. Head diminished after a few minutes.

I could sense malt, pine and some spice in the aroma. Mouthfeel was average. Carbonation was fairly robust.

I could taste malt and spice, with a nicely balanced hop finish. I have tried most of Shiner's offerings, and this may be their most flavorful to date. This pale ale is very easy to drink, yet still has plenty of flavor. I would not say this is among the very best among this type I have tried, but Shiner has a good effort with Wild Hare Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 01:44:47 | More by chapcat
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kjkinsey for the chance to try this. Cheers!

Fairly bright copper color with a nice rocky off-white head that lasts and leaves plenty of lacing.

Light malty aroma with a bit of spicy hops. The flavor is a clean nutty maltiness, with a light spicy hop finish. Straight forward and clean. More of an English pale ale style than the APA classification here.

Refreshing with a good light body and carbonation. Balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 01:12:49 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of DavidST


3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a golden color with a large foamy white head which leaves a lacing. The smells are of bread and caramel malts, light hops. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, better than most shiner products but less than many apa, caramel, light hops bread malts.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:59:32 | More by DavidST
Photo of HardTarget


3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden, almost amber glass holds a tight white head that laces heavy curtains with a few tide marks.

Smell: An almost pixie stix candy sweetness with a mild earthy hop edge.

Taste: Very mild, unoffensive, pretty bland though. A mild bitterness is more than adequately supported with a grainy base with the house yeast finishing the tastes.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, soft, light body with a little oily linger.

Overall: A nice session or lawn mower beer, but a pretty timid APA. Glad to see Shiner trying seasonals and experimenting a bit, but they don't stray too far from the shallow end of the pool. Nothing wrong here, just doesn't wow me much.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:54:53 | More by HardTarget
Photo of mjurney


3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising. Thick head that disappear really quick.

Sweet malts, caramel, a little citrus hops.

Sweet malts up front along with sharp bitterness towards the finish. Sweet caramel, fruity, floral, citrus.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, just a little dryness in the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 17:46:45 | More by mjurney
Photo of allengarvin


3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Billboards seem to be up all over Texas about the new Shiner beer. I picked it up as one of those "pick 6 mixed" deals, so I wouldn't be stuck with 5 others after reviewing it.

It pours a nice clear copper color with a moderately thick frothy head. The nose offers some light, floral hops, together with some slightly grainy sweet malt. Not too bad a nose, so I'd hoped for some better flavor; unfortunately, there's not much here. Some bitterness, but hardly enough to qualify for the "assertive hoppiness" talked about on the label--plus little to no hop flavor. The malt is plain and grainy.

Tastes like barely competent homebrew.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:50:38 | More by allengarvin
Photo of army01


3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint

Copper in color with a thick, white head that disappears into a slight foam across the top of the beverage. The lacing remains constant throughout, sticking to the side of the glass as you drink.

Slight sweet smell, but nothing too noticeable.

Slightly sweet, slightly tangy, and finally, slightly hoppy.

Overall, this is a very unremarkable beer. I'm a P1 of Shiner Bock (my go-to on the golf course), but Wild Hare comes up a little empty for me. Not a bad offering, but not particularly memorable either. I'd drink another if offered, but I'm not going in search of another bottle, either.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:57:39 | More by army01
Photo of LtCracker20


2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crystal clear copper/orange body with a huge 3-finger white head that actually keeps rising for a couple minutes, and after that, it doesn't really want to go away. Only drawback was that it kept rising over the top of the class and had to keep sucking it down. A little over-carbonated.

S- A little bready, a slight funk, grassy, and some sweet maltiness. Not really getting any big hop aromas like an APA should have, just the slight grassiness.

T- Wow, a lot of green apple! Also a slight metallic flavor in there. Again, very little, if any, perceivable hop presence.

MF- A nice moderate body, and the heavy carbonation lets the flavors, as bad as they may be, linger for a little while.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 18:08:37 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of spaceranger


3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've purchased this Pale Ale twice now. There's no denying that it has the unmistakable "Shiner" lager taste profile. And frankly, I agree with most of the writers here about ALL of that. It gets a bit predictable. I think though, that Shiner put enough into this effort to separate it somewhat from the pack. It has a decent amount of hop, though it's obviously less than one would expect from a true IPA. I also enjoyed the imparted floral and citrus flavors. And the finish was decent, semi-dry and quenching. The appearance and head were ok, better than most Shiners.

Here's what I get from Shiner:
These guys work at it. And I like the seasonal offerings. And the fact that they are not real predictable. And then there's the history of Shiner. We used to drink Shiner Beer back in the 70's. These boys have been around forever and they are a Texas tradition. THAT alone is worth celebrating.

So, overall, it's pretty decent. I'd buy this beer on occasion. And I'll be looking forward to their next adventure too..

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 23:30:19 | More by spaceranger
Photo of imasloth


3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 17:31:48 | More by imasloth
Photo of jbphoto88


2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:06:13 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed reddish-copper color with a 'blink-and-miss-it' tan head. Does leave some stragglers of lace though.

Nose is a little caramel-apple maltiness and the hops never really assert themselves in any fashion. Weak sauce here, cant say it wasnt expected though.

What is with the fruity yeast going on here? It is the Red Delicious of the apple world...milly, mushy and makes you want to throw it at a car. I know it is Shiner's first ale and all...but really...did you have to let the yeast run this rampant? The bitterness is there, but where is the hop flavor? I was hoping this would be a nice, moderately priced beer to quaff on through the summer months here. No, that will not be happening. This is a bad example of a Pale Ale, reminds me of the Saranac lineup I had over the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:15:48 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of rexbock


3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - 1st time was in public; bought a 6'er as soon as possible. Both times, I poured into pints. Surprisingly carbonated for an IPA; I think is is what initially turns people off of Shiner. Copper, but more brown than yellow for an IPA (I'd still qualify it as an IPA, for sure).
S - Smell is actually delightful, but generic. I'd be surprised if people were able to distinguish this from any other IPA, which is a success for a new brew.
T - Taste is Shiner to the core (the richness, with a hint of tap, but followed by a flurry of hops, mature citrus, and (call me crazy, but similar flavors to Ruby Redbird?) a gingery zing.
M - Akin to the appearance, it's flowy and carbonated, but not overly so.. Very subtle (most likely due to the air) to start but finishes clean
O - Very easy going IPA. I've seen and heard people judge it like a commercial IPA, but I appreciate the sentiment to step outside the box for a typically German brewing company. I would liken it most to the analogy of Molson:Budweiser::Sierra Nevada IPA:Wild Hare. There is obviously a difference, but I wouldn't be disappointed one way or the other..

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 08:01:17 | More by rexbock
Photo of HopsKeepDroppin


1.78/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite glass.

A- Pours a orange copper color that isn't exactly what I'd call "pale."

S- All I get is malt and metal.

T- "More than a pound of hops per barrel were used to produce this beer." Did you put any of them in the brew kettle or did you use them in some other way? The taste isn't bad but according to style it is way off. Tastes more like an amber lager (Shiner Bock).

M- Not overly carbonated and actually has a nice feel to it.

O- My roommate brought this home and I thought that maybe Shiner was going to make something a little more "craft" but then I poured the bottle into the glass. Will not be buying ever, glad I didn't this time.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:34:00 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
Photo of MattMcGinnis


3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

True to the Shiner style, this Pale Ale has a slight sweetness derived from Munich and Caramel malts blended with two-row barley. US Golding and Bravo hops give it floral fragrance and zippy bitterness. Shiner says they load Wild Hare up with more than a pound of hops in each barrel, but it certainly is no hop monster. It’s light and approachable and not as bold as American pale ale from brewers like Sierra Nevada or Stone.

Look: Ruddy copper with elegantly streaming bubbles billowing into a creamy bone white head that persisted for several minutes.

Smell: It has an attractive scent of dried pine needles and toast that makes me hoppy.

Taste : The Wild Hare has a smooth, caramely taste followed by perky hops, banana peel and cedar sap (not that I go around sucking on tree branches).

My full review is here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2012/01/shiner-gets-a-wild-hare/

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 19:24:18 | More by MattMcGinnis
Photo of Apostlebrews


2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just tried Shiner Wild Hare. I don't particularly consider Shiner a true craft beer, however I appreciate the history of this brewery and the fact that it's a good gateway beer for new craft drinkers.

There is a slight copper taste to this beer (and all Shiner beers) that I have never been fond of. This brew is quite watery and mild, but would serve as a good brew for someone transitioning from BMC to craftbeer.

If you're someone who enjoys pale ales, you won't think much of this beer. But if you're looking for something a bit more hoppy and complex than your Miller High Life, this is the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:31:30 | More by Apostlebrews
Photo of Kornoms


4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-brown in appearance with a good 2 finger head after pour, with excellent lacing. You can definitely smell the hops- with tones of floral and citrus. It's pretty mellow, but you get a nice bite and hoppy character towards the end of the sip. Overall, excited about Shiner's first Pale Ale- It seems that Shiner is starting to get more creative and coming out with more complex beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:37:07 | More by Kornoms
Photo of whoneeds8


1.7/5  rDev -49.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 00:36:52 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of specksnreds


3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid, Shiner. Solid. Pretty honey color with a fluffy white head afloat on top. What a beeeewteefull smell of hoppiness. No too much, not too little, but right on the money for a pale ale- Goldilocks. Just enough malty backbone mixed with the citrusy (I'm sick of hearing/citrusy, but it applies here). Sturdy mouthfeel w/o feeling like your drinking cotton balls. Mostly clean finish with a little syrupy residue, but it's fine. Just fine. I like it, Shiner. Now go fix your "bock."

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 23:28:25 | More by specksnreds
Photo of OverToad


4.68/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing I don't have have a palate destroying hop bomb to know when there's a good beer, I was excited to see Shiner make a pale ale.

Color is copper and clear
Taste is fantastic for a Shiner. I really like this beer.

Mouthful is light like a pale ale should be.

Thank you Shiner!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 23:43:41 | More by OverToad
Photo of gtermi


2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle.

A: Pours a nice deep, clear amber with off-white fizzy head. The slowly fades and leaves slight lace on the glass

S: Aroma has a very nice strong hop smell at first. The smell also has a nice bit of malt that mixes very nice with the hops.

T: Dear got this taste is way too malty. The lingering taste on the mouth isnt too bad, but the first initial taste is just pure malt and sweetness.

M:Light-medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. There is a lot of crispness on the back of the mouth and down the throat. Not that easy to drink

Overall: This is typical Spoetzl, all hype and no delivery. I was told that this is gunna be one of their best beers yet and I have yet to find one I really like. There is just way too much malt and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 02:43:39 | More by gtermi
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Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.