Feb 2, 2012

Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

Wild Hare photo

Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale is the first ale to be produced by Spoetzl Brewery in its 100+ year existence. It’s also the first time I’ve ever had anything from the brewery other than their bock. The 5.7% ABV American Pale Ale uses US Golding and Bravo hop varieties throughout the brewing process, as well as Munich and Caramel malts. That’s all well and good, but how does an ale from a brewery that’s known solely for it’s lagers turn out?

In truth, not too bad at all. For the company’s first foray into ales, Wild Hare is moderately assertive with the hops while still maintaining a solid malt balance. The beer probably won’t win over IPA or Pale Ale enthusiasts from their own favorite brews, but it’s still a solid first effort.


The beer pours amber in color with a slowly dropping white head that resulted in decent lacing.


Light floral hops, subtle citrus notes, a touch of pine and a balanced malt profile (light toast and caramel) join together for a clean nose.


A crisp, refreshing mouthfeel carries a well balanced beer over the tongue. The hops are moderate in potency with a decent level of bitterness and a light helping of citrus fruit. The malts have a light toast, a touch of caramel and leave behind a hint of sweetness. The beer is easy drinking.


I was never really a fan of the brewery’s flagship Bock. It just wasn’t a beer that I would go out of my way for. Wild Hare also isn’t a beer that I would hunt down at word of it’s release. I would, however, fully enjoy a six pack of it while watching some football on TV. The beer is well balanced, refreshing and with just enough hop character to make it interesting. Wild Hare would make for a great introductory sample for those (possibly fans of Shiner beers) looking to make the jump into the hoppier end of the pool. When all is said and done, I enjoyed this Pale Ale.

Rating: 3/5

This is a review of a promotional sample received from the brewery.

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