Texas’ Spoetzl Brewery, maker of Shiner Beers, has been crafting beers for more than a century, but it had never brewed an ale.
That changed in February with the introduction of Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale, described by Shiner as “a classic American Pale Ale.”
The Wild Hare (5.5% ABV, 32 IBUs) will make its way to Memphis in six-packs of 12-oz. bottles next week on June 14. It will be distributed through A.S. Barboro.
“As we start the brewery’s 103rd year, our team is proud to brew this fine pale ale,” said Spoetzl’s brewmaster, Jimmy Mauric. “Shiner Wild Hare gives our brewers the opportunity to now share a great ale with our fans.”
Wild Hare Pale Ale is made with American two-row barley and a blend of Munich and Caramel malts that produce an orange-amber color. U.S. Golding and Bravo hop varieties are used in the kettle and fermenter.
While more than a pound of hops is used to produce each barrel of Wild Hare, the beer is not nearly as hoppy as most American Pale Ales you’ll find these days. There’s a light aroma of citrus hops on the nose, with a taste that’s largely sweet and malty, even a little tangy. Fruit and floral hop flavors are there, but fairly mild for the style.
Overall, this is an easy drinking ale that is a good summer brew and a welcome addition to Shiner’s year-round lineup that includes Shiner Bock and Shiner Blonde.