Howlin' Chinaski - Short's Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev +8.6%
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 1/6/2014. Pours lightly hazy pale golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, cracker, bread, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of biscuit, bread, cracker, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bread, biscuit, cracker, pear, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on this finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, bready, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good dortmunder style. Good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
02-06-2014 00:09:58 | More by superspak
3.71/5 rDev +6%
Appearance: pours a slightly orangish yellow. a finger or so of an off white head that fades to just a sight lacing. just a touch of haze but mostly opaque.
Smell: lager yeast, lots of breadiness. and i get some citrus too
Taste: pretty clean lager yeast. biscuity-bread. and a hint of citrus bitterness.
Mouthfeel: fairly clean but just a touch of stickiness. fairly heavy for the style but still drinkable and refreshing
Overall: a well brewed example of the style. tasty and refreshing and a very drinkable beer.
02-05-2014 01:09:50 | More by SportsandJorts
3.84/5 rDev +9.7%
this beer would be great at a sweaty basement party.... drinkable and versatile and stands up to slam dancing as well as way past overtime sports partys... keggerate this one and serve it to everyone who has a passable id am i right???? go delta zetas!
01-31-2014 03:32:06 | More by aa911911
3.74/5 rDev +6.9%
$2 single poured into a shaker pint. Bottling date scratched off or something, but this was bottled recently.
Appearance: Poured aggressively and got a very nice, two-finger head on it. Spotty lacing. A great hazy, yellow color.
Smell: Subtle. Certainly a lager with that lager yeast aroma, but there's also a biscuity character with a dash of hops, as well as a slight soapiness. Not much there, but what's there is nice.
Taste/feel: First thing I notice is a huge mouthfeel that's almost excessive -- there's a big body on this beer that I wasn't quite expecting. Carbonation is also light throughout the sip. The taste on this one is fairly simple, but still very pleasing. Biscuity, lagery flavor on the front morphs a bit into a slightly soapy resinous pine hop flavor that finishes dry and slightly bitter. Not overly complex, but has enough depth of flavor to keep things interesting.
Not sure what to make of this beer. I could say that a slightly thinner feel with a bit of a higher carbonation would make the beer better, but would it? The body makes this beer stand out, I think. Howlin' Chinaski is a beer that's slightly above average, and one that I'd have again given the chance. It's a beautiful pour, and above average in every other category as well. Pick it up if you can find it -- another tasty Short's Brew.
01-28-2014 15:52:07 | More by Alextricity
3.56/5 rDev +1.7%
I picked up a bottle of Shorts Howlin' Chinaski a couple days ago in their new variety pack for $18.99 at The Lager Mill. It's a new year and Short's is back at it again with a few new beers that I've never had before and I'm in the mood for something on the lighter side today, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Short's imperial pint glass.
A- The label is ok looking and it isn't the most eye catching. It poured a fairly clear yellow color that took on more of a darker golden color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of sticky lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts being the first to show up and they impart some grainy, pale malt and bready aromas with a light biscuty aroma in the background. Up next comes some sweet malts followed by a somewhat lighter amount of earthy and grassy hops. This beer had a nice aroma that seems to be inline with the style.
T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by all those malty aspects that I got in the aroma, but there's also a toasted malt aspect that along with the breadyness seems to stick out the most. On the finish comes the hops which impart some earthy, grassy, and spicy hop flavors with the spicy hops sticking out a little more than the rest and it imparts a very light amount of medium bitterness that bordered on being on the lighter side with a bready, toasted malt, and spicy hop aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer that's pretty true to style.
M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of the style, it seems to be pretty much what I would expect from the style with just the right amount of crispness and it had that nice drinkability that I expect from the style. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling, and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these, but I may start to get bored with the taste after a few and I think it would make for a nice beer to enjoy in the summer time. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it is, it's pretty much exactly what I would expect from the style. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't any off flavors or anything that I would change. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a Dortmunder and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style. Overall I thought this was a solid and pretty drinkable beer. I think the extra little bit of hoppiness helps set this beer apart and make it a little unique for the style. Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is still my favorite of the style, but I would say that this one is my second favorite. Good job guys, thanks for another good easy drinking beer.
01-25-2014 22:32:45 | More by StoutHunter
Howlin' Chinaski from Short's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.