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Short's Noble Chaos Oktoberfest - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our new fall seasonal which is a Northern Michigan version of a German style Marzen or Oktoberfest, done the Short's Brew way. This beer is well balanced with Noble hop additions which provide a subtle bouquet and pleasant flavor which melds well with the malt profile consisting of 2 row, chocolate, special roast, caramel and Munich malts.  It's a brand new addition to the Short's Brew family of beer.
40 I.B.U.'s

(Beer added by: jimbotrost on 09-14-2005)
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Photo of barczar
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is deeply toasted malt, nutty and toffee-like, with an underlying fruity yeast ester character. There's almost an overly toasted smell.

Flavor follows suit, with fruity esters underlying an overly toasted, nutty malt backbone that becomes a bit charred in the finish. There's a bit of mineral character.

Body is moderate to full, with moderate carbonation and modest astringency.

The overly toasted, charred and mineral characters are offputting. They dominate the flavor. Reading the recipe now, roast malt does not belong in an oktoberfest!

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Noble Chaos looks the part of an Oktoberfest, a clear amber color. A wispy off-white head peaks at a little higher than half a finger. Retention isn't bad, and some spotty lacing throws down a bit of legging.
While Noble hops are here, it seems more of an Americanization of the style in its character. That is, while it's got a little bit of a peppery nip to it, and is pretty floral, but in with the caramel from the malts and the breadiness that's not quite in the range of the typical Marzen, there's a bit of extra sweetness and a note of citrus, and there's a certain earthiness that has more soil than must. It also tends toward more of a roasty nature than most.Interestingly, while the trend with the Americanization of classic foreign style involves making it bigger, that's not the case here.
The body is medium but has a certain thinness underneath, though it is crisp and flows pretty smoothly. It doesn't have much dryness, but there is a sort of "tinny" note to the feel.

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Short's Noble Chaos Oktoberfest from Short's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.