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Short's Village Reserve - Short's Brewing Company

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81
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fermented as "beer" from wort extracted from fully modified two-row pale malt which provides a beautiful straw color. This beer is aggressively hopped with Perle and Centennial hops. Its light body and low alcohol allow the hops to become more prominent throughout the beer. The floral aroma is attributed to heavy handfuls of centennial hops at the finish of the boil. Hearty handfuls of hops lend a grape fruity tone in the flavor and finish of the beer.
40 I.B.U.'s
10.6 deg.  Plato
4.2% A.B.V.

(Beer added by: jimbotrost on 09-14-2005)
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Reviews by CMUbrew:
Photo of CMUbrew
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear body with a straw yellow color. Bone white head sits on top. Leaves some nice looking lace.

S: Soft grass/hay, malty profile, very light earthy hop.

T: Cracker/biscuit malt, grassy and earthy hops. Light but firm bitterness on the finish.

M: Light without being watery. Easy drinking. Carbonation could be a touch higher.

O: I'm not familiar with this style, so I have nothing to compare it to. That being said, this is a nice and refreshing beer style aside.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of moderately dry caramel malts with good amounts of earthy hops and crisp lager yeast. As the beer warms moderate amounts of citrus hop aromas come into play.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip very light citrus hop flavors work their way into things before drying out into a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the overactive side.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer for the style - maybe a bit overhopped for a traditional steam beer but very good nonetheless. Worth a shot.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Small white head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Bright lemony grapefruit. Pale malt.

Taste - Grapefruit. Pilsner malt flavor, but not quite a complete pilsner profile. Grassy hop flavor builds into a hefty bitterness. Kinda funny flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter. Light. Not quite crisp though.

Overall - Good hop profile. Funny malts.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden/amber color with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Mild malt sweetness with some faint citrus hops.

Taste: Mild at first, a bit bready from the malt. After a bit the citrus peel hops show up and leave you with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A nice easy drinking beer. I thought the bitterness dominated the beer a bit too much for the style.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Short's The Village Reserve last week for $1.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. I had this beer on draft when I visited Shorts last winter and I thought it was a pretty solid beer and since this is the first time they have released it in bottles I thought I would revisit it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it showed up recently so it should be fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's not the most eye catching but it's got a nice simple look to it. It poured a nice fairly clear bright yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer that looked very true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts with some nice pale malt, cereal, and biscuit like aromas followed by nice citrus rind aroma with lemon zest seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the hops which impart a very earthy and grassy hop aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma with some good balance to it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of hops up front, first comes some light lemon zest and a nice grapefruit hops flavor followed by those earthy and grassy hops that I got in the aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a nice pale malt, cereal, and biscuit like malt flavor along with a heavy Pilsener malt like flavor that reminds me of Short's Pilsener. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers a little with a earthy/grassy hop and biscuit malt aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer with some nice balance to it.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, clean, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and pretty good example of the style, I find most Steam Beers to be a little on the bland side but Short's kept this one interesting with a nice malt profile and little bit of grapefruit hop flavors that worked well with this beer and it made it stick out a little. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, clean, not filling, and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a few of these when in the mood for a beer like this. What I liked the most about the beer was the balance in the flavor and aroma, I thought they were both pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was that it's released in the fall, I feel like this beer would be a great summer or spring release and I think it would be a nice beer to have when it's hot outside. I would buy this beer again, I could see myself keeping some in the fridge for when I'm in the mood for a beer like this and I think it would go good with a meal. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style or hoppy lager's in general. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was just as good as I remember. I haven't tried much of this style, mainly because there just aren't that many examples of it out there, but so far i would say that this is my favorite. Good job Short's, thanks for offering another solid drinkable beer in bottles.

Photo of zoso1967
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler a standard medium amber with a wispy ecru head. The head has nice staying power and leaves plenty of lace.

The aroma is quite understated with some citrusy and fruity hops, as well as a bit of grassiness and some bready malt.

The flavor is a very balanced mix of bready malts, toasted crackers, pine, light citrus, earthy floral notes and some fruity esters. I am not sure if the style listed is correct on this, but it might just be the sort of beer that is hard to categorize. It sure is tasty though.

The body is on the lighter end of medium with an extremely balanced finish. This is one of those beers that sort of melts into your palate, leaving a bit of a fruity and bready aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable beer and one of my favorites of Short's sessionable offerings. If there were not already enough reasons to come visit the pub in Bellaire, you can add the chance to try this beer to the list.

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Short's Village Reserve from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.