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Short's Lil' Wheezy - Short's Brewing Company

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tectactoe on 07-15-2013)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for picking me up a sixer of this stuff last time he was visiting the brewery. Lil' Wheezy's got an amber body with some orange tints; makes sense for an amber lager. It's a pretty clear beer with only a mild chill haze that interferes. The slick, white head bubbles up and sits at about a quarter-inch for at least half the glass.

The aroma is probably just what you'd expect for a "hopped up amber lager" - a strong clashing of malts and hops. Lots and lots of caramel malts, along with some sweet toffee and a strong dusting of cocoa powder, colliding with weedy, dank, and pungent, piney hops. The hops bring a touch of mild grapefruit to the forefront, but the dank and oily aspect is still the strongest.

Thinner bodied than I would expect at 7% ABV, but I guess the mouth feel and high carbonation fits the relative style more so than the alcohol content. Caramel malts and some buttered, super toasted, bready malts pave the way initially; sad to say that the cocoa powder on the nose doesn't come through as much in the flavor as it was in the aroma.

After the malts lay the groundwork, it doesn't take long for the hops to come in; dank, oily, resinous, and even with a light hint of onion in the tail end. There's a pretty staunch bitterness that crescendos from start to finish, leading into a brash, bitter, sharp, and dry, hoppy aftertaste, with only a touch of finishing, sweet toffee malts.

Another hoppy lager from Shorts and basically another winner in my book. Delicate hands are needed when combining lots of hops and any types of malts darker than pilsner or pale, but Shorts seems to know what they're doing. I don't like this quite as much as a few of their other hoppy lagers, but it's still a solid choice. I wonder if it will ever see distribution.

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HardyA, Aug 29, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Shorts Lil' Wheezy in their new variety pack a couple days ago for 19.99 at Boyne Country Provisions. This is the first time this beer has been bottled and it's only available in the new variety pack so I had to pick it up and give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good, it's a little different than most Shorts labels, but I really like the design. It poured a nice amber color that took on a red hue when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left hardly any lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer and it looks true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like aroma and was followed by a good amount of malts that impart some caramel and slight toffee aromas with a slight bit of bready and biscuit like malts showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which seem to balance out the malts nicely and impart a dank and resiny aroma with some piney hops showing up in the background. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the hops and malt aspects were balanced very well.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart lots of caramel malt flavors with a slight bit of bready and biscuit malts in the background. Up next comes the hops which seem to show up a little more than the malts and impart a very resiny and dank hop flavor with some piney hops still showing up in the background. On the finish there's a lower amount of high bitterness with a big hoppy aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, but I thought that it could be a little more balanced.

M- Not the smoothest, clean, fairly oily, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I think it could have been smoother.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and an above average hoppy Red Lager, there's no doubt that this beer was heavily hopped and it really comes out in the flavor even a little too much so. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest and the bitterness really lingered, the taste did hold my attention, but I think one would be enough for me since I think the bitterness would start to wear on me after more than one. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good, balanced and the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the drinkability, it wasn't as smooth as I would like and I think if the lingering bitterness was cut down a little it would really help the drinkability. I would buy this beer again and I think it's a nice addition to Short's new variety pack. I recommend this to anyone who likes really hoppy and really bitter bears. All in all i was happy with this beer, it was a little more intense than I thought it would be but I still thought it was pretty enjoyable, it just wasn't the most drinkable. Thanks for releasing this beer Short's, I think it can hold it's own and could be released by it's self, nice work guys this was a pretty solid beer.

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Big persistent head, off-white. Beautiful amber with red-ochre tones. Brilliant clarity.

Aggressive hop bitterness, surprising, though the label boasts "highly hopped." High hop aromas, resinous and spicy, only a low sweetness. Med-low malt aroma, primarily biscuity and toasty. Hops are dominant. Hard, minerally water aroma. Very clean and dry.

Hops are restrained in the taste, creating a nice balance with the grain bill. Clean, toasty, and biscuity malt, some sweetness. Hop flavor is medium, mostly bitter. No detectable esters, phenols, or caramels, just a bitter, dry hop and malt bill creating a crisp, if slightly low-bodied flavor.

As mentioned above, the bitterness is med-high, very dry, with a light body, though there's a slight fullness from the malts. Med-low carbonation, though the bitterness creates a some puckering which I initially mistook for carbonation. Alcohol is undetectable except for some warming.

Really a tasty beer, a highly hopped Amber lager that doesn't lose sight of balance even with its unconventional hopping. Too hoppy in the aroma, and a bit too bitter/light in body.

JamesShoemaker, Oct 23, 2014
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Short's Lil' Wheezy from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.