Howlin' Chinaski | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BrewtalHonesty on 10-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Mitchster
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. Brewed with German Spalt hops.
6.5% ABV, 27 IBU's per the website.

Pours out to a beautifully clear brilliant golden, forming a mousse like light yellow head with superior retention and excellent lacing. Moderate brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. Thin layer of compact yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The nose is classic Weihenstephaner yeast with classic German hops, fermented cleanly with lightly bready malts, light DMS and a touch of sulfur. Mouthfeel is very crisp and very clean, true to style. The taste is a recap of the aroma...lightly bready malts, a touch of yeast, light DMS and sulfur (appropriate to style), very well-balanced moderate bitterness, minimal aroma or flavor hops. Finishes clean and dry with a delicate tea like astrigency and bitterness hanging on in the finish. No off flavors.

Very true to style, this is a classic dortmunder lager. Easy to drink, exceptionally well done. Just as good as GLBC Dortmunder Gold or Ayinger Jahrhundert bier. Highly recommended! I would surely buy more of this if it's released as a 6-pack. Exceptional.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of resinous oak-trunk coloring. It holds a two finger head of creamy and soapy snow white bubbles, showing excellent retention. Lacing is mountainous and patterned. Haze is chill, but otherwise minimal, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma comes with sour cream lactics, white corn tortillas, black pepper spice, powdery flour, mint leafiness, musky cheddar moldiness, peanut and cashew dustiness, pale and chalky red malt graininess, sugary sweet pecan pie filling, roasted green peppers, lemon skins, metallic tininess, white rice, and wet cement. The flavoring follows with honey butter biscuits, gritty dog food graininess, peachy fruitiness, white and wheat flours, bitter chemical phenols, light pine sap hoppiness, confectioner’s sugar, latex, drying American pale malts, raw barley, and rye, and iron. The body is softly medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is excellent cream, froth, slurp, smack, and fluffy finishing pop. The mucosa is coated, but morphs into a crisp, cleaning, warming dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, this rating is long overdue. For such a grain-forward brew, we get a lot of crisp and powdery dryness to the flavoring, which translates fully into the mouthfeel. They play well with one another, highlighting said ingredients, without skimping on the ultimate blend of flavoring. We typically feel that Short’s beers could be much more refined than they are, and this is no exception. Again, we applaud their ingenuity and aggressiveness with their variety packs, as they continually pump out an unpredictable palate of styles and flavors, but it is hard to find success with each individual effort. This is not a bad or forgettable beer, but rather we just tend to hope and look for more delineated definition and repose in reproducibly sippable brews.

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Photo of Flopjack
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter

Appearance - Transpanrent golden to pale orange, 1 finger white head.

Smell - Reminds me of Becks original. Malt, barley, and yeast.

Taste - Light malts, and there is also a grain presence. This beer seems like its goal was to stay traditional, cereal grain, and yeast. Alcohol is very faint.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and most definitely refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. This beer is seems to be brewed close to its intended recipe, staying very traditional. Light and also has good session potential. Happy with this one.

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Photo of aa911911
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

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!

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Howlin' Chinaski from Short's Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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