Howlin' Chinaski | Short's Brewing Company

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Howlin' ChinaskiHowlin' Chinaski

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

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BrewtalHonesty on 10-10-2013

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of ssimpson89
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Raime
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Part of a Kroger mix a six I purchased around 2 weeks ago. Wanted the pack stout but they didn't have it up so I used this to round out the sixer.

Look - Golden with an amber tinge. Noticed some floaties towards the bottom of the bottle which I find unusual for the style though considering the variety pack this came from was released a short time ago I don't think anything is wrong here. Low carb appearance and not much stick.

Smell - Dextrous kinda like a tripel or something. The usual Dortmunder suspects don't come out to play at all in the nose.

Taste - Moderate amounts of banana with a sulphur like presence.

Feel - Thicker than your average of this style with a moderate carbonation. Swallows moderate with that odd sulphur esque flavor apparent.

Overall - An odd beer without a doubt. An export that kinda got stuck between an old tripel and an old green bottled witbier. Not bad but I wouldn't return to it.

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Photo of Mikecd234
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass. Clear and golden, with a few fingers of pillowy white head. Streaky lacing. Aromas of bread, grain, grassy and herbal hops. Flavors of nice, biscuit-
crackery malt, grassy /herbal hops, and a bit of a zip on the dry finish. Love having this one make a reappearance in a variety pack.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jamesod
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Segnem5
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottr4073
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.32/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.9/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
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 DavidRandall
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of deakin
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of JasonR1975
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jdra
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Rhf9120
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Viperman1316
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Howlin' Chinaski from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 87 ratings