Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Howlin' Chinaski | Short's Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Howlin' ChinaskiHowlin' Chinaski
82 Ratings
Howlin' ChinaskiHowlin' Chinaski

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

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BrewtalHonesty on 10-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Flopjack
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

 581 characters

Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of dfillius
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Jas45678
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of FrankHammer
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of TheConnMan
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of amishbooze
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of marcb105
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

 1,272 characters

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a slightly orangish yellow. a finger or so of an off white head that fades to just a sight lacing. just a touch of haze but mostly opaque.

Smell: lager yeast, lots of breadiness. and i get some citrus too

Taste: pretty clean lager yeast. biscuity-bread. and a hint of citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: fairly clean but just a touch of stickiness. fairly heavy for the style but still drinkable and refreshing

Overall: a well brewed example of the style. tasty and refreshing and a very drinkable beer.

 519 characters

Photo of bob_d_j
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Cotton_27
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TurboBrew
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of aa911911
3.86/5  rDev +10%
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!

 252 characters

Photo of SerialTicker
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$2 single poured into a shaker pint. Bottling date scratched off or something, but this was bottled recently.

Appearance: Poured aggressively and got a very nice, two-finger head on it. Spotty lacing. A great hazy, yellow color.

Smell: Subtle. Certainly a lager with that lager yeast aroma, but there's also a biscuity character with a dash of hops, as well as a slight soapiness. Not much there, but what's there is nice.

Taste/feel: First thing I notice is a huge mouthfeel that's almost excessive -- there's a big body on this beer that I wasn't quite expecting. Carbonation is also light throughout the sip. The taste on this one is fairly simple, but still very pleasing. Biscuity, lagery flavor on the front morphs a bit into a slightly soapy resinous pine hop flavor that finishes dry and slightly bitter. Not overly complex, but has enough depth of flavor to keep things interesting.

Not sure what to make of this beer. I could say that a slightly thinner feel with a bit of a higher carbonation would make the beer better, but would it? The body makes this beer stand out, I think. Howlin' Chinaski is a beer that's slightly above average, and one that I'd have again given the chance. It's a beautiful pour, and above average in every other category as well. Pick it up if you can find it -- another tasty Short's Brew.

 1,333 characters

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rjcoy06
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Boverhof3
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Howlin' Chinaski from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 82 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.