Noble Chaos
Short's Brewing Company

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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #122
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #30,626
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
259
From:
Short's Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  9
Gots
  30
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: Our new fall seasonal which is a Northern Michigan version of a German style Marzen or Oktoberfest, done the Short's Brew way. This beer is well balanced with Noble hop additions which provide a subtle bouquet and pleasant flavor which melds well with the malt profile consisting of 2 row, chocolate, special roast, caramel and Munich malts.  It's a brand new addition to the Short's Brew family of beer.
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Reviews by SerialTicker:
Photo of SerialTicker
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/9 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 10/22. $2 single. My first Marzen of 2014.

Appearance: Pretty neat label, with a king standing on a boat on the water. I think Short's ought to make the "Chaos" text white or grey to make it more visible, but that's just me. Anyway, a reasonably aggressive pour barely got the whole beer into my pint. Pillowy three finger beige head. Lots of lacing. The color of the beer is a bit of a hazy orange/red/brown color -- almost like that of an empty beer bottle. Awesome looking Oktoberfest.

Smell: It's probably because I haven't had one from the style for awhile, but it smells a little different to me when compared to other Marzens -- like I think I get a little more hops than most others. I also smell the Munich malt, but also some other sort of malt that reminds me of the variety they use in their Strawberry Short's Cake, which is a "dirty" sort of malt. There's also a faint dark fruit sweetness hanging around in there too.

Taste/feel: Very good, even if it's not quite as smooth and malt loaded as some other Oktoberfests out there. Good ol' munich malt, a slight earthy/grassy hop flavor, and a dry finish with a lingering typical Oktoberfest finish, with a slight hoppiness there with it. The feel is decent as well with a relatively high carbonation and a moderate body.

My favorite thing about Noble Chaos has to be the subtle Noble hop hoppiness. I was worried Short's might over-do it like they excessively hop many other beers, but this one is done well. It's a solid could-be-forgettable Oktoberfest that's made memorable by its hop character.

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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This had a similar malt character of many other Oktoberfests but a different aroma. I liked it because it was different. Wouldn't mind trying it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of MIbeer27
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, dated 07/08/15 (Revisit)

Bottle into goblet with deep amber/copper hue and a quickly receding white, half finger head.

Aroma of grass, hay, earth and spice, along with some toasted bread notes. Underlying caramel malt is there as well.

Taste is a much better balance between the hops and malt, with the toasted malt leading the way. Hints of cocoa and nuttiness are there as well. The hops rush in at the end, leaving the palate dry with a moderate, shortly lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but oh so smooth. I could drink this all night long.

Overall, Noble Chaos is an easy drinking Oktoberfest with a sizable Noble hop character. While I've admittedly had few of the style, I loved this interpretation and will remember its smoothness.

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Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.12/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

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2.44/5  rDev -34.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +12%

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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of michiganmatt
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
A very hazy deep red-orange-brown. About 1 finger of head when initially poured, eventually dissipates down almost entirely. A small amount of carbonation can be seen rising upwards through the beer. Overall, a nice look and a nice color.

Smell - 3.7/5
Smells of burnt/smoky pine hops, some chocolate, perhaps a slight sweet maltiness. The smell is nice, but not really what I'm looking for in an Oktoberfest

Taste - 3.5/5
Hops, citrus, smokiness, some smoky malt sweetness. Mostly a lot of hops and smokiness. Can't really taste the malty sweetness which is supposed to be the main aspect of the Oktoberfest beer. And even so, not sure if I'm a giant fan of the taste anyway.

Mouthfeel - 3.6/5
Medium to full bodied (closer to medium). Carbonation is light to mediium. Beer is smooth and has aspects of both crispness and creaminess.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay Oktoberfest. It was very smoky and hoppy, and not really what I was looking for. Even in general, I don't know if I would really be a fan of this beer. Not terrible, but I don't plan on ever getting again.

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Photo of JKG
4.76/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AntVal666
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious beer! I definitely will drink this again.

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigleague
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDoHo
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craftmich
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of justinp444
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slight hazy amber with a frothy white head of an inch. Smell of yeast, biscuit-y malt, caramel, spice (pepper? maybe a bit of cinnamon), lemony citrus, a little bit of dried fruit. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, earth. citrus, a bit dry, lightly carbonated, very easy drinking, bread, it is a bit watery but still nice. Mouth feel is moderate with a light to medium body.

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Photo of nstygles
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noble Chaos from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 259 ratings