Short's Noble Chaos Oktoberfest | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Noble Chaos OktoberfestShort's Noble Chaos Oktoberfest

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.
40 I.B.U.'s

Added by jimbotrost on 09-14-2005

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Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of GoldenChild
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite time of year!

Out of a bottle into a glass.

This in my opinion the BEST Oktoberfest ever. Smells amazing lots of chocolate and nuttiness.

Nice off white head. Dark orange cloudy beer

Smooth, perfect carbonation and mouth feel.

Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Yumminess.

Very drinkable beer. Surprised by so many low ratings. Perfect cold weather beer.

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Photo of JKG
4.76/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AntVal666
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
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 TurboBrew
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of hopnado
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of fgilbert2
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of alexanf
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of jimbotrost
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at the brewery in a 20 oz pint. Brewery describes it as a "crafty amber lager with the nobility of a true Short's brew." The pour was deep amber crimson to almost brown, it was capped with a white medium sized head and plenty of lace on the glass. Nice malty aroma with hop in background. Malt leads way into the flavor with a nice drying effect of the hops. Leaves you wanting more, even at 11 AM.

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Photo of Tracker83
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alleykatking
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks goes out to gratefulbeerhead for yet another great beer. Eric you are amazing!

A- Pours a coppery color with light orange hues. One finger light tan head that has good retention. Sticky web lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice amounts of toasted and toffee malts. There is a sweet brown sugar like aroma that lingers throughout the beer itself. The toasted malts are what come through the most like most Oktoberfest beers.

T- This beer is interesting for the style. There is a light toasted malt in the front of the beer. More toffee like notes come into play with some almost bready caramel notes. There is a brown sugar flavor that is in the middle to ending of the beer. The toasted malts come through again toward the end with a light earthy hop in the ending that balances this one out.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style and beer. Toasted malts lay on the palate with some light bitter hops in the aftertaste. The alcohol is hanging out in the background but doesn't really dry the palate. Flavors are clean and crisp with no off flavors.

D- This beer is very good. Just enough of a difference in the style that makes it standout. Another great beer from Short's and a easy session beer for me and most others I think.

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Photo of NDPDuke
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Crunchy's Bar in East Lansing. Every time I see a Short's brew on tap, I am inclined to try it.

APPEARANCE: Pours a beautiful red/amber with a thin head that sticks to the side of the mug.

SMELL: Hops...that is all I could smell. I didn't know what type of beer this was before I tried it, so I thought it was another IPA in the style of Huma-Lupa-Licious.

TASTE: Hops hit you first and the bitterness is strong. It trails off quickly though and you are left with some caramel and malt. All around, an excellent transition in tastes.

MOUTHFEEL: Has the mouthfell of any IPA or Red. The alcohol seemed present even for the low alcohol per volume.

DRINKABILITY: Overall, quite an easy beer to drink and very enjoyable. Seems like a mix between a classic RED and an IPA, which I do not mind at all.

As usual, Short's doesn't let me down again.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at hopcat CBS day. Oh what a day!

A-golden body with white head that sticks around for awhile

S-nice hop aroma that doesn't overpower

T-nice hoppy body with very smooth finish

M-medium body and oh so smooth. Should be as 4.25

O-very good remix of the style 4.25

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a single of this yesterday,It poured a clear very dark copper(?) color with a small biscuity white head that was minimal . Smells very good , Robust Dark grains , roasted malts, a sweetness, Bready, and familiar Oktoberfest marzen smell. Tasted Like the smell, not many beers in general do this . This is a full bodied Oktoberfest, huge roasted tones, Nice marzen bready feel and taste. Has a hop kick but , not really a over powering taste. Which accounts for a slight dry characteristic that to me brought all the flavors together at once. This bready full bodied roasted beer looks intimidating for an Oktoberfest but its rather good. I would Purchase a sixer of this .

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Photo of moshea
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a dense clear walnut brown body with a thick creamy and lumpy head of butter cream that sticks to the glass in rings. There is a quick carbonation pushing to the surface.

S- The toasted biscuit malt aroma is rich with a faint support from darker roasted malts.

T- The cream taste leads to a rich toasted fresh malt flavor that is well lagered and a bit dry. There are hints of biscuit and toasted malt underneath. There is a nice Noble hop presents in the finish, which is clean and dry.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy fizz texture to it and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a big rich lagered malt flavor with some nice soft depth and a good support but the Noble hops. I could drink a few liters of this.

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Photo of jmunsters
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass

A- Frothy 1 1/2 finger head quickly dissipates to much more dense 1/2 finger head clinging to the side of the glass. Body is a beautiful golden copper. Slight sediment.

S- Roasted caramel and chocolates. Slight sweetness. Malty over hops.

T- Roasted malts followed by a distinct crispness. The sweetness and roasted flavor make this almost a nice warm brown. The Noble hops are apparent on the finish providing a nice clean touch.

M- Medium to heavy feeling. Moderate carbonation, just about right. Very clean.

O- It's much more a cross between a well-hopped pils, and a rich nut brown than what most would consider a "traditional" Oktoberfest beer. I really enjoyed it. It tastes like the color of autumn leaves.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a dark copper with off white head that maintains good retention with some nice lacing.
S. Get some caramel malts and hops.
T. The taste starts out with some sweet caramel malts followed by some pine and citrus hops and finishes off with some chocolate and more caramel.
M. Smooth, creamy and easy to drink
O. A very enjoyable beer. Seems to be a cross between an Oktoberfest and an IPA. Not quite as sweet as an Oktoberfest, but not as bitter as an IPA. Something I think will be enjoyed by IPA and Oktoberfest drinkers. Great job Shorts.

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Photo of Brodie_Lewis
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle.

Slight haze in a deep copper body. Orange-gold edges. Small finger of sticky, light khaki head. Good lacing. Nose of cookie dough, spicy noble hops, ginger, and caramel. Nice and malty so far!

Toasted malts and a little hop spice up front. Slight graininess gives way to rounded sweetish cookie dough malt and caramel. Peppery, herbal hop bitterness in the background provides a nice contrast to the maltiness. More caramel in the finish with lingering grassy hops. Moderate body with a nice crisp feel. I really like the balance between the hops and the malt in this one (one of the hoppiest Oktoberfests I have had). Another very good Short's bottling!

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Photo of WVUbrew
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pirmannt1
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jp32
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chappy-88
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%

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