Short's Local's Light | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Local's LightShort's Local's Light

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau lager glass from a 12 oz bottle on February 5, 2017. Look is bright gold with a thin white head and little lacing. Smell and taste is wheat and sweet malt. Feel is light in body with a crisp finish.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is grainy malts and medium sweetness. The flavor is pale malts, grainy texture, mild fruit, medium sweetness, and a slightly spicy hop/tart finish.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, no canned on date or freshness information. Acquired a single can as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Reviewing here, since my can reads the name Local's Light, but the colors of the artwork on my can are a bit different than the bottle pictured (same as those listed under Local's). No abv listed on the can anywhere, and BeerAdvocate lists two different abv's. "Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A weak pale golden yellow with about a finger of thin bubbly white head that dies out fast. Thin fluffy ring that leaves no real lacing to speak of. Appears well carbonated. Looks ok for what it is.

S - Aroma comes a bit off-putting - grainy & horseradish-y, with notes of overripe pear. Not grainy in a wheaty, clean, or bready sense - more of a rotten fall pear aroma. Interesting, though not entirely pleasant or appealing.

T - Taste follows the nose: a sort of stale grainy / adjunct / corn husk body, meets an overly ripe / rotten fallen pear fruit flavor. Notes of an earthy / grassy / vegetal / peppery sort of flavor begin to emerge as i drink on. I'm not going to hope that this was an old can, but something doesn't seem right.

M - Feel is smooth & crisp, with a fruity / grainy / watery finish. Not particularly easy to drink.

Overall, not a great example of a light lager or American adjunct lager from Short's, i might have had better representations of this style from big boy macro producers. Not recommended by any means, but i might try it again fresh for comparison's sake.

Short's Brew Local's Light -----3.5/5

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Photo of arepwhotravels
5/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1st 80 degree day here in Michigan since last summer. I bought Charcoal, hamburger, corn (from Florida I'm sure,) buns, beans, salad and Short's new 6 pack cans of Local's Light (Made here in Michigan). I've just read some of these reviews and I have to say, the poor reviews are by beer snobs who have significant prejudice against Light Lagers. So let me say this. This beer is perfect for what I'm doing, cooking an outdoor summer dinner for my Wife, kids and grand kids. Low ABV, easy to drink, excellent flavor. Perfect Fit, a light beer made in Michigan that everyone's enjoying. Nuff Said, thanks Short's, well done.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled *ahem* 8/25/15 and poured 2/13/16. Why did I get this bottle? I was part of a nifty Short's pack that included 2 can-sized Short's glasses and a cool Short's keychain bottle opener for $15. I would never pick this beer up otherwise. I didn't realize the beer was so old when I got the pack... well, here goes nothin'...

Appearance: Your typical pale yellow color. This has a very slight haze to it with a tiny ring of head. Whateva.

Smell: Borderline gross... it's sort of off-putting, to be honest. Smells faintly like garbage. Grassy and cheap ... really smells like they use adjuncts in this stuff. Really does just have the aroma that many cheap beers do. I'm not liking it. Yes, I'm aware that it's almost 6 months old and that's affecting the aroma at least a little bit.

Taste/feel: Has the same faint dirty garbage vibe that I got in the smell, unfortunately... finish is a little plasticky and corny. Adjunct vibe all the way through on this. Not bitter, nor sweet. I suppose it's balanced. The feel is thin (as to be expected, being sub-4% ABV), with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Finish is a bit like white-bleached paper on top of a bed of old, fermented corn and a bit of sugar.

I make it sound like this is the absolute worst beer in the world ... okay, it's not THAT bad, but it is pretty bad. Looking at it as a 6 month old light lager, it's about what I had expected.

Even after a bottle of a 10% beer previously, my buzz isn't doing this beer any favors whatsoever. I really love Short's, but this is just a beer I could do without. I'm almost obligated to have a fresh batch of this beer to give it a fair shake, but I don't know when that would ever happen, to be honest. This beer's really intended for BMC drinkers to get into the world of craft ... and I'm not in that audience.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw yellow into pint glass from bottle, little head with no retention and no lacing. The aroma is of bready yeast and lemon zest, summer evenings spent in front of the grill or down a the ballpark. Taste follows, Mouthfeel is smooth and surprisingly full, easy drinking from first sip to last. One of my favorite lagers.

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Photo of JMoney777
4.69/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Top notch lager. Better flavor than most other craft brews, though subtle.

You NEED to have it off the tap though. Bottled loses a lot of flavor and everything that makes it good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a bright yellow clear body with a thin white head that fades to a ring quickly and a gentle carbonation.

S- The DMS hint of cooked corn leads to some dry field corn notes in the finish.

T- The club soda flavor has a slight sweetness but is well lagered as the pils malt and field corn flavor in the finish are more dry. The field corn takes on more of a breakfast cereal flavor as the beer opens up.

M- The light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a very light flavor and is a very clean lager. There is not much Pils malt flavor compared to other competing flavors.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

L - It is pale yellow in color. A short lived white head was perched on top.

S - The smell is sweet, almost honey-like. I also get some grain.

T - It tastes just like it smells, sweet and grainy.

F - Moderate

O - If they were trying for a crappy adjunct lager, they nailed it. It represents the style well. I just do not care for the style.

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Photo of Vogie
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled 12/1/14.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with no head. Aromas of malt, grains, green grape skin. Taste is fairly bland with hints of bread and grain. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, decently carbonated.

A simple beer that can be appreciated by craft and BMC drinkers.

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Photo of chriszuma
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this beer all day. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something that's not an in-your-face IPA or stout, and this is easy to drink, with a nice malty flavor and just the right amount of carbonation. Don't be fooled by "light" in the name, it is a full-bodied beer.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - very light straw yellow. No head or lacing at all

Smell - Oats/ grains and straw. Not much hoppiness to it at all

Taste - get a lot of cereal grains

Mouthfeel - light, crisp, and easy to drink

Overall - fun alternative to the Big lagers, but nothing special

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Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light pale lager in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving only wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bready and corn-like malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by corn-like malts. Only slight amounts of hops and associated bitterness are noticeable, but there are enough to prevent any sweetness. There is no bad aftertaste compared to some of the other beers in the style.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed to be fuller in body compared to the light lagers made by macro breweries, but didn't have any offensive flavors in the taste or aftertaste.

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Photo of MBbeerking14
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shorts Local LIght is from Bellaire, Michigan

This is Shorts version of a drinkable lager such as budlight or other domestic beers.

It pours a pale gold, and you can see through it in the glass. Has a decent head, which is leaves a white lace. Smells like the typical yeasty and "beer" smelling lagers. It is crisp tasting lager, but does not offer much in ways of complex flavors. Very yeasty tasting overall, but it has a refreshing a crisp aftertaste which is nice.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer in the sense that you could pound a six pack without any problems. If you are at a tailgate and are wanting to drink several beers throughout the day, this would be an excellent craft alternative to BL, ML, and other domestic lagers. Not a beer that I would pick up when looking for a unique sensory experience.

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Photo of sonnens4
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, light yellow, light golden color with about a 1/2 inch head

Smell: not much of a smell, sweet but can't pinpoint what aroma it is

Taste: not a ton of flavor, very malty--bready, or yeasty

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, very carbonated

Overall: Great option when you don't want something too filling, but light and refreshing--great with a good burger; tried this as my first drink on my 21st birthday--not a ton of flavor though

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A white head makes an effort and manages maybe 1/4 of a finger of wispy foam. That fades to just a little surface foam on top of a completely clear and extremely bright pale gold brew. It is capable of some decent lacing, though, leaving a ring at the top of the glass followed by some spotting.
The nose is pale malts, crackery and dry but countered by a light sweetness and some lemon. There's a little bit of an unoffensive kind of must I wouldn't quite call earthy and a little apple flesh.
The taste is much the same with a little less dryness, the malts more bread and biscuit, a little grassiness, some white fruit flesh with a slight tanginess and a little sweetness, and lemon zest. Grains run into the finish.
The body is light but with some depth and feel to it. It's crisp and it's fairly smooth considering. it's clean for the most part but with a slight slickness coming into the end.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Extremely pale blonde in color. Plenty of carbonation with a one finger head that quickly dissipates to a light halo. Minimal lacing.

S- Pleasant malt aromas of fresh baked bread. A little fruity.

T- Mellow malts, like ma's banana fresh banana bread. A sweet fruity feel but it isn't overbearing. Little to no aftertaste. Very satisfying for a light lager.

M- Crisp and clean like a light beer should be.

O- The flavor got me! I really enjoyed it. This is a good beer for active summer activities. A unique take on a light lager.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear water like gold with a white head that reduces to a thin crown surrounding the glass.

S - Wheat, fresh baked bread, yeast. Not much of a nose on this.

T - Yeast heavy, bread, crackers, light bodied mouthfeel.

O - If the goal was to make an alternative to the Bud Lights of the world, I'd prefer more of a attempt at flavor.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a tall Pilsener glass.

It's so hard to rate this "to style," but I'll give it a shot.

A- It barely develops a head before it vanishes quickly, clean, straw body with medium- heavy carbonation. There's a little sediment left in the bottle after a careful pour (that's a tad concerning).

S- Very malty and sweet, like a sweetened cereal. Very light, grassy hops? Some doughy aromas.

T- Yep, it's a light lager. Malty with some berry-like esters. More flavor than the B-M-C light/lite beers. Maybe more like their "regular" counterparts. Very light, grassy/spicy hops. Dryish finish.

M- More full-bodied than expected. Medium carbonation. Clean finish.

O- Given the style, it's pretty solid. I'd choose it over the usual suspects, given a decent pricing point. Probably a great lawn mower beer. That said, I'm not going to seek it out. Having seen it on tap lists before, I'd be confident in ordering it when I really want something on the lighter side.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Jeff. Thanks man.

The beer is pale yellow with a half-inch of white head. The aroma offers corn, grain, adjuncts. The flavor follows suit. Light in body with moderate carbonation. For what it is, this is a solid beer. Nothing offensive, per se but also not something I new to try again. Aptly named.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 6/19/2013. Pours lightly hazy pale golden straw color with a small fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, bread, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, yeast, and light hops; with solid strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice and pleasant balance of malt and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid craft brewed light lager. Nice balance of flavors with solid robustness; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Short's Local's Light last week in their new variety pack for $19.99 at Boyne Country Provisions. I've had this beer when I visited Short's earlier this year, but since they released in bottles for the first time I thought I would give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. It just showed up recently so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an Short's Imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and it reminds me of the view of some of the lakes around Short's Brewing Company. It poured a slightly hazy pale straw yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring and didn't leave any lacing behind. This was a nice looking Light Lager, but it was a little hazy for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness followed by grainy, slightly bready, sweet malt and cracker like malt aromas followed by some typical Lager yeast aroma. The aroma was nice for a Light Lager and it was very true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some bready, cracker, grainy, and sweet malts flavor that hold up nicely and impart just about enough malt flavor that this style can handle. Up next comes the lager yeast along with a real light doughy yeast flavor. On the finish there was no bitterness whatsoever, just a little more sweetness taking it's place and it had a bready and grainy aftertaste that faded fast. This was a pretty good Light Lager and it was very true to style.

M- Very smooth, a little crisp, clean, slightly creamy, light bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The Mouthfeel worked well with this beer and it was very true to style.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and very good example of the style, it was very true to style and it had all the aspects that I look for in the style, so far I would say there's hasn't been a Light Lager that I enjoy drinking more than this one. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth, clean, not filling, but the flavors didn't do the best job at holding my attention, but this style never does and as a session and all day drinking beer goes this is a good example of it and I think drinking a six pack through out the day wouldn't be a problem. What I liked the most about this beer was the how true to style it was, Short's didn't do anything crazy with this one, it's just a quality Light Lager the way it should be. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, I thought it was a little hazy for the style. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and if I had a choice between this and all the other popular Light Lagers I would take this one for sure. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style and it might make for a good brew to ease someone into to the Short's lineup. All in all I was happy with this beer, I love good craft beer as much as the next person but there's always a time and a place for a Light Lager and if I'm going to drink one I would prefer a quality one and that's exactly what this beer is. Good Job Shorts.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: very weak yellow color. Perfect clarity. Small head that leaves nothing behind

Smell: fairly weak but smells like very subtle lager yeast

Taste: smooth and crisp lager taste.

Mouthfeel: very light. Good crispness

Overall: this beer isn't super tastey. But it is extremely drinkable and pleasant for a light lager. Easily the best light lager I have had but I can't give it perfect ratings just because there is certainly room for improvement, although I don't know where in a light lager

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Short's Local's Light from Short's Brewing Company
3.33 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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