Short's The Good Samaritan | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's The Good SamaritanShort's The Good Samaritan

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of womencantsail
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for this one, Steve.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a rather large off-white head.

S: Reeks of metal. There is a little bit of apple and cider aroma, maybe some bready malt. There's a little bit of toffee and caramel, too. A few yeast esters and spicy phenolics.

T: Lots of yeast and spice notes with a fairly subtle apple and cider flavor. The intense metal flavor is also there. Very minimal malt/toffee/caramel flavor.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Just an awful combination of metal and cider.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
No date or info available.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for hooking it up with another Shorts brew!

A - Beautiful ruby amber in color, it's pretty clear and topped by a short-lived tan head. Low retention and small, patchy lace.

S - The nose is appealing with a bouquet of apples popping fourth first. Toasted malts back that up and feature some bready Munich characteristics. Belgian yeast is noticeable but not really open. Rather, it's got a very dusty, dirty clay scent. Spices fill the nose.

T - Muddled together, the malts and Belgian yeast overtake the apple cider and fight for attention. Oddly sweet yet off with a very dirty, dry cocoa and heavy metallic finish. The more I sip it the less I enjoy it.

M - Full-bodied and highly carbonated to the point of distraction, lingering on the tongue is not an option for this beer. It' too spritzy and removes the flavor components. The finish has a hint of vinegar-like apple sourness but it's mainly marred by metal.

O - I really hate to sound like a broken record here because I dig Shorts innovation and uniqueness but this beer seems to have the same off-putting off qualities I seem to gather in a lot of their beers. Maybe it's just a "house" thing with them, but the yeast doesn't seem right at all in this one.

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Photo of zoso1967
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Good Samaritan pours a fairly dark brownish amber color with some woody red highlights. This bottle appeared to have pretty low carbonation and even though I began pouring aggressively at the end I was unable to get much of a head. The little ring of foam around the edge of the glass was off-white in color and left mediocre lace.

The smell of this beer is way different than I had expected. It almost has a sort of Belgian Dubbel like fruity spicy quality to it. Other aromas include cheap apple cider, caramel, toffee and a bit of wet cardboard box. It almost seems like this beer is a bit oxidized, but I know they recently bottled this and it was just put on the shelf. Very weird.

The flavor is fairly similar to the aroma except that I get less of the spice and more of that cheap pasteurized apple cider quality. To be totally honest, this beer tastes a bit like someone mixed a cheap amber with some cheap cider. I am not saying that is what Short's did, but I think this may be a beer that looked better on paper than it ended up tasting in the bottle. I am drinking this beer pretty slowly and as I near the end I am getting a lot of a weird medicinal sort of quality as well.

Thankfully the mouthfeel is not bad at all. This brew is medium bodied with a carbonation that is a bit low, but a finish that is very decent and leaves just a bit of tart apple on the palate.

I would have to say that the drinkability on this beer is pretty darn low. I thought it seemed pretty promising after looking at the bottle, but it just did not pan out well. If you really like apple cider you may enjoy this beer, but otherwise I would have to say this may be one of those beers that you get from great breweries who are always pushing the envelope, but sometimes stumble a bit.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. "Amber ale brewed with Apple Cider". No info on the website.

Pours out to a clear dark brown, forming a small limp off yellow head with no retention and no lacing. Milky sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is that of a Belgian Dubble, with cloves, bananas, toast, and burnt rubber phenols of an Abbey/Trappist yeast. The yeast is not flocculent at all in the bottle. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium body...I'm guessing about 6% ABV. The tast is a recap of the aroma...burnt rubber, brown bananas, phenol, cloves...mild herbal bitterness, and a ruddy, oxidized, wet cardboard note in the finish and a metallic aftertaste. I don't taste any apples at all, but there is a slight sourness in the middle.

Not digging this one. I don't know if it's supposed to taste like a dubbel, but whatever it is, the burnt rubber and cardboard ruin it for me. it's gonna take a while for me to finish this one. I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of craytonic
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dingy copper-brown pour with average head and lacing. Nose of banana, banana bread, caramel and toffee. Taste is similar, reminds me of a dubble. Tons of banana, caramel and toffee. THe bottle says "Ale brewed with apple cider" but I certainly don't taste any apples or apple cider. Very oxidized with some wet cardboard flavors. Honestly I am getting tired of these random short's beers that don't taste anything like what is proclamed on the label. Mouthfeel is decidedly average in terms of weight, carbonation is a bit light. I drank about 6 of the 12 ounces over a 2 hour period and poured the rest. Incredibly boring.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well.. I had high hopes for this beer given its description but it really failed in almost every quality. The pour is gorgeous... a nice maroon brown with a touch of white head. Well carbonated and not too thick. The appearance is its best quality. Smells appley but also kinda gross. Some weird off aromas. Tastes sweet and appley but once again. Some weird flavours on the tongue... burnt brown sugar and some other things i can't place. Mouthfeel is average at best and overall a pretty disappointing beer

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Photo of nickadams2
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A_Murky reddish brown with a thin off white head. Not much lacing.

S_Sour apple,caramel malt.

T_Same as nose. Twangy sour apple dominates the palate.

M_Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D_More than one would be a chore.

Overall this aint terrible but its not for me.

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Photo of jale
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a good finger of tan head. Lacing last awhile.

S: Belgian yeast right up front. A little apple aroma

T: There's that belgian yeast to start. Banana, a little roasted malt a small amount of hops then finishes with some apple.

M: Very good carbonation. Medium body.

D: Not my favorite from short's

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at the brewery in April, so although I’m late drinking it, it also hasn't weathered nearly as well as all the other bottles purchased. I think the world of Short's, enough to visit Bellaire and their brewery solely to see where their magic is made, but this is the first type I won't be raving about.

Pours a clear brown with limited head, minimal lacing. Overall little carbonation, so mouthfeel is oily without refreshing notes. Aroma of dried apples and caramelized malts suits the style. Oddly the flavour starts with a bitter apple cider, transitioning to sweet caramelized & bready barley before back to the apple & hop bitterness, without many side spices. Not as well balanced as I expected and the cider apples are more prevalent in all elements than I'd hoped.

Still think the world of Short's, but might give this one a pass in the future...

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Photo of THECPJ
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

appearance: orange brown with 1 finger head, little lacing

smell: farmhouse like, spiciness, malts,

taste: malts, apple undertones, sticky

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, thick texture

overall: not great but decent.


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Photo of BlondeBeerLover8
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Split pour in a Sierra Nevada bulb glass. Hazy brown/reddish color. Minimal head with some lacing.

S - Similar to a hefe.

T - This tastes just like a hefeweizen to me. It tastes like the same yeast strain with the same type of banana sweetness even though it is brewed with apple cider. I can't figure this beer out at all.

I do get some sour notes in the very, very back however, like maybe a hint of a granny smith, or something but you really have to search for it.

As it warms up a little you can taste more apple flavors but it definitely has hefeweizen characteristics.

M - Thick enough, not too thin. Good amount of carbonation.

O - Overall this is a weird beer. It is nothing like I expected. It definitely does not have any amber ale qualities. It's not bad tasting but it far from what is advertised to be. If you want something that tastes similar to a hefeweizen with some apple notes, mostly as the beer warms up.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Described on the bottle as an "amber ale brewed with apple cider".

Poured into a pint glass, this is a translucent light brown color with minimal head. The smell is an interesting mix of apples, peanuts, cloves, banana, and bubblegum.. Taste is also heavy on the spices, especially cloves. Sweet apples are prevalent towards the end. Alcohol presence is very low in this one, with a light fizzy mouthfeel.

Pretty interesting. Worth trying.

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Photo of Giggy
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not really good , Not really bad, it just exists. I drank several bottles before drying to describe what I drank. I still don't know for sure. It is not a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. More of a brown ale.

A: The color is dark goldish brown, slightly hazy and cloudy.

S: I was expecting apple cider...not. maybe a little spice. Unballanced.

T: Sweet honey like, slight spice

M: Light. Are they sure it is 7.00%

D: Wasn't super impressed but didn't stop me from trying to like this beer. It is truly missing something.

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Photo of meepmeep
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no dating.

A: Poured a very nice reddish brown with a tannish head which dissipated to a nice ring fairly quickly. Looks pretty.

S: Not a strong smell of apples. Mostly smells of malts, some sweet caramel, spices and darker fruits. A hint of apples towards the back. Like a warm, spiced cider.

T: Quite tart and apple-y up front. Tasted a bit metallic and that threw me off for a while. Had to warm up to the taste of this beer to be honest. Also taste the malts and bready notes at the end with a hint of brown sugar. An interesting mixture of flavors.

M: Medium carbonation, don't taste much alcohol at all, quite crisp and dry at the finish.

Overall - not sure I would seek this out again. It's an interesting experiment, but I'm not sure the balance between beer and cider is quite right. Takes a little getting used to make it drinkable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to MarcatGSB for this!

Appearance - Deep clear ruby body with a decent head. Leaves moderate lacing around the surface. A classy looking brew, at least.

Smell - Well. That is interesting. Like roasted apples. Deep dark roasted apples. Nothing bright about it. Intriguing smell.

Taste - After the intriguing smell, there isn't much flavor. No hops up front. Some maltiness to the body, but the apple cider is what gives it flavor. Behind the apple cider is an odd earthiness (stolen from multiple reviewers, but the description is spot on). It's bitter, but not hop bitter. It leaves an interesting flavor lingering on the palate. Not unwelcome, but not good.

Mouthfeel - Thin and thinner than I expected. A bit dry as it has almost no residual sugars. Pretty high in carbonation.

Overall - This definitely seems like a beer to be consumed on a fall evening in any other state but Florida. Not sweet enough to be cider and not malty or hoppy enough to be its own stand-alone style of beer. It's an interesting blend, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of natemort13
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a hazy mahogany with a limited khaki head that dissipates into a light ring quickly.

Smell is yeasty and earthy. Slight toffee.

Taste is very much of apples, the cider really comes through. Same with the finish. Slightly watery though.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall I'm quite unimpressed. Doesn't seem to have much direction. The cider doesn't seem to complement the beer, it's just kinda distracting. Think I'm getting some off flavors too.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber in color with two fingers of head.

The aroma starts out with heavy bubble gum and banana notes. A bit of toasted bread maltiness. Nice.

The flavor is a bit less noteworthy, but not bad by any means. Some woody notes and toasted bread malt. A bit of clove. Not really picking up the apple cider used in the brewing process other than the lightest bit of apple peel in the finish.

The body is medium and carbonation is low.

Overall this is a unique and mildly drinkable beer, but not really a noteworthy one. Strikes me as kind of pointless considering the apple cider is not noticeable without searching deep.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks once again to Scoot1969!

This beer has explosive carbonation! At least a 3" head on a modest pour into a 16 oz pint glass. Dark, dark orange or light brown, pick one.
Smells like a Short's brew with some cider mixed in.
Tastes like a Short's brew with cider mixed in. If you have had several Short's beers, you know what I mean, they all have that same equivalent backbone (base taste). There is some nice spiciness in these that makes it pretty easy to drink.
Average to firm in the mouth with loads of carbonation.
Not bad, not great just somewhere in between.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark copper to orange colored and fairly hazy. The head is 1'4" and leaves some random lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings apples, coriander, malt, alcohol.

Decent flavor, but unbalanced. Fruit is prominent, with some yeast, malt, and lingering spice. Apples taste ripe and soaked with alcohol.

Light to medium in body. Moderate alcohol presence.

Another fun beer from Short's. Not something I need to try again.

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Photo of afdempse
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pour. Thanks to Huhzubendah for the bottle!

Creamy beige head. Cloudy copper/ruby colored beer in the glass.

Aromas of spice, maybe some coriander. Fruit, slight alcohol.

Flavor is apples, fruity malt and/or esters with darker fruits in the mix. Belgian-ish tripel yeasty flavors that seem to clash against over-ripe apples & stale hop bitterness. Coriander makes itself known and lingers through the finish.

Carbonation is high, and serves to enhance some of the less desirable astringent characteristics of the beer.

Overall, this one is all over the map flavor-wise, and a bit rough on the palate. I'd love to see it cleaned up a bit before trying again.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Short's pint glass.

A - The beer pours a dark amber color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head.

S - A little bit of apple cidar aroma, yeast, bready malts, spices, some toffee/caramel notes as well.

T - The yeast/bready malts come through first, the apple cider taste is very subtle. I feel like this flavor could be a little bolder. Pretty clean finish.

M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

O - I was really hoping to have some more apple to the taste, it comes through so subtle that you can't really make the flavors out. Interesting, but not one of their best releases.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a massive amount of carbonation and huge head that fills the glass. Head lingers for many minutes and leaves a thin trace on top and lacing all around the glass. Color is deep reddish brown, very cool looking beer. Aromas are faint of apple and spice, burnt caramel. Flavor is decent, nice body and fruit sweetness, the finish is prickly, lots of carbonation, serves well to balance the sweeter malt and cider flavors. Odd mouthfeel, but a tasty brew.

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Photo of schmidtn
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cider/beer is red and clear.

A nice white head atop the liquid.

Strong acidic smell due to the cider.

The taste is of a strong ale is balanced by the cider.

Not much more to say. Its pleasant, worth trying.

Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent. Maltiness dissipated a bit quicker than I like.

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Photo of billab914
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. It poured a murky, caramel color with a moderate, off-white head to it. It left some good lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a lot more like hard cider than a beer. The apples are really the most prominent flavor coming through. As it warmed I started getting a little cocoa out of it. A little bit of sweeter, malt flavor along with a hint of alcohol is there as well. It's interesting at least.

The taste shows a lot more of the beer qualities to it. Right off the bat I get a lot of the fruity and spicy, Belgian yeast to it. more of a malty, sweetness is present, with a bit of a dark fruit character to it as well. Of course the apple cider is there too, providing a tart, apple flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is a bit above average. Drinkability was decent, it was very different but I also found it pretty cool and interesting. I love apple cider though so that might influence my review a bit. Pretty decent beer overall, and very unique for sure. I don't really think holding this to any style guideline would be appropriate, so I'm going to ignore style in this review.

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Photo of SeaUrchin
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

appearance - light brown, small head, on an aggressive pour, head only hung around for about a minute or so, light light brown head, no real lacing

smell - smell of malts, yeast, apples and slight banana, smelled great to me at the time

taste - taste was a bit lack luster, an almost bready apple flavor up front(a very sweet apple) then faded into a slightly bitter malt with apple pie spices(clove was prominant to me and maybe a bit of cinnamon), and an after taste of apples, nothing that knocked my socks off

mouthfeel - had a pleasant thickness to it, almost like thin phlegm(again pleasant not in a disgusting sense) the mild carbonation did little to lighten the mouthfeel, a bit chewey, would have liked more carbonation on this one

drinkability - i could see myself going through a few of these in a night if there were no other offerings that tickled my fancy but this isnt a sit down and pound kind of beer for me, id take my time with it since it wasnt so delicious i wanted a lot but wasnt so bad that i wanted to get it done with ASAP

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