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

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Short's The Good SamaritanShort's The Good Samaritan

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear copper color with a think covering of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet green apple cider, bready malts, yeast, banana, and some spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of apple cider and sweet bready malts with a bit of clove and spice. Through the middle some banana and yeast esters come through with a bit of toffee flavor and a touch of a metallic flavor. The finish is a mix of apple juice, sweet bready malts, and some yeast esters with a touch of a metallic flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and juicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really interesting combination. The metallic flavor is a touch to strong here, but otherwise this is a pretty tasty and different brew.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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 TasteTester
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of warnerry
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from February 2011

A - Pours a deep amber/red with one finger of quickly dissipating head.

S - Quite fruity. Dark fruits and banna as well. Does smell a bit like a Belgian dubbel. Not bad.

T - Similar to smell with the addition of apple juice. Taste is a notch below the smell.

M - Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation initially, though carbonation seems low overall.

O - A bit "meh" overall for me. Not bad, but not particularly desirable either.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of FedExPope
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 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 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 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 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 Franz4
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A- pours a dark copper with a decent 1 finger foamy head, no lacing, head settles to a thin cap.

S- Smells slightly fruity and of spiced apples. Nose is mild and inviting.

T- Picking up a slight wheat/straw taste along with the apples, tastes like there may be a belgian yeast strain in there, or it could just be the apple that is throwing me off.

M- I thought this was highly carbonated, and it would have benefited from being a touch smoother. Light-Medium body, dry aftertaste.

O- I thought this brew was a unique concept, but it wasn't quite pulled off the way I would like it. I think if I want cider, I'll drink cider, there's no need to put cider in my beer.

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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 OddNotion
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split bottle poured into my Captain Lawrence stemmed glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown color with a one finger light tan head that recedes to a cap.

Smell: Kind of clove-y, almost reminds me of a weizenbock. Fruity.

Taste: I can certainly taste the influence of the apple cider. Actually a little bit funky in the flavors. The cider seemingly plays a larger role than the underlying beer.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated in my opinion. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Interesting idea for a beer and gave me a cool idea for a homebrew, but I feel the apple cider was too strong. There was a big bite to this beer, not the booze but something really hit my tongue hard with this one. Not bad and certainly an interesting experience.

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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 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 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 drabmuh
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last beer I had at teh Short's tap takeover. Made with apples. OK.

Beer is amber to yellow with a mild haze but a nice head of white bubbles that leaves lacing on the glass. Beer smells sweet and a little like cider but not in a bad way.

The beer is thin and fruity with a lot of apples and sweetness that goes throughout the beer to end on a dry dry finish. It is a quencher even though it is dry. Overall it probably is a little too sweet and cider like for my tastes but it isn't a bad beer overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one seriouly would have been perfect on a cool fall day, of all the shorts i had today this was far and away my favorite. poured into a pint glass and consumed on 4/25/11

a really nice dark brown pour with light notes floating around the edges of the glass. small head of tan gives way to some really nice lacing through out the glass.

aroma is of apple cider, sugary notes, plums, spices, and hints of deep earthy hops. you could really pick up the bakers apples as it starts to warm. really quite nicely done i have to admit. smooth, with the abv a non issue the warmth from the apples plays off against plum and spiced notes and seem to come together quite nicely in the finish offering a dry but smooth final note.

overall this was really well done, not too sure on the style but just as a beer it was excellent.

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Short's The Good Samaritan from Short's Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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