Short's Cerveza De Julie | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Cerveza De JulieShort's Cerveza De Julie

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cerveza De Julie is a pale yellow Mexican Lager brewed with real lime. Delicate yeasty aromas gather quickly from the ample amount of carbonation in this lighter bodied beer style. Soft grain sweetness enhanced by unobtrusive lime qualities bring out a subtle snappy tartness, which turns mildly bitter before a crisp refreshing finish.

Added by TheBrewo on 08-16-2013

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Photo of Moose90
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to @floridadrift

A — Pours out a bright pale yellow color into the glass, there is a bright white thin head that forms, but it fades rather quickly to a thin layer of foam atop the beer, leaving behind some thin, but quick disappearing bits of lace.

S — Smell is nice and lightly grainy, I get some cereal malt, some light oat character, lightly yeasty and bright. Some limey notes on the nose as well, lime zest, light lemon juice, just nice and light overall.

T — Much like the nose, this starts lightly sweet with some grainy oat character, followed with a pleasant yeasty kick, and a nice lingering fresh squeezed lime juice finish. Feels weird typing these descriptors out, but this is tasty and refreshing.

M — Light in body, dry, crisp, clean, easy drinking and refreshing, could easily have a few of these.

O — Great overall, superbly refreshing and quaffable, would grab it if available in my area.

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Photo of justinp444
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a hefe glass it has a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a big 3 inch thick white foamy head. Smell of lager yeast, lemon, slight lime, some earth, little bit of biscuit malt, and corn. Taste is nice and light, good amount of quick carbonation, a bit of lime, corn, biscuit malt, spice, and mint. It has a light mouth feel and body.

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Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not usually a big fan of cervezas, but really, I've only had corona and modelo which isn't saying a whole lot. This was a souped-up version of a corona, with specialty grains instead of adjuncts, and you could tell right away by the flavor. A very light, refreshing, yellow beer. Had this with a lime wedge while eating dinner harbor-side in Michigan and it was going down way too easily. The best cerveza I've had by far. I gave this one a pretty decent score because hey, for the style, they did a damn good job.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mexican lime lager, done in Short's style. If you've had Local's Light, you'll know Short's has a way of taking a macro style brew and making it something extra. Lime lagers aren't my favorite thing, admittedly, but I can see where a 12 pack of this pale yellow brew could be destroyed on a hot Michigan summer day. If the mood strikes, this is the one I'm reaching for.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this for $1 a bottle and it was quite pleasant. The beer specialty store near me is selling it $8.99 /12 pack. They must be old. Old and tasty! Cheers!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl. oz bottle
Served in a pokal glass

L - It is pale yellow in color and topped with an inch of fleeting, white head.

S - I can't deny the fact that Short's captured that lime in a lager aroma minus the skunked smell.

T - It tastes as advertised. I get a lime flavored lager.

M - Thin

O - It pairs well with mariachi music even in December.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crisp golden yellow and looks familiarly lager like with a fluffy white head of foam.

Lemon, lime, slight toasted malt sweetness.

Lime and citrusy with light toasted malts.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, slightly tart, refreshing.

Overall, a truly perfect beach beer but not much going for it.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 8/2/2013. Pours moderately hazy pale straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lime, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of lime, malt, hop, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lime, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lime, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of lime, malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale lager style! All around nice balance and robustness of malt, lime, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The craft beer equivalent of a Corona with a lime squeezed out and tossed in, right? Or perhaps a more beer nerd approachable version of Bud Light Lime and the like. In any case, a macro-ish Mexican style lager done the micro way with a hint of lime on the top. Not much to look at - though what were you expecting? Pale straw with a little chill haze (actually quite cloudy for a lager) with barely any head... More of a thin, white collar.

The aroma is straight up key lime peels, cereal graininess, and a finishing touch of citrus spritz. Plain and simple, no holds barred, nothing to hide. It's simple, yes. Perhaps even a bit over simplified? Maybe. But then again, maybe not. It is just a Mexican lager with lime after all, and they've already hit the criteria for that. The difference here, is the added tartness of the key limes on the nose and the rustic effect from the heavy cereal grains. Nothing astonishing, but still well done.

The first sip follows along pretty much the same path; pale malt sweetness up front, followed by a good dose of limes and lime juice. The "key" lime portion can be found in the mild tartness spike that's received by each sip; jarring the taste buds just a bit without giving the impression of a sour or fruity beer, and rather just adding a sense of refreshment and authenticity, as though a real key lime had been squeezed and tossed in.

More dying lime juice and dry grains in the finish, along with a big helping of lager yeast, mildly bready in character. Super crisp and clean, ending just like any good lager would, with a palate that's pretty dry and begins begging for another sip as soon as the previous one is gone. Thin bodied, intended and fitting for the style, so I can't say much about that here.

I could imaging tossing back quite a few of these on a hot summer day. Maybe the reason I can imaging it so well is because I've actually already done it. Fire up the grill and keep these flowing like the Amazon. Nothing's gonna blow your socks off here, folks, but what you will find, is a refreshing lager that is purely made for mass quantity consumption... plus you don't have to worry about looking less crafty in front of your beer nerd friends.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: light yellow. hazy. small white head that fades to nothing

Smell: an artificial lime. sweet yeast. and corn malts

Taste: follows the nose pretty true. starts off with a sweet yeast, with stronger lime. finsihes off with a adjunct corniness

Mouthfeel: light and sweet. slight lime taste lingers in a bad way

Overall: I bought this one because it was shorts and maybe they could do something cool with it but i was a little disappointed. tastes just to much like corona with a lime

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Cerveza De Julie a couple days ago for $1.59 at The Lager. It's another hot summer day in Mid Michigan and I've been on the roof tearing off shingles for most of the day so something light and refershing is a mist. I'm interested to see what Short's can do with a lime infused Mexican style lager, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice I like how there's a label inside the label. It poured a pretty clear pale straw yellow color that took on a slight golden hue when held to the light with two fingers of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some decent lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, that looks pretty much dead on for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount amount of malts impart a lots of cereal like malts aromas with a little bit of grainy malts and some doughy yeast in the background. Up next comes the lime which shows up a decent amount and blends well with the malts imparting a slightly tart fresh lime aroma. On the finish there's some grassy hops and a slight soapy aroma but I don't know where it came from. The aroma was nice, but I could have gone without that soapy aroma.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of sweet, grainy, and lots of cereal like malt flavors with some doughy yeast in the background. Up next comes the line which isn't overdone and I think it sticks out just enough to provide some nice balance to this beer and it imparts some nice fresh and slightly tart lime flavors. On the finish comes the hops which were earthy and grassy and imparted a higher amount of low bitterness with a nice cereal malt and fresh lime like aftertaste. This beer tasted pretty good and it was pretty much just as advertised.

M- Very smooth, crisp, slightly dry, clean, pretty refreshing, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a very good example of the style, I have never had Bud Light Lime or any other beer that already has the lime flavor in it, but I have stuck more than my fair share of limes in the long neck corona bottles and I'm sure I would much rather have this. It didn't have that noticeable corn and cream corn like flavors that I get in most Mexican Style Lagers, but I don't mind it not showing up. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth, clean and refreshing, I think a six pack of this on a warm summer day would pretty nice, especially on the beach and I think this would go great with some good Mexican food. What I liked the most about this beer was how balanced it was, neither the malts or the lime were too overpowering. What I like the least about this beer was the light soapy aroma that I picked up, it just didn't seem to go with this beer. I would for sure buy this beer again, it's priced appropriately and I think it would be a nice beer to keep around when non craft beer drinkers come overt, I just may have to buy a six pack of this before it's all gone. All in all i was happy with this beer and even a little impressed, I was a little skeptical about this beer, but I knew if anybody could pull this off it had to be shorts, and that's just what they did. It's for sure not my favorite Short's beer, but for what it is, it's very good. Good job guys, Short's is putting out quality beer after quality beer no matter what style it is, and I see no end in sight.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$5.25 pint had at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Appearance: A pale gold color with half a finger of a creamy looking head on it. Lacing was pretty nice. Looks great for the style.

Smell: Lime and cereal/malty notes. Really not much else to say here, but it's really pleasing.

Taste/feel: More than I expected. I know it's Short's, but I was thinking going into this that I'd be highly unimpressed and it'd taste like a slightly crafty Corona or Dos Equis ... dude, holy ignorance. This beer tastes like, I don't know if anyone remembers them, but the Mystery Flavor (Mountain Dew) Doritos from 2008, or the Lime Tostitos (Not sure if they make those anymore either)... it's almost the exact same lime flavor on the start, and then it's just a quality craft lager the rest of the way. The lime note adds an awesome flavor to this beer that makes it stand out a bit without it being off-putting or overwhelming.

I wasn't going to get a pint of this beer, but I'm glad I did -- a flavorful, sessionable beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We crack a pair and pour a brew of watery straw yellow into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a one finger head of baking soda white bubbles, showing great retention. This snakes ridges of lacing across our glasses as it recedes at a slower pace. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is spritzy and effervescent, with pale malts, crisp straw, grassy and soapy hops, bright and authentic lime juiciness, pine nut warmth, white sugars, white chalkiness, lager mustiness, and a chlorine water chemical bite. Our first impression is that it tastes very much as you would expect, with a hearty, full lager base, and nicely sweet, but transient lime inclusions. As we sip, the taste opens with cornflake breadiness, light banana sweetness, white sugar sweetness, oily potato chips, tangy lime juiciness and rind bitterness, pale malts, and chalky yeastiness. The middle peaks with lemon and lime seediness, light grainy wheat and corny adjuncts, white flour, chalkboard, graphite, glassy metallics, and warming pseudo-black pepper and pumpkin spiciness. Washing through the finish are notes of more watered pale and metallic graininess, baker’s yeast, light chemical phenols, soapy and grassy hops, big lager malt extract grit, raw barley and straw, and fleeting lemon-lime soda pop sugars. The aftertaste breathes of those white sugars, white flour, standard lager yeastiness, sea salt, tinny metallics, grassy and lightly floral hops, bittered lime rind without any of the sweet, inherent flavoring, and mineral wateriness. The body is decidedly light, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is left sticky and lightly coated, dripping into chalky astringency and metallically slick. The abv is appropriate, and the beer glugs rather easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its taste and drinkability. This beer is pretty much what you would expect, sporting a big malty, crispy, lager base through every aspect of it, but with a fresh, authentic limey sweetness and fizz to the nose and the beginning half of the flavoring. To this end, the beer is highly successful. It captures that rustic Mexican cerveza tone, while mixing it with a fresh and sweet enough fruitiness to balance out the general unpleasantness that many craft drinkers find in, say, Corona. This is a well-executed beer, and rather ballsy, but if their aim is to unite the craft and BMC fronts, then they are taking a step in the right direction.

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Short's Cerveza De Julie from Short's Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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