Night Wheeler | Short's Brewing Company

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Night WheelerNight Wheeler

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

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Night Wheeler is a dark black lager with bold roasted malt and faint citrus hop aromas. Robust flavors of burnt cocoa and roasted espresso barely give way to some mild orange and grapefruit hoppiness. Night Wheeler’s light body and crisp nature allows for a showcased bitterness that seems delayed at first, but builds to a powerful finish.

Added by JohnnieNepal on 09-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 fl. oz bottle
Served in a becker glass

L - Wow, this is dark. I expected some light to get through, but none come through even when held to the light. Several inches of tan head quickly faded away leaving patches of the side of the glass.

S - I am not a fan of the smell. It smells like burnt popcorn and citrus airfreshener.

T - Speaking of burnt popcorn, the taste starts out that way with hints of citrus. The burnt popcorn flavor just keeps coating my tongue until that is all I can taste.

M - Medium

O - This is my first session Indian black lager. This is not a good introduction to the style.

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2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A sessionable black lager? That's a first for me. $2.29 single bottled a bit ago, on 3/25/14. Poured into a shaker pint. Don't judge.

Appearance: Ruby black with a thin layer of brown head. Decent lacing. Looks porter-ish. Quite nice.

Smell: I don't know... smells like an old man's breath after he had a banana. Really has a "bad breath" aroma. Weird. Roasted, dirty, muddy smelling, with muddled and almost rotten smelling fruit in the background. Completely baffled. Not enjoying it so far. Gets a little better as it warms, but it's still a combination of the yeast, malt, and hops that's not working for me.

Taste/feel: What a huge disappointment. Almost zero body on this one. A little silkiness, but almost drinks just like water, and a pretty light carbonation doesn't help with that. Bitterness is the first thing I notice over flavor, which is just about never a good sign. For flavor, most of it comes through on the finish, and it just tastes like an average black ale that's been watered down. Pleasant roast aftertaste on this one. There's a subtle hop fruitiness and spiciness in there, but the bitterness is the most clear indicator of hops in Night Wheeler.

It's never a good thing when a beer's appearance is the best part of it... but that's the case here. I didn't like Bloody Beer by Short's, then again I wasn't really expecting to. This beer is a let down and a bit confusing. Looks good, smells bad, tastes alright, and the mouthfeel needs work. Displeased.

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Night Wheeler from Short's Brewing Company
3.39 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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