FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid pour into into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, light tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a lightly hazed, dark copper / amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells amply of caramelized malt, toasted grain and even some ample, for the color, roast character towards the finish. A touch of lightly spicy and herbal hop notes lie underneath the more dominant malt character and at times gets completely lost within it.
Lightly sweet tasting with a soft herbal hop character up front, but this quickly disappears underneath a soft, but distinctive roasted malt in the finish that tastes a bit like burnt toast, but with out the burnt bitterness. This is very lightly roasty, but it does have quite a bit more roast character than one would guess by the color of this beer. The middle has a caramelized malt character that evokes thoughts of berries, this also is ultimately out muscled by the roast character in the finish, but unlike the hops it never quite disappears. The texture of this beer is nicely appropriate for a beer for the Autumn, it is a touch chewy and has some a character that leaves it lightly clinging viscously to the palate.
What a weird beer; it is interesting and tasty, but the roast character keeps throwing me off for some reason, it doesn’t really seem to mesh with the rest of the beer. Still, I am definitely enjoying this beer, it just might have a bit too much roast character.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via a trade. Pours with a hazy copper body with a fading tan head. Aroma is sweet, toast, corn, bread, berries, light buckwheat, honey, a touch grassy, some biscuit. A standard but good Marzen aroma. Flavors of sweet, earthy, nutty, caramel, corn, biscuit, quite bitter for the style. Earthy and floral as well. Quite dry. Nicely crisp. Seems like a well made beer to me, quite enjoyable for the style, although not exactly traditional. Lively bubbles, a bit thin, dry and brisk. Lingering bitterness. A tasty beer.
mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as good or drinkable as some of the other Oktoberfest beers I’ve had, even those that are made by larger breweries.
klingea1 (28) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber, CO2 bubbles cling to the side of the glass, minimal head. Aromas of light malt and hay from the hops. The hay/grass flavor comes through to the taste, not unpleasant. A little taste of alcohol in the background. Abundant carbonation tickles the tongue.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper brown pour with a 1-finger, off-white head. The aroma is sweet and nutty with notes of toasted almond, toast, light cocoa, and subtle zesty noble hops. The flavor is very nutty and toasty upfront, with some chalky cocoa powder in the middle and finishing with spicy, floral hop bitterness. Soft, clean medium body with moderate carbonation. It has a nice deep roasty full flavored character for an Oktoberfest style.
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A good session beer. Pours a clear amber with a thin off white head and decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a little doughy and smells like the woods in the fall. Taste is medium bitter and semi sweet. Palate is kinda empty and taste leaves your mouth quickly.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice clearish brown pour with some good foamy head that lingers for a bit. Some chunky & spotty lacing left behind. Aroma is a bit mild, but some malty and slightly spicey notes. Flavor is more robust with similar notes as the aroma, but just MORE. Very tasty - this beer screams fall.
I’d drink this again.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker amber, decent off white head, nice lacing. Lots of special roast in aroma, faint herbal/spicy hop character in the background. Flavor much the same, lots of roast, herbal/spicy hop backend. Medium carbonation. Interesting take, just not my thing.
jhulett (12) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2010
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Not a well balanced beer. Too much IBU for the style and a thin malt presence. Very unpleasant floral detergent aftertaste. At $11.99 for a six pack, this beer is incredibly overpriced. Definitely try a single first.
milewide (1497) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK, but nothing outstanding. Above average for an Oktoberfest, but pretty average for a Short’s Brew.