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Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster - Motor City Brewing Works

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 167
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Motor City Brewing Works visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 02-22-2003

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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 167
Photo of epiinephriine
2.3/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As I find most beers from MCB this one is just as disappointing.

The color was a dull brown, there was little to no carbonation and no head to speak of what so ever.

The flavor definitely left more to be desired. The only taste I got from this beer was a sweet sensation. It reminded me a bit of Goose Island's Nut Brown: it looked like the Nut Brown, it smelled like the Nut Brown, and it had the same sweet flavors as the Nut Brown. it has everything but all of what is good about the Nut Brown (aka other flavors besides sweetness).

This beer is also overly mild even for "mild ale" At best I find it to be kind of lame. (629 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
2.41/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

On draft at the Michigan Brewers' Guild in Ypsi. This pours amber into my little plastic cup. Does not smell like much, maybe a slight malt in the nose--this is certainly mild. Where is the flavor?? I know this is a "mild ale", but there's just nothing here. Tastes like watered down pilsner malts, really no hop influence, and little to no sweetness. The finish is rather dry and boring, and I'm not really sure what I'm drinking here. Not offensive in any way, mainly because there's nothing here. (499 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with slight head, faint aroma, very watery as their lineup tended to be this night. Understated carbonation. Drinkable and a session ale. Taste is mostly in the malt profile, with chocolate malt and caramel. Could have been a cask ale in a blind tasting. Nothing exceptional. (286 characters)

Photo of Derek
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Amber-brown, fluffy off-white head, great retention and lace. Amazing for its weight.

S: Grainy and acidic.

T: Very grainy, fairly dry. No hop flavour (as the style dictates).

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Not what I'm looking for in a session brew. (347 characters)

Photo of burnheartsMKE
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy Eric for sending this along from MI (thankfully it was in a care-package that included some priceless Jolly Pumpkin & Shorts). He even insisted that he just "threw this in, it's not very good".

I can only imagine that the Motor City Brew Co. named this beer Ghettoblaster because it's just that; gimcky, loud, tacky and not good at all - unless you are already drunk... then it's just there to keep the party going.

Bland tang as the boring malts try with all their might to keep this thing drinkable.

Sorry guys, next time I enjoy a "ghettoblaster", it better be blasting Too $hort's - Life is too short. (630 characters)

Photo of walleye
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

from the bottle. was a little surprised by the color of this I thought it was going to be a golden color.poured a light mahogany with a light tan head.aroma browm sugar, malts, dark fruits, sweet. flavor,the flavors did not come close to the aroma, everything was on the weak side, got malts, some hops, sugar. to bad the flavor did not live up to the aroma. it was a easy drinking beer. (387 characters)

Photo of CHickman
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber in color with bubbles racing up the brew to a big 2 finger foamy off white head that faded quickly and looked like soap after a bubble bath with a foamy layer on top, leaving decent lacing as it went down.

Smells very malty and grainy, with light caramel, husk, grass, light citrus hops, crackers and herbs or earthy tones; the aroma was sweet and like a summer afternoon after mowing the lawn - a very timid nose overall.

Tastes like sweet malt, roasted grains, light caramel, light citrus hops, cardboard or wet bread, grass, biscuit, fruit and/or honey, and some funky yeast. This flavor would make for a great session beer if this wasn't so unbalanced, malty and boring.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp with mild carbonation, a very light body and a slightly bitter finish that is clean.

A light overall feel, this beer is easy to pound, just not very tasty. It was just too blah to me, so I would skip it in a bar, but I will pound the rest of the 6 pack in one sitting. (1,002 characters)

Photo of DrJay
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A quick inspection of the bottle reveals a location for a best before date stamp, but no date stamped anywhere. The beer is a clear copper and poured with a thin wisp of fine, off-white bubbles that formed a bit of a collar. Fairly sticky lacing, just not a lot of it. The meager head did linger though. The aroma was mild, some earthy malt, hint of fruit, light hopping, perhaps some chocolate far in the background. As it warmed, there were light notes of toast and nuts. Light bitterness, malt seemed a bit thin right from the start. Some sweetness, caramel mostly, and mild hop flavour, but still quite mild overall. A little buttery. Lingering dark malt bite without the fullness of flavour expected from these grains. Carbonation was on the low side, fine for the style, but the body felt watery rather than just light. A bit dry. Inoffensive, but not a great example of the style and not a beer that I'd look for again. I'd still try it if found on tap though, just to see how it is under different serving conditions. (1,025 characters)

Photo of
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery.

Appearance - light brown, verging on amber, with a small white head.

Smell - very light grainy malt, a hint of floral hops.

Taste - Mildly malty, grain and a bit of hops, very mild bitterness.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable, but very mild. As I have never tasted a mild before, I am going to assume that's part of the style. (357 characters)

Photo of blackthistle
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is very light brown in color. The nose is dominated by a fruity, malty profile. This medium-bodied beer starts out with a light, spicy, clean, hops bitterness, then continues on to a husky/grainy malt flavor and then ends with a slight burnt aftertaste. I'm hoping that I just got a bad bottle, because most Motor City beers are much better than this. (361 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This interestingly named beer looks the part of a traditional dark mild, sort of a reddish-brown that only achieves complete clarity when held to the light, but only because of its dark color. The head is short-lived and spritzy, dying down before it has a chance to form more than a small island that remains. It manages sub-par spotting.
It smells better than I might think looking at it. Esters are spicy and fruity foremost with the faintest hint of leaf along with a little bit of earth and some creamier sweetness, with a metallic note underlying.
The taste underwhelms, as it just seems to go flat and lose much of what the nose received. It ends up being flat grains with slight spicing and a watery breadiness. It's disappointing after a nice smell. Leaf sneaks weakly into the finish, and the metallic note flashes in and out.
The feel is also flat. There's a barely-medium body, but both smoothness and crispness are fairly weak. It's not that there isn't crispness, but it's barely holding on the whole way through. This is where either something's wrong or the brewer determined that lighter body meant thin and watery. It's not dead, but it's dying. (1,163 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Appearance: No "smoke" on opening. Brown. Cloudy. 1/8" off-white head, fades quickly. Proper for style, but sediment cloudiness is not appropriate. Maybe my fault for disturbing sediment on the pour.

Aroma: Funky, malty, sour, yeasty, "dirty" smell. Needs to warm up. Sour milk. After it warms: slightly sweet, slightly roasty, malty, slightly sour.

Taste: Clean, slightly tart. Little flavor; needs to warm up. Improves as it warms. Slightly sour, ever so slightly roasty, bitter, earthy finish. Clean finish. Is this biscuity?

Mouthfeel: Highly effervescent. Light.

Overall: Don't bother with this until it's almost room temperature. nice, but I have had other English Ales I would buy first. (714 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks for getting this bottle in my hands. I had never heard of it, but shall never forget its name now! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/02/2009.

The pour was very nice, rich looking medium brown with a mild cloudiness about it. Rich color here with a nice head of off white which hung around for a few moments before settling down into a thin film. The aroma was light, medium fruit notes, apricot maybe with a hint of some light spice and tons of grain. More of the same on the taste as I run through on this one. The flavor was a bit lacking for me. Nice malt profile with a light ouch of fruit and spice, but not nearly strong enough of a profile to really get me to enjoy it. Smooth, mellow carbonation and a low abv made it nice and and drinkable, though a bit dull. Overall with a name like this I expect alot more, but a decent beer none the less. (900 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: brownish orange color. good clarity, just a slight haze to it. almost no head with just a little bit of an off white lacing.

Smell: toasty pale malts. almost smells like its exclusively maris otter malt. very slight fruitiness.

Taste: toasty to nutty pale malts. just a touch of dark fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: light. just a hinge of a metallic taste.

Overall: to me this style is supposed to be a light beer that is relatively packed with taste. this one isn't nearly as flavorful as the style allows, the flavor isn't too bad just way to weak. In a blind tasting of 4 dark mild (ghettoblaster, new castle cabbie, short's earl or brixom and a homebrew, it placed last.) (683 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cool label lists abv at 5.2% with a blank best before date. I hope this is fresh.

Dark, shoe leather copper with bronzed edges. Small, bubbly, ring of off-beige head. Light plum and blackberry fruit notes mix with roasted/toasted malts and a yeasty twang. Toasted biscuit and cardboard malt notes up front. Mild wine-y fruit notes mid-palate. Some lightly roasted malt comes through. Light herbal hop and grainy bitterness in the clean, dryish finish. Moderate body with a vastly overcarbonated feel. If this were creamier and fuller and less carbonated I think it would be much better. Still, this has promise (and maybe it would be much better on-cask). (656 characters)

Photo of sopor
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first mild. Not exactly knowing what I should be expecting, I though the beer was weak at first. But ah! That's kind of what a mild is... a weak ale. At least that's how I interpreted it.

This is redish amber coppery color with ample frothy off-white head that seems to stick around for a while, leaving a nice creamy film. Not a lot of smell, just some small amber notes.

Light watery amber/caramel slightly nutty malty flavors with just a hint of toastiness and hops. Light body, nothing spectacular in mouthfeel.

Downable, a good session brew. I would drink it again, especially now that I have a better idea of what a mild is. (650 characters)

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance from the bottle is a very dark amber , with a white biscuity head

Smell - not getting much hops , smells like bread crust , biscuits, a hint of sweetness after it warmed in my snifter, first poured smell was nonexistent and cold had more of a yeast smell.

Taste. Not sure what to expect from this style to be honest. it has A slight taste of that from a Bock ,but more biscuit and more of bread type flavor profile Some earthiness flavor similar to a fresh uncooked mushroom. Something going on in the finish like a soap and slight pepper bite from the yeast?

Mouth feel , thin light , refreshing, but that soap flavor in the end sticks around to long for my liking

Overall not bad, I received it for free and have seen it on shelves recently and have been wanting to try it for some time. After tasting it now I would recommend trying it once, I would not buy this though after this review. Something about that flavor on the end of the taste just is not to my liking, It reminds me of drinking Malt Licky sort of ? (1,032 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a shaker. The aromas are a mellow and muted with tones of toffee, grains and biscuits, with undertones of chocolate and nuts. The beer is a rich, hazy, dark caramel color with a soapy, gelatin tan head that only retains a light amount and leave a touch of lace. The taste is a medium bittersweet, that’s not quite balanced. It’s a slick, oily beer with a fuzzy, zippy carbonationa and a medium light body with flavors of grain and dry caramel malt that finishes with a zip of spice and tastes of biscuit and minerals. It leaves an aftertaste of light grain, roasted nuts, and bitter wax (610 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-light brownish amber w/no head despite increasingly aggressive pour. I had this one on tap the other day w/a nice head, so this seems to be limited to this bottle.

S-Light slightly sweet toasted malt and faint hops. Simple and refreshing.

T-Same as smell, w/slight hint of applesauce, raisin, grain, and faint English hop finish.

M-Silky body let down by inadequate carbonation, but otherwise balance is even and harmonious.

D-Good and a perfect session beer. I used to drink this about 9 years ago, and was looking forward to finally rating it, but this bottle my bro saved me is nowhere near as good as the on-tap version I had the other day, or as in my memory. (671 characters)

Photo of kels
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Foran's during a recent trip to Detroit. When you're from out of town, it's hard to resist a beer with such a unique name.

Appearance: Pours a ruby brown color with a short, white skim of a head that leaves behind pretty good lacing. The liquid is clear, and very little carbonation is visible.

Smell: The smell is very subtle, nearly undetectable, possibly thanks to the quickly dissipating head. There are some light grains and floral hops just barely escaping in the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The feel is very flat and watery with only the slightest creaminess from the low carbonation. I definitely would like to see a little more in this style - not tons, but just a bit more. The impression of the feel is followed by the taste - light, barely bitter floral hops and a strong bready malt aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very high - if I liked the feel more, I'd probably give it a 5. Very easy to drink, especially with food. (949 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like copper and earthy barley with some herbal hops.
T: It tasted like light caramel and earthy barley, with some copper and herbal hops. It had a mild and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. A bit thin.
D: This was actually my first review for this style, and it ended up being about what I expected. Not a bad beer, but not a really great scent or taste or body either. Easy enough to drink, and a step up from macro lagers, but not on par with the majority of other craft beers. (574 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle picked up as a single in Mackinaw City; there is some sort of code or date stamped on the bottle, but it is sort of illegible (bottled in Feb 2014 is my best guess). Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy copper-orange colour, topped with one finger of loose, off-white froth that quickly fades away. A bubbly collar and film are the only remnants. The aroma is mild and malty; caramel, brown sugar, toasted nuts, roasted grains and biscuity sweetness come through nicely, with a slightly fruity, earthy ale yeast vibe.

Very straightforward, approachable flavour. Toffee, bready malts and some nutty, toasted notes are the first things I pick out, followed by a light hint of plummy fruitiness. Mildly roasty toward the finish, with an earthy, very slight bitterness that sews things up nicely. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation that gives this brew a somewhat crisp, lively mouthfeel for the style. Very easy to drink, and its balanced nature should make this one a relative crowd-pleaser, as far as English-style session ales go.

Final Grade: 3.42, a B-. Ghettoblaster is a passable English-style dark ale, but I'll add an asterisk to that because I have a feeling this bottle is getting a little old. This is the sort of beer that both craft beer fans and those who have never tried anything fancier than Guinness Draught should be able to enjoy, or at least tolerate. I will need to try this on tap some time to see if that adjusts my perspective at all, but for now I'd say this one is worth a look. (1,529 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an iced tea color with a 1/2 inch head that disappeared quickly. Smell is of malts, bready. Taste is malts, nutty, grains, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer. (249 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is nice, soft malts and a mild hop spiciness.

Taste is a good, robust caramel malt with some slight cocoa elements. Dry with a very mild bite of hop bitterness, Galena hops the label says. Some moderate nutty, toasty sweetness arrives toward the end of the glass. The chocolate malt is more evident in the aftertaste, lingering and bone-dry.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, well-carbonated and lively, very sessionable. Great beer, just don't understand the name or the style, though. I would almost call this a brown ale instead of the English mild it declares itself. Many thanks to trbeer for sharing. (666 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. Nice looking, dark-copper color with a decent sized head, although not much lacing was left on the glass at the end. The smell has a lot going on that can be hard to pin-point: earthy, malts, burnt grains, light citrus, a touch of floral hops. The taste, much like the smell would lead on, is slightly sweet with a nice mix of malts and grains. Hops are present, but very faint (maybe overpowered by the grain). Alcohol taste is nearly non-existant, making this a decent session beer. Fairly thin with medium carbonation and a very slight stickiness.

A nice product from Motor City Brewing, Ghettoblaster makes for a very nice session beer when you plan on drinking a bit. (717 characters)

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Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster from Motor City Brewing Works
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