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Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster - Motor City Brewing Works

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Motor City Brewing Works visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 02-22-2003)
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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:43:41 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of kels


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 18:41:00 | More by kels
Photo of DrJay


2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 18:47:26 | More by DrJay
Photo of GRPunk


4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured with a very thin, off-white head that became a decent lace leaving nice sticky spots. The body was a slightly cloudy, brown with light carbonation. I'd call it pretty standard for the style.

S- It was slightly nutty. It was quite faint intially, but became stronger as it warmed producing some light chocolate tones in the background.

T- It was very subtle. It had some nice cracker-like, malt and slightly roasty/nutty characteristics.

M- The mouthfeel was pretty smooth with a dry finish.

D- It's definitely an easy drinker. I had it while helping to prep the Thanksgiving dinner. It'd be great for a backyard BBQ, tailgate, or holiday gathering.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 21:30:17 | More by GRPunk
Photo of epiinephriine


2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 03:06:22 | More by epiinephriine
Photo of alexgash


3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 19:29:04 | More by alexgash
Photo of hellcatsjg


3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in MI during wifes recent trip. I put this on the list of wants based on the name alone.

Appearance: Extra foamy head, even with my usual light pour. Coppery color brew with about 1 1/2 to 2 fingers of head once it settled down.

Smell: Light fruity and grainy to the nose

Taste: Grainy in front. Lightly fruity and even lighter caramel flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: About what you would expect. Not too light but not very substantial either.

Drinkability: Surprisingly light and inoffensive beer given the name. Doesn't jump out at you to have another, but is definitely not bad.

Final Thoughts: With a name like Ghettoblaster I expected more. Once I got over the initial disappointment and took the beer for what it was, it was a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 03:36:14 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Slows BBQ in Detroit. I bought this based on the name, expecting something a little in-your-face like a strong IPA or stout. What came back was this English mild ale. Badly named this was.

It was medium copper in color, not too heavily carbonated, almost tasted like a cask pull. The flavor and aroma were caramel malts and very slight hops, just enough for a mildly bitter after-taste.

Pretty good, but not as aggressive as the name promised.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2007 22:18:03 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2007 15:42:57 | More by Sammy
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 21:15:30 | More by Derek
Photo of walleye


2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 01:21:50 | More by walleye
Photo of sopor


3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 20:17:01 | More by sopor
Photo of ypsifly


4.4/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint. The label makes it look like a 10% abv malt liquor rather than a mild.

Loud pop when the cap is pulled. Not a gusher, but my glass is almost filled with foam despite a careful pour. Once the bubbles settle, it has a light brown color that is slightly hazy. Abstract lacing is left.

The aroma is malted biscuits with some hop in the background that is almost piney. Earthy yeast aromas come out as it warms. Makes me think of an EB crossed with an APA.

Tastes malty upfront with the hops coming in for balance that is backed up with a good dose of carbonation followed by a touch of lemon grass and then its back to the lamost green hops. Very clean finish that is mostly dry but has some cracker flavor. A lot more going on here than I was expecting.

Light-medium mouth, this is the apotheosis of a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 04:32:21 | More by ypsifly
Photo of blackthistle


2.95/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 00:21:45 | More by blackthistle
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4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow...thanks to Proc for reccomending this brew. Pours out to a brown sugar color with the very slightest hint of cloudiness. Medium carbonation and a head that stood the test of time and was very well formed. Odors of nuts, barley and honey were detected, but the sweetness was not overpowering. Very refreshing mouthfeel, with overtones of malt and dough. Finishes well, with a smooth and creamy aftertaste. My buddy Proc summed it up well; this is a session beer. And a damned fine one, when a sixer is only about 7 dollars.Strongly Recommended when in the Detroit area.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 00:14:59 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of assurbanipaul


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 22:58:47 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of beergeek279


4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. The color is copper, with a bit of white head. The smell is a nice caramelish maltiness. The taste is very nicely caramel sweet, with a bitterness in the aftertaste (though not a lot of hop flavor, per se). Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, this is an awesome sessioner, and one that would be awesome to just sit back and enjoy for an afternoon.

Thanks to trbeer for the beer. My brother and I figured that the Great Lakes Invitational championship game (U of M vs. MSU) was the perfect chance to crack this one open, and we were right. Ironically, I have this one in the Levitation glass, and though it's not quite up to the Levitation standards, it's definitely a very solid session drinker, with a nice malt character (I love caramel malt!) and just the right touch of hops, and this is one I'd be glad to have again!!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 01:56:31 | More by beergeek279
Photo of proc


4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fellow Michigander/Michiganian, trbeer (Tim) mentioned I should re-review this one and based upon how much of this I have consumed during the summer of '04, he is right....

This one pours out to a satiny brown in the glass with a decent-sized head. The aroma is that of malt and biscuits and bread dough. The taste is a treat. The hops are present, but not overwhelming and have a distinct taste. I would suppose this being due to the "galena" hops as stated on the bottle label. This hop uniqueness gives way to a maltiness that isn't sweet, but rather enhances the hop character. This beer isn't an IPA or an "big" beer. Its a fairly low alcohol beer (the brewer mentioned its around 4% at the Michigan Beer Festival), that is meant to be drank in quantity, read: session.

Overall this is a style that isn't brewed enough by American micro-brewers. While they are all out there trying to top each other with big beers, this simple gem from Detroit's Cass Corridor area reminds one of why its fun to drink beer.

Original Review 4-26-02: A mild pale ale. Refreshing. You could put down quite a few of these during a session. A rather light Pale, but still heavier than a Bass Ale. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 01:34:14 | More by proc
Photo of cokes


4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Open this beer, and you can hear the collective groan of every single malt liquor marketer as they try to rationalize how the absolute perfect name fell through their hands and in to the lap -of all things - an English-styled Mild Ale.

It pours amber, glinting slightly more orange. Mildly smogged. The head is compact- merely a skim of beige - but it endures the duration.
Nose of lemongrass, toffee, pears, and red grapes.
Begins full of a sweet graininess that touches upon caramel before fleeting to sharper fruit tones. Apple is suggested, red and slightly tart. Grape again, then pear. All carrying notions of underripe acidity. Mellows towards the middle with a trace of caramelized brown-sugar. Woody near the close, traced especially with oak and maple. Fruitiness lingers throughout and conjoins the muscular lemon-oil hop bitters.
Light bodied, firm in feel and structure. This has a good deal of sharpness, and is far more abrupt than most of its UK counterparts, with much more emphasis on the citric colors of hops. But this simply oozes substance and depth.
A great beer regardless of its misnomer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 23:32:52 | More by cokes
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3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was my beer of choice for the three years that I lived in the Cass corrider of Detroit. The Microbrew only being two blocks away made it easy to acquire and with a name like ghettoblaster it is hard to pass it up. The beer pours a dark with little head. The smells are subtle with a clean taste. While this is not an award winning beer it goes down very easy and does not take long to polish of a couple of pitchers with your freinds.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2004 13:54:38 | More by zodiacv1
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3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Even dark brown color with small head that gets smaller. The small head stayed throughout the beer and created a nice lacing. Not much smell.

The taste was quite good with a medium coffee flavor with some spices. I think I detected clove and anise. The aftertaste diminished quickly but settled into a very subtle sense of spicyness.

Mouthfeel was smooth and a little creamy.

This beer was very drinkable. I would definately have another. In fact, I did.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2004 04:57:07 | More by ken3c
Photo of Sixpack595


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much of this beer, but I was really surprised. Its quite a tasty brew. Slightly hoppy and toasty aroma and tawny brown in color. Taste has a toasty malt backbone with just a bit flavor hops peeking through. Mouthfeel is appropriate to the style. Solid beer that won't overpower or bore.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 22:08:55 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of stoutman


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy copper color out of the bottle with a thin head and a vaguely toasty, mostly dusty nose. The flavor is all malt with only faint hints of any hop bitterness in the finish. I get the overwhelming sense of raw grain. Very simple beer, awesome name, better effort than most macros...

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 16:26:58 | More by stoutman
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Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster from Motor City Brewing Works
78 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.