Booyah - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Reviews: 24
Hads: 108
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mobius387 on 03-15-2012

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Photo of musicobsession
3.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was recommended by a Milwaukee friend as I was selecting local beers to bring home. There was so much head upon pouring into a glass but dwindled fairly quickly to a reasonable amount that lasted throughout the drink.

The look is alright. Amber in color but not overly inviting as far as I am concerned.

The smell is gross, in my opinion. If someone offered it to me on smell alone, I would refuse.

The taste is decent. I wouldn't turn it down if offered to me at a friend's house, but would not seek it out at a bar or to bring back home again.

Sorry I can't pick out any particular smells or tastes, as I am still learning these things.

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Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

"Farmhouse Ale" on the label, this is a friggin trend I wish would die now. Expressive carbonation produces a huge head, very lively. Smells of yeast, dried fruit, and alcoholic esters ... nothing meshing in the nose or palate. Some odd sweetness, fruity, grainy, and then yeasty. A bit of mess. This brew doesn't work for me at all, no real focus. Brewers that don't want to go all the way when doing Belgian style brews should steer clear of doing them.

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4.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice little farmhouse ale. I really found the subtle sourness pleasant. I purchased this as part of the MKE Brewing Co. Potluck pack. Would definitely purchase it again.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +20.5%

A beer I picked up in Wisconsin - Milwaukee Brewing's Booyah! This is a very tasty farmhouse ale. Great, long-lasting head on the pour from the bottle. The color is light amber, a little deeper than golden. On the first sip I detected a nice sourness, not too overwhelming but very pleasant. The finish is clean, with a lingering impression of the wild grapes we had growing on our property years ago, in September when they are ripe: slightly sweet but mostly sour. All together Deelicious!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

On draft at Milwaukee Ale House.

The beer is copper with a small, off-white head. Fruity aroma with some yeast, bread. Too sweet, no funk presence. This is a saison? Odd flavor, some stone fruits and unusual earthy flavors. Not digging this one. And what's with the name? There's nothing "Booyah" about this one. Move along folks...

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Photo of Feierst4
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very Robust saison that I really enjoy. Strong, earthy taste, lovely amber color, and a smooth smell of citrus with a touch of hops. When I first had this beer, I couldn't put it down. Best straight from the source. Get it on tap at the Milwaukee Ale House.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On to the next Milwaukee brew, this one a self-described Farmhouse Ale. Makes sense to pour it into a Belgian glass, right? No ABV listed, and as free of gobbledygook as all the rest of their labels.

But before we start, "Booyah"? I don't know if I've heard a dumber name for a beer in recent times. It used to be a marines saying, right? But now it's adopted by the bros and dbags. Not a good sign.

Clear amber appearance, slim head.

Aroma: soft, slightly (ever-so slightly) spicy, Belgian yeast and malt. They're going in the right direction. It at least feels like they know what they're doing.

Taste: light bodied, with stone fruit (apricot, peach) and some citrus notes, sweet malt,and more of the distinctive saison yeast. Ends with more sweetness lingering on the palate than it should. Lower attenuation in this one? It ought to be crisper, cleaner, drier. Bubblegum is starting to show up, or at least a hint of it.

In all, a misguided, but well-meaning, attempt at a saison ("let's call it Farmhouse Ale so we don't scare anyone way.") Perhaps better than Lift Bridge Farm Girl, but not by much.

I just know that I much be calling for a Booyah at the bar any time soon.

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Photo of ilovemke12
4.34/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was skeptical, but this beer is fantastic. It's balanced but still interesting enough to make you want more. I love how light but flavorful it is at the same time.Normally, I don't like ales whatsoever, but this one is sooo good. I first tasted it at the brew tour, and have now picked up a six pack weekly ever since!

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-to-amber with creamy off-white head. Thin lines of lacing stick down the glass.

The smell is of tropical fruits - banana and mango with lemongrass and a hint of peppery spice. Fruity and spicy, but not really "funky".

The taste is of tropical fruits - banana and mango, as in the smell - with caramel candy. It has a firm caramel malt backbone with a spicy touch. Sweet with some black pepper in the finish.

It is spritzy and smooth - not quite effervescent. It becomes creamy as it progresses.

Not quite a classic Farmhouse ale, but it has a pleasant fruitiness to it and some spicing to it. The caramel and pepper are a tad bit too much for it, but it turns out to be a decent brew.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale golden in color. There is a 1 finger with foamy head tha dissipates into a thin film across the top.

There is a straw like malt in the nose with some apple like fruity esters and a some tart saison Belgian yeasty notes.

There are more apple like fruity esters in the tast along with some slightly tart Belgian funk and a slight metallic taste.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body and moderate to light carbonation give this a slightly sticky feel.

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Photo of MJKauz
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep gold with a 2 finger off-white head. Fizzy pour.

S: A spicy saison flavor with a bit of fruit note to my nose, but I probably have no clue.

T: I still got a fruity note mixed with the malt and that fruit stayed sweet through a dry finish.

M: Lacks heat or punch there is a definite fizz to this beer.

O: An ok saison but doesn't have much of a punch. Crisp but not much to write home about.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is deep gold or pale-ish copper. Two fingers of off-white head leaves a skim and thin ring around the edge.

Smell: It is definitely a saison, but it is much more spicy than funky. Pepper and herbal spice dominate and there is a hint of funk. Perhaps it is just my imagination but I also smelled a splash of zest.

Taste: The spice from the smell is present but not as dominant. The pepper, herbs, and funk are countered by pale malts. There is a hint of rye as well, and also the splash of zest.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and tasty. I would prefer a little more funk but think it is still pretty tasty.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a MKE tulip.
6.5% ABV, 20 IBUs

A - Booyah rushes into the glass quietly despite a tall pour, settling to a deep golden to light amber color with nice clarity but a low faint ivory head. Moderate retention leaves little lacing on the glass.

S - Booyah's yeasty aroma quickly gives the impression of sludgy homebrew yeast settled to dormancy. A swirl captures some of the caramel and Munich-like malt sweetness that creates the backbone for this beer, a good distraction from the yeast scent while white pepper and lemongrass spiciness pull through the back end with a kiss of apricot fruitiness for a good finish.

T - Malt forward, Booyah explores dry biscuit, sweet caramel, and grainy pale malt all at once before shifting towards a more agreeable yeast flavor profile than what the aroma offers; more spice esters and fruit nuances than "yeast" flavor. These esters follow the nose with white pepper, clay, and lemongrass; an earthy mélange that pairs well with the notes of dried apricot and white grape skin.

M - Plenty of maltiness creates a bigger body for this saison, leading into a smooth feel and mildly dry finish with a small suggestion of noble hop bitterness on the back end.

O - Milwaukee's Booyah has an aroma that suggests average homebrew, something below par for what this brewery normally outputs, but the flavor and feel certainly manage to shift away from the straight yeast nose, resulting in a fine drinking beer with a body that's perfect for the cooler fall days.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear caramel body with a swirling carbonation of big bubbles and a spongy white head that sticks to the glass before sliding back into the beer.

S- The fruit cocktail and yeasty aroma is full even during the pour.

T- The dry carbonic acid and fruit cocktail esters blend with pale malt and corn in the dry finish. There is a dry candy note that lingers a moment after the finish. The corn does take on more of a sweetness as it opens but the finish stays dry.

M- The light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that grows as it opens and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice fruity ester flavor with a dry crisp body and some interesting candy notes. It is not a typical saison but it does have some interesting floral notes.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.51/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazey, mild copper color. Small amount of bubbling given the style. One finger head after the pour and some foam retention for all twelve ounces.

Tart cracker and malt with hints of apple vinegar. Smells tart, earthy, and maybe infected in a bad way.

Tart from start to finish. Green apple vinegarLight bread and cracker malts. Maybe some grassy hops. Earthy, tart, doesn't taste like a saison done right. I've had great tasting, tart, saisons. This is not one of them.

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Photo of dhannes
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as a gift from my sister-in-law...poured straight from the refrigerator (about 40º) into a standard pint glass.

A=Nice dark gold color...first pour had a very foamy off-white head that lingered. Merky appearance, as if no or minimal filtration.

S=Well...some sweetness, but the aroma also reminded me of the smell of a frat house after a party the night before...and urine.

T=Reminds me of a weiss...some sour notes, and a tang. Paired with chili...I was expecting more of a cream ale. The lightness made the sour taste bearable. I am not overly familiar with saisons, but this is too much like a the sourness is not that enjoyable. After letting the second half warm up to about 50º, the flavor enhanced, and the sourness seemed to drop off.

M=Overall, not that bad...light carbonation and medium light body...the sourness makes it hard to classify as a session beer, however.

O=If you like weiss beers, you may wish to try this. As for me, I am glad I tried it, but would not purchase it.

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Photo of ronhocker
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decided to try this since they had it at a restaurant with limited selection.

Color is nice. Slightly hazy.

Aroma is lacking. Some yeast Esters.

Taste is ok. It has a slight smoky taste to it. Clearly made with too much crystal malt, rather than trying to make real beer. Like a rookie homebrewers first attempt.

Mouth feel is appropriate.

Overall it's drinkable. I keep trying to find a milwaukee brewing beer that is good. This one isn't bad, so let's call it the skinny kid at fat camp.

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Photo of sweethome
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey amber. Big head is light tan. Rather nice lacing. Nose has some yeast, barnyard funk, and ripe fruits..peaches in syrup.

Suprisingly soft, mellow entry given the aggressive head. Flavors of yeast, ripe tropical fruits. Quite sweet and would prefer a citric bite to cleanse. Virtually no hop presence here. Not at all carbonic - so some variance from style. I am not detracting for that, but in this case I think it would help cleanse the palate.

I like the mouthfeel - rather full, but not thick. Creamy - unique for style.

A drinkable beer with nice flavor profile. Nothing out of the oridinary overall, but rather takes it's own path to producing a satisfying quaff. Worth a try. Just a little sweet post lawnmowing for me.

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Photo of BadgerBeer
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this in a 6 pack at a local liquor store here in Madison.

Not much of a fan of this style, but I enjoyed this beer for what it was. From the pour it had a nice golden amber color but with only a short lasting head. It seemed to have a hint of a licorice as well as a peach flavor, but each flavor was not overbearing.

Overall it's a nice beer, but probably will not pick up another 6 pack. If offered to me, I certainly would not turn it down, but I would much rather have Hop Happy or Polish Moon from Milwaukee Brewing Company. In their defense, I feel I will have to try more of the farmhouse ale style to gain a better grasp of this beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours golden-orange, nice clarity, thin white head leaves no lacing on the glass. Fruity nose with Belgian yeasts. Tastes fruity up front: apple, pear, grape, Belgian yeast, faint spicy finish, good balance, flavors a little bleak. Body is thin, carbonation is moderate. Overall, good representation of the style.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an oversized duvel tulip.

A - Hazy peach amber color. Small white head that hangs around.

S - Has a pleasantly spiced clove nose but not spicy. A little bit of caramel sweetness with a some banana esters. A hint of some early brett characteristics. Not really tart our sour.

T - Has a bit of sweetness with no real indication of hops. Some spicy yeast notes finish.

M - Really great high carbonation is nice a lively on the tongue. Medium to light in body.

O - Thought the beer was different than other saisons I have had due to an abundance of crystal malts used. I enjoyed the caramel flavors but thought it was a bit sweet and not as sessionable as other light summer saisons.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear with a healthy head over a deep gold color, not as pale straw as others, noticeably deeper and darker.
The aroma and flavors are very lightly white pepper, some alcohol, and biscuit like malts, and is a bit heavy bodied for the style, and lower in carbonation then i would like. It is not bad tasting but lacks the depth that a lot of the renowned saisons i normally drink have, and needs more peppery spice or straw dirty notes, and a crisper body to liven it up. Maybe the body alone would do the trick, i think that is really the main thing holding this one back.

but hey, this is a $10 6/pack saison, and i have had worse bomber saisons before, so it is doing alright and middle of the road.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

How does this beer not sell better among the frat set? Anyway, it pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, very light Belgian yeast, a pinch of clove, and a vague sense of some sort of citrus fruit. The taste emphasizes the spiciness of the yeast, though admittedly in a subdued manner, but everything pretty much stays relatively static. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a decent beer, but a really boring, unexciting, and painfully average example of the farmhouse style.

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Photo of mobius387
4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: golden and hazy with a thin white head

Aroma: slight hints of wheat and pine, kinda musty

Palate: medium bodied, not very carbonated, not big alcohol noticed

Taste: huge funk flavors, bit wheat and some hop kick to it. Very impressed with this

Overall: best MBC beer ive had. This is an awesome brew. Must try!

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Booyah from Milwaukee Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.