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Louie's Demise - Milwaukee Ale House

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Ale House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2003

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by wmtxbb:
Photo of wmtxbb
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Heavy carbonation in an amber colored brew with thick lacing.

Smell: Peanut butter and jelly, fruit esters, light malt scent.

Taste: Light bodied malt with fruit esters of grape, blueberries, and cherry. Almost non-existant bitterness, not as much malt as I'd anticipated. The malt that is present is crunchy and caramel like in flavor. The caramel sort of borders on being honey-like, but is stopped by the other fruit flavors. Sharp fruit end that dries the mouth along with lingering phenols.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Louie's Demise arrives in a 12oz bottle stating "hand brewed with noble German Perle and Tettnang hops." It pours from the bottle a deep amber with red accents and a half inch of creamy off white head. Very good clarity as I peer through my pint glass. Aromas begin with a mix of toasted grains and light caramel with a touch of fruit essence. Grassy, herbal hops are nicely placed in the background with trailing doughiness.

First sip brings a smooth toasted grainy maltiness with caramel swirls. Nondescript fruitiness segways into herbal, green hoppiness on the way down. This one finishes crisp with a biscuit dough afterthought and a slight metallic twang. Not too sweet, not too bitter...a pretty straight amber ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a touch of creaminess. Bubbly carbonation. This is one easy drinking brew, but to me it doesn't break itself out of the pack of most standard American amber ales. Drinkable, yes, however it's not one that I would seek out myself. That's just me though, so give it a try and decide for yourself!

Photo of grynder33
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The previous reviews must have been from the tap beer at the Ale House. They offer it in bottles now and it didn't seem to quite measure up. Amber color, light malt aroma, light but sweet malt taste, not a hop to be tasted anywhere. Not a bad beer just not a memorable one. Maybe the second bottling will be a little better.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a bow tie glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense aged copper body with soft peaks of beige head with lots of big bubbles on top. There is a few big bubbles of carbonation working to the surface.

S- The slightly dry nougat quality grows into a toast and cracker malt aroma but still stays pretty soft.

T- The dry toasted malt note leads to a bit more biscuit malt. There is a hint of tartness to the hop flavor in the finish which is slightly dry and a soft bitterness lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz that grows a bit in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice dry malt character but the bitterness, which is really boosted by the carbonation, overpowers the malt. The bitterness does die down as the carbonation does.

Photo of BillyB
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall I thought this was a pretty easy-drinking scottish ale and it didn't taste too bad.
It's a slightly watered down version of the style but with nothing offensive about it.

Slightly malty with a watery taste and mouthfeel.

A little hop bitterness but not much.

No alcohol aromas or tastes. For a scotch ale this is surprising. The flaw of this beer is whether or not it meets style guidelines. A nice drinking, nice tasting beer, but a scottish ale?(4.8?)

Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled version. Contracted out at Gray's in Janesville.

Pours a bronze hue that gleams orange. The head is small and beige.
The nose is both grassy and grainy, offset by a substancial caramel-toffee malitness.
Begins rather sweet, with a toasted caramel maltiness that begins to suggest buttered toffee as it warms. Lightly nutty, with vague raisin impression. Grainier by the middle, and substancially drier. Ends German hoppy, a la tettnanger and perle. The hopping leans this very alt-esque (with ESB traits).
Light bodied and perfectly quaffable.
Almost a standout, as there is quite alot of character here. This is a nice rendition that is likely even better at the brewpub.

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

pint, on tap at the ale house a few weeks ago in between stops at the art museum and the flight of the conchords gig. Given the namesake, it seemed like someone had to order this selection

cell phone notes

appearance: big amber body, mahogany hues, small tan cream head

smell: toasted grain, caramel malts, high earthyness, light toffee

taste: sweet toffee, caramel and grain, peat, herbal hops, toasted malts. nothing special but good enough to try

mouthfeel: moderate body, a little filling

drinkability: good

Photo of WoodBrew
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Warning...do not buy this beer in a can. The one I had acted like an overprimed bottled beer...there was sediment all over the place and it tasted very pour. This beer poured an clear amber but with massive floaties...I hate floaties....usually I can cut it off....but this was out of control. The head of course was huge and fizzy like any overprimed beer. The smell was crap and the taste was foul. I would try this again but not in a can. Overall dont take my word for it....go try for yourself...but I will never buy a can of this again.

Photo of dhannes
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from cold bottle right out of the cooler.

A=Couldn't tell.

S=Hint of floral, hoppy.

T=Much hoppier than other ambers I've tried, but in a good way. Refreshing, with a sweet and lemony backdrop.

M=Lighter body than most ambers; low carbonation; very drinkable.

O=I enjoyed this beer...but not enough to choose it again over other offerings later in the day. Still, I would choose this over Fat Tire and Wisconsin Amber.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. No date on the bottle.

A - Poured out a clear red-amber color with a prominent two-finger ivory head. Dense and creamy, it had great retention but little lacing.

S - Semi-sweet toasty malts are the showcase of this beer but are timid in their strength. A white grape undertone and caramel linger on the nose as well. A bit of buttered bread too.

T - Strong malt flavor with a caramel and fruity flavor mimicing the aroma but a light hop finish that both dries it out and gives it a bit of bitterness to round out the flavor.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied, it's slightly thin and has bubbles dancing on you're tongue.

D - A solid offering from the Milwaukee ale house. It misses the mark slightly on the Scottish ale style but doesn't need a lot to make it a really good beer. The bonus of this brew however is it's great drinkability.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber/orange in color with a slighty tan looking head two finger head that stays around a long time. Very thin lacing dances down the glass making the most delicate designs.

Smells of sweet roasted malt smell with notes caramel and toffee. Maybe a little bit of nuts and some molasses.

Light mouthfeel and BIG roasted malt flavor. Malty and delicious. Very long lingering presence in the mouth after swallowing with a slightly dry and bitter finish.

Many thanks go to jj21 for this fine brew.

Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish amber with a white, lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of light toast, caramel/nougat and a hint of citrus.

The taste is of sweet caramel with a touch of resinous pine and juicy citrus in the finish.

It is velvety, creamy smooth. It has the body of a smooth, "sessionable" ale. Which this is, so it works very, very well!

This is a nice amber ale. It leans more malty than hoppy. The caramel isn't too sweet - well, balanced - and certainly one that is easy to drink. A solid choice for a caramel-ish, but not too sweet, session ale!

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like an amber should but lacks the smell. Taste toasted but lacks some of the flavor I'd want out of an amber even though most are pretty simple. The beer goes down smooth and it easy to drink. OK Amber but I won't go out of my way to get it again.

Photo of samie85
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with two healthy fingers of off white head.

Sweet caramel and bready malt dominating the nose with some dark fruit.

Follows the nose with sweet caramel, bready malt, and some dark fruit.

Slick and light on carbonation with a bit of dryness towards the end.

A very satisfying beer; nothing that's going to blow your socks off... its even better on cask.

Photo of battlekow
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color, head doesn't last long, but hangs around on the edges and provides good lacing. Doesn't smell like much except slightly of malt. Tastes great, nice bready maltiness balanced well with some earthy hops and a toasted finish. Medium mouthfeel. Damn good beer, good enough so that the Ale House should get the "Amber Ale" tag off the label so people don't automatically assume it's shitty.

By the way, if you're curious about the name, it refers to the great-great uncle of one of the Ale House's owners who was hit over the head and killed by a beer glass in 1886. In Louie's Demise, I'm sure he has a better memorial than I ever will.

Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a bright bronze, deep amber color. Different. Smallish creamy tan head maintains well, good amount of lacing. Smells somewhat grainy and caramelly with a nutty sweetness. A tad astringent though. Taste is similar. Solid beer but nothing that really knocks it out the park for me. Sweeter english toffee is the best way to describe the flavor with a drying, semi hoppy finish. I'd get a sixer of this for sure, and for the Thursday half off imperial pint special this is a deal. But still, not my favorite.

Photo of rpmetzler
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very strong malt smell, little other aroma...but I like it. Taste is malty at first, with slight hop finish. Basic, but good.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into imperial pint.

A- Pours a copper/amber with a slight haze to it. A small head, one finger, dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S- Big on the malt and a little bit of sweet caramel. Some faint hops round this one out.

T- Big, rich caramel and malt greet the tongue immediately. A little bit of a grainy, breadiness to it as well. The hops really aren't anywhere to be found, which isn't really a bad thing based on style.

M- Medium bodied with crisp, soda like carbonation. This brew smooths out at the back of the throat.

D- This brew has pretty good flavor and a low abv make this for a pretty good session beer. Also it comes in a can making it more activity friendly.

Photo of Bubba83
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Kegatron gave me this. He rocks.

Poured into an imperial pint glass at around 50 degrees F. Three finger widths off-white, slightly light brown head. Extremely pillow and frothy in nature. Body appears a caramel color, and it's hazy with tiny specks of stuff floating around.

Smells like toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and some hints of apple in the back. Hops are a dirty earthy smell. Quite a bit of nutty aroma too, I want to say cashews, yes, cashews. Fairly mild aroma overall.

A considerable amount of toffee up front along with a big heaping batch of butterscotch. Mild off phenolic character, minerals, and some raw earthy bitterness finish it off. I wanted more of the complexities from the aroma to come through.

A little too airy for me, too fluffy. Also seems a smidge too thin for what I was expecting. Needs to be smoother I think.

Reminds me a bit of having a caramel sundae with heaps of that not so great tasting whipped cream. You know the kind I'm talking about, the kind that almost tastes sour? I can't say I've ever been a big fan of this style but I found this to be a fairly underwhelming example of it.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is beautiful amber/copper. A finger of buttery, light tan head leaves a ring around the edge and a skim of foam. It features a little chill haze and there is quite a bit of carbonation.

Smell: Rich and malty. It kind of smells like a 3 Musketeers bar. Milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, and very subtle hints of cherry.

Taste: Not so much like 3 Musketeers, which is okay. (I do like 3 Musketeers, though.) Toasted malts are complemented by caramel, toffee, earthy hops (which offer an adequate, beery bite), a hint of cocoa, and a hint of lemon.

Drinkability: Very pleasing and tasty, and also very easy drinking. It certainly is a good beer to toast with.

Photo of logansboat15
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, Louie's Demise pours a refreshing mildly hazy amber with a foamy white head. Smells somewhat nutty/malty and tastes creamy with a slight hop aftertaste that tingles the tongue. Lighter mouthfeel makes this a brew that you can share with friends by the pitcher. Very drinkable flagship beer of the Milwaukeee Ale House. This and Pull Chain Pale Al are decent crowd pleasers.

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with slight cloudiness. While this glass had a modest head, it left excellent lace on the glass side

Earthy in aromas and in taste. Mostly malt as a Scotch Ale should be.

Of the beers I tried at the Milwaukee Ale House, this was the weakest entry, imho.

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red/copper color. 5/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, butter, and slight sweet toffee. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, some pale hops, pine spice, and slight butter flavors.

Photo of BrewnZ
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this as part of my sample tray. Seven tasters for $7.

Labled in the menu as a Scotch Ale using German Perle and Tettnanger hops. The beer was very clear, deep amber, with a clean malt aroma and low esters. No hop aroma. Perhaps too many esters for the style though. Medium to full bodied with deep malt flavors, a bit rought, with a crystal malt driven finish.

This beer stood out as a more genuine example of the style than you typically find at a brewpub. I enjoyed it and later in my trip ordered a pint from a corner pub, it was nice as well.

Photo of beagle75
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with two fingers of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few solitary bubbles rise lazily in the column.

S: Malty, showing a heavy undigested crystal presence. Some fresh herbaceous notes seem uncompleted, with vacant carbon dioxide filling in, or rather opening, gaps.

T: Begins off-dry, with a brief flash of balanced bready malt before sweetness becomes more intense with an unusual postage stamp paste-quality to it. Husky toasted grain is presented during the middle as sweetness retreats back to the original intensity. Herbaceous bitterness is mild to moderate in the finish, with occasional glimpses of aspirin-like astringency.

M: Thin viscosity, very refreshing on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Despite the ordinariness of this beer's qualities, it is effortlessly drinkable. It is sweet, but not heavily so, which makes it hard not to want to lift the glass again. It is just an American amber ale, nothing to see here, but it possesses a potato chip-esque appeal nonetheless.

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Louie's Demise from Milwaukee Ale House
82 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.