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Louie's Demise - Milwaukee Ale House

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2003)
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Giesch, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Winter
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Louie's Demise is a tribute to Milwaukee Ale House owner Mike Bieser's great great uncle, who was hit over the head with a beer glass and killed in a tavern in Sheboygan, WI in 1886. It's probably the Milwaukee Ale House's best seller. Every once in awhile the Ale House will brew, store and then release one of its house beers that it has cask-conditioned. So I decided to pick up a growler of cask-conditioned Louie's Demise, a rare treat indeed.

Pours a dark chestnut color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma consists of sweet caramel, toffee, roasted malt and a touch of hops. The mouthfeel is uncommonly smooth and buttery with a medium body. Flavors of toasted biscuit, rich malt and a touch of nut all emerge. Tetnang hops add sort of a bitter, spicy lingering finish to this amazingly well-crafted ale.

Winter, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this is clearly not a pale ale. It is an amber that is spectacular. There is a nice dark brown color and a nice sweet smelling caramel aroma. This is definately a session beer that would hit the spot almost anytime of year. I recomend anyone who can find this in bottle to snatch it up. They have been promising to bottle this for years!

ALESwhatCURESya, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of MarshMan71
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

MarshMan71, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Lemke10
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this in a 8-pack Mircobrewery variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

Louie's Demise pours a cloudy and dark amber color as the scent of roasted malts erupt from the bottle. It is rather thin in texture but has a rather bold taste of malts with a nice mixture of hops. A very interesting brew!

Lemke10, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of uscbrasco
4.2/5  rDev +16%

uscbrasco, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of dhannes
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

dhannes, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of jschwarz
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%

jschwarz, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear bronze appearance. Thin light beige head. It sticks to the glass somewhat leaving a sparse and spotty lace. Nice nose of chocolate, peat, nuts and toffee. Really nice. The flavor is a little softer than the nose. Some almonds and toffee. Caramel tones are light. Just a titch of peat. A little roasty and chocolatey. Overall, a pleasing taste. The mouthfeel is slightly prickly and the body is about medium-full.

I see this is contract brewed at Gray's in Janesville. Quality brewery and quality brew.

Thanks to WInter for this extra goodie.

Bighuge, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very enjoyable, solid session ale which I had on tap at Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee.

Copper amber, it had a medium off-white amber head soon thinning to a foamy ring, wisps, a little lace.

Aroma was nice fruity-caramelly maltiness with hints of woody herbal hop.

Taste had the aroma elements, nice caramelised maltiness, toasty, with hints of dried fruit, light zesty-spicy woody-grassy biterrness.

Offa, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of jimbotrost
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Silver Creek Brewing Company as a guest tap. Pour was a deep reddish brown with a small amberish head and slightly fizzy, nice. the initial mouthfeel was syrupy, reflecting the big sweet malty aroma. No hops to be found, they are just a supporting issue in this style. Big amber malty flavor and then the finish dries out and is not cloying as I had anticipated, a good brew.

jimbotrost, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of battlekow
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

battlekow, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber color. Nice creamy head developing in chalice.

Smell: The smell is faint, nothing bold or robust here. Hmmm, what say you beer???

Taste: Delicious light malt character intertwined with quality Milwaukee water from Lake Michigan. Toffee notes. It has a the body of a light weight boxer; small yet girthy. There's a real refreshing quality from the small amount of malt used and low abv. The compromise is spot on for what they were aiming for. Totally different than any other Scotch style though.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, yet girthy from the malts.

D: Refreshing, will have no problem have a few or six of these guys. Glad it comes in sixers.

MaltyHoppyGood, Oct 10, 2009
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Snow81, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Pivo, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

jdkitchi, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

CWhite, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

mcstauder, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

ruckus232, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

msturek, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

pathead, Apr 05, 2014
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Louie's Demise from Milwaukee Ale House
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