Louie's Demise - Milwaukee Ale House

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Milwaukee Ale House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2003

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Photo of Winter
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

Photo of Lemke10
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of dhannes
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of jimbotrost
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Casanova. Pours reddish amber with a sudsy ½” white foam cap. Rich malt flavors lead to a moderately assertive bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Easy to drink.

Photo of battlekow
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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 MaltyHoppyGood
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 botham
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

porus a rich chestnut-amber color with a minimal head that is reduced to a soapy rim after a couple seconds. mild lacings and no retention.

aroma is of caramel malts and a lightly sweet base. a mildly earthy note imparts a touch of dark fruit to the profile, along with a very light wooden character, possibly oak in the background. nice composition.

taste is malty, with caramel and a light grain-like component, molded into a base of dark fruit and earthy undertones, quite reminiscent of a bock. nicely proportioned with a pleasant finish of residual warming malts.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a smooth and light texture, along with a warming finish of mild slickness after the fact.

drinkability is good. this is the brewpub's flagship brew, and for good reason. not really a scottish brew, this one is more of a bock with warming malts and a sweet character. overall, a solid brew with good concentration and a pleasant drinkability.

Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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 tapman
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 finger eggshell colored head of foam that lingers and then deflates like a bad soufflé, though that doesn't translate to bad in beer terms. Color is a ruddy brown with little beasties floating around.

Big fig and raisin notes with and big splashes of grape juice or a light cooking sherry.

Not as pungent as the nose; tangy fruit is very small, superseded by a clean and toasty character. Not very sweet, this one seems to have fermented out pretty well. Good bottle conditioning. No hops to speak of and a thin mineral-like taste in the finish. Very low bitterness.

Bright and crisp, which was unusual for me with a beer of this style. Much lighter in body than I would have suspected.

A little thin, but that only makes it easier to session.

Photo of murrayswine
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my Lawn mower beer.

Pours a amber/red with with a minimal head.

Smells of nuts, toffee, butter, and slight hops.

Taste is easy going malt, with a little toast, hints of hops, and no metallic aftertaste (thank god).

All in all this is pound for pound my favorite lawnmower beer, and at 6.99 a 6 er it's a great deal.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark amber, soft in appearance with a great looking stark-white head. This pours opaque, almost cloudy.

Aroma - brown sugar, yeast, bread dough, gingerbread, caramel and tea

Taste - sweet but not cloying. Plenty of dark bread notes along with ginger and yeast. Soft on the tongue with a perfect carbonation level. It's a surprisingly light beer to drink despite the appearance. I'm happy!

Overall - Very drinkable with a solid malt flavor and easy on the palate. A great candidate for a pint can, well executed MBC!

Would I buy more of it? - sure. This is a very solid amber ale with lots of great flavor and quite session-able.

Photo of logansboat15
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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 BeerTruth
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jj21 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich dark amber hue with a nice khaki colored one finger head that dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty good, spotty here and there. Smell is of a nice clean caramel malt with some nutty roasted malt as well. Taste is very much the same. Very nutty flavor with toffee/caramel as well. Very enjoyable going down. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. If I lived in the greater Milwaukee area, this could easily be a session ale for me. Job well done.

Photo of BitteBier
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, copper-amber pour, topped with a finger's worth of tan head that falls away pretty quickly with minimal lacing. The nose, which improves as the beer warms, consists of cereal grains with some caramel and peat notes and just a hint of hops. The hops come through more clearly in the taste, though the malts are properly dominant, especially at the start. The caramel flavors and a bit of peaty smokiness round things out. Mouthfeel is crisper and cleaner than many Scottish ales, but by no means watery. Judging by the three I sucked down, this is a pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Homerbag
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red with thin head that remains a ring through out.

Smells clean and fresh. Balanced between caramel and roasted malt. Some yeasty tones as well.

Taste is fruity from the yeast. Still clean and refreshing. Nice malty finish

Feels light with some coating on the tounge to let the palate explore the taste a little more.

Overall a good ale. A complete shame what the Wisconsin governement did to this fine brewery. This will be hard to find outside Milwaukee for a while. I just glad I live close enough to get it from the source.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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 BillyB
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 beveragecaptain
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Louie's Demise pours out a clear amber color with a thin layer of foam. The aroma is fruit and brown sugar. Nutty malt flavor. Sweet toffee. Little hop flavor. A little bit of an iced tea off-flavor, but other than that this beer is interesting. Definitely a beer to enjoy at a warmer temperature. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium to high. A pretty good amber ale. I would like to try it on tap at the brewpub.

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Louie's Demise from Milwaukee Ale House
82 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.