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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Ratings: 145 | Reviews: 66
Photo of BrewnZ
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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 granger10
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 timtheenchanta
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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 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 shivtim
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Ale House. It's a nice dark brown with no real head or lacing. Nose is hops, caramel malts, and cereal grains. Taste is roasted coffee with a mildy sweet flowery finish. Mouthfeel is good, with nice carbonation. Pretty drinkable, especially with the very low ABV.

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 orbitalr0x
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 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.

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 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 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 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 grynder33
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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 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 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.

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