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Grazias - Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%

Brewed by:
Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 01-03-2011)
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Photo of rawfish


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Awesome and elegant white can. This is a dark amber beer, smooth carbonation nets a small off white head. The retention is excellent as is the lacing.

Tons of grainy pilsner malt, doughy biscuit and slightly nutty. The ale yeast adds some dried red fruit. Noble hops add some earthy tones. As the beer warms earthy coffee and sweet cocoa nibs rise.

Robust pilsner malt carries a steady breadiness that features hazelnuts and cocoa. Raw grain husks and a twinge of metallic near the finish are the only off notes. Yeast is a bit fruity but maintains a mostly benign task of featuring noble hops which are zesty lemon and grassy. Nutty flavor carries into the finish with low bitterness.

Robust cream ale, run somewhat heavy with smooth and creamy carbonation, not quite Alesmith smooth but still very nice. Alcohol is low rising only after the drink and bitterness follows suit failing to completely dry the punchy malt.

A flavorful vienna cream ale, a definite step up to something local that will knock Boston Lager or a Karl Stauss amber off its perch. While a bit too heavy to session this hard, I'd be proud hand one of these to anyone.

Serving type: can

04-18-2014 05:36:39 | More by rawfish
Photo of EricOgg


3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have had this beer a couple of times. First on-tap at Hess's tasting room, also at Bruski in Scripps Ranch. One of their beers that I would consider a signature because not many have something like this.

First the smell. The smell is not overly sweet, but you definitely know it has a higher level of malts. The aroma I can describe as butterscotch, warm vanilla, and honey. One might expect that this would be characteristic of a red versus an amber.

The taste is what really shocked me though. The beer is lighter than you might expect because the smell is so malty, with low carbonation and a thin milky texture. A complex body with a light finish reminds me of a high quality root beer float or cream soda type finish. There is a soft, partially nutty taste.

Overall this was my favorite beer tasted there. I really believe that Hess could make this signature beer as it is very unique for what San Diego has to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2014 18:41:00 | More by EricOgg
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hess Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, grain, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 01:21:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of tobelerone


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really tasty and easy drinking lager that set my visit to Hess off on the right foot and got me prepared for the bigger beers to follow. Dark brown/amber in color, with a decent head and lacing. Simple but appealing aroma is mostly toasty caramel malt and a light nuttiness. Full flavored for this style, with great malt character and an undercurrent of toasted bread and nuts. Very lightly hopped and mildly sweet.

Lively carbonation on a medium body makes for crisp drinking. Smooth and subtly creamy mouthfeel overall despite the carbonation. Very well done take on a simple classic style. Session beer, Hess style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 04:21:28 | More by tobelerone
Photo of mactrail


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fortunately, this is nothing like any Mexican beer I've had. More rich and malty than you're likely to encounter with a burrito. At first sip, a plain malty stew that needs a crisp touch. Grows in dimension as you sip. Lovely amber color. With a bigger head and maybe a dose of shy hops this could be the ideal American Amber beer. Still, it's quite drinkable and clean.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 06:13:46 | More by mactrail
Photo of HopHead84


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Hess. Vienna Cream Ale.

A: Dark amber with a frothy beige head. Nice retention and scattered lacing.

S: Notes of corn blend with vanilla (?) and baked bread. It's quite estery, exhibiting a mixture of apple and pear.

T: Light vanilla with orange and corn. I get a little apple and pear as well. Well balanced with a smooth bready and fruity finish.

M: Lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and silly.

Overall: An interesting mixture of characteristics that work well together. Unlike any other Cream Ale I've had, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 02:02:19 | More by HopHead84
Photo of d4114


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown with a creamy white head. Smells of grains and malts. Taste is similar to a stout without any intense roasted flavors, very creamy and refreshing. Silky smooth mouthfeel, to be expected on nitro. Overall pretty good sessionable beer with a lot of flavor, this was my first in this style so I wasn't sure what to expect but defiantly enjoyed it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-11-2011 03:56:40 | More by d4114
Photo of cocoapuph


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy roasted nut or caramel color with a nice creamy head. Appears to be a thick looking full bodied beer at first glance.

Smells slightly nutty and sweet like kettle popcorn. Malt definitely comes through on this one.

The first few tastes were deceiving for me because the beer was poured a bit too cold. Though refreshing, the true flavors become more apparent after the beer hit a few degrees warmer. Off the bat, I get a bit of the creamy flavors and caramel malt but the beer comes off a bit watery or thin. Let this one rest at room temp for a few minutes and then you start to get a roasted, sweet and fuller taste. A lot more enjoyable and recommended.

As with the taste, the feel of this one gets better when not as cold. The body becomes a little more complex and rich.

Overall I have been happy with everything I have had at Hess. Grazias Vienna Cream Ale is no exception. Bring home a growler/prowler and pull it out of the fridge 5 mins before you pour. You will like it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-05-2011 06:27:24 | More by cocoapuph
Photo of Retsinis


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: The beer pours a hazy dark golden amber brown, with a white cream colored head that rose a good inch and half, and retainded well. Average lacing.

S: Very light sweet toffee malt, light citrus hops, and biscuits.

T: Creamy sweet toffee malt, caramel, toast, light grass. Cold, maybe a bit too much, but it's the lightest beer they pour anyway, and it was a warm day. Alcohol is not noticeable.

M: Medium to high carbonation, but smooth, and slightly sweet.

O: I enjoyed it, it was good. Lager's, to me, are generally light, simple, refreshing, but with light flavor. In contrast to the simple part, this beer actually has a lot more going for it than is typical, but is still smooth, and refreshing, and creamy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 22:14:33 | More by Retsinis
Photo of kbrady9


3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Tasting Room. Cool nano brewery in a small business park outside of the Miramar Air Station in San Diego.

A-Very cloudy brown color. Reminded me of Baileys Irish Cream a little. Nice head with average lacing.

S-Smelled fairly sweet and of malts, very little alcohol or hops came through on the nose.

T-Cold from the tap seemed to mask a bit of the flavor. As it first hits the palate, its hardly distinct but it gets better near the end. Average hop profile.

M-Very smooth beer with a very good medium body. Could enjoy a few of these with a meal.

O-Solid beer overall, although I wish the initial flavors were more distinct. Because they did not really stand out to me, I can't say it was anything more than an average beer. I enjoyed it though, would buy a growler to take home.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 00:28:33 | More by kbrady9
Grazias from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
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