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Michigan Brewing Sunset Amber - Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing Sunset AmberMichigan Brewing Sunset Amber

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82
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 42
Photo of WoodBrew
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes out of the bottle with an amber color and a medium fizzyish egg white head. Moderate to little lacing. Aroma of toasted malts and grassy hops. Taste follows the aroma but it is quite mild. Fruity juicy malts at first then more of a toasted caramel. Hops are well noticeable and grassy and wipe out the malt sweetness completely in the finish. A bit of citrus in the finish. Solid beer here, that seems to be the theme with MBC.

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Coppery amber brew with an almost unnoticeable white head that disappeared instantly

S - Caramel malt with a slight hop aroma

T - Very malty with a nuttiness upon finish

M - Light to Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation

O - It's definitely a very drinkable beer, but there isn't anything special about it beyond that. I'm not usually a huge fan of vienna lagers, but this one was pretty satisfying.

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

This lager has a creamy white head with good retention and lacing. The brew is very clear and the color is amber with a copper undertone.

It has a soft hop aroma with a hint of apple. Drawing a full mouthful releases a subtle, balanced flavor with a slightly sweet malt presence, complimentary hop bitterness and creamy smooth carbonation for a good overall impression.

The brew went well with some enoki mushroom chow mein just cooked up for dinner.

Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours exceedingly clear bronze with a nice one finger white head that tries to leave lace but it dies away. On the nose there is caramel malt with deep fruit underneath, something like figs, and also some lighter fruity and yeasty notes. In the mouth there is a definite spice rather than bitterness from the hops than sort of fills the mouth up. Underneath there is a lingering fruitiness to go with the caramel. This isn't a super complex beer, but the flavors are well integrated and well mixed. The body is really nice, smoothly medium or medium light, easy drinking, but with a long enough spicy finish to be very satisfying. I like this beer a good deal, and I usually am not a huge fan of the style. Thanks again to my sister for picking this up with some other singles for me.

Photo of DannyDan
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is amber color with an off white head that has good retention, excellent lacing and low to moderate carbonation. The smell is of caramel, yeast, biscuit and some hops to it. The taste is a nice caramel, honey taste followed by some flowers, hops and a lemony finish. There seems to be some malt in there to balance the taste. It has a nice creamy mouth feel that sticks to the cheeks, even after the beer has been swallowed. It is a nice drinkable beer that I for one am glad i tried. This is a beer that I would recommend trying as a second choice to Sam Adam's Boston Lager.

Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of off white head. As the name suggests, it is amber in color. The smell is biscuit and caramel. It's got a solid malt backbone. It finishes with some hops. It's a well balanced beer. It fits the style well and is enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber color with little to no head that goes away almost instantly.

S- Slight aroma of malt and hops but as others have said there is little to smell with this one.

T- Malty and balanced, a decent little hop finish and a slight nuttiness that lingers in the mouth.

M- Low to medium body and a very crisp drinking beer. Low to medium carbonation that works well for the beer itself.

D- Overall not a bad beer but also nothing special with this one. Had no problem finishing it but I also wont be buying it again any time soon.

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a large head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap and a moderate amount of lacing. Weak aroma but I do pick-up caramel malt and some earthy hops. Good flavor with a nice balance of the caramel and nutty flavors from the malt and the earthy, grassy hops. A bit more hop presence and bitterness than other Vienna Lagers. There is a little lingering maltiness on the palate. Medium body and good carbonation. Feels large for a lager with this modest ABV. A good drinking beer that I could enjoy anytime of the year. Finely crafted lager.

Photo of RickS95
2.19/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is that of tea with a thin white head that doesn't last long.

Has basically no smell. The beer was a bit cold, but seriously, I could smell nothing. (Even after the beer warmed, I could smell nothing).

The taste was only slightly better than the smell (or lack of). Just a touch of caramel if you really searched hard for it.

Mouthfeel tried to be complex, but was pretty weak. The caramel makes an attempt at sweet, but the bitterness soon takes over.

While nothing is exactly bad, there's just nothing happening with this beer. While it doesn't taste or smell bad, it simply lacks any character. As soon as I'm done with the 3 bottles I've got, I'll not worry about trying this one again.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cooper colored beer capped by a two finder off white head. Retention is lacking but lacing is decent. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass through out. Appearance more closely resembles an Oktoberfest beer than your classic Amber.

Sweet bready malt aroma enter the nose first. Carmel malt and a very earthy hop smell soon follow.

Biscuity malt flavor with slight nuttiness. Very pleasant hop bite. Slight spiciness is picked up. Sweet flavors show more on the back end leave the thought of light fruitiness behind.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is very appropriate to style. Finish is rather dry.

Very easy to drink beer. Solid brew all the way around. There is nothing overwhelming about this one but also nothing to complain about. Solid session beer.

Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the brewery- Deep orangey amber with a fizzy white cap. Nose of grainy malts, some caramel, fresh floral hops, some perfume. Sweet caramel malts meet grains and floral bitter hops. Prickly carbonation and a bit too sweet towards the finish. Pretty good. overall.

Photo of AltBock
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a beautiful photograph of a lighthouse with the sun setting behind it. To the far left and right of the photo is where you'll find all the mandatory US information. I wasn't able to find a best before or brewed date anywhere on the bottle or label.

"Sunset" poured a great looking murky golden amber with a few traces of sunshine yellow along the sides. This is a first. They somehow captured the photograph into the beer itself. On top of this amber brew was a fizzy 3/4 of an inch fizzy head of white foam. Even though it was fizzy, it had decent retention that left behind a small string of white rings and a few tiny spots of lace.

Well, what can I say about the aroma? Let's just go with the fact that it smelled like a beer. The poured beer aroma was grainy with a splash of lemon zest while the bottle aroma was lightly burnt with burnt barley and a hint of caramel. It's sad to say that I didn't care for either one of them.

The taste was lightly toasted with toasted caramel malts, a splash of lemon zest, a speck of juicy fruits, and then this Vienna Lager finishes up with a quick spatter of hops. As you can tell, the taste was average all the way. At least it was burnt like the bottle aroma.

This was a light bodied Lager with a good level of carbonation and a faint aftertaste of caramel malts and a subtle touch of fruity hops.

It's a good beer, but I can't see myself buying any more of it. This is one of those beers that I could see as a crossover beer. It was light in flavor, but enough to keep a regular Lager drinker taste buds entertained.

Photo of giblet
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a good amber ale. poured nice with about one half inch of head. light lacing down the glass. light carbonation. nice light malty taste with some sweetness. this is a light and refreshing beer that quenches the thoist.

decent brew. suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of association330
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful, unfiltered, golden orange color, with a finger and a half of creamy, off-white head. Settles to nice cap with a nice sheet of coating lace.

S - Sweet, malty and fruity. Dominant baked bread character, with notes of honey and yeast, and just a touch of floral hops. Solid.

T - Sweet, toasted malt character. Bread, honey and yeast. A tad fruity, and there is a noticeable hop presence on the finish. Overall, the flavor is milder than I anticipated and I would have liked something a little bolder here, particularly on the sweet and malty side of things.

M - Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Somewhat creamy, but not precisely what I was looking for.

D - A fairly easy drinking brew, but not quite the amber I was expecting. There is too much focus on the sour yeast & hop finish, and not enough sweet malt dominating the up-front flavor profile.

Photo of GlassCityBrewer
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Michigan Brewing really hasn't done a whole lot to appeal to me as a craft enthusiast, but their Sunset Amber has at least caught my attention.

Smooth, and Medium body, Sunset Amber is something I would recommend to break A-B drinkers into craft beers gently with out over driving them.

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange radiance. Slightly hazed. Thin layer of cream soda colored head. Retention and lace are very good. Really nice aroma of bready maltiness, sourdough yeast(just barely) and caramel. Smells a lot like what I remember Deb's Red Ale from Bell's smelling like. This beer appeals to me. Feels more like an ale than a lager, but I'll take it. Has that sour dough maltiness and bready yeastiness in the flavor as well. Caramel malts lay a nice foundation. Nice body and texture to this beer. And quite drinkable. Good and sessionable.

Thanks to ZAP, the "King of Pain" (as he is known to all who skate against him on the hockey rink.)

Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty flavorful little amber lager here....big toasty malt profile balanced by the spicy Hallertauer hop notes.

Has some ale like characteristics and I mean that in a good way....not particularly clean or crisp but certainly flavorful.

It doesn't seem to fit the Viena style to me as this has a decent Hallertauer hop bite...Overall the toasty malts do take the lead but there is a much stronger herbal hoppiness to this than I see in most vienna's.

Overall, I view this as a tasty, quality amber lager that is not a dumbed down version for the masses. The masses may like it but it is not without quality flavor.

Not an all-time great but I could drink these all night long. I little too much head knocks the appearance down a litttle

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

A: Crystal clear amber in color with a thin white head. Low retention but good lacing.

S: Faint indications of light malt on the nose. Some alfalfa beyond if you look for it.

T: Malt sits well on the tongue and binds well together with some light bittering from hops. No real flavor from the hops but they do well to balance things out. Relatively light but nicely satisfying.

M&D: Light to medium mouthfeel, perhaps more than you might think at first glance. The carbonation was rather aggressive in the beginning but seemed to calm down through the course of the glass. The brew goes down pretty smoothly with a fairly quick finish. Light malty sweetness lingers for just a bit before the finish is complete.

Photo of KeggerKen
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a pint glass. It had a nice amber color that rings true to the beers name. A light malt/spice odor from my sip but a somewhat bland taste...With the exception of the aftertaste that was a little different, kind of a sweet fruit taste that did make the beer intriuging. Left my mouth a little dry but I'll try another next time I'm around the Michigan Brewing Company.

Photo of berserker256
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber/reddish color. Good head and lacing. Smells somewhat sweet and malty but the taste is a little more bitter than I expected for a Marzen type lager. It's got that semi-sweet presence like a Hacker-Pschorr golden lager but a little bit of unwanted bitterness. My specimen seems a little overfizzy too. I don't know why. Maybe I have an outdated bottle or something. It's not bad but I've had better Marzens.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. It has a light amber-orange color with a decent head that is well retained. The aroma is toasted malt with a very faint hint of hops. The taste is balanced nicely to style. The malt is dominant but not too sweet. There is an earthy hoppiness in the background. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a nice Oktoberfest/Marzen style lager. I think it's very true to style.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Clear amber in color, with some fine streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. Off-white fluffy head, great retention. Nice spots of lace left on the glass.

Bready, caramel aroma. Maybe a bit toasty. Soft floral hop notes in the background.

Good caramel malt backbone, sweet perhaps too sweet. Earthy and floral hop bitterness try to balance, but pretty one sided. A bit toasty.

Good body. I thought this was pretty good. Maybe a bit too sweet, but nice.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear amber-gold with a foamy head that melted away to a quarter inch. No real lacing to speak of.

Sweet mocha and malty aroma after an initial sensation of sour.

Tastes of roasted malts, caramel, and a slight bitterness from the hops.

Smooth and clean with not much carbonation.

A very drinkable beer and one of the better beers from Michigan Brewing Co.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold brassy orange with a fine particulate haze. Only the edges are amber. The crown of foam looks wonderful with its pale tangerine color, moonscape surface and decent amount of stickiness. That last quality results in thick patches of lace, most of which dries on the glass. A classic Oktoberfest look.

The nose is classic for the style as well. It isn't hard, just use Munich malt and German hops (Hallertau in this case) and stir. Of course it's much more difficult than that and MBC has done a more than creditable job with Sunset Amber. Toasted malty, nutty and earthy lead the way.

There's a surprising amount of flavor to be had and a surprising amount of depth as well. I'm not a huge fan of Munich malt, but I'm able to get past it since there's so much else going on. Like the nose, the flavor is well-toasted, spicy and nutty. I'm also reminded of pear butter... or I would be if the beer was more sweet and less bitter. Good use of hops; the Hallertau shine especially brightly.

This isn't one of those malt-dominant, overly sweet Oktoberfests, but is a well-balanced one that should appeal to a wide variety of drinkers. Good choice on the part of the brewery to release it year-round. The body/mouthfeel is medium in a general sense with an impressive lagery smoothness that makes it a treat to drink.

Sunset Amber is another good beer from the Michigan Brewing Company, a brewery that is well worth watching. I can't wait to see what else these guys are capable of. Oktoberfest lovers ought to lap this stuff up.

Photo of nicksta
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beautiful deep ruby color with gold edges makes up for the thin head and minimal lacing. I can smell a little roasted malt and hops, and some caramel but mostly just average adjunct sweetness. A very hard smell to decipher. The caramel that was breifly in the smell also makes a breif appearance in the taste, but then the taste turns into an extremely bitter High Seas India Pale Ale taste. This, in turn, makes the drinkability shit. On a final note, the mouthfeel is okay, but nothing to write home about.

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Michigan Brewing Sunset Amber from Michigan Brewing Company
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