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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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BA SCORE
82
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite brew from MBC,poured a nice amber color with nice rocky head,very malty bread smell that wasnt overly sweet.Great bread dough-like taste with some fruitiness in the background made this real enjoyable on the palate.Real easy to drink,one of my favorite beers from my local area growin up.Will be getting some when up there in a few weeks.

oberon, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber/copper colored body topped by a frothy yellow tinged off-white head that holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma expresses richly toasty Vienna malt. The body is medium/light with a fine carbonation that's lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is a very toasty, biscuity and nutty malt with an earthy/mineral character backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry and lightly astringent with a lingering combination of residual malt, spicy hops & bitterness. A somewhat heavy handed interperetation of the Vienna style. Still, a decent beer with lots of malt & hop character that would make an attractive alternative when faced with a limited beer selection.

NeroFiddled, Nov 10, 2002
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear, amber color, short-lived head.
sweet nose, caramel-y, deep and fruity, slightly spicy.
Taste: nice, hoppy a bit, fruity, ...but, a bit too mild on the palate. Dies off too quickly. Lays easily on the mouth a bit, but doesn't make much of an impact.
An adequate, run of the mill amber ale, easy drinking, but nothing much.
Not a beer that I'd ever turn away, but nothing to knock your granny over to get, either.
Cheers!

feloniousmonk, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
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.)

Bighuge, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

WoodBrew, May 28, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -10%

tectactoe, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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

ZAP, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.9/5  rDev +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.

morimech, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a hazy caramel-amber, forming a tall light beige head with excellent retention and nice sheets of lacing. The carbonation is moderate. The aroma is clean with some interesting almond, amber grain husk, apple, walnut, and honey overtones. Interesting for a lager. Taste starts out lightly spicy with carbonation, but not from hops. Initially fruity with red apples and light walnuts, followed by some mild grain husk and light chalk, and then some mild woodsy bitterness in the finish. The finish is semi-dry and lightly toasty with lingering notes of limestone dust and freshly smashed rock. Alcohol is barely perceptable but adds a little peppery flourish, even at this ABV.

Hrmm, it's OK I spose, but this brew doesn't really do much for me. It's certainly not bad, but when it comes to Ambers, I'd much rather have a Fat Tire, Rogue, or Bell's. Nothing uniquely appealing, and I'd be harded pressed to remember this one.

Mitchster, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

buschbeer, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Bierguy5, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Monkeyknife, May 25, 2007
Photo of granger10
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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.

granger10, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of AltBock
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

AltBock, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of RickS95
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

RickS95, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Drk93TT
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Drk93TT, May 20, 2012
Photo of GRPunk
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

GRPunk, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

mrmanning, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of ypsifly
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper with less than a finger of white that settles to a veiled ring in a minute or so. Wispy lace in its wake.

Caramel and bicuits in the nose, just a hint of bitterness. A dark pilsener comes to mind.

Toasty with some caramel and a little toffee. The hops are more pronounced and help clear the palate and give a nice bite with a lingering bitter finish. Not quite as smooth or traditional tasting as others in the style, but I like the hop profile.

The mouth is in line with the style, and this is quite sessionable.

ypsifly, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight "4's" across the board. Pours out to a very attractive amber in the glass. Looks to be filtered as it is quite clear. Aroma is that of bread dough and light yeast. The taste is that of malt with a hint of fruit thrown in for good measure. Not as flavorful as Bell's Amber, but its may be more drinkable. An easy session amber if there ever was one.

proc, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of kzoobrew
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

kzoobrew, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of DruC4
3.25/5  rDev -10%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of hotstuff
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this beer unfortunately had a quick dissolving head. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. There was no carbonation observed rising to the top. In my opinion this beer had a fruity aroma along with a bitter taste.

hotstuff, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of Dithyramb
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully pictured 12 oz bottle. Received via BIF XV. Haven’t heard anything about Michigan Brewing Company, so I’m definitely interested in trying something new.

Pours a deep amber color with swirling carbonation. The name tag of “sunset” really fits the color. A thick and juicy tan head formed and never retreated.
Caramel, with fruits lightly spiced in the background.
The taste is very superbly well-balanced. A roasty, nutty malt flavor, with a good hop bitterness, creamy feel and just a bit of carbonation. I wouldn’t have known about the marzen/octoberfest style until I went to enter the review. Seems a bit more aggressive than the traditional styles, but fits well, now that I think of it.

I don’t really care if it is an ale or a lager. Either way, it is delicious. I definitely wouldn’t mind having a few, since this is a well-crafted session brew. We need more of these great mid-western beers here on the east coast…

Dithyramb, Nov 01, 2004
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Michigan Brewing Sunset Amber from Michigan Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.