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Badass American Lager - Michigan Brewing Company

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Badass American LagerBadass American Lager

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BA SCORE
63
poor

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 31.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tubacharlie on 08-21-2010)
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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -20.9%

t0rin0, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle, from the gas station across from my hotel in Southgate, Michigan. Nice, suitably bad-ass, "Don't tread on me" spread bald eagle black and silver label iconography. I’d heard of this from Mr. Rock's shilling on the talk show circuit a while back, and for less than a twoonie, well, when in Rome, or I guess metro Detroit…

This beer pours a very clear, very very very (did I say very?) pale straw, um 'colour', with a teeming amount of thinly foamy bone-white head, which leaves some sudsy swaths of lace around the glass as it ethereally wisps away. It smells quite faintly of bready grain, and equally far-off weedy hops. The taste is soft cornbread-esque sweetness, and bland, inoffensive weedy, earthy hops. Surprisingly little skank, only a bit as it approaches room temperature – must be the proximity to the source, and the cleansing effect of interstate bypasses. The carbonation is average, unobtrusive, the body light, strangely not that watery, and pretty smooth, nothing really there to provide snags or bumps in the road, for better or worse. It finishes fairly clean, just a hint of graininess indicating that a beer once stood here.

Not much goin' on, just plain white and crackery, despite the outward protestations to the contrary. Now I get it.

biboergosum, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
2.33/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My contribution to our Madison Heights bad(ass) beer tasting. Served somewhat inappropriately in a tulip. Purchased from a grocery store in Royal Oaks.

A - Surprisingly decent head retention and lacing for the style, that eventually settles to a partial white cap and thick collar. Fizzy transparent yellow body.

S - Sharp grains, creamed corn, yeasty bread, lightly floral hops, and a faint touch of skunk.

T - Lots of corn, that lingers indefinitely through the finish and aftertaste. A kiss of pale malt and fruitiness, and some of that steamed rice and "generic" beer yeastiness. Gets saccharine and cloying as it warms up.

M - Fizzy, slightly harsh carbonation, medium-light body, and a lightly sticky finish. No trace of the listed 4.2% ABV - impressive.

D - The name is clearly punctuated incorrectly - I believe it should be "Bad, Ass, Lager". Would probably pair nicely with a Kid Rock record and some grilled roadkill.

MasterSki, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev +18.6%

imperialking, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

LXIXME, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

Zaphog, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

THECPJ, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is about as light in color as would be typical for the style, though just a bit darker than the standard "straw" yellow. It's fizzy and thin, yes, but there is a little bit to the white head and the foam it leaves behind when it recedes, and even a little stick in some very light, spotty lacing.
The nose is where I notice it's not an adjunct; there is a light biscuity malt even giving off a little sweetness, surprisingly not one-sided, as there is an impression both of caramel and fruits. Grassy notes linger lightly and a grains presence is strong. Hops are very light and the aroma lacks strength, but I'd call this slightly above par for a generally very weak style.
This beer loses a little depth in the flavor, although hops bitterness does at least come out. Unfortunately, rather than adding it mixes in such a way because it's so light that it comes out more as a gentle sourness than real bitterness. Grains being foremost, it doesn't detract terribly, and the sweetness of the malts balances it out a bit.
Carbonation is quite lively and it at least keeps the beer as a whole lively as well. The crispness expected of weaker styles such as this one and adjunct lagers is in full force. The body is as light as expected (very), but given the standard isn't off.
This, like any like it, is what it is. I'd call it slightly above par for the course, as it were.

Brenden, May 16, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
1.6/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a very pale and dull grey yellow color. Produced a pure white head. Some lace.

(S)- Smells like pure corn and rice grain and a very sugary/sweet smelling one at that.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Lots of sugary corn and rice. Mild metallic bits.

(M)- Good carbonation level. Very light and mild with quite a sugar-filled profile for the style. Crisp.

(D)- Very light bodied and crisp, though extremely sweet for the style. Not a fan unfortunately.

sweemzander, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of tectactoe
2/5  rDev -20.9%

tectactoe, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.55/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a 6 pack of this the other day so lets see how badass this beer really is. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer pours a very clear watery yellow color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed.

S- Slight amounts of grains with an even slighter presence of floral hops. Not much going on here.

T- This is where this beer shines. The flavor starts off with a big presence of grainy malts that taste biscuity, there is also some floral hops on the finish but just like the smell the hops are very slight.

M- Very light bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

D- Well this an American lager so it better be really drinkable, and it is. It wouldn't be much of a task to drink a six pack while watching a nascar race or grilling outside.

Overall I thought this was one good American lager, a step above the usual BMC products. I was a little skeptical of this beer at first because of the brewery and that its endorsed by Kid Rock, but it turned out to be a good beer for its style and I am sure I will be drinking more of this, especially in the summer.

StoutHunter, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
2.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz cab
Served in a pilsner glass

A - I have never seen a beer this light in color. It is almost devoid of color. It is a very diluted yellow. Plenty of white head.

S - Lots of grain and grass

T - I also get lots of grain here, too.

M - Thin and watery

O - It reminds me of PBR

buschbeer, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
2.73/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for being an american badass and giving this to me. Alright, now that that is done on with the review.

A- Pours a very light pale straw yellow color. One finger fizzy head shows light retention. Some light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass fall back into the beer.

S- Biscuity malts with a strong grain aroma in the front of the beer. There was a honeylike backending aroma that became overwhelming. No real hop aroma at all....I thought the alcohol stood out more than the hops.

T- Biscuity tone in the front of the beer changes into a light caramel malt sweetness. Hints of light butter in the middle of the beer. Toasted malts on the backend of the beer with a hint of grassy/lightly skunked hops. Alcohol is dull and unclean tasting in the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high overall but on par for the style. A lot of grains and semi-sweet malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, hint of skunked hops, and wet grain. Flavors were light and hard to tell if they were blended well. Buttery notes are the only off flavor which I would assume is a off flavor. No alcohol real alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer is what I would say is a "C" average beer. It wasn't anything over the top but a lot better tasting than most pale lagers. The alcohol was not there at all which I liked overall in this style of beer. The hops when present seemed a little skunked once again like a lot of the beers in this style.

alleykatking, May 03, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool-looking "bomber" bottle that kind of reminds you of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket or a Jack Daniels bottle. Received into a standard pint glass.
Pale, straw-colored brew, with a relatively short, quickly receding head of foam.
Aroma-Faint grain and malt notes.
Taste-Faint grain and biscuit, a hint of malt sweetness and a tiny hop bite. Very light, refreshing, and drinkable. A step above the big BMC beers. A nice, easy drinking summer backyard BBQ brew, or a must at a Kid Rock concert since it's basically the beer he supported and helped "create". Looking forward to more brews from Mr. Rock.

hosehead83, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of MacStinson
3/5  rDev +18.6%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of szmnnl99
2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

jaidenjb, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.1/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll be honest here. I bought this for the label and bottlecap. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This is one of the lightest beers I have seen. Nearly completely clear and transparent, there is a little straw yellow color to convince me this is not Sprite. A fluffy white head puffs up with the pour, fades to a film and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: Biscuity malt with a hint of honey-like sweetness. Other faint grains make an appearance. I get a light buttered popcorn aroma as well.

Taste: The front is light biscuity malt, followed by a fairly malt sweetness. A light toasted grain flavor joins, leading to some light noble hops. The finish is grainy and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Slightly grainy, not quite crisp enough. The carbonation looked like it was there after pouring, only to hide a little bit during each sip. Mostly clean, with a light to medium body.

Drinkability: Well, the low ABV and moderately sweet nature of this beer guarantees that it would disappear by the glass were I at a BBQ or some other summer event. Better than the BMC products without getting overly complex.

KickInTheChalice, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Drk93TT
1.25/5  rDev -50.6%

Drk93TT, May 20, 2012
Photo of JizackFH
1.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - This beer pours an extremely pale straw color. This is probably the palest beer I have ever seen. It has a 2-finger fluffy white head on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves a few specs of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose is pretty faint. From what I am getting though, it basically smells like your average light lager. Some graininess and corn-like sweetness. There is also a really faint hop aroma.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some grainy malt and some corn sweetness. There is a small amount of hop presence detectable, as well as a bit of citrusy lemon flavor. The finish leaves some lingering citrus and grainy malt.

M - This has a pretty light body and average carbonation. It goes down easy and has a pretty smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness. This would definitely benefit if the body wasn't so thin.

O - This has okay drinkability. I mean it goes down easy and it would be easy to drink a few in a night. Overall, It just isn't an impressive beer. It is just your typical pale lager, and just really isn't interesting. I wouldn't recommend picking it up.

JizackFH, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of gmfessen
3.18/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw this one at the store and had to try the "Badass" beer, but with doubtful hesitation. I felt a little better about it when I found out it was brewed in Webberville (MBC). Poured from a very cool looking 22 oz bomber into a pint glass, Badass is a perfectly clear straw color with very active carbonation and a thin, almost non-existant white head. The nose while not overwhelming, is malty sweet and slightly fruity with white grapes and pear notes. Flavor follows suit, lightly fruity but not overpowering. A little too much on the sweet side though, could use some more hops to balance (and to be more badass). Mouthfeel is very light but the carbonation is active and very full. Overall a drinkable beer, definitely a better pick than a BMC lager but BADASS might be a stretch.

gmfessen, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

iemailjack, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of nukem5
2.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Very pale gold color with very thin head, no lacing at all.

S: Aroma of rice and corn and no hop, very sad just to be an average beer of "macro" quality but litte better than your everyday American Lager.

T: Very little taste, sad but true, I bought this sixer because it was a Kid Rock thing :-(

M: Watery and very light upon looking at this beer it appears to be a light beer but is not labeled as such.

D: Depends... if I was looking to get drunk yea could drink about 16 of em but would be very bloated. If I wanted something to drink for taste , this would not be that beer.

nukem5, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of BBP
3.85/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Watered down clear pale gold with average head and medium carbonation.

S- Grains and a bit of floral hop scent. Very faint however.

T- Grains and hops as well as a little bit of sweetness. I think it must be honey or something. It has a lighter taste, but doesn't feel too lacking at the same time. Starts with a fairly light taste before the hops kick in, and then the aftertaste becomes sweeter.

M- Light body and somewhat watery with carbonation that seems a bit overpowered. Quite crisp though.

D- Better than the label would have suggested. I have to admit, that's why I bought the bottle. It just seemed so blatantly American, in an "America Fuck Yeah" kind of way, but I found that it was actually a decent choice, and had some good things going for it, in that it's refreshing, and that it has a nice clean taste. I don't think I'd pick it up again considering it's on the other side of the border, but I think it surpasses most macros and is worth checking out.

BBP, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of DannyDan
3.35/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review on here. I bought a six pack of this for $6.49 because I liked the name. I poured the beer into a mug and saw that it poured into a light golden pale color, it had a small head with not much retention and had good carbonation. When drinking it had a good mouth feel and goes down nice and smooth. It has a very faint biscuit and light hop taste. It is not a bad beer and for those who like a beer that is easy drinking while listening to Kid Rock or other music this "Bad Ass" beer is a must try

DannyDan, Nov 18, 2010
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Badass American Lager from Michigan Brewing Company
63 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.