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Detroit Lager - Detroit Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Detroit Beer Co. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 07-03-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Drk93TT, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

jmich24, Dec 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Bigtwin, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ryry887, Jun 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

NJB145, May 19, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I find with a lot of lagers produced by craft brewers, this one has a greater sweet tone to it more than anything else. This keeps it somewhat one-dimensional, but it's consistent and nice enough to drink. Feels quite creamy and smooth on the way down too.

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -15.5%

tectactoe, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Detroit Beer Co's Detroit Lager last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I was in the mood for something lighter today and it's been a while since I had a Lager so I thought I should give this one from Detroit a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok and it has an old school look to it, it's not that eye catching. It poured a nice pale golden color that was slightly amber and pretty clear, it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This beer looks good and is pretty standard for a American Pale Lager.

S- The aroma starts off a little sweet and imparts some grain, bread, sweet corn, and cereal aromas along with a slight spice and herbal aroma that may have come from some hops. This Lager has a pretty average aroma that is true to the style but it's still pretty dull.

T- This beer tastes much more like a German Pilsener then a American Pale Lager. It starts off with a large amount of sweet malts and grains that impart a sweet grainy and bready flavor. After that comes a light amount of hops that impart a spicy and herbal flavor with the spices sticking out the most. It had a light amount of medium bitterness with a sweet and bitter grainy aftertaste. The flavor is average and pretty close to a German or Czech Pilsener.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, a little sweet, medium body, and a nice amount of medium carbonation. Besides the slightly cloying sweetness the mouthfeel was a little above average.

Overall I thought that this was an ok beer that was much closer to being a German or Czech Pilsener then an American Pale Lager, to me it tasted like a German Pilsener that didn't have to take the trip overseas to America. This beer had ok drinkability and went down pretty smooth but the sweetness would prevent me from having more than two of these. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and hop profile, it looked pretty good for it's style and the spicy hops worked well with this beer. What I liked least about this beer was the sweetness, it would be better if it was toned down just a little. I wouldn't seek this beer out, but if I was in the D for a baseball game or something this might hit the spot, but there are tons of other Pilseners I would rather have. I wasn't too impressed with this beer, but with no off flavors I wasn't that unimpressed either, so that makes it pretty middle of the road. The name is a little misleading and I would like to see it changed to Detroit Pilsener since even the label says that is what it is, just because it is lagered doesn't mean it should simply be called a Lager. This isn't as bad as their Special Export and not as good as their Chocolate Stout, so far I think that this is a pretty mediocre brewery, I have yet to be impressed with any of their beers and this beer is no exception.

StoutHunter, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of jsisko01
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours an orange-amber color with a half inch off-white head that lingers a little longer than most beers. Has very nice lacing.

Smell - Bread, grain, corn, and some spices.

Taste - Has a very toasty flavor to it.. with caramel, barley, and a pretty bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer, just pretty spicy.. Not for someone with acid reflux.

jsisko01, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

IlPostino, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a standard pint. Thanks to beveritt for passing this one along from the state up north.

A- Pours a very pale golden, with an explosive, massive off white head, necessitating a multi-stage pour. Head fades slowly into a thin cap. Globs of lacing stick to the side.

S- Grainy/corny, with a hint of bready notes, and a slight twinge of herbal/spicy hops.

T- Surprisingly spicy hop flavor mixes well with the malty/grainy sweetness. Bitterness is moderate.

M- Lively carbonation. Light feel. Crisp and refreshing.

D- Good. It doesn't wow you in any major ways, but definitely a sessionable beer.

Future outlook: This was a pretty solid lager...No real need to repeat, but happy to have tried.

DoctorDog, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Lillenk
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Very nice appearance. Very golden. Very clear.

Not much there on the nose just smelled like every other lager I've ever had.

Taste was good but nothing to write home about. A very light beer but still with some flavors happening that were very nice.

Nice light mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Lillenk, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy light orange. Thin off-white head.

Smell: Reminds me a bit of Bell's Pale Ale. Sweet and flowery.

Taste: Bitterness is a little higher than most pale lagers. Sweetness is also a bit more than you would normally expect from the style.

BierFan, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of jiggahertz
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: slow pour resulted in a half finger head atop of a burnt orange beer.
Head dissipates quickly and very little lacing remains.

S: some buttery malts up front.

T: taste follows the smell. Nice malts and some yeast. Not terribly exciting but sweeter than expected for the style.

M: medium bodied and a good ammount of carbonation.

D: not sure about the abv but could make a decent session beer. A little more sweetness and taste than your typical lager.

jiggahertz, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft sample at MBG Winterfest 2009.

Poured a clear pale color with a moderate fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Soft drinkable brew.

tmoneyba, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Clear, clean lemon straw yellow body. Finger of dense, creamy, glass-crawling, cottony white head. Nose of biscuits, honey, sweetbread, and spicy, floral hops. Toasted malts and spicy hops up front. A little sea air skunkiness. Soft bread and dough malt flavors before a kiss of honey sweetness. Spicy, skunky hops take over in the finish. Nice. Light-moderate body with a lively feel. Goes down easy and makes for a nice session beer.

alexgash, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of david131
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy yellow beer with some great streams of rising carbonation. The head is fluffy and creamy looking with amazing retention.

S- Bready malt, some fruitiness and some vegetabley hops.

T- Tastes kind of like a really good macro lager. There is the sweet, bready malt aspect at the beginning, but there is no harsh bite at the end.

M- Clean and crisp. The carbonation level is right on. This is surprisingly smooth.

D- This would make a good session beer. I was not really pleased with this initially, but when my palate adjusted, I was very pleased.

david131, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of proc
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Too often micro brewers forget about brewing a good, sessionable lager. Kudos to the Detroit Beer Co. on doing the style and doing it up right.

This one pours out to a slightly, hazy golden color in the glass. Aroma is that of bread dough and malt. The taste is quite good, and features a yeasty, yet balanced lager that features plenty of malt and a does of hops on the finish.

This beer reminds me of what "local" lagers must be like in small towns throughout Europe. Fresh, tasty and fullfilling.

A very drinkable and sessionable lager.

proc, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright medium gold with a tight formed 1/2 finger white head that gone quickly,aromas ate toasted with a touch of floral hop and hard water.Sturdy and full bodied lager in the mouth,slightly sweet like a touch of honey with a firm toastiness as well a decent herbal smack in the finish.A pretty well made lager beer no frills but quite flavorful with some real drinkable qualities.

oberon, Jul 03, 2007
Detroit Lager from Detroit Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.