Micro-Light Ale | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Micro-Light AleMicro-Light Ale

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.16%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by battlekow on 10-14-2005

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mactrail
2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bland looking amberish without much in the way of foaminess. There's no way to get very original in trying to describe this stuff. Hints of Bandaid and plastic, cookie dough, cornmeal, and some faint lemon. A wee bit of malt in the flavor Only smell I get is more like bathtub water. Slight grainy nose as you exhale.

You could call it drinkable, if it had more carbonation. Maybe if it was super fresh it might be worth a few gulps. Certainly no improvement on the competent industro-brew examples, even the Adjunct Lagers. This one could use a little more corn syrup.

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Photo of tvv375ia
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 16oz bottle into pint glass

A-hazy straw yellow with little head and no retention

S-some malts and a slight medicinal band aid smell

T-not a lot going on here a little bit of malt no hops but I do have the same medicinal band aid in the taste

M-thin and watery just like a light beer

O-not terrible for a light beer but not that good either

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Photo of sweemzander
3.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in February of 2009.

(A)- Pours a clear pale golden color with a good white 2-finger head that dissipated rather quickly.

(S)- Light floral attribute with a lemony corn with honey & biscuits.

(T)- Light honeyed malt flavor with corn husk and a light floral spice.

(M)- Crisp and refreshing with good carbonation. Really clean finish.

(D)- A fine beer. Simple and straightforward, but solid drinking nonetheless if you are looking for some lighter fare.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

16 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A - Poured a clear golden/ light amber hue with a loose off-white head. Carbonation was going nuts. Lots of bubbles.

S - For a light it has a fairly yeasty and malty smell to it. Something else, possibly spice, I can't exactly put my finger on.

T - Nothing much to speak of. Slight malt and hop characteristics with that subtle spicy (I think) flavor.

M - Heavily carbonated with a light, and refreshing feel. Crisp!

D - Incredibly drinkable. Easy session beer that I would MUCH rather drink that the Miller/Coors staples of session beer.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.17/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 once bottle into a pint.

Pours a medium honey with a decent head that is fizzy and dissipates quickly leaving no lace or spotting.

Aroma is roasted malt and sweet yeast. Sugary cookies and sweet rolls. Coffee cake and danish. Not much hop at all just malt and it's not bad.

Flavor is nutty malt with a big hit of vanilla. Malt is sweet and bready with a slight flavor of candy sugar. Yeast flavors are dusty and sweet. There is a crackery crisp character that cuts the sweetness of the malt slightly. Caramel and buttery diacetyl flavors abound.

Mouthfeel is where the beer lacks. This is a "light" beer as promoted on the label and with the carb and calorie count it's understandable.

Don't really know why this is classified as an "American Blond" when the label clearly denotes that it's a "Light Ale". And for what it is, it's outstanding. I really think the mis-classification of this beer is hurting it. This is an excellent "light" beer and even with a lacking of hops I really think this is an excellent example of a "Light Ale".

I think this would definitely fall better into the "low alcohol beer" category.

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Photo of mynie
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Now called simply "Light." I assume it's the same beer. The brewery website says it's been available since 2005.)

For a light, this pour is nothing short of amazing. It'd actually be a pretty darn good pour for any style. Translucent, very dark amber with no hint of chill haze. We're at around 3 minutes since I poured it and the head is still loud and proud. Oddly enough, this looks *exactly* like the beer that they have pictured on the 20 packs of Stroh's (you know, the stuff that looks nothing Stroh's...)

Smells much more like a light beer than the pour led me to believe, sadly enough. Dry malt, no hint of hop. I know that Sprecher takes their Old World brewing real serious, too, but I swear I smell a little adjunct metal in there.

Tastes pretty much like it smells only a bit more firm, a little bit sweet and maltier. Light fruit nodes start things off and then move into toastier, dryer malts and a superlight hop finish. Way more complexity that what you get in your average light, but still not all that much going on.

Ehh, it's not bad. Not good, either.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy medium amber color with sparse white head. No retention, no lacing.

Smell has a light fruity-malty character.

Taste has some stronger fruit aspects, with some malt also present. Not a whole lot of flavor though.

Finishes very thin with virtually no taste retention.

Would be a good thirst quenching beer on a hot suummer day, but not good for much else.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden yellow, with a solid finger head.

S- Clean, light malt aroma with domiated by a subtle spicy hop aroma.

T- Nice blend of sweet and toasted malts up front. the middle lends way to a hop finish that is lacking.

M- Pretty spot on for a "light" beer.

D- I could easilt put back quite a few of these.

When comparing this to other "light" beers on the market, this quite good. The character is all up front while the finish is lacking. However this adds to incresed drinkability which makes up for the afforementioned flaw.

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Photo of botham
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a nonic. pours amber with a couple fingers of off-white head.

aroma is lightly malty, with munich malts prevalent. a light citrus flavor is present as well.

taste is malty, with a mild citrus undertone. not too much here. rather watery.

mouthfeel is watery, without much character.

drinkability is good. this brew is devoid of character, but it is tolerable. better than most light brews.

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Photo of sweethome
2.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Micro-Light is Sprecher's answer to Light beers - this one is a light ale.

Pours a fairly deep golden color - bright white head doesn't last long.

Nose is rather simple, a little bready, corn. The entry is pretty darn good for a light beer. Sweet malts, no hop bittering.

The flavor is the weak link of this beer...a grainy, bready malt flavor with little development. No hop flavor here. The finish is clean and leaves you ready for more, but there is not enough flavor for me to really want more.

I guess Sprecher is looking for a cross-over here and afraid to hit with ANY hops. I think if they add a bit of hops for slight bittering and flavor, you may have something. It finishes quite well, and looks good, just doesn't deliver much in the flavor front - if your gonna switch form macro-crap-light, it will take a slow move to flavor to do it.

I'll take this over a Miller Lite any time, but would pick a Sam light first.

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Photo of shadow1961
2.77/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sprecher's Micro-Light Ale pours a finger of foam (it collapses
to a ring of foam in seconds), over a clear dark yellow brew. The
carbonation is slow but steady, the nose is a bit of barley malt
and ale yeast. The flavor is basically thin barley malt, slightly sweet
with no apparent hop at all in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin but
crisp. This is kind of a blah take on the admittedly bland American
Blonde Ale/Cream Ale style- certainly easy drinking and sessionable,
but there are way better examples of the style out there. This is kind
of a disappointment considering Sprecher's otherwise solid lineup.

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Photo of Winter
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper with an off-white head that disappeared fairly quickly. Spicy hoppiness on the nose from Tettnanger hops. Light floral bouquet combined with a bready malt nose. The mouthfeel is medium to light with ample carbonation. This is a light refreshing ale. Light bready malt flavor combined with an ale fruitiness. Light hop bitterness midway through provides some snap. Some diacetyl flavors toward the back.

Overall this isn't as bad as I was expecting. Although the term "Micro-Light" ale is confusing, I think from a consumer stand point (and was probably done as a marketing ploy) this is an easy drinking, non-offensive brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glassy goldenrod with pale lemon trim. The cap is somewhere between dark bone and faded ecru in color, is three fingers in thickness after the pour and isn't tacky enough to leave any glass garnish whatsoever. Average at best.

The nose is pleasant in a simple, lightly toasted grain sort of way. I may be able to appreciate a whiff or two of hops (Tettanger, Willamette), but this certainly isn't a hoppy beer. Nor did I expect it to be. My impression is that it's a blonde ale or a cream ale that's midway between a standard beer and a light beer is terms of calories and carbs.

As a light beer... not bad at all. As anything else... I'm not impressed. I'm glad to see that the direct relationship between ingredients and flavor still applies. If Sprecher was going for something with slightly more guts than a light lager, then they've certainly accomplished their goal. Whether that makes it a worthwhile offering for anyone but the waistline-concious remains to be seen.

The flavor, like the nose, is of lightly sweet grain with very few other contributors. Whatever hoppiness I may or may not have found in the nose seems to have gone into hiding. Given that the brewery website indicates 6 IBUs, there can't be a whole lot of hops in the house. This is simple, unoffensive, unexciting beer.

Because of its tweener status, the body/mouthfeel is as expected. It's light and airy without inching over into thin or watery. Thin and watery are only a short step away however. In any case, anyone buying a beer called Micro-Light should have a good idea what they're in for.

It's no surprise that this is my least favorite Sprecher beer to date. That isn't to say that Micro-Light doesn't have its place and isn't a worthwhile member of the brewery's lineup, it just isn't for me. I'll stick with the excellent Black Bavarian, Hefe Weiss, Pub Ale, Special Amber...

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Photo of Chaz
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Golden Ale / Cream Ale / ale-lager hybrid? What's goin' on here? I first tried this on draught at the brewery, and after a wonderful tour of the place I was jonesing for a beer - this was the first beer I tried, cold and on-draught. A great thirst quencher, full of flavor and not a "light" as such at all. Since returning home from the tour I've done some checking, and this is a re-branding of "Antler Ale", which is elsewhere classified as a Cream Ale ( I was told of the name change by the national sales manager - Oats and corn were often used in American Cream Ales, and here we have torrified wheat - why not?) so . . . that corn-y taste so many people seem to be tasting is coming from that torrified wheat.

True, this ale is lighter in body than a lot of the brews I tend to rave about (Pilsners, Imperial Stouts, Baltic Porters), but it is a step or two above even the lightest, easiest-drinking offerings from BMC. I agreee with others, the name throws people off - is it a Light Lager? A "micro" light lager like Samuel Adam's Light? A light ale ala Shipyard Light? Or just a light, easy-drinking style of ale that we've all forgotten about?

The classic American Cream Ales I remember (Little Kings, Blatz) are largely a thing of the past, with the Kings falling into an uncomfortable niche between off-brands and malt-liquors and Blatz being led out to the Back 40 long ago. Micro-Light offers a new take on the style to a new generation, and in that sense holds a place near and dear to my heart - and yeah, I'm not forgetting about all of those Sleeman's cans/kegs I've put down in the last few years, either.

Micro Light pours a pale amber in color, with a tangy, fruity nose with notes of oats and barley. A uniform white head of medium duration, and minimal lacing. Fairly light carbonation.

Slightly malty and rather grainy, with some vegetal notes. Tangy, a little bit sweet, but fairly dry all around. Very minimal bitterness . . . maybe the least bitter ale I've ever drank. The body is light, but mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Doesn't knock my socks off, but this would make for a decent session ale. I'll have to try this with food sometime, as I think it could pair well with several light entrees.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a clear yellow color with high carbonation, but little head. Stale aroma, like cardboard. This beer smells like a hundred other crappy beers. The flavor is very much like the aroma. It is not terribly unpleasant, there is just nothing interesting about it. It's a thin, watery flavor that is vaguely like malt. No hop flavors. Light mouthfeel. As far as light beers go, I suppose this isn't bad, but it's nothing I'll ever drink again.

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Photo of battlekow
2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was really at a loss about how to characterize this beer. Despite being prominently called "Micro-Light," it is an ale, and Sprecher's website provides the following description:

"This very light, refreshing fruity Ale has a golden color and rich malty complexity that only old-world brewing can produce. Slightly hopped for flavor it's [sic] a perfect beer for easy drinking."

I think it's clear that Sprecher is trying to pass off what is essentially a light beer by disguising it as an ale. I can see the meeting now: "Well hell, if we call it 'Micro-Light,' the uneducated consumer will assume it's a light beer and buy it, but since it's an ale, we'll fool some other people into buying it as well!" For the record, I was not fooled, but merely irritated at constantly seeing this beer and knowing it was not in the database.

Anyway, the beer itself pours a hazy golden color with a big head that quickly departs, leaving a pathetic little ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Smells malty and musty, definitely no hop aroma whatsoever. In terms of the taste, this "refreshing fruity Ale" is not fruity in the least, and as for the "rich malty complexity that only old-world brewing can produce," well, I guess the Old World loves that metallic flavor, because Micro-Light is pregnant with it. There's also corn, of course, though to its credit, Micro-Light does have a rather pleasant toasted finish and a medium mouthfeel.

Overall, Sprecher has done an excellent job of recreated a macro light lager, only with ale yeast. Certainly passable for the "style," but I'm sure I'll be the only review on this beer for awhile.

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Micro-Light Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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