Arbor Brewing Big Ben House Mild | Arbor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ken3c on 09-08-2004

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Rich540:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy white head over a slightly hazy golden body. Good head retention. Hints of malt and hops in the nose. Flavors are a well-executed balance between malt and light hops. True to style it has a light body, but is not overly watery. As it warms, the hops start to prevail with a light citric bitterness and aroma. Smooth and light in the mouth with a slightly dry finish.

It’s hard to strike the balance between flavor and light body as required by the style. This version does it well and makes for an excellent session brew. A lunch-time favorite.

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Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very sessionable at 3.5% and still aroma and taste, but skip it for the pils. Aroma was both hoppy and malty. Orangey with a little white head, with lace. Bitterness and a bit of fruit, metallic finish. A light mouthfeel and prickly active carbonation. Perhaps the weakest in their lineup

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, served in an imperial pint.

Appears light gold with a short white head in my glass. There's a sweet biscuit aroma with herbal hops. A little more hops come out in the flavor with a fresh cut grass note. The overall flavor here is light, but it's also delicate and relatively complex. I'll call this a good session beer.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on January 18, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. An orange-yellow pour, with no head. Light orange and cascade arom. Very light and very watery. Light bitter flavor, with light resin. Palate is light grassyness. Finish is sweet and a little puckery. Drinkable.

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Photo of ComputerBeer
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great session beer that taste like a beer. Great yeast notes mildly hopped but in balance. Not astringent like some mild beers that turn out watery. This beer is light in body but throws a great head, it is after all a session beer. Great for drinking but it really doesn't stand up to having with a meal. Just enjoy one at the bar. Faint brown to copper color.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler
Served in a pint glass

A - It is a light amber color and slightly hazy. It has two inches of off white head.

S - I get some citrus with a solid bread backbone.

T - The taste is similar to the smell. It actually finishes a little bitter.

M - Medium with a slight chalky feel.

D - I bought a growler and will have no problem finishing it this morning. It is a session beer and fits the mold nicely.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep golden yellow color. Very hazy. A finger or so of an off white head that leaves a bi of lacing

Smell: sweet citrus and bread/ grassy malts

Taste: starts off with a slightly grassy and bready malt. A fruitiness plays in that into citrus. Low hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light and bready. Low bitterness again

Overall: a very tasty and sessional beer. Packs a good amount of flavor for the lightness.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mild is sure is. Pours out to a light brown / hazy yellow color with a small head of white foam. Aromas are light, but hints of dark fruits and grain are noted. Taste is suprisingly robust for such a low ABV brew; malt, estery fruits, mashed grain, mild hops. Nice. Mouthfeel was mediocre and had no real character. Drinkability I must say is good. I could easily drink this for a session, no problem. Likely not for everyone, but worthy of a try.

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Photo of ken3c
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice big head with lots of lacing. The menu says Golden Yellow but It's really more of a light amber.

Refreshing citrus smell.

Nice citrus taste with some bitterness and sweetness and then an unfortunate cardboard taste. Maybe this was a bad batch. It wasn't bad enough to send it back but I really thought it would be better.

Light and smooth.

I will plan on having another in a month or so to see if it's any better but I'd really rather drink one of Arbor's better tasting offerings.

After having another, The cardboard taste is gone but some of the other tastes aren't as prominent. Also the head is non-existant on this one. I'll bump the taste 1/2 point but the appearance suffered

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Photo of LuckyJohn
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jrallen34
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had this on tap as part of a sampler, this was one of most disappointing beers for sure...It actually looks really nice, nice gold color, good retention...The aroma is nice too, light but gives off some decent hops...The taste is terrible, all skunk from start to finish, nothing redeeming here at all. At 3.5% I'd almost rather drink an American macro.

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Photo of nomad
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold with a copper tone, this mild shows a slight haze to it. Low carbonation and low abv makes it a bit wimpy in the head/lacing category, but thats expected.

What a treat for the nose! Surprisingly forward for such a, sorry for the pun, mild beer. Highly fruity esters waft about, but not as clear and heavy as say the rosy tones of some English bitters or the banana scents of some wheat beers. It presents a truly mixed fruit salad of smells, and lightly but unexpectedly so.

Flavor is biscuity, barely fruity, and quite drying in the finish - quite toasty and crisp. The beer rolls well on a thin but rounded mouthfeel. Overall, not as watery as you'd think as the toasty malt offers a light balance to the estery body.

A nice house beer though a tad drying at times.

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Photo of aaronh
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy Golden color accompanied by a light fruity aroma and a hint of hops. Balanced bitterness, but much more than expected. The bitterness lingers on the finish. Little malt to speak of. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side as well, perhaps due to the lack of malt. An OK beer, but not really enjoyable.

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Arbor Brewing Big Ben House Mild from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 18 ratings