Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
California, United States
Cream Ale
3.64 | pDev: 12.09%
Mar 01, 2022
Jan 03, 2011
Notes: None
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3.65 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 01, 2022
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1.58/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz can. Pours light reddish amber with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet floral cream malts.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malty cream ale with some bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin.

Overall, not my favorite.

Mar 03, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times 16-oz. Willi Becher glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $1.50
Purchased: Nov. 25, 2018
Consumed: Dec. 1, 2018
Reviewed as: Cream Ale
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 25, 2018

Not that big a fan of Mike Hess beer, but I keep buying them. I do respect their beers and love the idea of rotating hops for Solis. Can’t believe I’d never had this one even on Untappd. Online description called for, “Grazias is a mash-up of the second largest city in Austria, Graz and our second favorite word in the Spanish language, gracias. Grazias is a twist on the old-world classic Vienna style, malty and perfectly balanced with German “noble” hops. It has a creamy, smooth texture; a deep amber color from the malt; and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and light toast, which play off the German hops for a sublime result.” Not a lot of experience with cream ales with just five reviewed so far (out of almost 2,200).

Poured a clear copper color with two fingers of khaki white frothy head. Small amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent uneven lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled caramel, toffee, wheat toast, grain, roasted malts, light chocolate, faint vanilla and notes of maple. Got more earthy grain notes from the can. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was not quite as good as the nose, but does follow it. In order got caramel, wheat toast, rye spice, toffee, toasted grain, roasted malts, maple, light chocolate, light vanilla and pear. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Really a solid beer overall. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.84 | 86 | B+

Dec 10, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

12oz can, rocks glass, canned 10/25/18.

The color is definitely in the Vienna Lager spectrum, a coppery chestnut. There isn’t a ton of head, though that may be my pour and glass issue.

Vanilla, toasted malt, nutty, for a rich aroma.

Taking a sip of this thing brings you layer after layer of malt flavors and is a great showcase of a malts flavors rather than sweetness. There’s initially a sweet toast that gives way to nuttiness, and finally a caramel fullness.

Grazias is what I call medium bodied and has an exquisite balance of body, carbonation, and finish.

I really like this beer and can see drinking it occasionally as an alternative to a Porter or Stout when I want something not hoppy and pale. It’s called a Vienna Cream Ale, which isn’t explained on the can. Is it a Vienna Lager fermented at warmer temperatures? Is it a Cream Ale brewed with Vienna-like ingredients? Is there a difference? It is good though and comes in one of those cool cans where the whole top comes off.

Nov 29, 2018
3.8 by Heymecalvy from Massachusetts on Sep 01, 2018
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3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Drew-Mullins from California

One and only complaint: too bitter. For me the bitterness didn’t mix we’ll with the other qualities like the creaminess.

Aug 12, 2018
3.63 by BEER88 from Washington on Aug 05, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by HayBB from Colorado

Definitely creamy. Rich flavor and excellent mouth-feel.

Jul 17, 2018
3.3 by tottel from Netherlands on Jun 08, 2018
3.77 by BennyProfane from California on Apr 29, 2018
3.22 by nataku00 from California on Apr 19, 2018
3.75 by paulish from New York on Mar 01, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

not my favorite from these guys so far, this is a vienna amber type beer and cream ale fusion, with some corn in the mash and what must be a cold conditioning, but im not sure this is a lager. its just okay for me, a little sweet in the malt complexion up front, and sort of heavy for a beer across a couple of usually easy drinking styles. there is a nice chestnut character to the vienna malt, toasted and earthy and with a maple sweetness to it. the yeast is bready and old school, but it cannot dry this out, and while i like the autumnal flavor palate, i think the beer is pretty average overall. i wanted it to be more interesting with the corn in here, and i think i wanted it to be a bit more drinkable, especially from the pull top can where the whole lid comes off, those are pounders usually, but this one is a bit slower for me. the mike hess so far has been really back and forth in my limited experience. this one was forgettable, although its nice to see a brewery stick to their guns on a year round malty beer, i feel like these are a dying breed in this beer climate...

Dec 23, 2017
3.18 by holder1422 from South Dakota on Nov 12, 2017
3.67 by Lucnifter from California on Oct 16, 2017
3.89 by mdfb79 from New York on Oct 09, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Can dated 4/4/17:
Ok, a Vienna cream ale - I'm going ale version of Mexican lager?

A nicely clear brown ale, a little dark for the compared to style, but not outrageously so. The head is not grand, but lasts quite nicely.

Nose does have the Vienna malt aspect, but there's an earthy bitterness that overcomes it a bit.

Taste sticks to the malty (and adjunct) side a little more than the nose indicates. A bit more full than a typical Mexican lager, the malt drives most the taste until the end. The anticipated earthy bitterness comes in late.

A tasty option, though a little heavier than my own pseudo-style comparison.

Sep 21, 2017
3.76 by HaoleBoy from California on Aug 23, 2017
3.75 by 22Blue from Kansas on Aug 17, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and some fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Jul 30, 2017
3.97 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Jul 02, 2017
3.97 by rbkdata from Texas on Jun 21, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Wasatch from Colorado

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 01/27/17

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden brownish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a really nice thick/creamy two-finger light tan head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, caramel, kinda bready. The taste is malty, kinda hoppy, bready, with a good dose of caramel, spicy. Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well. Overall, not that bad.

Jun 09, 2017
3.98 by JuiceMan818 from California on May 31, 2017
3.85 by mnine from California on May 22, 2017
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3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Red5StandingBy from Maryland

Poured from 16oz can into USS Ronald Reagan standard pint glass. Canning date of February 22nd 2017.

L: Dark mahogany, thin light beige head. Mediocre retention. Some nice lacing.

S: Caramel malts, with that cream note.

T: Rich caramel and toffee with a lingering cream aftertaste. Meh.

F: Medium body, crisp.

O: This is not a bad beer but this inst good either.

May 17, 2017
3.69 by spoony from Colorado on Mar 18, 2017
3.81 by 2GOOFY from California on Mar 15, 2017
4.5 by afsdan from Colorado on Mar 12, 2017
3.85 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota on Feb 12, 2017
3.01 by Mebuzzard from Colorado on Aug 31, 2016
3.88 by Kurmaraja from California on Aug 29, 2016
2.93 by Rick778 from California on Aug 27, 2016
3.68 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Aug 26, 2016
3.69 by dertyd from California on Jul 30, 2016
3.43 by briancathy from Virginia on Jul 16, 2016
4 by redfox405 from California on Jun 18, 2016
3.73 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Jun 02, 2016
2.79 by Keeling from California on Apr 30, 2016
3.54 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Feb 26, 2016
Grazias from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 148 ratings