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Badass American Lager | Midtown Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midtown Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
midtownbrewingco.com

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,740
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
80
pDev:
29.84%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by Calculat0r:
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2/5  rDev -22.5%

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very light corn color and a very thick head that recedes down to an inch. The only reason I'm giving the appearance a 3 is because the head is surprising thick. Smell is very sweat with hints of corn adjuncts. Goes down pretty smooth, is lightly carbonated and has just a slight hint bitterness in the back of the throat. Taste is very sweet followed by smack in the face with adjuncts.

Overall this is an average beer, which is more than expected. This would probably make a decent session beer. At the very least it has a very cool label.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.31/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Straw yellow in color with a light haziness. There's basically just a fingernail of off white about an inch long in one corner of the glass. The aroma is of corn and faintly grassy hops, but mostly corn. I'm tasting a nice blend of corn and grassy hops. The mouth is very light and quaffable.

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Photo of seddy75
3.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

People shouldn't confuse this with a beer that's trying to be all that and then some. It's not trying to be a craft beer, it's not trying to be a high end beer. It's trying to be an easy drinking, cheap beer that anyone can drink. On that front, it's an absolute success.

There's not much to the beer but it's non-offensive, and goes down easy. The color is pale, pale straw color. The taste - not much there - tastes like a refreshing light beer. This is a beer that you want to have when its 100 degrees in the shade during the summer.

Good for just sitting around and shooting the s$#t with friends but not a beer that's going to impress any beer snob with lots of flavor profiles, hop character, etc, - but then again, it's not supposed to be.

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Photo of szmnnl99
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of gmfessen
3.2/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of bushbeer75
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

Michigan Brewing Badass American Lager poured into my mug a very, very, light [one of the lightest I have seen] clear yellow producing a thin white head that just vanished in no time. Due to its very anemic appearance I wasn’t expecting much from this beer. However, Badass did deliver more than its appearance showed. The aroma is of the American Pale Lager style…very light malt. The flavor is a bit more promising. The taste is of light malt with a touch of hops.

I am afraid I like Kid Rock better than “his” beer. Despite some of its short comings I would choose Badass over many American macro adjunct/light lagers.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.37/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of n2492004
3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of biboergosum
2.59/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.92/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look:
Watered down. Very light golden color with a bubbly white head.

Smell:
Not much there. Decent grains and light fruits, apple and banana.

Taste:
Actually not what I was expecting. Not as much corn flavor as typical american lagers. Similar to the smell, grains and apples. Very mild.

Feel:
Lighter than most lagers, though kind of refreshing.

Not a very impressive brew, but I wasn't expecting much. Change of pace lager.

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Photo of pb9613
4.07/5  rDev +57.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Everybody should remember, Kid Rock is trying to create a American lager not an double IPA. This is supposed to be a high end lager but tends to fall a little short in color, flavor and aroma. But lke the creator of this beer, there is many aspects of this beer that are surprising but if you are into only one aspect of this beer it will disappoint. (i.e. If you loved "Bawitdaba", "All Summer Long" may disappoint) All together it is a surprising lager.

Appearance: Very pale gold color with very thin head and very lacing at all.

Smell: This beer emits a nice flowery aroma when poured but has very little hops smell after the initial burst but the sweet malt lingers.

Taste: A slightly sweet malt flaver carries on but like the pale gold color it is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light similar to the color and taste of this beer.

Drinkability: This is a beer that can be drunk all night long while jamming to Kid Rock.

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Photo of Brenden
3.17/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of matt20102
3.32/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into pilsner glass at refrigerator temperature. This is an interesting beer- it's lack of flavor and depth is not necessarily a failing, unless you want a beer. The aroma of is American malt with a subtle hop presence; the flavor is exactly the same and is about as strong as it's almost non present color and head. For a beverage, it's not bad- even if the label does make fun of the pretentious craft beer that so many of us love. There is no complexity to this swill, but that's not a bad thing. For a backyard bbq, after showing off some good beer, this would be a fantastic refreshing brew. Think of it like alcoholic soda. For the money ($ not $$), it's not bad- but I might tend toward Strohs for cheap stuff- but I would but it again.

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Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of alleykatking
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of uno99
3.46/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this as a gag-xmas gift from my brother. I really didn't see this coming and I didn't know what to say when I unwrapped it.

Its not a terrible Beer; but first some cometary on the package and presentation.

Imagine a female to male impersonator... A crossdresser will do anything imaginable to look and act the part of somone who is born with all the bits and pieces. This often involves dressing and acting in a way in which no biological man would.... This beer is embodies that spirit exactly.

The bottle goes overboard to give you the impression that this is a REAL "badass" beer. What results is a complete joke with its embossed bald eagle, huge block lettered "BADASS", and its simple mono color scheme. I know this is Kid Rocks shtick, but if I were to see any guy drinking this without a tongue in his cheek, I'd immediately suspect him as someone who isnt quite secure with their masculinity! (or in beer terms, not comfortable drinking a budwiser, and wants to look like they know about beer.)

A: Looks slightly deeper than the average (light?) lager. head dissapears quickly and leaves almost no lacing. Serious points taken off for the hokey bottle.

S: Quite macro-esque. more hops than the standard non-badass Labatt Blue or Budwiser.

T: Corn and adjunct grains are apparent here as well. Although slightly more hoppy than the average macro.

M: A little over carbonated but not too bad. thin and light with no stickiness.

D: Goes down pretty darn good. An unremarkable beer but no big off flavors. Its too bad I wouldn't be caught dead drinking this. This is one time I'll let marketing make my decision on a beer...

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Photo of sophisticated
2.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Oh boy, oh boy. Friend got me a bottle of this as a joke.

I think this is the palest beer I've ever seen. Very clear, basically like water with a touch of yellow. Crystal clear, with lots of rapid carbonation and a huge sudsy head.

The smell was extremely mild. A touch of apple/corn/straw. Watery lager, basically.

As was the taste. A bit of apple and corn. Extremely watery. I think more watery than BMC.

The mouthfeel was very thin and watery.

Drinkability was poor if you enjoy your beer to have flavor. But since it's so mild, it's easy to drink. Not much fun though.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.2/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.2/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full, frothy white head of large bubbles that subsides quickly. A somewhat flowery hop aroma emerges.

The brew is a very pale straw yellow color and crystal clear, with active effervescence. Continuous streams of small bubbles emanate randomly from the bottom to replenish the surface ring.

Foaming in the mouth, it has a light, refreshing ginger ale appeal as it greets the tongue, followed by a scant bit of malt flavor chased to the back pallet by bittering hops. Light and easy drinking, this is why American Lager is the beer of choice for the vast majority of beer drinkers, but probably not most BA's.

A tad above BMC's, but not by much. Good with a hot dog at the ballpark or such, for which it was apparently designed.

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Photo of sweemzander
1.59/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

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Badass American Lager from Midtown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.58 out of 5 with 80 ratings