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Michigan Brewing Sunset AmberMichigan Brewing Sunset Amber

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Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of TXHops
4.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-Original Gravity: 1.052
-Final Gravity: 1.018
-ABV: 4.5%
-ABW: 3.49%
-Attenuation: 64%
-Real Extract: 6.13 P
-Calories per 12 oz: 174
-Malts: Two Row Pale, Carapils, Wheat, Munich
-Hops: Hallertau

From the MBC Website:
”Bright golden color, well rounded flavor and exceptional drinkability characterize this very refreshing ale. A delicate balance between pale malts and Hallertauer hops creates a very palatable, light, fruity ale. A great entry level beer for newcomers to fine hand-crafted ales.”

So, is it an ale or a lager?? I’m not sure what kind of yeast they use—it’s exceptionally smooth and rounded, but at the same time, it has a touch of that ale fruitiness. Regardless of the yeast’s desire to sink or float, this beer is awesome. I’ve pretty much given up reviewing, but this beer got my ass up off the couch and into the study to churn out a quick write up. This beer could be a Sam Adams lager clone in the glass—the iced tea colored body and just-off white head are instantly reminiscent of SA’s flagship beer. Having a whiff ends the similarities. J&T class this as an O-fest, but even if it is a lager, I have a hard time conjuring up thoughts of Spaten Maerzen or Ayinger Ofest… Back to the SA Lager comparison: this beer is much more American than those real Munich fest beers. The grist tastes sort of like a pale ale, but the Carapils and the Munich malt give it a decided German edge. However, something in the subtle fruitiness of the aroma, combined with the fact that this beer is lacking the traditional German graininess, quickly reminds that this is not a Fest clone.

Bottom line—this beer is unbelievably well balanced. The Hallertau come out perfectly at the end of the sweet, juicy-fruit-ish maltiness creating a delicate, but bold beer. This is the first beer I’ve had in months that caused me to drink another one of the same. Back to back is not my standard style.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange radiance. Slightly hazed. Thin layer of cream soda colored head. Retention and lace are very good. Really nice aroma of bready maltiness, sourdough yeast(just barely) and caramel. Smells a lot like what I remember Deb's Red Ale from Bell's smelling like. This beer appeals to me. Feels more like an ale than a lager, but I'll take it. Has that sour dough maltiness and bready yeastiness in the flavor as well. Caramel malts lay a nice foundation. Nice body and texture to this beer. And quite drinkable. Good and sessionable.

Thanks to ZAP, the "King of Pain" (as he is known to all who skate against him on the hockey rink.)

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Photo of Calculat0r
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Dithyramb
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully pictured 12 oz bottle. Received via BIF XV. Haven’t heard anything about Michigan Brewing Company, so I’m definitely interested in trying something new.

Pours a deep amber color with swirling carbonation. The name tag of “sunset” really fits the color. A thick and juicy tan head formed and never retreated.
Caramel, with fruits lightly spiced in the background.
The taste is very superbly well-balanced. A roasty, nutty malt flavor, with a good hop bitterness, creamy feel and just a bit of carbonation. I wouldn’t have known about the marzen/octoberfest style until I went to enter the review. Seems a bit more aggressive than the traditional styles, but fits well, now that I think of it.

I don’t really care if it is an ale or a lager. Either way, it is delicious. I definitely wouldn’t mind having a few, since this is a well-crafted session brew. We need more of these great mid-western beers here on the east coast…

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty flavorful little amber lager here....big toasty malt profile balanced by the spicy Hallertauer hop notes.

Has some ale like characteristics and I mean that in a good way....not particularly clean or crisp but certainly flavorful.

It doesn't seem to fit the Viena style to me as this has a decent Hallertauer hop bite...Overall the toasty malts do take the lead but there is a much stronger herbal hoppiness to this than I see in most vienna's.

Overall, I view this as a tasty, quality amber lager that is not a dumbed down version for the masses. The masses may like it but it is not without quality flavor.

Not an all-time great but I could drink these all night long. I little too much head knocks the appearance down a litttle

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Photo of Smittysguinness
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right out of the bottle, this lager poured into the glass with a deep amber hue, nicely transparent, well-filtered, with a great kind of off-white/creamy head. Counldn't wait to quaff.

Great hoppy scent; fragrant - maybe grass? Smelled classic roasted malts too, just like any good lager should have. My anticipation only grows.

Incredible hoppy taste up front. Not tinny, not over-hopped like many micro-brews. The bitterness is counter-balanced almost immediately, as you breathe out, with a nice sweet malty finish.

This great lager had a nice medium-carbonated feel it, not so much carbon that it burned, but not so little that it might was well have been nitrogenated. Defenitely wet, or, watery, but that's no big deal to me.

I consider this another great brew from the Michigan Brewing Company. I find most of their beers quite solid. Maybe I'm biased, being from Michigan and all! In all seriousness, a great lager here.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite brew from MBC,poured a nice amber color with nice rocky head,very malty bread smell that wasnt overly sweet.Great bread dough-like taste with some fruitiness in the background made this real enjoyable on the palate.Real easy to drink,one of my favorite beers from my local area growin up.Will be getting some when up there in a few weeks.

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Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight "4's" across the board. Pours out to a very attractive amber in the glass. Looks to be filtered as it is quite clear. Aroma is that of bread dough and light yeast. The taste is that of malt with a hint of fruit thrown in for good measure. Not as flavorful as Bell's Amber, but its may be more drinkable. An easy session amber if there ever was one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold brassy orange with a fine particulate haze. Only the edges are amber. The crown of foam looks wonderful with its pale tangerine color, moonscape surface and decent amount of stickiness. That last quality results in thick patches of lace, most of which dries on the glass. A classic Oktoberfest look.

The nose is classic for the style as well. It isn't hard, just use Munich malt and German hops (Hallertau in this case) and stir. Of course it's much more difficult than that and MBC has done a more than creditable job with Sunset Amber. Toasted malty, nutty and earthy lead the way.

There's a surprising amount of flavor to be had and a surprising amount of depth as well. I'm not a huge fan of Munich malt, but I'm able to get past it since there's so much else going on. Like the nose, the flavor is well-toasted, spicy and nutty. I'm also reminded of pear butter... or I would be if the beer was more sweet and less bitter. Good use of hops; the Hallertau shine especially brightly.

This isn't one of those malt-dominant, overly sweet Oktoberfests, but is a well-balanced one that should appeal to a wide variety of drinkers. Good choice on the part of the brewery to release it year-round. The body/mouthfeel is medium in a general sense with an impressive lagery smoothness that makes it a treat to drink.

Sunset Amber is another good beer from the Michigan Brewing Company, a brewery that is well worth watching. I can't wait to see what else these guys are capable of. Oktoberfest lovers ought to lap this stuff up.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We got a keg of this for a friends going away party last night.

pours a wounderful amber color with a short head that drops into lace.

the aroma malty, hint od hops, smitten of apricots.

the flavor is very malty, carmelized malt, hopsack, minerialness.

the mouthfeel is a little thick, coats the inside of your mouth.

beer is very drinkable, a very good session beer, all weather.

i always understood this was a vienne lager, says it right on the six packs.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is amber color with an off white head that has good retention, excellent lacing and low to moderate carbonation. The smell is of caramel, yeast, biscuit and some hops to it. The taste is a nice caramel, honey taste followed by some flowers, hops and a lemony finish. There seems to be some malt in there to balance the taste. It has a nice creamy mouth feel that sticks to the cheeks, even after the beer has been swallowed. It is a nice drinkable beer that I for one am glad i tried. This is a beer that I would recommend trying as a second choice to Sam Adam's Boston Lager.

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Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a large head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap and a moderate amount of lacing. Weak aroma but I do pick-up caramel malt and some earthy hops. Good flavor with a nice balance of the caramel and nutty flavors from the malt and the earthy, grassy hops. A bit more hop presence and bitterness than other Vienna Lagers. There is a little lingering maltiness on the palate. Medium body and good carbonation. Feels large for a lager with this modest ABV. A good drinking beer that I could enjoy anytime of the year. Finely crafted lager.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber/copper colored body topped by a frothy yellow tinged off-white head that holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma expresses richly toasty Vienna malt. The body is medium/light with a fine carbonation that's lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is a very toasty, biscuity and nutty malt with an earthy/mineral character backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry and lightly astringent with a lingering combination of residual malt, spicy hops & bitterness. A somewhat heavy handed interperetation of the Vienna style. Still, a decent beer with lots of malt & hop character that would make an attractive alternative when faced with a limited beer selection.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Clear amber in color, with some fine streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. Off-white fluffy head, great retention. Nice spots of lace left on the glass.

Bready, caramel aroma. Maybe a bit toasty. Soft floral hop notes in the background.

Good caramel malt backbone, sweet perhaps too sweet. Earthy and floral hop bitterness try to balance, but pretty one sided. A bit toasty.

Good body. I thought this was pretty good. Maybe a bit too sweet, but nice.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper with less than a finger of white that settles to a veiled ring in a minute or so. Wispy lace in its wake.

Caramel and bicuits in the nose, just a hint of bitterness. A dark pilsener comes to mind.

Toasty with some caramel and a little toffee. The hops are more pronounced and help clear the palate and give a nice bite with a lingering bitter finish. Not quite as smooth or traditional tasting as others in the style, but I like the hop profile.

The mouth is in line with the style, and this is quite sessionable.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This lager has a creamy white head with good retention and lacing. The brew is very clear and the color is amber with a copper undertone.

It has a soft hop aroma with a hint of apple. Drawing a full mouthful releases a subtle, balanced flavor with a slightly sweet malt presence, complimentary hop bitterness and creamy smooth carbonation for a good overall impression.

The brew went well with some enoki mushroom chow mein just cooked up for dinner.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stoutman
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color, with a light tan ring of carbonation. Light, fruity aroma with grassy hops and cereals. Grainy flavor, with nice grassy hops flourishes and malts that sweeten as the beer warms, leading to a bread-like, fruity finish. Medium body. A solid lager.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours exceedingly clear bronze with a nice one finger white head that tries to leave lace but it dies away. On the nose there is caramel malt with deep fruit underneath, something like figs, and also some lighter fruity and yeasty notes. In the mouth there is a definite spice rather than bitterness from the hops than sort of fills the mouth up. Underneath there is a lingering fruitiness to go with the caramel. This isn't a super complex beer, but the flavors are well integrated and well mixed. The body is really nice, smoothly medium or medium light, easy drinking, but with a long enough spicy finish to be very satisfying. I like this beer a good deal, and I usually am not a huge fan of the style. Thanks again to my sister for picking this up with some other singles for me.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. It has a light amber-orange color with a decent head that is well retained. The aroma is toasted malt with a very faint hint of hops. The taste is balanced nicely to style. The malt is dominant but not too sweet. There is an earthy hoppiness in the background. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a nice Oktoberfest/Marzen style lager. I think it's very true to style.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cooper colored beer capped by a two finder off white head. Retention is lacking but lacing is decent. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass through out. Appearance more closely resembles an Oktoberfest beer than your classic Amber.

Sweet bready malt aroma enter the nose first. Carmel malt and a very earthy hop smell soon follow.

Biscuity malt flavor with slight nuttiness. Very pleasant hop bite. Slight spiciness is picked up. Sweet flavors show more on the back end leave the thought of light fruitiness behind.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is very appropriate to style. Finish is rather dry.

Very easy to drink beer. Solid brew all the way around. There is nothing overwhelming about this one but also nothing to complain about. Solid session beer.

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Photo of granger10
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes out of the bottle with an amber color and a medium fizzyish egg white head. Moderate to little lacing. Aroma of toasted malts and grassy hops. Taste follows the aroma but it is quite mild. Fruity juicy malts at first then more of a toasted caramel. Hops are well noticeable and grassy and wipe out the malt sweetness completely in the finish. A bit of citrus in the finish. Solid beer here, that seems to be the theme with MBC.

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Photo of giblet
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a good amber ale. poured nice with about one half inch of head. light lacing down the glass. light carbonation. nice light malty taste with some sweetness. this is a light and refreshing beer that quenches the thoist.

decent brew. suckem up and movem out.


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