Michigan Brewing Sunset Amber | Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing Sunset AmberMichigan Brewing Sunset Amber

Brewed by:
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 RickS95
2.19/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is that of tea with a thin white head that doesn't last long.

Has basically no smell. The beer was a bit cold, but seriously, I could smell nothing. (Even after the beer warmed, I could smell nothing).

The taste was only slightly better than the smell (or lack of). Just a touch of caramel if you really searched hard for it.

Mouthfeel tried to be complex, but was pretty weak. The caramel makes an attempt at sweet, but the bitterness soon takes over.

While nothing is exactly bad, there's just nothing happening with this beer. While it doesn't taste or smell bad, it simply lacks any character. As soon as I'm done with the 3 bottles I've got, I'll not worry about trying this one again.

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Photo of nicksta
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beautiful deep ruby color with gold edges makes up for the thin head and minimal lacing. I can smell a little roasted malt and hops, and some caramel but mostly just average adjunct sweetness. A very hard smell to decipher. The caramel that was breifly in the smell also makes a breif appearance in the taste, but then the taste turns into an extremely bitter High Seas India Pale Ale taste. This, in turn, makes the drinkability shit. On a final note, the mouthfeel is okay, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden in color with a nice foamy head.

Cerealic when smelling it, she also shows some notes of fruits and hops.

Her taste is very cereal, ester, with hard notes of alcohol, with some finish of fruits like apples and banana. Quite watery, but the notes of alcohol esters makes you forget that details

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Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the brewery- Deep orangey amber with a fizzy white cap. Nose of grainy malts, some caramel, fresh floral hops, some perfume. Sweet caramel malts meet grains and floral bitter hops. Prickly carbonation and a bit too sweet towards the finish. Pretty good. overall.

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Photo of AltBock
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a beautiful photograph of a lighthouse with the sun setting behind it. To the far left and right of the photo is where you'll find all the mandatory US information. I wasn't able to find a best before or brewed date anywhere on the bottle or label.

"Sunset" poured a great looking murky golden amber with a few traces of sunshine yellow along the sides. This is a first. They somehow captured the photograph into the beer itself. On top of this amber brew was a fizzy 3/4 of an inch fizzy head of white foam. Even though it was fizzy, it had decent retention that left behind a small string of white rings and a few tiny spots of lace.

Well, what can I say about the aroma? Let's just go with the fact that it smelled like a beer. The poured beer aroma was grainy with a splash of lemon zest while the bottle aroma was lightly burnt with burnt barley and a hint of caramel. It's sad to say that I didn't care for either one of them.

The taste was lightly toasted with toasted caramel malts, a splash of lemon zest, a speck of juicy fruits, and then this Vienna Lager finishes up with a quick spatter of hops. As you can tell, the taste was average all the way. At least it was burnt like the bottle aroma.

This was a light bodied Lager with a good level of carbonation and a faint aftertaste of caramel malts and a subtle touch of fruity hops.

It's a good beer, but I can't see myself buying any more of it. This is one of those beers that I could see as a crossover beer. It was light in flavor, but enough to keep a regular Lager drinker taste buds entertained.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear amber in color with a thin white head. Low retention but good lacing.

S: Faint indications of light malt on the nose. Some alfalfa beyond if you look for it.

T: Malt sits well on the tongue and binds well together with some light bittering from hops. No real flavor from the hops but they do well to balance things out. Relatively light but nicely satisfying.

M&D: Light to medium mouthfeel, perhaps more than you might think at first glance. The carbonation was rather aggressive in the beginning but seemed to calm down through the course of the glass. The brew goes down pretty smoothly with a fairly quick finish. Light malty sweetness lingers for just a bit before the finish is complete.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a hazy caramel-amber, forming a tall light beige head with excellent retention and nice sheets of lacing. The carbonation is moderate. The aroma is clean with some interesting almond, amber grain husk, apple, walnut, and honey overtones. Interesting for a lager. Taste starts out lightly spicy with carbonation, but not from hops. Initially fruity with red apples and light walnuts, followed by some mild grain husk and light chalk, and then some mild woodsy bitterness in the finish. The finish is semi-dry and lightly toasty with lingering notes of limestone dust and freshly smashed rock. Alcohol is barely perceptable but adds a little peppery flourish, even at this ABV.

Hrmm, it's OK I spose, but this brew doesn't really do much for me. It's certainly not bad, but when it comes to Ambers, I'd much rather have a Fat Tire, Rogue, or Bell's. Nothing uniquely appealing, and I'd be harded pressed to remember this one.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of DruC4
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Coppery amber brew with an almost unnoticeable white head that disappeared instantly

S - Caramel malt with a slight hop aroma

T - Very malty with a nuttiness upon finish

M - Light to Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation

O - It's definitely a very drinkable beer, but there isn't anything special about it beyond that. I'm not usually a huge fan of vienna lagers, but this one was pretty satisfying.

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Photo of KeggerKen
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a pint glass. It had a nice amber color that rings true to the beers name. A light malt/spice odor from my sip but a somewhat bland taste...With the exception of the aftertaste that was a little different, kind of a sweet fruit taste that did make the beer intriuging. Left my mouth a little dry but I'll try another next time I'm around the Michigan Brewing Company.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this beer unfortunately had a quick dissolving head. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. There was no carbonation observed rising to the top. In my opinion this beer had a fruity aroma along with a bitter taste.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented on draft at the MBC taphouse. Has a good amber color like, yes, a sunset, under a slightly tan head. A mild but pleasant "beery" smell to it. Taste is nicely roasted caramel malts, balanced by complementary hops. A fine example of what's basically a mild style.

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Photo of association330
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful, unfiltered, golden orange color, with a finger and a half of creamy, off-white head. Settles to nice cap with a nice sheet of coating lace.

S - Sweet, malty and fruity. Dominant baked bread character, with notes of honey and yeast, and just a touch of floral hops. Solid.

T - Sweet, toasted malt character. Bread, honey and yeast. A tad fruity, and there is a noticeable hop presence on the finish. Overall, the flavor is milder than I anticipated and I would have liked something a little bolder here, particularly on the sweet and malty side of things.

M - Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Somewhat creamy, but not precisely what I was looking for.

D - A fairly easy drinking brew, but not quite the amber I was expecting. There is too much focus on the sour yeast & hop finish, and not enough sweet malt dominating the up-front flavor profile.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber color with little to no head that goes away almost instantly.

S- Slight aroma of malt and hops but as others have said there is little to smell with this one.

T- Malty and balanced, a decent little hop finish and a slight nuttiness that lingers in the mouth.

M- Low to medium body and a very crisp drinking beer. Low to medium carbonation that works well for the beer itself.

D- Overall not a bad beer but also nothing special with this one. Had no problem finishing it but I also wont be buying it again any time soon.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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 Monkeyknife
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear amber-gold with a foamy head that melted away to a quarter inch. No real lacing to speak of.

Sweet mocha and malty aroma after an initial sensation of sour.

Tastes of roasted malts, caramel, and a slight bitterness from the hops.

Smooth and clean with not much carbonation.

A very drinkable beer and one of the better beers from Michigan Brewing Co.

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Photo of GlassCityBrewer
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Michigan Brewing really hasn't done a whole lot to appeal to me as a craft enthusiast, but their Sunset Amber has at least caught my attention.

Smooth, and Medium body, Sunset Amber is something I would recommend to break A-B drinkers into craft beers gently with out over driving them.

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Photo of berserker256
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber/reddish color. Good head and lacing. Smells somewhat sweet and malty but the taste is a little more bitter than I expected for a Marzen type lager. It's got that semi-sweet presence like a Hacker-Pschorr golden lager but a little bit of unwanted bitterness. My specimen seems a little overfizzy too. I don't know why. Maybe I have an outdated bottle or something. It's not bad but I've had better Marzens.

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Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of off white head. As the name suggests, it is amber in color. The smell is biscuit and caramel. It's got a solid malt backbone. It finishes with some hops. It's a well balanced beer. It fits the style well and is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy deep amber color with very thin head. The smell is not too potent and doesn't give off much more than a hint of sweet malt. The taste spreads out very quickly in your mouth. The most noticable flavors hit the bottom sides of the tongue. Pretty dry finish but very enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear, amber color, short-lived head.
sweet nose, caramel-y, deep and fruity, slightly spicy.
Taste: nice, hoppy a bit, fruity, ...but, a bit too mild on the palate. Dies off too quickly. Lays easily on the mouth a bit, but doesn't make much of an impact.
An adequate, run of the mill amber ale, easy drinking, but nothing much.
Not a beer that I'd ever turn away, but nothing to knock your granny over to get, either.

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Photo of jsolack
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color with light head. Very light lacing. Looks a bit watery.

Carmal with light coffee overtones. Light floral scents also in there.

Light in the mouth with very little carbonation. Spicy and slightly sweet flavors comes through. Finish is long and complex.

A bitl light and watery in the mouth. Carbonation is thin.

Overall a nice smooth beer to drink. Pleasent but not great.

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Michigan Brewing Sunset Amber from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 50 ratings