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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 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 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 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 Maybe I have an outdated bottle or something.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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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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