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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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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