DETROIT BREWING COMPANY
“Opened in September 2003, the Detroit Beer Co. occupies the first two floors of the recently restored Hartz Building on Broadway in Downtown Detroit just steps from Comerica Park and Ford field making it the best spot for pre & post event.”
- Alt Beer (87 Points)
- Bohemian Pilsner (84 Points)
- Radler Beer (83 Points)
- Sanders Chocolate Stout (79 Points)
ALT BEER: 87 Points
This German Style Alt Beer is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: N/A
My Description: This was a pretty good beer that is highly drinkable and very smooth. It has a dense and fluffy, light beige colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is mainly malty with slight notes of dark fruit and toffee. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront, it is tasty with notes of toasted caramel malts with a touch of brown sugar. The aftertaste is slightly bitter but pretty harsh; the bitterness is not as clean and enjoyable as it should be. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, heavy salads, or cheeseburgers.
ABV: N/A Color: Copper/Brown Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
BOHEMIAN PILSNER: 84 Points
This Bohemian Style Pilsner is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “True to actual German style Pilsners.”
My Description: Although this beer is crisp, smooth, and clean, it is not as delicious or memorable as the true German Bohemian Pilsners. It has a big, off-white colored head that retains nicely and produces a good amount of lacing. The aroma is pretty good with notes of light malts, a touch of citrus hops, and there is also some raw grain notes. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. It is malty sweet upfront with notes of citrus/lemon, grass, and a hint of hop spice. The aftertaste was not as bitter as it could have been. Overall, it is a good beer worth drinking but nothing special. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, baked beans, or a cheeseburger.
ABV: N/A Color: Orange Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
RADLER BEER: 83 Points
This beer is released seasonally in the summer months in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “German Style lager with natural lemon/lime flavor.” It is refreshing and slightly tart.
My Description: This is a pretty good summer beer that is both refreshing and easy drinking. It has a good sized, white colored head that holds for a while but produces a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is alright with notes of grains and citrus/lime accompanied by a faint hop fragrance. It is lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a crisp finish. There are malt notes upfront that quickly give way to a lemon/lime flavor that resembles 7-UP. The flavors just seem more artificial than natural. The beer is slightly tart and the aftertaste is minimally bitter which allows the 7-UP to linger for a while. This beer seems like it would get old real quick. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with coconut shrimp, light salads, or snow crabs.
ABV: ~4% Color: Golden Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
SANDERS CHOCOLATE STOUT: 79 Points
Brewer’s Description: N/A
My Description: This is probably one of the few stouts that I’ve had that gets worse as it heats up, but whatever it was drinkable. It has a mediocre sized, beige colored head that fades rather quickly and leaves very little lacing. The aroma is chocolate forward accompanied by notes of roasted malt and a touch of alcohol. It is medium bodied with a lower carbonation level and a wet finish. Unfortunately, I felt that the body was too thin for a stout. It is sweet upfront with notes of chocolate and roasted malt with a little coffee in there. The aftertaste is barely bitter leaving the beer unfinished. It’s smooth and clean but nothing memorable. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with steak frites, BBQ chicken, or fudge desserts.
ABV: 7.8% Color: Black Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10