5.9% abv / 27 IBU
Brother beer of the Round 12 Munich Dunkel, this “Black Beer” or “Black Pilsner” is less rich and malty than the dunkel and known for its poignant roast character, crisp malt profile, and distinct hopping, very similar to a traditional pilsner. It’s named for the 1938 title fight rematch between Louis and Schmeling when, amidst the cultural and political hype, Louis defeated Schmeling by TKO in the first round. Silver-medal-winner at the 2016 World Expo of Beer.
40 oz. of Freedom
9% abv / 40 IBU
This Imperial Pilsner was no less than a revelation for Head Brewer Oliver Roberts as a serious experiment in high gravity brewing. The extra attention required during the fermentation process and the closely monitored temperatures during the lagering phase were key to producing a beer that is so smooth and clean at 9% abv. We used all Saaz hops in order to get the traditional spicy character of a crisp, golden pilsner.
Au Sable Rye India Pale Lager
6% abv / 55 IBUs
This Rye India Pale Lager or “RyePL” is named for the Au Sable River and the Sable which is in the same family as the Wolverine. Because of the rye in the recipe, Au Sable features a nice spicy character and bite that plays well with the hops.
This year’s Au Sable has a tight, edgy hop bouquet that is lemony, features a bit of orange character, and has a distinct “essence of hops” profile. This essence we get is becoming something we are finding typical of our dry-hopping methods, and we are proud to showcase the American hop varieties this way.
Barista Coffee Lager
6.4% abv / 20 IBU
A collaboration brew with Ann Arbor’s RoosRoast featuring locally roasted Colombian coffee. This brew took gold at the 2015 World Expo of Beer! Wolverine Brewer Karl Hinbern, once in the coffee roasting business himself, spearheaded the coffee side of this beer, finally selecting a Colombian Excelso bean roasted at Roos. Part beer, part coffee, what’s not to love?
5.8% abv / 20 IBUs
A smoked pepper lager, this beer is straightforward and totally in your face, a supremely drinkable smoked beer. We chose cherry smoked malt to give the Basement Fire its subtle smoky flavor and upfront smoky aroma and when that didn’t seem like enough we added a pound of butcher’s block pepper to the brew kettle. And then as the beer conditioned we wanted more! So we decided to age the nearly finished lager on chipotle peppers along with white, black, and red peppercorns. We sampled the beer twice every day to make sure we got it right. Man, that’s a smoky and peppery beer!
4.6% abv / 37 IBUs
WSBC goes Deutsch! This traditional German-style beer was made with a base of over 97% Pilsen malt with a touch of Melanoidin for color, which results in a light golden brew with plenty of clean, sweet, delicately malty flavor.
Bärenmarder was hopped with 100% German Tettnang hops. This hop variety imparts a mild herbal spiciness that works well with the delicate Pilsner base and lends our signature balance to this traditional style.
We named this brew Bärenmarder, which is one of the German words for our favorite ferocious mustelid, the wolverine.
Carcajou Belgian-style Rye Lager
6.2% abv / 32 IBUs
Carcajou, a Belgian Rye Lager, is a perfectly balanced meeting of the smooth spiciness of rye, a delicate hoppy bite, and the classic hint of sweetness that characterizes Belgian-style beers. But this lager offers so much more...this complex and layered brew has secrets swirling in its amber depths.
This deep amber brew greets the nose with familiar, classically Belgian notes with an underlying hint of balanced hoppiness. But wait -- there's more: Smoked malt imparts just the smallest hint of smoky depth to this richly-layered brew, and promises a warming, complex experience. The first sip spreads across the tongue with a mild sweetness that is quickly overtaken by layers of spicy rye, and specially-formulated malt additions shine forth with a lightly sour bite. A delicately hoppy aftertaste rounds out the experience, and leaves you hungry for more...
The carcajou, or wolverine, is an individualistic and fierce animal. So, too, is this beer -- it stands alone in its complexity and depth, and is a fierce and standout addition to our draft list.
Chrysalis Wit Lager
4.3% abv / 16 IBU
Our goal is to push the boundaries of what is considered normal in lager beer. Our first foray in to blending yeasts, the Chrysalis Wit Lager is a wit beer, or white beer. Typically a Belgian style ale, we started with the same Belgian wit yeast and blended it with our house lager yeast to get the best of both worlds. We then built the lager from the ground up with American Pilsner malts and Raw White Wheat, Noble hops, sweet orange peel, and ground coriander. This refreshing session beer is perfect on a hot summer day.
Classic American Pilsner
5.9% abv / 35 IBU
This lost beer style that was once a staple in the American beer landscape during the pre-Prohibition era was resurrected by an Ann Arborite named Jeff Renner years ago. It was originally the immigrant brewer’s version of a German Pilsner using American ingredients like 6-row barley and corn, and hops native to the US. We brew ours with advice and guidance from Renner and cold condition it for over two months before serving. Cold and crisp hardly begin to describe this delicious brew.
5.0% abv / 33 IBU
Another one of our hybrid beers. The Common Reaction is a California Common style beer, made by fermenting a lager yeast at a warmer temperature than usual. This process helps create more fruity malt flavors and showcases the US Northern Brewer hops, which are known their their minty, woody, and sometimes rustic flavors.
5.5% abv / 34 IBU
Many of the famous beer styles get their signature character from ingredients and water sources local to the brewery. We did our best to replicate a Czech Pilsner by using the softest water we could get, malt from Bavaria, and generous amounts of the distinctive Czech Saaz hops, known for its spicy personality.
Drag Me To Helles
7.4% abv / 29 IBU – Available in May
Our take on the Maibock, a traditional spring beer in Germany. This beer is characterized by its spicy hop aroma and rich malt flavors that are both refreshing and perfect for the onset of spring. We brew our Maibock to hit the top end of color and hoppiness for the style, bringing you a complex and yet easy drinking German-style lager. We use all German malt and 100% German Hallertau hops. Prost!
Double Fisted Doppelbock
7.0% abv / 24 IBU
After years of trials and tribulations, the brewers finally hit their mark with this classic German style. Originally brewed to fortify monks during Lent, this gift to the brewing world brings forward sought-after Doppelbock notes of stone fruit, caramel, and deep, dark, rich malt. The toasted caramelly nut aroma segues into the malty-aromatic bouquet, which matches perfectly with the rich mouthfeel and clean lager finish that is characteristic of WSBC's entire lineup.
Eclipser Chestnut Lager w/ Michigan Honey
7.0% abv / 28 IBUs
Oddly, Eclipser can mean either “outshine” or “overshadow” in French. We like that play of light and darkness — it speaks of balance, complexity, and dual interpretations.
This dark amber-colored brew was created on a base of Pils malts surrounded by the caramel and chocolate forces of CaraBELGE, brown, and chocolate malts. Toasted chestnut and honey were added during the brewing process, resulting in a complex, layered drinking experience. Notes of layered malt, toasted nuts and the sweet warmth of honey are strong on the palate.
From Brewmaster Oliver Roberts: “Eclipser is another culmination of modern craft brew, ingenuity, WSBC’s expert lagering techniques, & continued journey towards new flavors.”
Faustian Baltic Porter
8% abv / 34 IBU
This Baltic porter – a style borrowing from Russian Imperial Stouts and Brown Porters – is rich and complex. This beer took gold at the 2015 and 2016 World Expo of Beer! We named ours after Faust, the literary character who traded his soul to the Devil to obtain knowledge and wealth. We made a similar deal to give this rich dark lager the devilishly roasty character it enjoys. The Faustian Stout combines malty sweetness with the aroma of dark, dried fruit, licorice, toffee, and caramel notes. With its higher abv and smooth finish, this beer makes a great sipper.
Five Shores Blonde Dry-Hopped Lager
5.4% abv / 49 IBUs
Five Shores Blonde Lager is a sunshiney blonde lager celebrating Michigan summers. After fermentation, Five Shores was dry-hopped with Michigan-grown Cascade hops for a punch of glorious citrus hoppiness. Pretend you’re on a lakeshore (bonus points if you actually are), and breathe deeply to experience the citrussy, woodsy hop notes, and sip on its flavorful body, which is built on a simple, pure foundation of Pils and Pale malts. This brew is sunshine in a glass, and we hope it reminds you of the sun flashing off the waters of the Great Lakes and every lake in between with each and every sip. A portion of the proceeds from Five Shores Blonde are donated to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, an organization which works to protect, preserve, and sustain the Great Lakes.
Green Thumb Session India Pale Lager
4.7% abv/ 40 IBU – Available March-April
Like Gulo Gulo, but smaller! A brewer favorite, this beer required every bit of our team’s knowledge and experience with lower-alcohol/high hoppiness brewing. Oliver worked hard to pick the right barleys to lend the foundation for the fruity, citrusy American hops that are packed in to this lager. With its distinct flavors and aromas of pear, coupled with its eager to please bitterness, this beer is our one-of-a-kind celebration of springtime.
Hickory Dickory Bock
6.6% abv / 21 IBU
We brewed a traditional Bock beer, rich in malty character, toasty, and strong. Then we lagered it cold on top of cured hickory to impart the unique qualities of the wood, giving the beer flavors of mesquite, marshmallow, and light smoke. Aging the beer on hickory also smooths out the taste and gives it an incredibly clean finish.
High ‘n Dry Rye Pils
5.3% abv / 26 IBU’s
A crisp and refreshing Pilsner made with rye. Pilsner malt, Rye malt, and spicy Saaz hops are all we needed to make this amazing take on a classic beer. We take a little extra time in the brew kettle to create some of the rich malt character that complements the spiciness of the rye and the hops.
4.3% abv/ 40 IBU
This Dusseldorf Altbier was brewed in the old style of German ales and took Gold at the World Expo of Beer in 2013. We call it a hybrid lager because we use a German ale yeast and then ferment the beer as cold as we can, lagering it for up to eight weeks in true Wolverine State Brewing Co. fashion. The result is a well balanced, bitter, malty brew that people describe as clean, smooth, and slightly dry. Great for pairing with food, especially rich German fare.
Harvest Deluxe Wet Hop Lager
4.2% ABV/45 IBU
Harvest Deluxe, wet-hopped with 28 lbs of Michigan-grown Cascade wet hops fresh from the fields, was the brewery's first foray into wet-hopping. Wet Hops, aka Fresh Hops, are literally just hops that have been picked right from the vine and rushed to the brewery to maintain their freshness before they start to go bad. It is a very critical time in the processing of hops right after they are harvested. Normally, hops go directly to a curing process where the moisture is removed to stave off any degradation. Why use wet hops? The draw of using wet hops is a resulting beer that is aromatically fresher and brighter with a just-came-in-from-outside vibe.
Coupled with nutty Maris Otter malt, this is a well-rounded pick of the fields is a smooth, well-balanced, bright, and hoppy lager with WSBC's characteristically smooth finish. It's our best version of a Pale Lager, similar to a Pale Ale.
Back in the wee early days of Wolverine State Brewing Co., we made an ale called Insolent Mink. It was one of our most popular beers and featured a single base that was hopped with a rotating variety of hops each time it was brewed. Well, Insolent Mink is BACK! but this time, it’s a lager. This beer is “hop-bursted,” meaning the majority of the hop flavor was added in the last 10 minutes of the boil. Made with a crisp backdrop of Pils and aromatic malts, this beer has a hoppy, fruity character that just begs to be sipped over and over.
Kurios Black Belgian-style Stout Lager
7.2% abv / 30 IBUs
This dark, malty draft was brewed with cinnamon and hibiscus and aged in bourbon barrels on tart cherries from the hills of Leelanau County, Michigan. This complex, malty brew leaves a hint of cherry pie on the palate, while notes of chocolate and malt greet the nose. Available only during select months of the year, Kurios Black was first brewed in 2014 and released in mid December.
MomoShoga Rye Lager
6.5% abv / 25 IBUs
MomoShoga! Featuring rye, six-row, and a touch of chocolate malt in its delicate backbone, MomoShoga is mostly notable for the ingredients that make up its name: PeachGinger! We used fresh peach extract, and fresh-grated ginger was added right to the boil for a zippy, warm bouquet and flavor.
Citra hops add a citrussy and tropical fruit character, rounding out the flavor and making this one bright, delicious beer.
Raucher Smoked Lager
5.5% abv / 19 IBUs
*2016 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal Winner*
*2016 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner*
This specialty smoked lager is just that: special and smoked. It derives its delicate smoke flavor and aroma from beechwood smoked malt, which billows forth in the brew alongside Munich, Vienna, Honey, and Roasted Barley malts. The key to any great smoked beer is balance -- if surrounded by a good, crisp body and enough bitterness to provide a foil to the phenolic smoke, you've got a winner. We use German Hallertau Mittelfruh hops to provide that balance, and we lager this beer cold and slow for a clean body and beautiful finish.
Round 12 Munich Dunkel
5.6% abv / 24 IBU
One of two specialty dark lagers, this one is named for the boxing match in which the underdog - Max Schmeling, a German former heavyweight champion - defeated local Michigan hero and American icon Joe Louis in the twelfth round at Yankee Stadium in 1936. Characterized by the depth and complexity provided by the German malt, this beer is bready and rich without being too sweet.
Shiny New Toy
6.3% abv / 26 IBU
This copper lager was built freestyle from grain to hops and aged on American white oak, which is known for its rich, aromatic character and vanilla flavors. We released it for the first time just after Christmas 2012 – our first beer aged on wood and not in a barrel previously used for spirits. The result is a unique balance of hop flavor and bitterness – a real favorite in the Tap Room.
Secret City Sticke Altbier
At 5.2% abv, this style is stronger than its parent Altbier style. In fact, Sticke Alts are darker, richer, and stronger than typical altbiers. “Sticke,” German for “secret," historically refers to a batch of beer that a brewer over-malted and, in turn, over-hopped to make up for it. Remember, balance is key! This stronger, more flavorful brew would be high in demand, and word of its availability was passed from person to person as a secret. Being in the know made you a hot commodity, and it was something to be proud of! We'll share this one with you, though.
6.3% abv / 23 IBU
Scottish Lager with Peated Malt. This beer comes to us from Cellarman Rick Wilson, whose Scottish heritage traces back to Clan Gunn. The base beer is one that mimics a 90/shilling ale but the added peated malt gives it a clean, smoky aroma and the flavor of a well-made scotch. Of course in true Wolverine fashion the fact that this beer is a lager gives the beer a smooth, crisp profile, allowing us to showcase the nuances of the malt as the hearty flavor of the Maris Otter malt from the UK and the generous dose of dark crystal malts. We balance the malts with East Kent Golding and Willamette hops.
Snakes on a Shamrock
Available in March - Seasonal Release
Snakes on a Shamrock’s recipe is based on an Irish Red Ale style, which is the predominant style in the style guidelines, but it lends itself to much interpretation, including the ability to be reformulated into a lager.
It is made with mostly Pale Ale malt which is one of the more hearty of base malts. We used flaked rice for about 15% of the recipe to lighten the body and then used Crystal malts to give the beer a nice soft sweetness. We then topped it off with a splash of Roasted malt and Amber malt to give the SOaS its deep ruby hues.
We used German Magnum hops for bittering, and to balance out the soft malt sweetness so there is very little to no hop aroma or flavor in this lager.
Another beer that made its debut in 2015. "Roggen" means "rye" in German, so it's no coincidence that this beer is built on a huge base of flaked rye. This brew is spicy, smooth, and delicately malty, with a dose of clean bitterness from Magnum hops. Stay tuned for next release date!
Rye & Oat Milk Stout Lager
Smooth, creamy, and spicy are the best words to capture the essence of this dark, satisfying brew. Its rye base gives it a sparky note that is balanced by the crispness of Canadian Pale malt and the smoothness of oats, while a lactose addition to the brew imparts silky creaminess. Drinkable, dark, refreshing, smooth, malty, creamy...this beer might have a split personality, but the two opposing sides combine like Frank and Claire Underwood, WSBC smoked pork and nachos, or sharks and those little fish that follow it around and clean up after it. You get the picture.
Tundra King West Coast IPL
This beer is all hops. Big piney nose. Rich citrus flavors. Tongue curling bitterness. Just like the left-coasters like it! Brewed with a simple Pilsner malt base for a mesmerizing sunset gold hue that you could find in SoCal or the Arctic, and then flooded with Simcoe, Centennial, and Columbus hops in the brewhouse and dry-hopped, Tundra King has an aggressively dank West Coast hop profile.
Golden Lager aged in white wine barrels w/ Bartlett Pear Juice Added
Our first beer aged in wine barrels! Vers l'avant made its debut at our Five Year Anniversary party in 2015 -- appropriate, because the name means "forward" in French! Another brainchild of Brewmaster Oliver Roberts, this beer certainly represents the next phase of evolution at Wolverine State Brewing Co. A crisp, simple Pilsner Malt base provides the perfect canvas for sweet, fragrant Bartlett pear juice and tart white wine notes to make their marks. Each sip is elegant, complex, and balanced. This beer is only available during a select few weeks a year, so don't miss it!
Volitionist Stout Lager
5.2% abv / 54 IBU
Of our own free will we decided to make a lager version of a stout, something none of us had ever seen before. The brainchild of Brewer Karl Hinbern, this beer illustrates our commitment to the Lager Revolution and features classic roasty stout flavors like coffee and chocolate. We thought hard about how to make our lager yeast work with the roasted and chocolate barleys and the result is a soft, dry, smooth lager with a tiny hint of malt sweetness.
West Side Wheat
American Wheat Lager
6.2% ABV / 18 IBUs
West Side Wheat is named for the west side of Ann Arbor where WSBC is located. This part of the city is known for its laid-back, homegrown, community-proud mindset. West Side Wheat is a no-frills wheat lager brewed with copious amounts of wheat malt, a generous helping of fruity Munich malt, and a dash of caramel malt. We then round it out with citrusy American hops and some herbally English hops.
West Side Wheat is fermented at cold temperatures and lagered for 5 weeks at near freezing temperatures to accentuate the smooth, wheat flavors, and let the hops meld to give this exceptionally balanced beer its laid back hop finish. West Side Wheat is a deep, burnt-orange hue with a warming, wheat haze reminiscent of the waning sunny, summer sky at dusk. The aroma is a blend of soft malt and earthy hops. Wheat malt character abounds in both the flavor and medium body creating a very unique and memorable summer wheat lager to enjoy on a hot day or next to a roaring bonfire.
5.7% abv / 45 IBUs
When we say pilsner, we aren't kidding. Zythgeist is made with hundreds of pounds of Canadian Pils and rounded out with a touch of darker malt for color and depth of flavor. Where does that name come from, you may ask? Zythgeist is hopped exclusively with a ton of Zythos hops, which impart citrus notes and a hint of pine. It's all about celebrating the current moment and everything about it in the world of craft beer -- tip back a Zythgeist and see what makes it all so special.