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Mountain Lager - Appalachian Brewing Company

Mountain LagerMountain Lager

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.06%

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002)
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Photo of Darkmagus82


2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
(bottled on day 204 of 2013 = July 23, 2013)

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a tiny white head. The fizzy head fades almost instantly, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is overall sweet with a moderately strong aroma of corn syrup and a very light caramel. Along with these smells are some grainy and bready smells with just a hint of a citrus smell. Overall rather cloying in aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet corn syrup flavor as well as some lighter bready flavors. The sweetness of corn syrup grows even stronger as the taste moves on with some lighter grain flavors joining the taste as well. A little bit of hay and earth join the flavor at the end leaving a rather overly sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side for a lager of 5.2 % abv. with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thinner body and higher carbonation would have been better for the brew, hiding some of the more cloying flavors and making it an easier and more refreshing drinker.

Overall – This is certainly not a beer I would recommend. Very cloying and rather unbalanced in flavors and feel. Most adjusts are far superior to this with a much lower cost and actually a better taste. I will likely not come back to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 02:21:33 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of philbe311


3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - A minimal snow white colored head quickly fizzes away... Don't blink or you may miss it... What's left is a thin collar and a lopsided splotchy lacing with some carbonation bubbles bursting through the surface... The color is a pale yellow straw color... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation swirls within...

S - The nose is a mix of cereal grains, toasted malts and sweet corn... There is an ever so slight earthy hop presence that is buried way beneath the surface... Not much also going on in terms of aroma...

T - Exactly what the nose alluded to... A malt forward presence... Loads of toasted malts... Some light cereal brains... A hint of corn... There is a faint earthy hop bite that is barely existent... Not bad, but that is most nicest thing I can say...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Smooth... A bit of crispness... A slight brisk carbonation... A bit sticky...

D - Goes down easily enough... Rather quaffable... Nothing off-putting, not even in the slightest... However, there is nothing memorable or even slightly remarkable about this offering... It is a simple, straight-forward pedestrian Lager... There's nothing wrong with that in and off itself, but it's not necessarily what all BAs are hoping... There is a time and place for a beer like this, but it's not something I would stock regularly nor recommend...

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 01:38:13 | More by philbe311
Photo of HopHeadRyan


3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Frothy campaign head quickly disappears to a think layer, no lacing,

S - A little bready, sweet,

T - Pretty generic, non-descript, adjuncty lager flavors; a slight astringency that creates a very subtle unpleasant after taste.

M - just a tad light and a little watery for a dortmunder style, and a little more carb needed.

Overall -
A step above many generic lagers, but far behind the leaders of the pack...this is a decent lager, good for a hot day, refreshing, clean, a good burger or pizza beer, or one to take to the beach or fishing. However it is no comparrison to my favorite dortmunder lager by Great Lakes.

Try it, decide for yourself. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 21:25:06 | More by HopHeadRyan
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes while at the brewery.

Poured light gold with a short lived white head. Very clean aroma. The light malts are readily apparent with notes of bread and toasted grain. Sparse hops of a grassy and citrus nature adorn the aroma and the mid-late quaff. Finish is clean and unlasting, but leaves you wanting a little more. Light bodied and refreshing carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 02:07:58 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Lititz pub:

In a pint glass:

A: clear golden colored body with small slowly rising bubbles. A small white head leaving a film on top of the beer appeared and left some light mild lacing.

S: malty with some really light citrus.

T: malts and light citrus and added a slight corn taste that ended up tasting pretty good.

M: light and left a sweet yet wet aftertaste and finish

O: this is a good dortmunder that I would come back to. I'm glad I picked up a variety pack with this in it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 20:08:10 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Rifugium


3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Poured a clear golden brown with a small white head that receded to a ringlet. Light aroma of sweet malts, toasted grains, grass. Taste is friendly and malty, with a dab of honey, toasted grains, and a touch of grassy hops for a sense of balance. Actually not too bad for a simple lager. Smooth, light-medium body, goes down easy, even if it lacks in flavor overall. Decent.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 12:43:38 | More by Rifugium
Photo of cpolking


3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pale,light golden in color. There is a short and rapidly dissipating head of white foam. T

he aroma is pretty light, some golden grain and a moderate amount of herbal hop bitterness.

The taste is also quite light, some golden grain, a touch of honey sweetness, followed by a moderate bitter hop finish. It is crisply carbonated, but not overly so.

If this was self-described as a "light" beer, I would give it good marks, but the brewery describes it as brewed in the Dortmunder export style. As to that type, it is disappointingly light in flavor.

Thanks to tone77 for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 00:35:38 | More by cpolking
Photo of JimKal

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Yellow golden appearance with a two inch head. A nice level of carbonation added to the overall appearance.

A nice but not overstated malt aroma.

Lagers are no longer my favorite style but they have their place. If you are in the mood for one, this is an enjoyable one. Not all that different form your standard BMC but, still a better representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 20:57:14 | More by JimKal
Photo of VonRoll


2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light pale yellow. Very similar to U.S. domestic light beer in color. The head diminished very quickly into almost a non existant head. Slight lacing on side of glass.

Smell: Very little smell to this beer. Very similar to U.S. domestic light beer in smell. Majority of the smell as metallic, only other note was minor hops.

Taste: This beer's taste was predominantly hop with a very mellow finish, leaving very little in an aftertase.

Mouthfeel: Very light, carbonation moderate, thin
Overall: This beer is labeled as a Dortmunder-Export Style. In having several Dort's, I have found this brew to be the least fitting into the Dortmunder style. This beer if served to me in place of a domestic light beer without my knowledge could probably dupe me.. The beer does slightly have more flavor in the way of hops in comparison to U.S. light beer and would fit more into,and be highly ranked in that style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:46:50 | More by VonRoll
Photo of jifigz


3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint.

A pale yellow brew with a slightly deeper hue than an American macro adjunct. The head didn't develop very well from a vigorous pour. The smell is metallic and a little skunky. The taste is kind of musty with a heavy grain flavor kicking in after that. The grain flavor lingers and ends kind of sweet. Just a touch of hops come through. The mouthfeel has kind of high carbonation and a lighter body.

This beer is a decent lager. I am not sure if I have ever had a "dortmunder" before but this is alright. Could use a boost in the flavor department, but the flavor that is there isn't bad. This is a decent light alcohol, easy drinking lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 21:30:49 | More by jifigz
Photo of chefhatt


3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When i poured this beer, it has a nice golden color body, with a 2" white fizzy head. The smell is of hops and barley. The taste is clean and the hops comes through very nice. The balance of hops and barley is very nice. The mouth feel is crisp and goes down nice. Overall this is a good beer and is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 03:16:56 | More by chefhatt
Photo of tkepx182

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This Lager has a nice amber color to the beer, it was perfectly clear and allowed the carbonation to be seen.

S: The hops and barley stand out in the smell of the beer

M: the feel of the beer is that of a fine polished beer that someone took the time to watch

T: This hops and barley play in the background of this beer, but it seems to work. They played nicely off of each other in this lager

O: This was a very good, will brewed lager, i look forward to having this beer again on my next visit

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:43:26 | More by tkepx182
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold, small cap of rocky white head, decent retention. Scent is light and contains some clean and fresh malt notes backed by faintly grassy and earthy hop notes. Taste is quite light and clean with some minimal maltyness and faintly stale hop bite. Light bodied, bubbly. A little step above a macro, comparable to a decent import.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 15:12:47 | More by rfgetz
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber the slightest amount of lace was present and it was rather unremarkable and did not hang around long after it formed.

grain and bread like smells, which completely dominated the entire profile from the first moment you took a whiff of it. This was not a bad thing in fact it was kinda what I would be looking for in the style and it really came off with the aroma of a classic German lager. big-time bready and malt heavy lager this just did not mess around and came right at you. Nice light profile that was just full of bready grains and a bit of an earthy sort of twang to it that was hard to place, but was a little different. The finish was great; a nice big kick of hops to finish it off

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 01:52:06 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In my brief time in the VA, I decided to swing by a little shop and pick up one of these. I know not why...Now looking at it, I feel as if the cap could just twist off..and it does! Fairly clear gold with white head fading to a thin white ring.
A little bready with some up front hop bitterness followed by a malty ride into a clean, if a little sweet, finish. A little floral hop aroma. Overall, a pretty solid lager from these guys. Pairs well with clams and scallops.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 18:02:18 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appalachian Mountain Lager

Pours a clear light yellow color. Aroma of spent grains and floral hops. In the taste, mild cracker like yeast, white bread, even balance and a clean crisp finish. Refreshing, light, good for the summer heat waves. Nothing remarkable, but absurdly easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 18:13:08 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Beejay


3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks DmanGTR for the opportunity to try this guy out!

A: Pale golden color, crystal clear. The head is very white in color, rocky, and dissipates quickly to a thin layer of foam.

S: A touch of sweetness, and characteristic lager aromas. This has a nice dry malt aroma. Biscuity.

T: Nice and clean. Nice biscuity malt flavor, with a touch of fruitiness in the finish. Very clean finish. Nice.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is good. Clean finish.

O: Overall, I think this is a pretty good version of the style. Clean, biscuity, and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 21:36:51 | More by Beejay
Photo of micromaniac129


3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden colored with a desent size white head. Some lacing on glass.
Average carbonation I'd say.

Aroma is sharp and pilsner like.

Taste is pilsner like sharp and even some toasted grains

mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A dry somewhat clean finish since there is a bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good clean beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 10:55:32 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of wahhmaster


2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, very pale straw color. Has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: A very clean, dry nose with hints of graininess and biscuitiness.

Taste: Moderately bitter up front, this beer develops a grainy, biscuit-like flavor towards the back. However, it's so light in flavor, you almost miss the whole thing. They really needed to add more to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied but still with a refreshing, dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a beer very lacking in flavor or character. It has that nice lager crispness but almost nothing in the way of real flavor. It's not overtly offensive but something really needs to be done to up the flavor here. In the meantime, don't bother. Take your money somewhere else; there are better lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:02:47 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of jale


3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light straw color with very little head.

S: Very light malt. Light banana aroma

T: Very light sweet malt. A hint of banana and very light hops. Just a hint of tobacco Clean taste and slight dry finish.

M: Good carbonation. clean light body

D; One is enough

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 00:47:45 | More by jale
Photo of nickthetick


3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear straw yellow with a thin white head that leaves a minuscule amount of lacing in varied spots. Served it a tasting glass.

S: slight malt and enough off an effervescence to lift to the nose but there's not a whole lot to look forward to.

T: malt biscuit surprise and a wonderful crisp grassy, citrusy hop profile. A surprising amount of flavor for something with so little nose behind it.

MF: medium bodied with a nice transfer from malt to hop. Still with bold flavor it isn't overpowering to the palate.

D: a nice dort but there is such a wonderful selection here I wouldn't see my self passing up a new offering just to get this. And with almost brewpub only exclusivity it cuts down on the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

01-09-2011 17:29:26 | More by nickthetick
Photo of y2jrock60


3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow with a frothy head that laces nicely.

S- Very malty and crisp aroma.

T- Extremely smooth with a medium malt flavor. There's a slight hop after-note that adds some crispiness.

M- Extremely smooth with a Light-medium bodied feel with a crisp aftertaste.

D- Highly drinkable and delicious. It doesn't have the unpleasant aftertaste that most macro lagers have. It goes down smooth and has a crisp aftertaste that keeps you begging for more.

Serving type: bottle
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

12-11-2010 06:05:05 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of BeerConnoiseur


3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into pint glass at their restaurant.

A: Slightly amber but mainly straw yellow, very clear, with 1-2 finger off-white head that drops pretty quickly to a rim with few random lace spots.

S: Light all around with some doughy, lots of cereal malts with mild grassy hops

T: Biscuity pale malts with some light caramel. There is a grassy hops bitterness in the moderately dry finish.

M: Light-medium body with an aftertaste of malt.

D: An average lager, in the straight-up all-malt American lager category similar to Yengling Lager.,

Serving type: on-tap
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

10-28-2010 21:48:51 | More by BeerConnoiseur
Photo of FishMan123


3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from BotMC.

A: Golden yellow, head fades quickly with no lacing.

S: Not much there

T: A sweet beer with citrus/coriander. A nice bitterness, not metallic.

M: Mildly acidic feel

D: A very easy drinking, light lager.

I generally go for heavier beers, but this is a nice, drinkable, lager. Not outstanding in any way, but a nice drinkable lager.

Serving type: bottle
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

10-24-2010 23:46:21 | More by FishMan123
Photo of mooseisloose


3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a recent BOTMC arrival, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields an earthy lager malt with grape accents and a very pilsner, noble hop aroma, very pilsner-like.The hint of grapes is also very pilsner-like. Pours to a golden lager colour with a bright white head made up of multi sized bubbles. Taste is sweet and skunky like a classic lager. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is sufficient but not overdone. Reviewing this for what it is, a lager, it is quite good. Great noble hop undertone, light bitterness and a good flavor.

Serving type: bottle
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

10-02-2010 22:00:23 | More by mooseisloose
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Mountain Lager from Appalachian Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.