Mountain Lager - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

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Reviews by beergeek279:
Photo of beergeek279
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a 6 oz. sample at ABC. The color was golden, with a nice head. The smell was malt sweetness. The taste was a nice sweet lager without a lot of bitterness. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Definitely the best starting lager that I've ever had at a brewpub. When I normally try their starting beer, I'm nonplussed or downright disappointed, but this is an exception. Very nice and flavorful Dortmunder, and one I'd love to have again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of imperialstout27
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a white head that drops down to a persistent collar.

S: There's a pleasant maltiness on the nose that is obvious but not overpowering. Light spicy, grassy noble hops, with a lemony hint.

T: Very nice malt characteristics that don't beat you over the head but are still quite pleasant. A very subtle fruity quality appears on the midpalate and is overtaken by a bready quality in the finish and aftertaste. Hops are not prominent and there is only a slight bitterness, which is all this beer needs.

M: Very smooth, clean, and refreshing light to medium body.

D: A very nice, very sessionable lager. It's nice to find a clean, light tasting lager that has some flavor. Well done.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I purchased a variety 12 pack from Applachian Brewing Co in Harrisburg PA and this was one of 4 different bottles.

Color is normal, average lager color. A shade or two darker than a macro beer. Not much head to speak of, but what little there is sticks around on the surface, which is nice to see.

Smell is grassy, with some faint malt underneath.

Taste is pretty much the same. Corn-like, grassy-like. Rather unappetizing and unappealing, unfortunately. Something just doesnt seem quite right, and I swear I can pick up on the alcohol in this, even though its only 4.5%

The carbonation is there, with a bit of the "stinging" mouthfeel that macros have. Overly watery, though.

Brewpubs that bottle & sell their own beer are kickass, and I totally want to be supportive, but this beer is just not very good. I cant say I'm disappointed, since I didnt expect much in the first place, but there is certainly room for improvement.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Dortmunder Export style pours a clear, glistening, marigold body with a small offwhite head that quickly drops into a collar. Lots of lively carbonation is on view in the glass.
Aroma is a bit restrained, with some sweetish smelling malt notes and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is light medium, with moderate carbonation.
Taste features husky grain, biscuity malt, and some assertive grassy hop bitterning that serves up a nice balance.
An above average lager that is crisp and refreshing. A good American representation of the Dortmunder style.

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright gold in color, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: grass and toasted malt

Taste: grass, honey, sweet toasted malt, and hops in the background

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, semi-sweet with a bitter backbone, medium/light bodied

Drinkability: I could have three or four. Very good for the style. I like the mix of sweet and hoppiness. This tastes like a maltier pilsner.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.23/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I liked this beer, what it lacks in complexity it makes up for with good taste and refreshment.

A- although mainly drunk from the bottle, this beer was golden in color with lots of carbination

S- some hops not a lot of nose to this beer

T- very nice, clean upfront with just the right amougnt of hop bitterness in the finish. very tasty

M- Balanced some good carbination with a light mouthfeel, this added to the refreshing characteristics of this beer

D- an easy drinker, very refreshing on a hot summer day, I would have this again

Photo of thefireman
4.48/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Although not so popular among those who love the extreme, I find this to be one of my favorite brews. Pours amber with a nice, white head which maintains throughout the drinking. Malts hit first followed by the well balanced hoppyness. Nicely carbonated with the head lacing all the way down. Finishes great. I agree, this is the beer that Yuengling Lager drinkers should be looking to.

This is a great everyday, not-so-heavy or alcoholic brew, making it a great session beer. I drink it on a regular basis and it never lets me down. Good, solid Summer beer when I just want to have something light and great tasting.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfect golden color. Nice carbonation and decent head retention.

Smell: Neutral fruit smell, though I can't quite put my finger on what type of fruit. Lot's of bread malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes ok. I actually like the taste. Tons of bread malts. Goes down easily. The downside is the bitterness, which I did not like and detracted from the taste.

Drinkability: While it goes down smoothly, its bitter after taste hurts.

Overall: I thought this beer was kind of weird. Honestly, I know very little about this style. It's maltiness might be too much for some people. It's respectable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden body teems with vibrant carbonation beneath a full head of bright white foam. The retention is fair, and maintains a wide collar and leaves some minor lacing about the glass. The nose expresses a combination of lightly grainy malt and citrusy (lemon rind) and lightly floral/grassy hops. It's not bold, but it's fresh, clean, and welcoming. The body is medium-light; and it's fine and slightly zesty carbonation is more airy on the palate than crisp. The flavor is more grainy than the nose leads you to believe, and the hops are unfortunately subdued. A delicate bitterness balances it's cereal-like maltiness well, but somehow leaves it lackluster. It finishes fairly short and dry although some grain tends to build on the palate as it warms.

Photo of Zephenbrewid
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: translucent gold similar to stained glasswhich I loved. Solid quickly dissapating head typical of the style.

Smell: Weak nose, I picked up on some citrus and steel though.

Taste: Dry and slightly bitter, I tasted hints of banana as well. A good tasting lager.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean, acceptable.

Drinkability: Overall an impressive lager. I'd especially love to pair it with pizza.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what's Dortmund or Export about this beer, tasted like a plain old american all-malt to me. Not that that's necessarily bad, but this doesn't taste any different to me. Reminds me of the older Saranac all-malt lager. A slight grainy and biscuity quality with sweet grains. Nothing to write home about, but pleasant and washes doesn food just fine.

Photo of nickthetick
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a toasted grain color with an average tight white head that dissipated into a slight cap. The aroma is not very strong; I pick up some bready doughy malt and a light hop spice. The taste is of a thick honey malt with some grain and stale hop flavors. Has an interesting thick yet lightly toasted malt flavor. The feel is moderate and well carbonated finishes with a honey sweetness. Good balance, drinks very easy. A good brew, flavors don't standout but there aren't any real negative flavors. Good brew to kick back and session.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, some malts, a touch of sweetness, finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a very good beer on a hot day.

Photo of akorsak
3.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12 oz bottle purchased as part of a variety 12 pack at the Brewery. I am drinking it from a hotel glass in the Harrisburg-Hershey Marriott Courtyard, GOOD TIMES.

Appearance: The lager has a light straw colo. It is crystal clear with no sign of any imperfections. There is a decent head that leaves a small band of lace in the glass.

Smell: The lager has a sprizty, light malt aroma, just enough to let you know that something is there. The aroma almost conjures up the Water Gap Wheat in its airiness.

Taste: The lager has a light, sweet biscuity malt flavor that really dominates from start to finish. There really isn't much hop character, but the malty flavors are enough to carry the day.

Mouthfeel: The lager's biscuity sweetness is very pleasing.

Drinkability: Several of ABC's core lagers and ales could be considered high quality sessions. This is another to add to that list (along with the rye, the purist and the water gap wheat). Great job, Artie T and crew.

Photo of philbe311
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
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...

Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great, fresh (for us lucky enough to be near the brewery) craft beer. Nice rendition of the style. Light, clear amber with minimal head. Smell was malt with Dortmunder-style hops bitterness in the nose--and in the taste. Slightly biscuity with (adjunct?) smoothness and a slight astringent flavor. Would be a very refreshing summer beer--perhaps with crabs!

Photo of Dodo2step
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a variety pack from The ABC.

A-a pale yellow color that lacks definition. Very few bubbles float up to the top. a half finger head laves my pint glass and has some decent staying power.

S-Has a smell of wheatiness, kind of reminds meof biscuits that have just comeout of the oven. no other aromas strike me and convince me there is anything else. No malts/barley/hop or anything to that smell.

T-very little malt and more of the biscuit/wheaty flavoring hits my mouth. Nothing to extravagant. A good dry flavor. a little on the watery side but it actually adds flavor.

M-dry and smooth

D-easily couldput down a six pack of this because of the smoothness. It isnt rough to drink and it reminds me of a coors light with class.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker than I was expecting, but still inviting. Not much carbonation though. A nice, suprisingly fulled bodied lager, crisp and refeshing, almost a little creamy. Pretty decent brew, and a fine lawnmower beer. I got it at the Brew Zoo during a visit to Altoona, as part of a four pack. Sort of an overshadowed brewery, perhaps, but most seem to be good ground level brews.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
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

Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Dortmunder? Hmmm - wouldn't have pegged it as such. More of a mainstream lager, perhaphs leaning a bit more than average to the malt side. A touch of caramel to the malt, moderate hopping and the finish a little sweet. Overall, it was well put-together and the flavors all complimentary.

Photo of BeerConnoiseur
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
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.,

Photo of FishMan123
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of badleroybrown
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at Appalachian Brewpub in Camp Hill, PA. Brew went very well with the fish (flounder) and chips.

appearance - nice clear with light lager color

smell - not much aroma that I remember.

taste - smooth, not too hoppy. i am not crazy about very hoppy beers.

mouthfeel - pleasing and satisfying

drinkability - A beer that one could sit and drink one after the other, if I wasn't alone, out of state and had to drive in the rain.

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Mountain Lager from Appalachian Brewing Company
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