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Blue Mountain Classic Lager - Blue Mountain Brewery

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007

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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale, clear gold with a two finger head. Nice lacing. Smell is a subtle noble hop aroma with some cooked grain coming through.

Sweet grain dominates the malt bill. There is a bit of biscuit and bread, along with a touch of mild fruit. Candy-like on the palate. A touch sticky. Finishes semi-dry with an appropriate-for-style hop flavor -- a bit of spice and grass. Medium-bodied. Fairly easy to drink. Carbonation is really good and helps lift the bit of heaviness (for a lager) that presents itself mid-way.

This is a style I admittedly know less about but find this overall pleasant and relatively easy to drink. I like the use of Noble hops and it tastes "classic" in a sense and think it runs in the pack with some European lagers. It might work well with spicy food, as the sweetness and body will help cut through and ease the mouth. Really spicy pepperoni pizza would be great as would a Thai green curry.

Blue Mountain produces consistent, decent beers and this is no exception.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poures into a becker a dull light goden with a half finger bone white head atop that leaves a few broken globs of lace behind as it settles.Grainy with a light smack of herbal hobs in the nose but it's pretty clean.Quite dry on the palate with a decent crispness and pretty full feel.A good after work beer and will go good in my homemade German sausage Iam making tomorrow.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazy amber with a healthy offwhite head. Good retention and lots of patchy lacing.

Aroma has spicy and floral noble hops with a vague fruitiness underneath. A hint of toasted malt.

Creamy moderate carbonation and a light medium body.

Taste has a bitter and earthy hoppiness that is balanced well by a subtly sweet malt profile. A hint of ripe pears adds some depth. Finishes clean, with a lingering bitterness.

A very drinkable lager. Thanks to mntlover for my first Blue Mountain brew..

Photo of KMcG
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: light yellow in color with a nice developed head.

Smell: neutral, some slight earthy scent.

Taste: malty and slight grassy hint.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, crisp after taste.

Drinkability: This lager is pretty standard, but it really did the trick after a day at the beach

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my very first offering from "Blue Mountain Brewery" and I wasn't disappointed.

S = There was a slight citrus/floral aroma.

T = Mildy sweet with a nice fruity taste upfront with a hint of hops bitterness near the end. The finish was dry without much bitterness and I was left with a very nice sweet/fruit flavor.

MF = Moderate carbonation.

Overall = I felt this beer was well balanced and very easy to drink.

Photo of Beejay
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow in color, with a slight bit of haze. Smaller white head on top, that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Malty and crisp. There is a very grassy or herbal smell to it.

T: Light malt, some grassy notes form the hops, and a good amount of carbonic bite.

M: Light and crispy. Tons of carbonation, with an almost acidic finish.

O: Overall pleasant, drinkable, and refreshing, but I think I would pass this one by for others in similar styles.

Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: standard pint, the pour produces a bone white head that falls slowly and exhibits average retention, the beer is a clear, light amber in color

s: lightly caramelized pale lager malts with a mild, grassy noble hop aroma, whole grain crackers, good balance

m: carbonation around medium in level with body that's light but not thin, a bit dull on the palate

t: some mild, grainy caramel from a base of pale and lightly toasted lager malts, just a touch sweet, grassy hop flavors, finishes with flavors of grain crackers and a moderate hop bitterness dries things out a bit, good lager if not really a standout

d: easy enough, not quite as drinkable as the style can be

six-pack from the brewery in Afton

Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clean gold, about a finger and a half creamy head. Looks like a nice lager should... rather nice.

S: A nice, light citrus/fruit nose, a nice touch of hops in there.

T: Fruity, sweet malt flavours, followed by hops. Quite a nice balance of malts/hops, with a rather hoppy finish. This is a good, straight forward lager, and I'd say it's quite honest to the commercial description.

M: Not at all overly carbonated, though perhaps not too crisp, either. Again, a decent balance, and a nicely rounded lager.

D: Could be a touch high in ABV for some, but I would certainly treat this as a session brew. Quite good for its class, and fortunately, it's a local brewery. It serves as a good respresentative of its style.

Photo of obywan59
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and golden to tawny orange in color. A 1 1/2 finger off white head and light lacing.l Decent carbonation.

Rich sweet malt and herbal/grassy hops in the aroma. A bit of earthiness seems almost doughy.

Primarily sweet malt upfront with light grassy hops and faint bitterness. Light citrus lays on the tongue.

Medium bodied and crisp leaving a light syrupy coating.

An easy drinker and rather sessionable. A nice light offering suitable for the season.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. Two fingers of frothy head. The first finger dies very quickly, but the last one has decent retention. Just a touch of spotty lacing.

4.0 S: Earthy spiciness and grassy hops. Somewhat sweet neutral malt aroma. Not bad.

3.0 T: Soft bitterness. Grassy and earthy hops again. There's definitely some corny DMS going on here.

3.5 M: Light body. Carbonation is a little higher than I'd prefer. Would be smooth, but has corny aftertaste.

3.0 D: Not terrible, but definitely much better lawnmower beers out there.

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

This is a solid local offering. This is my local Go-To Beer. Pours a Clean straw color with a great two finger white head. smells of roasted grain and fresh hops. Tase it great. Again, it's grainy, mild bitterness due to hops, hops lend a faint piny note balanced malts. It's not overly complex, but solid enough to return to over and over. If you "just want a beer" this is your ticket. This is one local brewery that i speak highly of often.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA.

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with just a touch of grain adjunct malt sweetness. Light aromas of grassy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of pale and biscuit malts with a touch of grain adjunct malt sweetness. Light flavors of lemon citrus and grassy hops towards the finish. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and definitely a session beer. Nice flavors and very refreshing.

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 27 Dec 2013

This is a rare field CAN Review in support of The CANQuest! I was in Morgantown, WV for the day to do some BeerFly reviews and I came across this one in a cooler at one of the downtown bars. I inquired as to the possibility of take-away beers, but such a transaction is disallowed in the State of West, by God, Virginia and so I reverted to pen and paper.

From the CAN (which I retained for FFT Jeff Lebo): "Real Virginia Beer"; "Demand Fresh Beer: Check My Butt to Make Sure I'm Not Older Than I Look."; "22 IBUs"; "Drink the Good Stuff."; "Cold-Aged Lager Beer"; "The brew destined to be put in a [CAN]. Smooth, refreshing, all-malt, German hops. What does it taste like? It tastes like real beer. If you have a buddy or two who hasn't looked around lately and realized we're in the Golden Age of Craft Beer, toss one of these at them to get the ball rolling. It's just good beer, y'all."

I began by demonstrating the Crack! and inverted Glug, producing a finger of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a gorgeous golden-yellow (SRM = 7) with button-brightness and I was shocked to see Croesus, Midas and Mammon appear, but it was just that golden. Usually, they CANfine themselves to my kitchen. Nose had a clean maltiness, not fouled by unwanted adjuncts, along with a light grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was soft and the interplay between the malt and hops was just what I am looking for in a lager. Nothing pretentious or over the top, just a nice, clean beer. Finish was semi-dry with the grassiness coming to the front. I was glad to have tried it, even in a field setting, and I would have it again if the situation called for a CANned lager.

Photo of Rifugium
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at Blue Mountain, Afton, VA

Light straw-yellow color, clear and bubbly, with a thin white head. Light grassy aroma, thin pale malts. Taste of pale malts, lightly toasted grains, crisp but timid grassy hops, lager yeast. A pretty standard Euro lager here, good, if that's your bag. Light body, slightly bitter in the aftertaste. An easy drinker, but not exactly my style.

Photo of hopdog
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle labeled Best Before 03 2008 (tasted on 2/19).

Poured a deeper golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of general grassiness and some grains. Subtle tastes of grass and some malty sweetness.

Notes from and tasted on 02/19/08.

Photo of biglickbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brewer of this beer, Taylor Smack, calls Blue Mountain Classic Lager a "continental-style beer." It pours a beautiful golden color, crystal clear, but with a negligible white head. The aroma is of grain and sweet malt, with just a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is fairly typical for a light lager, with perhaps slightly more body than most European-style lagers brewed in America.

The flavor is of sweet malt, a little graininess and the distinctive profile of noble hops. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, but it is very slight. The noble hop flavor, however, lingers several minutes beyond the swallow. The first few sips reveal a slight fruitiness, but the firm maltiness and noble hop flavor soon overpower the fruitiness. This is an excellent lager, reminiscent of a fine Munich Helles.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Blue Mountain pilsner glass.

They tried way too hard to come up with that name. It pours a clear pale straw topped by about a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light wheat and some light citrus hops. The taste holds notes of light wheat, greens, and a vague floral bitterness. The body is light, with a lightish carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a decent pale lager, but nothing special.

Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light yellow in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a bit.

Smell: hint of grass is all you can detect.

Taste: grainy malt presence with a hint of lemon zest, grass, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less start to finish. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to drink this beer. Not overly exciting, it does hit the spot on a hot day.

Photo of hdf561
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the grocery store, in a make your own 6 pack.

Served in a bottle so hard to judge appearance.

Smell was not that great maybe even a little skunky

This beer was like the tale of two beers, initially when I first took a drink it was overally bitter, and left a horrid after taste. However the subsequent tastes where very enjoyable, with good even flavoring, and little to no harsh after taste or bit as it was on the first taste.

Over all I like this beer, but will probably not have it again unless it is offered to me. It is nothing spectacular just a solid beer that is worth trying but now that I have had it probably wont purchase again.

Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft in a pilsner glass. Pours a golden amber with little head. Clean and clear. Traditional lager done right. Well balanced hops. Not bitter. Smooth. Easy drinking. Nice summer beer. Good effort.

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a dry, bisquitey lager yeast aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down a little sweet and finishes dry and clean. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a very enjoyable lager. It's all malt and easy drinking; a wonderful beer.

Photo of delta490
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-poured a clear medium gold with a thick creamy white head. Head has great retention, aided by a steady stream of carbonation, and leaves a small amount of lacing

S- a great lager aroma. Biscuit, earthy hops

T- not a overwhelming lager flavor. Seems subdued when compared to the aroma. A little malty bread notes and some more robust hops.

M-thinner, but not too much so. No noticeable

O-an above-average but not extraordinary lager. I'd go with their kolsch over this one.

Photo of russwbeck
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear yellow pour that hints towards brown at the center. A few fingers of white head. Retention and lacing are only ok.

S: Sweet, malty smell. Pretty much like you would expect a lager to be.

T: Clean taste. Again, what you would expect from a lager. Sweet, malty, and bready.

MF: Light, crisp, and crazy drinkable.

O: Easy drinking beer, just nothing special.

Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of CrellMoset poured into a pint glass.

Pours deep, clear golden amber with streams of bubbles feeding a small white head that stays on as a swirl of bubbles for the duration.

The aromas are the typical smells of pale malts, grain and maybe a faint hint of earthy hops. Overall a pretty sweet and slightly toasted aroma.

The taste has a slightly more noticeable earthy hop profile up front before the sweet pale malt backbone takes over. The finish is fairly dry and a bit bready.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and a bit doughy on the palate.

This is definitely a good beer for drinking on a hot, sunny day as it goes down very easily. An above average pale lager.

Photo of mikereaser
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a murky copper color with way too much off white foam. It took 3 pours to get it all into the glass.
Lots of sticky lacing throughout the glass

S - balance of grassy malts and hops

T - malts and hops, a basic lager flavor

M/D - I think this is an ok brew from Blue Mountain. Not my favorite, but i'm glad i got to try it. It might have been my bottle, it seemed way overcarbonated and took forever to get it into my glass.

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Blue Mountain Classic Lager from Blue Mountain Brewery
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