Blue Mountain Classic Lager - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 125
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007

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Photo of oberon
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (1,707 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 (708 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date, but 6-pack purchased at the brewery with the bartender's comment: "We bottled that 6-pack this morning."

A: Great clarity and some amber tint to an otherwise classic golden lager hue. Nice 1-finger head with average retention and lace trailings down the glass.

S: Fresh cereal grains with a nice dash of noble hops give this lager a great aroma.

T: The flavor seems more full than the on-tap variety with tons of grain flavors and a crisp noble hops bite in the finish to give this beer a great refreshment quotient.

M: The all-malt character of this beer shines through in the feel which is medium-bodied with solid carbonation and short, grainy and low-medium hops aftertaste.

D: An excellent all-malt lager. The style given here is off -- this beer has tons of body and is better tasted when the temperature can be controlled (and not overly cold) to enjoy the grainy and noble hops goodness. (974 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.. (507 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served as part of a sampler at the brewery in Afton, VA along w/ five other beers (four brewed there, and one guest beer).

Appearance was pleasant, although nothing to write home about - nice golden coloration, decent head and lace.

Smell was delicate, hops and light citrus notes detected.

Taste was again pleasant, but nothing extraordinary - struck a good balance, though, between the hops and the light malt notes. Nice hops note in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was decent, slightly undercarbonated, slightly under-crisp, but definitely not terrible.

Drinkability is just fine - this beer is what it is, which is a decent small brewery craft lager, and I wouldn't have any problem at all taking a six pack or two of it to a party. (736 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 11/2009.

Pours a brilliant copper-golden liquid with a 1/4 finger light-tan head that stays. Some streamers feed the head. Quite attractive. Smells earthy hops and SO4. Grainy malt is beneath, a bit biscuity.

Tastes creamy smoothness and modest hop bitter. Nice hop flavor is earthy and turns tin-like in the aftertaste. Grain flavor is beneath the hops as biscuit or light toast. Hint of an off flavor, either sulfur or DMS. Moderate, but fine stingy carbonation helps clean the creamy mouthfeel off the tongue. (523 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with clearly marked freshness date. Brewed to 13P, hopped to 22 IBUs and lagered six weeks at the brewery. Nice clarity on the pour yields an amber hue reminiscent of a marzen, with moderate carbonation and an inch of frothy head that leaves some wisps of lace. A bit fruity in the nose, vegetal, with perhaps some caramel and hops. Tastes toasty (Munich or Vienna malt?), with a light fruitiness, and some green hops that impart a mild bitterness on top of a light and dry body. Not too bad; could be a bit more fresh (was in the back of the fridge), but reminiscent of a Vienna lager. Worth a try when down in Virginia. (635 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of csmiley
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours yellow bordering on gold. Head, retention, and lacing were all minimal.

S - Pale malt and some spiciness come through first. Bread, alcohol, and earthy hops round out the aroma profile. Interesting smell.

T - Pale malt along with honey hit the tastebuds first but the crisp hop flavors are very close behind. Earthy tones are in the aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Finish is dry.

D - Drinkability is good. This beer actually went down easy and quick. I would have no problem at all haveing some more of these. (544 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of KMcG
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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 (287 characters)

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