Mother In Lager - Karbach Brewing Co.

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: twiggamortis420 on 10-25-2013

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Ratings: 154 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by Hops4Pops:
Photo of Hops4Pops
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can procured from my son in law.
My daughter bought these for him and told me she loves the names that Karbach chooses for its brews. Poured into a Saint Arnold taster glass. Giant creamy tan-colored head about 4" tall that dissipates rapidly to about 1 finger, leaving a very nice lacing in the glass. Very dark, black-dark red color. Very clear. Color of the can is very close to the color of the beer. Smells less than it tastes. Chocolate and very roasted malt notes. Very nice soft mouthfeel. Tastes more sophisticated than it smells. Just enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Very well blended flavors that are nicely balanced with some faint hops in the background. The hops come out in the aftertaste. I must admit I tend to discriminate against cans because in the past I could taste metal and hate that. I do not taste any metal in this beer even thought its canned. Afterglass reveals the hops. A very nice colder-weather seasonal.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty decent sized light brown to tan colored head slowly settles leaving a bit of lacing clinging to the edges as it recedes above a deep reddish amber colored beer.

Well roasted caramel malt aroma bordering on warmed dark chocolates.

Smooth dark roasted malts taste with a light Hershey's dark milk chocolate edge to it.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the dark malts tastes hanging around with this smooth and creamy medium bodied drink.

Smooth and tasty, pretty pleased with buying this stuff, just wish I had bought more.

Photo of HtownHeff
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

This is a seasonal brew that we all here in Houston cannot wait for. Wonderful flavor, and strangely, I find its flavor is more pronounced from the can.

Photo of EvanOrtiz5
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz pour from can into snifter.

Pour: Coffee brown with a strong powerful red when shined in strong light. About a finger head.

Nose: Delicious sweet malt with toffee and earthy notes

Taste: Sweet malt. Caramel. Toffee. A wonderful blend

Overall: An interesting dark beer that drinks like a lager. Unconventionally enjoyable. Zero hop notes, alcohol unnoticeable. All in all, a very tasty and easy drinking seasonal.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head. Ok retention and great swiss-cheese lace. Pretty good looking brew

Nose is roasty with an astringent malt backdrop. Not the typical smooth choco/toasty malt I am used to in a Dunkel.

Hmmmm, mild chocolate and bigger roast. The malts just dont really smooth out the way a good Dunkel does. Pretty much a letdown for Karbach after many a good canned seasonal....and this coming from a huge Dunkel fan. Mouthfeel is actually a high point despite the roast. Carbonation is fine-bubbled. Its not horrible, but with some of the recent successes from Karbach and my love for the Dunkel style, I was hoping for something special.

Photo of LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything Karbach is good and well worth the money.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a beautiful coffee brown with a nice light tan head that ia bready in texture and settles very slowly. The lacing is thin and slipping.

The nose is a very rich malt with notes of camphor, nutmeg, spice, earth and grass.

The taste is a dry malt with a nice light hopping and more subtle notes of flavor. The other flavors are mild and subdued and almost indistinguishable.

Over all this one is very drinkable and a nice addition to the Karbach lineup. Very drinkable cold weather lager.

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The wondrous JenRay sent this to me for inclusion in The CANQuest (TM) and I am so thankful that I am going to try and meet up with her in NYC in a couple/few weeks! Another of my traders to be CANverted into an in-person trader, thanks to The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "Brewed in Texas"; "Seasonal"; "winter's here"; "Proudly Brewed in Texas"; "Yes Ma'am. What [CAN] you say about the woman who brings a big serving of judgment to every occasion? Sometimes it's best to say nothing at all. Mother-in-Lager recognizes those who have shown glimpses of sweetness through their otherwise bitter exterior and feels for those who put up with it. Brewed with dark malts and German hops, this brew[']s depth of flavor will allow you to relax and bite your tongue while she reorganizes your entire kitchen. So grab a Mother-in-Lager and be prepared for the next time she comes to visit. It's going to be a long, cold night. Aww[,] who are we kidding? No matter what she may say or do, we still love her!"; "Respect Mother Earth".

The last time that I was in Houston, Texas was for the Fourth of July, 2008 and I was not aware of Karbach's existence (if they even truly did exist), but I am enthusiastic about their willingness to CAN their beers!

There is nothing like the sound of the Crack! to inspire an inverted Glug and thus, we were off and running. I always get a kick out of the ensuing pseudo-cascade, especially in the darker beers and this was no exception. After settling, I had just over two fingers of deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-ruby/garnet (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of milk chocolate and bread or biscuits, which was nice without being cloying or overdone. I began to see some nice lacing form as the head fell. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unexpectedly more bitter than the nose had led me to think. I really liked this as a result! Think about it - a CANned lager from a microbrewery, which is unusual in and of itself, but then one that did not evince the usual sweetness of the style. Sure, it had a chocolate/cocoa sweetish flavor from the malt, but it was downplayed by the grassiness of the hops, making it an eminently drinkable beer. Finish was semi-sweet and really a nice change of pace for me of late.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking, brown and clear with a good head and good lacing.

Roasty and toasty with nice chocolate flavor and aroma, a good malty base. Somewhat of a milk-chocolate flavor.

Body is creamy and smooth, medium, but super-drinkable. Definitely a tasty one from Karbach.

Photo of champ103
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brownish with red highlights around the edges. At first a white head rises to over two fingers. Spotty lace is left down the glass.
S: Toasted malt with a light roast character. A bit of chocolate and buttery malt aromas. Cereal grains.
T: Like the nose toasted malt up front. Cereal grains roast and light chocolate. Buttery malt in the finish.
M/D: A light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. I have already put away a six pack over a week.

A very enjoyable lager. Like most Karach this does not have a real defined style. Kind of a cross between a dunkle lager and Swartz. I am sure I will continue to drink this on occasion with no problem.

Photo of Premo88
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into pilsener
(288K-3 printed on bottom of can: Oct. 15, 2013 canned)

L: dark ruby purple but amazingly clear when held up to light; looks almost black not up to a light; fluffy thick 1-inch head of tan foam; enough stick from the head and lacing on the way down to push this into near-perfect range; keeps a cool skin of foam on top with tight ring of foam for a neat collar

S: grain, corn; when cold, it really smells like a macro-brew lager ... kind of corny/grainy; malt kicks in as it warms, very sweet bready malt notes; keeps a nice toasted barley mixed with grain note

T: sweet, toasted barley; chocolate ... it's like a stout starter-kit, in NO WAY as chunky and malty as a stout but definite chocolate, darker malt notes; as it warms, gives off just a hint of burnt barley -- again stout-like

F: very drinkable, nice carbonation, pretty full

O: awesome brew ... it's such a fantastic mix of drinkable lager with darker-malt ale notes; it's chocolately malt notes never delve deeper into the raisin or licorice end of that spectrum, instead staying just above that where I love it.

more proof that a lager can pack plenty of taste. and a perfect cooler-weather brew.

Photo of LindzAcree
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious! Just like I love my coffee. Black and strong❤️

Photo of BryanCarey
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with a clear body, Mother in Lager offers up a tan- colored head of foam and a nose of bread, dark pale mallet, a touch of chocolate, and a dab of butter. The foam holds its own and leaves some lacing as you drink.

This lager has a flavor profile that emphasizes toasted barley, some chocolate, and some roasted malt and butter. The body of the beer is creamy and the profile is very smooth. The hops in the finish are mild, as the taste returns back to that of chocolate and toasted malt.

Mother in Lager is a smooth as silk brew with an easy drinking profile. It is labeled as a dunkel, but it doesn’t necessarily taste like the typical dark German beer. It is more like a hybrid of styles and the blend is eminently enjoyable.

Another good beer from Karbach and certainly a beer worth trying!

Photo of cpiray45
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer at the flying saucer in Houston. This was my first karbach beer and I thought it was very good with a rich, dark, smooth ride. I have looked for this beer at other places but it must be seasonal. I will try and get in a keg for my kegerator when it comes back out later this year.

Mother In Lager from Karbach Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.