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Prairie Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Prairie LagerPrairie Lager

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

New name for Berghoff Original Lager Beer.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 02-03-2009)
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scottwurst

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

10-08-2013 22:39:05 | More by scottwurst
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev +3.1%

05-03-2013 04:02:44 | More by Whiskeydeez
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

1.28/5  rDev -56%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. ABV? No one seems to know, apparently. It isn't listed on Beer Advocate, and it isn't listed on the bottle. I have had this beer before in the Berghoff sampler pack and was unimpressed, but against my better judgement I decided to give it another go.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields a dull flat cloudy lemon colored beer with virtually no head on top. Some bubbles rushing up the sides to the top.

S - Dull, chemically treated malts and other dusty chemical adjuncts. Smells pretty unappealing, even for a lager which is usually a pretty lame smelling brew. Definitely has some kind of artificial sweetness to it.

T - Dusty, chemically treated malts and corn husk flavor. Very overly carbonated body just leaves you feeling bloated. I'm not sure if I would choose this beer or some mass-marketed trill lagers like Miller Lite or Coors Light, if I had the choice. To be honest, I think I might enjoy the taste of a Coors Light with a lime squeezed into it, better than this beer. Carbonated, basically flavorless, and artificially too sweet. Almost has some kind of a cherry cough syrup / medicine taste to it.

M - Carbonated. Crackles on your tongue like pop rocks after you've sipped it down. I can't wait to wash down the sickeningly sweet artificial taste of this beer with something better.

Overall, a beer to try once and never again. I have had four different Berghoff beers now by Minhas brewery and they were all terrible. I guess I only bought this again so that I could review it here on Beer Advocate, and I will assuredly never buy this beer again. Avoid.

Minhas Berghoff Prairie Lager ---1.5/5

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 05:59:20 | More by mfnmbvp
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cliff1066

Virginia

3/5  rDev +3.1%

12-22-2012 03:45:17 | More by cliff1066
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Renae

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +3.1%

12-18-2012 00:25:18 | More by Renae
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JALIEN

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

11-25-2012 23:36:05 | More by JALIEN
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bigmo66

Illinois

1.63/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Semi cloudy looking in a glass.

Smells like a sweet, cheap beer.

The taste is reminiscent of a cheap malt liquor being way too sweet and no hoppiness whatsoever. Taste more like wort.

Mouthfeel isn't too bad if you plug your nose like you would as a kid trying to choke down cod liver oil. Even the feel is sickening sweet.

Overall this is a really bad beer and the fact that is available as a pick 6 along with beers from Bell's is ridiculous. 3 of 3 Berghoff beers have been duds for me. never again..

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:37:32 | More by bigmo66
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-28-2012 00:11:26 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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MarshMan71

Illinois

4/5  rDev +37.5%

09-10-2012 20:37:50 | More by MarshMan71
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3/5  rDev +3.1%

06-27-2012 14:44:54 | More by nheinzie57
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illini4x4


3/5  rDev +3.1%

05-29-2012 04:11:54 | More by illini4x4
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A60sburnout

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +28.9%

05-27-2012 09:39:45 | More by A60sburnout
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TimRasmussen

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +71.8%

05-17-2012 20:12:47 | More by TimRasmussen
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain, some lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of grain, lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then some mild malt sweetness comes in along with a very mild hops presence, but there isn’t a lot of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly other beers in the style that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:03:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

2.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Medium yellow. Hazy. Tall, fizzy, somewhat persistent white head.

Smell - Moderately strong pale malt. I'm not sure if this beer claims to be all-malt, but this smells a little corny.

Taste - Quite sweet pale malt. Falls on the cloying side. Little evidence of hops.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - If this is an all-malt, it's one of the least impressive I've tried. If it's a macro, it's okay for a macro, but a little oversweet for me to enjoy more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 03:29:54 | More by scaliasux
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cosmonick

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

02-11-2012 04:55:53 | More by cosmonick
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Medium dark straw color, with no hazing or turbidity at all, the same small white foam collar as all the other Berghoffs in the session so far. Smells like grains mixed with a simple earthen mustiness, otherwise quite clean and pleasant in aroma. Taste brings to mind a strange juxtaposition of semi-sweet pale malts mixed with an oddly flowery hopping that is sort of distracting in the finish with the way it pops out at you from the background of earthen hop tones. IMHO, it should have had some kind of mild citric peel hopping to even the flavors out somewhat, texture is medium thick, well carbonated, and that's about it for this one. A serviceable, if oddly hopped, brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 02:17:59 | More by WastingFreetime
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Caskaway

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +54.6%

01-05-2012 01:14:16 | More by Caskaway
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scootercrabb

Illinois

3/5  rDev +3.1%

12-13-2011 00:29:06 | More by scootercrabb
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murf1087

Indiana

3/5  rDev +3.1%

12-12-2011 22:13:33 | More by murf1087
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Maya

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +56.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer, Prairie Lager from the Berghoff Brewery brewed at Minhas, under the direction of Berghoff owners, is a lager typical of German Helles. The character of this beer does not match that of a German Pilsner.
Appearance: Good hop note; foam was well developed with no fish eyes. The color, straw blond, was as expected of a hellos.
Smell: There were no off notes. A light hop note melded well with the malty characteristics expected of a hellos.
Taste: A smooth drink and refreshing effervescence brought out the mild hopping and malt additions.
Mouthfeel: A well balanced hellos lager with no lingering astringency.
Would purchase this beer again for my sheepshead team which gave a thumbs up for the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:13:33 | More by Maya
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cagocubs

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part IV of my Berghoff tasting. Poured from bottle into glass.

A: Pours a darker gold with a 1 finger white head that sticks around with very little lacing.

S: Not much smell. Some grain/adjunct smell.

T: Grain, some sweetness. Mostly the stuff of macro brews.

M: Crisp, decent carbonation, good mouth coating.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 03:53:04 | More by cagocubs
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WillCarrera

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Pilsener glass, which is maybe to take this beer a bit too seriously.

A- Pours a clear, pale golden color. Loads of carbonation. A rough pour produces a thin half-finger of thin white head, which quickly becomes literally nothing, no head at all.

S- Grain, sweet pale malts, not much hop character is detectable. Smells very clean.

T- More grains, corn husk, hop bitterness is decent and manages to desperately cling into the finish. Pale malts and adjuncts are relatively sweet. Dry finish with more adjuncts and grains.

M- Light bodied, full carbonation, finishes clean and bone dry, leaves very little on the palate at all.

O- This really isn't a terrible beer, it would go well with food, I also used it to cook some brats and it did a good job, its a good option if you're looking for a cheap session beer or just something to refresh you or cool you down in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:55:19 | More by WillCarrera
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Part four of my six-part Berghoff sampling. By this point, the movie's almost over (He's Just Not That Into You, if you must know), and I'm not sure what's going on in my glass anymore. This continuation pours a clear sallow-leaning pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sand, dirt, flowers, and a touch of rice and wheat. No. The taste isn't all that much of an improvement, though an increase in the wheat character helps bring this thing closer to enjoyment (though there's quite a way to go yet, lemme tell ya). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, this is just one bad-tasting pils, no other way to put it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 04:46:05 | More by TMoney2591
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Mug shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a one-to-two finger white colored rocky foam; crisp golden brown colored body; good amount of carbonation stemmed from the bottom of the glass; no lacing at all

S - Slightly sour yeast notes; lager airiness; young fruit scents, almost like a wine; clean and crisp

T - Malt notes complimented by dark fruit flavors; rinse notes and touch of grains; sour scents from yeast

M - Filling beer; frothy feel with a subtle amount of body; slightly bubbly; went down smooth not to many flavors and can't feel the combination of flavors; not much of a Pilsener bitterness to it

D - Good flavor; good lager with a nice finish

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 20:10:39 | More by ferrari29
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Prairie Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.