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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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Photo of mfnmbvp
1.28/5  rDev -56%

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

mfnmbvp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of chicagoabbot
1.53/5  rDev -47.4%

By far one of the worst lagers I've ever had. I can taste the alcohol and there's not even much in it. The color is pukey yellow, darker than most adjuncts but somehow quite disgusting. The head is not important, since it only furthers the terrible aroma. Figured I'd give this beer a shot because it was a decent value and they are a regional brewer, but could only drink one out of a six pack. Not palatable.

chicagoabbot, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of bigmo66
1.63/5  rDev -44%

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..

bigmo66, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of chrsmat71
1.83/5  rDev -37.1%

This is pretty poor. Looks ok, doesn't smell like much. But the taste.... hints of cardboard, rotting vegetation, and sugar. In college I used to scrape together change and buy and 40 oz bottle of cheap malt liquor...this reminded me of that. I'm pretty sure this would be a draw in a blind taste test with Colt 45 or something up that alley. Have lots of great memories from college...but the beer I drank sometime wasn't one of them. If I had to pick between this beer and a bud lite, I'll take the lite beer. You know how bud lite taste like nothing? That is an improvement in this case. Drank about half the bottle....the rest went down the drain.

chrsmat71, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of TGINaturday
1.9/5  rDev -34.7%

Poured into a chilled glass from the bottle:

Got this in a pick-a-six, glad I didn't buy a case of it....

Looks nice, good amber color but with very little head. Smells and tastes like a flat beer + sugar....way too sweet. It doesn't sit heavy at least, but the overpowering sweetness would prevent me from having another....

Overall, skip it for something better at the price point.

TGINaturday, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
1.95/5  rDev -33%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a clear straw yellow color that produced a quickly to immediate dissipating bubbly white head.

(S)- Very floral dryness with lemon & apricot. Honey-like sweetness.

(T)- Very very grassy lemon & bubblegum fruitiness. This is bizarre. Its like honey nut cheerios & fruit loops put together plus a grassy lemon thing. Really sugary sweet.

(M)- Good carbonation level. A very disjointed beer though. Very sugary sweet with conflicting hoppy & malty flavors.

(D)- I am not a fan. Its a little too weird for me. Funky, but in a bad way. You might as well eat a spoonful of sugar.

sweemzander, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of association330
2.42/5  rDev -16.8%

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours bright gold with fleeting, pinky-sized white head. Thin cap, no lace.

S - Mostly adjuncts, with some pale malts. As the beer warms, the adjunct scent becomes pronounced and harsh. Like sticking your nose into a bucket of wet corn.

T - Adjunct and pale malt sweetness, with a crisp swallow of trace hop bitterness and lingering corny sweetness.

M - Seems to be naturally carbonated, which is a plus. Crispness is refreshing and the beer is not super watery.

D - Could slam a bunch of these, but I'm not too impressed.

association330, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of scaliasux
2.43/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

scaliasux, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.48/5  rDev -14.8%

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. No date or info.

A - Brilliantly clear and pale yellow straw with a soda-like effervescence. So many bubbles! A thin white head popped up and disappeared to a layer and ring quickly.

S - The nose has an aroma of sweet and grainy malts with corn and little in the way of hops. One-dimensional and boring.

T - The flavor is really husky and grainy with a dry straw texture and finish. A bit of sweet malt is splashed in there with a kiss of hops towards the end but it's a really plain lager.

M - Crisp and light-bodied with a harsh carbonation bite to the finish. Dry...very dry at the end.

D - Beer like this has it's place...but not in my fridge. Really disappointing as it is basically an adjunct lager with a harsh level of carbonation to distract from the flavor. Wont ever be having this one again.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of JALIEN
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

JALIEN, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of scottwurst
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

TMoney2591, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body with a small-sized, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Mild pale malt scent with faint, piddly notes of basic grain and floral hops.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a slight pils malt graininess and general cereal sweetness. Vague floral hop tones with a restrained bitterness. Semi-dry, hohum finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Falls far short of a great many lagers. You know, if I didn't know any better, I'd swear this was their Original Lager.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of cagocubs
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

cagocubs, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Stevie_Janowski, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of sgoodship
2.78/5  rDev -4.5%

Found this at work after an event. Not sure where it came from but it looked interesting.

A: Poured into a pils glass. Very light straw color - almost champagne-like. 2 finger, white, fine bubble, almost creamy head. Retained a thin head throughout and left reasonable lacing on the glass.

S: Definitely got some lemony fruit esters and some diacetyl coming through the grainy malt. No substantial hop presence in the nose.

T: Crisp but slightly cloying rather than the bitterness I was looking for. Almost wheat-like, fruity flavor with diacetyl. Not getting the noble hop type experience I was expecting. Dry finish that is grainy, not hoppy enough and a little metalic.

M: Light bodies and medium carbonation that feels pretty good in the mouth - not too aggressive.

D: Too much diacetyl for the style. Expected more biscuity malt and hop. It just didn't deliver. I was hoping I had found at interesting lager but it turned out to be a poor American adjunct type experience. Won't be returning to this one.

sgoodship, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of russpowell
2.93/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Zero head retention & average lacing

S: Cereal notes, metallic & soapy hops

T: Bready, grassyness & a bit of dryness up front, plus some cloying cooked cereal sweetness. More sweetness & cereal as this warms, some lemony & soapy hops. Finishes cloying sweet with vegtal mediocrity

MF: Light/,medium bodied with low carbonation, skews too sweet

Drinks slow, just too damn sweet. This brewery isn't impressing me so fat, glad I just bought a single

russpowell, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of WillCarrera
2.93/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

WillCarrera, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +3.1%

cliff1066, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of murf1087
3/5  rDev +3.1%

murf1087, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Renae
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Renae, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev +3.1%

nheinzie57, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of trbergman
3/5  rDev +3.1%

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Bright straw yellow with a thin, dense bone-white head.

S - Weak aroma with crackery malt and herbal, spicy hops.

T - Bready flavor that's surprisingly sweet (no corn, I hope!) with a refreshing hop bitterness and some spicy hop flavor.

M - Light and effervescent, pretty much to style.

D - Not terribly exciting, but it could make a decent lawnmower beer.

trbergman, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Whiskeydeez, May 03, 2013
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Prairie Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.