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Name Tag Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Name Tag LagerName Tag Lager

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BA SCORE
61
poor

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 25.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: flexabull on 08-14-2009)
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2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

Lovely85, Oct 17, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

nickfl, Oct 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

goforbrian, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of UnionMade
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

I found this at Trader Joe's for a pretty good price, and the graphics were sorta amusing in the old 70's generic "BEER" can kinda way, so why not give it a shot. My can said "Name Tag" instead of the "Red Oval" pictured.
Looks pretty standard for a "lager". Gold, with a quickly evaporating head and lots of bubbles racing their way to the top.
Smells a bit of toasty malt and some apple/pear fruitiness.
Rather sweet in the flavor. Reminds me a bit of some of those strong Polish lagers like Tatra and Zywiec, except this one can't boast 6-8% abv. Those also taste cleaner with more hop flavor in the finish, and are generally enjoyable to drink. This one has a rather assertive, artificial generifruit gummy candy or jellybean fruitiness in the finish and no hops to balance things out. Not particularly dry, and weak in mouthfeel and body. The first couple sips were ok, but I'm wishing I didn't have 5 more of these to drink. The carbonation starts out very lively, but gets fairly flat about halfway through, and you're stuck with something akin to a less than great apple cider. Definitely the worst beer I've had in a while.

UnionMade, Sep 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

aleckpa, Aug 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev +19%

carlmoberg, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
2.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising fairly quickly from the bottom of the glass as well as some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy sudsy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet corn and grain adjunct malts and a very light amount of floral hops. Maybe a touch of rice adjunct malts as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet corn and grain adjunct malts with a very light presence of rice adjunct malts. There is a very light flavor of floral hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness that lingers for a while but with a slight chemically aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Again, not a bad AAL/American Pale Lager but certainly not an interesting beer. Slight chemical flavors in the aftertaste. Easy enough to drink, best served ice cold.

dbrauneis, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of stevoj
2.41/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bought as "Name Tag" from Trader Joe’s. Pours clear pale golden, with thin white head. Sweet malt, and corn on the aroma, taste is pure sweet grains, with a fading sweet finish. Finishes fast. Somewhat watery mouth feel. A pale lager through and through, but refreshing on these hot summer days.

stevoj, Jul 21, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

monkeybeerbelly, Jul 07, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

Bartos, Jul 02, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -30.6%

pjbfromkc, Jun 24, 2014
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2/5  rDev -20.6%

kmoen, Jun 17, 2014
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1/5  rDev -60.3%

Chando, Jun 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev +19%

KevMo84, Jun 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BAsbill, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.45/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clearish golden color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade and crap retention. No lacing is left behind.

S: Umm...what is this? It smells oddly nutty. Come to think about it, it's really butterscotchy too. Some of the cereal grain notes are relatively well concealed, at least. There isn't much good to say about the nose, mainly because it smells like it will lead into a pure, unbridled tastebud terror.

T: Oh my god, it does. It features the massive cotton candy sweetness of the Simpler Times lager I had earlier, but somehow worse. Now it hit me - it's a diacetyl bomb that someone dumped five year old Werther's Originals into. The only reason I'm not giving it a one because it doesn't fall into the "bad flavor and no flavor at the same time" pratfall...it just has a shitload of bad flavor.

M: Heavy and super sweet - I don't want to drink this crap anymore, quite frankly. Moderate carbonation.

O: After the first two lagers from TJ ended up being not terrible, it kind of gave me hope for the others. Too bad two okayish lagers would lead into two horrid ones. I'll give the slight edge to this over the Trader Jose crap, but only just. They're both easy drainpours either way.

ThisWangsChung, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +58.7%

wilfonzo, May 17, 2014
Photo of abrethanson
2.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this sixer up at TJs a couple weeks back. Let it sit in the fridge for ample time to make sure it was chilled fully before cracking open.

A: pours a crystal clear orange / copper with descent (1) finger head.

S: I have no sense of smell - but the wife seemed to think metal and urine were sufficient. She reinforced this with a, "I am not making this up." Mostly like metal.

T: For a cider this is not half bad as the taste of freshly cut apples is strong from start to finish. A tad bid of corn meal & buttery popcorn to finish off the clean crispness. Wish I had some peanut butter to mix in it. The more I drink the more apparent the metallic flavors jump out and dance around - reminds me of when the annoying drunk shows up and ruin a bad party. I Maybe they should toss some Lacto in here and call it a sour.

O: In all seriousness this is a terrible beer. But again - as a corn cider its drinkable.

abrethanson, May 05, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

59rockabilly, Apr 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev +19%

habaceeba, Mar 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev +19%

dkeav, Feb 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

tdm168, Feb 27, 2014
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1/5  rDev -60.3%

Evoforen, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of GMB
2.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Minhas Brewery's Name Tag Lager pours an expectedly pale straw-yellow body. The Snow-white head falls as quickly as it rises. It leaves behind an appealing island of oily film. A few thin streams of bubbles rise steadily towards the top. Nice.

The nose is much better than most adjunct lagers. It's sweet and malty: apple and pear cider up front and just a hint of herb-ish-ness in back. I'm excited.

Alas, the taste doesn't follow suit. A heavy hand has poured in the bittering hops; the malts can't handle them, and we're left with an indefensibly bitter, slightly sour brew that doesn't do much to please. The mouthfeel is fine, but a mouth feel is only good insofar as it complements the flavor of the beer. The flavors here are so poor that they render the mouthfeel score meaningless.

I'd reach for a Name Tag lager before I picked up an American Budweiser, but I can think of a few unappealing American macro lagers that I'd reach for before picking up one of these again.

GMB, Dec 23, 2013
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Name Tag Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
61 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.