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Name Tag Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

Not Rated.
Name Tag LagerName Tag Lager

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118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 207
Avg: 2.54
pDev: 33.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: flexabull on 08-14-2009

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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 207
Reviews by elBecko:
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2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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Photo of 1Adam12
1.34/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Light golden color. Not much nose, just sugar. Tastes like someone poured a beer, then dumped a pint of water on top of it, and this is whats left. Soooo watery tasting. A hint of corn, but mostly just watered down junk. Even 3 bucks a 6 pack is too much money for me to every try this again.

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Photo of takusan1000
2.68/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It is very difficult to distinguish this from Simpler Times lager, even when doing a side-by-side taste test. Both have banana-like qualities and are good value beers. Name Tag, in my mind, is essentially a watered-down version of ST, and therefore deserves a lowered rating.

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Photo of chinchill
2.83/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with great clarity and a lasting white head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of corn, barley and light hops is parallel in the flavor profile, which is not bod but has too much corn. It does leave a decent bready finish.

M: medium+ carbonation; medium-light body.

O: With appropriately low expectations, you'll probably agree that this hits its target: a cheap but drinkable lager.

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Photo of richkrull
2.51/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this one at my buddy's house. Took it down from the can. Not too much comes through on the nose, not to me anyway. Taste was better than expected. Definitely not great though. Kind of bland. Went down easy. I probably wouldn't buy it, but if that's all that's available, it's OK.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Small white head quickly falls into a very thin lacing above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Sour grain malt aroma with some sour fruit (lemonish) style hops coming through.

Sour grains and light sour hops dryish taste.

A dryish aftertaste with a very slight leftover sour lemon taste hanging around on this light bodied decently carbonated lager.

This beer seems like a lemony Bud Light, I'll have to pass on drinking any more of these but I think those Bud Light Lime drinkers might like it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.22/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, the label design is definitely classic. Reminds of those days growing up in the midwest (Iowa) and seeing cans of stuff like Schlitz, Schmidt's, Red White & Blue, Dubuque Star and Old Milwaukee everywhere. No fondness for those beers beyond the memory of them, just nostalgia. Thanks to mnwags for sending this one, which he assured me I wouldn't love, yet I go into this as objectively as possible...

Pours a watery yellow color, with a slight haze; the head is snow white and fairly thick...for a second. Then it visually and even audibly crackles down to a thin skim. Sounds like Rice Krispies in there. Fred Eckhardt urges us to listen to our beer, and this is one to hear, if not drink.

Clean lemon and fresh straw smell, lacking the DMS/veggie/corn aroma of many others of this ilk. Not amazing, but certainly kinda nice.

Flavor is on the fruity side, although lacks any real sweetness. Crisp and lightly grainy, with shades of peach/pear present. Thankfully that boiled veggie/DMS thing is mostly absent, and while there's hardly any depth to the flavor, there's nothing off-putting, either. Finish offers chewing gum, somewhere between generic bubble-gum flavor and Wrigley's Juicy Fruit. This characteristic isn't hugely pronounced or anything, but it does flash by. Finishes dry...so dry, actually, that the flavor pretty much disappears.

Although the bubble activity tries to be aggressive, there's a softness here that has the illusion of creaminess. But no, it's fairly thin, it's just the the carbonation is not attacking, as it is in too many, more popular versions of this style.

Well heck, it's not too bad at all. Drinkable, certainly, but if that's the best thing I can say about it, then I can live without ever having another one. Still, it's not awful, and I guess I expected so much worse...

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Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Name Tag Lager
12 oz. can, coded "13 338 06" on 4/24/13

Notes: I was under the impression that this was a Trader Joe's beer, but perhaps not. Regardless, it's one of the worst beers I've found at Trader Joe's. It's sweetish with no hops, bitterness, or malt flavor... just a thin 'corn' note. It's inexpensive, which is great, but it's not good enough that I wouldn't pay more to get a better 'retro' beer (Genesee Cream Ale is just $12.99 for a 30 pack, which equals .43 a can!).

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Photo of g00dness
3.17/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While my review of this beer is probably not going to add up to a lot of points, I've got to say that this is a good value at $3 for a 6-pack. The look in the glass was all-american lager a.k.a. urine. The nose was very weak malt and bananas. I poured this can into a pint glass so I could get a better look and smell at it (bad idea really - neither characteristic being a strength), and the head took less than a second to dissipate, so I might as well get to the drinking. The taste was good actually, with sweet corn and froot loops being the major notes. The mouthfeel is above average, not overly foamy and pretty smooth. The drinkability is also above average, clocking in at about 15 minutes for "first beer on a friday". Better than the big guys, and cheaper.

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Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jheberle
4/5  rDev +57.5%

Photo of aleckpa
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of HalfFull
2.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

These aren't simple times as the Simpler Times was out of stock. Oddly, the Red Oval had an entire endcap dedicated to this new brew at a Trader Joe's in Encinitas. I was down for a single, almost thinking it was Red Stripe.

Pours a clear light straw with a thin white head. Not too carbonated yet the pour never let go of its surface cap.

Touch of Noble hops on the nose blend with some light cereal adjuncts and make for an interesting brew. Has a relatively long, albeit simple, finish. A bit earthy as it settles. I think I'll return and pony up $2.99 for a full sixer to better judge this beer. Bring on the Jacuzzi!

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Photo of wilfonzo
4/5  rDev +57.5%

Photo of hophugger
2.22/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Lets keep it simple. Pours a pee yellow color with hardly any head. Aroma is full of malts and raw sugar. Taste is a horrible explosion of oversweet malty, sugary, sticky liquid. Mouthfeel is bad, because I can still taste it...Not quite worth the 67 cents I paid for the can

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
1.5/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of DKHNOVA
3/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of alleykatking
3.05/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can. Thanks again to Lukafer for this beer.

A- Pours a light yellow color. One finger white head shows light retention. Some spotty lacing but that's it.

S- Mildly sweet malts with a hint of bitter hops. A nice helping of grainy character to this as well. Light metallic hints toward the end of the nose.

T- Sweet malts with a touch of corn toward the front of this beer. The hops in the backing are not really there. There is a light bitterness that comes in the back. Not really balanced but there is also a light metallic ending to this.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but good for the style. Malty flavors left on the palate. Aftertaste is sweet alcohol and metallic hints. Balanced for a regular style adjunct beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- A good drinking adjunct lager. Once again it's a light flavor beer with sugary sweetness. More like sugar water really. Oh well can't have it all at times.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.16/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured with a substantial billow of foam above a clean light complexion. Sickly sweet, almost cloying on the nose. I get grape bubblegum, barley sugars, grape must and caramel, which I doubt is intended.

Light Cabernet buttery flavors hit the tongue with bubblegum, grain and cereal malt. This is much sweeter than your average adjunct and that's not good.

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Photo of kmoen
2/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Ajlvt
3/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
2.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce can, 50 cents for a single from Trader Joe's. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a half inch white head that went away pretty quickly. There isn't much lacing at all. Aroma is sweet malt and corn. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it's mostly sweet malt and corn but there's also a slight bitter taste noticable. Overall, it's a little too sweet tasting for me. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a little bit slick and it's well carbonated. It's not a bad brew, and there's nothing really offensive about it. For the style of beer it is, you could pick much worse. And for 50 cents a can, why not try it?

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Photo of Spikester
2.8/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold with a good sized white head and minimal lacings. Aroma is corny. Taste is corny sweet with a kiss of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is average. Nothing wrong with this typical American Lager just no reason to drink it again unless this is your style. Value is good at $2.99 per six pack at Trader Joes.
Update: Not much to add but I did get a very fresh single to see if it merited some up or down ratings.
The only thing I can add to the original review is this tastes like the regular version of Kirkland's Light beer which is basically a corn sugar water beverage. Same brewer by the way. Minhas Brewing. 08/20/2015.

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Name Tag Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
62 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.