Name Tag Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery
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3.75/5 rDev +48.8%
You finish mowing the lawn on a hot summer day. You are parched, panting, and sweaty. You say to yourself "MAN! I could use an ice cold refreshing lager for DIRT CHEAP right about now!" Well, sir. Six of these will run you a whopping $2.99 at your local Trader Joes! More refreshing than (insert generic beer) by far! You will see the can and think these jokers are just a ripoff of Red Stripe! You can't possibly make me believe this is good beer! Well, it smells like (insert generic beer). *DOOK DOOK DOOK* It CHUGS like (insert generic beer)! It even goes DOWN like (insert generic beer)! HOT DAMN! That really hit the spot! MAN! I am SO glad I picked up two of these six packs because I'm gonna totally finish these off like they're water!
Seriously, if people are rating this as a crappy beer, they are missing the point. Some beer is built to be tasty and fulfilling and artistic and crafty and beautiful and great. THIS beer, like most other (insert generic beer), is built to be guzzled in great masses on hot days in the summertime like it was water, but not leave you with nasty aftertaste, bitter beer face, but a cleansed palate ready to eat more barbecue spare ribs.
Serious bang for the buck. Totally passes this summertime feed your friends barbecue and beer freak!
07-01-2010 09:03:09 | More by idResponse
3.75/5 rDev +48.8%
Like most items I find at Trader Joes, this beer has good value for the dollar.
There isn't any reason to over analyse it, what we have here is a simple brew that is enjoyable by at least "simple folk" like me.
The overall BA rating of "NOT WORTHY" leads me to ask the question, "not worthy of what, your majesty"?
03-03-2010 02:26:17 | More by industrialswill
3.7/5 rDev +46.8%
I hate to hear people ragging on this little can. If your palate is accustomed to sucking on Heineken and other craft brews then, yes, I can see why this beer may not appeal to you. But as an American who enjoys 50cent cans of beer this little foamy bugger is tops!
11-07-2010 22:56:01 | More by simpotico
3.69/5 rDev +46.4%
I'm not a beer expert, but this beer is very nice for the price. It's much, much better than any other beer I've tasted that's under $1 a can.
The appearance and smell are just average (not like the cheap pee smell some sub $1 beers have). The taste is great. Not bitter. A touch of sweetness and very smooth.
12-29-2012 01:32:23 | More by jayupark
3.65/5 rDev +44.8%
First off, this beer is mis-categorized above as an Adjunct Lager. Its not an adjunct, it is all-malt, so it should be an American Pale Lager. Now, that really puts it in a category where its being compared to beers that are made differently (with corn and rice usually).
I get this beer from Trader Joes. $2.99 for a 6-pack of 12oz cans. Thats $0.50 a can, which is less expensive than PBR and alot of others on the market. For this price, this is definitely one of the best beers you can get. Is it better than Avery's Joe Premium pilsner? Heck no, but it also costs less than half that.
Overall this is a good session beer.
A - A clear golden hue. thin head remains through the end
S - Smells sweet, with weak hop hints
T - Sweet with a grassy note. Hop bitterness is low, with nearly non-existant finish hops
M - Well carbonated and very smooth.
O - Great on a hot summer day, or any time you want to drink a few beers but not be hungover because of a high abv
09-01-2011 19:13:44 | More by monza
3.61/5 rDev +43.3%
I am glad this beer has “Classic” in the name. It is an ample and fair description of the beer. It has a slightly bitter flavor, near golden look, good head, nice aroma and brings one back to the classic times(for us older people). Even the price reminds me of days past.
I am glad this beer does not say “superior”, “private reserve”, or “best”, because it is truly not any of them. For the price this beer is great to try or cook with, but it is nothing special. I vote, buy a six pack, drink one or two and cook some brats with the remainder.
02-18-2013 19:58:45 | More by kristenspaintings
3.5/5 rDev +38.9%
A: Slightly cloudy, golden hued. White head, ample carbonation. No lacing. Really though, this should be drank straight from the can.
S: Malt syrup sweetness. No adjuncts, but still has some serious cereal smell. A weird mild soapiness.
T: Malty sweetness, again with a touch of cereal notes, not much hop presence on the end. Beer definitely tilts to the sweet ish side.
M: Carbonation diffuses quickly across the palate. While not viscous, this is definitely a littler slicker than I thought it would be.
O: To be quite honest, I'd drink this beer if it were closer to 5 bucks a six pack. I really enjoy it. It is simple and has no frills. At 50 cents a can, you'd be hard pressed to find more beer for your buck.
09-30-2011 05:26:40 | More by McStagger
3.4/5 rDev +34.9%
Thank you Bobby for sharing this beer. It was an honor to be a part of your 6000th tick.
A: This highly anticipated beer pours a pale straw color with a white head that quickly dissipates.
S: A surprisingly unoffensive aroma. Sweet corn and grain on the nose with a bit of rice. Perhaps some hints of hops in there to break up the sweetness. Lager yeast and even a bit of fruitiness can also be found.
T: Flavor is light, but fairly decent. Definitely sweet, but it has a nice mix of adjuncts and malt. A bit grainy, and a definite apple/apple juice flavor.
M: Light in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
O: A truly worthy beverage. Thanks for sharing, Bobby.
04-20-2011 22:50:41 | More by womencantsail
3.38/5 rDev +34.1%
Saw this at Trader Joe's, and pretty much bought it just out of curiosity. I am going to take style into account in this review, but still rating on my biases. Poured into a pint glass.
Pours your usual urine color characteristic of American adjunct lagers. Normal big fuzzy head, but it actually keeps a little layer instead of disappearing completely. I actually got some aroma just from opening the can. Not sure yet if that is a good thing. Smells sweet with a little corn aroma. Kind of funky in a bad way. A very light noble hop aroma that combines with the sweetness to make it kind of fruity smelling. Wow. For an adjunct lager it really doesn't taste bad at all! Fairly sweet with definite pilsner maltiness. Slight fruitiness, maybe a very light touch of corn. Not watery, but a little thin. It has a redeeming creaminess to it though. I really don't mind it.
09-15-2010 22:36:19 | More by NCBeernut
3.3/5 rDev +31%
App - Golden color, brilliant clarity. Very coarsely bubbled, producing a significant but very short lived white head.
Aroma is somewhat metallic (maybe from the can?) No malt, no hop.
Taste an initial sweetness that is balanced midmouth by some slightly discernible hop bitterness. Overall is fairly clean, and definitely not disagreeable for an adjunct lager.
Light to medium body, and moderately high carbonation. Mouthfeel is about what would expect from a beer of this style.
Overall - Always fun to scour the single beers at Trader Joes and look for new things. Not really my favorite kind of beer so don't expect to buy again, but a decently made, refreshing lager.
05-15-2011 19:15:16 | More by mpyle
3.28/5 rDev +30.2%
12 oz can poured into my Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass. The beer is a bright & clear gold with a large but quickly collapsing white head.
It has a nose of cereal grains and a hint of something floral.
the taste is sweet and grainy. Maybe some bittering hops in the backend. It is simple but refreshing with no off or odd flavors. Turns a bit dry with a hint of sour at mid glass.
The mouth is crisp and slightly scouring from the active carbonation. Well worth the modest investment of 50 cents.
I see this is brewed in Monroe which was the longtime home of Berghoff beers. At one time Berghoff had an advertising campaign that used name tags (hello my name is Berghoff..) I wonder is this a riff on or homage to the old campaign?
12-29-2011 00:59:52 | More by Redrover
3.23/5 rDev +28.2%
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.
10-02-2010 00:07:22 | More by g00dness
3.23/5 rDev +28.2%
Like its packaging, Red Oval is channeling 1978. You can almost smell the shag carpeting and hear Foghat in the background. Crazy-ass sensory recall of my youth. But, here's the beer:
Clear gold with thick, frothy head, moderate retention and some early lacing.
Corn, mild malt, some green apple aroma.
Slightly sweet, acetyl aldehyde-tinged malt. Inoffensive.
Thinner mouthfeel but some body.
If you're in the mood for canned American adjunct lager and don't wanna spend $$, grab some of these. $2.99 at a Trader Joe's near you!
PS: keeps one's irony quotient up as well, which is harder than ever now that I'm over 40.
07-22-2010 20:00:43 | More by rabsten
3.2/5 rDev +27%
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...
05-26-2010 00:00:55 | More by Metalmonk
3.2/5 rDev +27%
The distinguishing feature of this beer is its cheapness. By that, I mean the fact that a 6-pack runs shy of $3. All else about this beer ought be considered in that light.
Now then... pours a medium light straw with a good 4 inches of foam into a pint glass. Surprisingly, it has a bit of lacing. Very little fizziness is apparent in the beer itself - relatively still.
Smell is close to undetectable. Flavor is a bit maltier than the Buds and Millers this stands against. Slightly more substantial mouthfeel as well. Drinkability is as you'd expect for this type of beer - no impediments to high-volume consumption.
All in all, if you just want a beer, it's hard to argue with the price. Won't be winning any awards any time soon, but then again they never claimed to deserve one.
03-27-2010 00:15:58 | More by MadTown1000
3.2/5 rDev +27%
At 2.99 a six-pack, I had to give this a try. This beer pours a golden yellow. The thin head dissipates quickly. The aroma was not too impressive. No hops to be found and a little stale. The taste was surprisingly sweet up front, with slight bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was light to medium. Medium carbonation. Overall, this beer is great for the price. It is many times better than anything else you can find for 50 cents a can.
10-23-2011 00:48:44 | More by Ryanthebear
3.2/5 rDev +27%
I second what everybody else said...great price (although Trader Joe's seems to charge $3.99 for this in NY state and $2.99 everywhere else) and a you-get-what-you-pay-for lager -- no more, no less. Retro-looking '70s-style label...all it needs is the old-fashioned pop-top and you can almost see your mom's avocado-green appliances and smell the crock pot cooking while you watch Courtship Of Eddie's Father (or Julia, or Mannix, or Owen Marshall) on your Dad's Curtis-Mathis. Have A Nice Day! BTW, can now says 5% ABV.
09-02-2010 01:02:37 | More by hmk22
Name Tag Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
61 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.