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Name Tag Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Name Tag LagerName Tag Lager

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 206
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 23.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: flexabull on 08-14-2009

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.64/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and some corn aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, sugar, and frosted corn flake flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of grain bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is extremely sweet and tastes almost exactly like frosted corn flakes cereal.

Serving type: can. (606 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (680 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Leaves the can a clear, yellow body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Mildly sweet-scented wafts of sad, subpar grains, basic corn meal, and floral-toned hops. Lager or not, but this is simply not too terribly appealing.

Taste: Lightly sweetish taste of adjunct-laden, grainy light malts. Faint floral hops with just the tiniest kiss of bitterness. Near-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly an uncomplicated beer, but, for me, it just comes up a bit short in both the aroma and the flavor department. (560 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.48/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finished a Trader Joe's mixed sixer with this little guy. He pours a clear pale straw topped by a short-lived half-finger of fizzy white foam. The nose comprises light corn syrup, wheat, and hard water. The taste is very similar, though slightly sweeter and with an old green apple kinda flavor thrown in for bad measure. The body is rather light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, not much goin' on here, but what is going on isn't very good. (511 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +15.8%
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!). (481 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Biggest impression is how sweet this is, exactly like denatured malt liquor. This stuff is not actually bad, it's just a peculiar sort of nearly hopless malt beverage. A faint but very odd swimming pool nose. A little sanitizer never hurt anyone. Tastes more like the last drops of pineapple juice rinsed from yesterday's can.

12 oz can from Trader Joe's. The Simpler Times lager and pilsener are so much better than this, which someone claims to be "all malt." I find that hard to believe, unless the supposed malt in Name Tag is some kind of byproduct of sugar cane processing.

Coarse bubbles, but not unpleasant mouthfeel. In the cheap swill department there are better choices. (683 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.62/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
1.84/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 fl oz aluminum can served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Acquired at Trader Joe's in Culver City nary but more than a few hours ago. Expectations are very low. It looks like and seems like shite. A full sixer ran me $3.49 - just over one cent per beer more than the best deal on Budweiser at Wal Mart. That makes this pretty damn cheap for the L.A. area.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a ~4 four finger of beige colour, poor thickness, little cream (if any), and average retention. Lacing is awful. Colour is a clear yellow with little vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Far from an appealing appearance.

Sm: Straw, barley, and clean malts. A bit of an apple juice character. Not at all appealing. It really turns me away. That said, it could be worse. Mild in strength.

T: Stale malts, clean barley, a bit of straw, and a little cream. Bland, boring, simple, lacking subtlety, and dull. Why brew this? Swill.

Mf: Clean, smooth, wet, and thin. Suits the flavour only in the most general of ways.

Dr: A clean simple uninspired brew. Would suit beer pong on a good day. It's better than American macrobrew shite like Budweiser, but that's probably the best thing I can say about it. It'd be suitable for cooking. This brewery's simple times pilsner can be had at the same low price and is a better beer methinks. There's no reason to get this again. Avoid.

D- (1,480 characters)

Photo of smcolw
1.32/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Once, when I was in seventh grade, our basement flooded during a spring rain. I was able to divert the water while my parents were still at work. As a reward, my mother offered me my first beer. Perhaps it was a Genny or a Utica Club or a Matts Lager. It was one of those thin, heavily adjuncted lagers. I drank only a quarter of it and didn't enjoy another beer until I was 23 years old. Red Oval could be that beer--corn syrupy sweet, fizzy, not a hint of hops or malt. The only thing going for it is a large head that dies slowly and a smidgen of lace on the glass. At $2.99 a six pack, one shouldn't complain, but still this one's destined for the kitchen sink. (665 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.83/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
2.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

08/29/09- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA ($2.99 a six pack)

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Urine yellow in color...foamy 3/4 inch head quickly faded with light watery lace.

Smell- Very light on the corn, somewhat bready and a touch malty...not offensive.

Taste- Follows suit of smell. Some light corn flavor, but not enough to ruin the taste. Nice and bready and malty.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation. Pretty crisp and fairly clean. No real lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not bad at all considering. Would be right up there with some go to lagers (PBR and Rainier). (649 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

CAN you dig it? I pulled off a major trade in the Heinz Field parking lot a couple of weeks ago before watching Pitt lose (by a missed PAT!) to Cincy. I think that I developed a slight head cold during the snowy weather and so my reviews got put on hold until my sinuses cleared. Let the CAN Quest continue!

Once again, an aggressive pour resulted in two fingers' worth of explosive, rocky bone-white head with low retention. It looked like the top of a lemon meringue pie just before it goes into the oven to brown the tips of the meringue. Whoops! In the short time that it took me to type that last, the head disappeared. Bye! Color was a slightly hazy lemon yellow. Nose was characteristic of the style - notes of bubble gum and cereal with a light lager-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with an exceptionally sweet taste in the mouth, like drinking candy. Woof! Finish was equally candy-sweet in its intensity. I CAN really do without this sort of thing. (964 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.07/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Obtained from the local Trader Joes.

A clear yellow colored beer bordering on what I could call gold. A small white head forms and disappears.

Smells sweet and corny with a small grassy hop smell. Mildly sweet with a mild noble hop aroma.

Starts out sweet with a corn flavor and no real bitterness. There is a slight apple flavor here but not that strong. A taste that can basically described as generic beer.

Mouthfeel is light.

Drinkability is OK for what it is, a $2.99 a six pack TJ beer. It is OK but no hidden gem. (525 characters)

Photo of Duff27
2.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours gives way to a one inch quickly receding fizzy head. Color is a mid golden. Very little head retention and no lacing.

S- Aroma is of bread and kind of corny. And stale. Yelch.

T- More bread. Real sweet malt aftertaste. Sweetness over powers the hops in the case.

M- Crisp carbonation bite. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. May be the best part of this beer.

D/O- Rated to style. Drinkability is there for the BMC folk. Obviously there are better beers out there but at this price point it demands a purchase, if only to catch a buzz. Minhas sure does do everything NOT to show ownership in it's brews. (615 characters)

Photo of beertunes
1.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Geezer Jim for this bargain brew from Trader Joes. Well, I'm not going to do a detailed review. This an all-around average example of the style that I call Cheap American Lager ( Thanks to the late, lamented band Creeping Time, for that's the name of an album and song). You know what this beer is before you open it and it doesn't try to be anything other than a bargain beer. This would be a decent chore beer or for when you want cans for whatever reason. Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.

Edit 6/12/12: I grabbed one of these without realizing that I'd already reviewed it and am changing my numbers from all 3's to the 3/2/1.5/2/1.5 you see here. I found this second tasting to be a sticky sweet mess. Just a syrupy, grainless, hopless, yeastless trainwreck of a beer. Avoid. (806 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
2.55/5  rDev -1.5%
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? (645 characters)

Photo of barczar
2.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliant golden with a quarter inch white had that slowly dissipates.

Grain, corn, and acetaldehyde form the aroma, with light floral hops at the finish. Smells kinda boozy and estery.

Flavor is unexpectedly sweet. Tastes more like a malt liquor. Grain, corn adjunct, and fruity, apple esters are present throughout, with the finish being lightly bready and a touch bitter.

Body is on the light side, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency.

Pretty sweet and estery for a lager. Just too sweet. (518 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked up a cooking beer - may as well throw a quick rating at it

a: clear pale golden in color, retains a decent white head, no lace

s: rice thinned pale malts, white bread, hops present but benign

m: carbonation lively, light bodied

t: pale malts thinned with rice give the bulk of the flavor, ultra mild hops, a little unwelcome sweetness lingers

d: it is what it is - an adjunct lager, nothing off, nothing interesting, but generally clean and drinkable (462 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
2.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6 PACK,cans from Trader Joes,Salem. $2.99 Poured into a frosted mug its average lager looking..sunshine yellow with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is slightly unpleasant,..some nail varnish remover for an instant..its gone now..now just paper and corn. Taste is really just sweet corn and a bit of grass..not really bad . Actually OK on the palate for style..kinda has a smoothness to it. Overall drinkable and not too bad for $2.99 a six. (440 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
1.15/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I work at Trader Joes and we started carrying this shortly after the arrival of Simpler Times. I enjoyed Simpler Times, so I decided to see how this one compared. Not even close. For some reason, we're still carrying it. The buyers for the Trader Joes beer department are idiots.

A: Yellow with not much head and some carbonation. One lady returned hers because she said it had dirt in the bottom of the can. She brought it in and I took a look. I doubt it was actually dirt, probably just black sediment of some kind, but it didn't look good.

S: Not much there, just some sweet and stale grains.

T: About as appealing as the smell. Nasty grain flavor with an off sweetness. Poorly made beer and not worth the $2.99 price tag. One of the worst I've ever had. (761 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.5/5  rDev -42.1%
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. (1,243 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
2.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - At a friend's in AZ. Had to try. Brought it home. Pours light, clear, near white head, some cling. Doesn't look too bad.

S - Harsh and grainy. Some malt shows up in the end.

T - Fleshier than the smell, but grainy, bitter and thin still.

M - Light body, good carb but not much to say about balance.

D - All beer has it's place. It was what it was. (355 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Props to the label and the can for matching the delightfully trashy product that is contained within.

A: pale straw, clear, bubbly

S:nose is surprisingly fruity, like fruity pebbles style with the addition of stale corn... Otherwise very non descript

T: so on the topic of fruity pebbles, imagine the milk left behind.... Add to that some carbonation and remove the body and you have Name Tag. This beer is an anomaly. Not sure if this is a good thing.

Mf: thin body, fizzy, light

O: well this beer provides an experience. I will leave it at that. (552 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
1.88/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Name Tag Classic Lager has a thick, white head and a bubbly, golden appearance, with some decent lacing left behind. The aroma is of a sickly-sweet grain husk, and the flavor is of sickly-sweet, dank, wet grain, foul sugars, and just the slightest bit of unpleasant and flaccid hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Name Tag Classic Lager finishes wet, dirty, and yucky. Overall, this is a bad, and almost undrinkable beer. You screwed up, Trader Joe’s! For those wanting to sample an exceptionally bad beer, this is one to check out.

RJT (554 characters)

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