Name Tag Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery
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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
2.5/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
01-16-2010 19:18:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.45/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
12-06-2010 08:56:58 | More by TMoney2591
2.65/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
03-21-2012 05:28:05 | More by mactrail
1.27/5 rDev -49.6%
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.
08-22-2009 20:10:21 | More by smcolw
1.85/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
09-17-2012 04:07:00 | More by kojevergas
2.98/5 rDev +18.3%
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).
09-02-2009 19:59:09 | More by GClarkage
2.13/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
12-24-2009 20:00:43 | More by woodychandler
2.65/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
07-22-2014 00:50:57 | More by dbrauneis
3.05/5 rDev +21%
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.
05-28-2010 00:50:59 | More by Zorro
2.6/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
11-03-2012 21:00:21 | More by LXIXME
2.8/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
05-30-2012 00:15:09 | More by chinchill
1.73/5 rDev -31.3%
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.
07-12-2010 21:49:14 | More by beertunes
2.55/5 rDev +1.2%
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?
07-16-2011 23:55:03 | More by bluejacket74
2.6/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
10-08-2011 21:55:58 | More by Duff27
3.1/5 rDev +23%
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
05-19-2010 23:20:21 | More by blackie
2.95/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
07-01-2011 03:29:52 | More by Reidrover
2.95/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
01-02-2010 07:50:14 | More by srandycarter
3.03/5 rDev +20.2%
This is a new beer from Trader Joe's, the can says that it is brewed in Monroe Wisconsin, so let's assume it's brewed by the same folks that brew Simpler Times...
Pours a crystal clear light gold color with a nice big white head.
Aromas are of... nothing. I really detect very little here. Maybe a little hint of sweet grains, but it's faint at best.
Taste is clean, and a little bit crisp, with a subtle creamy and sweet maltiness. There is definitely some adjuncts in here too, maybe a corn like flavor.
Mouthfeel has a definite feel to it. I just think it's almost too thick for the style though. Still it's not bad.
Drinkability is pretty good for what it is. It's a flavorful lager, that might be a touch too strong or heavy. But still, with the $2.99 for a sixer price tag? Give it a shot, it's not bad.
08-14-2009 04:47:45 | More by flexabull
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
Name Tag Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
61 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.