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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
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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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Photo of mmmbeer
2.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can from Trader Joe's. Pours a not-quite-crystal-clear golden, with a few particulates and medium carbonation that builds up an inch of white head. Adjunct-laden and metallic in the nose. Smooth and light flavor, sweet, with suggestions of grapey esters, perhaps some corn, and some lightly oily hops that hardly contribute any bitterness. Highly carbonated, with a light body. The sweetness detracts from the drinkability a bit, but not that bad of an example of the style.

mmmbeer, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Lukafer
1.93/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes

Pours extremely light gold with virtually no head, what's there is gone instantly.  Smells grainy and slight corn.  Tastes weird, a little rice and some sweetness. Man, this is not good, and I used to drink Big Bear and Mickey's.  Mouthfeel is extremely thin.  Drinkability is low.

Lukafer, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: fat carbonation bubbles moving through a pale yellow backdrop. white fizzy head dies quickly.

S: a faint malty sweetness followed by some can. maybe a little bit of horse hair.

T: starts with some of that tin i got in thte nose. really bland, watery finish. would love to get some hoppiness, but it is almost entirely absent. slightly grassy.

M: not pleasant. not enough carbonation for the style on a body that is too light.

D: i got a 6-pack of this stuff at trader joe's for $2.99. ill drink them, but definitely not a beer i will seek out in the future.

Jimmys, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of ruckus232
2.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce white and red can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Light yellow in color with a white head that disappears quickly. At first pour it looks to have a large amount of carbonation.

Smell: Not a very strong smell but a slightly sweet slightly sour scent.

Taste: Better then expected but nothing special. Light in flavor with a slight bit of sweetness to balance a little bit of bitterness. The taste is slightly above other Light American Adjunct Lagers.

ruckus232, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Getinthevan
2.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz can into a typical pint glass.

The appearance was of a fairly weak bland yellow, almost transparent color with minimal lacing and no froth whatsoever. Sorta your run-of-the-mill characteristics for a regular American Lager.

Smell was fair in corn and not much else. This is definitely a lager with not much to offer.

Taste was a little better than expected. There's quite a little kick to this stuff not found in other lagers, but overall it's a pretty average beer.

Mouthfeel was very watery and unsavory. This is more of a chugging brew than anything. The metallic aftertaste didn't really help either.

Drinkability is only for quantity over quality. Plus it's wicked cheap, so if you're in a pinch, this is your ticket.

Getinthevan, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of ELN
1.73/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is one of the two cheap 6-packs in cans at Trader Joes. Name Tag is $2.99, Simpler Times is $3.99. I prefer this one because it doesn't taste like sugary cereal. This one tastes like water. Straight water and the faintest bit of malt on the finish. I like the can. I'm hoping that one day I can get a 6 of this on sale for $1.99! Just 'cause it would be very cheap and funny. The smell is malty. Mouthfeel is watery as can be. Drinkability is hard to say. This is very boring and watery. Sure, one could drink a sixer of this stuff but it wouldn't be that fun. More of a chore. Best bet is to drink about two if you're feeling a need to drink some brew just to quench your thirst. Goes down so easy.

ELN, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.08/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

alleykatking, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
2.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
2.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a fridge temperature can into a pint glass. Can cracks open with not much of a pop; it doesn't sound very carbonated to me. A white white head of tiny white bubbles is produced by pouring the can into the center of the glass. The liquid is very clear and golden colored. Lots of carbonation is visible rising to the top of the glass. In the time it took me to type this review so far, the head has disappeared to barely a skim of foam. It looks like any other generic adjunct lager.

The stanky corn aroma typical of the style was apparent as soon as I began pouring. It doesn't smell overly sweet, more like dried corn husks. It's slightly better than average.

Semi-sweet and corn are the two things that come to mind as I sip this beer. A slight crystalline sweetness lingers on, but briefly.

I'm not a big fan of how this beer feels. It has a syrupy consistency that you don't find in many other beers this style. Perhaps it is because it is a bit stronger than its brand name competition? Either way, it is a bit surprising at first, then kind of distracting after that. Lots of carbonation is also felt.

I find the mouthfeel to limit this beer's drinkability. If I want a beer in this style, I'll go for one that isn't as syrupy. It is hard to complain when you drink a beer that 50 cents a can though.

ToasterChef, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of simpotico
3.7/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

-Cheerios

simpotico, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of devilben02
2.2/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours from the can with a pale but warm yellow color and a fleeting, foamy white head. The aroma is grainy and metallic, with a bit of sweet corn. The flavor is dominated by sweet corn, with a note of rice also. A medium carbonation only partially hides a kind of buttery texture.

I had never had this beer before, but it still makes me feel kind of nostalgic, with its ultra-generic labeling and unmistakably adjunct-laden aroma and flavor. Overall, it is not a good beer, but at $2.99 per six-pack, it's not a bad lawnmower beer to have in the fridge.

devilben02, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of salvo
3.1/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow under a fluffy white head that dissipates ... but a slight head remains! Plus one.

Nose is malt and astringent hops, vaguely, with corn present: hot popped corn out of the air popper. Oh well: I didn't say it was perfect.

Taste is ... wait. Taste is ... light. A little corn, a little malt, no hops to speak of. But it isn't unpleasant, and it certainly isn't killing the wallet. It is a bit sweet after the first sip or two. By the end of the can, I'm really feeling that it's just a little too sweet.

Very light mouthfeel. Drinkable? Yes, yes it is.

As an adjunct lager with bargain basement price, I have to thank Minhas and Trader Joe's for this, Red Oval, and other inexpensive beers. I'm a fan of Simpler Times lager and pilsner, especially to offer in comparison to other American mass-produced over-priced marketing abominations. I'd rather see this in the cooler than those other American "beers."

salvo, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of deciding39
3.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not going to lie to you and tell you this is a fantastic beer. But for $2.99 a sixer, it IS a fantastic deal. Relatively inoffensive, save for a slight metallic twang in the nose and finish that was not entirely unexpected. Thin, cracker-like malt flavor up front, with an ever-so-slightly bitter finish. I can only assume the bitterness comes from hops, but really can't tell due to complete absence of hop flavor or aroma. Boy, does this go down easy though.

To compare to other American adjunct lagers: I would certainly take this over a Bud, as I find the flavor (or lack thereof) markedly less offensive. However, I'd probably still opt for a sixer of 'Gansett tall boys over Name Tag.

I actually prefer this to Trader Joe's Simpler Times, given that this is a little easier to drink in session (I think ST is 6.2%). And with the dollar I saved I bought a scratch ticket. A wise investment indeed.

deciding39, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of g00dness
3.23/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

g00dness, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of NCBeernut
3.38/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NCBeernut, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of FSUplumber
1.93/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My daugther pocked this up at Trader Joe's While down state. She said the price was good and the can does look cool.
A-clear with a copper tint
S- Not much but a little corn
T- while tinking classic American lager no it was like weak fruit cearal
M- Classic lite lager o.k.
D- save your money and buy a 12ozer

FSUplumber, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of hmk22
3.2/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

hmk22, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of josiahschlender
2.28/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Its cheap price makes trying this lager in a can from Trader Joe's not too much of an investment. Three bucks for a sixer.

Pours a pale, very clear yellow with an ample bright white cap that fades quickly. I kinda like the simple can design, but nothing special about its looks.

Same goes for its aroma. Faint cornflakes with a bit of a metallic note among the light lager nose. Not offensive, but nothing special.

Flavor also has some corn with the light malt. Typically this would be a beer I would drink straight from the can. Pouring it into a glass to view its appearance warmed it up faster. While I'm known for enjoying my beers warmer than most of my friends, this is one I'll have as cold as possible to numb my taste buds.

Pretty smooth and clean feel. Not as crisp as I'd like for the style, but probably its least detrimental attribute. (besides the price)

Well I drank it all, and even finished the six pack, but mostly out of obligation. It washes down food fine, and cleanses thirst ok, as long as it's cold. I'd probably spring for some of the big macro brews over this one though. Definitely give me PBR any day first. However, price is a big factor in my drinkability rating, which helps it out. A little more effort, Red Oval!

josiahschlender, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of rlshep
2.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My wife (a devout Mich-Ultra drinker) brought this home after a weekend with the girls and said no one could drink it. So my expectations are pretty low.

Cooked corn. Faint floral hop aroma, fades with head. Vegetable after head fades.

Fizzy pours decent white head but dissipates quickly. No lacing. Pale Yellow color. Very clear.

Sweet corn flavor, some what grainy. Some astringency and DMS. Hop flavor noticeable. More bitter than expected. Finishes dry.

Very light body. High carbonation. Doesn't seem watery.

Light, fairly refreshing. The aftertaste would prevent me from seeking this out. Still not a horrible brew, would drink if there was nothing else around. As it stands tonight though, I can't finish this glass.

rlshep, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of rabsten
3.23/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Fine drinkability.

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.

rabsten, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of beertunes
1.73/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

beertunes, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of idResponse
3.75/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

idResponse, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass on 6/25/10

Pale yellow & clear. Carbonation bubbles cling to well over half the inside of the glass, feeding one finger of white foam. Retention is weak - nothing more than a skim. No lace.

The aroma is all riddled with adjunct: cereal grains & corn husk. Some earthy hops hints come through. Slightly toasty with wisps of way-too-ripe apple.

Emerging first is the flavor of near-rotten apple. Yippee. Toasted cereal grains & a touch of rice are apparent mid-swallow. A pinch of hops is noticeable throughout, but I wish it weren't. The only thing said hops do is supply a bitterness that is distinctly metallic.

Light bodied with average carbonation; seems decent for the style. The finish starts grainy then is overrun by an aluminum twinge. No thanks.

Red Oval is a pretty dismal beer; at best it's unpleasant. I reckon I can't be too surprised; after all, this costs 50 cents per can. Still, it's really bad.

Ryan011235, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev +21%
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.

Zorro, May 28, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.2/5  rDev +27%
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...

Metalmonk, May 26, 2010
Name Tag Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
61 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.