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Name Tag Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

Name Tag LagerName Tag Lager

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 26.09%

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:
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Photo of Biffster


3.15/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So I thought I'd try an "all malt" beer at the $2.99 price point, and I really want to like it, just to be the rebel I like to imagine I am. So here goes...

The beer pours a deep gold with some amber notes. Its brilliantly clear, with a low disapating white head.

The aroma is bready, doughy, and floral. There is no real hop aroma. This smells for all the world like a good kolsch. There are some low fruity notes as it warms.

It is sweet at the sip, with a discernable toasty malt presence and some caramel and graham cracker that lingers. There is a noticeable amount of hop bitterness and a spicy warming at the swallow but the finish is malty and maybe a bit flabby.

The mouthfeel is medium light. THe body is light, and the carbonation is fairly high, but more creamy than spritzy. there is just a touch of prickly warming in the throat at the swallow.

Ok, I did it. This has some potential, but needs work. I picture Trader Joes contracting to someone to make an "all malt" lager for cheap, but good. I feel like the recipe is fine, but there could be more attention to detail in the process to get a drier, cleaner brew.

Serving type: can

10-11-2011 02:27:35 | More by Biffster
Photo of AwYeh


1.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well, I had this because it was free.

A: Light yellow, surprise.

S: A light sweetness and barely noticeable malt aroma; smells like a frat party.

T: Cloyingly sweet; tastes like a Dum Dum pop dissolved into water.

M: Thin as water with a carbonation like ginger ale. Not digging it.

O: The price isn't bad which I guess brings this up a bit? An adequate substitute for your BMC.

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 10:01:24 | More by AwYeh
Photo of Duff27


2.6/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 21:55:58 | More by Duff27
Photo of McStagger


3.5/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

09-30-2011 05:26:40 | More by McStagger
Photo of jar2574


2.5/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up at Trader Joe's because it was cheap and had a cool can.

Pours clear, see-through yellow. Lots of carbonation. Decent sized white head quickly settles into a tiny white film. A little lacing as the beer goes down, but not much.

Smells like cereal, like Wheaties. But there isn't that much smell, really.

Taste is pretty smooth - a lot smoother than a bitter macro brew. Malts dominate, there's a little sweetness, actually. That was unexpected. Hardly any hops.

Mouthfeel is uninteresting. Normal carbonation and texture for this type of beer.

I'd take it over Bud/Coors/Miller, but not over much else. It is slightly below average in every way, but it doesn't suck. For $2.99 per 6 pack, I ain't complaining.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 22:49:54 | More by jar2574
Photo of alexrichman


2.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm surprised to see all the negative reviews, at $2.99 a 6 pack this is possibly the cheapest beer in America but blows away any of the macrobrews like Budweiser, PBR, Keystone, etc. To me it tastes like a cheap pilsner infact it reminds me of the SOB pilsner which is not a beer I'm crazy about but again at $2.99 a 6 pack this is more of a compliment then complaint. If you're looking for some cheap summer beer you can't go wrong here!

Serving type: can

09-11-2011 23:24:51 | More by alexrichman
Photo of tito42


3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can to an imperial pint.

A: Clear and straw in color. Thick, white head dissipates into a thin layer. Very active carbonation.

S: Malts, grassy hops, and a bit of corn syrup. I know this is an all-malt, but I smell adjuncty sweetness in both APLs I've tried.

T: Malty and bready with a distinctive sweetness of candy sugar. Grassy hops finish.

M: Medium-light bodied and much smoother than I expected. Pleasant on the palate.

O: Not half bad for $2.99 for a six pack of cans at Trader Joe's. You could do worse and pay twice as much.

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 01:46:27 | More by tito42
Photo of monza


3.65/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 19:13:44 | More by monza
Photo of Flightoficarus


2.9/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to see just how good or bad this beer was since a sixer was only $2.99. So...

A - Pours a clear, golden yellow with a fizzy, white head that quickly recedes, leaving minimal lacing.

S - Not much of an aroma to speak of, but the smells that are there are of light grains, a sweet malt smell, and a hint of hops. It's pretty macro-lager-ish.

T - Taste is of sweet, honey-like malt, corn flavor, and hints of grassy grain. Light, and refreshing.

M - Light-Medium body. Moderate carbonation. On par with the style.

O - Overall, I have to say this was better than I was expecting. Better than BMC offerings, and half the cost? I know what I'll be having any time I feel like a lawnmower beer from here on out.

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 09:25:44 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Bubbly light gold body with a fizzy head that comes and goes in short order. A stray wet bubble or 2 that drips back into the glass are the only sign of lacing.

The distinct (if light) presence of citric hops and husky grains are the highlights of this brew. It's not bad at all, really. My only complaint is the sweetness of the malt/adjunct combo. At times, it's reminiscent of sugar or corn syrup. Couple that with the lemony hops, and you've got your brain tricked into brief Jolly Rancher flashbacks. Thinnish body with plenty of fizzy carbonation. Some of that lingering sweetness in an otherwise crisp finish.

Overall impression: I'm not sure I'd bother pouring this stuff into a glass again, but you could certainly do worse for a lawnmower/golf course brew.

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 17:21:48 | More by PDXHops
Photo of engagechad


1.5/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as a sixer from Trader Joes - poured into pint glass

Pours quite clear, bubbly with okay head. Smells like solvent and corn. Tastes like champagne that has been left out for a week. I'm serious. It is god awful.

Please do yourself a favor and avoid this. Not even worth a tick.

Serving type: can

07-26-2011 22:59:32 | More by engagechad
Photo of bluejacket74


2.55/5  rDev +0.8%
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?

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 23:55:03 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Reidrover


2.95/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 03:29:52 | More by Reidrover
Photo of 1Adam12


1.3/5  rDev -48.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-22-2011 20:45:06 | More by 1Adam12
Photo of yesyouam

New York

1.83/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Name Tag Lager is a very clear, very sparkling, pale yellow beer with a small, white head that dissipates pretty much instantly. It has a corny, beer breath aroma. It's light bodied, pretty smooth and lively. The dry finish leaves the mouth a touch chalky. It has a corny flavor, not sweet or dry, with a barely detectable bitterness. The aftertaste almost seems a touch sweet... and corny. Did I mention corn? This is the beer I expected to taste when I looked at the can.

Serving type: can

05-25-2011 16:03:04 | More by yesyouam
Photo of mpyle


3.3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-15-2011 19:15:16 | More by mpyle
Photo of adrock

North Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Some beers get a bad rap for their style not what they are in themselves. This is not the strongest example of this style but is a session beer best cold.

Bright appearance with decent head retention when first poured from the can.
Grainy aroma, no hops here.
Taste is bland not much going on.
Dry and light.

Definitely better examples of the style but far from the worst.

Serving type: can

05-02-2011 01:36:38 | More by adrock
Photo of womencantsail


3.4/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-20-2011 22:50:41 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

2.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a single can of this from Trader Joe's. This a golden brew has just a wisp of foam. Sweetish malt in the nose and more on the palate. The slightest hint of hops at the end. As it warms, the adjunct emerges and brings an unpleasantness to this thing.

Serving type: can

03-30-2011 23:55:36 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of richkrull


2.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

03-28-2011 20:35:58 | More by richkrull
Photo of notchucknorris


1.13/5  rDev -55.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2011 00:27:41 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of mmmbeer


2.93/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-15-2011 20:49:20 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Lukafer


1.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-04-2011 18:33:20 | More by Lukafer
Photo of Jimmys


2/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-25-2011 01:59:39 | More by Jimmys
Photo of ruckus232


2.8/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-25-2010 20:42:44 | More by ruckus232
Name Tag Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
62 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.