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Lunatic Lager - Moonlight Brewing Company

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 10-11-2003

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Reviews by mc4z:
Photo of mc4z
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at City Beer Store (SF). The appearance was a normal lager, light orange/brown and see through. The nose is what first got me. While you get the typical bready lager, there was a noticeable hint of citrus and lemon. It wasn't until I tasted it that I realized what I was in for. This is a supremely drinkable lager. The hop flavor is stronger than any other lager I've had, but it is not bitter at all, which makes it so drinkable. This is my favorite Moonlight offering, and I've loved a few of them. Very happy to have access to all of these

More User Reviews:
Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Flavor. Served in a Moonlight shaped-pint glass.

Pale yellow-amber with good clarity and a towering whipped beige head. Superior retention, extravagent lacing.

Very pale malt and light grassy hop aromatics - clean and light.

Mellow maltiness along with a touch of lemon or adjunct - like sourness and a spicy hop flavor that brings to mind radish leaves. Dry crackery finish. No off notes.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, and refreshing.

A bit dull and rather dry, but then this isn't the most exciting style...

Photo of blabaer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Monk's Kettle.

Pours a crystal clear, brilliant golden color with a two-finger lasting foamy white head. Good lacing.

Aroma is grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel, and floral hops. Very pronounced for the style and very balanced.

Slightly sweet and bready pilsner malt on the flavor, slight graininess, floral hops, and slight citrus. Great for a helles lager. This is what the style should always be.

Clean and crisp on the palate with a good carbonation level and medium-light body.

Overall, an absolutely killer pale lager. Wish they were all this good. A great session beer, and at 4.1%, nobody in the world (except one or two crazy Brits I know) would deny that this is a session beer.

Photo of Albabar
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BierGiek
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect representation of the style per BJCP guidelines. Does not merit perfect score due to slight chill haze. Interesting vanilla aroma is very welcome. As far as taste, this beer is a masterpiece of balance, with the slightest hop presence to subdue a pleasant cereal sweetness. Mouth feel is medium to medium light. Overall, wonderful.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful little growler of this made its way into my hands ,I had not heard of it, and it maybe relatively new for all I know, but it definitely made an impression on me. Served cold and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2009.

The pour was nice. Light amber in color with tons of carbonation bubbling up to the surface. Really nice and tight looking as white head of maybe an inch and a half came up and settled down, fading slightly but holding its own. Light grains and bready malt notes really pulling through here. Some smattering of hops in there but again nothing really pushing that way, this was a well rounded, and very straight forward lager. As I take the first sip, crisp, clean flavor rolls across the taste buds. Really very well put together. Earthy, nice touches of grain and smooth, mellow caramel notes infiltrate as it warms. Light banana and clove maybe then coming through. I am very pleased here as the light body and ample carbonation make for something that went down like water.

Overall what can I say. I have only ever had two offerings from Moonlight, and both have been fantastic. If I can ever get myself out there I am thinking it would make for a very enjoyable time!

Photo of bwyu
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rogue in San Francisco.

Clear pale gold with a small cap of foam on top. Lots of hops in the aroma, fresh and floral, with a bit of cut grass and some toasty malts. The taste is richly malty before giving way to the dry, hoppy finish. Lots of hops in this lager, lending it a signature West Coast character. The light body and ample carbonation make this one seriously refreshing and sessionable beer. It's a shame this stuff doesn't come in 6 packs.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - rich honey with lots of tiny bubbles and as usual for Moonlight a metric shit ton of lacing

S - Grains and creaminess. Reminds me of a better version of Anchor Steam

T - WOW!!! Hard to explain - if you were expecting a bland sweet lager THINK AGAIN. I drink this and I belong in middle America.

M - creamy and smooth and silky

D - this is going to be my next keg.

Photo of pisano
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Jupiter alehouse...

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some light honey and light citrus. On the palate this beer delivers considerble cookie dough and honey flavor, along with some noticeable bitterness on the finish. The beer is definitely on the sweet and malty side, but the hoppy bitterness in the finish helps to balance that sweetness quite well. As is typical with Moonlight beers, the lunatic really delivers a lot of flavor for such a low alcohol beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full in this smooth drinking lager, and the finish is long and slightly bitter.

Really one of the better lagers I can recall having in some time. Not bad at all...

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange yellow slighty hazy grain beer. No visible head. Looks tasty.

Smell: Pencil, grass, citric lemon. This is a great expression of noble style german hops. Toasted biscuit. Cracker. Grass and floral in secondary.

Taste: Good strong pilsner like bitterness. Somewhere between a prima pils and a bavarian lager. Some tropical fruits. Grainy malts. Slight nut in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Malty mouthfeel balanced by nice biting hops.

Overall: A great lager. Lager usually isn't my go to style but it is beer like this which proves what is best in the style.

Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jtosch
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of whatsajessica
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at Hamilton's Small Bar Norcal night on 11/10/2009 in a pint glass. The beer is transparent golden with a great one finger frothy white head. Retention is really great, and as it recedes it leaves scattered caverns. Thick lacing is all over the glass. Great looking beer.

The nose opens up with a somewhat spicy hop. It doesn't smell as spicy as Saaz, maybe it's Sterling? I detect floral notes and a slight metallic note, as well as a touch of lemon.

The taste has a subtle spice with notes of lemon, a touch of bread, and an upper level of low bitterness. Notes of lemon are prominent. The finish is crisp, light, and clean. The beer has a high moderate level of draft carbonation and a crisp, clean mouthfeel.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is grainy and a touch fruity. A medium bodied lager. Malts are mild a touch fruity. Hops are spicy and slightly bitter. Nicely balanced. Slightly more flavor than I expected from a lager. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of roasted malts. Not sure if it supposed to be there or not, but it makes it a little more interesting.

Photo of illidurit
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a big pilsener glass. Clear golden amber color with two fingers of tan head. Nice thick lacing and substantial retention. Aromas of bread and caramel malt with some hop citrus that melds nicely. Flavor is bready with some lactic character. A touch of caramel malt and a nice piney hop finish with moderate bitterness. Kinda of like an overhopped Boston Lager. Great balance, perfect carbonation, semidry finish, excellent drinkability.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as an imperial pint at Barclay's in Oakland. The glass was filled to the rim, so little to no head to judge. Beautiful, slightly hazy orangish/golden color. The aromas are relatively light at first, but develop as the beer warms into orange and tangerine citrus, a touch of grapefruit and some sweet malt. The taste is really nice. Some wonderfful orange and grapefruit sweetness up-front, followed by a smooth lager yeast tanginess and a hint of cherry, followed by a surprising bitter tinge of earthy/spicy hops at the finish. If all American All-Malt Lagers were like this, I'd drink them all the time. The mouthfeel is really smooth until the bitter hops kick in and lend a refreshing snap to the beer. Just delicious and a real eye-opener as to what the style can be. I've been drinking Moonlight beers for at least 15-16 years whenever I can find them. I really think this stuff is some of the best crafted, freshest beer you can find, and their beers are absolutely worth seeking out. If you are in the Bay Area and have a chance to drink some- don't passs it up for more sought after beers. Most people don't even know many of their beers exist and of what quality they are. Another just fantastic brew!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Burger in Santa Cruz, CA. Served in a Moonlight branded pint glass, on to the beer:

A little haze is found in this yellow-orange colored beer. The had is on the smaller side, drops to a lace, but does leave more than a good amount of stringy lacing. The aroma is very strong and very in the raw. It's loaded with grassy and pleasant grain aromas.

Out the gate, this lager is not shy about introducing itself to your palate. As much spirit as it gives in the nose, that's how much you get in flavor. In other words, prepare for a beatdown of grassy and hay flavors. There are also small breaks of clean, fresh hops. You'll feel this all in full force, yet it still holds an easy drinking character.

The spiced beer from Moonlight are in the love it or hate it realm, but the traditional styles that Moonlight makes should have appeal for plenty. Lunatic Lager is certainly feeling the love from this BA.

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Lunatic Lager from Moonlight Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.