La Crosse Lager - City Brewing Company, LLC

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 76
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
City Brewing Company, LLC visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2003

Brand possibly owned by Melanie Brewing Co.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.35/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

If memory serves me correctly, I bought a couple of La Crosse CANs at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI during my annual trip to the Great Taste of the Midwest and search for CANned beers in support of The CANQuest (TM). If I am incorrect, local in-person trader, tone77, brought them by for me, but he has not reviewed them, so I am dubious.

From the CAN: "Fully Kraeusened"; "Double Brewed with Pure Artesian Water."; "Clean, Smooth Finish".

The Crack was nice and loud and I was ready for an inverted Glug, despite it being a tall boy, which CAN be tricky to maneuver. If you are trying it for yourself, the trick is to know when to begin to back off. Rarely CAN I get the entire beer into the glass initially, but I CAN get a lot of head from this style of pour. Here, I got just better than a finger of rocky, foamy, bone-white head with reasonable retention. Color was a pale sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of silage and I would like to know who's zoomin' who, here. APL, my Aunt Fanny's fanny! This is nothing more than another AAL. My first draught from the glass was all that I needed to reinforce my initial thoughts. Hell, it was damned close in taste to and one of its Wisconsin brethren's beers from the dreaded Minhas! I swear that I could taste PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) in suspension in this beer. I began to hear the tromp of heavy footsteps in the alley as the Cybermen were coming for me. I began to weep because I have eluded them so often that it it is hard to count and now I was being taken unawares! It tasted like stale corn chips blended with old tobacco in the mouth. Finish was metallic, maize-y, and I swear that when I inhaled, I could smell cigar or cigarette smoke. OMG! This hearkens back to the early days of The CANQuest (TM), when the bulk of CANned beers that were available were AALs, but that has changed for the better of late. It was like nostalgia drinking, but without the nostalgia. Brrr. Oof. (1,992 characters)

Photo of ChiTownHustler
2/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have read on the internet this was the original old style recipe, Bullshit. This is an average beer that is scarcely on the shelves in Chicago anymore.
If you want old style buy old style.It is much better than this swill.
I could not even give this beer away. (262 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
2.22/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

So there is a large mouth bass on this 2003 collector series beer. #5 of 6 in the series. So i give this beer a nice appearance rating on the can, not the beer. Its a standard shitty lager, not worthy of much mention, but sometimes a nice can can really make the beer worth buying. (281 characters)

Photo of kinger
2.22/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Solid swill, had a couple at my wife's sisters house the other day. Aroma and appearance are nothing to write home about. There is a fuller mouthfeel and a maltier taste than most commercial swills. Nothing spectacular but decent on a hot humid day while hanging out on the front porch. (286 characters)

Photo of daledeee
2.49/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is nothing like a good fresh bottle of this American semi-macro. This review is for a can. The smell is weird bordering on bad. I can't describe it. Just not good. The taste was allright. Malt and grain. Appearance was ok with nice gold and a 1" head. The smell affected the taste. I will take a fresh bottle anyday. (321 characters)

Photo of jackndan
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lacrosse lager, in a collectible 2003 can. The picture is a fish and is titled “double or nothing.” Well that’s the good news, the bad news is what in the hell is this beer doing being ranked above 4?? It’s cheap, yes, but not that cheap. Pale golden color, somewhat of a head, that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma, clean, but a little soapy/adjunct. The taste is standard American lager, with more than a little adjunct flavor, I’m thinking corn syrup, but it might just be straight corn. Light bodied, easy drinking, but can’t hold a candle to PBR or Stroh’s. I paid only $2.99 a six, and it was priced to perfection. (662 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden with a thiner than thin bleach white head that leaves no lacing.The smells are not great,but are sweet and slightly fruity,I also detect some graham cracker within.This tastes much different than it smells.It's similar to many other macros,it has some underlying caramel flavors along with some semi offensive(to some)skunky flavors,I actually like these funky notes a little,I guess comparing it to a BMC this actually has some real flavor(not great flavor,but,flavor none the less).Light bodied,and average carbonation round off a pretty boaring,but better than an average macro. (610 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Courtesy of Vinny’s at the La Crosse airport. Clear straw color with a fizzy white head that disappears quickly. Nil lacing. Aroma of mild hops and wet paper bag. Light-bodied and crisp with a decent hoppy character, along with a hint of malt. The finish is bitter but not flavorful. All in all this is an average Lager. (321 characters)

Photo of Gump
2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wohoo, I'm drinking a beer with a fish on the can!
A friend told me to try this beer, suggesting it as a "very good light beer".
I found it in a 15pk cans for $6.

Poured from a can, clean and light yellow with a lofty head.
Not as stinky as some mass produced domestics.
The mellow carbonation offers a pleasant mouthfeel.
The flavor is light, and presents no aftertaste, which makes it very drinkable on a hot summer day.
Yes, it's good for a cheap beer, but the flavor is no more intense than say, Bud Light. (520 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahh, the fully krausened Lacrosse Lager. Let's give 'er a go...

Appearance - pours the basic golden straw color, a thin white cover. Decent bead action in the glass.

Aroma - a mixture of grain and sour apple. That's a first for an all-malt. Starts to wear on me after a bit.

Taste - hmm. Grainy like I expect, and per the sniff, quite apple-ly too. It's kind of like a shot of apple cider in the beer. Unusual profile, I think I'd go for it more if I knew what to expect. A little strange outta the gate though. I'm undecided on this one.

Mouthfeel - thin and crisp per the style, no surprises here.

Drinkability - light, a bit sweet per the apple flavor, a little tasty and a little weird at the same time. (712 characters)

Photo of thartman
2.74/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a thin head that was gone in seconds, zero on the lacing. Smells of hay and corn. OK taste, kind of sweet and malty, with an oily, sweet aftertaste which is long on the palate. A little heavier than other macro-style lagers like Budweiser. Worth a try, but nothing special. (285 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.79/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can with "Brewed with pure Artesian Water" on the front so you know it has to be good. Poured this one into a nonic pint glass.

A: Quite a bit darker than the Bud I just tried so points for that, also pours a hugly bubbly liquid and head. The head is pure white and bubbles down to a barely there cap. The beer is a very light shade of amber.

S: The smell was a bit of a let down after the pour, this one does not smell too much different that a Bud, sort of a fruit twinge with ceral grains, not impressive so it scores likewise.

T/MF: This one is a bit more malty and a tad more hoppy than the Bud, but has sort of a strange sour fruit taste but finishes quite clean. Light to medium bodied but not much better than the Bud.

D: Again the fruityness sort of turns me off, but for some reason tastes better out of a can (and for some reason fells more natural to keep it in the container it came in) that being said I'd take this one over most other macros, and would make it the second or third choice if I were on a tight beer budget. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.81/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale yellow color? Check. Crystal clear? Check. Pretty thin in the body? Got it. The white head is just tall enough and strong enough, and lacing plentiful enough, for this altogether typical AAL to hit average.
Dust, must, grains and a note of oxidation that isn't even trying to hide comprise an unpleasant aroma.
Pale malts are a little more substantial along with the grain and husk, and this one heads to the dry side of the style, particularly as a little hop leaf come into play. There's a bit of mineral, perhaps a touch too steely, before a grassy finish. Hops are enough to give it an average rating, and it helps that the off notes the nose can catch aren't as strong to the tongue.
Light and thin with a strong crispness and not too much graininess to the texture, it doesn't err too badly until the bitterness loses character and turns astringent. (860 characters)

Photo of shippos
2.81/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured a very pale light goldne yellow that is super clear and brillant with a light water froathy head that sloshes around on top of the body. light sweet malt aroma, I can barely pick up on anything in this. very very light flavors and very clean. some hint of malt in the taste but it's hard to make out. would be welcomed on a hot hot humid day but probably not any other time though. (388 characters)

Photo of hu5om
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

got a 30 in the LAX. As cheap beers go, this one ain't bad. I would rank it near PBR. If you are in Wisconsin looking for dirt cheap beer, conside this one. It actually has a bit of taste to it! Not worth pouring in a glass, but they do have it on tap at Bodega. Not a taster beer, but worth trying. (299 characters)

Photo of guityler83
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Brilliantly clear, straw yellow color beer with lots of bright white bubbles shooting to the top of the standard pint glass. small finger tall head that quickly fizzed away when poured from the can.

S: Very faint bread with a hint of lemon, clean overall.

T: Low in flavor, just a hint of bitterness but not enough from keeping the beer from becoming sweet. A sweet corn like flavor overall with a light bready character. Very clean, crisp fermentation.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation. crisp finish is left on the pallet making it pretty refreshing.

O: Nothing special here, but it is a refreshing beer and I'd take this over a BMC any day just because it has a tolerable nose and some noticable flavor.. but not much. (734 characters)

Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquire as part of the Mystery Beer Swap v2 from DocLock (thanks!).

Poured a lighter and see through straw color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grain, some straw/grass, and a touch of honey. Tastes of grain and lightly honey sweet. Thin and watery body.

Notes from: 2/7/07 (301 characters)

Photo of ZAP
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Ratings are in relation to its class)

Crystal Clear straw color with a 1/4 inch fluffy head on top that shrinks to a sliver in minutes...nose is adjuncty...cooked corn...sweet....the taste is a little sharper than you'd expect from the nose...pretty crisp...highly carbonated....flavor reminds me of more of an early 70's lager...adjuncts are there...not a bad lawnmower beer...I'm glad I finally found this as it is not distributed in my neck of the woods...definitely worth trying but I don't think it's much different than the rest of the macro lot..

This is supposed ot be pretty close to the original Old Style beer and it is brewed at the same place....I couldn't tell you how close to the original it is but it's OK...I'd drink High Life eveyr time over this though.. (781 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive cans just say what everyone thinks Wisconsin must be like. Clear gold, slightly darker than straw with a good head, but one that's a little foamy. Little duration of suds or lace. Aroma is malty, slightly eggy. Mouthfeel is pleasant enough, slightly overcarbonated. The taste is spot on neutral, somewhat biscuity malt with better hop finish than some, even with some slight pine-iness. A toss-'em-back beer, one that deserves patronage when you want to support a local brew to drink at a tail gate. (510 characters)

Photo of chilidog
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought thisone may make a good stand-by or at least a keeper for cook'n, but perhaps not. Its at a good price in my area, but its not what im quit looking for .

On that note; It pours well. A clear gold with a fair fluffy head that maintained well. Lace was ok, at least it was there.
The body is medium and the mouthfeel is somewhat chewy I think from the body. Carbination is good. No fizz with alittle activity. It says its naturally carbonated, so it is.
The aroma is sweet malts and grass.
The taste is sweet, malty with a metalic background with hints of grass or earth. The mouth is left alittle dry and tin like. (629 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paler-than-straw in color, with a small white bubbly head. Smells of corn and malt. Taste is very smooth, this is definitely an Fish House beer from 'Scony. Looks out of place in my Samuel Smith tulip, but it is not bad for the price ($7 for a 15 pack). (253 characters)

Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden, with a decent white head.
Smell is your average lager, although no hops are noticeable here. Mostly bread and sugar dominate the smell.
Taste is better than your average lager, if not complex. Pleasant light body, and malts and bread are evident.
Easy to drink, nothing special but perhaps a good beer for a large party. (337 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light golden color with a fairly full, foamy, bubbly, light, whispy, white head. Average retention leaving a very thin lace.

S - Very grainy and sweet. Also lots of apple in the back. Almost like a light/off cider. Some hints of bready malt. Overall it is pretty light though.

T - Similar to the nose. Pretty light with grainy, bready, and sweet malt being strongest. Very little grassy hop flavor. Again, plenty of apple notes given it a ciderish taste.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Light, crisp, and a lingering sweetness.

D - About as drinkable as a macro light lager. Apple flavors make it slightly distinct, but I'm not sure how exactly I feel about it.

Notes: Interesting beer. Lots of apple that isn't too far off from some malt liquors. Grainy and bready sweetness. Ok but nothing to search for. Ok for a cheap beer but nothing impressive, even for the price. (894 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear pale gold from a cheesy loooking bottle into the pint glass. This champagne like beer has a 1/2 finger head and streams of bubbles rising to the top. Some decent lacing is left on the glass.

I just got back from a long run out in the heat, and I'll be damned if this doesn't look thrist quenching.

It smells pleasanty fruity. I smell apples and apricots in addition to a weird but nice rubbery smell. I tried the light version of this about a week ago, and the smells are almost identical (this one is just a little bit more pungent than LaCrosse light).

The taste is fruity and grainy with a macro-ish funky taste. Not bad. It's better than just about any other cheapo beer that I've had (read: all of them....I was a poor college student once). Mouthfeel is nice and creamy
for such a lightly colored beer.

As predicted, this is extremely thirst-quenching. Sure beats gatorade! (912 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This recipe I've heard is based on an older version the Heileman's Old Style from the 70s. Not bad. Yellow gold color, slight head, no lace, beery aroma of some hops and malt. Flavor is basic world wide light lager. There is a bit of body to it. Carbonation is decent for this kind of beer. Get a good burp out of it. ok finish. (328 characters)

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La Crosse Lager from City Brewing Company, LLC
74 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.