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La Crosse Lager - City Brewing Company, LLC

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La Crosse LagerLa Crosse Lager

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 26.26%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brand possibly owned by Melanie Brewing Co.


(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2003)
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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

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3/5  rDev +1%

gio540, Dec 02, 2011
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1/5  rDev -66.3%

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3/5  rDev +1%

benholmen, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
3.03/5  rDev +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.

FreshHawk, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of MarathonManCL
4.1/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The thing that makes this beer better than your typical mass produced lagers is the spring water and how this beer is brewed.
The artesian spring water in LaCrosse Wisconsin is some of the purest water in North American. This beer is fully kraeusened which naturally carbonates the beer. The double brewing process takes longer and combined with the artesian spring water makes this beer special. I have sampled beers around the world and can honestly say that this beer is one of the best beers for the price. This beer comes from the City Brewery in LaCrosee Wisconsin. The appearance is good, a golden color with a semi sweet aroma. The taste is very smooth as a result of the kraeusening. The 30 pack 12oz can cases sell for about $13.99 in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs. The price is greast for a beer of this quality. I highly recommend it for a everyday beer at a great price.

MarathonManCL, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of hu5om
2.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

hu5om, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of kilustration
3.68/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 30pack. What a pleasant surprise! Smooth taste, nice head, decent color. This may be my new beer of choice, just ahead of PBR and Hamms. Beats all the BMCs. Cant beat the retro looking can. May even try the Lacrosse Lager Light version too. Worth a try!

kilustration, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of MNJR
3.85/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew costs about $16.00 out the door for 30 cans. So, it is exceptionally inexpensive. The rumor is these guys found the old 1960's Old Style recipe in an old file cabinet at the Lacrosse brewery. This is therefore supposed to be the authentic "old" Old Style in all but name. This is an very good beer for the price. It is light but has flavor, and is an excellent thirst quenching beer when you drink it really cold. The flavors are of slightly bitter grain, with an "almost sometimes" cross between banana and citrus poking its way through. Hops are light and not too noticeable. I can see where it might be a bit watery, but you don't buy this stuff expecting something that's not a bit light on ingredients. Hey, what they do with whatever goes into this beer for > $.50 a can is not to be scoffed at. This is way better than Milwaukee's Best, Stroh's or any other lowest of the bottom shelf brands. Buy this stuff and drink a lot of it - your wallet will thank you and you won't sacrifice much quality over big brand macro-brews. Of the cheap beers, this and PBR are my top two of all time.

MNJR, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of NOOGIE
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Poured 12 oz can into pint glass. Medium foam, which stays with the beer for the full drink. Normal stained yellow beer color.

Smell: Lot of water in the smell, almost to much really masks the other smells. The only thing I can smell is some malted barley.

Taste: Really sweet, with some barley and yeast in the taste. Then the watery taste is also in the drink.

Mouthfeel: Lot of water in the mouthfeel, also a sugary residue is left in your mouth.

Drink: Easy going down, but it fills you up fast. Also this is one of the sweetest beers I have ever had that wasn't flavored.

NOOGIE, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.55/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a fizzy white head that quickly shrinks to a tight collar of foam and leaves scraps of sliding lace on the glass. Sweet malt,soft lemon and hay make up the nose. The flavor is nice, grainy and corny with a decent mild (cluster?) hop bite. Light bodied and seltzery. Finishes squeaky clean. Not a bad lawnmower beer.

biggred1, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of tommywaddle
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is alright for a cheap beer . It goes down pretty smoothe. It was only sold in a 30 pack at my local Binny's. I tried this think that it was the OlD Old Style. It is definitelyy different and NOT Old Style. I recently tried the Old Old Style and I will highly recommend you giving it a try instead. Overall this is an alright beer that is easy to drink.

tommywaddle, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
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

hopdog, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.9/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The Old Style beer of yesteryear.
Nothing sets this apart in the appearance or aroma. Typical macro straw yellow color with a short-lived white head. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a sweet malt aroma. Has a pleasant sweet macro flavor with a touch of apple. A little more hops in the flavor and bitterness than your typical Bud or Coors. Light body and fizzy but finishes nice and clean. This is superior to much more expensive macro beers at a budget price.

Update: After a couple of years, this has become my cheap beer standby. Cannot beat the price/taste point. I have upped the score.

Update 2: This beer deserves a spot in the top 50 in Pale Lagers. It is better than most that is listed at half the price.

morimech, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

kinger, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of thartman
2.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

thartman, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
2.6/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

orangemoustache, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber color with sparse white head. No retention, no lacing.

Smell is very light. Only a slight sweetness detected.

Taste is unexpectedly full bodied. There is a very strong malt presence that gives this beer great flavor and a refreshing character.

Great taste retention with a long lingering malty sweetness.

Very nice to drink, Refreshing. A very enjoyable tasty beer.

tgbljb, May 09, 2008
Photo of ChiTownHustler
2/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

ChiTownHustler, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light doughy malt and a smattering of flowery hop.

The taste was rather well balanced and consisted of some soft bready malts and light balancing hops. Pleasant residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style with a touch of creaminess.

Overall a tasty lager. I enjoyed the simplicity of this beer.

plaid75, Oct 04, 2007
La Crosse Lager from City Brewing Company, LLC
71 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.