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Mother Lager - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

62 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The Evolved Euro-Style Lager. Brewed to spur the people to unite in the fight for imbibing emancipation and smash the oppressive tyranny of malt monotony! Mother Lager was a refreshing, evolved alternative to the familiar Euro-style imports, exported from the People's Republic of Vermont.

17 IBU

(Beer added by: taez555 on 09-17-2003)
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hijinx

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got three of these in a holiday sampler pack recomended by my friendly local beer merchant. Being a stout/esb fan I saved these for last, but was very suprised. This is a great beer for aiding the conversion of a mass produced skunk piss drinker to a craft brew drinker. Very smooth yellow/orange color. Taste kind of reminds me of Amstel light. Easy to drink, but only after a few porter's.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 13:08:28 | More by hijinx
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale orangey gold. Excellent clarity. A foamy white head tops the beer, with good cobwebby lacing as you drink. Streamers of carbonation rise rapidly to feed the head.
Aroma is dominated by an herbal saaz hopping. Mostly herbal, with a touch of grassiness. Nice and spicy. Light crisp pilsner malt. Very authentic. Very delicate and well balanced. Extremely clean. No off flavors at all.
Flavor is light and crisp, with an excellent buoyant, perky carbonation. Extremely clean and well balanced. Crisp pilsner malt starts out the sip, bowing out to a very spicy herbal saaz hopping. Mild grassiness right in the beginning, fading into a very pleasing spicy, peppery hopping. Malts come through again in the finish, balancing the hops perfectly. A light graininess comes through at the end, A faint citric twang way in the back, fading quickly with the grain, lingering for a moment in the very brief aftertaste.
I'm a fan of Magic Hat's beers, but I'm really shocked at how well done this beer is. I didn't have any expectations, but it's an incredibly delicate, well balanced continental pilsner style. Absolutely terrific. It's just night and day from their ales. I'm very surprised this came from Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 12:32:40 | More by UnionMade
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i guess that i'm a little partial to this beer. when i lived in burlington a few years ago, this was a staple in my fridge. due to availability, it's suprisingly hard to get in my area. so on a trip up to burlington recently i picked some up.

appearance: true pale golden yellow

smell: nice balanced smell of hops with slight spice. not overpowering,but definitly not offensive like so many others can be.

taste: very smooth. nice hop bite but not overpowering. refreshing. a perfect substitute for any of the big boys you see everywhere.

this beer is extremely drinkable. maybe has more of a summertime vibe but is more that welcome in my fridge anytime of year.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 14:51:06 | More by scarletfire79
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The initial appearance of this lager is a bit disturbing. I’m not really talking about the communist theme label scheme as much as the green bottle with a twist cap. Fortunately first impressions mean little for beer and my senses were quickly opened to an impressive lager. Pours with a huge foamy head atop a super-clear golden liquid. Deeply sweet honey aroma extends into the extremely smooth body and perfectly balanced honey sweet malt and noble hop spice. Very drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 13:06:59 | More by beernut7
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samibr

New York

4/5  rDev +21.6%

06-12-2013 23:18:53 | More by samibr
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale golden. Streams of carbonation slowly gravitate towards the surface. A thin creamy off-white head recedes to just a film quickly. Lacing is adequate. A nice fresh floral hop aroma blends with some soft malt tones. There's a definite peppery spiciness to the taste that is noted at first. It actually sticks around and accentuates nicely throughout the drink. The soft malts (seemingly pils in nature) support some of the flowery and herbal hop tones. I like the taste here and it is quite unique for a lager. Leave it to Magic Hat. It is quite thirst quenching and refreshing. The body is a little better than medium. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 22:53:27 | More by Bighuge
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IMVHO, the people who are rating this beer low do not understand what Magic Hat is trying to do here. As a big fan of the brewery myself it is quite easy to tell that Magic Hat used green glass bottles on purpose to get that great 'euro-lager' aroma and taste that we are all used to in imports like PU and Beck's. They also made this beer to be like PU or Beck's a quality imported Euro-Lager at the price of one of the cheaper domestic-micros. Personally, I appluad them for this new year round release. This stuff comes in the infamous green glass 12oz bottle with some nice label art on it. The color is deep golden and the head is nice and white, but does not retain too well. The aromas are classic euro-lager grains, with slight saaz hops. The taste is also quite bready and grainy with a hint of hops in the finish. This stuff is so clean tasting it is not even funny. The mouthfeel is full for this stlye of beer, and reminds me of a better version of Millers High Life or the Valley Golden ale at Bethlehem Brew Works. The drinkability is very good for a euro-lager as well. so is this a great beer? No.... A great ale from magic hat? No....a great stab at a less than import price, euro-lager style of beer? Yes!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 21:11:59 | More by francisweizen
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale hay-yellow in hue with minimal animation that trotted towards the smallish white head that reached a measly half finger in height before slowly receding to a foamy cap. It looks thin if not downright naked. The subsequent lacing was very patchy and hardly noteworthy. The nose has some charm, lemon grass upfront, some herbs too with a well-rounded, soft, biscuity backside. Trace amounts of sweetness at the very end. Good enough potency to get the point across. The bouquet is very European Lager in nature; I assume that was the intended vibe. I mean Magic Hat went all out and incased this beer in a trendy green bottle! The palate is very good. Out-and-out impressive really! The style was nailed perfectly. It is very dry and clean and refreshing. The malt is bready, firmer than the nose indicated, which is quite nice, it is almost cracker-like. The hops have to be largely Saaz, herbal and flowery with just a bit of zip. The bitterness is sharp and cutting yet the finish is remarkably delicate and soft. I was not expecting Mother Lager to be this good. Frankly, I was expecting a run-of-the-mill lager; I am extremely delighted I was wrong. Medium/medium full in body, the carbonation is just rigid enough, the mouthfeel is dry and firm, just what I like in the style. The drinkability is excellent, if this was available locally I could see myself buy six-packs of it, as is, I’ll just have to thank UnionMade for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 19:04:54 | More by bditty187
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rabidawg

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear golden straw with a soft, white, creamy head. Steady carbonation and spotty lacing.

Smell: Definite euro lager, leaning toward the Czech and away from the Dutch end of things. Some DMS smell, and very little "skunkiness." Very clean with noble hops peaking through.

Taste: Initial almost-soft mouthfeel, with the carbonation just turning into creamy foam in the mouth. Spicy hops burps, more peppery than green. Surprisingly, the alcohol is noticeable, but the brew is still very smooth. The mouthfeel is creamy throughout, but not quite so smooth as a comparable Czech pilsner. Finishes extremely clean and nicely dry.

Notes: This would be an excellent summer brew. I'm honestly not sure why MH included this in their fall/winter mix pack, but at least my apartment is warm enough to enjoy such a beer in November.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 05:55:40 | More by rabidawg
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. please drink by dating notched in the rear label. Pours a light golden/ straw color. Bright white head, tiny bubbles, some lacing. Nose of biscuits, hay and German hops. Mouthfeel is dry andcrisp. This is a refreshing, tightly wound lager. Quite dry in the finish. Nice summer quaffer, pout this one with some salad and cheese and you'll be doing well.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 01:23:10 | More by Billolick
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not being a fan of Pilsners,I enjoyed this offering from Magic Hat.A little head that didnt stick around long.Reduced to almost nothing but had bubbling carbonation from the bottom up.A clear yellow in color.Very little lacing noticed.A slight hint of hops and malt on the nose and taste.Other than that this isnt too complex.The advertising is more intresting than the beer.It looks like something from Communist Russia.Its light and refreshing and highly drinkable.A little wheat and honey is noticed on the finish.The mouthfeel has a good carbonated bite.It still has a lager feel with pilsner characteristics.Overall good.

Note: Tastes a bit skunky

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 21:11:39 | More by kelticblood
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far333

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If more lagers tasted like this, I might drink more of them. This one looks very unassuming. Typical golden yellow color, and pours to a foamy white head that drops quickly. Aroma is of some sweet fruits, yeast, and biscuit. The flavor is full and inviting, makes you want to have more. It's a bit yeasty and sweet, but changes as it rolls around the mouth. More subtle and delicate flavors arise, like honey, apple, and sweet pear. Clean flavors, smooth mouthfeel. Very enjoyable, not watery like most other American lagers. Leave it to these guys to do it right.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 02:52:27 | More by far333
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Brent

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MH does a great take on the Euro-lager. A touch phenolic in the aroma, but not too much so. Slightly bready and grainy with an undercurrent of malt sweetness. A faint suggestion of pear. The hopping is very reserved. Overall, the beer had a Dutch character, but some leanings toward a German pils as well. The most impressive thing about the beer was a sparklingly clean finish - actually made my mouth feel clean.

I'm not the biggest fan of the Euro-lager, but MH has done a fine job of crafting one of the better examples.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 14:51:39 | More by Brent
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scottum

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a perfectly clear straw amber with a healthy white head. Tastes good. The malts are well balanced with a light zest from the dry hop. So smooth and drinkable. Looks like this is a new year round offering from Magic Hat. I think it will do very well. So easy to drink. What's with the green bottles though? My sources at Magic Hat tell me the bottles are green because they are attempting to get the Eurolager lightstruck flavor in the beer and you can't do that with brown bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 01:34:10 | More by scottum
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BillyBrew

Maine

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised when I found this brew to be Euro-style. I guess I missed the clues written across the bottle. I was just excited for a Magic Hat lager. I was let down, but it is a solid offering for its style.

Great crystal-clear sunny-orange colour with a creamy head that covers, sticks and lasts. Definately has the grainy malt and saaz-hop nose. More rounded nose than many piercing, offensive euro-lagers. Forward griany malt and thin saaz-hop taste. Like its nose, the taste is more pleasantly round than sharp Euros and very clean and finished. Smooth and slightly-prickly, light-medium body. Clean with very little aftertaste.

This brew got better with every sip and gentle gulp. May have been my coming-to-grips with the style. I was hoping for an interesting, tastey and smooth lager along Magic Hats' fantastic line. But 'merely' a solid Euro lager.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 01:06:23 | More by BillyBrew
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

“Do not Quibble with Iskabibble”

12oz screw top green bottle.

This beer poured a crystal clear golden yellow body with a decent white head.

The nose was very clean with a sharp rice/corn malt smell. Slight hints of saaz hops.

This taste was very clean. Medium bodied with a surprisingly big malt taste. Earthy hops with a mild bitterness that sat nicely against the clean grain taste. A touch of biscuit, bread and even a little citrus. Basically I kept thinking quality euro/czech lager, or bud but up a notch.

Nothing to go crazy over. A simple drinkable session beer from Magic Hat. Probably not a beer I’ll drink again unless it comes in a mixed pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 09:41:19 | More by taez555
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, golden color....nice white head that laces well....a lot of carbonation bubbles...the nose is grainy and husky...Relatively full bodied for a lager...taste is pretty nice...this has the nice pilsner style malt with hints of some spicy (saaz?) hops...

Finishes dry and has almost a german pilsner feel to it at the end...

Very nice lager that has some decent pilsner characterists....I wouldn't spend the dough for this style of beer but this is a step up from the macros without a doubt..

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 00:56:56 | More by ZAP
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silver1audi

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from 3/4 pint bottle. The label actually caught my attention in the store... very communist looking or something. Anyway, it's a very light yellowish color with a foamy head that disappeared. Wasn't much to smell... maybe a little bit of malts. Tastes very light, almost macro-ish, but extremely refreshing. I think that MH got the exact style and taste they wanted with this brew - a light, easy drinker that's a better alternative to a macrobrew.

I wondered if the communist looking label was actually some kind of a parody on how macros are in a way "the beer of the people", just mechanically mass produced and forced on people through advertising...hmmm.... knowing MH it's something they would do. Those guys are crazy... always joking around.

But anyway, It's a good brew, aboslutely perfect for a hot summer day and perfect to provide to your friends who are die-hard macro drinkers. I probably will pick up some more, but not 'till next summer or the next time I get the urge for an extremely light easy drinking beer that is superior to a macro.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 15:49:36 | More by silver1audi
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium gold appearance, nice white head of good duration. Lacing is thick and attractive looking. Nutty aroma, standard malt and good hop prickliness. Flavor takes up where the aroma leaves off, cashew-like nutiness, good medium mouthfeel, and a slightly anise-like licorice hop finish to the profile. Not a ton of interest, but its a nice and drinkable Lager -- leaning on an agreeable (if undistinct) maltiness and a good balance of proper hopping for style. Thanks to Liza P. and her dad for getting it, and Ken K. for dragging it back on the plane.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 16:43:56 | More by ADR
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kaszeta

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Magic Hat (and took a few growlers home).

Pours like your basic pilsener: gold body, white foam that fades quickly. Aroma is a little more hopped than most pilsensers, otherwise a bit fruity and sweet smelling. Taste is a bitter sweeter and hoppier than your average pilsener, and I found that this added some nice character. Mellows out to a nice smooth malty finish. Rather heavily carbonated, which seems to add some bite. Not really my style, but definitely shows that Magic Hat can make a decent, drinkable lager.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2004 15:46:27 | More by kaszeta
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight haze, solid pale yellow color, perfunctory white head.
Aroma: they've taken the typical Euro-lager smell, and improved it, giving it just enough malt and hops to make it a pleasant thing under the nose.
Taste: though there is very little of it, I can't fault them too much, for it fits the style they're shooting for...nicely appreciated brisk hop bite up front, that returns with every sip, just enough malt. Light bodied as can be, smooth, clean easy...
I'm of two minds about this one, one of them agreeing with those who ask, "Why on Earth, Magic Hat?", the other saying, "Good Luck with It!"
My third mind contemplates the message under the cap: "Have a 9 on 9/9" Okey doke, I'll mark my calendar...
thanks to tha rabidawg for the sample

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 02:47:29 | More by feloniousmonk
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is a nice grainy aroma when you first pour the beer. A slightly bitter grassy flavor with the first mouthful. A very clean golden color. nice easy drinking lager. More like the american style, aka Bud, Miller etc. than the hyped euro styling, hence the geen bottle. In fact it reminded me of a beer I used to drink many years ago, when I was a teen, Schiltz.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 21:41:16 | More by ybnorml
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love the eccentric gems of wisdom underneath the bottle caps. This Magic Hat pours a clear, straw yellow body, with a medium sized, white head that quickly departs, with only a hint of patch lace.

Aroma is of Pils malt, noble hops, and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, and akin to a macro lager.

Taste is lemony citrus, with biscuity, pilsner malt characteristics.

This is a "lawnmower beer", but a good one. Goes down very well, and is very drinkable. Certainly, not up to par with the other Magic Hat offerings I've sampled in the past week, but this is one that should appeal to the masses.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 21:14:23 | More by merlin48
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plaid75

New York

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a half finger white foamy head. There was poor retention and lacing.

The smell was very reminiscent of a green bottle import lager. A thick aroma with a slight husky and smoky element. Floral hop aroma detected as well.

The taste was also similar to the Euro lagers. However, since it is much fresher tasting, it better resembled an AB World Select. Other than that, husky and musty, with a good hop bitterness. I happen to appreciate some of those Euro lagers. This one tastes very similar to a fresh Carlsberg.

The mouthfeel was full and a bit chewy.

Overall an interesting craft offering. Very drinkable and unique. Has both session and lawnmower potential.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 03:30:59 | More by plaid75
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off green bottle with a “best when fresh” freshness date on the back label. Haha … funny imported looking green bottle with a communist style labeling.

Appearance: Fast to foam with a straw yellow hue, soapy foam sticks around.

Smell: Sugary honey malt with a spicy, earthy, grassy hop … clean to the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Loads of hop oil with a slight bitterness to cap off the malt sweetness. A bit thin in the malt with little to show other than a pale malt character. Finishes with a spicy hop and clean grain.

Drinkablity & Notes: A decent stab at the pilsner style … a fun stab at the sterile imports in green bottles as well. Not that I would go out of my way to buy either this one at least is a local brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 01:13:44 | More by Jason
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Mother Lager from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.