Mother Lager - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.18%
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:
Beer added by: taez555 on 09-17-2003

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
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 56
Photo of Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some hop aroma, hoppy drink. Appropriaetly carbonated. Sweetened by malt, and maybe corn.Very fresh and clean and refreshing. Sweet, carbonated finish. Light body, medium mouthfeel. Not a bad one. Better than a macro. Well carbonated, sampled at the brewery.

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin, single bubble head, but it does leave some lace on the glass. Clear and light straw in color.

Soft aromas dominated by a neutral malt. Flavor is similar to the smell: fairly thin with a touch of hop. A slight bit of fruitiness and cream. Crisp, like a lager should be.

Fairly non-descript, but quenching.

Photo of WesWes
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry pale malt scent with a lager finish. There is little in the way of hops. The taste is average as well. It has a pale malt core with Czech style hops and a lager yeast finish that is quite dry. It goes down easy and isn't skunky. It has a grainy flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking pilsner. It's not the best out there, but it will do in a pinch.

Photo of woodychandler
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured with a foamy bone-white head above a very clear yellow liquid. It gave off a soft malt nose. It had a medium to creamy mouthfeel. There was a light maltiness on the tongue. The finish was light with hints of malt, but nothing outstanding. I have had better lagers and would, frankly, expect better from Magic Hat.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a light yellow with a small white head. Huge chunks of carbonation. Fades into a small fizzle with some spotty lacing.
Smell is of a typical imported pilsner with a bit of hops that pop and a faint bit of skunkiness in the background. I really don't like green bottles.
Taste is of a slight Saaz like hoppiness with a grassiness and adjunct lager taste that Magic Hat decided to delve into.
Mouthfeel is ok. It sort of sticks around and sits in the middle of the tongue.
Drinkability, again, is ok. I think they could do a bit better but I picked up a six pack for $5 and this is a replacement for Vermonters to buy instead of an import.
Sort of reminds me of Heinekin and I think that's what the object was with this one...to replace imports at the local bars with this. I think this was a good idea with the whole Yuengling craze that took over much of PA and other parts of the East coast.

Photo of plaid75
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer, the mystery brew in my recently purchased Magic Hat 12 pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cap underside reads "Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight".

Poured into a glass mug, inch tall white head forms on the pale golden liquid, leaving minimal lace as drinking occurs. Nothing much dramatic jumps out at me with this brew, which is somewhat odd for a Magic Hat brew, which usually grab your attention one way or another. Little aroma, the taste is the epitome of average to me, with the mouthfeel and drinkability taking advantage of the absence of ill. If not knowing, would have never known this was a Magic Hat product.

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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..

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stalin-esque art adorns a green, twist-off bottle. Pours a clear and darkly golden liquid with a big, puffy, brilliant head. Very pretty lace…long lasting head: nice! Aroma is continental hops. Musty, slight sulfur, pungency, and a powerful spiciness combine in the smell. A bit malty and sweet up front, aggressively hopped for the style, grassy. Bubbles continuously formed throughout the entire glass…but the beer didn’t seem overly carbonated. Great balance. Finish is lingering and increasingly bitter as you drink the beer. Light in body…simple but well done. I found this to be a very enjoyable lager (which really isn’t my style)…certainly above average in my books.

Photo of Brent
3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I pour this chilled sample into my pint glass, not expecting much after twisting the cap off of a green bottle, but here goes.
THe beer pours clear yellow (uhoh) with a bright white head foaming up easily and fading slowly.
The aroma is mild overall but gives hints of hop and malt and maybe a little of the "light struck" skunkiness. This odor is very faint so I am not super worried abouthe brew.
The first sip reveals average but sharp carbonation and a fairly thin body.
The flavor is mild sweet up front with a small hop bite in the middle and finishes slightly sweet malty. The beer is very crisp and refreshing and would definitely be better suited for a hot day at the beach not a winters nite, but there was one in my fridge and I needed a gentler beer tonite.
This is a very mild brew and drinkable, just dont expect any complexity from it.
Probably wouldnt buy it again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mother Lager- Magic Hat "you're never alone with a bone"

Mother Lager poured a light yellow with no head.
Smell was of hops, grass, & straw.
Taste was disappointing. Hops, grass, and a hint of sunflower seed?! Not bad tasting but not very enjoyable.
mouthfeel is watery with a slight sharp carbonation in the rear.

Overall a forgettable lager that Magic Hat should discontinue.

My first "bad" magic hat beer. Hopefully my last too.

Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle cap: "Music Soothes our Savage Yeast".

Green bottle. Label clearly designed to recall communist Russia. I know Magic Hat tries (too hard?) to be unconventional, but what are they thinking? Trying to tap into some huge market for USSR industrial lagers?

Body is clear, strong yellow gold, topped at first by a rocky inch of white foam, which quickly settles down to a thin table cloth. Some decent lacing.

Pleasant but unassertive hayfield nose.

Taste starts off with a decent soft malt splash down. However, as the hops arrive with the slightest of a tickle, there is also a strong sour twang that carries thru until the finish. Aftertaste consists of a mild hop zip vying with some soapiness.

Nice soft mouthfeel, at least at the start of each sip.

Drinkability? Why would be the question. Little to recommend. Perhaps if I have the next one much colder.

What do you know, truth in advertising. I thought the bottle and label were an attempt at irony, but this beer does seem like a cheap Soviet macro. I'd be bitterly disappointed, except there was nothing "bitter" present.

Try Otter Creek's vastly superior Vermont Lager instead.

Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of UnionMade
4.39/5  rDev +33%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I served the Mother Lager in a Pilsner glass out of a 12 oz green bottle. Freshness date was best enjoyed before September 2004. I don't get the green bottle.

The appearance was a golden clear yellow with surprisingly nice lacings on the sides.

Nothing about the smell stands out to me....some faint whiffs of citrus and earthy notes.

Taste is sugary and sweet. Light beer with some minimal hints of citrus. Very drinkable beer, but I'm not a big fan of this offering from Magic Hat or Pilsners in general. It kind of reminds me of a Molson Golden without the skunkness that can sometimes be associated with Molson.
I think this would be an ideal beer for converting most macro only drinkers.

Photo of taez555
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Mother Lager from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.