Mother Lager - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
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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 waughbrew
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw with a soap-bubbly white head with decent retention, no lacing. Spicy continental hoppage, nondescript grains. Taste is those grains with honey and herbal grassy twang but finishes sweet. Feel is very soft and creamy yet well carbonated too. Rare. The feel and the flavor combine to remind me a lot of whipped cream. Nice, very light, but good subtle flavors handled very well. Surprisingly well-made.

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 kaszeta
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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 kelticblood
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
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

Photo of Stimack
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gave this beer a shot as it was included in a 12-pack mix from Magic Hat. Interesting, not what I would have expected from Magic Hat, screw off cap and a green bottle but thought I would give it a chance.

The brew poured to a very light golden color with a good-sized head, which had good retention and ok lacing qualities. Looks like it has a pretty good amount of carbonation as I can see a lot of bubbles coming up through the brew. The smell is hoppy with a light sour (skunky?) / spice smell, and can also notice the hints of Malt. The aroma is not great but even with the statement about the sour/skunkiness it is not bad. The taste is very light with a little bitter bite. A fair amount of carbonation but not as much as I expected. Over all this beer seems to be a bit boring, not much to it.

I am not sure what I was expecting based on the appearance, but not what I normally would expect from Magic Hat. Would be hard pressed to get this brew again. Feel that they have far to many better ones!

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 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 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 kmo1030
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

medium amber with a thin white head. light fruity smells almost cidery, hops are present in that euro lager sort of way, but just basically sweet. the taste is also faintly cidery and sweet. a fresh hops taste become apparent only toward the end of the mouthful, but it's pretty faint. honestly the beer is just kinda weird. gets better when almost warm, but it's pretty crisp and refreshing, but i reallydon't know what to make of it. it's got a lighter medium body. drinakability is pretty average, it's ok. i'm not sure i'd get it again though...

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 beernut7
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Photo of littlebibs
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I to purchaced this in a mixed mulit-12 pack just to get the Ravell Magic Hat seasonal,
which I love. The MOTHER LAGER was the only one I just couldn't deal with. Maybe
its the grassy flavor in the middle somewhere that just didn't taste
right to me. It finished ok for a lighter style lager but every time
I open one up and tried to get into it(Magic Hat of all the beers I enjoy have a way of changing flavors while your drinking) , that grassy flavor shows up
and takes charge. Who knows, maybe I got a skunked batch left out somewhere to long? Its not a bad beer but of all the MH beers I
love, this one disspoints but you can't win em all.

Photo of hijinx
4.54/5  rDev +37.6%
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.

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 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 xgrigorix
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce greent twist cap bottle. Best by month notched on label.

Pale straw gold, impecibly clear. Some slow moving small bubbles float to the top. A thin off white head quickly recedes into a halo.

The unmistakable smell of spicy saaz hops mixes with fresh cut grass & rotting vegtables.

A sharp bitter attack of the tongue right off the bat. Some bready flavours & crisp hops with more of that grass note. Ends with a sour tastes that lingers far too long. Smooth & crisp, medium bodied, relaxed carbonation.

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 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 aaronh
2.27/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color, topped by a decent white head that shows respectable retention. Minimal hop aroma intermingled with a bit of graininess. Smells like a decent macro; nothing remarkable. Flavor is thin and light, with a heavy grainy aftertaste. Does this have adjuncts in it, because it sure seems like it might. Tastes a little better with big gulps for some reason. Mouthfeel is respectable for a very light beer. Drinkability suffers more in the "would I like another" category...umm, no I don't think I would. Magic Hat makes some nice beers. Was this an April release or something? I don't get it. This is just a little bit better than standard American Lagers. Even the label art is sub-par for Magic Hat.

Photo of Jdiddy
1.93/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This must be a cruel joke on behalf of Magic Hat. What the hell? I have always known the company to release unique beer that is normally excellent quality. A green bottle is just the starter of this lame beer. There is not anything that makes this beer stand out (or even fare better) tan any other lager. Blah! I would drink this only when in dire need.

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 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.

Photo of rabidawg
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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.

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