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Mother Lager - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Mother LagerMother Lager

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63 Ratings

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 18.43%
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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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

francisweizen, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of aaronh
2.25/5  rDev -32%
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.

aaronh, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of Jdiddy
1.95/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

Jdiddy, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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..

ZAP, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of taez555
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

taez555, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of rabidawg
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

rabidawg, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Bighuge, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of BillyBrew
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
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.


BillyBrew, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of ybnorml
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

ybnorml, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

far333, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of vitesse
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in green 12 oz. bottle.
cool look to this one. very "soviet."

anyway, it's obvious that magic hat is going after the euro-lager with this one. it has the famous green bottle skunkiness flavor. i don't mind it that much. this beer is really not all that far off from heineken or becks. slightly sweet maltiness does come through. saaz hops (i'm guessing) give it some bite. pale straw color. very clear with a bit of head.
if you already like euro lagers, go ahead and try this one. i still prefer czech pilsners over this.

vitesse, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.35/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

UnionMade, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of scottum
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

scottum, Sep 17, 2003
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Mother Lager from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.