Motueka Double Lager | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MBrausen on 02-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of MBrausen
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint.

Pours a nice honey white, almost clear when looking at the edge ofthe glass, nice 1.5 finger head

Smells of wheat, barley, some chocolate

Tastes of nice barley, sweet cherry, and a chocolate finish

Medium thin body, dry and somewhat coarse, light feeling

Very easy to drink. A top notch beer and I'm not a light lager fan at all. The tastes is full like a darker beer, but easy to drink light a light beer. I love it!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to dougofthefuture for sending this growler out my way. Served in a Town Hall cervoise, also courtesy of dougofthefuture.

Pours a nice golden color with a good white head with nice retention. A bit of sticky lacing on the way down. The nose carries some really nice fruits, with some gooseberry, kiwi, green grape, and a hint of melon. Love those New Zealand hops.

The flavor has all of the light-green fruits, but not with the same intensity and complexity. Still, quite good. A moderate amount of hop bitterness added in. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a fairly-dry finish. Quite good. Another winner from Town Hall.

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Photo of billhelm
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of MplsMel
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall Tap. This beer arrives a clear bright gold color. The head is one inch of bright white foam that recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of passion fruit, spicy hops, grass, and toasty malt. The taste is similar to the aroma with the hops coming through first and the bready, toasty malt finishing things off. Bitterness is moderate. The mouthfeel is full bodied with an almost chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice beer. I have never heard of the Motueka hop before, but I really like the way it was used in this beer. I really look forward to encountering it again in the future.

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Photo of dalahodson
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I saw this in my local bottle house, 10% lager, I have to try this. Golden in color with a small cream head. The smell was very hoppy, so far so good. The mouth taste was both bitter and hoppy, but missing the taste you would find in a lager. It was like an IPA inside a lager? The malt was nonexistent but you would not find a lot of malt in a lager. There were some fruit flavors, bitter like like apricots and bananas. One good thing was with 10% there was no alcohol after flavors to be found.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of birchstick
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color without much head. Nose is grainy hops mixed in with a fruity floral hopiness. Taste starts off with sweet, grainy malts. These fade to some sod fruit flavors that give way to a nice fruitiness. Nice combination between the lager flavors and the fruity Belgian yeast. Ends with a lingering grain finish. Nice, smooth body goes down well. I really enjoyed this beer. Something new and different and worked really well. I wish I saw more combinations like this in the beer world.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white head. Color is a clear golden yellow. 

Aroma: floral hops with a nice amount of citrus. Bready/pils malts. Some grassy hops. Clean.

Taste: Grassy floral and citrus flavors. A lot of bready/pils malts. Tropical fruits. 

Mouthfeel: light and crisp with some bitterness. Good carbonation. Very clean. Ends sticky. 

Overall, it hides its alcohol well. Drinks easy. Decent amount of flavor. Unique.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/03/12 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one, always interested in a new Town Hall beer. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear yellow-amber color with one to two inches of white head and low to moderate carbonation. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of mangos, sweet fruity malts, tropical fruits, citrus hops, kiwi, pineapples, and light floral notes. A TON of fresh fruits, especially tropical fruits. I loved the nose, really awesome here.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, tropical fruits, mangos, citrus hops, lemon, floral notes. Not quite as great as the nose, but still a really nice taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice Pale Lager that smells fantastic. Tons of tropical fruits to it, would love to have it again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, served in a Town Hall cervoise. Beer is yellow, mild haze, big white head, some carbonation, decent retention some lacing.

Aroma is lagery, with a nice fruitiness and subtle hop character, not as hoppy as I expected.

Beer is light and refreshing, wet finish, nice lager yeast character, strong on the palate, not bitter, good mouthfeel, I'd have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thoroe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is clear and orange hued with a half inch of lasting white head. The aroma brings some lager scents. Malty with a light dose of fruit. A bit sweet with some alcohol presence in the finish. Some dank hops are in there as well. Overall, this was ok. Worth a try.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penultimate night of the Barrel Aged Week and out comes the big dog Double IPA Barrel Monkey for a Friday night. Got there early, so had some time to burn before the monkey was released.

Started with a "double lager" named Motueka. I know nothing about this beer beyond the quoted style, but liked it a lot better than my anti-lager bias would predict. Stark white head lingers over a straw gold lager that has a light floral hop and bready light malt. The combination is delicate, but not weak. Sweet malt continues in the taste with significant and surprisingly assertive hop profile that is floral, slightly earthy and a bit peppery. Such a strong showing, that I took a growler home to continue the sampling. Growler is similar, except there's a momentary smokiness and the hops have more clarity.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess I have to be the voice of dissent on this one. Here are the notes:

Town Hall … M.D.L. M-something …Double Lager, they call it. And that other thing, why do they call it that? It's certainly a word I've never heard, and can't for the life of me remember.

I got this one to have something new to sip on during a day off, knowing full well that lagers aren't my thing, and doubling them doesn't help matters. In any case, we're drinking it.

Clear, clean and golden, frothy white head starts out big, slips down assuredly, leaves a little lacing.

Aromatics: wide open and empty. Not much beyond a faint cereal sweetness. Malty, and…eh. Not much else. Little hops.

Drinking it: A little heat up front, from the high alcohol, a bit of a burn, then it's all malt. Clean, and…not smooth, not with this much booze, but it is downable, consumable, for sure, if not for the premonition of a headache. I feel this is not too far away from a malt liquor. Very little actual flavor, beyond the small malt character, and the alcohol, which is becoming more and more prominent.
Boom, boom, it's getting bigger, it's rounding out the brain cavity, searching for swinging room, and getting impatient. Boom, boom. Thud, thud. Pow.
And while this banging happens around the brain cave, there's little extra pleasure to be had, unlike in a double pils, where you get some richer hop presence, no, this is strictly a lean, light lager, but high on the alcohol. (And I still don't know how high as I type this. Forgot to check. Or ask. They were busy, and I chose on a whim.)

It's getting a little sweeter in the malt flavor, and I'm trying to get down with that, use that as my pathway to pleasure. And ignore the pounding presence of the booze.

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Motueka Double Lager from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 16 ratings