Mountain Lager | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Mountain LagerMountain Lager

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of hdf561
2.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on draft in plastic cup at Gettysburg Appalachian Brewing Company.

Pours dark gold with little head and little lacing. Smell is malt, hops nothing remarkable.

Taste is the same, mouth feel is very smooth this is a solid beer just nothing great, it is very drinkable.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

5/8....pours hazy copper, virtually no foam. Light malt nose, but very faint. Hardly any aroma whatsoever. Light flavor, a touch sweet, very little carbonation. I probably "aged" this a bit too long. Very little bitter or bite. Sweet and then rolls away. Not much to write home about.

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Photo of DonBowman
4.14/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden in color, minimal lace, moderately thick beer with a refreshingly smooth taste. There are hints of butter and biscut, with a slight floral finish.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: November 15, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: pilsner... OCCASION: finishing off a football Sunday... APPEARANCE: clear, golden body that has a steady, sparse display of bubbles; the head clumps in marshy pools of off-white fuzz, with a solid ring solidifying the outside of the glass... AROMA: fresh dough intermingles with aromatic flowery fragrances; some uneven yeastiness keeps the aroma from complete allure.... PALATE: light, nearly flat body that allows for maximum sipping; little carbonation; watery, forgettable aftertaste... TASTE:slight buttery flavor with some maltiness to suggest a biscuit; some of that flowery, hoppy lightness attempts to balance the experience... OVERALL: a solid Dortmunder that offers a bit of nuance but also resides in the style's parameters...

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the brewery in Gettysburg, PA. This beer has a clear golden color with a small white head. the aroma is big on grass and malt with heavy carbonation. The flavor matches the aroma with grass, malt and some malt to finish the mix. Not a bad beer, good with quesadillas or nachos.

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Photo of IronLover
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short white foam with medium low retention. Medium light bready and cracker aromas with a pilsner malt backbone. No esters and no hop aromas. Medium light body with a smooth, light, creamy feel with medium light carbonation. Medium malt and pilsner flavors are balanced from the beginning with a medium light hop bitterness through the middle along with light diacetyl. Finished cleanly and dryly with a light bready aftertaste. Clean, refreshing and easy drinking but lacks the noble hop aromas and flavors for the style.

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Photo of chenpeng74
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

They have a couple of ABC restaurants nearby. Heard from friends about the food and beer. Good reputation. First time saw its beer in my local town store and bought it right away and gave it a try. Poured into a glass and the bubbles disappeared rather quickly, minimal head. Typical yellow color, and not very clear (contrary to most review here). Smelled roasted molt, pretty light though. A little bit of tar at the beginning and all sweetness after that. Easy to gulp down. Feel some alcohol after one bottle but it is gone quickly. It won’t go wrong with any food so it can be a good alternative for party beers. But it is definitely not on the cheap side, so may want to mix with others. Cheers!

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Photo of bmeehan
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer. It's kind of sweet for a lager, but it doesn't insult you with its odd approach to a lager. It's good! One thing I noticed is that it didn't keep particularly well, but I found that to be the case with the other beer I bought from ABC as well. It may be their packaging that doesn't last.

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Photo of Plower
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this beer after I just poured some high end stout down the drain because it didnt go with my snack (BBQ corn nuts) very well. So basically I was about to hurl and I just downed this beer rapidly. I'm gonna review each category best I can:

Look: looks just like a beer should...golden suds.

Smells: didn't make my nausea any worse, in fact, I feel pretty good after a few sniffs, smells kind of like sweetness

Taste: I'm tasting corn nuts. Seriously, I try to taste the yeast and biscuits and it is definitely there, but it is overshadowed by this distinct flavor of BBQ corn nuts.

Feel: Kind of thin

Overall: It's got a lot of things going for it, BBQ corn nuts taste, Mountain spring water, kind of like a suped up version of Coors to me.

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Photo of jrob21
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow color. Flavor is slightly fruity with a bit of toasted grain. Corn and pair aromas. Bottle brought back from Nasville. A little more exciting body and flavors than your typical pale lager. Not an incredibly amount of complexity or individuality in this beer however.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%


Pours a clear gold with a white lacing for a head.

Aroma is of sugar and bready malt.

Sugary flavor, bready malts, a hint of coppery flavor, and a light dry hop. Crisp overall.

Light body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue.

Fairly meh, but not off-putting. Pairs well with food. Easy to ignore, not something you'd drink for the sake of the beer itself, but sessionable on a hot day.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.59/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
(bottled on day 204 of 2013 = July 23, 2013)

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a tiny white head. The fizzy head fades almost instantly, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is overall sweet with a moderately strong aroma of corn syrup and a very light caramel. Along with these smells are some grainy and bready smells with just a hint of a citrus smell. Overall rather cloying in aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet corn syrup flavor as well as some lighter bready flavors. The sweetness of corn syrup grows even stronger as the taste moves on with some lighter grain flavors joining the taste as well. A little bit of hay and earth join the flavor at the end leaving a rather overly sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side for a lager of 5.2 % abv. with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thinner body and higher carbonation would have been better for the brew, hiding some of the more cloying flavors and making it an easier and more refreshing drinker.

Overall – This is certainly not a beer I would recommend. Very cloying and rather unbalanced in flavors and feel. Most adjusts are far superior to this with a much lower cost and actually a better taste. I will likely not come back to this brew.

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Photo of philbe311
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - A minimal snow white colored head quickly fizzes away... Don't blink or you may miss it... What's left is a thin collar and a lopsided splotchy lacing with some carbonation bubbles bursting through the surface... The color is a pale yellow straw color... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation swirls within...

S - The nose is a mix of cereal grains, toasted malts and sweet corn... There is an ever so slight earthy hop presence that is buried way beneath the surface... Not much also going on in terms of aroma...

T - Exactly what the nose alluded to... A malt forward presence... Loads of toasted malts... Some light cereal brains... A hint of corn... There is a faint earthy hop bite that is barely existent... Not bad, but that is most nicest thing I can say...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Smooth... A bit of crispness... A slight brisk carbonation... A bit sticky...

D - Goes down easily enough... Rather quaffable... Nothing off-putting, not even in the slightest... However, there is nothing memorable or even slightly remarkable about this offering... It is a simple, straight-forward pedestrian Lager... There's nothing wrong with that in and off itself, but it's not necessarily what all BAs are hoping... There is a time and place for a beer like this, but it's not something I would stock regularly nor recommend...

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Frothy campaign head quickly disappears to a think layer, no lacing,

S - A little bready, sweet,

T - Pretty generic, non-descript, adjuncty lager flavors; a slight astringency that creates a very subtle unpleasant after taste.

M - just a tad light and a little watery for a dortmunder style, and a little more carb needed.

Overall -
A step above many generic lagers, but far behind the leaders of the pack...this is a decent lager, good for a hot day, refreshing, clean, a good burger or pizza beer, or one to take to the beach or fishing. However it is no comparrison to my favorite dortmunder lager by Great Lakes.

Try it, decide for yourself. Cheers!

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes while at the brewery.

Poured light gold with a short lived white head. Very clean aroma. The light malts are readily apparent with notes of bread and toasted grain. Sparse hops of a grassy and citrus nature adorn the aroma and the mid-late quaff. Finish is clean and unlasting, but leaves you wanting a little more. Light bodied and refreshing carbonation.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Poured a clear golden brown with a small white head that receded to a ringlet. Light aroma of sweet malts, toasted grains, grass. Taste is friendly and malty, with a dab of honey, toasted grains, and a touch of grassy hops for a sense of balance. Actually not too bad for a simple lager. Smooth, light-medium body, goes down easy, even if it lacks in flavor overall. Decent.

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Photo of cpolking
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pale,light golden in color. There is a short and rapidly dissipating head of white foam. T

he aroma is pretty light, some golden grain and a moderate amount of herbal hop bitterness.

The taste is also quite light, some golden grain, a touch of honey sweetness, followed by a moderate bitter hop finish. It is crisply carbonated, but not overly so.

If this was self-described as a "light" beer, I would give it good marks, but the brewery describes it as brewed in the Dortmunder export style. As to that type, it is disappointingly light in flavor.

Thanks to tone77 for this beer.

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Photo of JimKal
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Yellow golden appearance with a two inch head. A nice level of carbonation added to the overall appearance.

A nice but not overstated malt aroma.

Lagers are no longer my favorite style but they have their place. If you are in the mood for one, this is an enjoyable one. Not all that different form your standard BMC but, still a better representation of the style.

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Photo of VonRoll
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light pale yellow. Very similar to U.S. domestic light beer in color. The head diminished very quickly into almost a non existant head. Slight lacing on side of glass.

Smell: Very little smell to this beer. Very similar to U.S. domestic light beer in smell. Majority of the smell as metallic, only other note was minor hops.

Taste: This beer's taste was predominantly hop with a very mellow finish, leaving very little in an aftertase.

Mouthfeel: Very light, carbonation moderate, thin
Overall: This beer is labeled as a Dortmunder-Export Style. In having several Dort's, I have found this brew to be the least fitting into the Dortmunder style. This beer if served to me in place of a domestic light beer without my knowledge could probably dupe me.. The beer does slightly have more flavor in the way of hops in comparison to U.S. light beer and would fit more into,and be highly ranked in that style.

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Photo of jifigz
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint.

A pale yellow brew with a slightly deeper hue than an American macro adjunct. The head didn't develop very well from a vigorous pour. The smell is metallic and a little skunky. The taste is kind of musty with a heavy grain flavor kicking in after that. The grain flavor lingers and ends kind of sweet. Just a touch of hops come through. The mouthfeel has kind of high carbonation and a lighter body.

This beer is a decent lager. I am not sure if I have ever had a "dortmunder" before but this is alright. Could use a boost in the flavor department, but the flavor that is there isn't bad. This is a decent light alcohol, easy drinking lager.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When i poured this beer, it has a nice golden color body, with a 2" white fizzy head. The smell is of hops and barley. The taste is clean and the hops comes through very nice. The balance of hops and barley is very nice. The mouth feel is crisp and goes down nice. Overall this is a good beer and is drinkable.

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Photo of tkepx182
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This Lager has a nice amber color to the beer, it was perfectly clear and allowed the carbonation to be seen.

S: The hops and barley stand out in the smell of the beer

M: the feel of the beer is that of a fine polished beer that someone took the time to watch

T: This hops and barley play in the background of this beer, but it seems to work. They played nicely off of each other in this lager

O: This was a very good, will brewed lager, i look forward to having this beer again on my next visit

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Photo of rfgetz
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold, small cap of rocky white head, decent retention. Scent is light and contains some clean and fresh malt notes backed by faintly grassy and earthy hop notes. Taste is quite light and clean with some minimal maltyness and faintly stale hop bite. Light bodied, bubbly. A little step above a macro, comparable to a decent import.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber the slightest amount of lace was present and it was rather unremarkable and did not hang around long after it formed.

grain and bread like smells, which completely dominated the entire profile from the first moment you took a whiff of it. This was not a bad thing in fact it was kinda what I would be looking for in the style and it really came off with the aroma of a classic German lager. big-time bready and malt heavy lager this just did not mess around and came right at you. Nice light profile that was just full of bready grains and a bit of an earthy sort of twang to it that was hard to place, but was a little different. The finish was great; a nice big kick of hops to finish it off

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In my brief time in the VA, I decided to swing by a little shop and pick up one of these. I know not why...Now looking at it, I feel as if the cap could just twist off..and it does! Fairly clear gold with white head fading to a thin white ring.
A little bready with some up front hop bitterness followed by a malty ride into a clean, if a little sweet, finish. A little floral hop aroma. Overall, a pretty solid lager from these guys. Pairs well with clams and scallops.

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