Lager | Mountaineer Brewing Co.

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Mountaineer Brewing Co.
West Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mountaineer Lager, brewed in the classic Bavarian style, is crisp and clean. Handcrafted with a blend of German and American hops, then slowly conditioned at near-freezing temperatures, this is the beer of choice when you need something light and satisfying.

Added by WVbeergeek on 03-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of rattletrap968
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Schmidts
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, I was down in WV visiting friends and brought some back of all their brews.
Pours golden Yellow with nice white head that goes fairly quick.
Smells of malts and hops.
Taste is very nice smooth with hints of malt and Hops in perfect Balance very refreshing and very flavor filled a really nice Lager for the Hot days coming but also a great beer anytime!
Very refreshing in your mouth as it rolles down. This is a beer I would recomend to anyone who can get their hands on it. I Rate this Overall at 4.5

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Photo of weller1js
2.79/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a light brown-golden color, slightly hazy, moderate carbonation, bubbly white foam with slight lacing.

smell: predominant corn scent, slight toasted maltiness.

taste: like the scent, tastes of corn and slighly toasty malts, the toastiness can also come off as a funky-smoky sensation, finishes clean.

drinkability: basic lager, typical for the style, always drinkable.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Onenote81 for sending this elusive state tick to Andy. I was so geeked when I saw the bottle from WV.

A: Clear golden yellow. Huge two fingers of bright white head. Sticky lace. Solid retention.

S: Wet grassy hop profile. Grainy corn element I get with most pale lagers. Hint of black earth.

T: Light grassy hops, corn, skunky grains. Very light in flavor.

M: Light crisp body. Sharp carbonation.

D: Overall pretty much what I was expecting. A style I can live without but it serves it's purpose.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle split and poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info.

Thanks to Onenote81 for shooting this state-tick my way. Beerwolf and I had it in the middle of our "Fear and Trembling tasting" when UPS dropped it off, nice and cold.

A - Very lightly hazy pale, pale yellow straw with a dense cloud-white head. Great retention but little lace left over on the glass.

S - Grainy pale malt is reminiscent of a pallet of grain sitting in wait at a brewery. Light hazy straw and no hop aroma. Not a bad start for a light lager, I'd say.

T - Rice is big with straw in the flavor, very adjunct-rich with pale malt and no hop flavor...again.

M - Light-bodied, crisp, and heavily carbonated with a slick feel on the swallow. No surprises though, so that's good. Right?

D - This beer is pretty naked with nothing to hide. It is what it is and it's damn drinkable for that.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep golden color with a large white head that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves behind a spotty ring of lace.

Smell: Sweet and sour apple with some citrus and grains.

Taste: Begins with sweet, somewhat tart green apple with a slight citric hop bite, rounding out to sweet fruits and finishing with a bit of lemon zest and husky grains.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with rounded carbonation and a slightly dry, refreshing, very clean finish.

Drinkability: An easy drinking and very sessionable beer. The flavor of this is very close to a higher quality German helles. A beer I wouldn't hunt down, but a beer I would enjoy having multiple times in the future.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale, golden color with a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Standard lager stuff here...

Smell: Smells pretty clean, like most lagers. However, there is a faint hoppiness in the nose backed by a faint sweetness.

Taste: Fairly hoppy up front. Towards the back, it becomes bready and a little sweet. It has a good balance to it. Some poorly made lagers tend to be overbearing in sweetness but this one seems to have it about right.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: A thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable lager. This is really a no-brainer beer that you can just kick back and enjoy a few of. It also continues to solidify Mountaineer as a surprisingly good local brewery for me.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a beertrade from

Pours macrostraw yellow with a head that loses all but a thin covering after a few seconds.

Smells- sweet and a little corn-y. Pretty pleasant as far as lagers go.

Taste- a nice corn-sweet- very similar to nose. Medium body (more than I expected for a lager), very highly drinkable.

Though I'm not personally a American lager fan, this beer really isn't bad at all and, given what it is, I'd say it is pretty good. It is a easy drinking beer that offers a good deal of flavor despite it being a relatively light beer. Definitely a good beer to bring macro-drinkers closer to the micro fold, or as just a pleasant easy to drink beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thorpe coming through huge with this WV tick. Thanks man!!!...12oz bottle drank into tulip...This pours the ugliest beer I've ever seen, the first legitimate "1" looking beer. A super clear filtered piss water, really looks like water with a hint of yellow dye in it...The aroma is not that bad, skunk but its really sweet corn and sugar...The taste is like the aroma, a very sweet but skunky lager. Drinkable for a lager, especially compared to a BMC, but nothing that I would seek out or drink again if I could avoid it.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After driving through WV on my way back and forth to OH so many times, I finally decided to stop and look for some WV brew. It's a state I haven't knocked off yet. All they had at the place I stopped was this, and their Nut Brown Ale. I went with the lager because sometimes I just want a mild no-nonsense beer. Something I don't have to think much about. So here goes...

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a super pale gold with about a finger-width of bone-white head on top. Dissipates to just a ring around the edge. Some light lace sticks around. The nose is mild and basic. Some light lemon citrus, grains, and dry husk. The mouth is light with ample carbonation. Refreshing feel. The flavor is about what I expected. Honey, lemon zest, white bread, and a mild soapy aftertaste. Light hops on the back end. This, as others have already stated, would make a great "converter" for the macro crowd. But I enjoyed it still. It accomplished what I got it for: it's refreshing and simple.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

What better beer to drink while watching the Rangers try to topple the Yanks in the ALCS? Ahem. It pours a clear sallow topped by nearly a finger of transitory and sparse off-white foam. The nose is faint: all I can get are hints of corn syrup and flowers. Maybe some maize. The taste seems a bit on the lemonade-y side, sweetness and all, though some grassy flowers ensure that not all is sweet here in lagerland. The body is quite light, with a fizzy carbonation and a rather wet feel. Overall, an alright brew, nothing all that special and nothing all that offensive. It's just kinda there. But easily downed, I must say.

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Photo of Gavage
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a very light yellow color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart immediately. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell: grass and a hint of lemon zest is all you can detect.

Taste: mild malt profile with a bit of grass, lemon zest, and white grape sweetness. Bitterness is mild but a bit earthy.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp from start to finish. Clean aftertaste. Mildly refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer just came across as the typical macro beer with a bit more grassiness. I found this to be dull and one was enough for me in a session.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up at Wal-Mart in Parkersburg WV while shopping. I didn't see a time that I was going to be able to stop and get beer, so I thought that I would give this one a shot. I picked up a six of Yuengling (sp?) too just in case. Anyway, here we go...

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear light golden-straw colored with an active head of small white bubbles that disappeared pretty quickly and ended up as a small layer of foam that was maintained by a number of bubbles rising indicating that the beer has ample carbonation, but not a whole lot of residuals to help the head maintain.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty clean overall and has a good bit of hops in the initial aroma. The hops stick around in the aroma the whole way through. They seem like they are mostly American varieties, but there isn't a whole lot of citrus going on here. There are some caramel and toasty notes in the aroma from the malt, and there are no off aromatics from fermentation in the beer even after it warms up some. I am getting a bit of skunkiness in the beer, that I won't attribute to fermentation flaws...though it is in a brown bottle...

Taste: The flavor overall is quite thin. There is some malt and some hops in here, but overall it doesn't strike me. There is some crystal malt that is noticeable from the initial perception of the flavor on into the finish. The hops are noticeable, but only provide a bit of balance for the malt. The finish has some toasty notes and a bit of caramel sweetness and that is about it. No warming or any bitterness or even any minerals to speak of. Obviously this was crafted with clean water.

Opinion: Well, this is a pretty decent beer. It is not my favorite by any means. I like that it has a malty balance, but there really isn't that much remarkable about it. It would probably be great after a 100 degree session mowing the lawn, but I dunno. I am glad that I got to try it, but I will not be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-20-10 - poured into a personalized pilsner glass - 335ml/12Fl.oz. capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow color. Poor head retention as a decent white head evaporates rather quickly and is eventually lost altogether. No lacing.

Smell: A sweet bready aroma with some faint hop floral accents. The smell is indicative of the standard within the style.

Taste: The taste features bready malt sweetness and a hint of grassy hop character. This beer also has some light grain flavor concluding with a delicate, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: At first this beer seems to be highly carbonated, but this fades leaving some moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. It goes down very smooth and is refreshing. A good representation of the lager style, albeit somewhat light.

Comments: Mountaineer Brewing Company is one of the few breweries active in my home state. In this case, they hit the mark with a solid entry in the lager department. Although this beer seems fairly straightforward, it has a good taste for an American pale lager and makes the rotation as a session beer great for summer outings.

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Photo of wcudwight
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow in color with a thin white head. Good aroma of biscuits, grain and slightly floral. While rather bland in the flavors it is clean and crisp with no off-flavors. I taste crackers, mild grain and maybe so grassy or earthy hops. Light bodied and easy to drink. This beer is exactly what it's supposed to be. A light easy drinking beer for bbq's and tailgating. Also would be a good beer for those macro drinking friends when they come to the house.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.92/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear but bubbly, golden-yellow color with a quickly disappearing fizzy white head. Aroma is straw, sweet malts, cereal, grass, and a hint of citrus. Flavor is similar, a good balance of sweet malts and a touch of citrus/grassy hops. Mouthfeel was light, but not too watery, well carbonated with a crisp finish. Good beer, very drinkable but nothing really exciting about it though (other than it is a WV beer).

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Photo of nick76
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is about what a lager should be which for me isn't that special. But it does have grassy and herbal hops as well as a corn like malt. The appearance is pale gold with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma but much hoppier than many lagers. The palate is thin but right for the style. Overall I just don't love the taste but otherwise this is a good example of an American craft lager.

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Photo of Dansting
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Faint, sweet aroma of corn syrup. Flavor is heavy in corn flavor. Kind of sweet, but not overwhelming. Grassy aftertaste. Not what I would call a great beer, but I've knocked West Virginia off my list.

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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm rather surprised and happy to find yet another decent beer by our new local Mountaineer Brewing Co.

A= light golden-yellow or dark-lemonade color, modest head quickly-fading to nice rimming & lacing.

S= modest but nice scents of slightly musty malt sweetness, and a hint of Noble hops florals.

T= slightly dry, nice light hops, sweet malts, grassy notes, balanced carbonation for this style.

M= slightly dry, some grassy malts, nothing to put you off like you'd find in a US Buttwiss corn/rice diluted Pils or lager.

D= drinkable for session or all-night if you're not obsessed with finding something dramatic. Very basic beer but a true beer and not a US corn/rice beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from ahatcher78, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma of light and sweet malts with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with a little sweetness. There are flavors of grain and light malts. The hops presence is very mild. It’s straight-forward, simple and has a preferable taste to most other beers in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, nice representation of style. If you’re looking a light beer to just pound away, this is a good choice. However, it does lack somewhat in flavor if you’re looking for something with some substance to it. Overall, it’s a decent beer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first West Virginia beer!

Pale gold in hue, smallish white head, there is no more than a half finger at the apex. Poor head retention, the bubbles quickly faded to a soapy collar. No lacing. Good animation. This beer looks an awful lot like a standard macro lager.

Quite potent nose, for the style, with loud aromas of grain with hints of bread, wet sack, earth, sweet maltiness. Not much hops, as expected for the style. The nose smells better than most macro lagers but it’s not great as is. The aroma, overall, doesn’t vibe with me. While not unpleasant it really isn’t inviting… the nose is okay. At least it is honest.

Is this all grain? The palate is oddly similar but slightly “fresher” than High Life or PBR. Sweet maltiness, hints of crackers, cider and bread; the grain bill clearly isn’t trying to copy a Pilsner. This is a micro-brewed macro lager. Minimal bitterness. For what it is, this isn’t a bad beer.

Medium light in body, moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer and style well. Sweetish aftertaste, pleasant in a macro lager way.

This is a golfing beer, a BBQ beer… an easy drinking beverage that requires no thinking. Give me a six-pack, some warm weather, some hotdogs and I’d be content. Thanks ahatcher78 for my first three WV beers!

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Photo of JamesS
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice blonde, straw color. Has a nice crisp scent, good and malty. Goes down easy, it's a very smooth brew. Nice and thirst quenching, it has a good taste, nice balance, not bitter at all. I think this would be great in the summer, but was pretty good in the fall, too. My favorite Mountaineer brew so far.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice for style. Not a real big fan of the lagers, but this has shown to be a good one.
Very light, clear beer, typical for style. Nice head and carbonation. Minimal lacing is shown.
The nose is really sweet, with hints of crystal hops and malts. Not a typical "stale" smell, that macro lagers usually produce.
Taste is surprisingly "full" wit ha good mouthfeel and sweet, clean taste and exceptionally clean finish.

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