Lost Lake Naturally Brewed Pilsner
Melanie Brewing Company

Lost Lake Naturally Brewed PilsnerLost Lake Naturally Brewed Pilsner
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American Lager
Ranked #532
Ranked #47,361
2.4 | pDev: 33.33%
Melanie Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Lost Lake Naturally Brewed PilsnerLost Lake Naturally Brewed Pilsner
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 45
Photo of BeerLouie
4.19/5  rDev +74.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Im going to be honest, if you’re struggling with cash and need to get a quick Buzz, 2 tallboys if these will get you. The taste is more tolerable than most, it feels good when it hits your gut and it’s easily drinkable. Highly smooth too.

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Photo of wl2bill
2.86/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a great beer but good for what it is. That is a cheap AAL. More body than you might expect. Clean dry taste, nothing offensive. I have paid more for worse.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste: slight hop, mellow thin, not much zip. Mild grain nose.Gold, clear, with white soapy head and delicate lace. Lite body. A boating beer that closer to a lite beer.

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Photo of FantasticOKC
1.87/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Look - Ok, to be honest... my rating of the look is not very objective. I know this beer well, yet, I bought a 24 oz. can (for $1.15, nonetheless) just to have a fresh take on the review, but having had this before, when I pour it out, it looks kind of like they bottled the urine of a dehydrated 95 year old man.

Smell - Trying to be a little objective here. Smells sweeter than I'd like, lots of mixed in adjunct aromas. A little bit of malt.

Taste - Not the worst beer I've ever had, but definitely on the low end. It tastes kinda like an anxiety attack... Ok, it's not that bad. The flavor on the initial draw into the mouth isn't that different from a macro American Adjunct Lager, but the lingering flavors and aftertaste seem more like the metallic powder used to exacerbate the yeild of high explosives... Ok, it's not that bad.

Feel - Light and watery.

Overall - Yes, I have been heavy handed in this review, but do not let that scare you away from this beer. This beer holds a special place in my heart. It is what I call a "Party Beer" (but not a frat party beer). This is the kind of beer that the college guy in the studio apartment buys for a party because he's very poor (yeah, that was me). It's not great, but it is serviceable when needed. Really, it's not THAT bad, but I'm making this review based on comparison... and by comparison, this beer falls quite short of others on flavor and quality.

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Photo of tone77
3.29/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn, grains. Taste is malts, corn, grains, a touch sweet, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is not a bad beer, and at $1.25 for a 24 oz. can, it's a good value as well.

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Photo of mpilting
4.5/5  rDev +87.5%

I'm giving this beer a high score to counter so many of the low scores. People who give this beer a low score don't understand this type of beer. It's not in the same category as an expensive German pilsner, and so can't be judged the same way. This beer is a cheap American beer. It's not pretending to be anything else. It's a drunkard's beer, and it's one of the best drunkard beers on the planet, IMO. If you wanna get wasted, and fast, this is the beer for you. One caveat: if you drink it too fast (too many in a row, too quickly), it will make you sick. The alcohol in this beer sneaks up on you, and when it hits it hits hard. Drink one, wait a few/ten minutes, then drink another. If you wanna get drunk, you won't be disappointed. And for all those people pouring this beer into a glass and complaining about the head/aroma: Again, you don't understand. This is not a pour-beer - it's a drink-from-the-can beer. It's the beer you drink while watching Winter's Bone. Or after your girlfriend dumped you. Or your dad died. Or you killed someone, or life just sucks and you wanna get wasted. It's not a brew to be "appreciated"; it's a brew to get "appreciwasted".

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Photo of Duder_Jables880
3.5/5  rDev +45.8%

This is actually a really nice beer. It's not the same 'chug it ice-cold for a great buzz' stuff as Natty Ice. You can actually enjoy the flavor, if pilsners are your thing. It has some interesting flavor and mouth-feel, but it's clean and refreshing, too. Pleasant, but not overpowering or skunky.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.91/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a sudsy head that goes away. Light golden color and filtered clarity. Aroma is weak and grainy, not much there. Flavor is just about the same but clean and nonoffensive. Mouthfeel is light and clean. A so-so beer for a fantastic price. You could spend more and do worse.

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Photo of delcoots
2.31/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I live in Oklahoma so I have to go to the package store/liquor stores to get any beer that's above 3.2 %.
I picked up a 6 pack of lost lake.
Not much taste at all smells somewhat like beer.
Mostly sweet taste
Moderate carbonation.
Drinkable, but that's about it.
Dry not a bad after taste.
Won't buy anymore. But if I'm at a friend's house and they offer I won't turn it down.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.18/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured out of the can a pale clear pilsner yellow color with a two finger head that dissolves back to a thin collar in about half a minute with absolutely no lacing at all. Smells mostly metallic and partially of sweet corn and tastes about the same as it smells. Carbonation is jacked way too high on a thin watery body, it makes me constantly have to belch even just sipping it.

Well....at least it wasn't skunky in any way and it was cheap. I suppose that's good enough for certain circumstances. (post yard-work thirst comes to mind)

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.28/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Light fizzy, clear yellow - what you expect from the style. Somewhat large foamy, bubbly, sticky white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving no lace.

S - Sweet cereal and corn aroma. Maybe a very little grassy hop aroma, but not much if there is some.

T - Yep confirms the nose with a lot of sweet cereal and corn flavor. Fairly sweet flavor. Hints of grassy hop and apple fruitiness, but they are mostly dominated by the sweet cereal/corn.

M - Very light body with a lot of carbonation. Pretty thin and watery.

D - A little too sweet to really be drinkable. Not enough hop flavor to balance out the sweet cereal.

Notes: It is what it is, a cheap adjunct lager. A little too sweet to really enjoy, but it isn't horrible. Overall it isn't bad for what it is, especially for the $14-15 for a 24 pack. If you are drinking cheap, you could do worse.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.18/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a pint glass

A: Pale straw yellow. Loose, small white head. Clear.

S: Sweet and adjunct-y

T: Pretty standard macro/adjunct flavor. A bit more crisp and clean than many. A little sweetness from the "grain" bill, which is actually nice.

M: Crisp, slightly dry.

D: Not a bad choice if reaching for a light bland American pilsner. Metallic finish detracts a little.

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Photo of PokerGod
1.67/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12oz can poured into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance- very clear light straw color. decent amount of big bubbly head that dissipated very quickly and returns briefly with a little agitation.

Smell- reminds me of the kind of beer that my father would drink growing up. I would be able to steal sips from time to time. typical American Adjunct style smell

Taste- not the best, I was more hopeful but it has a very flat, stale taste to it. Almost tastes 'skunky'. there is a coded stamp on the can, but not sure what it means. Could be a bad batch.

Overall- Not a very good beer. I don't recommend it. I guess you get what you pay for.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received in a trade from Ragingbull. Pouring at fridge temp into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear yellow color with bleached white fizzy head of .5 cm foaming up and fading quickly to a sparse surface layer.
Aroma is a little grainy malt and some white grapes, not much else going on here.
First sip reveals grainy malt and a bit of sugary sweetness. I again get some sort of white grape notes that I wasnt expecting from this beer.
The texture is relatively thin and carbonation is fine yet fairly prickly on my palate.
There is a bit of earthy hop on the finish but a lingering sweetness occurs after each sip. A pretty straightforward beer that seems to be a good beach beer or probably good for after a day of yard work in the summer. Tonite it is taking up space in my belly.
Not really bad, but certainly uninteresting and leaving something as I review the beer.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce can of Lost Lake came to me through a relative over the holidays. It pours crystal clear and a light golden-yellowish color. The white cap of foam dissipated very quickly. The aroma was very light malt mixed with sulfur and metallic notes. The mouthfeel is, again, light but there is small hint of buttery coating in there somewhere. The flavor has cracker like malt, although not much, along with a big dose of metal. The bitter snap at the end doesn't rescue this thing.

Overall this beer is similar to what should be expected for a macro-style pale lager.

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Photo of uwmgdman
1.96/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours an inviting brilliantly clear pale yellow with a moderate white head that very quickly diminished to a thin skim. The aroma is moderately grainy, a bit sweet, and rather corny. The flavor is upfront some sweet malt and is quickly replaced by a dry finish that is unpleasant and lingers. The carbonation is high and body moderate. Overall this is an unpleasant beer and there are many cheap beers I'd rather drink.

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Photo of fizzy
2.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why do I rate this an average beer? Because that is exactly what it is. When Heileman owned this brewery they turned out a variety of beers, both top notch and pretty "lawnmower". At $9.00 a case on a hot Minnesota Saturday afternoon this is a beer that really hits the spot. Oh, by the way, I am 64 and remember when most regular beers tasted pretty much this way! Those of you that don't like this type of beer should spend their $6.00/6 pk on something else. I'm just glad that somebody is still willing to make a good "lawnmower" beer.

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Photo of emerge077
2.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Brewed by Universal Sales, Inc." Not exactly... We know its you City Brewery, you brew all the cheap swill in town. Purchased and consumed in La Crosse WI. 99 cents. Can't beat that with a stick. Starting to feel the old brain cells a fadin' already...

Urine gold in a pint glass. No paper bag on hand, this was the next best thing. Flimsy cap of fizz, fades fast to nothing. High clarity, looks like apple juice. Smells like it too, with a side of cooked veggies high in iron.

Apple, mineral, astringent blah graininess. Sulfurous malaise. Right up there with Busch in terms of carbonation, tastes about the same too. Passable if ice cold, preferably straight from the freezer, to avoid the fusel alcohol unpleasantness.

Scrape together some change from the couch and get crunkafied!

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Photo of Swalden28
1.73/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light gold with fizzy head.

Aroma of corn and light hints of grain. Flavor really isn't much different, at least it used enough hops to balance.

Mouth feel is light body, watery, with extremely high carbonation.

Overall, no comment.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.88/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear yellow color. Poured a 2 finger fizzy white head that fell quickly to a half-finger then held fairly well. Decanted continually. Laced in random spots.

S: Wet crackers and a little green apple. Slightly soapy/medicinal aroma as well; more prevalent with a little warming.

T: Crackers and cut grass. Sweet malt (or adjunct?) ahead of a mild bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, but certainly not clean.

D: Get it really cold to hide the taste and improve the mouthfeel then just slam 'em.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.73/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very clear yellow body with a frothy white head of medium paced retreat. For a pilsener this is a decent looking beer before the head's vacancy.

S - Soapy aroma with a sweet malt accent and a hint of cider.

T - It has an off flavor toward the end while the beginning consists of very mild grains. The middle isn't bad but the finish has an off color pungency.

M - The texture is coarse as the beer is best served cold. There's quite a biit of carbonation that can be felt throughout each pull.

~ Overall this beer is average at best. I will not likely be recommending to to many friends but like all beers, I'm sure this brew has a time and a place.

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Photo of WJVII
1.7/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew is the lightest straw color, almost completely transparent. There was a huge 3 finger white head that quickly dissipated to nothing. The aroma was grassy with some rice and light malt. The taste was odd, a little sweet like some white wine was mixed in the batch. A slight grape taste with minimal malt and no hop presence. More carbonation than the flavor can carry. I think there is a reason this is less than $11 for a case.

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Lost Lake Naturally Brewed Pilsner from Melanie Brewing Company
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 45 ratings