Muddy Creek Lager | The Defiant Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Defiant Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 80
Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thin half a finger head of light tan hue, very airy and sizzles down to the surface in little time, wispy lacing, close to nonexistent. The liquid is quite clear and spotless, a handsome amber red to mahogany brown, the bubbles are loose, no beads, but large and active. Sweet nose of cocoa, molasses, roasted nuts, offset slightly by citrus and pine notes, peach and yellow apple fruit scents, does not seem to be striving for complexity but rather agreeability, narrowly avoids getting funky as it warms. Medium-bodied, the lack of carbonation makes it feel flat and sluggish. Here a metallic bitterness does pervade, leeches sweetness from the caramel, molasses, scone and pie crust base. On the fruity side with apricot, peach, pear flavors. The pine appears but the citrus takes a few steps back into the shadows. Finishes with a roasty, nutty nature. It’s serviceable but that’s about it, too heavy to session and lacks freshness. Yet, by the same token, not overtly flawed.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6/27...on tap, pours brownish copper, with heavy foam. Pine nose. Nutty bready flavor. Caramel. Sweet. Smooth mouthfeel, high carbonation, little bitters. Very good.

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Photo of atr2605
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours an clear amber color with an off white head with average retention
S-caramel, biscuit, and a faint hop aroma in the background
T-more caramel and biscuit followed by a slight resin bitterness on the finish
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-pretty solid lager that is easy drinking and has nice flavor

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 6, 2014.

The pour is a handsome chestnut or mahogany brown with a tremendous off-white head that stays around. Nice clarity.

The nose is full of toasted malts or a more apt description would be burnt malts. Sweetness. Molasses maybe.

Medium to full body.

The malts are the big part of the taste too with a low nearly invisible bitterness balancing things out at the finish. Sweet throughout.

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Photo of Huffs
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams glass, nice tan head developed with good retention and lacing, Appearance was slightly hazy with a ruby / copper color. Aroma was mild with some malt notes. Taste had caramel and toffee notes with a smoky and slightly bitter finish. Medium mouth feel with a dry and mild / bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed ruby to garnet with a thin bubbly head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel and smoke.

The taste is of caramel with some earthy notes. There is an odd smokiness to it. Not as clean as a lager should be, in my opinion. Finishes fairly dry with a hint of alcohol coming through.

It is medium-bodied with medium-to-high carbonation.

It's decent, but has something odd about it and has almost a burnt tinge to it.

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Photo of djkman
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Finally I can get this in 6 pack bottle. For a local brewery 20 min from home, it is a good solid beer. No over analyzing. No hmmmmmmmm i sense a hint of............. Oh please stop!!!! A local brewery near my home produces a decent beer that I can say I spend my $$$ on a good local brewery.

How about that for a review.
Thank you.

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Photo of patriot76
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from my growler into a 20oz. pint glass

A- Deep amber color with a slightly red hue. A finger width head that dissapates remarkably quickly.

S- The nose has a nice combination of what smell like American hops and caramel malt. Very straightforward and appetizing.

T- The nice hops and caramel malt show themselves very nicely. A well balanced taste that is very sessionalble.

M- The taste fills the entire palate right off the bat. It is a well balanced taste but the carbonation is unforgivably low for this style. It leaves a bit left to be desired.

O- Overall a good beer, not a great beer. It has strong points but one glaring week point which is the carbonation. I've had this beer a number of times and I'm always perplexed how it's a bit flat. I got my growler filled and brought it back because I thought I got a bad batch. The bartender poured it out, took a taste and said "Tastes right to me." He then filled up another growler and gave it to me, which I quickly took home...same thing, I just can't understand it.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

draft at the Park Ridge Marriott

A: No head or lacing, but that may be the pour.

S: Sweet, mildly roasted malt, caramel, toffee.

T: Follows the nose, but there are some unexpected, earthy hops on the end that really adds significantly to the beer. Flavor is mild and clean.

M: Thin and a bit watery.

O: Really very drinkable.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a Growler into Peroni-Pilsener shaped glass

My first Growler review, glad I'm throwing back a beer straight from a Defiant vat

A - Beer pours with a healthy one finger white colored head; holds very well; glows with a healthy reddish-copper hue; bubbly and clear; some nice layered lacing formed around the edge of the glass

S - Nice lager airiness; crisp and clean; refreshing and cleans the senses; nutty malt nose; caramel

T - Roasted malt taste; nutty taste washes over the tongue; leaves a slightly buttery taste over the sides of the tongue; roasted malt finish comes over the back-end of the palate; pleasurable experience; touch of sweet caramel; not much of a hop scent to this beer, but the pine/grass flavor really comes out when you drink it

M - Buttery creamy taste; slight bitter after-taste; touch of tart feel on the sides of the tongue; smooth and easy to drink

D - I really enjoyed this beer, not sure why it got a B, but it definitely deserves a higher mark; maybe this beer should only be tasted from a tap or growler, but its really good

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Photo of metter98
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down yet never completely faded away, also leaving thick rings of bubbles down the edges of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of caramel and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is stronger and has notes of caramel malts and a light amount of bitterness. Flavors from the hops are much stronger compared to those from the malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, slightly smooth and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t overly difficult to drink, but could use more malts and hops to create stronger aromas and flavors.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy beige head. Copper penny color body. Sporadic big bubbles shoot straight up. Soap-like lacing clings to the glass.

Slight grainy bready aroma plus a weird smell I can't figure out.

Grain, bread, subtle citrus, earthiness, burnt grass, then this distant roasted malt flavor at the end. Crisp and clean flavor -- but this ain't your daddy's Budweiser, Coors or MGD.

Light to medium body, carbonation is on the light side. Keeps the mouth feeling moist. Feels okay in the mouth.

Interesting tasting Lager. Not a huge fan of Lager's anymore -- it's weird considering, Yuengling Lager and Miller Lite are the beers that got me into beer. Muddy Creek is certainly not horrible. I think this would be a good gateway for someone trying to get into beer, in general.

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Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a light amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate herbal hop and light grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a vibrant herbal and citric hop atop a clean graininess. Seamless integration of both properties. Strong residual citrus bitterness and soft doughiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a very tasty and well balanced lager. Very quaffable.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great classic lager with a little twist on the American style.

Pours a dirty brown color.

Smell is amber lager typical with hints of earthy undertones.

Taste is very smooth, a little hoppy and some cinnamon notes. Really smooth taste.

Goes down easy, but certainly a heavy lager than say a Yuengling. A little tougher drinking than other lagers, but worth it. Great lager.

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Photo of njmoons
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clean and hoppy American lager. Easy drinking if you like your lager on the hoppy side. Nothing special, but solid

A: Odd brownish and kind of like a muddy creek. Light head which dissipated quickly.

S: Nice mix of malt and hops

T: A little hoppy for me, but a nice amber lager favor. Crisp not too complex.

M: Appropriate to style

D: The hoppiness keeps this from being a session beer for me.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Hop Devil Grill in NYC for $6.50. It appeared clear light brown with a short off-white head. This beer immediately reminded me of Sam Adam's Boston Lager, but it's a bit lighter. There's a mix of herbal and citrus hop flavors while the malts bring a mild chocolate cookie taste. All in all, it's a pretty tasty session beer. I wouldn't mind having a few.

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Davey's Pub in Montvale, NJ on Christmas Eve 2009 (just a few miles from the brewery in Pearl River, NY

A: Big white head. Nice dark amber coloring.

S: I'm not getting much on the nose. A little malt-maybe.

T: Nice balance to the malt and hops, though the hope seem to be winning out (which isn't a bad thing). I was pleasantly surprised, as I had this during the summer here and was not impressed.

M: Medium-bodied. Nice carbonation.

D: I could see myself throwing back a few of these. Any more than 3 and you might get a bit full/bloated though.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Defiant Brewing Company in Pearl River, NY. It came in a 10ish ounce mug.
Appearance: The body is a dark, clear brown. The head is small, tan, small bubbles, good retention and poor lacing.
Smell: The aromas are candy sugar, caramel and sparge.
Taste: The flavors are carmel, slight hint of toffee and candy.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth but slightly crisp.
Drinkability: This beer is tasty.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of njthebestofme
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

again i was impressed with this pale lager.. nice head retantion.. apprance was a nice darker yellow.. smell was pleasing.. and taste was hoppy and smooth.. i got to say this is a good lager.. i enjoyed every sip.. great brew when you sit dow nat the bar try this first and you will be pleased

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - brown with a reddish edge, nice white head.

S - caramel and a hop note that has a noble hop note wiht a something extra which mutes this effect some.

T - caramel and an off hop note. something there that was not fully offputting but not a hope effect that worked right for me.

M - light to medium in body, nicely carbonated, essence of a lager but not quite as clean as I'd like.

D - decent overall, could work as a session beer. Me, I'll pass till they change the hops effect.

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Photo of leif86
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Brown with a little reddish hue, clear though. Foamy white head that doesn't last too long.

S: Caramel aroma with the hint of hops. Nothing really jumps out at you though.

T: Caramel. Chocolate. Cereal like taste. A very slightly hoppy finish. Not bad but not spectacular, well balanced though.

M: Thin but not too watery. Not over carbonated.

D: I could definitely drink back to back to back beers if only the beer was a little more desirable.

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Photo of madmanjf
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine came tapped from the storage tank and was nicely chilled, but not too cold.

The beer poured a medium to dark brown, fairly clear, with a subtle head. The aroma was that of toasted malt and the flavor matched the aroma as well. Additionally, there was not much of a hop presence which I felt was OK.

This beer was definately drinkable and I wouldn't mind pouring a second glass for myself.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a very dark brown out of my growler; ironically enough, like a muddy creek! It had a small white head with fast retention and decent lacing, nothing too overwhelming. The smell was very malty and earthy, almost like old beer. While this may seem unappetizing, it had me intrigued since I respect and admire the reputation adn brewing style of this brewery. The taste did not disappoint; again, an earthy, "muddy" taste was very evident. The mouthfeel was not typical of this brewery, which kind of caught me by surprise. It was alittle thinner than what I've been accustomed too from Defiant. Overall, a nice and smooth, easy going beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.62/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I received a corked and caged bottle from a trade with a ratebeerian. This thing had a lot of carbonation! The head took a while to settle down. The color was a ruddy brown. The smell was stinky, like a muddy creek. The taste was a standard lager taste to me. Decent beer but i couldn't get past the smell.

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