Headstrong Munich Lager | Big Hole Brewing Company

Headstrong Munich LagerHeadstrong Munich Lager
15 Ratings
Headstrong Munich LagerHeadstrong Munich Lager

Brewed by:
Big Hole Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by funkengruven on 03-25-2008

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by drinkininthewood:
Photo of drinkininthewood
2.9/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ive tried this one before when it was contract brewed by Wellington in Guelph ( Solid brewery by the way ).

Served from a 473 ml tall can into a pint glass.

A- Bronze in color with decent foamy head that leaves a second or two later leaving decent lace.

S- Malty sweet, with a slight fruity aroma, no hops whatsoever to speak of.

T- Nice sweet caramel malt up front is balanced by some nice lemony citrus flavors but for some reason the alcohol is very noticeable boozy almost.

M- light in body but somewhat watery.

D- Decent.

Overall its not the same beer that Wellington contract brewed years back, which is unfortunate. Nothing special.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up over the weekend at Rosauers in Bozeman. Poured into a red wine glass. foamy white head... amber brew is very clear.

Nose is clean and malty... tons of toast... very very clean.

Flavor mirrors the nose.. deep toasted bread.... rye toast.. maybe some lite spicy hops.

Palate and carbonation are spot-on... This should be in the Octoberfest category. Reminds me a lot of Ayinger and Spaten.

I haven't liked most Madison River/Big Hole brews.. but this one is damn good and I am sure needs to be given another chance.


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Photo of berley31
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly large, white, bubbly and slightly creamy head with fair lasting power. Eventually settled to 1/2-finger . Medium gold color, mostly clear with a touch of haze.

S: Mostly clean smell with just a hint of DMS (acceptable for the style), the Pils malt is certainly detectable. Some fruity esters are present; don't fit here.

T: Slightly malty flavor, with grain and Pils malt detectable and last to the finish. Touch of DMS in the flavor, but still quite low. Low fruity esters. Light bitterness in the finish.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly creamy.

D: Nothing fantastic, but seems to meet the general requirements for the style with its malty profile.

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Photo of BigBry
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blue 473 ml tall can, with a buffalo head (partner to the Headstrong Pale label).
Small print - Product of USA, Big Hole Brewing Company, Lacrosse, WI, USA, 54601.
www.bigholebrewing.co (noted on side of can is not active).
Pours golden brown color with decent looking white head. Foam shrinks quickly but does leave some lace. Sweet malty smell, a bit fruity. Sweet caramel malt, hardly any hoppiness to balance. Light in body and mouthfeel. Pretty average all around.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of funkengruven
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember buying this beer at the LCBO in a bomber brewed by Wellington Brewery and it was really good. I was expecting the same from the one from Big Hole in a can and unfortunately I was very disappointed.

This poured a really nice dark amber with some puffy head on top, not bad at all, smell was malty, pretty much what I expected. Flavor was very disappointing. Very sweet, It tasted like it was made from syrup. In fact, when some of it dried up in the bottom of the glass it crystallized. Honestly never ever seen that with a beer. Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy, some carbonation but the brew felt so heavy that you'd never know it had any carbonation at all. That thickness made it very not refreshing and I had to drink this with a glass of water nearby.

Not a particularly good beer. The Wellington one was MUCH better and I really wish they still contract brewed this stuff. As for this one it's doubtful I'll bother with this one again.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

06/20/08- Had during my two week Montana vacation.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper golden colored pour with a 3/4 inch foamy head with decent staying power and no lace after the beer is finished.

Smell- A stinky with that euro lager almost rice scented nose. Seems a touch fruity though.

Taste- Mild alcohol taste with a grainy and rice flavor in the background. A touch sour at moments as well. Has a bit of fruityness though..it's saving grace.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level makes it an easy quaffer.

Drinkability- Nothing to see here, move on.

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Photo of Shadman
2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the newly formed beer of the month club selections here in the land of coors lite and clam.

Much, much darker than most Euro Plae's I'm used to seeing.

Sweet malt aroma was all I could pull from this sample.

Taste was interesting to say the least...sweet maltiness seems to dominate with a slight bit of booziness. Hops are there for sure, but for something is missing....

Mouthfeel was on par with other Euro Pale's.

Was alright, but a tad too sweet for me. One and out for Headstrong this time.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into pokal. Faint hazy gold to amber to copper depending on where viewed in glass. Darker than the few other Helles I've tried. Low-retaining tannish head. Smell is amazingly fruity-sweet for a lager. A little caramel and roastiness or toastiness to it as well. The same as I taste it but much more tart, throughout, with strong malt character and a little alcohol shining through for lack of hops to balance. Fruitiness (both smell and taste) is dried berry-like. Ever so slight hop bitter, yet bready aftertaste. Tastewise, not what I want in a beer, though interesting. Feels a little thin, but could still be medium-bodied in my opinion. Lovely carbonation, at first prickly then pure suds, works well with the lack of hops, making for a wetter finish than you might expect.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I actually like this beer more than the other reviewers. The flavour was a full almost Sam Adams lager approach however with less hops and more sweetness. The beer was flavourful thought the finish was too sweet and malty for the style. Drinkable for sure but alas flawed in execution.

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Photo of LoganMc
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of kbutler1
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass an ever so slightly hazed deep copper color with a tiny white head that mostly collars around the glass. Toffee notes in the nose right off the bat with maybe a dash of caramel. Medium mouthfeel. Toffee again in the flavor as well with a slight roastiness that sets in. Semi-sweet. Ends kind of flat but crisp. Yeah, it’s fine, but I am sure there are way better examples of the style out there. Poor head retention and minimal lace.

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Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a pretty standard lager, orange-ish yellow with a white bubbly head and lots of visible carbonation at first, but it goes away all too quickly.

Smells sweet with faint noble hops and mild fruity esters.

Taste is crisply sweet with a caramel fruitiness and a clean noble hop finish.

Somehow even though on paper the aroma and taste are seemingly in accord they seem to be at odds with each other, at least for me and my experience with this beer. Something doesn't jibe here.

Mouthfeel is crisp yet a little creamy. Not bad.

This is one of those beers where it's not so much that it's not great and it's not that it's terrible so much as it's really just not much of anything at all.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.57/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml can
5.5% ABV

Can says it was brewed by the Big Hole Brewing Company of La Crosse, Wisconsin, although the picture on the can matches the one on the website.

I tried this beer on April 3, 2008 after purchasing from on eof the local LCBO outlets. The beer smells putrid. The colour is a translucent dark orange-gold with a fluffy white head. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with some mild carbonation. The flavour is slightly sweet, with a slight bitter finish.

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Headstrong Munich Lager from Big Hole Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.07 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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