Blue Mountain Classic Lager | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain Classic LagerBlue Mountain Classic Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
bluemountainbrewery.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
137
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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Photo of biglickbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brewer of this beer, Taylor Smack, calls Blue Mountain Classic Lager a "continental-style beer." It pours a beautiful golden color, crystal clear, but with a negligible white head. The aroma is of grain and sweet malt, with just a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is fairly typical for a light lager, with perhaps slightly more body than most European-style lagers brewed in America.

The flavor is of sweet malt, a little graininess and the distinctive profile of noble hops. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, but it is very slight. The noble hop flavor, however, lingers several minutes beyond the swallow. The first few sips reveal a slight fruitiness, but the firm maltiness and noble hop flavor soon overpower the fruitiness. This is an excellent lager, reminiscent of a fine Munich Helles.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clean gold, about a finger and a half creamy head. Looks like a nice lager should... rather nice.

S: A nice, light citrus/fruit nose, a nice touch of hops in there.

T: Fruity, sweet malt flavours, followed by hops. Quite a nice balance of malts/hops, with a rather hoppy finish. This is a good, straight forward lager, and I'd say it's quite honest to the commercial description.

M: Not at all overly carbonated, though perhaps not too crisp, either. Again, a decent balance, and a nicely rounded lager.

D: Could be a touch high in ABV for some, but I would certainly treat this as a session brew. Quite good for its class, and fortunately, it's a local brewery. It serves as a good respresentative of its style.

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4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 27 Dec 2013

This is a rare field CAN Review in support of The CANQuest! I was in Morgantown, WV for the day to do some BeerFly reviews and I came across this one in a cooler at one of the downtown bars. I inquired as to the possibility of take-away beers, but such a transaction is disallowed in the State of West, by God, Virginia and so I reverted to pen and paper.

From the CAN (which I retained for FFT Jeff Lebo): "Real Virginia Beer"; "Demand Fresh Beer: Check My Butt to Make Sure I'm Not Older Than I Look."; "22 IBUs"; "Drink the Good Stuff."; "Cold-Aged Lager Beer"; "The brew destined to be put in a [CAN]. Smooth, refreshing, all-malt, German hops. What does it taste like? It tastes like real beer. If you have a buddy or two who hasn't looked around lately and realized we're in the Golden Age of Craft Beer, toss one of these at them to get the ball rolling. It's just good beer, y'all."

I began by demonstrating the Crack! and inverted Glug, producing a finger of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a gorgeous golden-yellow (SRM = 7) with button-brightness and I was shocked to see Croesus, Midas and Mammon appear, but it was just that golden. Usually, they CANfine themselves to my kitchen. Nose had a clean maltiness, not fouled by unwanted adjuncts, along with a light grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was soft and the interplay between the malt and hops was just what I am looking for in a lager. Nothing pretentious or over the top, just a nice, clean beer. Finish was semi-dry with the grassiness coming to the front. I was glad to have tried it, even in a field setting, and I would have it again if the situation called for a CANned lager.

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4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a dry, bisquitey lager yeast aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down a little sweet and finishes dry and clean. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a very enjoyable lager. It's all malt and easy drinking; a wonderful beer.

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4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date, but 6-pack purchased at the brewery with the bartender's comment: "We bottled that 6-pack this morning."

A: Great clarity and some amber tint to an otherwise classic golden lager hue. Nice 1-finger head with average retention and lace trailings down the glass.

S: Fresh cereal grains with a nice dash of noble hops give this lager a great aroma.

T: The flavor seems more full than the on-tap variety with tons of grain flavors and a crisp noble hops bite in the finish to give this beer a great refreshment quotient.

M: The all-malt character of this beer shines through in the feel which is medium-bodied with solid carbonation and short, grainy and low-medium hops aftertaste.

D: An excellent all-malt lager. The style given here is off -- this beer has tons of body and is better tasted when the temperature can be controlled (and not overly cold) to enjoy the grainy and noble hops goodness.

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4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is called a "classic lager" on the label and that's exactly what it is. No frills, just pure clean fresh lager taste. Those looking for unusual additions or spoiled by novelty might overlook this beer, or rate it lower, but it is true to style and delivers what it promises. Golden color with white or slightly off-white head, moderately good size though not too durable. Clean hops over malt nose, could be bigger, but balanced. Taste is straightforward malt with hops obvious but never out of place. Clean mouthfeel.

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Photo of Riff
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a nice solid lager. It has everything you'd want in a lager, easy to drink, pleasant taste, nice mouth feel. I've had it both bottled and from the tap. Balanced flavor, never overpowering, and goes well with most meals. Certainly a nice beer to drink while grilling dinner or sitting around a fire pit. Remains a regular in my cabinet.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid local offering. This is my local Go-To Beer. Pours a Clean straw color with a great two finger white head. smells of roasted grain and fresh hops. Tase it great. Again, it's grainy, mild bitterness due to hops, hops lend a faint piny note balanced malts. It's not overly complex, but solid enough to return to over and over. If you "just want a beer" this is your ticket. This is one local brewery that i speak highly of often.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of tchenery
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a lager! Straw colored body with slight withe head on top.

Smells like a lager! Very subdued malt aroma with slight hop scent, but barely.

Very bready taste followed by a quick snap of bitterness.

Extremely smooth mouthfeel and completely drinkable. There's no crazy aftertaste, it's not too bland, this is one to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazy amber with a healthy offwhite head. Good retention and lots of patchy lacing.

Aroma has spicy and floral noble hops with a vague fruitiness underneath. A hint of toasted malt.

Creamy moderate carbonation and a light medium body.

Taste has a bitter and earthy hoppiness that is balanced well by a subtly sweet malt profile. A hint of ripe pears adds some depth. Finishes clean, with a lingering bitterness.

A very drinkable lager. Thanks to mntlover for my first Blue Mountain brew..

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Photo of csmiley
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours yellow bordering on gold. Head, retention, and lacing were all minimal.

S - Pale malt and some spiciness come through first. Bread, alcohol, and earthy hops round out the aroma profile. Interesting smell.

T - Pale malt along with honey hit the tastebuds first but the crisp hop flavors are very close behind. Earthy tones are in the aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Finish is dry.

D - Drinkability is good. This beer actually went down easy and quick. I would have no problem at all haveing some more of these.

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3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zraly
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale, clear gold with a two finger head. Nice lacing. Smell is a subtle noble hop aroma with some cooked grain coming through.

Sweet grain dominates the malt bill. There is a bit of biscuit and bread, along with a touch of mild fruit. Candy-like on the palate. A touch sticky. Finishes semi-dry with an appropriate-for-style hop flavor -- a bit of spice and grass. Medium-bodied. Fairly easy to drink. Carbonation is really good and helps lift the bit of heaviness (for a lager) that presents itself mid-way.

This is a style I admittedly know less about but find this overall pleasant and relatively easy to drink. I like the use of Noble hops and it tastes "classic" in a sense and think it runs in the pack with some European lagers. It might work well with spicy food, as the sweetness and body will help cut through and ease the mouth. Really spicy pepperoni pizza would be great as would a Thai green curry.

Blue Mountain produces consistent, decent beers and this is no exception.

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Photo of brocktune
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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