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Mustang Winter Lager | Mustang Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mustang Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The perfect beer for holiday parties or tailgating at your favorite college football game. Brewed with four types of barley, Hallertauer and Willamette hops. A filtered, amber lager with a crisp, malty finish. This is sure to be Santa’s new favorite beer.

18 IBU

Added by bump8628 on 11-08-2011

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 32
Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, dark fruits. Taste is raisins, malts, dark fruits, a touch on the sweet side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not what I really expect from this style, but a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a thin head and light brown color. Aroma is malty, brown-sugar, blackstrap molasses, red-wine and toast-roast. Flavor is more of the same toast and roast along with a bittersweet combo of hops and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is light-medium and low CO2. Overall a tasty, easy to quaff dunkel.

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Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Received as part of Beer of the Month Club furnished by little sister Tami.

A: Burnished dark chestnut brown with almost 2-finger beige head with decent retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Big molasses aroma with some dark fruity malt notes -- fig and raisin. No spice note which is welcome. Mild caramel sweetness. Hops are not really all that perceptible, maybe some earthy, herbal character but vague.

T: Pretty good flavor, is definitely not an amber lager anymore, more like a dunkel. Sweet slightly burned caramel combined pleasantly with molasses and some light roasty flavors. The dark fruit character comes through more in the flavor as well with fig, plum, and raisin all in there. A little bit sweeter and fruitier than I would like in a lager, but still enjoyable. Hopping is background with light bitterness. No perceptible alcohol. No yeast character unless some of the fruitiness is coming from esters.

M: Smooth and silky with lower than average carbonation even for a dark lager which works well with the bigger body and sweeter profile.

O: Not too bad but it could be a bit cleaner with a little bit less sweetness and fruitiness. A pretty nice beer from Mustang, and it should not be mistaken with what must be a formerly pretty pedestrian amber lager in previous years.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a craft beer of the month club. Was pleasantly surprised by this one. Sort of like a porter but not as harsh. Light on the spices as other reviewers have noted, but I could see myself enjoying this by the fireplace (if I had one!) I wouldn't aggressively try to seek this one out, but since it came to me, I was glad to have tried it. Nothing really against it, but nothing to put it on the top of the list either. Won't mind having another, so I guess that counts for something. Not a bad brew from Mustang at all.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown in color, this lager offers a slight head of tan- colored foam and a nose that emphasizes malt and toffee. The foam doesn’t last long and there is no lacing left behind- your glass is clean as a whistle as you drink.

This lager has a smooth flavor profile and a taste that includes light roasted notes, molasses, toffee, and caramel. Some bready notes come through with each passing sip and the hops offer an ever-so-slight attempt to balance the taste, but it remains sweet overall.

This beer isn’t like most winter seasonals; that is, it doesn’t emphasize spices like so many winter brews do. It is smooth and easy drinking, but it would be a little better with a more aggressive carbonation and a little more body. Otherwise, it’s a decent session lager than most will find okay and definitely inoffensive.

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Photo of tkelley
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my first Beer of the Every Other Month Club shipment, poured into a dimpled mug.

A -- Very, very dark, but not black. Thin head with little retention.

N -- Smells very sweet, like roasted vegetables.

T -- Quite good. Very sweet. Malty and roasty. They use molasses in the brew and you can really tell.

M -- Super smooth. Not much carbonation to speak of.

O -- I really enjoyed this quite a bit. It's very different. Not really to style (brewery actually lists it as a winter warmer). For my first beer from OKC, I am impressed.


EDIT: I think there's a "new" winter lager by this company, which is what I reviewed. This listing is for the "old" winter lager, which is not "Mustang 66 American Lager," which I have not reviewed yet.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.17/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have in the past been generally disappointed by everything Mustang makes (or rather contracts with out-of-staters to make), but this one was a pleasant surprise.

Pours a pretty clear amber liquid with a smallish light tan head.

Excellent malty aroma.

Flavorwise, this is an above-average amber lager. Reminds me a bit of Fat Tire (but of course this is a lager rather than ale), or maybe a lighter-than average Oktoberfest beer. Fairly sweet with lots of malt, wheat breadyness. A reasonable amount of hops. Very well balanced.

Medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

I have no idea why this beer is labeled as a winter lager. It has a relatively tame ABV and has no wintery spices. Still if judged as an ordinary amber beer, it is not bad.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma has some grain and toffee notes, as well as a little bit of light spicing. The flavor is more of the same. There is a hint of pepper and other spice, but the predominant flavor is grain. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kcbearkat
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A: golden brown with a thin head.

S: light grass and hop smell

T: lightly roasted malts, slight hop flavor.

M: light mouthful, no carbonation.

Nothing about this beer screams winter. It's an average amber but a winter it is not.

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Photo of McNealc31
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is just barely on this side being amber. Clear as glass with a quickly dissipating head. Cereal grains and grass come through rather strongly. The hops add just a touch of bitterness at the end.

I was excited to try a beer from a new brewery, unfortunately, this didn't really stand out for me. It's not bad, but it's a pretty average amber lager. I have no idea what is supposed to make this "winter".

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Photo of coldriver
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Quickly dissapating head with minimal lacing. Pours a decent amber color. Aroma is similar to a eurolager although not as skunky, a bit metallic. Taste is unremarkable lager, in the European mass-produced style (spicy hops where are you?). Mouthfeel is light, with lingering bad aftertaste. Not sure what this beer is trying to be and what makes it a "Winter" beer. This "brewery" (they don't actually brew their own beer) seems to consistently dissapoint which is a shame considering Oklahoma's otherwise flourishing craft-beer scene.

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Photo of bump8628
2.52/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Labeled simply as an amber lager by the brewery - or whatever they want to call themselves since they don't actually do any brewing. Let's find out what sets this apart from their year around Amber Lager and their Harvest Lager.

Pours amber - they at least got that part right - with a sparse head of soda bubbles that fades to nothing. Bread crust and a bit of metallic caramel mixed with some seltzer about sums it up. About halfway through the glass, as it starts lingering around on the palate, some earthy bitterness emerges. Clean and insipid, right in line with the Mustang motto.

What makes this different than their two other amber lagers?
Nothing as far as I can tell.

What makes this a winter seasonal beer?
Again, nothing as far as I can tell.

I wish these guys would go away already and stop capitalizing off the local, craft beer movement, since clearly their beers are neither of those things.

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Mustang Winter Lager from Mustang Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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