The Mule, Corn Lager | Notch Brewing

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Notch Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Maxwell on 09-05-2013

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 20
Reviews by Maxwell:
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3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a rich, golden color, much like dehydrated piss, but with a fizzly, soda-pop head of bubbles that hardly forms a head, and quickly becomes a partial scrim. Honestly, it looks a little ugly in the glass. In body, the beer is properly clean and free of particles, giving just a touch of protein haze to the beer. Bubbles of varying sizes are a constant part of the beer. On the nose, the beer smells of surprisingly sweet citrus, like an American pale ale…? Light malt with a touch of vegetal spice, which might be the corn, is also present in the background of the smell, but the American-esqu hops seem to be the biggest characteristic in this beer’s smell. Lemongrass is the chief scent, along with light grapefruit and even a touch of pine. This smell is not what I was expecting, but it is nice and hoppy. On the tongue, the beer tastes lightly sweet and softly bitter with just a touch of bright acidity in the middle. The beer finishes mostly dry, though a slight sense of sweetness still lingers on the palate. In flavor, the beer begins as bright citric lime and lemon grass flavors, with a soft, cornflake flavor dancing on the sides of the tongue. The citrus transitions more towards the grassy, spicy side of things in the middle of the palate, bring hay and soft pepper to the palate and is accompanied by light, bready corn that builds as you drink more of the beer. The finish is short, clean, and softly grainy, with a slight vegetal touch that is not displeasing. Smooth cornflake flavors hit again at the very end of the finish and linger in the aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer feels thin, and slightly watery, with just enough body that I feel like I’m sipping a good beer. It’s soft and crisp on the tongue, while the carbonation is a soda-strong and tickles up the tongue with a slightly prickly scrub. The mouth is left slightly wet, but clean and crisply dry. Overall, this beer surprised me in ways I was not expecting it to surprise me. It’s is nicely hoppy, and surprisingly American in its hop profile, and if I didn’t know better, I would actually say this is a pale lager version of Notch’s Left of the Dial IPA. It’s bright and expressive and very interesting, but I was honestly hoping for a bit more corn in the flavor… This is a good clean beer that has some lovely nuance and flavor for an Adjunct lager, and definitely shows a new take on the style, but it didn’t wow my palate like other Notch beers have done. It’s good, but not amazing.

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Photo of kneary13
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of garyloveman
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The color is greenish straw. Clear. Very impressive head, but I kicked the keg. No lace.

The smell is earthy, a bit sweet. There's some vegetable nose as well. Suggestive selling says corn.

The taste comes closest to a pilsner. The body is very rich for the style--it's as if NO corn were ever added to thin it out. This leads me to wonder if the corn was used like a dry hop, with no fermentation ever happening, only flavor. The swallow has a nice hop touch although it doesn't create a long aftertaste.

This is a really interesting beer that is absolutely worth seeking out simply for its complexity and originality.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brureview
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light pale clear yellow color in a Stone Imperial Pint glass with a 3F head which resolved to 1F.

Prominent lemon aroma with light corn which mellowed as the beer warmed up.

Mouth feel: lightly carbonated, with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
The beer is better at warmer temps( 50°F) than at the suggested 40°F serving temp from Beer Advocate. The bitterness is mellower, and there is a pleasant lemon-corn taste which is quite refreshing.

Overall, a good session beer with a prominent aroma and crisp taste. Nevertheless, the Polotmavy Lezak is still my favorite beer from this brewery.

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The Mule, Corn Lager from Notch Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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