Mother In Lager
Karbach Brewing Co.

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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #23
Ranked #17,368
3.86 | pDev: 12.44%
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 222
Photo of Copperwulf22
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This has now become my go to beer when it is in season and has a special spot in my beer fridge. I am a fan of dunkels which is why my score edges on the high end.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mother in Lager has a thick, beige head, a reddish-brown, bubbly appearance, with minimal glass lacing. Aroma is of brown bread crust and some molasses. Flavor is similar, with just a touch of balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Mother in Lager finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of elNopalero
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours dark and malty, with a heavy handed malt-caramel note on the nose. Toasty and roasty. Narrowly avoids the cloying curse. Poured from a can.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark umber with an espresso like foam head. The flavor has coffee notes in the toasted malt and brings to my mind a stout. The hop and carbination are low leaving me wanting just a bit more to balance it out.

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Photo of gvickery
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was surprised by how dark it is. Looks almost like a porter. Looks like cola in a clear glass. Malty yeast smell like bread dough. Initially it’s a sweet malt flavor that finishes dry with a fruity coffee flavor. It is slightly less than moderate carbonation that seems almost on the flat side. The 5.8% abv seems low. It is semi heavy. I think a sixer will do me. It’s a good representation of the style but not my favorite. It’s still a good drink.

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Photo of mjurney
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, clear. Highly carbonated. Thick creamy, light tan head.

Sweet, malty, some brown bread, clean.

Malty, biscuit, brown bread, bread crust, slight hint of chocolate. Clean lager yeast. Hop bitterness is very mild, floral-spicy. Finish is sweet and slight dry. Medium bodied, soft, moderate carbonation, super drinkable.

This is an awesome beer!!

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce can, pours a nice dark caramel color with a light aroma for a Dunkel style. Nice taste that's not too carbonated but smooth, easy drinking. This will be a nice session beer for people who like this especially well. My first time for MIL. Looking forward to a Karbach beer dinner this week. I think I would buy this one again. CHEERS Y'ALL!
As always, Respect Beer.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a can into a pint glass. The color looks a shade dark for a Dunkel but I guess within range. Nice tan head. First taste tells me this is not quite my style of Munich Dunkel. There is a astringent/bitter edge that I don't think is coming from the hops. This is not a bad beer at all, just not very German-tasting and not what I consider true to style. A very fine Dunkel can be brewed with only Munich malt and maybe a small amount of crystal/caramel malt. When you start adding chocolate malt or worse, black patent, the roasted grain, porter-ish notes are quite unwelcome. Just my .02, of course. Otherwise well brewed with no off flavors that I can detect.

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Photo of thatche2
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Appearance is dark brown/amber in color and opaque. The head is initially a good 3 fingers thick, but there is little retention.

Smell is lightly roasted malt, caramel, coffee and vanilla. There is no alcohol coming through.

Taste is stronger but follows the nose with moderate sweetness throughout. The flavors are well balanced overall. The bitterness is low and the alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium to light in body, a little watery yet fairly creamy. There is little carbonation.

Overall this is a good and well balanced dark lager. It is nothing to write home about but is enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Navasota
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the only down side to this beer is that it is seasonal...really nice taste and easy going of the standards kept in the beer refrigerator...noticed the Bros have not scored (maybe not tried)...get your butts down to Houston and i will hook you up...

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber/light brown color with a two finger head that lingers and leaves a ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Nose of roasted malt, caramel, and noble hops. Taste follows the nose and is sweet with the noble hops providing a clean finish. More sweet than bitter but not overly sweet. Medium body and medium carbonation with nice drinkability.
Very nice seasonal release. Solid across the board, there are no glaring issues other than it's a seasonal release. Probably my favorite Karbach brew.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark amber color with a 2-3 finger width foamy head in a pilsner glass. Head quickly dissipates. Lacing is mild. Lager like aroma with some dark malts and dark fruits. Dark malty taste with slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Can taste dark fruits, especially raisins. There is mild coffee and a hint of chocolate at the end. All is follow by a bitter spiciness at the end. Medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Decent beer but just not my style.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Goode Co. Seafood (Westpark), served in a shaker pint. Clear, dark brown with a half inch of tan foam; spotty lacing. Toasted malt and lightly roasted aroma, cocoa. Roasted malt body, cereal, slight cocoa continues from nose, lightly grassy and bitter hops. Medium body and carbonation. Drinkable lager with nice roasted character - good for washing down a platter of oysters.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, but clear color with off-white almost tan head. Roasted malt, some light cocoa, biscuit, and bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with roast mostly.

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Photo of chamberscreek
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this beer. I'm admittedly a Karbach fan, but I wish this baby was on regular rotation. A nice, drinkable potion that still carries a decent amount of character. Inviting coffee-ish color, nice foam. Seems like a bit of malt and hops up front, an almost creamy middle, and a clean finish.

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Photo of puck1225
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown from a can into a pint glass. Beautiful, thick light brown head with light lacing. Slightly sweet caramel taste which is very enjoyable. I had it last year on tap, and I recall liking it very much at that time. Goes well with hamburgers on the grill.

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Photo of EvanOrtiz5
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz pour from can into snifter.

Pour: Coffee brown with a strong powerful red when shined in strong light. About a finger head.

Nose: Delicious sweet malt with toffee and earthy notes

Taste: Sweet malt. Caramel. Toffee. A wonderful blend

Overall: An interesting dark beer that drinks like a lager. Unconventionally enjoyable. Zero hop notes, alcohol unnoticeable. All in all, a very tasty and easy drinking seasonal.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a beautiful coffee brown with a nice light tan head that ia bready in texture and settles very slowly. The lacing is thin and slipping.

The nose is a very rich malt with notes of camphor, nutmeg, spice, earth and grass.

The taste is a dry malt with a nice light hopping and more subtle notes of flavor. The other flavors are mild and subdued and almost indistinguishable.

Over all this one is very drinkable and a nice addition to the Karbach lineup. Very drinkable cold weather lager.

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Photo of HtownHeff
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

This is a seasonal brew that we all here in Houston cannot wait for. Wonderful flavor, and strangely, I find its flavor is more pronounced from the can.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The wondrous JenRay sent this to me for inclusion in The CANQuest (TM) and I am so thankful that I am going to try and meet up with her in NYC in a couple/few weeks! Another of my traders to be CANverted into an in-person trader, thanks to The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "Brewed in Texas"; "Seasonal"; "winter's here"; "Proudly Brewed in Texas"; "Yes Ma'am. What [CAN] you say about the woman who brings a big serving of judgment to every occasion? Sometimes it's best to say nothing at all. Mother-in-Lager recognizes those who have shown glimpses of sweetness through their otherwise bitter exterior and feels for those who put up with it. Brewed with dark malts and German hops, this brew[']s depth of flavor will allow you to relax and bite your tongue while she reorganizes your entire kitchen. So grab a Mother-in-Lager and be prepared for the next time she comes to visit. It's going to be a long, cold night. Aww[,] who are we kidding? No matter what she may say or do, we still love her!"; "Respect Mother Earth".

The last time that I was in Houston, Texas was for the Fourth of July, 2008 and I was not aware of Karbach's existence (if they even truly did exist), but I am enthusiastic about their willingness to CAN their beers!

There is nothing like the sound of the Crack! to inspire an inverted Glug and thus, we were off and running. I always get a kick out of the ensuing pseudo-cascade, especially in the darker beers and this was no exception. After settling, I had just over two fingers of deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-ruby/garnet (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of milk chocolate and bread or biscuits, which was nice without being cloying or overdone. I began to see some nice lacing form as the head fell. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unexpectedly more bitter than the nose had led me to think. I really liked this as a result! Think about it - a CANned lager from a microbrewery, which is unusual in and of itself, but then one that did not evince the usual sweetness of the style. Sure, it had a chocolate/cocoa sweetish flavor from the malt, but it was downplayed by the grassiness of the hops, making it an eminently drinkable beer. Finish was semi-sweet and really a nice change of pace for me of late.

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Photo of cpiray45
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer at the flying saucer in Houston. This was my first karbach beer and I thought it was very good with a rich, dark, smooth ride. I have looked for this beer at other places but it must be seasonal. I will try and get in a keg for my kegerator when it comes back out later this year.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking, brown and clear with a good head and good lacing.

Roasty and toasty with nice chocolate flavor and aroma, a good malty base. Somewhat of a milk-chocolate flavor.

Body is creamy and smooth, medium, but super-drinkable. Definitely a tasty one from Karbach.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty decent sized light brown to tan colored head slowly settles leaving a bit of lacing clinging to the edges as it recedes above a deep reddish amber colored beer.

Well roasted caramel malt aroma bordering on warmed dark chocolates.

Smooth dark roasted malts taste with a light Hershey's dark milk chocolate edge to it.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the dark malts tastes hanging around with this smooth and creamy medium bodied drink.

Smooth and tasty, pretty pleased with buying this stuff, just wish I had bought more.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with a clear body, Mother in Lager offers up a tan- colored head of foam and a nose of bread, dark pale mallet, a touch of chocolate, and a dab of butter. The foam holds its own and leaves some lacing as you drink.

This lager has a flavor profile that emphasizes toasted barley, some chocolate, and some roasted malt and butter. The body of the beer is creamy and the profile is very smooth. The hops in the finish are mild, as the taste returns back to that of chocolate and toasted malt.

Mother in Lager is a smooth as silk brew with an easy drinking profile. It is labeled as a dunkel, but it doesn’t necessarily taste like the typical dark German beer. It is more like a hybrid of styles and the blend is eminently enjoyable.

Another good beer from Karbach and certainly a beer worth trying!

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Photo of champ103
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brownish with red highlights around the edges. At first a white head rises to over two fingers. Spotty lace is left down the glass.
S: Toasted malt with a light roast character. A bit of chocolate and buttery malt aromas. Cereal grains.
T: Like the nose toasted malt up front. Cereal grains roast and light chocolate. Buttery malt in the finish.
M/D: A light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. I have already put away a six pack over a week.

A very enjoyable lager. Like most Karach this does not have a real defined style. Kind of a cross between a dunkle lager and Swartz. I am sure I will continue to drink this on occasion with no problem.

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Mother In Lager from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 222 ratings