Original Lager Beer | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Original Lager BeerOriginal Lager Beer

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 08-31-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rings
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The "lightest" is their Berghoff Lager, which is the training wheels beer for most, I'm sure. It's probably all malt, as it had a nice full body for an American lager and was very clean, with nary a hint of hoppy balance.

While better than expected, it's still a pretty average effort.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.06/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This pale golden lager poured with minimal lacing and an overly sweet corn odor - definitely a sign of an adjunct lager with cheaper malts. Not appetizing to start with! Taste is equally sweet and corny, even a bit cidery, though this could've been a less-than-fresh bottle I sampled. Not one I'd recommend.

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Photo of hopdog
2.38/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with JCapriotti (thanks!).

Poured a lighter and see through golden color with an averaged sized white head. I'm straining to get some aroma out of this one - some grain. Tastes of grain and some sweet malts.

Notes from 4/5/06

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Photo of Kyle987
3.49/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color, with a little haze to it. Has a small head that dissipates quickly but leaves a steady little lacing. I like the smell; fairly strong, with mix of grains and hops. Flavor is a little weak, though, but has good balance of sweetness and hops. Flavor almost too gentle, and covered up by the high carbonation. Aside from the (overly) high carbonation, it has good mouthfeel; light but not watery. A refreshing, but unexciting beer.

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Photo of steveh
3.76/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Clear, pale straw-gold color with a pretty substantial, persistent head.

S -- Pretty light nose, some grainy malt and slight hops coming thru.

T -- Overall pretty nice; nothing in-your-face, yet malty enough to keep you interested and not so hoppy that you think about it every time you take a drink.

M -- Surprisingly Bavarian-like in its soft mothfeel -- light body.

D -- Great. Nice after work quencher with good flavor that doesn't make you think you're drinking a macro, very good.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with moderate white creamy head.

Smell has a bit off-kilter fruity character.

Taste is also fruity, but simething is not quite right. Starts off nice, but some unpleasant after tastes start to show through.

The ending is OK, not great, But modestly refreshing.

A notch above a macro, but only a notch.

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Photo of merlin48
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear golden body with a small white head that leaves some skimpy patch lacing. Aroma has a bready malt sweetness and hints of floral hops. Light body has medium carbonation. Taste has a vague malt sweetness balanced by a fleeting spicy hop bitterness. Slight metallic aftertaste. Very average.

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Photo of scootercrabb
3.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-very nice looking beer bright gold but it has very little lace.

S-smells kinda sweet also a little metal in it.

T-this beer is sweet and has a bitter finnish it fills you up. sweet corn/bread

M-creamy not bad

D-I could drink this all night, not the best beer but I think its underrated and for the price you can't beat it.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured your basic lager yellow, with a medium head. Fairly strong smell of I'm guessing corn or hops, seemed a bit strange. taste was also a bit strong for a basic lager, but nothing else really there to join the graininess. Smooth but quick to the mouth. Not too bad.

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a fizzy, white, short-lived head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grain adjuncts and a touch of malt.

T - A bittersweet taste of corn and grains. No real hop or spice flavors.

M - It was relatively crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - It is sessionable, but there are many other beers I would chose before this.

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Photo of SMark
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a pint glass at 41° from a 12 ounce bottle with no apparent date information. Two fingers of head were produced from the pour with slight lacing. The beer was clear and pale gold with limited carbonation.

Crisp clean hops were sensed during the pour but subsided somewhat later during my smell attempts.

There was a sweet honey malt taste with a minor hop presence in the background. Sweetness really dominated with additional tasting.

This beer was light as could be expected with caramel sweetness hanging around for just a little making it refreshing and inviting.

I was surprised by the sweetness and different taste than the usual lager. While this is not an overwhelming beer it is one to keep in mind for those hot summer days when you need a thirst quencher or you just need something a slight cut above at a good price. This was picked up as part of a mixed Berghoff sixer for $6.99.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.71/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard American pint.

Light straw with a soapy thin head that evaporates to no lacing.

Aroma is of corn and syrupy malt.

Flavor is metallic and corny with a tiny bit of hops. Crisp malt character but that metal taste follows very strongly into the aftertaste.

Mouth feel is average, not very much like a lager mouthfeel but kind of like a cream ale.

Drinkability is average only because the taste is not the greatest.

Pretty disappointed in this one. Normally Huber puts out better than I experienced with this beer.

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Photo of Gehrig
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin white head on a light golden body portends trouble in terms of body, texture, and carbonation, all of which end up realized to some degree. The smell is not obnoxious, rather just barely present, with light malt in the form of corn sweetness front, center, and only. It taste OK I suppose. The lackluster tone of the review reflects the hum-drum quality of this beer, which can best be described as tepid. That is goes flat about halfway through is another downer.

Not one I'll grab anytime soon. Their bock is much better than the "original lager," which I find unoriginal and in fact pedestrian.

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Photo of malcontent
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another entry into my "dad's house" category of reviews. Up next: Coors Lite...stay tuned.

Pours a bright gold with a nicely maintained finger head. Looks right for the style.

Sweet grain smell held in check by earthy husk aromas. Slightly esthery on the back end, however.

Sweetness isn't as pronounced on the palate, although it does linger on the finish a bit. Bitterness is minimal with only the faintest hint of hops. It's actually a pretty clean tasting beer which I can appreciate given this style's propensity for disaster.

Aggressively carbonated but the mouthfeel becomes creamy towards the finish, redeeming the experience to some degree. This will never be a style I love, but this is a respectable shot at it nonetheless.

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Photo of youngleo
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured with very little head. Had some lite lacing, but minimal. Head stayed around the edges of the glass. The lager was a light yellow color.
S-Smelled a little sweet. With a touch of alcohol. Also a slight malt smell.
T- Also tasted a little on the sweet side. With a hint of malt and citrus. Flavor was actually pretty good. After the second beer the flavor grew on you.
M- I thought there might of been a little to much carbonation. Not a lot to much, but just enough to notice. Just a little heavier than some other domestic beers.
D- I will drink these again. After a few, you could tell that the alcohol level was a little above normal. I think you would have to be carefull drinking these.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark golden yellow, although the one finger head faded to a wisp it left some decent lacing.

S- Sweet malts and citrusy fruits

T- Sweet fruits held in check by a mild hop pressence and an estery finish.

M- Strong carbonation still pretty smooth.

D- Not jumpin for annother but very sessionable.

Good choice to ween a BMC drinker.

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Photo of botham
3.68/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a clear straw color with a sizable white head that is tight and frothy. thin lacings present.

aroma is of pale and munich malts with note of grapes and a touch of alcohol. sweet overall, without any hops to balance.

taste is malty, with the same vinous character in the background. a hint of caramel malts is also present, giving the taste a realtively deep profile for a brew this light. upon finishing, the aftertaste takes on a stale character. dissapointing after the finish.

mouthfeel is light-bodied, with a silky texture and a smooth finish. no complaints here.

drinkability is great. this is a light lager that contains a decent amount of complexity. the finish leaves a bit of a stale taste, but otherwise this is a solid brew.

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Photo of Atron67
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a bubbly straw yellow with tons of fluffy white foam, that stuck to side really well

S- sweet pilsner malt flavors not much hops present, but it doesnt seem overly sweet.

T- a slightly sweet, light malty flavor. not much side flavors

M- a light body, slightly bubbly tongue

D- An ok lager, not special either

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a thin white head. It's clear, so very, very clear.

Smell: Light, grainy aroma with a bit of corn and some floral hops.

Taste: Flavor of grainy sweetness. A bit of corn. Light floral hops balance out faint malt taste. Short, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied.

Drinkability: None too enjoyable.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.92/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is a lager? All malt huh? Like Strohs? Furthest thing from Strohs. Smelled wonderful! Alcohol, flowery hops, grainy malts, by far the best smelling example of a lager yet. Appetizing? You bet. Appears light light yellow, like a light beer, with huge carbs and a decent head that stayed in the glass, a plus. Mouth was creamy, a little orange going down, a bit of bite from the hops with a grain aftertaste. Refreshing.

The taste is, simply one of the best bottled lagers I've had yet. I mean, if BMC would stop using fillers, they may come up with this. Or not. Sweet start from the malt, a little fruity from the hops and again, there was a hint of orange, slight alcoholic notes but the hops and malt dominated this beer with a creamy finish. Can't all American lagers be like this?

So, sign me up. Pricewise, because this is a yellow foamy beer, well, when I want it, I'd look for this. Still I'm a cheepdog true, and Yuengling's lager is my beverage for cheapies, but damn, this was nice.

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Photo of emerge077
2.81/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, one of two taps availlable, the "Haus Lager" and "Haus Dark".
I was told these are both Berghoff beers, most likely not contract-brewed for Billy Goat.

Draft arrives in a 12oz mug. Light white head is present, fizzy foam. Head remains for the duration of the glass. Body is a light clear yellow.

Corn and metallic aroma. Not too nice.

Taste is bland and borderline inoffensive. Standard malt and light corn. Slightly below average.

It's watery and fizzy, drinkable but not the best lager out there by a longshot.
If you're at the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, go for the "Haus Dark" tap.

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Photo of rmcnealy
2.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Along time beer fan, I've always just passed Berghoff whenever I've seen it at the store... not paying much attention. After finally giving the "Original Lager" a try, I've come to find it as a modest beer.

It poured a very opaque light golden color. The lace was thin, consistent, and very dense. It's smell is weak, far from overwhelming. Perhaps too light. The mouthfeel is average. It has a rather strong carmel taste along with wheat. The lack of a strong scent is definitely deceiving as it has heavy tastes. It is a good beer that can be consumed by the multiples. After I seen that they offer other unusual brews like Oktoberfest's and such, I will keep on the lookout for some of their other offerings.

Bought at Jewel Osco, Roosevelt & Ashland, Chicago


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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berghoff Original Lager Beer pours a crystal-clear amber body with golden highlights beneath a long-lasting head of creamy white froth that leaves average lacing behind. It's sweetish in the nose with some grainy malt and floral hops. The body is medium and it's gently crisp across the palate. The flavor is clean and direct, combining the sweet, just slightly caramelish, and grainy malt with some spicy, grassy, and floral hops over a stiff bitterness. It finishes drying, with a passing note of sweet malt that erodes quickly, leaving behind some grassy hops and a snappy bitterness. It's not complex, but it is flavorful and satiating. Nicely done!

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Photo of chilidog
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not the best beer from Berghoff, nor is it bad. The numbers show....average.

It poured a clear golden, fair carbonation with a good, very mild fizz in the white head. Little to lace.

The aroma was cornbread malts.

The taste was good bread-like malts, slight hop in background with a biscuit, metallic corn in this medium bodied brew.

Mouthfeel was alittle dry at finish after a slight cream start.

Drinkability was just ok, average, middle of the road.

Id most likely use thisone in the summer to cook with or lawn-mow with. Perhaps even a fair BBQ brew.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.38/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours golden-straw with a dull clarity. Two finger head of dense soap bubbles holds well and leaves some spotty lacing. Lager yeast aroma with notes of tropical fruit ester. Soft pale lager malt sweetness upfront is met by a tame Pilsener malt snap. Mellow and fascinating fruit character evolves- something like creamy bananas. Aftertaste is dry with indecernable noble hop flavor and bitterness that somehow managers a passable balance. A faint grain astringency is only slightly uncomfortable early on, but gets progressivley worse. Light body with a host of lively carbonation, rising in rapid streams to the thin frothy cap. I am wondering if the brewery uses a house lager yeast because this shows similarities with their Hefe-Weizen. Finishes a pinch residaul malty with fruit ester in the background and mild noble bitterness. All the flavors will fade except the grain astringency- detracting greatly from the drinkability.A good beer lies beneath, but it suffers many flaws.

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