Mountain Creek Classic Lager
Minhas Craft Brewery

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Lager - American
2.15 | pDev: 30.23%
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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montageman from Michigan

3.07/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A Trader Joe's special at $3 per 6 pack - there is nothing outstanding here. Your basic run of the mill lager with a nice malt sweetness and some decent carbonation lends itself well to the refreshing nature of this beer. Given the style, it is easy to drink with better flavor than any Macro. Recommended (especially for the price).

Sep 29, 2007
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ahking from Michigan

1.54/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Uck. Unlike the previous reviewer I paid 2.99 plus deposit for this six pack. I should have read the reviews prior to buying, but seeing this at Trader Joe's was a complete impulse buy. Pours a deep golden color with a quickly disappearing bubbly white head. Smells and tastes of sweet corn -- clearly an adjunct brew. Much too sweet for my taste. Medium-high carbonation, but little hop aroma or bitterness. At 5.5 ABV, the more of these you choke down, the higher the drinkability becomes I'd imagine. This is one of the few beers I'd choose a Bud over, sadly. The can states that it is craft brewed in small batches (in Wisconsin), however, I cannot support this craft brew.

Jan 06, 2005
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CrazyMike from Canada

2.77/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow appearance with lots of bubbly head that quickly disappears leaving little lacing. Smell consists of corn, grain with a hint of booze and sweetness. So far close to being a Macro lager.

Taste is similar to the smell, corn, grain and a hint of malt. Has a corn syrup sweetness and booziness along with the cough syrup hint that Minhas beer usually has. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is linger dry grainy taste.

This is as cheap and basic as a Lager can get. It's okay for the price and drinkable, the sweetness gives it personality over the watery cheap beer. Would only recommend if your broke though.

Jan 23, 2012
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scaliasux from Wisconsin

1.43/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Crystal clear yellow/gold. White soapy head that's all but gone in seconds. Bubbly, like champagne. Average.

Smell - Mild malt aroma. Nothing distinguishable.

Taste - Almost candy-sweet light malt flavor. No hops to speak of. Seems severly unbalanced. Not good at all.

Mouthfeel - About as watery and stinginly carbonated as you'd expect.

Drinkability - This beer does have an upside - the price is the lowest I've seen for any beer. Unfortunately, the unusual (and poor) flavor makes this almost undrinkable. Drink very cold and very drunk.

May 16, 2006
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matjack85 from Illinois

1.95/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Trader Joe's was selling single cans of this stuff for just 47ยข each so I picked one up and brought it home.

The beer poured a crystal clear pale yellow color that made a two finger white dish soap looking head that disappeared in less than 30 seconds. Surprisingly, it did leave a few spots of lace on the glass.

The beer smelled like bubble gum. Lots of sugary sweetness and nothing else.

The taste is just simple sweet grainy maltiness with the slightest himt of hop presence. Not enough hops to balanc it though. It remains an unimpressive sugar water flavored beer.

The mouthfeel is watery thin with medium carbonation. Not much body to this but it goes down easy if you don't mind the sweetness. No alcoholic flavor and no aftertaste. I'd rather spend the extra money and get something worth drinking.

Dec 06, 2009
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Chudem from Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -53.5%

Jun 28, 2014
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

My can says Mountain "Crest", but it's brewed by Minhas in Wisconsin. Can design is the same as picture. Confusing, considering it has a Canadian counterpart of some sort, but whatever...what's it's look like? Looks like your basic lager, nothing offensive to note really. The head is super-foamy and super-thick, and the color is piss-yellow with a ton of bubbles rushing to the top. Zero lace.

Aroma is typical--boiled veggies, light caramel corn, straw/hay, corn sugar, faint mineral but not metallic. As average as would be expected.

Flavor-wise I've had worse, in this and other categories. Corn and sugar are the first things that flash across the taste buds. The putrid over-boiled veggie thing that occurs so often in this class of beer is thankfully faint. So, okay, I can believe the "all malt" thing. But there's nothing truly positive to say about it, either, unless "it's not the worst lager ever" can be considered positive. Just not into this.

The mouthfeel pulls all this average-or-below stuff down toward awful territory. bland and light to medium (at best). Not appetizing. By far the worst characteristic of this beer.

This "classic lager" stretches the definition of "classic" to a ludicrous degree, but I'm surprised to have sampled half of it and not yet committed to a drain-pour. In the end I would never buy it (it was sent as comedy relief in a recent trade by my brother mnwags), and by tomorrow, or even in 15 minutes, it'll be out of mind forever.

Nov 06, 2008
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

2.17/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My 12 oz. can reads 'Mountain Crest' but otherwise looks identical to the one pictured above. Creek, Crest, who cares? Definitely brewed by Minhas though..."Craft Brewed in Small Batches" and "UNION MADE".

Pop the top and into the pint glass it goes.

A: Started inauspiciously enough - a pale golden pour filled with a swirl of carbonation. Nearly a fingers-worth of snow-white fluff, crackling and popping noisily. Within a minute, the head dwindles to a thin film; within three it's completely dissolved. Not a trace of lace. Not quite clear - there's a hanging sediment suspended throughout that modest bubbles rise through...really I spent too much time describing this sad-looking brew.

S: Corn filler and a mild honey, vaguely minty grass. Not much there, truth be told.

T: Sweet without substance. Soft and flowery sugared-cereal grain. Thin citrus - a lemony-butter that's a bit like frosting(?). There's that trace of mintiness and a not-strong-enough mineral bittering that rounds off the sugars a little. Not awful, but not good either.

M: Weak, very weak. Not crisp, body is exceedingly light. Still, there's a gummy/starchy sweetness that sticks on the tongue and lips in an 'overstaying-its-welcome' kind of way. Get out of my mouth!

D: Knew nothing of this beer going into it, other than a quick glimpse at a few other reviews and a note (of warning) from sender. A reminder that, when beer sells for $2/6-pack there's a reason why. Fun for a try, but no reason to ever go here again.

Thanks to one of my Beer Brothers, mnwags. "Drive 'er down!"

Nov 13, 2008
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

2.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Lovely golden color with thin receding head.
From there, it gets blander.

-Aroma - graininess, a bit of alcohol.
-Taste - almost nothing, slight doughyness in the finish.
-Mouthfeel - Not bad. A little slicky/silky. More than just having water in your mouth. Thank goodness for texture.
-Drinkability. 2 would be my limit. Nothing exciting, easy to tire of. Not necessarily filling or cloyin, just nothing.

Oct 19, 2010
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ByTor2112 from North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thou shalt not slam a beer!
I saw this for $2.79 a sixer at Trader Joe's, 'round the corner from Goose Isalnd and I could not resist!
Smells and looks macro. Nice very light yellow color with a white fluffy head. Would have possibly liked a little more corn even! A good froth on the palate revealed a little sweetness. Finish was a touch bitter, but clean. For what it was worth, a good brewski for post lawn mowing activities.

Jun 25, 2007
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks? to woodychandler for a can of this.

A-Bright copper kissed golden yellow with a medium white head that reduced to a thin veil of retention and leaves minimal lace.

S-Sweet corn with some honeyed biscuit and odd touch of lemon zest? and not much else.

T-Oof...not digging the oddly bitter sweet corn quality here. This is not a taste profile I can really enjoy.

M-Medium-light bodied, fairly sharp and crisp but then that is it...the aftertaste is something I would like to do away with.

D-Can't say I will be looking to pick up a case of this next time I am in Wisconsin! There are FAR better, easy drinking, American Lagers out there....this one just comes off as odd and not enjoyable at all.

Mar 08, 2011
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harpus from Alabama

2.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Sep 26, 2013
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

1.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From a 12oz can - Pours a clear pale yellow. Not the prettiest beer to look at. No carbonation, very light lacing . Smells of corn and light malt. First sip is almost flavorless. Slight tastes of malts but only slight. Simple with not much going on. Not worth your time or your change.

Oct 12, 2008
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aforbes10 from Iowa

2.6/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thin and clear looking. no odor to speak of since its so damn cold. taste is poor, but better than a lot of other macro lagers (Busch products, for instance). corn-like and thin, but appropriate for this type of beer. actually has quite good drinkability and its dirt cheap too.

Mar 27, 2006
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markaberrant from Canada

1.95/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Believe it or not, this can showed up in my mailbox... thanks mom!

Sold here in Saskatchewan as Minhas Creek, Alberta as Mountain Crest, and America as Mountain Creek... I even see a can labelled Lakeshore Creek on 1 of the 3 slightly different websites that this "brewery" maintains. When you have to give your beer 3-4 slightly different names, you know it has got to be DAMN GOOD BEER!!!

A - pale yellow, crystal clear, big old white white head seems to be holding up. Can't comment on any lacing, I didn't bother to drink enough of it.

S - creamed corn, lemon, hay. Aroma is surprisingly strong, and aside from the corn is relatively pleasing for an adjunct lager.

T - Sugary sweet corn. That's it. No malt, no hops, no aftertaste.

M - flabby and syrypy, but smooth. Instant burning sensation down my esophagus and in my stomach, brings back memories of chugging cheap draft in university.

D - This is a pitiful attempt at "beer," but it shockingly has more character and appeal than your typical macro lager. I finished the review, and I still have a mostly full glass... I keep looking at it, but then go back to doing other things.

Awful recipe, but cleanly brewed. Tastes like candied corn in a glass. Maybe we should thank them during these hop deprived times for not wasting any hops whatsoever on this beverage. I'd really like to know how their "gold medalist brew-master ferments only the finest sun-ripened hops and premium malted barley." How the hell do you ferment hops?

I'm not sure how to score this. They claim to not use adjuncts, yet it is all you can taste. As a supposed all-malt lager, it fails miserably, but as an adjunct lager, it scores reasonably well. Just for lying, I'm going to err slightly on the conservative side.

Young Mr Minhas, you may be a fine entrepreneur, and learning about your "company" has been an adventure what with all the zany boasting and confusing brand names, but your beer is terrible.

Jul 19, 2008
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malcontent from Illinois

2.99/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Before even starting this review, I think it is important to point out that beer reviewing is supposed to be done with style in mind, not just preference. That is to say, a 4.3 ranking of an all-malt lager does not mean that it is better than a 3.9 Belgian dark ale, just that it scores higher relative to its genre. In other words, Mountain Creek isn't to be held up to Chimay or SNPA for comparison, but to the other swill in cans. With that in mind:

A surprisingly thick, foamy head with excellent retention & equally sturdy lacing. The body, however, is nothing to write home about. Pale straw, somewhat sickly-looking.

A stale, metallic odor with a bit of yeast, but mostly just musty. Not a strong point.

A subtle, sweet malt taste with no frills but also no real short-comings. Surprisingly drinkable & I'm guessing that the 5.5% ABV is responsible for cutting out the metallic taste I usually run into with canned beer.

The mouthfeel is too chewy for the genre & it seems that the carbonation is largely used on the head as the body doesn't have the same fizz I would expect from macro-brewed stuff.

I can't imagine buying this with regularity as it just is not a style I like that much. However, with a superior taste to most of the macro-crap, a $2.99 pricetag per 6-pack & a robust 5.5% ABV I could see bringing this to a gathering of "guys" & giving them a slightly better alternative to Bud or Miller. We keep a few in our fridge for when our more closed-minded friends stop by.

Oct 17, 2006
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JerseySlim from Illinois

2.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Yellow fizzy-ish beer that tastes more like Budweiser than anything else I can think of. Kind of a plain Jane. Straw yellow in color, no real detectable aroma. Taste was OK, mouthfeel was a little grainy.

I didn't buy this to drink, actually. I used most of the the six pack making beercan chicken on the grill and in the water pan of my smoker for two pork shoulders.

Jul 09, 2008
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WYVYRN527 from Minnesota

1.2/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Didn't want to get into my beer, so I took one of my brother's. It honestly looks like it was scooped out of the toilet. Pale yellow with big frothy piss bubbles. It turns to something resembling water with a drop of yellow food coloring put in it. The smell is hardly even there. A hint of grain with a metallic tinge. Taste is nearly identical. Metallic, with flavors cheap grain and sweat. Mouthfeel is pretty bad. It is light, but the aftertaste sticks around, causing a constant gag reflex. Drinkability? NO! The first sip and I had to give it to someone else. They wouldn't even drink it. I'm sure it got poured down the drain after it was passed around to a few people.

Aug 28, 2009
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botham from New York

2.45/5  rDev +14%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz can poured into a pilsner. pours a standard straw color with a few fingers of white frothy head after a hard pour. no lacings.

aroma is distinctly grainy, with a note of sweet malts, and a stlaeness providing undertones to the grains. the stale character is intriguing coming from a can.

taste is of the same lightly sweet malts, with a suprizingly smooth palate and finish. there is little here as far as profile, but what does appear is refined enough to provide a glimpse of hope.

mouthfeel is light bodied, and resembles water. finishes on a light note of CO2, without much of an aftertaste.

drinkability is decent. for a lager as light as this, a solid smoothness make this one better than some of its fellow brews, though this is still a long ways from a great brew.

Jan 31, 2008
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happygnome from Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: average clear macro color, half inch of white head that dissapears fast leaving very little lacing
s: corn malts, deffinate aroma of adjuncts although not as strong as other macros
t: dominated by the sweet corn grains, very little hop presence more like a sweet chick beer---better and cheaper than carona
m: light bodied with average carbonation

overall this is a cheap macro, If i had to choose between this, bud or miller. I would choose this, it wasnt that bad and its a hell of a lot cheaper, I think it was $1.89 for a 6er

May 10, 2007
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mckajd03 from Illinois

2.54/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Not offensive, but absolutely nothing special. Being in a can doesn't help. Sweet corn nose makes you think it has something to offer, but the taste is watery and plain. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, but that has more to do with the lack of taste to begin with than any appreciable hop bitterness. Not as bad as the Macros, but fairly close.

Jul 19, 2009
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CPeterson from Minnesota

2.33/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A -- A pale yellow pours into the glass, fizzes and then fades.

S -- Sweet, like a more potent version of any traditional macro swill. But nary a thing else.

T -- For what it is, it's not bad. Considering you can pry this off any bum in the gutter and still drink it, I'm a little impressed. Definitely not great but a slightly weighted score given the fact it's the cheapest thing around.

M -- Meh. There feels like there's beer there, but only because I know that's what it is. Light carbonation.

D -- Considering a case is less than a ten spot, this must be popular with drunks, kids, and people on a budget. I may grab a 12'er for 'friend beer' for those that are afraid of what lies much beyond Bud/Miller/Coors.

Sep 11, 2009
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svraines from Kentucky

1.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I am a fan of Berghoff lager, so I thought this product coming out of Monroe,WI might be a bargain at 1.99/sixer. Looks like you would expect, straw yellow, rocky head that dissipates quickly. Smells like a frat house floor after a kegger. Taste is surprisingly sweet, but not malty goodness sweet, more cloying, syrupy sweet. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth and full, but then you have to swallow. It is hard to convince yourself to take another drink. Might be good for chasing shots at a party.

Oct 26, 2007
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kguyty from Missouri

2.5/5  rDev +16.3%

May 31, 2013
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HuberFan from Wisconsin

1.21/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

$7.99 for a case of cans at the Franksville Bank of Liquors(Franksville,WI), the sales pitch by the guy behind the counter was and I kid you not. "Our regulars that like to drink Old Milwaukee buy this now and love it." With a glowing review like that I quickly made my purchase but thought it odd that the case of cans came in 4 plastic ringed 6 packs and on an old jolly good soda cardboard flat. Don't go cursing your bad luck and think that I got the last case at this amazing price. They had 2 pallets about waist high on the store floor so there's still some for you! Better hurry!

Appearance - hazy golden/auburn when poured into a glass, some carbonation.

Smell - Sweet smelling, sort of like a malt liquor but not really. The can's metal odor can also be detected along with corn. It gets more pungent as it warms up.

Taste - Very difficult to put into words. Sweet, metallic, unlike beer, unlike malt liquor. The taste doesn't seem to go away either and it's oooo so bad. After one sip I'm thinking that the clerk at the store laughed after I walked out and I'm now looking at the almost full glass of this stuff and wondering if there's any way on god's green earth that I'll finish it. My two buddies that decided to also go on this adventure with me are looking at their glasses too with doubts. I may not have buddies for too much longer.

Mouthfeel - I have to fight back gag reflexes with each mouthful of this classic lager, so I'm rating the mouthfeel as "officially not good". I could only make it through 3/4 of the glass, I feared for what type of treat was lurking for me at the bottom.

Drikability - "Offically not good", I'm leaving the other 21 cans at my friends house and I'm not going to visit him for a few months.

Oct 05, 2007
Mountain Creek Classic Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 59 out of 100 with 62 ratings