Mountain Creek Classic Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Mountain Creek Classic LagerMountain Creek Classic Lager

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Skidz on 08-27-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +61%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts with a hint of metallic odor. Taste is good, malts and a touch of bitterness, quite refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pale yellow, big head that subsides.

S- grainy, sweet, mild corn aroma.

T- sweet up front, slight bitter in finish.

M- light, smooth, tons of carbonation, great hot day, post grass cutting day.

D- BMC style but better taste. In a pinch, could be a solid replacement to get your big MACRO beer drinking friends a taste of something different.

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Photo of montageman
3.07/5  rDev +44.1%
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).

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Photo of biggred1
3/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light blonde with some suspended yeast visable, a big soapy head of white suds that leave minimal lace. Smells of grits, light toasted grain and mild hops. Tastes like corn flakes and wimpy hops. Medium light on the palate. A decent brew for cheap, better than BMC for less than half the price.

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Photo of malcontent
2.99/5  rDev +40.4%
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.

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Photo of diabecktic
2.9/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head formation is quick; retention (~1 finger) and lacing are minimal. The beer itself is a translucent gold color with a hint of cloudiness. There is plenty of slowly-rising carbonation.

The nose is fairly sweet. There really isn't much there other than a corn-y malt. It lacks most of the metallic aroma that a lot of similarly priced/crafted beers have.

The taste matches the nose pretty well; corn malt hits the taste buds quickly and leave a little bit of hop "kick" behind. Again, it seems to lack that metallic character that I would expect. It doesn't leave much of an aftertaste.

I would rate the body as light. Though it's not watery, I wouldn't say that it's much heavier. The slight tingling on my tongue is a nice feeling. It seems to "flesh out" a bit as the temperature warms.

This beer was made for pounding. With the light body and no desirable flavor of which to speak, this goes right on down the hatch without any problems.

The can actually says "Mountain Crest," but this link best matches the other specs of the beer. Having purchased 6 cans for < $3.50, I'll admit that I wasn't expecting much. I'm actually quite pleased with what I got. It's not a great beer by any means, but I would totaly take this above any of the standard college fare - Keystone/Busch Light/Ice, etc. This beer is best enjoyed cold and in large quantities (or with cheap food).

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Photo of alleykatking
2.83/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can. Thanks to Lukafer for this one..haha.

A- Pours a pale yellow color. One finger white head shows pour retention. Light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average looking adjunct lager.

S- Sweet alcohol and a boat load of grainy sweetness. Light metallic aroma in the backend.

T- Sweet cereal grains in the front of the beer. There is some light bitterness in the backend. The bitterness doesn't offset the sweetness. In the very back there is a metallic taste...the warmer it gets the bigger it is.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but good for the style. Sweet malts left on the palate. Sweet malts and alcohol with a hint of metal in the aftertaste. Flavors are balanced for the style but the kind of sickly sweet. Light alcohol dryness on the palate.

D- This is a drinkable beer. The flavor suits the style. I wouldn't want this beer per say but it is easy drinking beer on a warm day.

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Photo of happygnome
2.83/5  rDev +32.9%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.83/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Haystack gold with nothing in the interior except a few streamers of rapidly rising bubbles. Their destination is an off-white head (not quite dingy white) that looks a fraction better than the foam on most macro lagers. A few watery patches of lace make it to the glass.

I won't argue with Minhas when they claim that this beer is adjunct-free. All that matters in the end is that it smells adjuncty (corn, if you want specifics). Not that those who drink it on a regular basis will be smelling it anyway. It's low on power, with a whiff of grain and half a whiff of musty hops.

Mountain Creek Classic Lager is nothing more and nothing less than a sweeter than normal pale lager that tastes like a lower-ABV malt liquor. I wonder if the brewers use sugar to get it to taste like this. It isn't good by any stretch, but at least the sweetness helps to cover over the nastiness. To some extent anyway.

The flavor profile is simple. Gee, couldn't have predicted that. MCCL tastes like sugar-crusted grain, to which has been added a light drizzle of honey and a few random hop cones. I could actually drink this stuff in a pinch and would choose it over most BMC offerings. Especially if it was chilled to within an inch of its life.

The body/mouthfeel is closer to medium than light and is bubbled acceptably enough. It falls apart on the finish, however, achieving wateriness right before the swallow. Again, mouthfeel is probably not a priority for those who choose to guzzle, trying to get a buzz from a dirt-cheap 5.5% beer. Not too fast now, don't sprain your MCCL.

I'm fully aware that Mountain Creek Classic Lager is bottom-of-the-barrel beer that most BAs will slam unmercifully. I think it's decently drinkable, though, and has a certain charm. Especially in the right circumstances and the right frame of mind. That's more than can be said for a lot of what Minhas brews.

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Photo of richkrull
2.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pulled this one out of my mystery beer machine.

A - Very pale straw color. Lots of big foamy head that disappeared relatively quickly.

S - Grainy, alcohol smell.

T - Really tastes of alcohol. Not a lot of beer flavor.

M - Decent, not a lot to it.

D - Sure, this beer isn't bad and you could drink quite a few of them, but it's not a great beer that I would choose.

I will say that the price is definitely right here in southern Wisconsin. Liquor store near my house has it for $9.50/30 pack.

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Photo of ByTor2112
2.78/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.77/5  rDev +30%
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.

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Photo of Skidz
2.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With hundreds of reviews piling up on my desk, I'm reviewing this? I must be crazy.

Pours out pale gold and sits a very bright golden yellow in the glass with a small, retreating white head that doesn't stick around for any of the fun.

Smells mainly of malt and holds a very fruity aroma overall, mainly consisting of overripened apples and grapes. Corn is noted in the thick, musty nose.

Tastes is sweet up front and continues on up to the finish. Corn and a vegetal taste make up the main points of the flavor. You'd think you were drinking a 40 for how thick and malty this beer is. Hops are noted in the finish and leave you dry and thirsty in the end. A good taste for its niche, I'd actually put it above the Big 3 in terms of taste, far above.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth in a medium body with little carbonation; something that you don't see too much of in the cheap swill you'd usually find.

Water is no match for this in derms of drinkability, no harsh flavors or funky aromas to send you off running for the hills. Cheaper than dirt too. $7.49 a case when I picked up some on a whim. Doesn't compare to anything but the swill it's competing with, but it ranks very high in that market.

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Photo of tayner
2.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can from BuckeyeNation.

Pours a yellow fizzy color wiht just a hint of gold. There are constant fizzy bubbles coming up from the bottom, but only enough to support a thin skim coat and tiny white ring of foam. no lacing to speak of.

Smells like a typical macro lager only a bit sweeter. not a hop to be had in the nose

Taste, for the style, is okay. When i see "classic lager" i think of BMC, and this fits that bill. It is a bit sweeter than those, and not enough (if any) hops in it, but could pass as an aged BMC offering if i had a bit of a buzz going.

Mouthfeel is thin, light, and decently carbonated for the offering.

It is easy to drink, a relatively cheap (from what i gather) lawnmower beer that in a pinch i would choose over a BMC offering if i was hurting for beer money. Not something to seek out, however.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow. Very sugary beer. Poured out to a medium golden color. I will give the brewery props for being straight forward about making a simple American lager. But this brew is a touch on the sweet side. No odor to speak of, and the medium carbonation quickly slowed and flattended out. Hints of hops and herbs, with a earthy note. But most promenent was the sweet sugary notes, which lasted long into the aftertaste which is not all that bad, but a bit on the heavy side. Not a bad brew for 2.99 a sixer. Worth a try.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.6/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of EsoxLucius
2.58/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

this beer in saskatchewan is known as Minhas Creek and is the 'budget beer' that's exactly 1 cent cheaper than a 12 pack of Lucky Lager.

1. poured from a can into a class, i've got a pretty rapid pour so it made a pretty massive head that disiapated within 1 minute to being about 1cm then slowly receded into a film.

bubbles galore at first, but that like the head went down quickly. lacing is there, but it quickly disapears as well.

nice color, golden yellow. looks better than Bud Light...

2. smells sweet, put my nose right in it to really catch a smell. definately not skunky, but nothing special either. if smell were to indicate taste, this will be low on good beer taste, more on sugary cover up taste. has a rough alchohol smell that comes out a bit.

3. thin, almost nothing here except for a sweet sugar taste mixed with some weak malt flavors. it says finest hops on the can... i didn't notice them, if they were there, the sugary taste definately masks it. crisp? no, not really, though it is clean with almost no aftertaste.

4. apart from it being liquid, there's not much here for mouthfeel. the amount of bubbles might've suggested a fizzy feel, but there wasn't there either, just a tiny tingle that
reminded me i drank something.

5. it's drinkable, rolls into the yardwork beer catagory for me and i do readily stock this beer in my fridge for friends that don't care about taste, but just want a cheap buzz... not worth them drinking the 'good stuff' for that!

bottom line here, it has it's place and for what it is, shouldn't get a complete F... this is a cheap beer so don't expect much. the 'get what you pay for' cliche stands true here. the marketing of this beer being 'damn good' makes me laugh, but i'll still buy this beer as mentioned for guests that don't care about taste and when Brewhouse isn't on special!

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Photo of ruckus232
2.58/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Ounce can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Very light clear yellow in color with a surprisingly thick white head

Smell: Has a sweet corn smell similar to american adjunct lagers but with a little bit of an alcohol smell added

Taste: There is a little hint of sweetness and a little hint of bitterness but not much. There is also a slight alcohol taste that is finally followed but a little bit of sweetness.

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Photo of Chaz
2.58/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nearly brilliant straw in color, topped with a sudsy off-white head that subsides rather quickly, leaving a ring of minimal lacing. Nose is dominated by sweet, pale malt, with a hint of unspecified graininess. There's also just a touch of hop bitterness and more fusel alcohol than I care for. Carbonation appears to be vigorous. Sweet, sweet, corn-syrup sweet on the first sip. Even though this is billed as an all-malt lager (and as there are no adjuncts listed on the can), it tastes anything but. There are notes of bready and biscuity malt in here, but those are buried by the sweetness and it's a slick-mouthfeeled sweetness at that! The ample carbonation here is something of a saving grace, as it moves this rather dull malty concoction over the tongue and palate, and here the afforementioned hop bitterness gets in on the action. Of course, the hop bitterness is minimal here, making this a very unbalanced brew. Lightly vegetal, tangy, and just a we bit tinny, it's also rather full-bodied and coats the mouth with its sweet-talkin' malt badassness. Call it a 'price beer' or a 'value beer' or even a 'cheap beer' if you like, but it still strikes me more as an ice beer or malt liquor in execution, only with a little less boozy oomph. Sure it's got body and flavor, but it's rather unbalanced and its drinkability suffers accordingly. At this level of drinkability and price I'll stick with Steel Reserve, which definitely has more 'oomph', even though it's just as tough to choke down.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.56/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a slightly orange-golden-straw color. Nice off-white head and a semblance of mild retention to boot.
S-Grits and malt w/some faint hops. A bit pungent on the nose.
T&M-Turbo-charged, boozed-up grits. A bit sharp on the sides of the tongue. Body a little heavier than I'd expect for the style, and carbonation is pretty rich.
D-Nothing inherently wrong or flawed, and overall quite drinkable, but I don't particularly care for it. It's a hair better than some macros, and if that's what you like, this beer is a good way to keep it local. As it warms, it's not too bad.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.55/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of mckajd03
2.54/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of RJUGA03
2.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S=it had a faint malty smell with metallic hints lingering.

T=It has a overly simple taste of a macro with nothing

M= It has a slighltly carbonated feel with an extremely thin overall feel.

D= It is definately a decent beer when your in a financial pinch. I'm sure in my college years I would have consumed mass quantities of this beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hello Minhas, my old friend, I've come to drink with you again,
Because a desire for CANs softly creeping, Left its seeds while I was napping, And the taste that was planted in my mouth
Still remains, within the hangover from the last time.

In restless dreams I drank CANned beers alone, Narrow passageways to the lav, 'neath the glow of my laptop, I turned my head to the cold and damp of the refrigerator door When my eyes were stabbed by the reefer's light That split the night, and touched my headache anew.

And in the naked light I saw, a case or two, maybe more.
CANned beers sitting without speaking, CANned beers waiting without drinking, People like you making beers, that friends should never share. And no one else dared, Disturb the 12-pack of Minhas Mountain Creek Classic Lager.

"Fools" said I, "You do not know, CANs are the way to go. Read my words that I might teach you, Take me to the hospital in case I reach out to you." But my words fell silent as the teardrops began to fall when the sound of the CAN being cracked open echoed throughout the house.

And the people bowed and prayed, For my liver, now long decayed and to all I give this warning, In the words that I have been long in forming. And I say, "Beware Minhas Products, yo! This stuff'll kill ya!" and then there was naught but silence.

Thanks to Simon & Garfunkel for their inspiration on the above. Now, a review:

My pour created just better than a finger of rocky, bone-white head that fell faster than I did, just moments after the last time I had the pleasure of a Minhas product, intentionally NOT referred to as a beer. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the now-familiar grapish-plastic factory one-two punch that CAN only be a by-product of their yeast. Ooof. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was not bad, relatively speaking. Yes, it still had a cotton candy-like sweetness, but it was not as pronounced in this beer. Finish was slightly dry, lingering with that same sweetish flavor noted on the mouth, but still muted, making it less of a choke-out than many of their other products. Cooler? No way am I wasting space. Anybody want some for their own CANQuest (TM)? If not, the remainder is going to a frat party.

From the CAN: " Mountain Creek Classic Lager Beer starts as the purest crystal-clear water and is craft brewed in small batches. Our gold medalist brewmaster ferments only the finest sun-ripened hops & two-row malted barley to create this crisp, clean, classic lager."

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Mountain Creek Classic Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.13 out of 5 with 62 ratings