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 Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Skidz on 08-27-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 matjack85
1.95/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


I really never thought I could, in any conciense give a review like this.

This beer, which came at 2.39 a sixer is an anamoly. I say that because, even though it is shittier than OE, it claims that it is from a "small craft brewerey".

I'm gonna scream bullshit and proclaim it one of my top five hated beers of all time. Not because it sucks but, it passes itself off as craft?

Fuck this "I am a small craft brew I am good" bullshit.

If you know the brewer drink it. If you don't revcognize the brewer it is probably BMC.

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Photo of CPeterson
2.33/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
1.2/5  rDev -43.7%
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.

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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 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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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.35/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm reviewing a can of "Mountain Crest Classic Lager Beer" here. Won't gonna go into the minutiae at all, just gonna chug ahead.

Clear, golden color, small, soon-gone tepid head.

Sweet,corny, cereal-y nose. Flat, bleh.

Wetness dominates in the flavor.Moistness reigns supreme. Is there anything else. Noop. Cold, wet, sweet, alcohol, somewhere, down there.

Little redeeming qualities here. Cheapness, I guess. Blah.

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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 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 shirfan
1.33/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've got the "Mountain Crest" can, given to me by a Koch's Golden Anniversary drinker who was trying to dole out the remainder of his case. Slightly disconcerting.

Light gold with a slight haze and no foam.

Smells like strongly metallic creamed corn and vanilla extract.

Taste is watery first and foremost, with clingy sweetness something like the powder that could be found on the bubblegum plaques mummified in baseball card packages. There's also a metallic vanilla flavor just like the nose. Hops are absolutely zero.

The can mentions a "gold medalist brewmaster" being responsible for this, yet unfortunately it doesn't mention what he won a gold medal for. I can only speculate that he may be the top rated Masters pickle distance thrower of Monroe, WI.

Quite possibly the worst beer I've ever had, excluding B^e.

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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 msubulldog25
2.17/5  rDev +1.9%
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!"

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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 ChainGangGuy
2.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a thin layer of white foam on top.

Smell: Sweetish light pale malt nose with some light, delicate floral hints.

Taste: Light pale malts with a cereal sweetness and a light hint of grain. Floral hops provide an altogether mild bitterness. Grows increasingly watery towards the brief, fleeting finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one pretty poor product. One of a million vapid canned lagers.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.58/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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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 markaberrant
1.95/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of JerseySlim
2.46/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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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 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 botham
2.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of svraines
1.76/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of HuberFan
1.21/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

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