Prairie Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Prairie LagerPrairie Lager

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
New name for Berghoff Original Lager Beer.

Added by BEERchitect on 02-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +77.9%

Photo of Maya
4.55/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer, Prairie Lager from the Berghoff Brewery brewed at Minhas, under the direction of Berghoff owners, is a lager typical of German Helles. The character of this beer does not match that of a German Pilsner.
Appearance: Good hop note; foam was well developed with no fish eyes. The color, straw blond, was as expected of a hellos.
Smell: There were no off notes. A light hop note melded well with the malty characteristics expected of a hellos.
Taste: A smooth drink and refreshing effervescence brought out the mild hopping and malt additions.
Mouthfeel: A well balanced hellos lager with no lingering astringency.
Would purchase this beer again for my sheepshead team which gave a thumbs up for the beer.

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Photo of Caskaway
4.5/5  rDev +60.1%

Photo of MarshMan71
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of Jodio
3.82/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of A60sburnout
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plain labeled (green stripe with Berghoff on it) bottle pours a straw yellow brew, lots of carbonation and a fine white head that had no problem lacing sheet lacing down. So far, looking good in the freebie Sammy glass. Oh, no label dating, a minus.

Cooked veggies and some Euro skunk in the aroma, not a bad thing, just there. Good tasting quaff of malt, hint of lemon grass, finishing crisp and clean lager style. I had some reservations before drinking this, and they were speculative and imprudent - this is a fine Midwest lager beer.

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Photo of cosmonick
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of ferrari29
3.37/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Mug shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a one-to-two finger white colored rocky foam; crisp golden brown colored body; good amount of carbonation stemmed from the bottom of the glass; no lacing at all

S - Slightly sour yeast notes; lager airiness; young fruit scents, almost like a wine; clean and crisp

T - Malt notes complimented by dark fruit flavors; rinse notes and touch of grains; sour scents from yeast

M - Filling beer; frothy feel with a subtle amount of body; slightly bubbly; went down smooth not to many flavors and can't feel the combination of flavors; not much of a Pilsener bitterness to it

D - Good flavor; good lager with a nice finish

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Photo of Phoneguy
3.37/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.27/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Medium dark straw color, with no hazing or turbidity at all, the same small white foam collar as all the other Berghoffs in the session so far. Smells like grains mixed with a simple earthen mustiness, otherwise quite clean and pleasant in aroma. Taste brings to mind a strange juxtaposition of semi-sweet pale malts mixed with an oddly flowery hopping that is sort of distracting in the finish with the way it pops out at you from the background of earthen hop tones. IMHO, it should have had some kind of mild citric peel hopping to even the flavors out somewhat, texture is medium thick, well carbonated, and that's about it for this one. A serviceable, if oddly hopped, brew.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bought this at the grocery store. six pack; twelve ounce bottles. pours golden yellow. thin white head which thins out. no lace.

smells of sweet pale malts. herbal hops. no off odors.

nice sweetness. good hop crispness. earthy herbal hops. balanced for style.

light-mid body. low carbonation. nice beer. could do a session. i will check this out again when the weather warms.

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Photo of Redrover
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck poured into my SA glass. The beer is a bright gold with a slight chill haze. Fluffy white head but not much lacing.

The nose is of cereal, malt and some floral hops. Not bad at all.

After the looks and the smell, the taste is a bit of a letdown. Some watery grains, a bit of apple and some bitterness on the backend. There is a bit of bubblegum in the taste which is distracting. Still the beer borders on decent a bit more hops and a smidgen more malt, it would be good.

Decent carbonation and a firm mouth can't really overcome the flaws in the taste. Perhaps an off bottle, but given this breweries latest offerings, I doubt it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A tough beer to research. The Minhas website has no information on the beer and the bottle has very limited data. I suspect this beer may be name change or a slight recipe change from the Berghoff Original.

The beer begins with a standard Pilsner appearance that demonstrates a firm straw color, ample carbonation, but slight on head formation and retention with a loosely knit foamstand and nearly fizzy demeanor.

Aromas of pilsner malts dominate the beer while whiffs of German (Hallertau?) hops come and go. Some grain flavors and fresh barley sweetness also give way to the olfactories. As the hops subside, the grains also give some modest vegital and ashy sulfer aromas but they are light.

Flavors of pilsner malt and sweetness merge with grain flavors. At times this makes the beer taste a little vegital and worty but ultimately the malt-grain profile garner attention above sulfer flavors. Hop flavor is light and take on an herbal proportion to round out the sweetness. Finishes a bit sweet.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouthfeel although a bit scrubbing because of the carbonation bite and a bit of oversparged astringency. This makes the grain profile a bit rough. A light hop bitterness outlasts the sweetness just inside the finish. No real lingering of flavor, bitter, sweet, or otherwise.

Ultimately an ok beer, but cannot compare favorably with classic German Warsteiners or Spatens. If anyone finds more information on this beer, then please share.

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Photo of murf1087
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and grains. A very, very subtle floral hop aroma.

T - It tasted of some sweet caramel and grains. Not much hop character or bitterness.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is an okay pilsener. I wouldn't rush out to buy more.

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Photo of Renae
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of trbergman
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Bright straw yellow with a thin, dense bone-white head.

S - Weak aroma with crackery malt and herbal, spicy hops.

T - Bready flavor that's surprisingly sweet (no corn, I hope!) with a refreshing hop bitterness and some spicy hop flavor.

M - Light and effervescent, pretty much to style.

D - Not terribly exciting, but it could make a decent lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of illini4x4
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of scootercrabb
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of CHL
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale beer that seems to be somewhere between PBR and Heineken to me.

It has a grainy smell with a bit of skunk, and the light adjunct/corn sweetness that I find not unpleasant. Feels gently fizzy and refreshing in my mouth, with good drinkability in spite of the bitter/skunk aftertaste.

This would be a good macro, but it unfortunately is not quite at a macro pricepoint (in spite of the lower cost of these Berghoff offereings). Probably the beer I most trust in their variety pack, and that doesn't say a lot.

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Photo of russpowell
2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Zero head retention & average lacing

S: Cereal notes, metallic & soapy hops

T: Bready, grassyness & a bit of dryness up front, plus some cloying cooked cereal sweetness. More sweetness & cereal as this warms, some lemony & soapy hops. Finishes cloying sweet with vegtal mediocrity

MF: Light/,medium bodied with low carbonation, skews too sweet

Drinks slow, just too damn sweet. This brewery isn't impressing me so fat, glad I just bought a single

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Photo of WillCarrera
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Pilsener glass, which is maybe to take this beer a bit too seriously.

A- Pours a clear, pale golden color. Loads of carbonation. A rough pour produces a thin half-finger of thin white head, which quickly becomes literally nothing, no head at all.

S- Grain, sweet pale malts, not much hop character is detectable. Smells very clean.

T- More grains, corn husk, hop bitterness is decent and manages to desperately cling into the finish. Pale malts and adjuncts are relatively sweet. Dry finish with more adjuncts and grains.

M- Light bodied, full carbonation, finishes clean and bone dry, leaves very little on the palate at all.

O- This really isn't a terrible beer, it would go well with food, I also used it to cook some brats and it did a good job, its a good option if you're looking for a cheap session beer or just something to refresh you or cool you down in the summer.

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Prairie Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
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