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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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 26
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 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 TheManiacalOne
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain, some lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of grain, lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then some mild malt sweetness comes in along with a very mild hops presence, but there isn’t a lot of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly other beers in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright yellow body with a small-sized, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Mild pale malt scent with faint, piddly notes of basic grain and floral hops.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a slight pils malt graininess and general cereal sweetness. Vague floral hop tones with a restrained bitterness. Semi-dry, hohum finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Falls far short of a great many lagers. You know, if I didn't know any better, I'd swear this was their Original Lager.

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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 TMoney2591
2.54/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Part four of my six-part Berghoff sampling. By this point, the movie's almost over (He's Just Not That Into You, if you must know), and I'm not sure what's going on in my glass anymore. This continuation pours a clear sallow-leaning pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sand, dirt, flowers, and a touch of rice and wheat. No. The taste isn't all that much of an improvement, though an increase in the wheat character helps bring this thing closer to enjoyment (though there's quite a way to go yet, lemme tell ya). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, this is just one bad-tasting pils, no other way to put it.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of sweemzander
2.01/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a clear straw yellow color that produced a quickly to immediate dissipating bubbly white head.

(S)- Very floral dryness with lemon & apricot. Honey-like sweetness.

(T)- Very very grassy lemon & bubblegum fruitiness. This is bizarre. Its like honey nut cheerios & fruit loops put together plus a grassy lemon thing. Really sugary sweet.

(M)- Good carbonation level. A very disjointed beer though. Very sugary sweet with conflicting hoppy & malty flavors.

(D)- I am not a fan. Its a little too weird for me. Funky, but in a bad way. You might as well eat a spoonful of sugar.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. No date or info.

A - Brilliantly clear and pale yellow straw with a soda-like effervescence. So many bubbles! A thin white head popped up and disappeared to a layer and ring quickly.

S - The nose has an aroma of sweet and grainy malts with corn and little in the way of hops. One-dimensional and boring.

T - The flavor is really husky and grainy with a dry straw texture and finish. A bit of sweet malt is splashed in there with a kiss of hops towards the end but it's a really plain lager.

M - Crisp and light-bodied with a harsh carbonation bite to the finish. Dry...very dry at the end.

D - Beer like this has it's place...but not in my fridge. Really disappointing as it is basically an adjunct lager with a harsh level of carbonation to distract from the flavor. Wont ever be having this one again.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
1.3/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. ABV? No one seems to know, apparently. It isn't listed on Beer Advocate, and it isn't listed on the bottle. I have had this beer before in the Berghoff sampler pack and was unimpressed, but against my better judgement I decided to give it another go.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields a dull flat cloudy lemon colored beer with virtually no head on top. Some bubbles rushing up the sides to the top.

S - Dull, chemically treated malts and other dusty chemical adjuncts. Smells pretty unappealing, even for a lager which is usually a pretty lame smelling brew. Definitely has some kind of artificial sweetness to it.

T - Dusty, chemically treated malts and corn husk flavor. Very overly carbonated body just leaves you feeling bloated. I'm not sure if I would choose this beer or some mass-marketed trill lagers like Miller Lite or Coors Light, if I had the choice. To be honest, I think I might enjoy the taste of a Coors Light with a lime squeezed into it, better than this beer. Carbonated, basically flavorless, and artificially too sweet. Almost has some kind of a cherry cough syrup / medicine taste to it.

M - Carbonated. Crackles on your tongue like pop rocks after you've sipped it down. I can't wait to wash down the sickeningly sweet artificial taste of this beer with something better.

Overall, a beer to try once and never again. I have had four different Berghoff beers now by Minhas brewery and they were all terrible. I guess I only bought this again so that I could review it here on Beer Advocate, and I will assuredly never buy this beer again. Avoid.

Minhas Berghoff Prairie Lager ---1.5/5

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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 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 cliff1066
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 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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Photo of scootercrabb
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of scottwurst
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of cosmonick
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 illini4x4
3/5  rDev +6.8%

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

Photo of Caskaway
4.5/5  rDev +60.1%

Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of scaliasux
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Medium yellow. Hazy. Tall, fizzy, somewhat persistent white head.

Smell - Moderately strong pale malt. I'm not sure if this beer claims to be all-malt, but this smells a little corny.

Taste - Quite sweet pale malt. Falls on the cloying side. Little evidence of hops.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - If this is an all-malt, it's one of the least impressive I've tried. If it's a macro, it's okay for a macro, but a little oversweet for me to enjoy more than one in a sitting.

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Prairie Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
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