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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 TMoney2591
2.54/5  rDev -13.6%
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 ferrari29
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
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 TGINaturday
1.93/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a chilled glass from the bottle:

Got this in a pick-a-six, glad I didn't buy a case of it....

Looks nice, good amber color but with very little head. Smells and tastes like a flat beer + sugar....way too sweet. It doesn't sit heavy at least, but the overpowering sweetness would prevent me from having another....

Overall, skip it for something better at the price point.

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Photo of chrsmat71
1.88/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is pretty poor. Looks ok, doesn't smell like much. But the taste.... hints of cardboard, rotting vegetation, and sugar. In college I used to scrape together change and buy and 40 oz bottle of cheap malt liquor...this reminded me of that. I'm pretty sure this would be a draw in a blind taste test with Colt 45 or something up that alley. Have lots of great memories from college...but the beer I drank sometime wasn't one of them. If I had to pick between this beer and a bud lite, I'll take the lite beer. You know how bud lite taste like nothing? That is an improvement in this case. Drank about half the bottle....the rest went down the drain.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
1.55/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

By far one of the worst lagers I've ever had. I can taste the alcohol and there's not even much in it. The color is pukey yellow, darker than most adjuncts but somehow quite disgusting. The head is not important, since it only furthers the terrible aroma. Figured I'd give this beer a shot because it was a decent value and they are a regional brewer, but could only drink one out of a six pack. Not palatable.

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Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev +2%
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 CHL
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
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 association330
2.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours bright gold with fleeting, pinky-sized white head. Thin cap, no lace.

S - Mostly adjuncts, with some pale malts. As the beer warms, the adjunct scent becomes pronounced and harsh. Like sticking your nose into a bucket of wet corn.

T - Adjunct and pale malt sweetness, with a crisp swallow of trace hop bitterness and lingering corny sweetness.

M - Seems to be naturally carbonated, which is a plus. Crispness is refreshing and the beer is not super watery.

D - Could slam a bunch of these, but I'm not too impressed.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.01/5  rDev -31.6%
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 -16.3%
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 trbergman
3/5  rDev +2%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Redrover
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +23.5%
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 sgoodship
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this at work after an event. Not sure where it came from but it looked interesting.

A: Poured into a pils glass. Very light straw color - almost champagne-like. 2 finger, white, fine bubble, almost creamy head. Retained a thin head throughout and left reasonable lacing on the glass.

S: Definitely got some lemony fruit esters and some diacetyl coming through the grainy malt. No substantial hop presence in the nose.

T: Crisp but slightly cloying rather than the bitterness I was looking for. Almost wheat-like, fruity flavor with diacetyl. Not getting the noble hop type experience I was expecting. Dry finish that is grainy, not hoppy enough and a little metalic.

M: Light bodies and medium carbonation that feels pretty good in the mouth - not too aggressive.

D: Too much diacetyl for the style. Expected more biscuity malt and hop. It just didn't deliver. I was hoping I had found at interesting lager but it turned out to be a poor American adjunct type experience. Won't be returning to this one.

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Photo of russpowell
2.94/5  rDev 0%
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 ajmoody76
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
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 BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Prairie Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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