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

Photo of JALIEN
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of MarshMan71
4/5  rDev +42.3%

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 cagocubs
2.64/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part IV of my Berghoff tasting. Poured from bottle into glass.

A: Pours a darker gold with a 1 finger white head that sticks around with very little lacing.

S: Not much smell. Some grain/adjunct smell.

T: Grain, some sweetness. Mostly the stuff of macro brews.

M: Crisp, decent carbonation, good mouth coating.

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Photo of murf1087
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of chicagoabbot
1.55/5  rDev -44.8%
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 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 sgoodship
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
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 association330
2.37/5  rDev -15.7%
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 TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +77.9%

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 Renae
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of A60sburnout
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of bigmo66
1.65/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Semi cloudy looking in a glass.

Smells like a sweet, cheap beer.

The taste is reminiscent of a cheap malt liquor being way too sweet and no hoppiness whatsoever. Taste more like wort.

Mouthfeel isn't too bad if you plug your nose like you would as a kid trying to choke down cod liver oil. Even the feel is sickening sweet.

Overall this is a really bad beer and the fact that is available as a pick 6 along with beers from Bell's is ridiculous. 3 of 3 Berghoff beers have been duds for me. never again..

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Photo of TGINaturday
1.93/5  rDev -31.3%
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 -33.1%
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 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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Prairie Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.81 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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