Name Tag Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Name Tag LagerName Tag Lager

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by flexabull on 08-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tito42
3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can to an imperial pint.

A: Clear and straw in color. Thick, white head dissipates into a thin layer. Very active carbonation.

S: Malts, grassy hops, and a bit of corn syrup. I know this is an all-malt, but I smell adjuncty sweetness in both APLs I've tried.

T: Malty and bready with a distinctive sweetness of candy sugar. Grassy hops finish.

M: Medium-light bodied and much smoother than I expected. Pleasant on the palate.

O: Not half bad for $2.99 for a six pack of cans at Trader Joe's. You could do worse and pay twice as much.

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Photo of monza
3.58/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this beer is mis-categorized above as an Adjunct Lager. Its not an adjunct, it is all-malt, so it should be an American Pale Lager. Now, that really puts it in a category where its being compared to beers that are made differently (with corn and rice usually).

I get this beer from Trader Joes. $2.99 for a 6-pack of 12oz cans. Thats $0.50 a can, which is less expensive than PBR and alot of others on the market. For this price, this is definitely one of the best beers you can get. Is it better than Avery's Joe Premium pilsner? Heck no, but it also costs less than half that.

Overall this is a good session beer.

A - A clear golden hue. thin head remains through the end

S - Smells sweet, with weak hop hints

T - Sweet with a grassy note. Hop bitterness is low, with nearly non-existant finish hops

M - Well carbonated and very smooth.

O - Great on a hot summer day, or any time you want to drink a few beers but not be hungover because of a high abv

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Photo of Flightoficarus
2.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to see just how good or bad this beer was since a sixer was only $2.99. So...

A - Pours a clear, golden yellow with a fizzy, white head that quickly recedes, leaving minimal lacing.

S - Not much of an aroma to speak of, but the smells that are there are of light grains, a sweet malt smell, and a hint of hops. It's pretty macro-lager-ish.

T - Taste is of sweet, honey-like malt, corn flavor, and hints of grassy grain. Light, and refreshing.

M - Light-Medium body. Moderate carbonation. On par with the style.

O - Overall, I have to say this was better than I was expecting. Better than BMC offerings, and half the cost? I know what I'll be having any time I feel like a lawnmower beer from here on out.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Bubbly light gold body with a fizzy head that comes and goes in short order. A stray wet bubble or 2 that drips back into the glass are the only sign of lacing.

The distinct (if light) presence of citric hops and husky grains are the highlights of this brew. It's not bad at all, really. My only complaint is the sweetness of the malt/adjunct combo. At times, it's reminiscent of sugar or corn syrup. Couple that with the lemony hops, and you've got your brain tricked into brief Jolly Rancher flashbacks. Thinnish body with plenty of fizzy carbonation. Some of that lingering sweetness in an otherwise crisp finish.

Overall impression: I'm not sure I'd bother pouring this stuff into a glass again, but you could certainly do worse for a lawnmower/golf course brew.

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Photo of engagechad
1.56/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as a sixer from Trader Joes - poured into pint glass

Pours quite clear, bubbly with okay head. Smells like solvent and corn. Tastes like champagne that has been left out for a week. I'm serious. It is god awful.

Please do yourself a favor and avoid this. Not even worth a tick.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.55/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce can, 50 cents for a single from Trader Joe's. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a half inch white head that went away pretty quickly. There isn't much lacing at all. Aroma is sweet malt and corn. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it's mostly sweet malt and corn but there's also a slight bitter taste noticable. Overall, it's a little too sweet tasting for me. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a little bit slick and it's well carbonated. It's not a bad brew, and there's nothing really offensive about it. For the style of beer it is, you could pick much worse. And for 50 cents a can, why not try it?

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Photo of Reidrover
2.93/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6 PACK,cans from Trader Joes,Salem. $2.99 Poured into a frosted mug its average lager looking..sunshine yellow with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is slightly unpleasant,..some nail varnish remover for an instant..its gone just paper and corn. Taste is really just sweet corn and a bit of grass..not really bad . Actually OK on the palate for style..kinda has a smoothness to it. Overall drinkable and not too bad for $2.99 a six.

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Photo of 1Adam12
1.34/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Light golden color. Not much nose, just sugar. Tastes like someone poured a beer, then dumped a pint of water on top of it, and this is whats left. Soooo watery tasting. A hint of corn, but mostly just watered down junk. Even 3 bucks a 6 pack is too much money for me to every try this again.

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Photo of yesyouam
1.83/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Name Tag Lager is a very clear, very sparkling, pale yellow beer with a small, white head that dissipates pretty much instantly. It has a corny, beer breath aroma. It's light bodied, pretty smooth and lively. The dry finish leaves the mouth a touch chalky. It has a corny flavor, not sweet or dry, with a barely detectable bitterness. The aftertaste almost seems a touch sweet... and corny. Did I mention corn? This is the beer I expected to taste when I looked at the can.

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Photo of mpyle
3.25/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - Golden color, brilliant clarity. Very coarsely bubbled, producing a significant but very short lived white head.

Aroma is somewhat metallic (maybe from the can?) No malt, no hop.

Taste an initial sweetness that is balanced midmouth by some slightly discernible hop bitterness. Overall is fairly clean, and definitely not disagreeable for an adjunct lager.

Light to medium body, and moderately high carbonation. Mouthfeel is about what would expect from a beer of this style.

Overall - Always fun to scour the single beers at Trader Joes and look for new things. Not really my favorite kind of beer so don't expect to buy again, but a decently made, refreshing lager.

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Photo of adrock
2.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Some beers get a bad rap for their style not what they are in themselves. This is not the strongest example of this style but is a session beer best cold.

Bright appearance with decent head retention when first poured from the can.
Grainy aroma, no hops here.
Taste is bland not much going on.
Dry and light.

Definitely better examples of the style but far from the worst.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thank you Bobby for sharing this beer. It was an honor to be a part of your 6000th tick.

A: This highly anticipated beer pours a pale straw color with a white head that quickly dissipates.

S: A surprisingly unoffensive aroma. Sweet corn and grain on the nose with a bit of rice. Perhaps some hints of hops in there to break up the sweetness. Lager yeast and even a bit of fruitiness can also be found.

T: Flavor is light, but fairly decent. Definitely sweet, but it has a nice mix of adjuncts and malt. A bit grainy, and a definite apple/apple juice flavor.

M: Light in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

O: A truly worthy beverage. Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.77/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a single can of this from Trader Joe's. This a golden brew has just a wisp of foam. Sweetish malt in the nose and more on the palate. The slightest hint of hops at the end. As it warms, the adjunct emerges and brings an unpleasantness to this thing.

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Photo of richkrull
2.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this one at my buddy's house. Took it down from the can. Not too much comes through on the nose, not to me anyway. Taste was better than expected. Definitely not great though. Kind of bland. Went down easy. I probably wouldn't buy it, but if that's all that's available, it's OK.

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Photo of notchucknorris
1.15/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I work at Trader Joes and we started carrying this shortly after the arrival of Simpler Times. I enjoyed Simpler Times, so I decided to see how this one compared. Not even close. For some reason, we're still carrying it. The buyers for the Trader Joes beer department are idiots.

A: Yellow with not much head and some carbonation. One lady returned hers because she said it had dirt in the bottom of the can. She brought it in and I took a look. I doubt it was actually dirt, probably just black sediment of some kind, but it didn't look good.

S: Not much there, just some sweet and stale grains.

T: About as appealing as the smell. Nasty grain flavor with an off sweetness. Poorly made beer and not worth the $2.99 price tag. One of the worst I've ever had.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can from Trader Joe's. Pours a not-quite-crystal-clear golden, with a few particulates and medium carbonation that builds up an inch of white head. Adjunct-laden and metallic in the nose. Smooth and light flavor, sweet, with suggestions of grapey esters, perhaps some corn, and some lightly oily hops that hardly contribute any bitterness. Highly carbonated, with a light body. The sweetness detracts from the drinkability a bit, but not that bad of an example of the style.

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Photo of Lukafer
1.95/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes

Pours extremely light gold with virtually no head, what's there is gone instantly.  Smells grainy and slight corn.  Tastes weird, a little rice and some sweetness. Man, this is not good, and I used to drink Big Bear and Mickey's.  Mouthfeel is extremely thin.  Drinkability is low.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: fat carbonation bubbles moving through a pale yellow backdrop. white fizzy head dies quickly.

S: a faint malty sweetness followed by some can. maybe a little bit of horse hair.

T: starts with some of that tin i got in thte nose. really bland, watery finish. would love to get some hoppiness, but it is almost entirely absent. slightly grassy.

M: not pleasant. not enough carbonation for the style on a body that is too light.

D: i got a 6-pack of this stuff at trader joe's for $2.99. ill drink them, but definitely not a beer i will seek out in the future.

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Photo of ruckus232
2.76/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce white and red can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Light yellow in color with a white head that disappears quickly. At first pour it looks to have a large amount of carbonation.

Smell: Not a very strong smell but a slightly sweet slightly sour scent.

Taste: Better then expected but nothing special. Light in flavor with a slight bit of sweetness to balance a little bit of bitterness. The taste is slightly above other Light American Adjunct Lagers.

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Photo of Getinthevan
2.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz can into a typical pint glass.

The appearance was of a fairly weak bland yellow, almost transparent color with minimal lacing and no froth whatsoever. Sorta your run-of-the-mill characteristics for a regular American Lager.

Smell was fair in corn and not much else. This is definitely a lager with not much to offer.

Taste was a little better than expected. There's quite a little kick to this stuff not found in other lagers, but overall it's a pretty average beer.

Mouthfeel was very watery and unsavory. This is more of a chugging brew than anything. The metallic aftertaste didn't really help either.

Drinkability is only for quantity over quality. Plus it's wicked cheap, so if you're in a pinch, this is your ticket.

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Photo of ELN
1.77/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is one of the two cheap 6-packs in cans at Trader Joes. Name Tag is $2.99, Simpler Times is $3.99. I prefer this one because it doesn't taste like sugary cereal. This one tastes like water. Straight water and the faintest bit of malt on the finish. I like the can. I'm hoping that one day I can get a 6 of this on sale for $1.99! Just 'cause it would be very cheap and funny. The smell is malty. Mouthfeel is watery as can be. Drinkability is hard to say. This is very boring and watery. Sure, one could drink a sixer of this stuff but it wouldn't be that fun. More of a chore. Best bet is to drink about two if you're feeling a need to drink some brew just to quench your thirst. Goes down so easy.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.05/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can. Thanks again to Lukafer for this beer.

A- Pours a light yellow color. One finger white head shows light retention. Some spotty lacing but that's it.

S- Mildly sweet malts with a hint of bitter hops. A nice helping of grainy character to this as well. Light metallic hints toward the end of the nose.

T- Sweet malts with a touch of corn toward the front of this beer. The hops in the backing are not really there. There is a light bitterness that comes in the back. Not really balanced but there is also a light metallic ending to this.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but good for the style. Malty flavors left on the palate. Aftertaste is sweet alcohol and metallic hints. Balanced for a regular style adjunct beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- A good drinking adjunct lager. Once again it's a light flavor beer with sugary sweetness. More like sugar water really. Oh well can't have it all at times.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finished a Trader Joe's mixed sixer with this little guy. He pours a clear pale straw topped by a short-lived half-finger of fizzy white foam. The nose comprises light corn syrup, wheat, and hard water. The taste is very similar, though slightly sweeter and with an old green apple kinda flavor thrown in for bad measure. The body is rather light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, not much goin' on here, but what is going on isn't very good.

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Photo of ToasterChef
2.89/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a fridge temperature can into a pint glass. Can cracks open with not much of a pop; it doesn't sound very carbonated to me. A white white head of tiny white bubbles is produced by pouring the can into the center of the glass. The liquid is very clear and golden colored. Lots of carbonation is visible rising to the top of the glass. In the time it took me to type this review so far, the head has disappeared to barely a skim of foam. It looks like any other generic adjunct lager.

The stanky corn aroma typical of the style was apparent as soon as I began pouring. It doesn't smell overly sweet, more like dried corn husks. It's slightly better than average.

Semi-sweet and corn are the two things that come to mind as I sip this beer. A slight crystalline sweetness lingers on, but briefly.

I'm not a big fan of how this beer feels. It has a syrupy consistency that you don't find in many other beers this style. Perhaps it is because it is a bit stronger than its brand name competition? Either way, it is a bit surprising at first, then kind of distracting after that. Lots of carbonation is also felt.

I find the mouthfeel to limit this beer's drinkability. If I want a beer in this style, I'll go for one that isn't as syrupy. It is hard to complain when you drink a beer that 50 cents a can though.

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Photo of simpotico
3.65/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hate to hear people ragging on this little can. If your palate is accustomed to sucking on Heineken and other craft brews then, yes, I can see why this beer may not appeal to you. But as an American who enjoys 50cent cans of beer this little foamy bugger is tops!


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Name Tag Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.53 out of 5 with 222 ratings
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