Name Tag Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Name Tag LagerName Tag Lager

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of devilben02
2.22/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours from the can with a pale but warm yellow color and a fleeting, foamy white head. The aroma is grainy and metallic, with a bit of sweet corn. The flavor is dominated by sweet corn, with a note of rice also. A medium carbonation only partially hides a kind of buttery texture.

I had never had this beer before, but it still makes me feel kind of nostalgic, with its ultra-generic labeling and unmistakably adjunct-laden aroma and flavor. Overall, it is not a good beer, but at $2.99 per six-pack, it's not a bad lawnmower beer to have in the fridge.

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Photo of salvo
3.1/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow under a fluffy white head that dissipates ... but a slight head remains! Plus one.

Nose is malt and astringent hops, vaguely, with corn present: hot popped corn out of the air popper. Oh well: I didn't say it was perfect.

Taste is ... wait. Taste is ... light. A little corn, a little malt, no hops to speak of. But it isn't unpleasant, and it certainly isn't killing the wallet. It is a bit sweet after the first sip or two. By the end of the can, I'm really feeling that it's just a little too sweet.

Very light mouthfeel. Drinkable? Yes, yes it is.

As an adjunct lager with bargain basement price, I have to thank Minhas and Trader Joe's for this, Red Oval, and other inexpensive beers. I'm a fan of Simpler Times lager and pilsner, especially to offer in comparison to other American mass-produced over-priced marketing abominations. I'd rather see this in the cooler than those other American "beers."

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Photo of deciding39
3.14/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not going to lie to you and tell you this is a fantastic beer. But for $2.99 a sixer, it IS a fantastic deal. Relatively inoffensive, save for a slight metallic twang in the nose and finish that was not entirely unexpected. Thin, cracker-like malt flavor up front, with an ever-so-slightly bitter finish. I can only assume the bitterness comes from hops, but really can't tell due to complete absence of hop flavor or aroma. Boy, does this go down easy though.

To compare to other American adjunct lagers: I would certainly take this over a Bud, as I find the flavor (or lack thereof) markedly less offensive. However, I'd probably still opt for a sixer of 'Gansett tall boys over Name Tag.

I actually prefer this to Trader Joe's Simpler Times, given that this is a little easier to drink in session (I think ST is 6.2%). And with the dollar I saved I bought a scratch ticket. A wise investment indeed.

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Photo of g00dness
3.17/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While my review of this beer is probably not going to add up to a lot of points, I've got to say that this is a good value at $3 for a 6-pack. The look in the glass was all-american lager a.k.a. urine. The nose was very weak malt and bananas. I poured this can into a pint glass so I could get a better look and smell at it (bad idea really - neither characteristic being a strength), and the head took less than a second to dissipate, so I might as well get to the drinking. The taste was good actually, with sweet corn and froot loops being the major notes. The mouthfeel is above average, not overly foamy and pretty smooth. The drinkability is also above average, clocking in at about 15 minutes for "first beer on a friday". Better than the big guys, and cheaper.

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.32/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at Trader Joe's, and pretty much bought it just out of curiosity. I am going to take style into account in this review, but still rating on my biases. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours your usual urine color characteristic of American adjunct lagers. Normal big fuzzy head, but it actually keeps a little layer instead of disappearing completely. I actually got some aroma just from opening the can. Not sure yet if that is a good thing. Smells sweet with a little corn aroma. Kind of funky in a bad way. A very light noble hop aroma that combines with the sweetness to make it kind of fruity smelling. Wow. For an adjunct lager it really doesn't taste bad at all! Fairly sweet with definite pilsner maltiness. Slight fruitiness, maybe a very light touch of corn. Not watery, but a little thin. It has a redeeming creaminess to it though. I really don't mind it.

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Photo of FSUplumber
1.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My daugther pocked this up at Trader Joe's While down state. She said the price was good and the can does look cool.
A-clear with a copper tint
S- Not much but a little corn
T- while tinking classic American lager no it was like weak fruit cearal
M- Classic lite lager o.k.
D- save your money and buy a 12ozer

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Photo of hmk22
3.2/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I second what everybody else said...great price (although Trader Joe's seems to charge $3.99 for this in NY state and $2.99 everywhere else) and a you-get-what-you-pay-for lager -- no more, no less. Retro-looking '70s-style label...all it needs is the old-fashioned pop-top and you can almost see your mom's avocado-green appliances and smell the crock pot cooking while you watch Courtship Of Eddie's Father (or Julia, or Mannix, or Owen Marshall) on your Dad's Curtis-Mathis. Have A Nice Day! BTW, can now says 5% ABV.

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Photo of josiahschlender
2.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Its cheap price makes trying this lager in a can from Trader Joe's not too much of an investment. Three bucks for a sixer.

Pours a pale, very clear yellow with an ample bright white cap that fades quickly. I kinda like the simple can design, but nothing special about its looks.

Same goes for its aroma. Faint cornflakes with a bit of a metallic note among the light lager nose. Not offensive, but nothing special.

Flavor also has some corn with the light malt. Typically this would be a beer I would drink straight from the can. Pouring it into a glass to view its appearance warmed it up faster. While I'm known for enjoying my beers warmer than most of my friends, this is one I'll have as cold as possible to numb my taste buds.

Pretty smooth and clean feel. Not as crisp as I'd like for the style, but probably its least detrimental attribute. (besides the price)

Well I drank it all, and even finished the six pack, but mostly out of obligation. It washes down food fine, and cleanses thirst ok, as long as it's cold. I'd probably spring for some of the big macro brews over this one though. Definitely give me PBR any day first. However, price is a big factor in my drinkability rating, which helps it out. A little more effort, Red Oval!

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Photo of rlshep
2.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My wife (a devout Mich-Ultra drinker) brought this home after a weekend with the girls and said no one could drink it. So my expectations are pretty low.

Cooked corn. Faint floral hop aroma, fades with head. Vegetable after head fades.

Fizzy pours decent white head but dissipates quickly. No lacing. Pale Yellow color. Very clear.

Sweet corn flavor, some what grainy. Some astringency and DMS. Hop flavor noticeable. More bitter than expected. Finishes dry.

Very light body. High carbonation. Doesn't seem watery.

Light, fairly refreshing. The aftertaste would prevent me from seeking this out. Still not a horrible brew, would drink if there was nothing else around. As it stands tonight though, I can't finish this glass.

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Photo of rabsten
3.23/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like its packaging, Red Oval is channeling 1978. You can almost smell the shag carpeting and hear Foghat in the background. Crazy-ass sensory recall of my youth. But, here's the beer:

Clear gold with thick, frothy head, moderate retention and some early lacing.

Corn, mild malt, some green apple aroma.

Slightly sweet, acetyl aldehyde-tinged malt. Inoffensive.

Thinner mouthfeel but some body.

Fine drinkability.

If you're in the mood for canned American adjunct lager and don't wanna spend $$, grab some of these. $2.99 at a Trader Joe's near you!

PS: keeps one's irony quotient up as well, which is harder than ever now that I'm over 40.

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Photo of beertunes
1.76/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Geezer Jim for this bargain brew from Trader Joes. Well, I'm not going to do a detailed review. This an all-around average example of the style that I call Cheap American Lager ( Thanks to the late, lamented band Creeping Time, for that's the name of an album and song). You know what this beer is before you open it and it doesn't try to be anything other than a bargain beer. This would be a decent chore beer or for when you want cans for whatever reason. Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.

Edit 6/12/12: I grabbed one of these without realizing that I'd already reviewed it and am changing my numbers from all 3's to the 3/2/1.5/2/1.5 you see here. I found this second tasting to be a sticky sweet mess. Just a syrupy, grainless, hopless, yeastless trainwreck of a beer. Avoid.

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Photo of idResponse
3.7/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You finish mowing the lawn on a hot summer day. You are parched, panting, and sweaty. You say to yourself "MAN! I could use an ice cold refreshing lager for DIRT CHEAP right about now!" Well, sir. Six of these will run you a whopping $2.99 at your local Trader Joes! More refreshing than (insert generic beer) by far! You will see the can and think these jokers are just a ripoff of Red Stripe! You can't possibly make me believe this is good beer! Well, it smells like (insert generic beer). *DOOK DOOK DOOK* It CHUGS like (insert generic beer)! It even goes DOWN like (insert generic beer)! HOT DAMN! That really hit the spot! MAN! I am SO glad I picked up two of these six packs because I'm gonna totally finish these off like they're water!

Seriously, if people are rating this as a crappy beer, they are missing the point. Some beer is built to be tasty and fulfilling and artistic and crafty and beautiful and great. THIS beer, like most other (insert generic beer), is built to be guzzled in great masses on hot days in the summertime like it was water, but not leave you with nasty aftertaste, bitter beer face, but a cleansed palate ready to eat more barbecue spare ribs.

Serious bang for the buck. Totally passes this summertime feed your friends barbecue and beer freak!

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Photo of Ryan011235
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass on 6/25/10

Pale yellow & clear. Carbonation bubbles cling to well over half the inside of the glass, feeding one finger of white foam. Retention is weak - nothing more than a skim. No lace.

The aroma is all riddled with adjunct: cereal grains & corn husk. Some earthy hops hints come through. Slightly toasty with wisps of way-too-ripe apple.

Emerging first is the flavor of near-rotten apple. Yippee. Toasted cereal grains & a touch of rice are apparent mid-swallow. A pinch of hops is noticeable throughout, but I wish it weren't. The only thing said hops do is supply a bitterness that is distinctly metallic.

Light bodied with average carbonation; seems decent for the style. The finish starts grainy then is overrun by an aluminum twinge. No thanks.

Red Oval is a pretty dismal beer; at best it's unpleasant. I reckon I can't be too surprised; after all, this costs 50 cents per can. Still, it's really bad.

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Photo of Zorro
3.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Obtained from the local Trader Joes.

A clear yellow colored beer bordering on what I could call gold. A small white head forms and disappears.

Smells sweet and corny with a small grassy hop smell. Mildly sweet with a mild noble hop aroma.

Starts out sweet with a corn flavor and no real bitterness. There is a slight apple flavor here but not that strong. A taste that can basically described as generic beer.

Mouthfeel is light.

Drinkability is OK for what it is, a $2.99 a six pack TJ beer. It is OK but no hidden gem.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, the label design is definitely classic. Reminds of those days growing up in the midwest (Iowa) and seeing cans of stuff like Schlitz, Schmidt's, Red White & Blue, Dubuque Star and Old Milwaukee everywhere. No fondness for those beers beyond the memory of them, just nostalgia. Thanks to mnwags for sending this one, which he assured me I wouldn't love, yet I go into this as objectively as possible...

Pours a watery yellow color, with a slight haze; the head is snow white and fairly thick...for a second. Then it visually and even audibly crackles down to a thin skim. Sounds like Rice Krispies in there. Fred Eckhardt urges us to listen to our beer, and this is one to hear, if not drink.

Clean lemon and fresh straw smell, lacking the DMS/veggie/corn aroma of many others of this ilk. Not amazing, but certainly kinda nice.

Flavor is on the fruity side, although lacks any real sweetness. Crisp and lightly grainy, with shades of peach/pear present. Thankfully that boiled veggie/DMS thing is mostly absent, and while there's hardly any depth to the flavor, there's nothing off-putting, either. Finish offers chewing gum, somewhere between generic bubble-gum flavor and Wrigley's Juicy Fruit. This characteristic isn't hugely pronounced or anything, but it does flash by. Finishes dry, actually, that the flavor pretty much disappears.

Although the bubble activity tries to be aggressive, there's a softness here that has the illusion of creaminess. But no, it's fairly thin, it's just the the carbonation is not attacking, as it is in too many, more popular versions of this style.

Well heck, it's not too bad at all. Drinkable, certainly, but if that's the best thing I can say about it, then I can live without ever having another one. Still, it's not awful, and I guess I expected so much worse...

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Photo of blackie
3.1/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked up a cooking beer - may as well throw a quick rating at it

a: clear pale golden in color, retains a decent white head, no lace

s: rice thinned pale malts, white bread, hops present but benign

m: carbonation lively, light bodied

t: pale malts thinned with rice give the bulk of the flavor, ultra mild hops, a little unwelcome sweetness lingers

d: it is what it is - an adjunct lager, nothing off, nothing interesting, but generally clean and drinkable

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Photo of Wikipeteia
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let's get this out of the way: At 50 cents a can, this stuff puts a hurtin' on Natty Ice, Milwaukee's Best, Busch and the rest of the budget beers. However, being mentioned in that category probably isn't a ringing endorsement.

The beer pours clear though the color reminds me of what happens about an hour or two after I'm done drinking the beer, the color far too dark for the style. Carbonation is fine and offers a crisp effervescence to the beer.

For a Lager however, there are little to no lager characteristics. It's a Pilsner, without tasting anything like a Pilsner. There's quite a bit going on in the mouth for it to match what it should taste like. It's obviously containing some corn, and yet there's no smoothness to the beer, none of the creamy goodness you'd even get from a Little Kings or a cream ale.

It's redeeming quality is possibly it's drinkability, because it does go down well, and it's somewhat quaffable, if there's little else around. A good filler beer for people who are BMC fans, but not much else.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.18/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The distinguishing feature of this beer is its cheapness. By that, I mean the fact that a 6-pack runs shy of $3. All else about this beer ought be considered in that light.

Now then... pours a medium light straw with a good 4 inches of foam into a pint glass. Surprisingly, it has a bit of lacing. Very little fizziness is apparent in the beer itself - relatively still.

Smell is close to undetectable. Flavor is a bit maltier than the Buds and Millers this stands against. Slightly more substantial mouthfeel as well. Drinkability is as you'd expect for this type of beer - no impediments to high-volume consumption.

All in all, if you just want a beer, it's hard to argue with the price. Won't be winning any awards any time soon, but then again they never claimed to deserve one.

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Photo of raoulduke37
2.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Trader Joe's and poured into my Ramones pint glass.

Pours a very pale golden color with a head that quickly dissipates to a wisp in a minute. Some minimal lacing, and a nice steady stream of bubbles keeps rising to the surface.

Smell is almost impossible to detect. Some mild phenols and the classic BMC inoffensive non-scent. Not terribly inviting, here.

This tastes just like any other macro lager, sans the absolutely disgusting after taste. Yawn.

This is a good one to share with a new neighbor who is obviously not into craft beer, which my neighbor, Jim, clearly is not. Boring. I'll reach for Simpler Times Lager any day of the week over this one. Oh well. $2.99/sixer, what did I expect?

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.29/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear light staw body with a decent head that sticks around for a bit.

Aromas are pale malt breadiness along with creamed corn with not really any hop character.

The flavor is pretty much spot on with the aroma but gets annoying the more you drink.

The mouthfeel is probably the worst part of this beer. I am uncertain of the abv, but for an adjunct lager with corn you'd expect some sense of creaminess, but this lack any sense of it.

This is a simple, under hopped lager with little character.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.06/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer starts out with a nice clear light straw color with a white head.

It has a mild aroma and flavor of adjuncts, fruitiness, and a little metallic twang. This is your dad's (or grandpa's) classic macro from middle America.

Light body, faint adjunct finish, and fairly smooth and innocuous.

Sure it's drinkable, but for those who have paid their dues, the overall impression leaves an intuitive wariness of having too many of these in one sitting.

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Photo of industrialswill
3.7/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like most items I find at Trader Joes, this beer has good value for the dollar.

There isn't any reason to over analyse it, what we have here is a simple brew that is enjoyable by at least "simple folk" like me.

The overall BA rating of "NOT WORTHY" leads me to ask the question, "not worthy of what, your majesty"?

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Photo of Spikester
2.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold with a good sized white head and minimal lacings. Aroma is corny. Taste is corny sweet with a kiss of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is average. Nothing wrong with this typical American Lager just no reason to drink it again unless this is your style. Value is good at $2.99 per six pack at Trader Joes.
Update: Not much to add but I did get a very fresh single to see if it merited some up or down ratings.
The only thing I can add to the original review is this tastes like the regular version of Kirkland's Light beer which is basically a corn sugar water beverage. Same brewer by the way. Minhas Brewing. 08/20/2015.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
2.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Surprisingly attractive, light golden, with a billowy long lasting head
S: Nasty adjunct/corny aroma
T: It's been a while since I've downed beer this crappy (I don't do American mass-produced). I suppose though, this beer is as good as PBR, and better than Coors, Miller or Bud... (I drank it room temp...just in from Trader J.'s) Well ballanced, sweet, mild adjunct beer....what to expect?
M: It's about right. Nice lacing on the glass too--show's its got body.
D: I think on a hot day, just after mowing the lawn, it would be fine, ice cold, with me lying in the hammock... Otherwise, save it for your Beer-stupid friends...

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a clean light straw yellow. Two fingers of white head developed and slowly dissipated to leave a nice foamy cap...which then dissipated to a ring around the edge.

Smell: Major adjunct corn aroma, a sweet floral scent, and not much else.

Taste: More of the same from the smell: adjuncts, but sweeter than I expected from the smell.

Drinkability: It's nothing complex, and it's nothing special, but it'll pass as beer.

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Name Tag Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.55 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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