Mountain Crest Classic Lager Beer | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Mountain Crest Classic Lager BeerMountain Crest Classic Lager Beer

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biggred1 on 09-26-2010

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of bigzack420
3.35/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jkblr
1.57/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

12oz can coded (17 285 19) poured into a perfect pint at fridge temp. Beer is bright straw yellow with minimal white head and no lacing. Even the perfect pint with a nucleation point could only keep a head on this a few minutes. Aroma is an odd mix of malt and chemical. Taste normal for an adjunct lager but there is a bad lingering bitter after taste that is not hop driven. Mouthfeel is poor with sharp carbonation and a burning sensation to the tongue. After swallowing, there is a thick persistent oily/soapy feeling that doesn't go away. Overall, this beer is flawed at the basics. I was hoping for a cheap lawnmower beer but this is not okay, even judged only against other AAL.

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Photo of mattbolton1
3.43/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Barely drinkable, but not bad after a hot lawn mowing session

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A typical grainy blonde lager pour with a surprising soapy and foamy head of three fingers. Haze is present, in fact it bumps the opacity to near 30%.

Smells of cheerios, or other breakfast cereal, cut bananas, and malty grain. Actually an excellent nose.

HOLY SWEETNESS BATMAN. It's like someone dumped sugar in my beer. The banana runt flavor is there, which I like, but then it turns cloyingly bad with lumps of sugar and malt mix. A pine stab very faintly finishes out the profile, but it barely pushes through the overwhelming sweetness in this beer. Notes of banana linger through the end.

Creamy yet still carbonated, but nothing exceptional. A little sticky in a bad way. Ends wet.

Overall this beer was way too sweet, I don't think I could do two of these in a row. Someone who drinks the 24 packs it comes in is probably prediabetic. I've had fruit beers less sweet than this.

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Photo of schoon
2.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Josholson666
2/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.53/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled last night on 9/10/15. Comes in a 12-ounce can that I paid 99 cents from "No Frills" on Wednesday. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein "CHEERS-BOSTON" glass.

Brew pours a deep-golden yellow in color with a good 1-finger foamy/creamy head. Decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of sweet grain for the most part. Pretty much is said for the taste with LOTS of sweetness I am guessing from the grain they used. Too much actually. Funny that several times on the can they mention: "Craft Brewed in Small Batches" with a website with the three "W's" followed by "DamnGoodBeer" dot com. Well...OK then. LOL! Gonna say they they must like their own "Craft Brewed in Small Batches" better than myself (and many others) with all the comments here. Anyway, just a one time try for me for sure. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cheap but tolerable malt liquor; love how they plaster "CRAFT BREWED" all over the can, as if any beer enthusiast would confuse the Wisconsin "Minhas Brewery" label with a craft-brewed beer (especially with the boisterous "DAMNGOODBEER.COM" website on the can as well). Not at all bad, very drinkable, and if it came in glass 40oz bottle, I couldn't make the promise I'd never buy it again.

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Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden with a thin white head that has decent retention. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of an average cheap macro lager. Something raw in the smell, though.

The taste is of grain, chemical, and alcohol.

The feel is slick with solvent alcohol. It does have a certain crispness to it though.

For $3 a six-pack, I figured that I would try it. It's worth spending just a little more for Miller High Life, in my opinion. This reminds me of a cheap malt liquor light. It's not good - it's actually pretty bad, but not horrible for some reason. Well, a rated it for what it is. It is what it is.

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Photo of Goodspeed83
2.35/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Mr_Belvidere
3/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Beerasaurus
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of GlendonTT
1.25/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of Alex_Weinard
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of woodychandler
1.58/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Oh joy! The CANQuest (TM) is on the (fast) approach to CAN Review # 1,000 and local, in-person trader, tone77, has laid this gem on me to help speed the plow.

From the CAN: "Brewing Tradition Since 1845"; "'Craft Brewed In Small Batches"; "Union Made"; "Mountain Crest Classic Lager Beer starts as the purest crystal-clear water and is craft brewed in small batches. Our gold medalist brewmaster ferments only the finest sun-ripened hops & two-row malted barley to create this crisp, clean, classic lager."

Every fiber of my being cried, "Liars!" as I typed that out. I know what is coming and it won't be pretty. I just bought a 30-pack of Olde Frothingslosh and their level of seriousness is more deserving of any Minhas product, if you CAN call them "beers".

The Crack! revealed a brimful CAN, so maybe everyone is starting to get in on the fun. The inverted Glug was perfect, evincing a pseudo-cascade and forming approximately three fingers of dense, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with moderate retention. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and suddenly, across from me were the unholy trio of Midas, Mammon and Croesus, all wanting a taste. Usually, I would allow them to waste time in-fighting and begin drinking it myself, but I was in no hurry here and allowed them the first draughts. While they were on the floor, rolling around, coughing and gagging, I leaned in for a sniff. Minhas strikes again! It was their usual melange of plastics factory, dry cleaning plant, chewed pink bubble gum, unripe green apples and cotton CANdy. Ugh. The sound of heavy footsteps in the alley signaled the return of the Cybermen, here to subsume me into their midst by dint of drinking a product unfit for human CANsumption. I took my first drink and allowed it to roll around in my mouth, on my tongue, if for no other reason that my gag reflex was kicking in and I could not bear to swallow. It tasted like fermented hell. I was getting notes of stale tobacco to go along with all of the other off flavors and I began to curse NickD717 for starting me on this CAN Kick. Just then, the fence collapsed out back and the Cybermen began their advance on my house. Another long draught and when I looked down, my hands were encased in metallic gloves, just as my feet were in heavy metal boots. It had begun again! At one point, I had CANsumed enough Minhas products to develop a tolerance and an immunity to this sort of thing, but I have been CANfining myself to better beers of late, eschewing AALs and this was the result. Decent lacing began to form in my glass and it occurred to me that I might need to jackhammer it loose later, if I survived. Fortunately, all of my past encounters with the Cybermen had brought me to the attention of both Doctor Who and Torchwood and they had left a model of K-9 with me for future such encounters. K-9 appeared from his dormancy in my living room and began to repel the Cybermen as I choked, gagged and chugged down what was in my glass. Remember, no drain pours on The CANQuest (TM), if it is to count. The finish was raw, semi-dry, but in an unfinished way. It was as though it had not entirely fermented or the process had gone horribly, horribly wrong. Just as I finished it off, the Cybermen went into retreat and I got my insurance agent on the phone to get yet another new fence. I may start sending the bills for replacement fences to Monroe, Wisconsin ...

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Photo of tone77
2.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some notes of plastics, not a good sign. Taste is, well, yep, taste is of a Minhas beer. Crisp, some green apples, malts, a bit of plastic, a typical flavor profile from this brewery. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not as bad as some of there beers, is nothing special.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of MSandahl23
2.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Huffs
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of bigpoppa67
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Steviebear69
1.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of gabeezlebub
3.66/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't know who these dudes are, but anyone who would even attempt to get serious about critiqueing a typical american pilsner that is mass produced is missing the boat. Call them craft beers if you wish, but that would be like calling Bud Lite, or Miller Draft, or Coors craft beers. If all beers were bitter that would get a little boring don't you think? And I certainly would not be bold enough to suggest how breweries should change their beers to suit my personal tastes. If they were foolish enough to do so we would have how many varieties of beer on the planet earth? Let me answer that question for you. The answer I believe is
I happen to like beers that are malty. It's my favorite characteristic in a beer. I also like sweetness in a beer. Mountaincrest not only has a deeper color than most typical american lagers, it also has a stronger, bolder flavor which makes it most desirable. Foaming characteristics? Who cares? Most beer drinkers don't drink the foam and actually wait for it to dissipate. Nose? You've GOT to be kidding! When is the last time you worried about the smell of a Miller Lite? I not only like the taste of MountainCrest, I think it is one of the better tasting beers in the store. College kids should be going nuts over this stuff. And the price is definitely a plus for beer drinkers that like quantity.
I heard that MountainCrest and Boxer are actually the same beer. Not as far as I could tell. The boxer looked paler in color and weaker in taste. Although I must admit I did not try them side by side. I'm sure it won't be too difficult to find out. Still, $12.99 for 36 cans translates into 36 cents a can. If there is anyone out there that is beating that price let us know!

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Photo of Knapp85
1.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This poured out as a pale looking yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The head settles into nothingness and leaves no head retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is loaded with malt sweetness much like most of the Minhas brews. The taste of the beer is mostly all malt, no bitterness at all, it's very one dimensional. The mouthfeel is light bodied, carbonated and watery, very boring. Overall this beer needs a lot more of a bitterness to it. It's far too sweet and really needs some bitterness to balance it out.

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Photo of LagerHOGGER
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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