Mountain Crest Classic Lager Beer
Minhas Craft Brewery

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #265
Ranked #30,088
2.4 | pDev: 30.42%
Oct 29, 2022
Sep 26, 2010
Mountain Crest Classic Lager BeerMountain Crest Classic Lager Beer
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Reviewed by wheredidkrisko

1.33/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
Mountain Crest... You were once a good reliable cheap beer. I used to always have a case of you ready for the weekend. Was it the contracts with Liquor Depot? Was it because they dropped the price ubsurdly low? Were you dealing with high demand issues and somewhere somehow quality control went out the window? Come back.. I miss you.

Seriously. Used to be the best bang for buck beer on the market. Now.. It's swill. Utter swill. This is my third attempt at revisiting a lost loved one. Never again. Goodbye MC. Thanks for the memories.
Oct 29, 2022
Rated: 2.62 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Panterabongs420 from Canada (AB)

1.4/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
Crap beer. Can u even call it beer.

Bad mouth feel bad pours , sickly smell. These taste like apples in a bad way, and taste like rubbing alcohol. Most Minhas products are to be stayed away from (I've had ONE good drink by them haha)

Infected ass beer
Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by XenoHD from Canada (AB)

4.03/5  rDev +67.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I am an avid drinker of this, in 355ml cans. It is not the best beer out there but such an underrated local beer at a fair price.

Look -light golden/yellow body, head doesn’t last long.

Smell -Citrus, malt, apple.

Taste - Citrus, sweet, apple, crisp, sour, tangy after taste that activates the back end of the tongue.

Feel - Light, coats the pallet for a shot time, crisp.

Overall -A great summer beer that is easily drinkable, not watery, not skunky, very well priced if you’re local.
Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Jenn1277

1/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
This is disgusting !! The worst beer I’ve ever opened! It smells like apple cider vinegar and tastes like it !! I threw out an 8 pack because it was so disgusting
Sep 08, 2021
Rated: 1 by arini10 from Oregon

Jan 19, 2021
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5
Drank from a 12 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - Very busy but kind of charming. It has a sort of simple 90s aesthetic to it. It's not the most beer-looking, but I like it.

Smell - Sweet and malty, very powerful smell for an adjunct lager. Smells more like a German dunkel almost. A good smell but on the verge of overpowering.

Taste - The taste more or less follows the smell. Very sweet, very bready, somewhat of a caramel taste. Could use with some more bitterness to tone it down, but it's got a character that I've never experienced in this style.

Feel - A weird creamy/soapy texture. Not entirely pleasant. Could definitely use with a bit more carbonation.

Overall - Never heard of this beer and have only seen it in one random store, but for a $3 six-pack, this was a good pick. Way more interesting than most other adjunct lagers, might come back to it if I can find it again.
Dec 18, 2020
Rated: 1.79 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jul 19, 2019
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Rated by Drak-Nib from Nebraska

2.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Just a beer. 2010/09/06
Nov 13, 2018
Rated: 3.35 by bigzack420 from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2017
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

1.57/5  rDev -34.6%
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.
Apr 13, 2017
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Rated by mattbolton1 from Kansas

3.43/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Barely drinkable, but not bad after a hot lawn mowing session
Jul 23, 2016
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

2.69/5  rDev +12.1%
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.
Jan 29, 2016
Rated: 2.02 by schoon from Iowa

Jan 12, 2016
Rated: 2 by Josholson666 from Minnesota

Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 23, 2015
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Reviewed by BeerWithMike from Nebraska

2.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.
Sep 11, 2015
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Reviewed by SteveJeremy from Connecticut

2.68/5  rDev +11.7%
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.
Aug 14, 2015
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

2.68/5  rDev +11.7%
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.
Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 2.35 by Goodspeed83 from Minnesota

Jan 06, 2015
Rated: 3 by Mr_Belvidere from Illinois

Nov 27, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by Beerasaurus from Virginia

Oct 14, 2014
Rated: 1.25 by GlendonTT from Canada (AB)

Jul 30, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by Alex_Weinard from Wisconsin

Jun 01, 2014
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

1.58/5  rDev -34.2%
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 ...
Jan 14, 2014
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.69/5  rDev +12.1%
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.
Dec 14, 2013
Rated: 1.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Dec 09, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by MSandahl23 from Indiana

Nov 01, 2013
Rated: 2.25 by Huffs from New York

Sep 13, 2013
Rated: 2.5 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Sep 06, 2013
Rated: 1.5 by Steviebear69 from Minnesota

Mar 28, 2013
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Reviewed by gabeezlebub from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev +52.5%
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!
Nov 30, 2012
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -27.1%
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.
Nov 01, 2012
Rated: 2.25 by LagerHOGGER from Canada (AB)

Oct 26, 2012
Rated: 3 by bubseymour from Maryland

Oct 24, 2012
Rated: 2 by lvoutlawjlh from Nebraska

Aug 30, 2012
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

2.75/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Mountain Crest (Mountain Creek or Minhas Creek) has a medium, quickly dissipating head, some splotchy lacing, and a clear, bubbly golden appearance. The aroma is of sickly-sweet green apples and musty grain. The flavor is of sweet, Jolly Rancher apple-flavored candy, tartness, grain, and a dash of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Mountain Crest finishes harsh, ragged, and unpleasant (to an extent). Overall, this is, at best, an average beer, but it does has some character, even it it's a bad character. Try it, but you'll probably not like it.

Aug 28, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Apr 14, 2012
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Reviewed by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

1.29/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
Reviewed from notes.

A. Transparent pee-yellow with a short lived foam collar, no real lacing at all to speak of.

S. Smells like apple/pear juice mixed with simple syrup sweetener from a bar dispenser.

T. Rotting potatoes, sugary sweetness combined with acidic vomitous bile, with a very long extended rusty metal finish. Wow. If it were possible to rate a zero out of five I would without hesitation. Seriously, a very pervasive rotten potatoes flavor either speaks for an infected can or a very terrible beer.

M. Light, thin and watery, but not quite carbonated enough to clear the metallic / acid haze from my mouth.

Oh dear lord, this one was really quite terrible. I recommend staying the hell away from this "beer". Even if I had happened to get some kind of infected can, I am not willing to subject myself to the contents of another on the off-chance that it might be better, that was how bad it was. It is just not worth the risk.
Mar 17, 2012
Rated: 2 by KC9LDB from Illinois

Mar 06, 2012
Mountain Crest Classic Lager Beer from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 48 ratings