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
Reviews by fizzy:
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2.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is pretty much an average "lawnmower" beer. Along with the Mountain Crest Lite it pretty much is "not much". I agree with the earlier reviewer that there is a slight Malt Liquor smell to the beer when poured into a nice glass. I remember when Huber made beer, most of the regular brands they made were all the same beer, just different labels, and like the Mountain Crest of today didn't really excel, unless of course you thought 3 cases for $7.50 in returnables was "where it's at"! They did excel, however, with the Augsburger and Rheinlander Bock brands but they are long gone as the brewery went through the same problems that most of the good old Wisconsin breweries went through. While the beer is pretty ordinary, it is great that the brewery is still a going concern, and for that the beer shouldn't be down rated to much.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of 1Adam12
3/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My favorite "i'm broke" beer ever! 3 bucks for a 6 pack just doesn't get any better. Light golden in color. Lots of bubbles. Sweet smell. Almost has the nose of a cheap pinot grigio. Tastes on the sweet side, with a lot of carbonation. A bit boozy for a 50 cent beer. This is the perfect summer beer, or "lawn mower" beer. Or in my case, it was perfect for my engagement party. I've had a lot worse beers that were twice the price.

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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 Alex_Weinard
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Steviebear69
1.5/5  rDev -39%

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 BeerFMAndy
3.05/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.
5.5% ABV, 12 019 15 on the bottom of the can.

Thanks to Todd (Beerwolf77) for this one?

A - I can already see this being a great beer from the classic can to the printed down the side. Crystal clear and goldenrod yellow with a poorly retained, effervescent white head with minimal lace.

S - Pale and pils malt compile the grist with notes of husky grain in the back. Adjuncty and blah across the finish.

T - This could use a bit more hop balance as it leans to the sweeter pils malt size of things. Rather grainy, malt-liquor like.

M - Crisp and highly carbonated, the smooth lighter body is a touch slick and finishes just a bit too sweet.

O - Not as bad as I expected it to be, truth be told, this adjunct lager is in need of more hops for balance. Maybe triple-hopping is necessary? Not a bad lawnmower lager though.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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.


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Photo of biggred1
2.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the can-"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."

Wow..and for only .50¢ a can!

Here goes..

Pale golden with a fizzy, grayish white head that fades fast. Sweet corn and green apple skin, Mountain Crest smells like a light Malt Liquor. Sweet, with a distinct corn flake flavor and not much else. Light bodied and fizzy. It turns out Mountain Crest classic lager beer™ is not the ultimate craft beer experience! What a let down, oh well... it's still better than Michelob Ultra.

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Photo of bubseymour
3/5  rDev +22%

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 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 Beerasaurus
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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 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 TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

The second entry in SwillFest 2011. It pours a clear yellow straw topped by a short-lived sprig of white foam. The nose comprises water and some ridiculously light hints of stone and vague sweetness. Not much of anything at all happening in the 'strils here. The taste tries somewhat vainly to amp up the minerals, along with some meek corn, grass, and iron, but things are pretty nonexistent here too. The body is very light, with a high moderate carbonation and a pretty watery feel. Overall, a boring beer, to say the least. It's not really objectionable, but it's also not very easy to drink much of this, either.

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Photo of Mr_Belvidere
3/5  rDev +22%

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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2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev +42.3%

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 lvoutlawjlh
2/5  rDev -18.7%

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 Lukafer
3.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes

Pours a clear gold with little white head. Smells grainy, and sweet.  Tastes sweet, grainy, and a little alcohol.  Mouthfeel is thin drinkability is high if you're into cheap, cheap beer, or are just looking for something to chug because you're thirsty. I honestly would rather buy this for $3 a sizer than over $5 for a BMC anyday!

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Photo of MSandahl23
2.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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