NGB Gluten Free Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by notchucknorris on 07-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of geofflovesbeer
4.88/5  rDev +116.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It's got a light, crisp, fruity taste without tasting bland. It lacks the bitterness of most gluten-free beers. I'd have to say this is the BEST gluten-free beers I've tastes, and is the closest thing to Corona (my favorite beer before I became gluten-intolerant) I've found. It's a wonderful beer for spring and summer, and especially after you've been doing yard work or working out.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.32/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear golden straw with tight fizzy bubbles that dissipate in an instant.

There's a musty slightly tart aroma to this, like a soured mash almost.

The flavor has an underlying tartness to it which reminds me of a Berliner weisse with a quick finish. Not a beer that I would necessarily crave but it definitely exceeded my expectations for a sorghum brew.

It's light, 4%, and gluten free. I’m sure it’s not the best expression of the style but I was pleasantly surprised by how it came out.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as a gift from my cousin. Tick. 'Ingredients: Water, Sorghum, Brown Rice, Hops, Yeast'.

Poured into clear tulip-ish stemware.

A - Pours a thin pale watery fizzy yellow body, slightly hazed, one finger of quickly fading white bubbly fizz for a head that recedes to nothing. Has the appearance of a thin apple cider or apple juice.

S - Aroma is kind of hard to define: pale and fizzy, notes of apple juice. Subtle creaminess. I suppose I could detect the brown rice element if I really tried? No overt notes of hops or yeast.

T - Taste is the same: notes of apple juice, cider, and perhaps an earthy ricey sort of flavor. Again, no overt notes of hops or yeast. Ehh, it isn't the worst beer I've ever tried.

M - Feel is thin, clean, watery, fizzy. Crisply carbonated. Easy-drinking for our gluten intolerant friends.

Overall, it's gluten free sorghum beer, what can we say? All these that I have tried have virtually ran on the same track. Not terrible, but definitely not recommended unless you are gluten intolerant.

Minhas NGB Gluten Free Lager -----3/5.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of Wedcat
3/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
2.93/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.85/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Clear and gold. Head is ver thin, fades immediately, and leaves no lacing.

S: The first whiff smells like a light cider. Sniffing more deeply reveals faint grain notes as well. There's nothing more to it than that.

T: Like the aroma, the taste is more cider than beer, with mildly tart fruit notes dominating. There are pale grain notes as well, and tangy bitterness in the finish that are probably hops, but not convincingly so.

M: Thin, with only mediocre carbonation. A hint of dry in the finish.

O: A little bit cider, a little bit pale ale, but not enough of either. It does not deserve the title of "lager" that it bears on the label. I've had worse, but I've also had much better, including from gluten-free beers.

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Photo of Miami66
2.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of brongladest
2.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of papat444
2.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheMarkE
2.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Gold colored with a moderate head and lacing.

Smell: Funky. I can only assume that is the sorghum.

Taste: Funky. Is that really what fermented sorghum tastes like?

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, while the funkiness continues in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: Funky, and I don’t mean that in a good way. If you have to go with gluten free, I suggest Dogfish Head’s Tweason’ale, cider, or just about anything else. FWIW, this is from Minhas Brewing, the same guys that produced Trader Joe’s Boatswain and Simpler Times labels.

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Photo of JaketheDrake
2.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

i HATE nay. LOATHE reviews like the first one. dont give two shits if your a snobby asshole about your beer. anyway. the beer isnt bad.has kind of a sweet 7-up reminiscent flavor to it. dont mind it. significantly better than redbridge very hard to find though. the trader joes i went into only had one six pack (if you make gluten free beers, make a 12 pack! only recommendation..)

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Photo of nickfl
2.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Not bad exactly... not anything really. There is no smell, no flavor, no body, and almost no color, its almost impressive in its own way. I can't think of any reason for this to exist, if I couldn't have gluten I'd rather drink wine, whiskey, cider or just water instead.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

We just got this in at Trader Joes. It's the first gluten free beer I've seen our company carry, so I decided it was worth a try.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a thin fizzy white head and lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Very strange. Apple cider like with a strange vegetal quality to it. Hints of rubber, corn syrup and latex. A bit of baby powder as well. I wouldn't call this pleasant.

T: This is...well, it isn't good. Tastes like a very cheaply made adjunct. A bit of a sour, underripe red apple flavor upfront followed by a lot of corn syrup, lemon chalk (if there's such a thing), and a strange sour, syrupy flavor on the finish. Mouthfeel is light, but leaves this strange coating on your tongue. If you're looking for gluten free options, I would stay away from this one.

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Photo of Harrison8
2.29/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours nearly clear, and tint-less, there is only a slight tinge of yellow. Very, very pale yellow, perhaps more of an off white. The beer fizzes while it's being formed, but the only "head" formed are a few large bubbles that pop and disappear quickly. Aroma is medicinal syrup, grass, and brown rice. Almost like walking into a healthy, vegetable cafe. Flavor profile is brown rice, grass, and a strange medicinal syrup-like after taste. Mouth feel is crisp, light, and extremely thin. Overall, it goes down super smooth, and is light enough that it would make a wonderful beer after a hard long run in the heat. Not much fun to sip and savor, nor does it have as much smoothness as other lagers, but if you need gluten-free, this one isn't bad.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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2.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JoeCorleone
2.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

NGB has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly appearance, some white sediment chunks, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of odd medicinal, grassy syrup, and the flavor is of those elements, with a strange "zing" to it, at the end of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and NGB finishes medium dry. Tastes like a health food store item.


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Photo of bluejacket74
2.1/5  rDev -6.7%

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch white head that has decent enough retention. Not much lacing. Aroma isn't exactly pleasing, the brew smells like watered down apple juice, bready malt/grain, white grapes, and a weird slightly tart smell. The brew mostly tastes the same way, like watery apple juice, white grapes, bready malt/grain, and some corn. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy with low carbonation. I've had some other gluten free beers before, but this is probably the worst one I've had that I can remember. On the bright side, I picked this up for just $1.17 a single at Trader Joe's. Even for a Trader Joe's house brand beer, this one is bad. That's why I make a point to usually buy singles there. But with that being said, I drank the bottle without any problems so I guess it couldn't have been too horrible.

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Photo of Eighty
2/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of lemmy187
1.98/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of gats111
1.85/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

I've had several gluten-free beers and this one didn't taste terrible at first taste. Then it kept getting worse with each sip. I had my husband try it to let me know if I was going crazy or it was really that bad. He nailed the description on the head. "Take a 12 Oz glass of water, add 2 or 5 TBS of sugar, then open up a can of corn and pour in the water from the can and then drink that." Yep. Sums it up. I didn't taste notes of citrus at all. Maybe a hint of cherry? Anyways, more than half went down the drain. Glad I had the option to purchase one bottle instead of a whOle 6 pack. Sad.

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Photo of tigg924
1.81/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Appearance: minimal head, moderate carbonation, golden in color, clear--looks good but looks can be deceiving

Smell: toasted malt and honey

Taste: big toasted malt, light pepper, old apple cider

Mouthfeel: sweet, light body, high and prickly carbonation

Overall: First beer in a while that I could not finish..tastes like a bad non-alcoholic apple cider/beer mixture..Could really use a bit of bittering..avoid this one.

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Photo of bhpmoto
1.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Wow! My wife just brought some home from Trader Joes... I have been gluten free for 6 years now; and it sucks... First off, i noticed that this beer is only 4%....If you have to drink gluten free beer or cider, you want at least 5% ....because most of it is bad. I don't really care about appearance, mostly care about taste. I have a habbit of smelling the beer as I open it, I even made a custom bottle opener that facilitates this bizarre habit.

Smell: sour with a hint of new tire.

Taste: Well.... I'll start of by letting you know that my wife bet me a dollar that I couldn't finish one (our standard bet). I am determined to win this bet, but am not 100% sure of my abilities to ingest this particular "beer" at this moment in time. It kind of tastes like liquid wood with a tinge of ether. The after taste is what I imagine what a woodchuck would taste if a wood chuck would vomit wood...

Mouthfeel. kind of like beer, but just a little acrid.

Overall. I'm still not sure if I will win this bet or not.

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Photo of Zanico
1.66/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Picked this up at Trader Joe's the other day with a mixed 4 pack. I have never tried a gluten free beer so I didn't really know what to expect. It pours very thin and watery, kind of looks like apple juice. I can't put a finger on what it smells like, but I'm nit very fond of it. It has almost a hard apple cider taste. not much after taste at all. Like drinking water. Not sure if this is what a gluten free beer is supposed to taste like, but all I can say is I'm glad I only bought one.

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NGB Gluten Free Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.25 out of 5 with 31 ratings