Special Reserve Mallow
Modist Brewing Co.

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Lager - American
Ranked #17
Ranked #15,786
3.95 | pDev: 9.62%
Modist Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Special Reserve MallowSpecial Reserve Mallow
Notes: Imperial Lager with marshmallows, Madagascar vanilla bean, milk sugar, more marshmallows and aged in our oak foeder.
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: February 6, 2021... OCCASION: the second beer of the night for me--already in good shape!...GLASSWARE: Baltika pokal... pours a clear, clean, bubbly golden yellow body, its head is a four-fingered white thickness akin to snow... great head retention... cream ale, marshmallow, banana, clove, vanilla, and pilsner hops...this flows so easily, with a creamy lactose draw that refreshes and invigorates simultaneously... the lagerish aspects make this all the more enjoyably sippable, belying its 7+ ABV... the vanilla kills this; the marshmallow makes this a dessert worth mulling over... the balance of the sweetness and dryness is impressive--another winner from the EBF box... might be my favorite so far, and that is saying something

Mar 22, 2021
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Viaduck from California

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with an impressive white head. Aroma is just one note: vanilla. Yes, it is sweet. Flavor: a fruity lager with marshmallow, lots of vanilla, bread, banana & cream. Medium feel with adequate carbonation. Overall; lots of marshmallows!

Mar 19, 2021
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vectornut from California

3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one isn't at all what I was expecting. It's a nice tasting, very sweet lager. The flavor profile for me was mainly just sweet. Come to think of it, I don't really LIKE marshmallows, so that might be part of the problem.

Mar 12, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden with a touch of haze, thin head, no lacing.

S: At first, fairly strong apple-like yeast esters, almond extract, and bready maltiness. As the beer warms the marshmallow really starts to come out.

T: Warm marshmallowy flavors abound. Vanilla, butter, almond extract, and even toasted coconut come into play as well.

F: Very thin with a slight slight slickness maybe due to diacetyl (it works in the flavor though). I would like to have this beer with a lot more body.

Overall: A really tasty beer that delivers on the promise of marshmallow flavor, perhaps a bit light bodied but tastes great.

Mar 06, 2021
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UnfilteredCasaNova from New York

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My go to beers are oak-aged imperial stouts, so I was intrigued to see a lager in this style, since I'm not a fan of thinner, lighter, crisper beers. But this proved me wrong. The 7.2 ABV slows down the chugging, which allows the milk-sugar and aging to come through; adding a bit of a chew to this beer. Wow-very impressive! This complex lager gives simple pleasures. Foggier than most lagers, but still crisp and light as lagers tend to be. Nice!

- Pours slightly hazy.
- Thin creamy head fizzles out quickly at the center of the glass, leaving a thinner ring of foam.
- Some sediment at the bottom of the glass (nice!) adds chewiness.
- The milk sugar and mallow compliment the natural sweetness of lager beers without overkill. The vanilla and aging balances everything out and does not make this a dessert beer. But does make this a craft brew, and not your typical experience.
- Not as carbonated as most lagers. No need to let the beer air out in the glass. Can drink immediately after a pour.
- Faint lager scent.

Overall this beer impressed me as someone who prefers stouts.

Mar 06, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-pale golden can pour with a slight haze and a thin foam cap.
The aroma is of sweet malt and marshmallow, a bit medicinal.
The flavor is rich with malt and some marshmallow toast.
I understand the motivation for brewing this, (and drinking this) in a cold climate. -the feelings of warmth and comfort need multiple sources.

Feb 22, 2021
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socon67 from New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden colored lager, with a white frothy foam. The smell of vanilla is very much present. Flavor is creamy; somewhat like there is lactose sugar in there but does give the sense of marshmallows in the beer. I'd equate it to hot chocolate once marshmallows melt. The finish does give a slight musty nod to lager yeast.

A fun lager, and I do think the vanilla addition doesn't put it too far out the norm to be a niche beer.

Feb 20, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Marshmallow is omnipresent in the nose but light, oak backed vanilla actually makes a stronger impression, bright grains linger in the background. Taste is much the same but marshmallow has now bonded with the oak more as the starring couple, vanilla, sugar, buttery malts and cereal grains round out to balance. Feel is very smooth before the crisp finish, generally bright but has a sense of anchored gravity from the oak. Fun lager. The wife liked it

Feb 15, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - slight hazy yellow slight tan color with a really nice white head
Smell - pilsner malt grainy vanilla boozy
Taste - sweet vanilla slight milky hearthy grainy beer
Feel - medium body and carb
Overall - very different interesting beer and tasty

Feb 13, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting lager ... More full and more full bodied than most ... Certainly getting the "marshmallow" under current ... Smooth to drink and the relatively high ABV is well disguised

Feb 10, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An Extreme Beer Fest beer - never had an Extreme lager before!

A beautiful beer! Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Thick, creamy white head atop a slightly hazy yellow body, excellent curtain lacing. Traditional sweet grassy smell of a lager with an overlay of vanilla and a bit of marshmallow. A bit of a fruity finish that balanced the marshmallow. Overall a pleasant beer.

Feb 08, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special Reserve Mallow from Modist Brewing. Received on 20/1/21 for the Extreme Beer Fest – Cyberspace (2021) from Half-Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. $ 109.99 (Including tax and shipping). This is a 16 oz can ($ 0.702/oz). Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 8/2/21. (Note: I use DD/MM/YY protocol.)
Stamped on bottom of can “#FLUFFBUNNY 12/18/20”. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 56.4 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Less than pale straw (SRM

Feb 08, 2021
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy yellow with a medium white head with great lacing. Aroma is a bit juicy fruit gum with grassy lager notes. Taste is vanilla, marshmallow and lager yeast notes. Not sweet, but layered an pleasant. Feel is great, creamy for a lager but still plenty crisp. Overall, a quite good lager that I am glad I got to try.

Feb 07, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a sample glass. Part of Extreme Beer Fest.

Pours slightly hay, mostly clear, light yellow, medium head. Smell is lager, a little oak, some lagery funk. Marshmallow is there basically only because I know it's an ingredient -- I wouldn't pick it out otherwise.

Taste is confusing. Some oak, some grass bitterness, definitely some marshmallow sweetness. Maybe too much sweetness. Might be some other sweetness. Vanilla is pretty clear.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick. Overall, it's a pretty good beer.

Feb 07, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy bright yellow color. Not much a head, just a thin layer of white foam. Aroma has notes of pilsner malt, toasted marshmallow, corn, cream, with light sweet notes. The presence of the sweetness and marshmallow creaminess is reminiscent of a cream ale in some ways ... Taste has notes of pilsner malts, some light oakiness, the toasted marshmallow and vanilla notes come through. I have to say, the oakiness really does provide something this beer needs otherwise it would be far too sweet. Feel is medium to moderately bodied. You can tell this is an imperial for sure. Bright carbonation keeps it crisp.

Its an extreme beer to be sure. For me, I just do not see how the addition of marshmallow, vanilla beans, and lactose made this beer better ... I guess its just not for me.

Feb 07, 2021
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RbrtGroves from Idaho

3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden pour with what seems to be a sour vanilla aroma. The marshmallow flavor is very soft and long lasting. To really shine, this might need a lot more than just a hint of lactose.....is anyone doing that to a lager?

Feb 07, 2021
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2beerdogs from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer z#3 for day#2 of EBF Cyberspace
A slightly cloudy lager in appearance. fluffy 2 finger cap drops off to a nice film with a slight, but constant stream of bubbles to replenish the head.
Nose carries a mild sweetness that has a smooth vanilla overtone.
Flavor is vanilla forward, but smooth and mellow. Some crackery malt peaks in underneath. The traditional noble hops lager notes are absent or concealed by the sweetness. Later a slight crisp finish gets back in the lager tradition. Not super sweet, but still on the sweet side.
Mouthfeel is crisp, great carbonation.

Feb 07, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Lightly hazed straw with a large near-white head that quickly settles into a crown a leaves webbed lacing.

Nice, dry lager aroma up front that’s fairly traditional. Reminds me a bit of a Dortmunder: a little grain, grass, straw. Then there’s some clear sugary marshmallow behind. “Extreme.”

The taste is basically vanilla and sweet marshmallow over a light base that loses most of the traditional elements from the nose.

Creamy for a light-colored lager with fizzy carbonation.

Not too offensive, but the marshmallow and vanilla isn’t to my liking.

Feb 07, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of EBF Cyberspace 2021

It’s time for round 3. Now, this one seems very interesting. First off, it’s an imperial lager with marshmallows of all things. On top of that, there’s vanilla and lactose, and it’s then oak aged. I honestly have no idea what to expect from this one, but I’m quite excited

Pours a mostly clear gold with a finger of white head that fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

The aroma is sweet, the marshmallow comes through but it’s subtle, some sweet vanilla, general citrus, graham cracker, a touch of grassy hops, and very light smooth oak

On the front end I’m tasting some smooth oak, marshmallow, and some grassy hops. The swallow trends sweeter, bringing notes of creamy vanilla, doughy malt, and some more marshmallow

A light brown body pairs with gentle carbonation resulting in a very silky beer. Finishes mostly dry with a touch of sweetness

This was pretty good! Def strange, especially for a lager, but fits the extreme label

Feb 07, 2021
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fostwal from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

EBF R2. Slightly hazy blond color. Well carbonated with a tall head. No bitterness. Nothing tart. A very mellow vanilla flavor on a kolsch base. Soft mouthfeel. Clean finish.

Feb 07, 2021
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ChipChaight from New York

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from Half-time/BA for EBF 2021. Pours a mostly straw yellow with a finger of foamy white head, that sticks around, great lacing, smell is nice cracker malts, marshmallow, vanilla, oak, hints of sour grassiness, taste follows the nose with cracker/bread malts, vanilla, marshmallow, and finishes with oak and a hint of grassy twang, feel is light to medium bodied soft crisp carbonation. A cream soda lager, nicely balanced, delicate sweetness, and still recognizable as a lager.

Feb 07, 2021
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 12/18/20

Pours foggy hazy pale yellow with visible particles, and a dense creamy fluffy lasting white foam head with good retention and lacing. Smells like buttery marshmallow, vanilla, creamy milk sugar, rice krispies treat, light oak, pale malts, with mild earthy hops. Tastes like creamy fresh vanilla beans, milk sugar, marshmallows, oak foeder, slight rice krispies treats, pale bready crackery malts, with some earthy hop notes. Feels medium bodied, creamy smooth, fairly crisp and dry with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice oak foeder aged imperial lager with marshmallows, Madagascar vanilla bean and milk sugar.

Feb 07, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the 2021 BeerAdvocate Virtual Extreme Beer Fest. Poured from a can into a tulip. Pours yellow orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet grain with a little bit of marshmallow. Tastes of sweet cereal grain with slight marshmallow flavor. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Feb 07, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a sudsy white head, and features a nose with the marshmallow sweetness and a bit of bready malt and a little grassy hop aromas.

The marshmallow is forward and very strong on the taste - with a little less sweetness and a little more hop flavor, this would approach world-class, IMHO.

Feb 07, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I don't see any date on the can or label. There is a pair of black marks on the edge of the bottom of the can but they appear only as smudged lines.

Appearance: The beer has a light gold body that is hazy enough to only allow dark fuzzy shadows through. It has a medium-large head that is fluffy and cloud-like. It slowly recedes to a short cap over the beer and it leaves nice sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Up first, a light alcohol aroma comes through. There is a light, spicy hop aroma. A very faint vanilla scent comes through

Taste: Up front there is a toasted note. In the middle there is a very mild hop flavor which comes across a little spicy and a little earthy, and there is a light hint of alcohol. Not much going on at the back of the tongue. Light earthy aftertaste. The alcohol flavor increases as the beer is consumed.

Mouthfeel: It feels light bodied and velvety smooth. It has a thick texture on the palate but then it finishes semi-dry. It's an interesting feeling beer because it feels thick while being light, somewhat like a foam but more pronounced.

Overall: There wasn't a lot going on with this beer aromatically or taste-wise. The label states that this is an "Oak-Aged Double Marshmallow Imperial Lager" and that it is an "IMPERIAL LAGER w/ PILSNER MALTS, MILK SUGAR, MARSHMALLOWS, AND VANILLA BEANS ADDED IN OUR OAK FOEDER." The oak character doesn't seem to come out unless it is just to mellow out the flavors. The vanilla comes through very softly in the aroma but it is missing from the flavor of the beer. The marshmallow doesn't come through, although the amazing texture of the beer actually felt a lot like a marshmallow. Aside from the great body, the beer felt pretty average as a whole and lacked a lot of flavor and aroma. I wouldn't buy it again if it were available and I wouldn't recommend it. There just isn't much going on in the beer.

Feb 07, 2021
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