First Call Frappé: Turtle Cheesecake Coffee Lager
Modist Brewing Co.

First Call Frappé: Turtle Cheesecake Coffee LagerFirst Call Frappé: Turtle Cheesecake Coffee Lager
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From:
Modist Brewing Co.
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #2
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,700
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 14.4%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
52
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 22, 2022
Added:
Nov 30, 2021
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  1
SCORE
87
Very Good
First Call Frappé: Turtle Cheesecake Coffee LagerFirst Call Frappé: Turtle Cheesecake Coffee Lager
Notes: First Call Frappé: Turtle Cheesecake Coffee Lager is a coffee Lager brewed with pilsner malt, malted oats and milk sugar, then conditioned on Wesley Andrews Coffee, cocoa nibs, pecans, caramel and cheesecake.
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This the last of an on-line beer fest box, hidden in the back of the frig.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Slightly murky golden yellow color with good initial head and good lacing. Very strong coffee smell and taste. Mild hints of chocolate and nuts. Bready with a full feel. A nice brunch beer.
Oct 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Sep 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by 2beerdogs from California

Jul 13, 2022
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Reviewed by pulse from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Almost to the end of the non-giant stuff. This is poured into a pilsner glass... it pours a hazy, bubbly gold with tons of lingering foam. A large head. Plenty of lingering bubbles. First smell reminds me of peanut butter. I guess that's the mix of caramel and coffee with some chocolate and sugar thrown in. It does smell more of coffee with repeated efforts. I would say the coffee rules, and it does follow that in taste as well. There is a certain underlying bitterness from the cocoa and coffee. It's really more of a coffee drink with cream and sugar. A little bready. Pretty light and on the sweeter end. Crisp and clean, smooth finish. It's not bad at all. I just don't think I really get the cheesecake aspect of it. The pecan-caramel flavor might be too light. It's more of a coffee lager to me.
Jun 24, 2022
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16 ounce can in a good old standard pint glass. From the Extreme Beer Box 2022.

Liquid gold with 1-plus F of white foam that drops to a film. A good amount of lacing for a lager, lots of bubble activity.

Nice aromas; coffee, cocoa, sweet caramel, fresh grass, and malted milk. The coffee aroma is of fresh grinds and beans.

It tastes like a sweet coffee cake dessert. Nutty, creamy, and chocolate.

Classic lager body and carbonation, light and smooth. Coffee and chocolate cream forward. Very sweet.

I laud the effort to take a lager and adjunct it up nicely with flavor and aroma. The sweetness is a bit overpowering.
May 03, 2022
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a relatively clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation, moderate amounts of fine to medium sized pale particles in suspension, and moderate burnt orange + apricot + honey colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a handful of small patches of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering a little more than 45% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly brewed coffee with cream + sugar along with slightly lighter than moderate aromas pecans + caramel as well as light aromas of bitter chocolate/cacao nibs. Light to moderate aromas of bready + caramel + oat malts with just shy of moderate amounts of lactose sweetness. Light aromas of lager yeast.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready + caramel + oat malts with just shy of moderate amounts of lactose sweetness. That is followed by slightly heavier than light flavors of lager yeast. Then there are just shy of moderate flavors of pecans + caramel as well as light flavors of bitter chocolate/cacao nibs. Finally there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of coffee with cream + sugar. Light roasty bitterness lingers through the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a relatively clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pleasantly lightly crisp mouthfeel. Enjoyable - I really liked the coffee, caramel, pecan, and cacao nib flavors and aromas but I don’t actually taste or smell the cheesecake (though it works well without those coming through with any prominence). Stays nice and light with lively carbonation and I can still taste + smell the base lager flavors/aromas. I think I would enjoy having this one at multiple tailgating events in the AM.
Apr 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.87 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Mar 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Mar 21, 2022
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Reviewed by HaskettFambam

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
it smells like denny's
is this a wild yeast?
the smell and the taste have nothing to do with each other
compost
some like the smell, some like the taste
put butter in it
Mar 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by Jamesashass from Montana

Mar 19, 2022
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Rated by clubrunner from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Wonderful nose and full head...great taste; wish it was more readily available.
Mar 14, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a lot of suspended debris or matter in the beer. Thinnish velvety white head forms on the beer upon pouring. The head settles in and dissipates somewhat but a nice thin layer of velvety foam remains on the beer. The aroma is absolutely dominated by coffee - fresh ground coffee with those grinds coming through really prominently. Apart from the coffee there are some underlying sweet cream and lactose notes. The thing is, this comes across on the nose as very onenote - it's just a cup of coffee with cream.

The taste is again dominated by coffee, but the underlying flavors have much more variety and depth. The pecans and cheesecake come through with sweet caramel. The lactose provides this sweet creaminess to it, and the combination of all of these is very much reminiscent of a caramel frappuccino. That being said - the base beer is a lager, and the additives completely dominate the base beer to the point that you cannot really find anything in the flavor profile remotely approaching a lager - its nothing more than the vehicle to deliver the pastry flavors. It would likely end up with nearly the same result if it were delivered in the form of a golden ale or a cream ale. The feel is actually pretty crisp and clean - I think that is where the lager base actually comes through the most prominently. It has got a lot of flavors, but the beer itself is never heavy. The carbonation is prickly and lively.

Overall it fits the bill of an "extreme" beer well in my mind. Drinking one can of this was interesting and admittedly enjoyable. However I have no interest in a second can of something like this ... and I cannot imagine picking up a 4-pack of this. In that regard I wonder if I am the exception, or if a beer like this is really just a novelty that people try a can of and then move on from never to revisit.
Mar 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by thegreatbratzkie from Colorado

Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours clear and golden with a bubble show that produces two fingers of foam; decent retention and splashy lacing

Smell: Coffee and cream aromatics, with a suggestion of cheesecake if you can push your brain in that direction

Taste: Bread, chocolate and cream forward with a hint of cheesecake (again, the power of suggestion); coffee flavors emerge in the middle but the finish has a bit of lager twang mixed in

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well this one is extreme so kudos to Modist for the concept; doesn't quite come together for me and I was unable to detect all of the adjuncts; to be honest, I wouldn't re-visit this one
Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned 12/28/21. “#TURTLECLUB” stamped on the bottom of the can

EBB night 3, beer 1! Alright, we're off to what I can only assume will be a weird start to the final round of this beer box, which has been immensely fun so far. A coffee Lager that's supposed to mimic a turtle cheesecake? Sure, why not I suppose??? It certainly sounds extreme. Let's crack it open

Pours a chill hazed gold with 3 fingers of of white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose here really reminds me of some of the Carton Cream Ales I’ve tried. I’m picking up on aromas of spent coffee beans, vanilla, sweet caramel, milk chocolate, and a touch of toast

Sadly it really muddies up in taste, feeling quite undefined and not very good. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting sweetened coffe, caramel, light roast, and a touch of chocolate. The swallow brings notes of acidic coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, and light toast

A medium light body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a surprisingly dry beer for all the weird flavors going on. Finishes mostly dry but still too sweet

This one is weird, but I wouldn’t call it bad. It’s certainly extreme and that’s the point of this whole thing
Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by Jrc3isme

Mar 03, 2022
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Rated by CockerDaniel

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
it is.
Mar 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by FrankCastle from California

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Cloudy goldenrod pour with a finger of white head. Smell is espresso and vanilla focused, hint of nut too. Taste has huge espresso, but the cheesecake vanilla flavoring actually kind of works, nuts and malts actually detract from it a bit. Still a taproom delight though as I don't want more than 5 oz of it. Surprised by the higher carb and thinness, coffee percolation shines through but there isn't much else besides weak malts. More interesting than good
Mar 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a slightly-opaque orange with white head. Solid lacing. Nose is coffee, caramel, cheesecake (yes, it's actually there!), melon, graham crackers, and an odd smell that I really can't describe.

The taste is interesting. Definitely getting coffee upfront. It's subtle, but definitely there. Watered down chocolate, bread, malts, wheat, lactose, nuts, and that slightly odd cheesecake taste. I don't know - this is a bit all over the place and just not my favorite.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. A mix of sweet and savory. Overall, an interesting take on a beer, but not something I would buy.
Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a golden color, a bit cloudy, and sporting a white head that decides to not lace the glass. The nose is coffee, a little sweetness, more coffee, a nutty aroma that is a bit vegetal, and some more coffee for good measure.

The taste is actually led by a nice cocoa flavor, and there’s a nutty component, but the dominant flavor is clearly the rich coffee, which adds depth to fend off the sweetness. There is no discernible cheesecake flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium and very crisp, which works really well for this adventurous beer. I would drink this on the regular as a fall beer with loads of flavor that manages to stay on the lighter side.
Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Curmudgeon from Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Look: Golden color with a bit of haze. Foamy creamy head.
Smell: Subtle but I got some chocolate, coffee and a little smoke and vanilla

Taste: Mainly coffee. Some really mild chocolate. Obviously malty.

Feel: Medium body. I guess the lactose is giving some body and maybe some sweetness. Very low carbonation.

Overall: I think it’s fine. It kind of makes me just want a traditional amber lager. The sweetness is fine but for all the ingredients listed, I’m not sure if it shines as much as I thought it would.
Feb 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.72 by smi69 from New York

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by msalsbury from Ohio

3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
I'm not a cheesecake person or a coffee-flavored beer person, so right off the bat that was two strikes against this one for me. The beer has that weird tartness that I dislike about cheesecake, which made it hard for me to finish it. The coffee note was more subtle, which made the beer more tolerable. I didn't detect any of the "turtle" elements in it. I couldn't pick up any pecans or caramel, and only some chocolate to it. While I can see where some might love it, it's not a beer I see myself ever picking up in the store or ordering in a restaurant/bar.
Feb 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a lager color, light coffee aroma. Taste is again coffee with a sweet note and fades away with a slightly off-putting aftertaste. Carbonation is ok. There's no cheesecake / pecan / carmel for me here. We give them some points for effort. But I wouldn't wade through an alligator-filled swamp to get another.
Feb 26, 2022
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Rated by phthisis37 from Florida

2.41/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75
Something is off in this. Every little sip I get a vegetal flavor and then the after taste is just too much. Had to pour this one out.
Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
The mahogany colored can pour is opaque and hosts a thin, tan foam cap.
The aroma includes faint coffee aspects.
The flavor has malt aspects but little else. There is a coffee-cream influence that is well-executed ( no idea how that happens) but there is not much to like in this one.
Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a clearish-gold body with decent head and pinky-finger level lace that stuck around a bit. Aroma basically comes across as coffee bean mixed with typical lager smell. Smooth, crisp, bubbly, definitely a coffee taste that is very dry and overpowers a smidge of lactic sweetness that is really only noticeable in the background. Finishes dry and crisp along with a touch of bubbliness thanks to the carbonation.
Feb 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by Violentvixen from Oregon

Feb 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Bennettpd

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Extreme Beer Box 2022.
Big favors added to a lager, great experiment, but 'it's not quite right is it?'
The flavors feel watered down compared to the smell. Which makes sense, but it feels off when we talk about this flavor combination of coffee, sugar, cream.
Feb 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by Edbene1 from Massachusetts

Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by Isay_Isay from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Can from Extreme Beer Box 2022. A mix of flavors you usually associate with something heavier works really well as a lager.
Feb 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
First Call Frappe: Turtle Cheesecake Coffee Lager from Modist Brewing. 16 oz can part of the BeerAdvocate 2022 Extreme Beer Box from Halftime, Poughkeepsie, NY. $132.49 (Including tax and shipping), $0.720/oz. Stored at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 22/2/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on can bottom “#TURTLECLUB 12/28/21”. Served at 43.3 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 53.0 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale Gold (SRM 4), clear.
Body – Pale Amber (SRM 9), clear. When rear-lite, still opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.4 cm, aggressive center pour), medium density off-white, average retention, retreating to a two to three mm crown and a thin complete cap.
Lacing – Good. As the level drops, multiple bands of tiny to small bubbles form, with both stalactites and stalagmites.
Aroma – 3 – Weak coffee. No hops, no malt, no yeast. No cocoa, no pecans, no caramel, no cheesecake, no turtles.
Flavor – 3 – Begins slightly bitter, with weak coffee and just a hint of caramel. No hops, no malt, no yeast. Alcohol (6.5 % ABV, as marked on container) is well hidden. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.25 Nice looking lager with acceptable lacing. The coffee comes through in both taste and aroma, although somewhat of an afterthought. The add junks contribute nothing but a bit of caramel, a bit much for a lager. Overall, tastes like a cup of cool weak coffee was mixed with a warm lager, for no apparent reason.
Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by AgJaz08

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This packed surprisingly more flavor than I expected especially given the color and the style. Was not disappointed with the smooth coffee flavors.
Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by ScotMarechaux from New York

1.35/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
I give this one a one because it had alcohol in it. sadly it was lacking any other virtues.
Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by bcasten

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.59 by Auboo

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by avoyles4803

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Tried as part of the Extreme Beer Box. Light color, which didn't freak me out as much as some others. I really like the CREAM beer from Sixpoint, so I'm intrigued by this pairing. Smell is definitely fresh coffee bean or espresso bean. It really has that fresh ground smell, which is awesome. Flavor to me was strongly coffee upfront, maybe a little cocoa. I did not get a strong sense of the dessert flavors in mine, even as it warmed. Maybe a hint of caramel or sweetness at the finish, but the coffee was the dominant flavor throughout for me. While I'm more used to coffee stouts, sometimes I find the roasty-ness of the coffee has to battle with the roasty-ness of the stout, so I do like this as a coffee beer that lets coffee flavors shine. I can't believe I'm saying I want the beer to be sweeter, but I would have loved the dessert portion to be a bit stronger.
Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Stealth862 from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2022
First Call Frappé: Turtle Cheesecake Coffee Lager from Modist Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 90 ratings