Swiss Mountain | Brauerei Locher AG

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Brauerei Locher AG

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Barraclou on 02-15-2005

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Intrinsic:
Photo of Intrinsic
3.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Swiss Mountain definitely looks refreshing if anything. The head dissipates very quickly, leaving a clear gold beer with lots of carbonation.

Nothing too fancy in the smell. The yeast is noticeable and it smells lightly of citrus as well. It could use some more character though.

Same goes for the taste. Its actually quite good for a Euro pale lager, but it lacks a certain something. It's mildly hoppy with not much malt to speak of and even less side-ingredients to keep my interest.

Swiss Mountain is just as refreshing as it looks when it comes to mouthfeel. Its very lively with loads of carbonation and a very light feel, finishing quite dry.

Overall, I recommend this for anyone who enjoys pale lagers. If not, then it may not be worth your while.

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Photo of Sammy
2.21/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium straw colour, with some fizzy white head. Beery cheese smell, unfortunately also in the taste. Mouthfeel on the thinner side, and burning carbonation. A bit better than a macro, bit nothing worth finishing more than a gulp.A S.A.Q. product, let's try it as from Switzerland.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Doesn't look promising. I still bought it because I had never seen it before and, well, you never know.

A- Golden. Nice sticky frothy head. Spotted lacing all over.

S- Doesn't smell good. Smells like burnt cream of wheat. Some sourness.

T- Okay. Like a clean malt drink. A bit like nonalcoholic beer.

M- Very smooth. Medium carbonation fills the mouth a little. Kind of crisp. Not very dry.

D- Good. I'd rather drink this than a Bud or a Molson.

I kind of new what to expect with this one but it's really not as bad as I thought it could have been.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.39/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a yellow color lager with a bit thick foamy white head. Aroma of floral malt is quite evident. Taste is a bit more accentuated then your standard macro lager with a lingering hops bitter finish. Floral aspect is quite enjoyable and body is fuller then expected. It is still in no way a great lager but still a notch above your standards.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This tastes more like a pils than anything.

Poured in a hefe glass comes out deep pale yellow with a thick white head that takes a while to dissipate. It leave a strong bubbly lace. Aroma of contenental malts, fresh grass and hints of yeasty sulfur.

Flavor is very light malt, a bit of wintergreen freshness followed by a sharp mildy spicy hop bitterness, finish feels dry and crisp, could make for a substitute to your "go to" summer hefe or bohemian pils.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one comes in a 330 ml green bottle, the blurbs on the back label come in German, English and French.

Pours out a slightly chill-hazed light gold, some suspended particles, spongy white head that recedes fairly quickly.

The nose is faint, some crisp metallic grain and leafy hops.

Things don't hold up as well in the flavour dep't. Then I check the best before on the back label, and realize why, this is about 5 months past its prime. Still, the malt is there and is a light buttery biscuit, and the hops save the day in the end, like wet grass, with a metallic aftertaste. Just a bit sour on the finish, probably due to the age.

Mouthfeel is average, light but not watery, it holds its own.

Well then, I suppose I'll try to find a more fresh sample to try next time I'm oot and aboot. Even still this stuff can go toe to toe past its prime with domestic macros and show them the general direction of how it should be done.

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Photo of papat444
2.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before 25.08.2016.

Pours a very pale yellow body with decent head. Flavor though is dominated by a persistent skunky presence and a grating mineral bitterness. Not very pleasant.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale gold colour with a medium size frothy and fizzy white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing. There is some faint lacing and the head was gone in seconds.

Smell - First thing noticeable is a slight skunkiness. Also some citrus zest and some hops. Also some grass/breads/grain and yeast.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average mouth feel, perhaps a little under carbonated. I can taste citrus zest, a grassiness, and some hops at first. Also noticeable is the skunkiness and it is slightly metallic. The beer finishes with a lemony bitterness.

Drink - Another so-so euro beer, not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Melomanemusher
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of byronic
2.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Barraclou
2.21/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 11.2oz / 330ml green bottle with a very colorful label

Appearance: It sports a pale golden straw color and it produces lots of foam.

Taste: SKUNKY! Where's the tomato juice for my bath? Ah, this is just the beer smell.

Taste: Water and hops. Not very exciting.

Mouthfeel: It lacks. Nothing special to say here, because it is just too plain.

Drinkability: Well, it was my first swiss beer ever and I hope they not all like that. It seems to be a fade Heineken lager.

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Photo of Socialiste
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.19/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two things commonly associated with Switzerland are its banks and its cleanliness. Swiss Mountain beer is no different: this shining yellow beer is built like a gold bar and would be completely spotless if not for the bubbles. Its immaculate appearance is furthered by pristine white head.

No one likes the smell of skunk - except, evidently, the millions of consumers that drink mass-produced, green glass Euro swill. I've come across people that actually believe skunkiness to be an indicator of quality because they've only ever tasted it in high-priced imports. No. Anything other than clean, bready, cereal grain maltiness is the collusion of marketing and poor quality control.

Swiss Mountain is sold in green glass bottles but the liquid inside, presumably owing to its freshness (under two months old), has not succumb to any unpleasant defects. On the contrary, it smells remarkably wholesome and traditional (read: uncorrupted by inferior grains or modern industrial adjuncts). The taste too, while predictably plain and simple, is very agreeable.

What else should I have expected from a beer "Brewed by Appenzeller methods in the unspoiled Appenzellerland with fresh, pure springwater from the Alpstein mountains"? I'm normally quick to dismiss label statements like that as the garb of marketing but here it all rings true. It's definitely well brewed, properly lagered, and good flavour only comes from good quality ingredients.

Initially it's not easy to take Swiss Mountain seriously: the tiny green glass bottle, tacky name and retro label that looks as though it were painted by a child. But pale lagers with this kind of integrity are increasingly hard to find from traditional European producers. Five generations and close to one hundred employees later, Brauerei Locher obviously still espouses old-world values and standards (and labels).

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Photo of Conrad
3.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It comes in a small (330 ml) pale green bottle. The lable depicts a group of happy colourful Swiss peasants around an alfresco beer table.
As soon as the cap was snapped, the bubbles started to rise. On pouring, I was hit by powerful clean hop aromas. It has a nice thick head that settled gently, and left pretty lacing.
The taste is clean and crisp. No fruit, no flowers, just a good lager beer. The finish is just like it started - with hops bitterness.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but not watery. Highly carbonated, it left a good after coat on the palate.
Drinkability: Easy enjoyable consumption. I could have several in a session.

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Photo of HaliHops
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color with good activity. Slightly foamy white 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate lacing. Flavors of roasted sweet grains, lemon, skunky, and noble hops. Natural sugary feel, honey like, but still quite sharp, with crispy grassy bitterness. Slick and round almost full body, with crispy carbonation. Light to medium strength finish, lingering bitter and leafy hops of good quality, with some floral notes. Hoppy but well balanced with natural sugars, and good freshness. Pleasant taste and intensity. Overall good quality craft.

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Swiss Mountain from Brauerei Locher AG
Beer rating: 2.99 out of 5 with 18 ratings