Lunatic Lager
Moonlight Brewing Company

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European Export / Dortmunder
Ranked #3
Ranked #7,362
4.11 | pDev: 8.76%
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of mc4z
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at City Beer Store (SF). The appearance was a normal lager, light orange/brown and see through. The nose is what first got me. While you get the typical bready lager, there was a noticeable hint of citrus and lemon. It wasn't until I tasted it that I realized what I was in for. This is a supremely drinkable lager. The hop flavor is stronger than any other lager I've had, but it is not bitter at all, which makes it so drinkable. This is my favorite Moonlight offering, and I've loved a few of them. Very happy to have access to all of these

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Photo of BierGiek
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect representation of the style per BJCP guidelines. Does not merit perfect score due to slight chill haze. Interesting vanilla aroma is very welcome. As far as taste, this beer is a masterpiece of balance, with the slightest hop presence to subdue a pleasant cereal sweetness. Mouth feel is medium to medium light. Overall, wonderful.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange yellow slighty hazy grain beer. No visible head. Looks tasty.

Smell: Pencil, grass, citric lemon. This is a great expression of noble style german hops. Toasted biscuit. Cracker. Grass and floral in secondary.

Taste: Good strong pilsner like bitterness. Somewhere between a prima pils and a bavarian lager. Some tropical fruits. Grainy malts. Slight nut in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Malty mouthfeel balanced by nice biting hops.

Overall: A great lager. Lager usually isn't my go to style but it is beer like this which proves what is best in the style.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Jupiter alehouse...

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some light honey and light citrus. On the palate this beer delivers considerble cookie dough and honey flavor, along with some noticeable bitterness on the finish. The beer is definitely on the sweet and malty side, but the hoppy bitterness in the finish helps to balance that sweetness quite well. As is typical with Moonlight beers, the lunatic really delivers a lot of flavor for such a low alcohol beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full in this smooth drinking lager, and the finish is long and slightly bitter.

Really one of the better lagers I can recall having in some time. Not bad at all...

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a very nice balance of light biscuity malts, citrus hops, and some light fruity esters from the yeast.

T - Starts off with some sweet biscuit malt wit ha nice balance of citrus hops and some lager esters in the background. Through the middle, some richer malt with a touch more hops and some light bitterness comes though. The finish is a mix of sweet biscuit malts with a touch of hops, some feint bitterness, and a bit of lager yeast that lingers.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a very crisp and lightly dry finish.

D - Super drinkable. Very well balanced and very refreshing while still being fully flavored and retaining body.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Burger in Santa Cruz, CA. Served in a Moonlight branded pint glass, on to the beer:

A little haze is found in this yellow-orange colored beer. The had is on the smaller side, drops to a lace, but does leave more than a good amount of stringy lacing. The aroma is very strong and very in the raw. It's loaded with grassy and pleasant grain aromas.

Out the gate, this lager is not shy about introducing itself to your palate. As much spirit as it gives in the nose, that's how much you get in flavor. In other words, prepare for a beatdown of grassy and hay flavors. There are also small breaks of clean, fresh hops. You'll feel this all in full force, yet it still holds an easy drinking character.

The spiced beer from Moonlight are in the love it or hate it realm, but the traditional styles that Moonlight makes should have appeal for plenty. Lunatic Lager is certainly feeling the love from this BA.

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Photo of veinless
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Lanesplitter in Berkeley.

Poured a clear, slightly hazy pale yellow with the look of light apple juice. Head was one-finger and left decent lacing. Good looking beer with lots of rising bubbles and activity all around, but could use more head.

Smells very crisp and clean, with lots of lemon citrus and some tropical notes as well. Slightly sweet nose is balanced by the hops well.

Taste is a burst of grapefruit and lemon citrus to go with a large dose of apricot. Bitterness is channeled into a rindy sourness that is excellent. Apricot lingers after the grainy malts take over, leaving a pleasant tinge of fruitiness that doesn't reset until the next sip. This is a fantastic tasting beer, and a really good hop showcase.

Feel is very clean and crisp the way it should be. Malts are present in the beer, but it has a dry finish and fruity body that makes you feel like there isn't. Drinkability is great as the beer never gets too bitter, has plenty of juicy fruit, and remains lively and excited from the decent carbonation for the entire beer. Can't wait to get more Moonlight beers after this.

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Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Monk's Kettle.

Pours a crystal clear, brilliant golden color with a two-finger lasting foamy white head. Good lacing.

Aroma is grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel, and floral hops. Very pronounced for the style and very balanced.

Slightly sweet and bready pilsner malt on the flavor, slight graininess, floral hops, and slight citrus. Great for a helles lager. This is what the style should always be.

Clean and crisp on the palate with a good carbonation level and medium-light body.

Overall, an absolutely killer pale lager. Wish they were all this good. A great session beer, and at 4.1%, nobody in the world (except one or two crazy Brits I know) would deny that this is a session beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Flavor. Served in a Moonlight shaped-pint glass.

Pale yellow-amber with good clarity and a towering whipped beige head. Superior retention, extravagent lacing.

Very pale malt and light grassy hop aromatics - clean and light.

Mellow maltiness along with a touch of lemon or adjunct - like sourness and a spicy hop flavor that brings to mind radish leaves. Dry crackery finish. No off notes.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, and refreshing.

A bit dull and rather dry, but then this isn't the most exciting style...

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Photo of MenloBeer
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Lagunitas Beer Circus

A - Good retention on a finger + of head, lacing was consistent and pleasing. Golden in the glass, consistent with the style.

S - Floral hop character, but some noble hints too. A touch of malty sweetness, not overly fruity.

T - What I want in a lager! Not too sweet, nice and dry on the palate, bitterness cleaning out the draft. Simple and elegant.

M - Bubbly, tickles the nose with every sip. "Pops" in the mouth, while not being overly watery.

D - Very drinkable. Hot weather was what this beer was made for, and in a shady spot this would be a great couple pints to down.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at Hamilton's Small Bar Norcal night on 11/10/2009 in a pint glass. The beer is transparent golden with a great one finger frothy white head. Retention is really great, and as it recedes it leaves scattered caverns. Thick lacing is all over the glass. Great looking beer.

The nose opens up with a somewhat spicy hop. It doesn't smell as spicy as Saaz, maybe it's Sterling? I detect floral notes and a slight metallic note, as well as a touch of lemon.

The taste has a subtle spice with notes of lemon, a touch of bread, and an upper level of low bitterness. Notes of lemon are prominent. The finish is crisp, light, and clean. The beer has a high moderate level of draft carbonation and a crisp, clean mouthfeel.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Monk's Kettle in SF. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - One and half fingers of eggshell foam with good retention and lots of attractive lace patterns. Transparent golden color.

S - Sweet toffeed malts, some light floral hoppiness. Very similar ot Reality Czeck, but without the orange citrus hop flavor.

T - Clean lager taste with some sweet toffe maltiness, some light Saaz hops and a touch of residual bitterness. Nothing super complicated, but tasty nonetheless.

M - Higher carbonation that is appropriate for the style, but might be a little much for my liking. Sticky finish.

D - This is what macros should taste like, but don't. A touch bloaty after a while, but otherwise a superb summer afternoon/lawnmower beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful little growler of this made its way into my hands ,I had not heard of it, and it maybe relatively new for all I know, but it definitely made an impression on me. Served cold and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2009.

The pour was nice. Light amber in color with tons of carbonation bubbling up to the surface. Really nice and tight looking as white head of maybe an inch and a half came up and settled down, fading slightly but holding its own. Light grains and bready malt notes really pulling through here. Some smattering of hops in there but again nothing really pushing that way, this was a well rounded, and very straight forward lager. As I take the first sip, crisp, clean flavor rolls across the taste buds. Really very well put together. Earthy, nice touches of grain and smooth, mellow caramel notes infiltrate as it warms. Light banana and clove maybe then coming through. I am very pleased here as the light body and ample carbonation make for something that went down like water.

Overall what can I say. I have only ever had two offerings from Moonlight, and both have been fantastic. If I can ever get myself out there I am thinking it would make for a very enjoyable time!

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - rich honey with lots of tiny bubbles and as usual for Moonlight a metric shit ton of lacing

S - Grains and creaminess. Reminds me of a better version of Anchor Steam

T - WOW!!! Hard to explain - if you were expecting a bland sweet lager THINK AGAIN. I drink this and I belong in middle America.

M - creamy and smooth and silky

D - this is going to be my next keg.

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Photo of Floydster
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pint at Jupiter in Berkeley on my second visit during my Northern California trip, reviewed from notes, color is a light golden yellow with a slight orange tint, 1 1/2 inch soapy white head with lots of lacing and good retention, aroma consists of lager yeast, grapefruit, light hops, lemon juice, skunkiness, and bread, taste is balanced with light hops and mellow malt flavors, finish does not linger and this stuff goes down very easy, it better though if it is barely four percent alcohol, skunky yeast rides along in the finish as it warms, light flavor overall, mouthfeel is slightly dry, toasty, and citrusy, very light, thin body, tons of carbonation, could drink a few more of these with no problem, super light on the stomach, always willing to try a new Moonlight brews and I would drink this one again, would be a good beer in the warmer months, recommended

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Photo of Offa
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, full-bodied lager with a light but firm hoppy character.

Straw-gold, it has with a big, creamy white head that shrinks slowly to a smaller, lasting, foamy head. It produces nice, lasting lacing.

The aroma is malty grain, bread, toasted crackers, and somewhat sweet with definite pine hops, with a hint of citrus, lingering in the back.

The taste is malty, yeasty, and bready, with toasted cracker, a hint of nutty grain with a pronounced but smooth piney hop taste and bitterness steadily developing to balance out the sweetness and give a crisp, bitter-sweet finish and a long, nice nuttygrain-toasted cracker aftertaste. It is refreshing and crisp, but flavourful, with some complexity, and nicely balanced.

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Photo of illidurit
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a big pilsener glass. Clear golden amber color with two fingers of tan head. Nice thick lacing and substantial retention. Aromas of bread and caramel malt with some hop citrus that melds nicely. Flavor is bready with some lactic character. A touch of caramel malt and a nice piney hop finish with moderate bitterness. Kinda of like an overhopped Boston Lager. Great balance, perfect carbonation, semidry finish, excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as an imperial pint at Barclay's in Oakland. The glass was filled to the rim, so little to no head to judge. Beautiful, slightly hazy orangish/golden color. The aromas are relatively light at first, but develop as the beer warms into orange and tangerine citrus, a touch of grapefruit and some sweet malt. The taste is really nice. Some wonderfful orange and grapefruit sweetness up-front, followed by a smooth lager yeast tanginess and a hint of cherry, followed by a surprising bitter tinge of earthy/spicy hops at the finish. If all American All-Malt Lagers were like this, I'd drink them all the time. The mouthfeel is really smooth until the bitter hops kick in and lend a refreshing snap to the beer. Just delicious and a real eye-opener as to what the style can be. I've been drinking Moonlight beers for at least 15-16 years whenever I can find them. I really think this stuff is some of the best crafted, freshest beer you can find, and their beers are absolutely worth seeking out. If you are in the Bay Area and have a chance to drink some- don't passs it up for more sought after beers. Most people don't even know many of their beers exist and of what quality they are. Another just fantastic brew!

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rogue in San Francisco.

Clear pale gold with a small cap of foam on top. Lots of hops in the aroma, fresh and floral, with a bit of cut grass and some toasty malts. The taste is richly malty before giving way to the dry, hoppy finish. Lots of hops in this lager, lending it a signature West Coast character. The light body and ample carbonation make this one seriously refreshing and sessionable beer. It's a shame this stuff doesn't come in 6 packs.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft and dry uneven foam beautifully chaotic and long-lasting. Rich gold heavy looks.

Noble hops feel in the nose and the mouth -- full and loud. Amped up lager -- but still wildly drinkable and refreshing. A touch of honey sweetness in the mouth through to the after. Grains permeate but are consumed by the bitterness and flavorful malts. Excellently balanced body and carbonation.

Seems to be just how I'd like a lager to be.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly served at Flavor. Light gold with a dense fluffy white head. Totally clear and bright, brilliant even. Aromas of dense malts, juciy fruits, and bitter German hops. Taste is fresh and hoppy with a great malt back bone that provides the drinker with many complex flavor notes. Mouthfeel is light, but substantial enough to hold it all together and provide and excellent drinkability. not the best, killer beer from this brewery, but still freakin' great.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is grainy and a touch fruity. A medium bodied lager. Malts are mild a touch fruity. Hops are spicy and slightly bitter. Nicely balanced. Slightly more flavor than I expected from a lager. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of roasted malts. Not sure if it supposed to be there or not, but it makes it a little more interesting.

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Lunatic Lager from Moonlight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 46 ratings