Toast (Slightly Burnt)
Moonlight Brewing Company

Toast (Slightly Burnt)Toast (Slightly Burnt)
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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #3
Ranked #6,934
4.14 | pDev: 8.94%
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Toast (Slightly Burnt)Toast (Slightly Burnt)
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 41
Photo of Spaghett
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

- Had on tap at Saucy pizza place.

-Appearance- A dark brandy hue with delicate lacing. BURNT looking if you will?

-Smell- The smell surprised me. Rather figgy/sweet scent hit my nose.

-Taste- Delicious. I taste toasty crackers with a dab of jam. It gets better as it warms in the glass.

-Mouthfeel- Nice light fizziness tickles the tongue. Considerably refreshing.

-Overall- I loved it and I would certainly recommend to a good number of people due to its light, tasty, and approachable flavor.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear amber color with a bit of orange mixed in with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet caramel malts with a bit of toasted malt and citrus hop.

T - Starts off with some sweet rich toasted caramel and bready malt with a bit of citrus hop and a hint of chocolate. Though the middle some more toasted flavors come through with some light bitterness, some more hop flavor, and a touch of lager yeast esters. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, lightly caramelized malts, and a touch of bread.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with lightly syrupy feeling and a dry toasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice amber lager with good balance.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cognac color and a small cap that laces very nicely

Smell: The power of suggestion in the name is very strong as I pick up the toasted bread aspect but would add that there is a fruity character to it that spread like jam on toast

Taste: Toasty, up front, with a fig and blackberry jam flavor that arrives by mid-palate; earthy hops balance out the jam and toast flavors and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I've seen this on tap a few times when I on the west coast but was put off by the idea of ordering an Amber Lager; this beer is definitely not your father's Amber Lager and is unique in its own right; well worth seeking out

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Photo of SFGuy187
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a tulip glass at NOPA in SF. I love that NOPA exclusively serves Moonlight on draft, but I digress.

A: A deep crimson/amber with little head or lacing. The color is intriguing nonetheless.

S: Spicy notes, bread & yeast with a slight with the citrus of hops.

T: A wonderful balance of malt and hops. Moonlight's forte is BALANCE and this offering showcases that strength.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth with a slight bite. Too drinkable.

O: A solid beer, definitely happy to try this limited brew.

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Photo of lechroy
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Loved the rich amber color here - memorable for its beauty if nothing else. The slightly toasted fragrance is rich and almost dank. Like fine mahogany really. Wonderful experience drinking it at Beer Revolution in Oakland - it was a fresh keg for sure. Smelled hints of nutmeg and cloves. Definitely worth a taste - wonderful for drinking fireside. Quite heavy and feels like a strong beer going down and left me feeling very full. Great for a single pint, or even a 12-oz glass.

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Photo of berkey
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now that Pliny the Younger is essentially gone from my part of the state it's time to back to my regular schedule of drinking and reviewing random beer. Decided to start with this one. On tap at Barclays' in Oakland poured into a standard pint glass.

Fairly clean and clear brown color almost reminds me of a dunkel lager but with a slightly garnet tone to it. Head is so small it's effectively absent from the start.

A clean but faintly yeasty aroma similar to some of Moonlights other lagers is backed by a subtle hint of chocolate and a almost porter-like roastiness.

Roasted malt character is a good share stronger than the aroma had me anticipating. Chocolate makes an appearance on the finish but is almost lost in the fairly strong roasty bitterness. The beer's name seems appropriate as I keep thinking of burned toast as I drink. Seems to be fairly high hopped but I'm having some difficulty determining if the bitterness is from the hops or the roasted malt.

After a few sips I've adjusted to the slightly bigger than anticipated flavor and it seems much more balanced and refreshing so drinkability gets a good mark. Actually starts tasting a little sweet by the bottom of the pint.

Another interesting example of a fairly seldom seen style from a great brewery. Very enjoyable but I didn't love it quite as much as some other Moonlight beers. Worth a try should it appear at your local pub.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flavor, 2/4/10. Served in a sloping half-pint glass.

The first thing in my notes, as others have noted: the tap handle is a piece of toast!

Towering stiff peaks thread their way well above the top of the glass into a spire of cream-tinged beige merengue. The liquid is a dark cerise with brilliant clarity and a variety of cardinal to ruby highlights depending on the strength and quality of the back-lighting.

Caramel malt, challa, and faint brown butter (maybe a whisper of diacetyl?) aromatics.

Toasted brown bread all the way through the palate, balanced delicately by hops. Finish suggests a bit of fruit - fig spread with a hint of blackberries cooked in butter and submerged in scone batter...slightly sugary, though not overly sweet.

Smooth, medium-light bodied, creamy yet refreshing.

The buttered bread (though this could be caramel malt rather than diacetyl) flavor would grow wearisome over a couple pints - glad I kept the sample size small to maximize my enjoyment.

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Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado. Called Toast (slightly burned) on the big board. Poured into a pint glass. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a clear copper color. It has a 3/4 finger tan head that dissolves into a nice frothy layer. The nice retention results in a good amount of lace.

S-It starts out with nuttiness and touches of sweet malt which remind me of a brown ale. I do get some burnt toast, but it was not as strong as I expected. Pine hops come out as it warms up.

T-Sweet malt, touches of roast malt, and a nutty flavor all are evident from the start. There is a nice blast of pine hops that really shine in the back of my mouth. It is more sweet and piney than bitter. It leaves a somewhat sweet and roasty aftertaste.

M-Fuller bodied and nicely carbonated.

D-It is good for a pint. The sweetness would limit this one.

I have seemed to miss this one the past few years so I was glad to finally try this one. It is a nicely blended beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Zeitgeist in SF. My last beer of 2009, and a good one. One of the best amber/red lagers ever!

Pours a clear dark amber-brown color with a nice lasting off-white head.

Aroma is, well, toast, along with caramel, chocolate, and hops.

Flavor is caramel malt, toasted malt, toast, spices, chocolate, and some citrusy and floral hops. Really tasty. Extremely well-balanced and flavorful for the style.

Medium body with a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel and nice mildly bitter finish.

Drinkability is definitely up there. Overall this is a very interesting and good beer.

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Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three year old aged Toast on tap. I've never had this beer fresh, so I can't give a good comparison. On that topic, I would love to cure that error in my experiences. I found this aged version to be delicate and complex. The caramel malt flavor is sublime, incredible bready notes, lightly toasted (of course), mix with lingering floral hops. The feel was silky smooth and light. The beer was relatively light in color with a good head and lacing. I tried to let it warm up a bit because it was served colder than I would have preferred. It really just had one of the most tantalizing and light sweet flavor profiles that I've ever tasted. Excellent beer that I will be on the lookout for from now on.

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Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is wonderful and one of my favourite Moonlight beers.

It's dark, clear copper with a medium, dense, head that lasts the whole way through, leaving rich lacing.

The aroma is earthy caramel, dark toast, pine, and fruit, very malty with a plenty of hops.

The taste is rich and very complex. It's wonderfully balanced between bitterness and sweetness, with a good deal of both, full-bodied, with dark but not burnt toast, caramel, earthy hints, fruit, hitns of citrus, flowers, and pine. It starts of a little sweeter and finishes a little more bitter but has beautiful balance all the way through, It's thick and smooth but also lively.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in-tap at City Beer in SF.

A: Brown color with a reddish hue. A light tan head.

S: Lots of roasted malt along with a bit of citrusy pine.

T: A very unique brew. The beginning and middle is that of a slightly sweet brown, some caramel, some toffee, and quite a bit of roasted malt. The finish is the best part, a big wallop of hops. A pleasant bitterness full of pine and citrus. It all works very well together and for all the great flavors it actually achieves a nice balance.

M: I really enjoyed the mouthfeel as well, medium to medium-full bodied along with being smooth and slightly creamy.

D: I really enjoyed this one. A very and tasty and unique beer, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of DIYMonkey
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I’ve been waiting an entire year for this… Moonlight Toast ‘08. This beer exhibits a complex roast malt character that is very forward, complimented with adequate hop bitterness and aroma, in addition to a slight sour note that results in a very clean finished beer. Moonlight actually lagers this beer, which helps achieve a very clean tasting beer.

As with all Moonlight beers, this is only available on tap at local establishments that the brewer hand-couriers on his weekly routes. I had sampled this year’s offering in a 20oz Imperial Pint glass and observed a very minimal head that nearly diminished by the time the beer was about ½ way consumed. The head has a yellowish hue to it which can be attributed to the roasted barley that gives this beer its distinct taste (and name) in addition to lending its reddish hue. Toast is a bit clearer this year which allows the complex roasty-red color to shine, but the beer still exhibits enough haze to remind you that this is a craft beer, locally produced in a one-man brew house hidden in a small agricultural town in the North Bay.

The aroma is extremely heavy on roast barley. You can smell the toasty smell from three feet away. Underneath the heavy toasted malt aroma a little citrus hop aroma does come through to balance the nose out a bit.

As for taste, this beer demonstrates Moonlight’s mastery of specialty malts. As the name implies, Moonlight was able to create a very dry and toasty flavor reminiscent of burnt toast, without adding any raisin or prune-like flavors. As with all malt-heavy beers there is a bit of sweetness that creates a full mouth feel. Moonlight balances the sweetness out with enough roasted malts and hop bitterness to match the sweetness and dry out the finish a bit, resulting in a very clean and balanced beer. I detected a bit of sourness upon first sip, I’ll have to put down a few more pints to figure out what that’s all about; it may just be the hop bitterness.

Once the beer has mellowed out a few minutes it is surprisingly easy drinking. The initial impact of the heavy roast character mellows out as the beer warms up to room temp and loses some of its carbonation.

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Toast (Slightly Burnt) from Moonlight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 41 ratings