Toast (Slightly Burnt)
Moonlight Brewing Company

Toast (Slightly Burnt)Toast (Slightly Burnt)
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Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #2
Ranked #7,830
4.1 | pDev: 8.54%
Feb 22, 2022
Feb 22, 2005
Toast (Slightly Burnt)Toast (Slightly Burnt)
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours bright copper orange amber with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Bready, toasty, floral, light herbal earthy notes, a touch of dark fruit and char, and a hint of burnt sugar.

T: Appropriately toasty and bready, floral, resinous earthy herbal notes, a little dark fruit, plum and cherry, a hint of roasty char, and a touch of burnt sugar.

M: A touch on the lighter side of medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: Not a style I've ever gotten excited about, and honestly I opened my fridge, looked at the can, and grabbed something else a few times. I should have known better by now. Does anyone do lagers better than Moonlight? Nice balance and depth of flavor; stands out from every other amber lager I've ever had. Makes a fantastic change of season beer.
Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by faraday326 from California

Feb 05, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by InfernoBoss from California

Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 4 by BarrelAgedG from California

Feb 21, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draft at HopMonk-Sonoma. Color of burnished copper, small creamy head. Malty aroma, dark bread, caramel. Taste is more caramel, bread, toasty. Really nice flavors without being boozy. Delicious.
Nov 29, 2019
Rated: 4 by coryhk from California

Feb 01, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by festizio from California

Feb 01, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by Kurmaraja from California

Aug 25, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by 22Blue from Kansas

Feb 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by largadeer from California

Jul 26, 2016
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Rated by CraftBeerRunner from California

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bobby gs, Berkeley, feb 2016
Feb 11, 2016
Rated: 4 by BabaBeer from California

Jan 15, 2016
Rated: 3.8 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 31, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by sbangs from New York

Jan 05, 2015
Rated: 4 by Sellen from Connecticut

Sep 06, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Joenajera from California

Jan 21, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jan 13, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by bostonryan from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by mc4z from California

Jan 04, 2014
Rated: 4 by hayesjw from California

Sep 10, 2013
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Reviewed by Spaghett from California

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.
Jan 27, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by jadeal from Tennessee

Jan 20, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by Bubbles from California

Jan 19, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by JellyJacket from Illinois

Jan 05, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by emilylee from California

Dec 31, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by Blixa from California

Oct 25, 2012
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Reviewed by ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.
May 24, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by Piason from California

May 11, 2012
Rated: 3 by Halcyondays from California

Mar 18, 2012
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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
Jan 21, 2012
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Reviewed by SFGuy187 from California

4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
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.
Jan 15, 2012
Rated: 3 by JRod1969 from New York

Jan 10, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by codynevels from California

Jan 04, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by avaldivia from California

Jan 02, 2012
Rated: 4 by litheum94 from California

Dec 31, 2011
Rated: 4 by rob133 from California

Nov 14, 2011
Rated: 4.5 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Nov 14, 2011
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Reviewed by lechroy from California

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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.
Feb 22, 2011
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Reviewed by berkey from California

4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.
Feb 21, 2010
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Reviewed by augustgarage from California

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.
Feb 09, 2010
Toast (Slightly Burnt) from Moonlight Brewing Company
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