La Crosse Lager | City Brewing Company, LLC

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La Crosse LagerLa Crosse Lager

Brewed by:
City Brewing Company, LLC
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brand possibly owned by Melanie Brewing Co.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2003

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 79
Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden, with a decent white head.
Smell is your average lager, although no hops are noticeable here. Mostly bread and sugar dominate the smell.
Taste is better than your average lager, if not complex. Pleasant light body, and malts and bread are evident.
Easy to drink, nothing special but perhaps a good beer for a large party.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is Strohs 101. If I had a Strohs to compare it with, it would be pretty close, but Strohs has a little less of the follow through of this beer. Poured with no head, mild carb, darker yellow, so a notch above average. Smell also above average with the hops and the malt of this sticking out, like a Strohs. This is okay in my book. Taste was, a better than average American lager. Almost like Yuengling's premium, there was a thickness to this which gave the mouth a plus, mostly the corn flavors were noticeable, but they blended with the alcohol and made this a plesant drinker.

Well, it was the first time I saw this at my regular, thought I would give it a try for no other reason than City buying the Latrobe brewery and putting those peeps back to work. This isn't bad at all and if I see it more around Cleveland, it is cheaper than Strohs and when Yuengling runs dry, it will make a good carry over until I get to PA.

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Photo of chilidog
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought thisone may make a good stand-by or at least a keeper for cook'n, but perhaps not. Its at a good price in my area, but its not what im quit looking for .

On that note; It pours well. A clear gold with a fair fluffy head that maintained well. Lace was ok, at least it was there.
The body is medium and the mouthfeel is somewhat chewy I think from the body. Carbination is good. No fizz with alittle activity. It says its naturally carbonated, so it is.
The aroma is sweet malts and grass.
The taste is sweet, malty with a metalic background with hints of grass or earth. The mouth is left alittle dry and tin like.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear pale gold from a cheesy loooking bottle into the pint glass. This champagne like beer has a 1/2 finger head and streams of bubbles rising to the top. Some decent lacing is left on the glass.

I just got back from a long run out in the heat, and I'll be damned if this doesn't look thrist quenching.

It smells pleasanty fruity. I smell apples and apricots in addition to a weird but nice rubbery smell. I tried the light version of this about a week ago, and the smells are almost identical (this one is just a little bit more pungent than LaCrosse light).

The taste is fruity and grainy with a macro-ish funky taste. Not bad. It's better than just about any other cheapo beer that I've had (read: all of them....I was a poor college student once). Mouthfeel is nice and creamy
for such a lightly colored beer.

As predicted, this is extremely thirst-quenching. Sure beats gatorade!

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Photo of musicjustintime
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent, affordable, American lager. At $12.99 for 30 of these puppies, how the hell COULD you go wrong?! It's got 'nuff hoppiness, yet it's not TOO bitter. Very smooth and probably a wonderful summertime brew to just pound. Why pay a ton of money to help beat the summertime heat, to burp, and to piss....when you can pay $12.99 for THIRTY of these bad boys and beat the summertime heat, burp, and piss???!!! (In all honesty..don'tcha git da same effect and results from ALL SUDS?!?!) I'd recommend this to any Bud drinker...or any macro-drinker....'cause it's CHEAPER AND PROBABLY A LITTLE BETTER THAN THE BIG SWILL SHIT! AND, you're not paying for the advertising. fact...I HIGHLY recommend this. Bottoms up, my beer-loving pals!! Nice job, La Crosse Lager brewers.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Courtesy of Vinny’s at the La Crosse airport. Clear straw color with a fizzy white head that disappears quickly. Nil lacing. Aroma of mild hops and wet paper bag. Light-bodied and crisp with a decent hoppy character, along with a hint of malt. The finish is bitter but not flavorful. All in all this is an average Lager.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a darn good American Macro. Screw all you beer snobs who can't drink a Mass-Made Beer from a can. You don't know what you're missing. Pourd out to a nice clear golden yellow color with a nice head that stayed to nearly the bottom of the glass. No lace noted in the glass. Looked like a classic beer with a foamy white head. Medium carbonation. The aroma was a little weak, but traces of hops and corn were noted. The taste was really good for a macro. Pronouced flavors of hops, malt and corn, with a smooth overall flavor. Very good. Felt good going down, leaving a crisp, slightly sweet and malty aftertaste. This is an excellant beer for the money. Highly recommended for lager fans.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.29/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey at $.35/can I had to give it a try.
A sour almost skunky smell I notice in lots of beers of this ilk. Not particularly appealing to me, but I guess it's the way it's suppose to be. Touch of malt too.
Looks as it's suppose to. Brilliantly bright and clear. Paper white head that's big and full, but settles fairly quickly. Yellow gold.
Nice malt sweetness dominates and stays throughout. Rather appealling really.Very slight sourness and very mild dryness, neither unappealling. Adjunct qualities are really low. Dryness increases as warms and becomes less enjoyable.
Mildly filling from carbonation, yet adequate smoothness for style.
Maybe this got me on a good day. Really not too bad. I'll give 'er a try again and see how it goes.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale golden. A fizzy white head forms and dissipates with the same speed. Moderate carbonation is noted. Aroma is better than average. Some soft maltiness, corny sweetness and flowery hops are all found. For a macro, not too bad at all. Soft malts on the palate as well with some adjunct-like sweetness blending in. A little hay and straw. And a slight bitterness lingering after the swallow. Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Average brew. Drinkable, but average.

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Photo of icefisherman
4.22/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

for the price bout $7 a 15 pack here you can not go wrong. when comparing this beer to the big 3 i think it winns hands down. as for the aperance i didnot have a glass to poor it in so im gunna guess that it is yellow as hell. it smelled like beer from a can. taste like the best beer ive drink in a long time. and i could drink this beer doing any thing.

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Photo of shippos
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured a very pale light goldne yellow that is super clear and brillant with a light water froathy head that sloshes around on top of the body. light sweet malt aroma, I can barely pick up on anything in this. very very light flavors and very clean. some hint of malt in the taste but it's hard to make out. would be welcomed on a hot hot humid day but probably not any other time though.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I agree with most of the "positive feedback" reviews on LaCrosse Lager. For an inexpensive, easy drinking, do the yard work type of brew LaCrosse is a cut above. Crisp & clean with no aftertaste and a nice,bright, straw yellow appearance make this a nice brew for deck parties or picnics, especially at $10-11 for a 30 pack in my area. I'll take this any day over the usual Miller or Budweiser beers that usually fill a backyard cooler at a party. I'm not saying this is a great brew, but a nice easy drinkin' session beer that your guests will find pleasing with burgers & brats.

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Photo of ZAP
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Ratings are in relation to its class)

Crystal Clear straw color with a 1/4 inch fluffy head on top that shrinks to a sliver in minutes...nose is adjuncty...cooked corn...sweet....the taste is a little sharper than you'd expect from the nose...pretty crisp...highly carbonated....flavor reminds me of more of an early 70's lager...adjuncts are there...not a bad lawnmower beer...I'm glad I finally found this as it is not distributed in my neck of the woods...definitely worth trying but I don't think it's much different than the rest of the macro lot..

This is supposed ot be pretty close to the original Old Style beer and it is brewed at the same place....I couldn't tell you how close to the original it is but it's OK...I'd drink High Life eveyr time over this though..

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Photo of TastyTaste
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paler-than-straw in color, with a small white bubbly head. Smells of corn and malt. Taste is very smooth, this is definitely an Fish House beer from 'Scony. Looks out of place in my Samuel Smith tulip, but it is not bad for the price ($7 for a 15 pack).

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Photo of ADR
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive cans just say what everyone thinks Wisconsin must be like. Clear gold, slightly darker than straw with a good head, but one that's a little foamy. Little duration of suds or lace. Aroma is malty, slightly eggy. Mouthfeel is pleasant enough, slightly overcarbonated. The taste is spot on neutral, somewhat biscuity malt with better hop finish than some, even with some slight pine-iness. A toss-'em-back beer, one that deserves patronage when you want to support a local brew to drink at a tail gate.

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Photo of daledeee
2.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is nothing like a good fresh bottle of this American semi-macro. This review is for a can. The smell is weird bordering on bad. I can't describe it. Just not good. The taste was allright. Malt and grain. Appearance was ok with nice gold and a 1" head. The smell affected the taste. I will take a fresh bottle anyday.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The folks at City Brewery worked hard to keep the yeast active at the brewery after Miller bought out the Old Style name and closed them down. In fact, this is a very decent American pilsner. Pouring from the can gives a nice fluffy head that remains for most of the drink. The usual straw color is no surprise. Can't find anything wrong with the taste, which is okay considering its Wisconsin-cheap price. Definitely recommend this as your basic lawnmower beer. I taste-tested this with some homebrewing friends against the current Old Style, now brewed in San Antonio and LaCrosse won hands down.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, yellow/straw-gold body is topped by a decent-sized head of bright-white froth. The retention is fair, and although it eventually drops to just a collar, it does leave some minimal spotty lace. The nose is clean and fresh with a bit more malt than your standard "generic" beer aroma, although no hops are detectable. Hops do appear in the flavor, however, even if they only play a walk-on role. It's malty, and not over-done with adjunct; and very finely balanced with a slight hop flavor and a noticeable touch of bitterness. The median carbonation is quite fine, and appears softer than it actually is, leaving it gently crisp in the mouth. It finishes short and mostly-dry with just a minimal maltiness in the mouth. Not bad at all!

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Photo of Tballz420
2.22/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

So there is a large mouth bass on this 2003 collector series beer. #5 of 6 in the series. So i give this beer a nice appearance rating on the can, not the beer. Its a standard shitty lager, not worthy of much mention, but sometimes a nice can can really make the beer worth buying.

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Photo of Gump
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wohoo, I'm drinking a beer with a fish on the can!
A friend told me to try this beer, suggesting it as a "very good light beer".
I found it in a 15pk cans for $6.

Poured from a can, clean and light yellow with a lofty head.
Not as stinky as some mass produced domestics.
The mellow carbonation offers a pleasant mouthfeel.
The flavor is light, and presents no aftertaste, which makes it very drinkable on a hot summer day.
Yes, it's good for a cheap beer, but the flavor is no more intense than say, Bud Light.

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Photo of jackndan
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lacrosse lager, in a collectible 2003 can. The picture is a fish and is titled “double or nothing.” Well that’s the good news, the bad news is what in the hell is this beer doing being ranked above 4?? It’s cheap, yes, but not that cheap. Pale golden color, somewhat of a head, that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma, clean, but a little soapy/adjunct. The taste is standard American lager, with more than a little adjunct flavor, I’m thinking corn syrup, but it might just be straight corn. Light bodied, easy drinking, but can’t hold a candle to PBR or Stroh’s. I paid only $2.99 a six, and it was priced to perfection.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown longneck. No freshness date.

This beer pours a very light yellow (kind of the European Pilsner color). Minimal head and lace. Smell is decent. You pick-up some hops & grain.

This beer surprised me. Given the moderate price and the initial appearance when poured, I really didn't expect very much. I was pleasantly surprised with taste. Well balanced with hops slightly in the forefront. There is some grain that adds sweetness, but it was a good sweet. Excellent carbonation. Very small and active bubbles. Very good with spicy food.

I really picked this up on a whim when I was picking up some of this brewery's very fine pale ale. However, the taste made sure that I will buy more in the future. Truly an unexpected find!

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La Crosse Lager from City Brewing Company, LLC
3.04 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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