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Mountain Crest Classic LagerMountain Crest Classic Lager

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Mountain Crest Liquors
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lipschitz on 06-14-2004

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Shadman:
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1.71/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Was left-over from a BBQ we had on the weekend. Saw these guys at beerfest and stayed away.

Decent enough look to it for a macro lager. Big, crisp white head that showed damn good lacing. No lacing to speak of.

Ahh..the smell of sweet, sweet corn..and not much else..uh oh.

Tastes of same said aweet corn. And not much else...maybe a hint of malt lurking, but the sweetness is almost overwelming.

Just sweet stickiness for mouthfeel. Not pleasant at all.

Certainly not worth buying in my books, but as one reviewer put it, this crap is stacked to the rafters in most liquor stores along with other cheap brews.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.03/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There are so many well-documented observations of the issues with the whole presentation side of this offering, and its siblings, that I'll limit mine to one - as I paid my single dollar (plus tax, shit!), I noticed that the can itself says '8 pack', all around the rim. Just another 'WTF' to add to my already deep-seated reservations running back to their introduction to Alberta lo these many years now.

This beer pours a clear, pale yellow colour, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves a pock-marked paint job of lace around the glass as it hastily settles. It smells like water - you know when you go someplace with a different water hardness factor, and you notice the mineral odour coming from the tap? That. The taste is sweet adjunct grain, a little bit of rice husk, a little bit of corn cob, and not a whole hell of a lot else. The carbonation is on the low side of moderate, the body light, smooth and sugary. It finishes fairly innocuously, just a corn-driven, hop-averse, watery wallflower.

Compared to most of the other Mountain Crest/Minhas products, this is practically drinkable, if not actually enjoyable. But my conscience still says NFW.

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Photo of cmwilliq
1.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of pmcadamis
2.3/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 24 pack of this stuff at a local mom and pop grocery store on the way up to Galena for a "cabin weekend" with two other couples. With such a cheezy package ("Damn good beer!") and low price about 10 bucks for the 24 pack... how could we resist!

A - Cool can with a nice red pull tab. The beer itself is really just like any other macro lager. Small short lived head, no lace, golden clear brew. I only poured the first one in a glass... after that we just started "cresting the mountain" out of the can.

S - Nothing to speak of... nothing offensive by any means. Its almost like it doesn't have a nose.

T - This has the prerequisite corn and water flavor of cheapo lagers, but its not all bad. In fact, I prefer this over Bud or Miller (MGD is better.... still pretty much short on taste.... but somewhat better). Do you ever get the feeling that judging BMC brews is like doing a taste test with bottled waters? None of them actually have any flavor, its just that some have less offensive mineral or metallic qualities.

M - Light in body, crisp super-carbonation that makes for some kick-ass burps, and a clean finish. In all seriousness, a clean finish is a big plus for a beer of this style and this one is pleasant while you take a sip ... and then 1/10 of a second later its like you never took that sip at all! Magical.

D - Three guys took out the 24 pack in two nights of fun in the cabin in the Territory by Galena, so I can't say that its not drinkable. Then again, as everyone on this site always says "water is very drinkable too." This is not bad at all for the price, and the kitsch factor is a marketing dream. As the fellas said all weekend... you girls go downtown and shop, we manly men will stay in the cabin, tend the fire, play pool, and "get crested."

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Photo of freewill35
1.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ChrisCage
1.26/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Upon a rather dubiously hard pour, this came whaling out with a loud 'fizz' sound and a sickly piss coloration....some chill haze happening here. The 'head' if you can call it that, was about a layer over the liquid but suddenly evaporated into nothingness, leaving behind an ugly flat looking beverage. Carbonation appears to be lumbering its way to the top and while there is no lacing to see for miles, there is an oily looking substance that has coated the inside of the glass. Not a good start but not unexpected either!

S- Whoa this is knarly smelling! This is worse than the normal corn beer that I was hoping to find, but rather, this is like extra white rice and cow corn smelling....boiled to be day old rags. The only thing I can come up with is sweet corn water that's gone cold....disgusting.

T- Clam would even jump out of the glass if it was mixed in with this swill. Metallic, and the flavor is even lower grade than what corn water is.....simply put, this is pathetic tasting.

M/O- If you want to kill weeds this is your stuff! Ive had bad beer before but this is amongst the worst on the market.....sorry but the Minhas siblings should simply take daddys' money and find another business to be invested in....I have a clogged drain that needs some tending too!

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Photo of MarkBlackout
1.23/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Wow. I strive to review many cheap, canned beers, or at least try them. I thought this brew was bad enough that I should warn people away from even messing with it.

I have 2.0 for appearance due to the fact that I didn't pour it out of the can. I was "not impressed" by the can design, though it is more appealing than something like Clear Creek Ice.

Smell? Has the smell reminiscent of a younger me filling his mouth with all of the flavors of Skittles candy at once. In other words, a non-specific artificial fruit-flavor melange that is hard to pin down but easy to detest. Also, 79 cent canned cream corn.

Taste is worse. Does a remarkably poor job of hiding the 5.5% alcohol. Astringent. Sweet, metallic. No sir, I don't like it!

Mouthfeel is what one might expect. Fizzy and thin.

Overall, it sucks. I love to drink and review beers off the beaten path, adjunct-style 'bad beers' as another website refers to them. This is one of the worst I've run across in recent years. No kitsch value, even.. no nostalgia. Just a piece of shit beer I wish I didn't have 4 more of. EDIT: after reading other reviews of this, I must say I beg to differ with the notion that this beer is as good or even better than higher-priced, more well known macros. They are for the most part inoffensive. This shit is terrible, barely poundable even. The only redeeming quality, though there isn't one, is the slightly higher abv.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
1/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of atomicskier1889
1/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of IronDjinn
1.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I think lipschitz has cleary covered most of the marketing issues I have about this stuff, the can comes across very schizophrenic with all the claims and statements on it, far too busy trying to come across as something that it is definitely not. It clearly states that: "Mountain Crest Classic Lager Beer starts as pure, clean water from 1, 200 feet beneath the 500 million year old Canadian Shield." Far too much trivial information trying to distract rather than impress. Curious as well, since it says that this stuff is imported. From Wisconsin no less, which makes me question whether they actually do haul all that Canadian water to the cheese state to produce this stuff. The can also claims that it's been brewing since 1855, not brewed, so the question arises who the hell actually brews this stuff, and why aren't they mentioned? lipschitz takes care of that answer as well.

The beer itself is okay in appearance, as are most Joseph Huber products. Unfortunately most of the good points about Joseph Huber products usually stop there. This is also no exception. It's a decent clear golden hue, but with lazy head retention. One whiff of the stuff proclaims that it is chock full of adjuncts, reeking of stale corn and cooked cabbage, and very husky grains. The flavour kind of jumps out at you in a dark alley, wide-eyed and hepped up on something, and definitely in need of some serious bathing. The mouthfeel has an air of desperation to it, like it'd cut you open for the change in your pocket alone. This is cheap stuff, and you definitely get what you pay for. Get it ice cold, close your eyes and drink it out of the can, after all you have 5 more of them to try and choke down. My advice is to avoid walking down darkened alleys, and to stay away from this stuff on the beer shelves.

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Photo of dhep16
1.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of BigBry
1.81/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Saw this can at the liquor store on weekend. A slightly different label, so had to pick one up. I am getting tired of buying bad beer just for the cans - oh well.
From the label: "Mountain Crest Classic Lager Beer starts as pure, clean water from 1,200 feet beneath the 500 million year old Canadian Shield. Our gold medalist brewmaster ferments only the finest sun-ripened hops & two-row malted barley to deliver this crisp, clean classic lager."
The beer looks average in appearance, clear gold/yellow, short white head, one stream of carbonation bubbles - as expected. Oh the smell, corn, adjuncts, cabbage. The taste is more of the same cooked corn, with a sour after taste. Mouthfeel? No. Drinkability? None. A cheap beer, don't expect more.

August 2008 - Review.
710 ml (24oz) King Can. "Craft Brewed with Canadian 2 row malt", SRP of $3.50 printed on the can.
Yep, everything as I remember. Nothing worth changing my scores for.

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Photo of poogas
1.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.26/5  rDev +75.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can with no freshness dating into my Sam Adam perfect pint glass. Pours deep yellow, golden with about one inch of quickly disappearing head. Strong flavors of corn and some rice. Strong sweet taste also. Mouthfeel is very light. This is not the first time I have bought this brew. It is very cheap and very drinkable. Overall not bad.

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Photo of Dshaw
4.1/5  rDev +120.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I almost forgot to look this beer up on here. Me and some friends bought a few cases of this one night sitting around a fire, and I have to say i was impressed by this beer because its so cheap only 9 bucks a case in Pennsylvania. The tast is similar to just another regular American Lager like Budweiser for example but a little smoother. Mountain Crest really isn't that filling either.

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Photo of Metalsnota
1.3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Water in a brown bottle or can...

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Photo of PirateBier
1.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of InsideLiquorMan
3.42/5  rDev +83.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The ol' Cresties. Classic. The quintessential camping beer for my location and group of cheapskate friends. Pouring into a glass? Not a chance in hell. Out of the pack and into the gut as soon as possible. I always snag a case or two of these on my way to the campsite every year. 16pk for the price of a 12pk? Sold me right there when I first saw the faded, corrugated cardboard pack tucked away on the rollers of a small town liquor store cooler.

Taste is terrible, absolutely horrible, but you learn to love it. Carbonation is very balanced; Not obnoxious, not overly in-your-face, either. Many a night was spent shirtless, lost in the woods, high on psychedelics and drunk on Mountain Crest Lager and many a morning was spent with a Mountain Crest in hand and a stack of pan-fried bologna in the other. Call me disgusting, but the Cresties are one of the better cheap, crappy beers of the bunch.

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Photo of lipschitz
1.68/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I felt that I had to give this a try, mostly because it it’s cheeky “Damn Good Beer” slogan, and the fact that every low-end liquor store that I visit seems to be packed to the rafters with this stuff – yet is conspicuously absent from the good ones.

Classic Lager pours from its sassy clear bottle with a deep golden hue, and a fast-disappearing head. The smell is predominantly cooked cabbage, mixed with a slightly sweet malt aroma, and then overpowered medicinal overtones. It tastes as it smells – medicinal flavours dominate and overtake the sweetish, husky grains that are sheepishly poking about. The mouthfeel is oily, and highly carbonated, and any hops that do seem to linger about contribute more to the unpleasant aftertaste, rather than to a nice hop finish. This beer really tastes worse the more of it that you drink.

There are many interesting claims on the packaging to this beer, such as their usage of only the finest "grains" and “sun-ripened hops”. I was unaware that hops even ripened in the dark, but apparently someone else uses those. It is brewed in Wisconsin by the Joseph Huber Brewing Company, but for some reason Mountain Crest is trying to keep this a secret, only stating that it is “imported from the USA”. I can only assume that is by the request of Huber Brewing, as it’s easy to see why they don’t want their name on this one.

If I may quote the illustrious Buster Poindexter: "it's so abomidably bad, it would make a gay man sad"

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Photo of Foxman27
2.61/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of yukmay
1.67/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A good friend could resist buying me a case of this beer for a whopping $8.00. Well, here goes...

A - Straw gold, color of a typical american pilsner. Pours with a half inch head, that drops back in slowly

S - Metal. Lots of metal. Sour apples?

T - Sour corn, grain and aluminum. No perceptible hops. Sweet, almost puckering though.

M - Thin.

Really not as bad as I expected out of an eight dollar case of beer. Not good, reminds me of college.

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Mountain Crest Classic Lager from Mountain Crest Liquors
Beer rating: 1.86 out of 5 with 21 ratings