Mother Lager | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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78
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114 Ratings
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Mother LagerMother Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Evolved Euro-Style Lager. Brewed to spur the people to unite in the fight for imbibing emancipation and smash the oppressive tyranny of malt monotony! Mother Lager was a refreshing, evolved alternative to the familiar Euro-style imports, exported from the People's Republic of Vermont.

17 IBU

Added by taez555 on 09-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
14.55%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of williahd
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thoglund
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harsley
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Holderness
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L -- Pale yellowish orange with a nice two-finger white head produced with moderate pour. Nice retention and lacing despite the rather uninspired looking body.
S -- Grainy malts with a hint of doughy sweetness and fruity yeast esters
T -- Primarily Munich/Vienna malts. More of that faint, doughy/honey sweetness and a decent amount of herbal hop bitterness
F -- Fairly robust for a pale lager, but still has a watery undertone, especially towards the finish
O -- An OK lager. Nothing special, but not horrible/overpriced either

66/100

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Photo of BeerInspector
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ajdemma
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breardon1776
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of apokatastasis
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance; Pale golden straw colour, completely clear. Champagne-like bubbles froth from the nether regions of the glass. Decent head that recedes into a layer of perpetual foam, with some nice lacing.

Aroma: Grainy malts with some spiciness. There isn't much to say here, but it isn't bad.

Taste: Follows the nose, but with more peppery spice than was present in the aroma. Noble hops are evident. The finish introduces a dose of caramel sweetness from the malts, then lingers with a pleasantly biting spiciness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Airy and light, typical for a Euro-lager. The beer coats the mouth and throat.

Overall: I am much more a fan of ales than lager, and I don't tend towards pale lagers either. That said, I think this is a good beer with a bit more character than some other lagers. I got three of these in a variety pack and I think I will enjoy all of them.

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Photo of MackT
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I would expect more from the Magic Hat brewmeisters. Someone thought this was a good idea. I'm not in that camp.
Reminded me of the first time I tasted beer. "Remember that kids ?" Nothing to see here, move along.

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Photo of CNoj012
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a pale golden color with a one finger, dull white head. Retention is minimal and there is no lacing at all. Severe lack of active carbonation.

Smell is very subdued. Grain, peppery spice and a touch of grass as it warms.

Taste is the same. I would almost call this flavorless if it wasn't for the bit of peppery spice on the finish.

Feel is light and under carbonated. Watery.

Overall not a good beer. Glad I only got a single.

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Photo of Satsuma
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
3.79/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nater919
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophugger
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jgiordano88
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
2.64/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

DATE: May 11, 2017... OCCASION: the end of a strange day--taking apart the lawn tractor carburetor--leads to an odd lager: such, as always, the promise from Magic Hat... GLASSWARE: Ommegang pokal... pours a fresh, snow white froth of head that mounts a clear golden body--snapping and crackling, denoting its freshness... small but gathering bubbles also let me know I got this in the midst of its "limited run," as the label states... lacing is arching and smeared, not in a bad way... fresh tea, aromatic noble hops, some lilac and lightly toasted bread make this a refreshing scent--though a bit bold to name it a "refreshing, evolved alternative" to other lagers... fizzy to the mouthfeel, alive and reasonably well... a champagne finish, with a bit more beef... then comes the taste, and yeah, they tried it again--honey, pepper, a tough-to-place thick malty malaise that is earthy, thick and unenjoyable... banana, ginger, and vegetable seem thrown in for some measure... I picked up the mix pack for Hocus Pocus and Elder Betty, two beers I have to rate to check off the back list, and this seemed a character of a throw-in....label aside--Rage would approve--I can only approve of its limited run...

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Photo of Soloviev
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Amusing Soviet themed/communist artwork with a big 'thumbs up'.

L: Clear light golden pour... 1.5 fingers of foamy head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Clean... grainy malts and noble hops. A bit of citrus.

T/F: Follows the nose... crisp... light malts and cracked grains... noble hops for bittering. A pleasant lemon-citrus taste... finish is clean. Light in body... zesty carbonation.

O: For a style I don't particularly care for this is an easy enough drinking beer. It's not going to wow anyone, but this is well made with reasonably good flavor.

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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow color with a thin head.
Smell is grassy hops with a hint of citrus.
Taste is mostly corn and citrus.
Middle of the road Euro Lager.

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Photo of cdub70085
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes it seems many of my beeradvocate peers do not take into account style guidlines when reviewing. Personally, I rate my beer on MY own personal taste but I also take into concideration what the style guidlines are for each beer. What is it supposed to achieve? One of the traditional Euro lagers will not exactly be as complex or intetsting as your last DIPA, but remember, it's not meant to!

The Euro-style lager might not be anything close to most Whale's but it has it's place. I first has thos Americanized version within a newer 12 pack mix. I actually purchased the 12 pack just so I could try the Mother Lager. Then, boom! I find it in it's own "limited run" 6 pack. Yippie.

The pour shows off a pure golden color. Mild carbonation and a meek, thin white, bubbly foam cap that spreads out quick. A thin ring remains for the duration.

The aroma is slightly bolder and more well rounded than most imported Euro lagers seem to be. But, it's very close and certainly right on-point. Sour/bready lager malt with butter, herbal and grassy hop notes, sour-funk and slightly earhy lager yeast with the vety traditional buttery corn whiff.

The feel and body is meant to be light, crisp with a slick malty body and crisp, perhaps dry finish. This Magic Hat Euro Lager nails it. Bonus points for being a bit more crisp and healthy feeling than most of the classic imported versions that have been available for eons.

A lively, malty crisp bite hits first, bread and butter malt, sour tones from the malt and yeast are in full effect, herbal hops that are very subtle with a nice, bitter ending, but perfectly executed, wonder into light grassy and earthy flavor's. The balance and overall flavor spectrum is just perfect for the style, and like the other aspects of this version, slightly better than it's European contemporaries. Simple flavor's in perfect balance! The feel is actually rather excellent in that, the first sip is a light crisp bite, middle becomes slick with maltiness, finishing very clean, almost dry.

Not that this Style will ever achieve a 5 rating, due to it's rather simple and primitive aspects but it gets big bonus points for nailing what this style can be. I enjoy simple, golden lagers as nuch as I love my Big Belgian ales or Imperial stouts. Every style (almost) has it's place.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Mother Lager from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.3 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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