Mother Lager | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
92
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
15.71%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 92
Reviews by beernut7:
Photo of beernut7
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The initial appearance of this lager is a bit disturbing. I’m not really talking about the communist theme label scheme as much as the green bottle with a twist cap. Fortunately first impressions mean little for beer and my senses were quickly opened to an impressive lager. Pours with a huge foamy head atop a super-clear golden liquid. Deeply sweet honey aroma extends into the extremely smooth body and perfectly balanced honey sweet malt and noble hop spice. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of scarletfire79
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i guess that i'm a little partial to this beer. when i lived in burlington a few years ago, this was a staple in my fridge. due to availability, it's suprisingly hard to get in my area. so on a trip up to burlington recently i picked some up.

appearance: true pale golden yellow

smell: nice balanced smell of hops with slight spice. not overpowering,but definitly not offensive like so many others can be.

taste: very smooth. nice hop bite but not overpowering. refreshing. a perfect substitute for any of the big boys you see everywhere.

this beer is extremely drinkable. maybe has more of a summertime vibe but is more that welcome in my fridge anytime of year.

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Photo of hijinx
4.54/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got three of these in a holiday sampler pack recomended by my friendly local beer merchant. Being a stout/esb fan I saved these for last, but was very suprised. This is a great beer for aiding the conversion of a mass produced skunk piss drinker to a craft brew drinker. Very smooth yellow/orange color. Taste kind of reminds me of Amstel light. Easy to drink, but only after a few porter's.

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Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off green bottle with a “best when fresh” freshness date on the back label. Haha … funny imported looking green bottle with a communist style labeling.

Appearance: Fast to foam with a straw yellow hue, soapy foam sticks around.

Smell: Sugary honey malt with a spicy, earthy, grassy hop … clean to the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Loads of hop oil with a slight bitterness to cap off the malt sweetness. A bit thin in the malt with little to show other than a pale malt character. Finishes with a spicy hop and clean grain.

Drinkablity & Notes: A decent stab at the pilsner style … a fun stab at the sterile imports in green bottles as well. Not that I would go out of my way to buy either this one at least is a local brew.

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Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love the eccentric gems of wisdom underneath the bottle caps. This Magic Hat pours a clear, straw yellow body, with a medium sized, white head that quickly departs, with only a hint of patch lace.

Aroma is of Pils malt, noble hops, and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, and akin to a macro lager.

Taste is lemony citrus, with biscuity, pilsner malt characteristics.

This is a "lawnmower beer", but a good one. Goes down very well, and is very drinkable. Certainly, not up to par with the other Magic Hat offerings I've sampled in the past week, but this is one that should appeal to the masses.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. please drink by dating notched in the rear label. Pours a light golden/ straw color. Bright white head, tiny bubbles, some lacing. Nose of biscuits, hay and German hops. Mouthfeel is dry andcrisp. This is a refreshing, tightly wound lager. Quite dry in the finish. Nice summer quaffer, pout this one with some salad and cheese and you'll be doing well.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up in a mix 12 pack along with 9, HiPA, and Hocus Pocus. It comes in a green bottle with what I would call a "russian" look to the label.
I drank this straight from the bottle so I don't know the exact color but it was definetly a light color as the bottle was translucent . I can't write much about this beer as it wasn't something I would enjoy more than once. If you like Heineken you will like this beer.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If more lagers tasted like this, I might drink more of them. This one looks very unassuming. Typical golden yellow color, and pours to a foamy white head that drops quickly. Aroma is of some sweet fruits, yeast, and biscuit. The flavor is full and inviting, makes you want to have more. It's a bit yeasty and sweet, but changes as it rolls around the mouth. More subtle and delicate flavors arise, like honey, apple, and sweet pear. Clean flavors, smooth mouthfeel. Very enjoyable, not watery like most other American lagers. Leave it to these guys to do it right.

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Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium gold appearance, nice white head of good duration. Lacing is thick and attractive looking. Nutty aroma, standard malt and good hop prickliness. Flavor takes up where the aroma leaves off, cashew-like nutiness, good medium mouthfeel, and a slightly anise-like licorice hop finish to the profile. Not a ton of interest, but its a nice and drinkable Lager -- leaning on an agreeable (if undistinct) maltiness and a good balance of proper hopping for style. Thanks to Liza P. and her dad for getting it, and Ken K. for dragging it back on the plane.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.82/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mother Lager- Magic Hat "you're never alone with a bone"

Mother Lager poured a light yellow with no head.
Smell was of hops, grass, & straw.
Taste was disappointing. Hops, grass, and a hint of sunflower seed?! Not bad tasting but not very enjoyable.
mouthfeel is watery with a slight sharp carbonation in the rear.

Overall a forgettable lager that Magic Hat should discontinue.

My first "bad" magic hat beer. Hopefully my last too.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some hop aroma, hoppy drink. Appropriaetly carbonated. Sweetened by malt, and maybe corn.Very fresh and clean and refreshing. Sweet, carbonated finish. Light body, medium mouthfeel. Not a bad one. Better than a macro. Well carbonated, sampled at the brewery.

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Photo of MattFrenzy
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After fumbling with the cap for a good couple of minutes... "what the hell, a twist off?!" I finally tasted Mother Lager. Yeah, its a lager. Its a good response to all the imported stuff, but its still a green bottled lager which im not a fan of. Reminds me too much of soap water, but if I had to choose between this and say, Heineken, I'd go with this. But I'd always pick an ale over this anyway, so moot point. Overall, good craft for the style, so if you like the style, try this.

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Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale hay-yellow in hue with minimal animation that trotted towards the smallish white head that reached a measly half finger in height before slowly receding to a foamy cap. It looks thin if not downright naked. The subsequent lacing was very patchy and hardly noteworthy. The nose has some charm, lemon grass upfront, some herbs too with a well-rounded, soft, biscuity backside. Trace amounts of sweetness at the very end. Good enough potency to get the point across. The bouquet is very European Lager in nature; I assume that was the intended vibe. I mean Magic Hat went all out and incased this beer in a trendy green bottle! The palate is very good. Out-and-out impressive really! The style was nailed perfectly. It is very dry and clean and refreshing. The malt is bready, firmer than the nose indicated, which is quite nice, it is almost cracker-like. The hops have to be largely Saaz, herbal and flowery with just a bit of zip. The bitterness is sharp and cutting yet the finish is remarkably delicate and soft. I was not expecting Mother Lager to be this good. Frankly, I was expecting a run-of-the-mill lager; I am extremely delighted I was wrong. Medium/medium full in body, the carbonation is just rigid enough, the mouthfeel is dry and firm, just what I like in the style. The drinkability is excellent, if this was available locally I could see myself buy six-packs of it, as is, I’ll just have to thank UnionMade for the sample!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl.oz. bottle. This has returned for one of the 2016 mixed 12 packs. Sampled on Feb. 13, 2016.

The pour is yellow with a moderate fizzy white head.

I get that distinctive Magic Hat yeast with the other esters including toasted bread and grass.

Light to medium body.

The taste also brings out a bready and toast character with grassy hops but the bitterness seems a bit bigger here than I imagined

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Photo of scooter231
2.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A slight letdown from Magic Hat. This beer isn't particularly offensive in any way, but it's awfully boring and lacking in the aroma/flavor departments. Reminds me of Heinekin, maybe Becks. Very little aroma, mouthfeel's watery. Probably great for a hot day, but otherwise, I won't be going out of my way for this.

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Photo of Brent
3.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MH does a great take on the Euro-lager. A touch phenolic in the aroma, but not too much so. Slightly bready and grainy with an undercurrent of malt sweetness. A faint suggestion of pear. The hopping is very reserved. Overall, the beer had a Dutch character, but some leanings toward a German pils as well. The most impressive thing about the beer was a sparklingly clean finish - actually made my mouth feel clean.

I'm not the biggest fan of the Euro-lager, but MH has done a fine job of crafting one of the better examples.

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Photo of plaid75
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a half finger white foamy head. There was poor retention and lacing.

The smell was very reminiscent of a green bottle import lager. A thick aroma with a slight husky and smoky element. Floral hop aroma detected as well.

The taste was also similar to the Euro lagers. However, since it is much fresher tasting, it better resembled an AB World Select. Other than that, husky and musty, with a good hop bitterness. I happen to appreciate some of those Euro lagers. This one tastes very similar to a fresh Carlsberg.

The mouthfeel was full and a bit chewy.

Overall an interesting craft offering. Very drinkable and unique. Has both session and lawnmower potential.

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Photo of weeare138
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a light yellow with a small white head. Huge chunks of carbonation. Fades into a small fizzle with some spotty lacing.
Smell is of a typical imported pilsner with a bit of hops that pop and a faint bit of skunkiness in the background. I really don't like green bottles.
Taste is of a slight Saaz like hoppiness with a grassiness and adjunct lager taste that Magic Hat decided to delve into.
Mouthfeel is ok. It sort of sticks around and sits in the middle of the tongue.
Drinkability, again, is ok. I think they could do a bit better but I picked up a six pack for $5 and this is a replacement for Vermonters to buy instead of an import.
Sort of reminds me of Heinekin and I think that's what the object was with this one...to replace imports at the local bars with this. I think this was a good idea with the whole Yuengling craze that took over much of PA and other parts of the East coast.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One of four offerings from a "Spring Break" 12-pack, I was pleasantly surprised by this tasty lager.

The beer pours a very nice head but with absolutely no staying power. It does however have good lacing down the glass. This was the second of the four offerings from the box that was more carbonated than I like and not much in the terms of a distinct scent. In fact, it didn't have much of any. In the end, it was a flavorful lager which I find much better than most.

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Photo of COR8RFAN
3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of morrowd3
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Shiloh
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find this offering by the Magic Hat Brewery to be average at best,
one of the lesser lights in the Magic Hat stable of fine beers.
The appearance is of a mildly cloudy offering with a very light head and minimal carbonation, quickly resulting into a large glass of apple juice.
The body feels a little bit empty and the aroma is that of cooked corn.
The taste is fairly well balanced with a slight edge to the malts to end. No linger, just a feeling of abandonment.
This is one member of the Magic Hat family that requires some fine tuning.

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