Mother Lager | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Mother LagerMother Lager
BA SCORE
18.8%
Liked This Beer
3.35 w/ 128 ratings
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
Ranking:
#41,436
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
128
Liked:
24
Avg:
3.35/5
pDev:
14.63%
Alströms:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
30
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of hijinx
4.54/5  rDev +35.5%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mother Lager has a thick, white head, a hazy, yellow, bubbly appearance, with powdery, tan sediment, fierce bubbles, and some glass lacing. The aroma is of grassy hops, sweet cracker, and yeast. Taste is of those elements, with nice, slightly citrusy bitterness, finishing the sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and Magic Hat Mother Lager finishes crisp and easy going.

RJT

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Photo of UnionMade
4.39/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale orangey gold. Excellent clarity. A foamy white head tops the beer, with good cobwebby lacing as you drink. Streamers of carbonation rise rapidly to feed the head.
Aroma is dominated by an herbal saaz hopping. Mostly herbal, with a touch of grassiness. Nice and spicy. Light crisp pilsner malt. Very authentic. Very delicate and well balanced. Extremely clean. No off flavors at all.
Flavor is light and crisp, with an excellent buoyant, perky carbonation. Extremely clean and well balanced. Crisp pilsner malt starts out the sip, bowing out to a very spicy herbal saaz hopping. Mild grassiness right in the beginning, fading into a very pleasing spicy, peppery hopping. Malts come through again in the finish, balancing the hops perfectly. A light graininess comes through at the end, A faint citric twang way in the back, fading quickly with the grain, lingering for a moment in the very brief aftertaste.
I'm a fan of Magic Hat's beers, but I'm really shocked at how well done this beer is. I didn't have any expectations, but it's an incredibly delicate, well balanced continental pilsner style. Absolutely terrific. It's just night and day from their ales. I'm very surprised this came from Magic Hat.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mother Lager brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.00% This Euro Pale Lager pours out a nice golden amber color with a small white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with grains and malts. Mild on the hops in the smell. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You pick up on a mild sweetness in this brew , witch is really enjoyable. You also pick up a a nice amount of grins and malts. The hops are there but mild, not saying that is a bad thing. This is a well put together brew. This Euro Pale Lager would go nice with dinner. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a real nice balance to it. The body of Mother Lager is a solid medium. The mouth feel is Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Mother Lager a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Magic Hat Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this brew. This is nice enjoyable brew.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Caveworm
4.24/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mother Lager | Magic Hat Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head's two fingers thick head, spotty lacing, and a clear medium gold amber body.

Smells like slightly-sweet honey biscuit malts and full-bodied grains.

I taste bright and clear malts with that tiny bit'o'honey livening up what could've been yet another bland lager. Crisp and clean finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Mother Lager | Magic Hat Brewing Company a 4.25

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Photo of beernut7
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
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 +20.9%
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 samibr
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale golden. Streams of carbonation slowly gravitate towards the surface. A thin creamy off-white head recedes to just a film quickly. Lacing is adequate. A nice fresh floral hop aroma blends with some soft malt tones. There's a definite peppery spiciness to the taste that is noted at first. It actually sticks around and accentuates nicely throughout the drink. The soft malts (seemingly pils in nature) support some of the flowery and herbal hop tones. I like the taste here and it is quite unique for a lager. Leave it to Magic Hat. It is quite thirst quenching and refreshing. The body is a little better than medium. Nice beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IMVHO, the people who are rating this beer low do not understand what Magic Hat is trying to do here. As a big fan of the brewery myself it is quite easy to tell that Magic Hat used green glass bottles on purpose to get that great 'euro-lager' aroma and taste that we are all used to in imports like PU and Beck's. They also made this beer to be like PU or Beck's a quality imported Euro-Lager at the price of one of the cheaper domestic-micros. Personally, I appluad them for this new year round release. This stuff comes in the infamous green glass 12oz bottle with some nice label art on it. The color is deep golden and the head is nice and white, but does not retain too well. The aromas are classic euro-lager grains, with slight saaz hops. The taste is also quite bready and grainy with a hint of hops in the finish. This stuff is so clean tasting it is not even funny. The mouthfeel is full for this stlye of beer, and reminds me of a better version of Millers High Life or the Valley Golden ale at Bethlehem Brew Works. The drinkability is very good for a euro-lager as well. so is this a great beer? No.... A great ale from magic hat? No....a great stab at a less than import price, euro-lager style of beer? Yes!

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Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
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 rabidawg
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear golden straw with a soft, white, creamy head. Steady carbonation and spotty lacing.

Smell: Definite euro lager, leaning toward the Czech and away from the Dutch end of things. Some DMS smell, and very little "skunkiness." Very clean with noble hops peaking through.

Taste: Initial almost-soft mouthfeel, with the carbonation just turning into creamy foam in the mouth. Spicy hops burps, more peppery than green. Surprisingly, the alcohol is noticeable, but the brew is still very smooth. The mouthfeel is creamy throughout, but not quite so smooth as a comparable Czech pilsner. Finishes extremely clean and nicely dry.

Notes: This would be an excellent summer brew. I'm honestly not sure why MH included this in their fall/winter mix pack, but at least my apartment is warm enough to enjoy such a beer in November.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +17%
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 j0hnc2468
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kelticblood
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not being a fan of Pilsners,I enjoyed this offering from Magic Hat.A little head that didnt stick around long.Reduced to almost nothing but had bubbling carbonation from the bottom up.A clear yellow in color.Very little lacing noticed.A slight hint of hops and malt on the nose and taste.Other than that this isnt too complex.The advertising is more intresting than the beer.It looks like something from Communist Russia.Its light and refreshing and highly drinkable.A little wheat and honey is noticed on the finish.The mouthfeel has a good carbonated bite.It still has a lager feel with pilsner characteristics.Overall good.

Note: Tastes a bit skunky

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Brent
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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, fruity 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 IBUBrew
3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottum
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a perfectly clear straw amber with a healthy white head. Tastes good. The malts are well balanced with a light zest from the dry hop. So smooth and drinkable. Looks like this is a new year round offering from Magic Hat. I think it will do very well. So easy to drink. What's with the green bottles though? My sources at Magic Hat tell me the bottles are green because they are attempting to get the Eurolager lightstruck flavor in the beer and you can't do that with brown bottles.

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Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwkash
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillyBrew
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised when I found this brew to be Euro-style. I guess I missed the clues written across the bottle. I was just excited for a Magic Hat lager. I was let down, but it is a solid offering for its style.

Great crystal-clear sunny-orange colour with a creamy head that covers, sticks and lasts. Definately has the grainy malt and saaz-hop nose. More rounded nose than many piercing, offensive euro-lagers. Forward griany malt and thin saaz-hop taste. Like its nose, the taste is more pleasantly round than sharp Euros and very clean and finished. Smooth and slightly-prickly, light-medium body. Clean with very little aftertaste.

This brew got better with every sip and gentle gulp. May have been my coming-to-grips with the style. I was hoping for an interesting, tastey and smooth lager along Magic Hats' fantastic line. But 'merely' a solid Euro lager.

Cheers

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Mother Lager from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 18.8% out of 100 with 128 ratings
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