Mother Lager | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Mother LagerMother Lager

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

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

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of Jdiddy
1.93/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This must be a cruel joke on behalf of Magic Hat. What the hell? I have always known the company to release unique beer that is normally excellent quality. A green bottle is just the starter of this lame beer. There is not anything that makes this beer stand out (or even fare better) tan any other lager. Blah! I would drink this only when in dire need.

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Photo of jfcaa193
2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of changeup45
2.03/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

8/25/2004. I've become to expect good things from Magic Hat but this is the first Lager I've tried from them so I wasn't sure what I'd get. Golden color topped by a thin head. Only a little bit of lacing on the glass and the aroma is slightly skunked. There's not a whole lot that's enjoyable with the taste either. Musty, corn flavor with some bitter hops mixed in. Not really that smooth. Slightly sweet but not as sweet as most Magic Hat brews. This reminds me more of domestic crap than a good Magic Hat brew.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
2.2/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz green bottle direct from PPoitras care of BIF 13

Pours your standard honey/straw color of a pilsner/american lager. Nothing special here, but certainly to style. Head retention is only okay.

Smell is pretty much the same as many euro lagers I've had...smells kind of like a heineken. A bit of grassy hop, some malt, the usual

Taste is lacking, seriously... Despite the hop aroma, I had kind of a hard time distinguishing anything more than a minimal amount from the taste. This is a very sweet lager (something that I don't quite enjoy). While there is a certain crispness to the flavor, I just couldn't get past the sweetness.

Carbonation was also kind of lacking, leaving this brew with an almost slick character that I did not enjoy.

Note: This is my first Magic Hat beer, and I am not impressed. At first, I thought I might have a bad bottle, but judging from other reviews of this one on the site, I think that this one just might have fallen short. While it will not keep me from trying their other beers in the future, this one from MH is one that I will never have again. I would take Budweiser *gasp* over this one any day.

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Photo of aaronh
2.27/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color, topped by a decent white head that shows respectable retention. Minimal hop aroma intermingled with a bit of graininess. Smells like a decent macro; nothing remarkable. Flavor is thin and light, with a heavy grainy aftertaste. Does this have adjuncts in it, because it sure seems like it might. Tastes a little better with big gulps for some reason. Mouthfeel is respectable for a very light beer. Drinkability suffers more in the "would I like another" category...umm, no I don't think I would. Magic Hat makes some nice beers. Was this an April release or something? I don't get it. This is just a little bit better than standard American Lagers. Even the label art is sub-par for Magic Hat.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
2.38/5  rDev -29%
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 xgrigorix
2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce greent twist cap bottle. Best by month notched on label.

Pale straw gold, impecibly clear. Some slow moving small bubbles float to the top. A thin off white head quickly recedes into a halo.

The unmistakable smell of spicy saaz hops mixes with fresh cut grass & rotting vegtables.

A sharp bitter attack of the tongue right off the bat. Some bready flavours & crisp hops with more of that grass note. Ends with a sour tastes that lingers far too long. Smooth & crisp, medium bodied, relaxed carbonation.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle cap: "Music Soothes our Savage Yeast".

Green bottle. Label clearly designed to recall communist Russia. I know Magic Hat tries (too hard?) to be unconventional, but what are they thinking? Trying to tap into some huge market for USSR industrial lagers?

Body is clear, strong yellow gold, topped at first by a rocky inch of white foam, which quickly settles down to a thin table cloth. Some decent lacing.

Pleasant but unassertive hayfield nose.

Taste starts off with a decent soft malt splash down. However, as the hops arrive with the slightest of a tickle, there is also a strong sour twang that carries thru until the finish. Aftertaste consists of a mild hop zip vying with some soapiness.

Nice soft mouthfeel, at least at the start of each sip.

Drinkability? Why would be the question. Little to recommend. Perhaps if I have the next one much colder.

What do you know, truth in advertising. I thought the bottle and label were an attempt at irony, but this beer does seem like a cheap Soviet macro. I'd be bitterly disappointed, except there was nothing "bitter" present.

Try Otter Creek's vastly superior Vermont Lager instead.

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Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of PatandDavid
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Actually, this doesn't taste like corn flakes. Anyway..requisite straw color, more tangerine than most. Aroma is where they start to lose me, it's a bit fruit like(lemon and apple). Medium mouthfeel is helpful, although it could be a bit more carbonated (it is just enough). Taste, well...thank god it isn't like breakfast cereal, but I am picking up more fruit...lemons and strawberries. Could there be some bitterness in the finish? Maybe. I'm not sure. There's not enough crispness in the mouthfeel or taste to make me say, wow, that's a pilsner.

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Photo of littlebibs
2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I to purchaced this in a mixed mulit-12 pack just to get the Ravell Magic Hat seasonal,
which I love. The MOTHER LAGER was the only one I just couldn't deal with. Maybe
its the grassy flavor in the middle somewhere that just didn't taste
right to me. It finished ok for a lighter style lager but every time
I open one up and tried to get into it(Magic Hat of all the beers I enjoy have a way of changing flavors while your drinking) , that grassy flavor shows up
and takes charge. Who knows, maybe I got a skunked batch left out somewhere to long? Its not a bad beer but of all the MH beers I
love, this one disspoints but you can't win em all.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.64/5  rDev -21.2%
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 JanosWildman
2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Strange after taste. Sort of like Nag Champa incense. I wouldn't buy it again. Far cry from #9 in quality.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light gold under paperwhite head that shortly gives up the ghost. Sweet-rot, fermenting hay scent. Sickly corn taste with faint bitterness. Sharp and fizzy. Thankfully missing finish. Bleh.

I realize this is what it's supposed to is, but it's a bad joke.

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Photo of scooter231
2.76/5  rDev -17.6%
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 ordybill
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light gold color with a small white head. The aroma is mildly sweet fruit and hops. I didn't care for this beer to much.

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Picked up the single for around 2 bucks into a pint glass.
Actually looks quite good somewhat hazy bright yellow color with a rocking 1/2 inch of froth that sticks around for quite a bit. Smells of a typical lager some sweet grains and hops. Ugh wow it's been a while since I had such a terrible beer. Whatever hops they used are disgusting and it almost reminds me of lawn trimmings (is that where they get the term "lawnmower beer"?)

Anyway sweet malts and a mildly skunky finish. Body is a bit heavy for the style which should drink crisp and clean almost watery.

Overall avoid this beer if you can Magic Hat is known for better beers and this one is just plain bad!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
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 MackT
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
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 -15.5%
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 Brian_L-2056
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a medium yellow color into a pint glass with very little head. The smell is kind of pilsner like. There is no carbonation that I can see. The initial taste is definitely pilsner like, strawlike in flavor with a mild mellow finish. I hate to say it but it kind of reminds me of a macro brew in flavor except its not as watered down. Overall I think its just an ok beer.

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Photo of bixby1971
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of morrowd3
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Citadel82
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the weakest of the Magic Hat offerings at the brewery tap, yet I still found it fresh, crisp and refreshing. This is their answer to the Macros I am sure and while they really reach with some of the styles they brew this is a middle of the road un-adventurous beer aimed at the college boy crowd that have a Che Guevara poster in their dorm room. Still and all it was clean, crisp and refeshing, albeit largely devoid of character.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink by August, so maybe this could stand to be a bit more fresh.
This beer is pretty orthodox all in all. Macro drinkers shouldn't be too scared off by this one, though it's a bit more bitter and flavorful than most macros.
Drinks like a Becks or St. Pauli girl. No odor to speak of, a clean flavor of grass and grain with a bitter finish. Malts are barely present while the hops rub and chafe more so than bite.
Fine for keeping around during hot weather but another somewhat average brew from Magic Hat.

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Mother Lager from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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