Mother Lager | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Mother LagerMother Lager
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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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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 njbusa
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Brewing Co. "Mother Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle,production coded but without freshness dating
$2 @ Giant, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what is this "Mother Lager"? The name and text and graphics on the label seem to suggest it's like a Russian lager. I certainly hope not, some of those taste like they were made by adding anti-freeze to them. On the neck label it reads "Evolved Euro-style lager". That doesn't really make me feel any better. OK, so let's see, it's a hazy deep straw gold with a kind of a green cast - that must be coming from the anti-freeze! Only kidding. I'm hoping it's unfiltered though as it's got a pretty good haze to it. At this point the finger-thick head of bright white that was there has dropped to just a thin but solid surface covering and there's only a little bit of lace rising up alongside the glass where the head once was. Well, see how it does once I start drinking it. The aroma displays more grainy malt than it does hops, and what's there is kind of generic. It's disappointing but in all honesty it really is like so many other pale Euro lagers except that it has more malt. The flavor follows and it's grainy with a moderate sweetness to it, mildly bitter, a hint lemony, and then herbal and grassy in the finish. Yeah, it's pretty right on for a Euro lager except that most of them have more bitterness, although in this case I'm happy to take less. It's medium-bodied and fairly crisp across the palate. So, overall, not a head turner, but not a bad beer. Price-wise I can't imagine that it can actually compete with most, if any, of the pale Euro lagers on the market so I'm not sure why you'd buy this. Makes a great lawnmower beer though. Oh, I almost forgot, there was some decent lacing left as I progressed through the glass, I'm about halfway through now, but it's nothing spectacular.

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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 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.


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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 feuematt
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow beer that looks almost like a light lager. Taste is grainy with some kind of peppery spice. Overall I liked it and would probably buy again.

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Photo of ffshore545
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dodo2step
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pale light green color that is clear with a 2 finger foamy head. Coated lacing on the pint.

S- doughy and grainy nose with light fruity esters.

F- grainy and peppery spice with a lager malt finish

M- malty and tart. Goes down smooth but the tartness gets worse

O- rather have a yuengling lager after this.

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Photo of D1noB
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They hit it spot on but I wish they would have added more magic hat, magic to it.

Taste Rating in Words: it's a kids magician. Good but you were hoping for harry potter.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 williahd
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thoglund
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harsley
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Holderness
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
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


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Photo of BeerInspector
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ajdemma
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breardon1776
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of apokatastasis
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -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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Mother Lager from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 18.1% out of 100 with 127 ratings
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