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Mother Lager | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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:
#42,228
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
133
pDev:
14.63%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
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 acurtis
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kjkinsey
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 smcolw
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin, single bubble head, but it does leave some lace on the glass. Clear and light straw in color.

Soft aromas dominated by a neutral malt. Flavor is similar to the smell: fairly thin with a touch of hop. A slight bit of fruitiness and cream. Crisp, like a lager should be.

Fairly non-descript, but quenching.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured with a foamy bone-white head above a very clear yellow liquid. It gave off a soft malt nose. It had a medium to creamy mouthfeel. There was a light maltiness on the tongue. The finish was light with hints of malt, but nothing outstanding. I have had better lagers and would, frankly, expect better from Magic Hat.

My neighbor across the parking lot recently put these out as single bottles, so I thought that I would revisit it. Today is M, 24 July 2017.

From the Bottle: "Limited Run"; "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 is a refreshing, evolved alternative to the familiar Euro-style imports, exported from the People's Republic of Vermont."

One thing that I really dig about Magic Hat bottles is that not only do you always have to Pop! the cap to begin, but a message is contained on the underside, in this case, "Congratulations! Your night is about to get better!" Well, as a day drinker, that does not really apply, so I began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with great retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon. Nose had a biscuit malt quality, very clean, but not much really happening, which I suppose is the point. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, nothing great, but not overly watery, either. The taste was biscuity with a light Noble hops grassiness, making it entirely refreshing on a hot summer's day. Finish was semi-dry, clean & easy-drinking, but just kind of ho-hum.

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Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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 chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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 feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight haze, solid pale yellow color, perfunctory white head.
Aroma: they've taken the typical Euro-lager smell, and improved it, giving it just enough malt and hops to make it a pleasant thing under the nose.
Taste: though there is very little of it, I can't fault them too much, for it fits the style they're shooting for...nicely appreciated brisk hop bite up front, that returns with every sip, just enough malt. Light bodied as can be, smooth, clean easy...
I'm of two minds about this one, one of them agreeing with those who ask, "Why on Earth, Magic Hat?", the other saying, "Good Luck with It!"
My third mind contemplates the message under the cap: "Have a 9 on 9/9" Okey doke, I'll mark my calendar...
thanks to tha rabidawg for the sample

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Photo of plaid75
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
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 WesWes
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry pale malt scent with a lager finish. There is little in the way of hops. The taste is average as well. It has a pale malt core with Czech style hops and a lager yeast finish that is quite dry. It goes down easy and isn't skunky. It has a grainy flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking pilsner. It's not the best out there, but it will do in a pinch.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
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 weeare138
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Hohnbaum
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 ppoitras
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer, the mystery brew in my recently purchased Magic Hat 12 pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cap underside reads "Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight".

Poured into a glass mug, inch tall white head forms on the pale golden liquid, leaving minimal lace as drinking occurs. Nothing much dramatic jumps out at me with this brew, which is somewhat odd for a Magic Hat brew, which usually grab your attention one way or another. Little aroma, the taste is the epitome of average to me, with the mouthfeel and drinkability taking advantage of the absence of ill. If not knowing, would have never known this was a Magic Hat product.

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Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stalin-esque art adorns a green, twist-off bottle. Pours a clear and darkly golden liquid with a big, puffy, brilliant head. Very pretty lace…long lasting head: nice! Aroma is continental hops. Musty, slight sulfur, pungency, and a powerful spiciness combine in the smell. A bit malty and sweet up front, aggressively hopped for the style, grassy. Bubbles continuously formed throughout the entire glass…but the beer didn’t seem overly carbonated. Great balance. Finish is lingering and increasingly bitter as you drink the beer. Light in body…simple but well done. I found this to be a very enjoyable lager (which really isn’t my style)…certainly above average in my books.

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