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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - Lager Drink by Moniker Brewery

April, 2023

Lager Drink

Lager Drink

Rhode Island
United States
Lager Drink, Moniker Brewery

Made with 30% corn. This pre-prohibition corn lager is light, crisp and all you need on a hot day, or any day really.

Beverage Profile
Served at: 
40º F
Corn, Pilsner, Munich
Magnum, Saaz



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Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Lager Drink by Moniker Brewery was judged in BJCP category 27, Historical Beer, as a Pre-Prohibition Lager. The beer opens with a moderately high level of sweet grainy malt in the aroma with a light white corn grits and just a hint of light toast. The floral hops follow at medium-low levels but are still notable, bright and fresh. Clean lager fermentation with nothing off, no esters, no DMS. The beer pours a light golden-yellow color with brilliant clarity. Lots of tiny bubbles ascend to the creamy white head that eventually drops to a wispy cap that lingers to the end.

The flavor provides a medium level of light grainy malt with some white bread qualities. A touch of sweet white corn comes up mid-palate. There is a firm bitterness but the beer is balanced toward the malt. The floral hops come through in the flavor and are joined by some berry-like notes toward the end of the slightly dry finish. I suspect the berry quality is hop-derived rather than from an ester but either way it’s very nice, albeit unexpected in this style. Smooth rounded finish, no harshness, clean lingering malt into the aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderate carb levels and a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. While it could use a touch more carbonation, it's still very pleasant indeed.

Very enjoyable lager that could easily be your go-to beer. Some may want or expect increased corn, but I don’t think that’s necessary or even historically accurate. The corn serves to provide some sweetness and rounds off the bittering hops. If anything, I would say the beer could use more bitterness to come closer to what I expect the style was like before Prohibition. The berry-like notes are the only other part of the beer that seemed particularly out of place. Overall very nice malt, corn and hop combination with no one aspect so outsized to keep you from getting lost in the sheer enjoyment of drinking this classic beer.