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Famous Red Ale - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Famous Red AleFamous Red Ale

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65 Ratings

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-25-2001)
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis


2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice orange red color with a tight and firm two finger head that lasts quite a while. Solid sheets of microbubble lace wash down the glass leaving only a few fine wet arches.

Smells pleasantly malty with distinct berry notes. This has a vinous red wine scent, but with a strong caramel malt backbone to remind you that this is a beer.

The vinous qualities that I detected in the aroma carry over into the taste, and mesh nicely with a caramel and cinnamon flavor. Spicy hop characteristics are only a bit too powerful in the slightly dry finish, and even then there is really nothing special to note. Maybe a bit too bitter for the style.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, and the strength of flavor is not as powerful as I would have liked. I think that this ale has a bit of the transparent quality that I like in a beer when pared with food. There is nothing here to slap you in the face and demand attention, but it is ok in a rather bland sort of way.

I really don't care much for the winey qualities that are found in both the aroma and the taste. The finish is much like a cheap red wine, and the alcohol is a bit too noticable for a 5.6 beer. For these same reasons, I think that my girlfriend might really enjoy this one.

This is really not a memorable beer. Not bad, but just not outstanding in any way. It's very unobtrusive, and could be sessionable if the goal is just to sip somthing decent with a meal or with friends, but I wouldn't buy a sixer...not with so many other great red ales to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 00:46:48 | More by pmcadamis
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2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a medium and clear orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Muted aromas of grain and some caramel. Tastes of caramel, grain and citrus. Both the aromas and tastes on the weaker side.

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Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 15:22:14 | More by hopdog
Photo of katan


3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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A - Pours a brownish red color with a fair amount of bubbling and head. Overall combination appears to be light. While dark in color, is has very little haze.

S - Tart and acidic. Very strong. Almost oxidized in ways. Very strong and floral - perhaps yeast, or cherries. Not to style IMHO.

T - Starts with a malty sweet flavor or roasted flavors. Not much bitterness in the midstream. Ends with a strong cherry like flavor. The more I drink this the more I think of sweet cherries.

M - Not very much body - but lots of carbonation bite. Stings as I swish it around.

D - I would find this as a good single beer to enjoy with a dinner. Repeated drinking may not be good for me due to carbonation height, ABV, and the somewhat tiring strong sweet flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 03:10:20 | More by katan
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2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a large, foamy, yet quickly disappearing head on an amber body. Smell is very sweet, strong caramel and equally strong floral tones. Taste follows, but much strong on the sweetness. Tasted more and more like a wine cooler the more I drank. Fairly fizzy, despite that disappearing head. Started out nocely, but gradually became less and less enjoyable. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 18:15:01 | More by ibashmuck
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4.03/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with massive white chunky head. Great retention and some nice sticky lacing.

Smell is somewhat understated with only a modest amount of caramel to be found.

Taste is very pleasant, there is a significant malt character to be refreshing, with some light balancing cryness.

Good taste retention with a long lingering sweet-dry mouthfeel.

Perfect drinkability. Would be perfect to session.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 21:33:09 | More by tgbljb
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3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a reddish-copper color with a small, fizzy, white head. It was highly carbonated and left some light trails of lace.

S - It smelled malty and floral. A fairly sweet smelling beer.

T - It had a smooth, rich, roasted malt taste with a subtle hop kick and a sweet, fruitiness.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A pretty descent red ale. It is worth a try for a session.

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2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Berghoff "famous" Red "Ale", after a hard pour,
reveals a stiff, fluffy head over a honey colored
brew. Carbonation is active and steady, and the
nose is, oh oh, corn and lager yeast. The flavor is
some sweet corn, a little malt, boiled vegetables,
and a little grassy hop off the end. There's a sort
of tartness that does not go at all well with the hops.
The aftertaste is grassy, and the mouthfeel is crisp
and dry. Vaguely unpleasant. This seems like an
attempt at a sort of darker cream ale, but the result
is this strange, freakish chimera.

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04-18-2008 07:29:09 | More by shadow1961
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3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours amber with some red tendencies,the head is offwhite and a couple fingers worth at that,it leaves little to no lacing behind

S-floral,purfume,and some sweet malts as well

T-lightly roasted malts that are slightly sweet,some tart berry flavors,and bitterness comes through on the tail end

M-light body,and soft carbonation made the mouthfeel a winner,but still nothing to get excited about

D-I don't think this stuff is famous by a long shot,but it is drinkable

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 03:01:30 | More by orangemoustache
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3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a copper orange color with redish twinges around the edge of the glass. produes about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing
s: sweet carmel toffee malts citrusy hops add the balance
t: sweet malts with a little hop bitterness to balance the brew
m: light to medium bodied with good carbonatoin

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Serving type: bottle

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Photo of SMark


3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was poured into a pint glass at 52° from a 12 ounce bottle with coded information that I was unable to decipher for dating. Two fingers of head were produced from the pour with lacing as the head receded. The beer was clear and amber in color with an orange tinge.

A slight floral scent came off to start. A hint of malt aroma was there later on.

There was a sweet malty taste followed by brown sugar.

The mouth seemed to pick up carbonation from the beer. A light sweetness stayed for just a little while and then everything disappeared.

This was better than average beer and slightly better than an average red ale. It just quite doesn't make it to the next level though.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 01:56:18 | More by SMark
Photo of ajmoody76


3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bought at local beer store. mix/pick a six pack of 12 ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint glass. clear light amber color. one finger white head. looks good.

sweet malty nose. a little fruit. no off odors.

fruity and sweet at once. toasty fruit aftertaste. balance ok.

low carbonation. lighter body. some lace. decent beer. could drink more than a few. smooth beer. goes down nice. i would drink again. a little light for style to me.

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3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint.

Color is dark clover honey. Thick 2 finger head that settles to a 1/2 finger rocky head. Looks crunchy.

Aroma is sweet. Sweet roasted malts with a honey whiff. Floral clover honey with sweet candied yam.

Flavor is apple up front. I get a good dose of green apple, which over powers pretty much anything else. I could swear I'm almost drinking a cider. Slight hop tinge, but not much.

Mouthfeel is disappointing. Thin and watery. Carbonation is over done. Very fizzy and thin.

I could drink more than one, but that cloying apple flavor might do me in.

Overall not too bad. A perfect beer for the "dark beer is too bitter for me" crowd. This would certainly prove them wrong.

My bottle does say that this is from the Joseph Huber brewing company. Berghoff is now moved out of Huber Brewery and re-branded as Minhas , so I don't know if my example was dated or just an old label.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 23:40:14 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of malcontent


2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yet another harrowing entry into my "Dad's fridge" series of reviews...

Clear, light amber body with a decent enough head. Lacing is more or less nonexistent. Head retention is actually quite good.

Sweet, somewhat buttery malt scent followed a husk and faintly metallic odors.

There's a lot not to like here. Corn-like sweetness rushes into a burnt amber malt flavor. Drifts into an almost macro-lager middle only to finish stale and grassy.

Although creamy and smooth at first, the body devolves into a watery state, never to recover. This is a prime example for me as to what is wrong with this style; totally uninspired with a "well, we gotta do an amber" feel to it. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 23:19:43 | More by malcontent
Photo of youngleo


2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Poured to a one fingered head, the head disappated pretty fast. There was some lacing on the sides that remained with every gulp. The head was slightly off white and the Ale was a copper color or maybe amber.
S-Had a strong smell of yeast. I didnt know what it was at first until I read another review and said thats it, yeast, thats what im smelling.
T-Tasted a lot like yeast. Tasted different that other Ales that ive had. Im not so sure that was a good thing.
M-Felt OK in the mouth. Nothing really to brag about.
D-I dont think I could drink these all night long. I think it might give me a yeast infection. Berghoff missed the boat on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 21:05:23 | More by youngleo
Photo of WJVII


2.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2nd offering from Berghoff's variety pack. This beer has a nice ruby color with a small white head that fades before my first sip. The aroma of this ale is yeasty with notes of roasted nuts and bread. The flavor is on the bitter side with a medium body that leaves an odd after taste that almost coats your mouth. Not a fan of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 21:36:08 | More by WJVII
Photo of Pauly2X


2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- The finger head faded fast leaving me with reparations of a nice red amber color.

S- Rich malt aroma compliment by mild citrusy hops.

T- Rather earthy taste up front. Well balanced hop/malt pressence. A little too estery for the style.

M- Not bad, although not as smooth as per the style.

D- I'd have annother but theres a good chance I'd find something better in the fridge on my way to this. Unless of course the better stuff is blocked by my friends bud light.

Personally I really expected more from Berghoff on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 18:52:47 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of botham

New York

3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a brilliant amber color, without much of a head. becomes a soapy rim within a few seconds.

aroma is sweet, with caramel malts showing through a somewhat vinous character. strange for a red ale. a grainy base with notes of munich malts and some fruity yeast.

taste is also sweet, with caramel and munich malts, and notes of subtle fruity yeast and mild hops that only come through upon finishing.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a mild CO2 presence.

drinkability is good. there is nothing here to stir up any kind of excitment, but there is nothing too dramatic here either. a decent example without anything to call its own.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 03:15:51 | More by botham
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Famous Red Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.