Barbary Coast Gold Rush - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 83
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 16.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: bditty187 on 01-09-2003

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.44/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It sounded good..however it tasted almost artificially flavored. That is with perfumery tastes and candy and vague floral notes. It really had a strange ersatz quality to it. I don't know, it could've been old an I didn't check if it was or not. However, i'm guessing by the other ratings that this is what it is. (313 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmm... How old is this beer? Last years holiday leftovers?
Found it among a cooler shelf of random singles at Warehouse Liquors for $2 and change. Guess we're about to find out... honestly not expecting much from Minhas. Label says "1996, MDII" on it, and "iceless fermentation" oddly enough.

First whiff out of the bottle is sweet oxidized malt. It pours a deep amber color, with a feeble patch of skim on the surface and a few stray bubbles rising.

Tastes a bit strange, sweet and tea like, honeyed malt mostly and a touch of something floral. Vague fruit candy sweetness. Seems like any given Euro strong lager past its prime. A little yeast fruitiness, though the flavors merely sit there and don't coalesce at all. Watery and a touch metallic also. Not recommended. (773 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
1.8/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Mandarin amber brown. Very little head.

S - Light sweet malt. Mild barney character.

T - Sweet acorn squash. Strong, artificial, almost plastic taste. Slightly sour.

M - Watery body. Sweet finish.

D - Poor flavor and body kill the drinkability. (252 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey amber with a creamy tan head. Untoasted grain and sweet malt in the nose. Barley and honey flavors with a faint touch of earthy hop bittering. Medium light bodied and creamy with fizzy carbonation. This is the last of the strange historical beers 12 pack and they were all pretty mundane, this one is the pick of the litter I think. (338 characters)

Photo of Brettster
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came from a beers of America 12 pack. Pours a hazy copper color that produced a slightly off white foamy head that faded very fast to a ring around the top of the beer. A medium-low amount of carbonation. Smells very similar to many other Minhas beers. I pick up lots of malts and slight sweet smell. At first I taste some carmel malts...and that's about it. A very weak finish. Slightly smooth mouthfeel. It is a pretty okay beer. Very drinkable, not great but not bad. (470 characters)

Photo of vdread
2.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Barbary Coast Gold Rush

got this in a 'beers of america' pack

this is a pretty dull beer. nothing much to say about it besides the (mostly) negative flavor notes. 'metallic' 'dirty' and 'watery' are words i would use to describe the gold rush.

it's a nice copper color with a tiny little head that disappears after a few seconds. the smell is bready and lightly malty. the taste is bready, toasty, earthy, malty, sweet. it has this earthy dirt taste that puts me off. it's bitter and citrus/tangy.

overall, it just tastes like citrusy, bready sweat.

the mouthfeel is watery and dry. it was unenjoyable. i will not be drinking this stuff again. (649 characters)

Photo of thekanna
3.63/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the "Beers of America" Six Pack.

A: Pours a clear amber with an impossibly large white head that takes a long time to settle and clumps on the side of the glass.

S: Some sharp, sweet yeasts, caramels, and wheat malts.

T: Light caramel malt flavor, a watery body and an afterthought of hops.

M: Slightly watery with medium carbonation upfront.

D: Not bad. I certainly like this steam beer better than Anchor. (422 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a historical beers of America gift set that my brother, dad and I received as a gift for Christmas.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden amber color with about a finger of liht beige head. Doesn't keep very well, with not much more than a rimjob at the edge of the glass.

Smell is pretty weak and bland. Some buttery caramel and indistinguishable fruit, but not much more.

Taste is better, with more buttery caramel flavor than the smell offered. A bit of floral, fruity hops provide some balance. It's not all that interesting but has enough flavor to go down easily.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth enough, with a decent creaminess. A little heavy in the finish actually, not as crisp as I'd like.

This is nothing all that special but it's decent enough. Smooth and easy drinking. (794 characters)

Photo of generallee
2.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: This is one of six beers from an eighteen pack labeled Beer of America, Historical Collection. The 18 pack also came with a nice book titled, The History of Beer in America. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has an amber colored body with some visible carbonation. The head on top is light, fluffy and tall. It is off white in color and it is slows to fade, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma is full of lemony citrus and leafy hops with sweet candy like sweet malt flavors underneath. Also I am picking up a light mineral like presence.

Taste/Palate: Leafy and mineral hop notes are up first with some smooth buttery, sweet honey and caramel malts in the middle. The finish has moderate hop bitterness and lemony/orange citrus hops as well as more odd mineral notes. It has a solid medium body with lively, almost fizzy carbonation.

Notes: The only thing that comes close the style is the appearance. After that it goes way off the map. It is drinkable but boring and I have noticed that all the beers in this mixed 18 pack are oddly similar to each other. The best part of this 18 pack is the book that came with it. (1,263 characters)

Photo of joepais
2.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a short lived head that disappeared to nothing (no lace). The brew was nice amber in color.

Not too much in the way of aroma, light sweat malts was all I got as I drank this brew. This is sweat malt tasting brew as well, no hops in it at all. A little sour not dose appear in the end. Good carbonation and light in the mouthfeel department.

This is not one I seek out again It really doesn't do much for me. It did drink real easy so you could session it but I wouldn't want to (521 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
2.65/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed 18 pack of beers (got as a gift from Sam's Club, I think).

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is amber in color with an off white head (about 1/2 inch). Head fades to a partial ring around the glass with no lacing. Pretty meh looking beer.

Smell: Nothing overly discernable, some lightly sweet caramel malt. No aromatic hop notes.

Taste: Some malty flavors (slightly sweet, some caramel, and yeasty bread). No hop notes. A bit bland.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body, light carbonation. Not overly exciting.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer, not too exciting. When I think California Common/Steam beer I think Anchor Steam as the benchmark. This one misses by a lot. (715 characters)

Photo of CMW
2.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very clear copper color with little head or retention. No lacing to speak of either. I am amazed by the carbonation on this thing.

S: The malt is very present mixed with some corn smells that remind me of a macro. Slight sweetness to round things out.

T: Taste is sweeter than I expected. However, the malt flavors seem subdued.

M: Very clean and thin. Heavy carbonation is present and adds a bit ofa bite.

D: This is easy to drink, although the taste is not the best. Would be okay on a hot summer day. (520 characters)

Photo of Procrastinator
2.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle is part of "Beers of America" sampler pack. I've had this beer several times over the years as people buy this for me as a gift.
No freshness dating can be found. Poured into Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: deep copper colored body with off-white beige head, which retains itself somewhat throughout most of the beer. Streams of carbonation bubbles off the bottom with spotty lacing on the glass sides.

Smell: scents are relatively light with sweet caramel malts and distant hops. There's also a hard water odor in the background.

Taste: flavors are somewhat flat with caramel, stale crackers and an indistinguishable hop profile.

Mouthfeel: on the watery side, light body with slight overcarbonation. Definite dryness at the finish.

Drinkability: nothing overly offensive, but nothing seems worth seeking out again. Flavors are flat and body is overly assertive with carbonation. (903 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, a California Common. Who knew? I suppose with a name like Gold Rush that figures.
Fairly tame malt aroma, but it's kinda' sweet a lager like and I'm not getting any hops.
Pours initially with a creamy dense head, but it sure leaves quickly.
Clear amber color of red and gold.
Malt flavor a little more prominent in flavor, but in the not really much more. A mild bitterness starts to grow from middle, but it stays mild and mixes with the malt, yet it maintains an empty flavorless quality. Too bad. It does better as warms and takes on a richer quality, but the hops seems to leave then.
Carbonated nicely with a decent fullness and really fine and soft bubbles. Overall holds a pleasant softness and fullness, closing in on a moderate body.
Drinks well enough.
Too bad, I was hoping for something better. Seems to approach style more effectively as it warms, but it's just lacking. (889 characters)

Photo of everetends
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle I got out of that Beers of America mixed pack. Served up in a standard pint.

A: Pours a decent amber color that is very clear. The pour yielded a finger and a half of white head. The had doesn't have a very good retention though, quickly fading to a thin ring that has no stick to it at all. Yet again with these beers, tons of carbonation activity.

S: Decent amount of malt smells coming through, light bready presence and a touch of caramel. There is a ton of corn coming through as well. There is a slight hops presence coming throuh in the nose as well.

T: Taste is pretty decent. Very light caramel malt presence with some cracker tastes as well. Very light hop bitterness coming through. There is also a touch of some apple flavor coming through as well.

M: Light bodied brew with a ton of carbonation. Every damned beer in this series has just been overloaded with a shit load of carbonation. Aftertaste is light and mostly just a touch of caramel. Pretty clean and crisp.

D: Not a bad brew. It could be better, thats for sure, but it went down easy and you know what? I'd drink another. I just might. Its not bad at all. It is very mediocre, but its not on the bad side of mediocre. (1,209 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
2.16/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A= the head is about 1 finger and falls very quickly. Its a reddish color and no bubbles are seen in the beer... eww
S= candy malts, coffee and butterscotch. Not bad
T= first is a milky malt, then a slight coffee flavor finished with a little hop bitterness. After this my overall impression was just dirty water
M= dirty water
D= low. I could barely finish it... close to a drain pour (385 characters)

Photo of allrizz
1.9/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got this beer in a sampler pack that said Brewed & Bottled By MDII Rochester, NY and came in a tin case with a book The History of Beer in America. The best part of the sampler pack was the book and the case. This beer has an amber color. Pours with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Not much of an aroma and left a coppery taste in my mouth. It reminded me of the taste from the old water fountains in school. I am no big fan of this beer, would not recommend it, nor will I buy it again. (501 characters)

Photo of beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label says "1984 style" "Barbary Coast Brand Gold Rush Style Beer." This came in a sampler pack with some other beers I have heard of. It says brewed by MDII in Rochester, NY, but BA sends me to this WI brewery. I have yet to figure out exactly how many times this one has been contracted out.

Appearance: Pours with a little over an inch of almost white head. This settles quickly to almost nothing, leaving behind some lacing. The beer itself is a strawberry amber, with just hints of a red/orange color. Perfectly clear with some activity.

Smell: A little bit of caramel sweetness, but overall, not much aroma.

Taste: Lots of sweetness upfront, malty and caramely. Unfortunately, not much follows that. No hops to speak of and watery in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is average.

Drinkability" Not really a bad beer or a drain pour, but not something I will seek out after this sampler is done. Seems contracted out too many times, like it is just a gimmick to sell the sampler case. (1,083 characters)

Photo of adams82
2.41/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice amber colour with a filmy white/off white head; the beer is filtered clear.

Smells rather weak; subtle sweet malts, corn, mixed with a light hop aroma.

The flavour is light as well. Rather sharp and grainy, with light amounts of corn and it tastes a bit husky and metallic with a decent hop bitterness on the finish. Nothing really stands out here, but what does is easily identifiable.

This is light to medium in body, pretty thin really... A little bit of a disappointment, especially since this style isn't produced as often as say a Pale Ale. While not a terrible beer, I could think of better examples of the style.

Again, just like the Minhas Piedmont Porter, this tastes very much like beer I've had, and disliked, from Canadian breweries. Is it their yeast strain that makes this beer less than desireable? (832 characters)

Photo of Contagion
2.68/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We have our standard 12 oz brown bottle. There is a cream label on it with a green bar across the middle with the name Barbary Coast on it. There is a red Circle with a picture of a mountain on it just above the green bar. The lettering is all done in that old fashioned late 1800's style.

It pours a nice amber color. Light passes easily through it as there is no sediment floating. When I poured it into the glass it formed a nice inch thick white head that slowly faded to a film on the top of the beer. There was some very minor lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is weak. First you smell the fruity citrus of the hops. Roasted malts can be detected as well. There is a slight metallic scent to it. The flavor was meager taste of malts with a slight sweetness. There really isn't much else to it. The aftertaste is even milder and really can't be described.

This is a light bodied beer that is kind of watery. There is a nice level of carbonation, but not much else to it.

If you had a friend that isn't a beer fan but wanted to drink on, this is a very inoffensive beer to let them try. The flavor isn't that much stronger than beer flavored water. (1,169 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz bottle is the best of the Minhas samplers so far. Pours an attractive clear copper amber with a small beige head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma reveals some toffee maltiness and some spicy hops. Understated but decent. Light body is well carbonated. Taste has a lot of malty sweet caramel and toffee, balanced by an earthy hop bitterness. Aroma promised more than the taste could muster, but not a bad drinking beer. (434 characters)

Photo of AgingWarrior
2.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I received this brew as part of the "Beers of America" set as a gift.

It pours a dark coppery color with a thin off white head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Not a whole lot of smell in this brew. Mild hops I suppose, but it's really just kind of bland.

The taste is okay. Not really a lot to like in this one. The finish is less than satisfying with a mild hop taste with a bit of alcohol.

I'd drink this if offered to me, but I wouldn't purchase it. (468 characters)

Photo of Winter
2.47/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark copper with a thin off-white head. Almost nondescript in aroma. There's some caramel, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Things start off with a light malt and grain flavor upfront. Taste turns almost seltzer-like midway. Hops are very light toward the finish. Overall this is a pretty bland and uninviting finish. Disappointing for a commercial brewer. Honestly, I've homebrewed better batches of this style. (448 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color with a good size head and some lacing.

Smell has a slight whiff of caramel malt, but is very faint. Aroma is not very powerful.

Taste is immediately water-like, any taste slowly creeps into a while after drinking, a combination of bitter caramel malt, weird to describe but not very pleasing.

A pretty light tasting beer, just above most of the BMC stuff so slightly more drinkable. It's a shame, the look of it was the best feature. (462 characters)

Photo of MiguelMandingo
2.51/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this brew as part of the American Beers gift pack for Christmas. Thanks Dad.

Poured 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - It is a transparent copper golden honey color with 1 1/2 finger latte foam textured head. The head dissipated to a thin crown.

Smell - It has a cracker malt scent and a slight grassy hay-like hop smell. Corn. It doesn't smell too enticing.

Taste - Oh god. What have they done to this steam beer? This has a terrible aftertaste, like stale corn and metal. The initial flavor is cracker malt and a slight sweetness followed by an extremely distant hop flavor. Really dull, and a horrible aftertaste. I am going to take one more sip to see if it changes...oh god, no it doesn't.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Thin and watery. Not enough carbonation to make things interesting.

Drinkability - UGH. It is easy to drink down, like water. But its flavor and scent have me reaching for a glass of water instead of reaching back for the beer.

This is my first beer out of the American Beer gift pack, and I hope the rest are not as butchered as this beer was. (1,087 characters)

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Barbary Coast Gold Rush from Minhas Craft Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.