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Barbary Coast Gold Rush - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 18.82%

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 12-03-2004)
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Photo of emerge077


2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 21:28:46 | More by emerge077
Photo of vfgccp

New York

1.75/5  rDev -39%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 04:29:19 | More by vfgccp
Photo of biggred1


3.53/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 02:21:57 | More by biggred1
Photo of Brettster


3.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 22:33:10 | More by Brettster
Photo of vdread


2.05/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 22:25:07 | More by vdread
Photo of thekanna


3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 06:42:20 | More by thekanna
Photo of number1bum


3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 01:17:29 | More by number1bum
Photo of generallee

New York

2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 18:11:33 | More by generallee
Photo of joepais


2.3/5  rDev -19.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 17:57:18 | More by joepais
Photo of BigRedN


2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 18:16:43 | More by BigRedN
Photo of CMW


2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 01:35:54 | More by CMW
Photo of Procrastinator


2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 18:14:22 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of garymuchow


3.1/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 03:46:46 | More by garymuchow
Photo of everetends


3.33/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 06:01:35 | More by everetends
Photo of jjanega08


2.1/5  rDev -26.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:12:56 | More by jjanega08
Photo of allrizz


1.9/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 16:13:44 | More by allrizz
Photo of beveritt


2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 01:49:59 | More by beveritt
Photo of adams82


2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 23:12:56 | More by adams82
Photo of Contagion


2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 01:10:59 | More by Contagion
Photo of merlin48


3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 13:44:42 | More by merlin48
Photo of AgingWarrior


2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 23:56:45 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of Winter


2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 03:42:12 | More by Winter
Photo of deltatauhobbit


2.4/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 22:49:36 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of MiguelMandingo


2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 04:23:35 | More by MiguelMandingo
Photo of Traquairlover


3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Pours an orange amber, forms small off white head that quickly dissipates, slight lacing on surface, very light lacing on side of glass as I drink, lots of medium sized carbonation bubbles.

S = Nice light toasted malt scents, very slight citrus from hops, a slight musky, almost smokey odor that is not expected but does add to the total effect.

T = Whatever points were added by an interesting if light smell are lost on the taste. It's not bad at all, there's just not much of it. Light, sweet malt flavors predominate throughout the drink but a slight hops bitterness kicks in at the finish and slowly spreads back up to the front of the tongue. If the finish were long it might have even brought this up past an average score, but in the end, there's just not enough "there" there.

M = Light to medium bodied, fair mouthcoating given this is a lighter style beer. Score pulled down by an unpleasant stinging sensation of the carbonation.

D = Fair tasting, I could see drinking several of these on the right occasion, but hard to recommend it as more than average.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 01:38:30 | More by Traquairlover
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Barbary Coast Gold Rush from Minhas Craft Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.