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Tejas - Minhas Craft Brewery

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 18.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 12-03-2004)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dull brick red with bright orange trim. The full, creamy cap is the best part of the appearance. It's three fingers to start and has a rumpled, bubbly surface that doesn't look to be dropping all that fast. There's no letdown in the lace department either, as broken, sudsy sheets can be seen on the upper third of the glass.

The nose is merely okay. It's malt-dominant, but I'm not overly thrilled with its personality or its power. Things improve a bit with warming and I'm now able to appreciate an earthiness and a caramel maltiness that is typical for the style. It'll do.

I'm on the fence about the flavor profile. On one hand, I applaud the use of black malt since it gives a roasted flavor (roasted coffee beans especially) that makes Tejas tastes like a cross between a porter and bock, while still being clearly the latter. On the other hand, the flavor is too light in the mouth. I like it, I just want more of it.

The body/mouthfeel is the beer's biggest liability. It's too thin (not nearly enough malt) to allow the flavor to sink in and get comfortable on the taste buds. I get the sense that there's some depth to be had, but it never gets the chance to reveal itself because everything collapses too quickly after beer enters mouth. The finish is so clean that it's almost nonexistent.

Tejas is a Native American word meaning 'friends' and was the inspiration for the naming of the Lone Star State. Tejas, the beer, is a friendly sort of bock, but it isn't one that I care to drink again. While it might be a refresher on the hot, dusty plains of West Texas, it isn't as big or as fortifying as I like my bocks to be.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

JAHMUR, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 12oz bottle pours out a light brown color with a small tan head. It did not last long or leave lacing.

S - Smell sweet and of grains.

T - A distinct caramel flavor came through with the malt taste. It had a subtle sweet flavor.

M - It is light bodied which did really seem right considering the style. I expected a little more weight. It was also quite soft.

D - It is drinkable. I sampled Tejas as a part of the Beers of America gift pack and I thought it was the best of the lot.

zeff80, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -48.6%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet mildly malty scent that boasts of crystal and Carapils malts. It's fruity with a nice lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, malty flavor that is light and easy drinking. It goes down easy and finishes dry with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent bock beer. I like the aroma as well as the flavor; a fine drinker.

WesWes, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a very faint head, but with fighting retention. A very mild amber with some persistant yet thin carbonation. Lightly malty, almost sweet smelling, but still pretty lack luster and bland. The taste is equally lacking. Some very faint hints of sweet bread and toasty malts. But thats it, the rest is watery blandness to the finish.
Very smooth yet way to light of palate, no flavor lingers at all. No need to cleanse your palate after this beer.

scruffwhor, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of vfgccp
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Only a vigorous pour coaxed out a 2 finger bone white head. Deep black/brown amaretto color.

S - Very light. Some sweet malt.

T - Sweet and malty. Caramel. Almost no bitterness. Some cream and coffee. Maple syrup and raisins. Dark fruits in the finish.

M - Light, almost watery body. Very light carbonation. Syrupy finis.

D - A touch too sweet, and the super thin body is too light on the palate.

vfgccp, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with very little sign of the off-white head and hints of some lace. As advertized it smells of caramel and malt, but not much else to note. Finely carbonated, fairly thin but the taste is a nice caramel charcoal deal. Very smooth, very drinkable. There's a touch of something almost bourbon-like, but that's a stretch. It's not bad, an interesting version of bock.

Durge, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
2.38/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twist off cap bottle poured a crystal clear honey amber with a short lived 1" head in an Ommegang goblet. Aroma of caramelized malt, a bit of cooked vegetables, and no hops to speak of. Aroma was rather weak overall. Taste was also a bit bland. Very clean and crisp, but I attribute that to the lack of taste in the first place. I did find some sweetness and some metallic tones though. Probably won't want this again.

DmanGTR, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a pretty caramel-amber color with very little fizzy white head. A decent amount of carbonation in the glass.

Smell is light, with caramel malts and a few little sweet other smells. Not a lot going on, though. Not uninviting, but not a terribly exciting smell, either.

The flavor is similarly one-dimensional, caramel malts, slightly toasty/nutty, but just overwhelmingly one caramel flavor. No hoppiness to speak of and no real depth to the malt flavors. Not a bad drinker, though the mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style.

Overall: Eh, this is not bad, but it's very, very average. You're not going to spit it out, but it's not exciting, either.

whartontallboy, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty pour very dark red with a small white cap.

Smells of fruit, solid bock caramel, and a little spice.

Taste starts with plum and apricot ripe fruits and moves into a chocolately caramel bock malt that gives way to a really pleasant spicy, smokey ending. Solid, but it lacks the chocoately sweet high or spice complexity of a great bock.

mynie, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the American Beer History collection. Apperance is dark ruby amber with an average, light brown head. Smell is moderately malty, with a bready aroma. Taste is malty, more of roasted malts than bready tastes. A little bit surprising. This is enjoyable, but needs a little more in the way of bready flavor. I would pick up an occasional sixer of this if it were made available.

Given the name of this beer I expected it to be a homage or imitation of Texas' own Shiner Bock. Instead I found an interesting take on the bock style.

Gagnonsux, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of hopdog
2.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with daknole (thanks!).

Poured a medium mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of nuttiness, light roast, and chocolate. Tastes of the same nuttiness, chocolate, roast, and caramel. Thin body.

Notes from and tasted on: 5/20/09

hopdog, May 22, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pour a clear copper amber body with a small beige head. Some patchy lacing is left behind on the glass. Aroma is lacking, just a hint of toffee and spicy hop.Light body is crisply carbonated. Taste is subtle. Some restrained toffee maltiness and spicy hop bitterness. Not much here but it's easily drinkable. More of a Michelob amber than any other bock.

merlin48, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Selection fro the American Beer History collection purchased from Wegeman's. Poured a moderate amber color with modest white head. Smell is slight with a touch of caramel to be found. Taste provides some roasted malt notes, but very little. Finish is more malt. Nothing in the hops department. A middle of the road beer.

tgbljb, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep mahogany color color with a modest light cream colored head over top that is maintained by a nice cascade of bubbles. Nose is sweet caramel with a light roasted malt background, but mostly just sweet caramel. Flavor is a decent balance between the sweetness from caramel malts and a lighter touch of roastyness to give it an almost toasty character. Feel is a rather full moderate with a solid carbonation. A pretty easy drinking beer overall. There is just something about this beer that does not sit well with me. The sweetness almost seems chemical, like its fake. It's interesting.

kmpitz2, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.9/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the American Beer History sampler. Bottle says it is brewed by MDII, but with a little research, I found out it was contract brewed by Huber.
Pours a dark brown color, still has translucency, but for a bock beer this is pretty dark. Smells lightly malty , with some hints of dough. Taste is plenty malty for a Bock beer, not much of a hops taste, just Slightly-coffee tasting malt. Good drinkability, best when it warms a little.

TastyTaste, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a small brown head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma has a caramel malt character and some sweetness. The flavor is nice and malty with some bready character. The mouthfeel is way thin, but drinkability is ok.

clvand0, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Tejas pours from the bottle a deep transparent cola color with hints of red and a fizzy bubbly off white head. Aromas of some caramel and chocolate malts with a burnt grain undertone and only a subtle touch of hops. It's not bad...but nothing jumps out at me at all...really quite pedestrian.

First sip brings a grainy, light caramelly, chocolate maltiness that's crisp with a nice sweetness throughout. A bit roasty with really no hops in the flavor profile. This one leaves me wanting more...

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bit of creaminess. Quite smooth and easy to drink...but it's really nothing special. I can't see myself going back to this really. Still it's an easy drinking brew and pretty refreshing.

orbitalr0x, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of bigbeers84
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

bigbeers84, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of pmcadamis
2.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This one is a deep red-orange brew with a fluffy one finger head that deposits lots of lace on the glass. Head retention is pretty decent, and swirling builds it up a bit.

S - Whole grain crackers, some thin caramel, some orange fruit notes, and some mineral notes make up the nose of this beer.

T - Thin caramel and salty salad crackers. It's pretty much one-dimensional and unassertive. There are some metallic and mineral flavors also. Zero hops. For some reason I also taste Dr. Pepper. This is pretty lame.

M - Thin, watered down, and weak. The carbonation is very much like soda, and it falls on it's face at the finish.

D - Disappointing. This is about as much a bock as Amber Bock is in that it's lightly toasty, but bland.

pmcadamis, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.55/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A relatively good bock. My first from the Beers of America gift set I got from my in-laws this Christmas season. Poured out to a darker shade of caramel, with a white foamy head. Medium level of carbonation. Some minor notes of lace. Aroma was malty and very fresh, reminding me of when I used to tour breweries with my dad as a kid. Nice. Taste is very middle of the road; some roasted malts, carmel character, sweet grain. Not bad. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, far from creamy as the label states. Drinkability is above average. This isn't a bad macro produced beer. Worth a try.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benji was real hip to this one. Got right in there and lapped it all up. Good dog.

Frozensoul327, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of silly how they have this "beers of America" set and then this beer is a Spanish name for a "Texas bock" ..the famous American style..oh wait, I've never heard of Texas bock, except for ol' Shiner I guess. Anyhow they could have gone APA, or DIPA, or pumpkin, or any one of a number of well known actual American favorites. Anyway, I digress..

Tejas pours a coke colored body and a half a cap of head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Nose is roasted dark malt with sweet caramel notes. Would be better if it was stronger. Taste is heavily malty but not overly sweet with a dry, roasted flavor and a pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nicely creamy but could stand a little thickening.

This is an easy sipping bock that does Minhas proud, even if its origins are fairly obscure.

daliandragon, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the Beers of America 18 pack, at least it had a nice book.

Pours a clear amber color, some head, not much lacing.

Slight hop/malt aroma, not much to make out.

Taste is very...watery, very thin, light malt presence, hardly any hop bitterness. Lots of carbonation. Price is about the BMC level, so it could easily be an alternative to them, since as it goes down easily.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 31, 2008
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Tejas from Minhas Craft Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.