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Tejas - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 76
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 12-03-2004

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Photo of orangemoustache
2.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-poured a medium brown,with a decent amount of fluffy white head and a little bit of lacing

S-hints of some roasted malts,stale white bread,pretty wimpy aromas overall

T-very light caramels,grassy,slightly funky tasting,dissapointing(the bottle looked so cool)

M-thin body,lots of carbonation,very watery

D-pretty drinkable considering,just not one I would recommened,not worth the wasted stomache space (409 characters)

Photo of altgeeky1
2.62/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, from Beers of America 18 pack. The color is pale caramel-amber. In this beer, the color does hint at the body and weight - it's lighter in every way than the average bock.
The caramel malt smell outweighs the hops, as expected, with some light nut. There's a faint hop smell but I can't place it.
Taste is thin... I expected this from the watered-down color, but it's the thinnest bock I have ever had (thinner than Michelob Bock even). Appropriate carbonation levels, but mouthfeel's weak. A fairly drinkable beer - if you find bock to be too sweet for your taste, you might actually like this one.

I am slightly uncomfortable with the points I am tagging this with -- I am scoring against the 'style' and that is why it is below average. (If this were say in the dark lager category, I'd probably be adding another 1/2 to a full point. It's a pretty decent beer in a non-style driven generic way.) (915 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.78/5  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. (376 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Good drak amber color, like a dark Black tea, one finger off white head which quickly dissipates leaving light lacing.

S = Slight pleasing notes of caramel and roasted malts are offset by a somewhat metallic smell.

T = Pretty bland, some sweet malt arrives mid-palates and there is also some bitterness in the fairly short finish. Just not enough here, it's not really bad, but is fairly mundane.

M = Light bodied, carbonation feel is a little too strong, mouth coating is light.

D = This is not the most pleasant tasting beer I've ever had, but it is not really bad and would be a better beer than a lot of the American lagers that are so often chosen. (703 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
2.18/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of JWFokker
2.41/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the Beers of America 18 ct variety pack, this one pours a decent looking copper, not a bad start, but nothing exceptional either. It's got an off-white head initially, but this quickly dissipates. The nose is pretty mild, primarily malt, but no discernible hops, which I found unusual. The flavor turned out to be like the nose, primarily malt, a bit sweet and some nuttiness, but again, little to no hop flavor. Mouthfeel wasn't so hot - it's pretty thin like the rest of the beers in the pack, other than the porter. Drinkability isn't bad, considering its relative blandness, but I think Beer Advocates hold their brews to a higher standard and shouldn't accept something this generic. This one was pretty damn mediocre, much like the rest of the Beers of America. Don't waste your time. (795 characters)

Photo of MerkinMan
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was, as everyone else's seems to be, from the Beers of America gift pack. I thought this to be a decent beer, especially compared to other Texas bocks like Shiner. I think some reviews are bit low since people want to compare this to a European bock.

This beer had a nice coppery-brown color, but the body could have been a little more. This seems to be one of the better of the gift pack, but I would not go looking for it after these are gone. (451 characters)

Photo of shabbtastic
1.73/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Finally the last one in my American Beer gift pack and yikes, they call this a Bock....

A - Poured a coppery brown (which I though was a good start) but it had absolutely no head retention.

S - Very buttery not very malty the way a Bock should be.

T - Very thin, I was hoping for more on the heavy side. Was lacking in malt flavor, tasted more like a cheap lager instead, disappointing.

M - See above, thin and watery a mystery why they called this a Bock.

D - Barely finished. With little carbonation keeping it together it came across as a flat bitter lager rather that a robust malty Bock! (597 characters)

Photo of trill
2.24/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear dark copper pour, off-white head that drops to a skim pretty quickly. Smell is a tiny touch of malt, and little else. Taste does not live up to the label's claims, but is clean and inoffensive, with a one-note cookie-like malt flavor. Mouthfeel is a real letdown, as well. Not worth drinking. (298 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.93/5  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. (449 characters)

Photo of madjr80
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this in one of those beers across America packs at BJs. It is probably one of the better ones in the mix. I thought of one beer from the first sip. I keep thinking of shiner bock, but its been awhile since i have last had shiner bock. There is a malty/caramel after taste to this beer.The smell and mouthfeel seem pretty standard. It doesn't appear to have a high alcohol level in this, so it seems like it could be a good session beer. (442 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came from the Brews of America Pack (nice book with the package).

A - Clear golden brown with a thick head. There was a continuous stream of bubbles from the bottom. Decent head retention.

S - Malty and sweet with a hint of hops.

T - More malty than anything else. Non-offensive flavor, but not overwhelmingly inviting either.

M - Medium bodied.

D - This is a decent drinking beer. This could be a good one to drink cold on a hot day. (444 characters)

Photo of vladimerjr
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3 of these came in my Beers of america gift pack.

The beer poured a dark redish very clean with a light head.

Smell mostly of malts and a bit of raosted nut.

Flavor was mostly malty and fairly plain and smooth for a bock,but good and simple none the less.

Nothing special about the mouthfeel. Good level of carbonination and lighter than expected.

All in all a good enough beer for drinking from a mix pack like this but nothing I would seek out. (452 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extreme dark red almost to black in color, with something of a lingering head. Smell is almost non-existent with a hint of metal. Not a good way to start.

Taste is a tad watery, with a grainy finish and a hint of metal again. I'd heard a few good things about this beer, but in the end it's a bit of a letdown. Bocks are supposed to be a strong, hearty beer for strong hearty men, but this one seems like a bock for the castrati. (430 characters)

Photo of cooncat
2.86/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle; part of the "Beers of America" promotional offering (6 varieties - 2 bottles of each). I've had a lot of bocks, so let's see how this one stacks up.

On the pour, you get a nice copper colored brew, with a creamy full head that holds remarkably well. A fair amount of lacing is evident. Hmm, could I be in for a pleasant surprise?

The nose is strictly malty, with no hop presence. A combination of bready and some coffee in there, but mostly bready. The taste follows the nose, mostly malt in character. Carbonation is just about right, but the flavor is very understated. No pizzaz. Mouthfeel is thin for this style, and disappointing. Drinkability is low on my scale, but, chilled, this would definitely be quaffable .. at least for a few rounds.

Bottom line, there are a lot better bocks out there, so if you are a fan of that style, this might be a disappointment. However, if you receive them as a gift (as I did), you can enjoy it for what it has. Best part of the beer is its appearance after the pour ... savor it!

Cheers (1,071 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.62/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep brownish red. Quite hazy and cloudy. Almost no head whatsoever. No lace. Looks thin for a darker beer.

Has a roasted malty aroma. A nutty base. Not a lot of hop presence, but pleasant.

Has a hint of chocolate to the malt. Has a combo of a chocolate sweetness with a coffee bitterness. Tastes like a light porter. A pungent aftertaste. Hints of caramel come out as it warms up. Fairly complex flavors.

Slightly thicker than I anticipated. Remains on the tongue, but doesn't overstay its welcome. Minor ashy feel at the end. It's a very decent brew. Light enough to have a few, but dark enough to give some depth. Solid. (634 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.6/5  rDev +22%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown, and you can see through it.

Smell: Roasted nuts.

Taste: Roasted flavors with a little toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not much there.

Part of the beers of America pack. This one is not too bad, but there's just not much there. Some roasted flavors but nothing too substantial. The booklet describing the beers is pretty interesting. (409 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +18%
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. (1,646 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
3.53/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Tejas was a dark amber color with a light tan head. The head was short, but sticks around a while, leaving a little lacing behind. The aroma was fairly light, but was mostly malt. The taste was mostly malt as well, with some roasted flavor. It had a medium body with good carbonation. The drinkability is good. Overall it's an above average brew. (367 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.16/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of schoolcb
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle that came in my Beers of America kit, says this one was brewed by MDII in Rochester NY.

Pours a light copper with a small tan-like head that didn't last long. Very clear. Light malt aroma. Nice malt flavor, balanced on the malty side with enough hops that it isn't too sweet. Tastes more along the lines of an Octoberfest than a Bock. My guess is this beer has been "dummed" down and kept lighter bodied for the masses. Not a bad beer, but it isn't a bock. (470 characters)

Photo of Sycodrummer
1.4/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass the beer was a very light amber/brown color with a thin less than half-finger of head that faded almost instantly. Soda like fizzy bubbles popped up here and there and no lacing to speak of.

The smell is almost nothing. It's hard to smell like nothing, but this beer pulls that off. The faintest grain and hint of caramel. Nothing else in the nose.

The taste is like the smell: VERY bland. Hard to pick out any true flavors and everything is coated with a metalic after taste. Some hints of grain and malty caramel, but a bit gritty to the finish and super carbonated. Hints of alcohol kick in here and there too.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with ultra high fresh soda like carbonation.

This one was hard to finish. Just so bland it was like drinking cardboard. Flavors and aromas are lacking and the beer is tinted with an odd overall flavor. No thank you. (914 characters)

Photo of Mitchel
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tejas pours a thin looking amber, brown. The head is huge and white in color. It has great head retention and really nice lacing. It smells like lots of malt. There is also a hint of caramel

It tastes like sweet caramel malts. It is relatively well balanced. Once it hits the tongue it seems to be creamy; it is a little to carbonated for me. Light on the palate and goes down well with a little residual sweetness to it. Not much going on here as far as hops goes.

Pretty decent taste, nothing outstanding though. The beer is good, just nothing that I would buy again. It just seems that there is something missing. (622 characters)

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Tejas from Minhas Craft Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.