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Rock River Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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70
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 19.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 12-04-2004)
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Reviews by BigRedN:
Photo of BigRedN
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is clear, golden in color with my pour producing a weak white head, about 1/2 inch in height. Head quickly fades to nothing and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, a little grainy, seems to contain adjucnts (corn). While I do not think it does, it just smells like it a bit. Nothing hop related in the aroma.

Taste: Listed as a German Pilsner, this drinks more like a typical American macro lager. Some slightly sweet malts, sweetness is not cloying but noticeable. No hop bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with good carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy with a crisp finish. As mentioned previously, it drinks like a macro lager.

Drinkability: Part of a mixed eighteen pack that came in a nice metal "box" that I may try to use as a patio cooler this summer. That's been about the best thing about these beers. This one is a decent easy drinker, just not overly memorable or one that I would seek out again.

BigRedN, May 16, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | 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 Pilsener glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a light foamy white head that fades quickly to a thin wispy covering and then down to nothing. There is not much in the way of lacing, just a few slick spots at the top of the glass. The body has a bright golden color with very good clarity and some visible carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is light and has hints of grassy hops, light husky grain and cooked vegetables.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a fairly dry grainy, corn and husky malt taste with some grassy hops. The finish is dry with mild bitterness and acidity as well as an odd salty mineral like thing. The body is light to medium with a light easy drinking texture and light fizzy carbonation.

Notes: This is nothing more than your basic American pale light colored lager. 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.

generallee, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a pale yellow body with a decent white head that leaves some skimpy lace. Aroma is sweet bready malt and understated floral hops. Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Taste is bitter floral hops, sweet bready malt, and an unwelcome metallic note. Very mediocre but drinkable. I received a handful of these Minhas bottles from a western Kentucky ratebeerian. I see why he gave them away.

merlin48, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of SetarconeX
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish brown and crystal clear. Not just normal clear either, I mean 'I can see perfectly through a mile of this stuff' clear. Smells just a bit off. There's a brand of hand lotion made of corn oil that smells not unlike this. Not bad, just..off.

Been a while since I've accused a beer of being phenolic, but this one's definitely it. It has a really tasty, grainy quality to it which would be great if the strange corn-oil quality didn't rush in on the aftertaste and ruin the party.

The more I drink, the less I like. You can do better than this.

SetarconeX, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling clear golden dofted with a tall and grabby eggwhite foam.
Hay bale nose with a gentle pear fruitiness and traces of raw sugar.
Graham crackers up front, then it veers even sweeter, with notions of gummied pineapple and heavy-syruped canned pears. It gives way to a lilting floral perfume, and later, the dryness of dead leaves.
Light bodied, with a fleeting carbonation. This is a bit fruit for a true German-style pils, and generally not the cleanest lager I've had. But it is drinkable, and, thus, fairly respectable.

cokes, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of pmcadamis
2.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear and shining gold hued brew with a two finger white head like crisp linen. The head recedes to a cap, then a collar within a few minutes, and some crusty white lace is left on the glass. Swirling builds up a thin cap again.

S - This lacks the German pils aromas entirely. This sort of smells like a sweet malty macro lager. There is a whiff of mineral metallic notes, and the malt aspect is thin.

T - Better than the nose, but still narrow and thin with a metallic overtone. Some crisp hops show themselves here.

M - Crisp, biting, and clean with a good deal of carbonation and a sweet touch on the finish. Metallic and thin.

D - I would drink a couple of these if they were free, but I won't buy this again. Not all bad, and macro lovers might really enjoy this as a baby step up to more authentic German and Czech pilsners.

pmcadamis, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of ihscout426
2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is labeled a German Pilsner, but is more accuratley an American Pilsner. The color was golden and it poured clear with a small head. The smell was slightly sweet and almost of corn. No real hop note and the malt never develops beyond the initial sweet characteristic. This is a plain old american lager that does not stand out from the crowd.

ihscout426, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of beveritt
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. This is from a sample pack of historic American brews.

Appearance: Pours with a little over an inch of pure white foam. The foam doesn't stick around long, and visibly retreats, leaving some lacing. The beer itself is a pale yellow and crystal clear, with just enough bubbles coming up to keep a thin layer of head.

Smell: Sweet malt upfront, with strong hints of adjuncts. Very little in the way of hop aroma, but has a slight metallic twinge.

Taste: Sweet yet shallow maltiness with no depth or hops. Unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average for this style of American lager, which means high. Body is average.

Drinkability: Not much here to talk about. Not a drain pour, but very little depth or character.

beveritt, May 07, 2008
Photo of JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

JamLand, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of emerge077
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

Thanks to Don for this one!
Forgotten in the dusty depths of Orbitalr0x's cellar, unearthed by Dan.

Pale bright gold with a compact head of creamy white foam. Some lacing, random arcs here and there. Sharp clarity and racing carb streams.

Faint honey malt aroma, surprisingly inoffensive.

Taste is bland and cereally, light honey, clean dry finish. Fairly thin and watery. Not recommended, but not as bad as we all thought it would be. Cool label.

emerge077, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received the "Beers of America" gift set for Christmas (from Sam's Club or Costco, I think). Labelled as "Brewed and Bottled by MDII, Monroe, WI. Yellow label with red-brown printing featuring an old time lithograph of a river scene, with notes such as "brewed with high grade malt and hops" and this one I love- "Bottled Expressly for Household Use".

Pours a medium yellow- almost gold, darker than the macrobrew lagers. Lokks heavier and fuller too. A small head (from a vigorous pour) quickly fades to nothing.

Aroma is very hard to find. I get some slight notes of sweetness and malt, but it's very hard to find.

Flavor is actually pretty decent for a lager, but it's mostly based on maltiness and sweetness, with minimal hop profile. Makes it easy drinking, but not terribly interesting.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, not overpowering (as lagers tend to be).

Can be a decent yard beer, I would think, but not anything I am excited to have frequently.

Dukeofearl, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of altgeeky1
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear pale yellow-gold, with 1 finger of head foam that settles to a very narrow lace around the glass. The beer has some head retention issues, but it's not the end of the world.
Smells malty sweet, with floral hops. I am guessing they use Saaz hops, which make for great aroma hops with low bitterness.

Tastes like an American pils - sweet, medium-low body, medium carbonation, very refreshing. Hops are there, but not overpowering - just as you would expect in a pils.

Mouthfeel is excellent - there's some rolling malty feel, appropriate carbonation bite - even if it's not visible in the glass you feel it expand in the mouth. Finish is VERY clean like an American macro. I almost detect a small cider bite (like you get in a corn sugar homebrew) but that was very faint.

Styles are a subjective thing - placed in the German Pilsner category this beer scores above average because of so many finer beers in the style, but this is a very good session beer without resorting to filler like corn and rice.

altgeeky1, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of thekanna
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the "Beers of America" Historical Beers six pack.

A: Poured clear yellow into a stein with about 2 fingers of white, frothy, clean head. Lots of large effervescent bubbles attach to the side of the glass and rise from the bottom.

S: General yeasty adjunct malt smell, with a metallic tinge.

T/M: Crisp carbonation upfront with a sweet malt body that devolves into a diacetyl creaminess and a slight hop bite. A very textbook example of a pilsener.

D: Quite a drinkable pilsener, though many other breweries can do about the same thing for less per bottle.

thekanna, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of scooter231
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color. Simple. Smells sweet and floral, malty. Not terribly delicious or intriguing. Taste is mostly a sweet maltyness and a bready backbone. Again, nothing special. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a hint of lively carbonation. Fairly drinkable. Light and easy, a simple brew, not offensive, but nothing spectacular. For the style... eh. This is not Prima Pils.

scooter231, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Traquairlover
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12- oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Light golden yellow, no head, no lacing, low carbonation bubbling with medium sized bubbles.

S = Very light scents of malts and hops, slight traces of wet hay, light floral notes. Not much there, but more than I expected from the appearance.

T = Not much flavor to speak of on front of tongue but some slight bitterness, some vegetal flavors hit at mid-palate, as with the smell I am reminded of wet grains, like hay kept in a leaky barn. Not bad really, indeed more than I was expecting since this looks a lot like a macro lager in the glass and the smell was not much better.

M = Lighter bodied, but not thin, carbonation level is pretty good on the tongue. Mouthcoating is a little light, but there is some there.

D = I would not search this out again, but it is drinkable and would no doubt be perfectly fine to drink while at a backyard bar-b-que or something.

Traquairlover, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Krishob
1.98/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours with a foamy white head that reduce to just a small ring that clings to the side of the glass. Clear yellow almost burnt ember in color.

Smell - there is a sweet smell to it right up front. Also very floral, but there is a strange metallic or tin smell there as well.

Taste- overly sweet for a lager with that metallic taste on the backside. Has an almost apple cider taste and not well balanced at all. No bitterness and again more on the sweet side then would expected from a lager.

Mouthfeel - felt like I was drinking a non-alcoholic apple cider that has had water or even apple juice added to it to make it stretch. Very thin and watery.

Drinkability - this came in a sampler pack and there is one more left. I will be passing this off on to someone else. K am not opposed to a sweet beer but this is just one that for my taste would not want to have unless I had drank all my better beer and didn't feel like going out to get more.

Krishob, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Beers of America 18 pack.

Pours a clear, slightly yellow color, decent fizzy head. Still lighter than usual color though, even compared to BMC.

Smell is weak, can barely make out much, made out some floral scent though.

Taste is pretty slick, more than I thought it would be, has a crisp taste and leaves a decent mouthfeel, full bodied lager with a upfront sweetness and a mild bitterness.

If this was mass produced, it would easily be my choice in the war of BMC, regardless of it's flaws in the appearance and smell.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Shafaegalo
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Shafaegalo, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

Noelito76, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of biggred1
3.58/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a thin white cap of suds. Untoasted grain and grassy hop notes in the nose. Grainy, slightly sweet malt flavors with a touch of herbal hops to balance. I much prefer the flavors of this beer to most macro adjunt lagers. Medium bodied and smooth, finishes squeaky clean. A good straightforward American lager and a good lawnmower beer.

biggred1, May 02, 2010
Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden in color, with a bit of haze. The head is large, coarse, and off-white, and retains well; there are a number of small, slow-rising streams of cabonation.

Aroma: Predominantly sweet aroma of apples, pears, and candied pineapple, the expected hop presence seems to be absent.

Taste: Opens with a light, sweet honey-like note, this soon turns to light fruityness, at the close the taste becomes a bit grassy. The finish is dry, with a faint hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, with a taste that is softer than many macro lagers.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, not bad, a pleasant example.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of Goldfishman
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Goldfishman, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From some kind of "All American beer extravaganza" or whatever I got from my future in-laws for Christmas..hey, these beers look fake and cheesy but at least they made a decent effort. I mean, it's better than a sweater or a fruitcake or something.

Rock river pours a dull, lifeless light amber color with almost no head, cap, or bubbbles of any kind. Rather apple juice looking. Nose is sweet with noticeable caramel notes and undertones of light hops.

Taste is a bit off, with metallic and corn notes at various times, but the body is full and the finish pretty smooth. They're definitely on the right track, they just need to work the kinks out.

This is a quirky beer, kind of all over the place. I can''t highly recommmend it, but as far as gifts from your girlfriend's parents, you could probably do worse.

daliandragon, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of jasrbrd
2.03/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Came in a Christmas gift pack (and I found out that most of them in the pack are from the same brewery)
From Minhas Craft brew but listed as "brewed and bottled by MDII Rochester, NY".
Not very much to this at all.
I basic and I mean BASIC lager. Listed as "brewed with high grade halt and hops".
No hops flavor at all and little malt.
Not recommended

jasrbrd, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of granger10
4.28/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My final beer from the "beers of America" pack I received. Just when I was ready to give up entirely on this thing, I get this wonderful lager.

Pours a honeyish orange color with a medium white head. The head lasts for only a bit then comes down to a one inch layer above the liquid. Lots of bubbles rising to the top. Not much lacing.

Aroma was citrusy, slightly fruity, and sweet.

Taste begins with a full sweetness. Not a cheap sweet flavor like many American lagers have but a full malt laden sweet taste. Body is really thick for the style and heavy on the palate. Hops come out a bit, more than they were in the aroma, and provide a drying effect and acidity to the beer. Taste almost like there's some orange peel in here but I'm pretty sure there's not. Finish is dry. Very well attenuated imo.

This beer is really smooth and well made all around. Not near as sugary or adjuncty as almost any other lager I have tried, but more flavorful and smoother. A really good beer here, I think people need to come to this beer with a more open mind and they will like it a lot.

granger10, Aug 10, 2005
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Rock River Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.