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Rock River Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 12-04-2004)
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Photo of granger10
4.28/5  rDev +45.6%
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
Photo of aquilontendants
4.22/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beer received on xmas in the Beer of America Historical Collection. Not much head when head settled. Aroma is moderate from Continental hops. A very good lager beir that has a great mouth feel with lots of fullness. Appearance is clear and golden. The Rock River Lager is made after the style of pale lager that swept the world in the last half of the 1800's (from the pamplet). I like this taste compared to a lot of pilsner style lagers I have had around this area of the world. It is very noticable that no corn adjuncts have been used and that leaves this beer full, yet very easy to drink. Taste becomes sweeter as beer goes down and gets warmer. A good beer made at the Huber Brewing Company, contracted with someone else. Who or what is MDII anyway, that is who it says the beer is brewed and bottled by on the bottle.

aquilontendants, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks a lot like many macro lagers, clear darker gold color, almost no head. Smells of clean grassy malts, no skunk whatsoever. Very balanced taste, about as good of a straight up lager that I have had. Crisp, refreshing, trace of hops, and no skunk or corn flavors.

TastyTaste, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great golden straw color with a strong, one finger head and incesant head. The aroma is a strong grass and light fig malt with some calcified water smell mixed in. The taste is a little adjuncty but still crisp and refreshin. Ther is a lack of that grassy malty that enjoy so muchin a German pilsner. Very easy to drink again and again. Could be a little more crisp, maybe even drier.

scruffwhor, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of shirfan
3.83/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Beers of America sampler:

A nice dark and clear gold with decent lace, aroma of light malt and a faint whiff of honey chewable cough drops.

Taste: Someone bothered to not churn out an average lager with a minor "historic" gimmick. Medium-light malt body carries the beer, with a touch of grassy hops. It's just a plain american lager in fact, but a *good* plain american lager. Reminds me of John Labatt Classic but a bit dryer. I'd actually buy more if it wasn't a one-off in a gift pack.

shirfan, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corn silk gold with a fair number of jaunty bubbles leading up to a lightly lemon-accented ivory head. Three fingers to start, the cap is slow to deflate and leaves an acceptable amount of splotchy lace on the glass as it does so. Not a bad start.

This is what lagers from the Big 3 should smell like: cereal grain fresh with just a hint of spicy German hops. Simple, clean and effective. It's hard to make a nose like this one exciting, but it more than gets the job done.

Rock River Lager reminds me of a quality American Macro Lager; what Budweiser, Miller et al would taste like if high quality ingredients were used in sufficient quantity. It would seem to be an easy transition to make since this beer has the same general flavor profile (multiplied several-fold) and eliminates any trace of adjuncty nastiness or off-flavors.

A light pale malty sweetness is a bonus. It's clean, but is definitely not crisp or quenching. Nothing wrong with that; I actually prefer it as long as I'm only having a few. As in the nose, noble hops are at a low ebb while providing a counterpoint to the sweet grain.

Due to the relatively generous amount of ingredients--especially malt--the body is on the full side of medium for the style. It's somewhat fluffysmooth with a restrained amount of soft carbonation that goes a long way toward enhancing drinkability.

Rock River Lager isn't outstanding beer, but it is a perfect example of what lagers from BMC would taste like if I was king of the world. If the vast majority of Americans had the opporunity to directly compare RRL with their usual dreck, I would like to believe that they would taste the error of their ways.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of biggred1
3.58/5  rDev +21.8%
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 cokes
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
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 Frozensoul327
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A stand-out lager in a sea of mediocre and boring beers. From the Beers of America gift pack. Pours out to a clean golden color with a long lasting white foam head of about 1/4 inch. Some lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of sweet malt, some very light yeast and subtle grain. Not bad. Taste was nothing amazing, but a definite step up from many other Lagers; flavors of malty sweetness mixed with smooth grains and the slightest bit of hops. This has a distinct flavor that is not of the "cheap beer" category. Mouthfeel was was slightly grainy, and accentuated by the solid and consistant carbonation. Just north of average drinkability. This is a well made all-malt brew. If this were available on a regular basis, i'd keep it in the fridge for when I want a solid lager. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of lwootton
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Arnolds Tulip Pint.

Appearance: Transparent straw gold. Thick head that dissipated quickly leaving little lacing behind.

Aroma: Simple malt smell with hints of grass. No floral/hop smell.

Taste: A bit sweeter than I expect from a lager, especially a Pilsener. Plain malt base with a bit of yeast flavor. No hop/bitterness/floral taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but not as clean and crisp as I expected.

Drinkability: Good! I could use a little less sweetness and a bit more complexity but I still enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

lwootton, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out clear golden yellow with a thin white sticky head that held a little better than I expected. Some nice little columns of carbonation, too.

Smell is subdued, toasted grains, no real hoppiness to speak of, and a bit of malty sweetness.

Flavor is pretty nice, if not all that complex: a light toastiness, fresh, clean toasted grains, and a bit of sweetness. It's not a flavor powerhouse, but it's a good clean beer with a nice grain flavor and not too much sweetness. A tiny little bit of hoppiness would settle things out nicely, but it's solid overall.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall: This American beers of history twelve-pack was a gift, and I had low expectations. This is pretty tasty, though.

whartontallboy, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from the Beers of America Collection. Apperance is a medium golden color with an average-sized, soapy head. The smell is sweet and grassy, very standard for simple lagers. Taste is sweet and grassy. More full-flavored than most golden lagers out there. A light crispness adds to the flavor. This is a very good beer for the classic american lager style, however this is still a style that doesn't get me too excited. An excellent lawnmower choice.

Gagnonsux, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of BeefyMee
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this out of the Beers of America 12 pack. There seems to be some mystery about who makes these beers, but I haven't really tried to figure it out. I'm guessing they're contract brewed to put into the holiday gift packs.

The beer has a nice yellow-amber color but not much of a head. The aroma is severely subdued with just a slight butteriness and the tiniest wisp of hops and alcohol. The taste is clean and fairly pleasing. Still a little buttery with a nice use of malt. No real hop presence to speak of. Nothing spectacular but quite drinkable.

BeefyMee, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a pale malt and lager yeast aroma that musty and dry. The taste is decent. It has a malty flavor that suggest that it is indeed an all malt lager. It also is mildly bitter and a bit grainy. It smooth on the way down, but dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average lager, but nothing I would spring for again.

WesWes, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My final selection for the Beers of America Collection. Poured a pale yellow color with attractive white puffy head. Smell is slightly sweet, but not much else. Taste is suprisingly enjoyable with a bit of crisp maltiness present. Finished cold and refreshing. Not a bad beer, better than the rest in the collection, and more enjoyable.

tgbljb, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this German Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a golden color, produced a thick white head, excellent retention and lacing. The aroma was mild featuring malted grain and a touch of grassy hops. Medium bodied, this pils falls on the maltier side, somewhat grainy and has a dry finish. Overall, above average for a Pilsner but not something I would purchase again.

GossageBrewery, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of mynie
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My 7th grade Consumer Education always used to say something. He'd stand up in front of the class, up in front of all us kids, and he'd say "Caveat Emptor." I forget what that means; I think it's German for something about what you should do when you're buying a horse.

Anyhow, I was at the liquor store the other day, and on the way out I spied a collection of retro-looking bottles that were quaintly packaged together in a cheap wooden crate. What's more, they were priced down to a mere fifteen bucks for twelve bottles (two each of six different beers), *and* I got to keep the wooden case as a free gift. Well I just sat down my bag and walked right up to the counter and spent even more money, is what I did!

Come to find that these beers are made my Huber. Shit. All I've had from Huber are a few selections from the mediocre Berghoff collection and the abhorrent Fat Cat Lager. How easily I get suckered in by these things!

Now I have to be a big boy and review these beers objectively. That is, without thinking about how I paid premium money for Huber brews. Put that out of my head.

First up is Rock River, and I really have to give a props to Huber for the label; it looks like something you would have seen posted in an Irish slum circa 1868, enticing starving people to come to this fine country and get treated like slaves. I doubt this is how beer was actually packaged back in the days of our forefathers, but it's still nice and purty.

The beer pours darker than a dark macro, darker than most German pils, actually. Big head that dies down to a respectably-retentive cap. Pretty nice.

Smells like an above average German pils! Deep fruity grain and simple hop dryness. Not too complex, but free from any metallic adjunct imperfections.

Tastes light and fruity—maybe a little old, but not showing it too much. Fruit grain starts things off, very crisp, and it ends on a simple, dry hop. Nothing special, but solid for the style.

Nothing wrong with this beer. Nothing wrong with it whatsoever. Oh lord how I hope Huber keeps this up.

mynie, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
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 deltatauhobbit
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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 AgingWarrior
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

I poured a bottle into a frosted mug, it poured a light gold color with a one finger white head that quickly dissipated and minimal lacing. The beer had a nice clean smell of mild hops. The taste isn't bad, I was pretty thirsty and I drank it down rather quickly.

Decent mouth feel and an okay finish. Pretty much like a typical American macro lager. Nothing special, but I'd drink it again.

AgingWarrior, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of afinepilsner
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Rock River Lager Beer was light golden in color with a white head. The head was large at first, but was soon reduced to a thin layer that remained until the beer was nearly gone, leaving a little spotty lace behind. The aroma was light, but malty. The taste was mostly malt as well. The body was just shy of medium with medium carbnonation. Good drinkability. It's a pretty average, easy drinking lager.

afinepilsner, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a small head that falls to a very light coating over top. The nose is okay, with some honey-touched sweetness and slight graineyness. Not ofensive. Its pretty nice. The flavor is much the same as the nose. Honey-coated grains. Not very inspiring. The feel is actually nice, with a moderate thickness and a moderate carbonation. More than expected in the feel. Overall, I'm still not impressed much with this beer. I would take it over others, but its still not something I would sit down to given the chance to have something else.

kmpitz2, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was shared with me by a fellow brewer from his Beers of America package. Pours a copper color with a small head that quickly fades off and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and grainy, but very subdued. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Slight grassy flavor from the hops and a little bit of sweetness, but that's it. There's really nothing to this beer. Thin mouthfeel, decent drinkability. Just not interesting.

clvand0, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
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
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Rock River Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.