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Rock River Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
70
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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
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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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-04-2012 02:46:04 | More by t0rin0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 19:22:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
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zeff80

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours out a golden yellow color with no head, but highly carbonated.
It smelled (like alot of lagers) like corn.
It didn't taste too much like corn. There was a slightly sweet malt flavor to it, but not much else.
Mouthfeel was very average. I would call it smooth, though.
It is fairly drinkable but it's not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 21:39:27 | More by zeff80
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WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 19:51:36 | More by WesWes
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

05-09-2014 03:22:06 | More by XmnwildX12
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev +2%

12-02-2011 04:36:50 | More by rab53
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 21:46:51 | More by scruffwhor
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 06:26:27 | More by cokes
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whartontallboy

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 23:47:44 | More by whartontallboy
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mynie

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 03:16:45 | More by mynie
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Poured a medium yellow/golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of graininess, and corny. Tastes of the same graininess, corny, and a little sweet. Hey, its a Pale Lager!

Notes from and tasted on: 5/21/09

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 15:01:02 | More by hopdog
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 13:40:05 | More by merlin48
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 01:31:00 | More by tgbljb
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Gagnonsux

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 22:32:40 | More by Gagnonsux
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 03:05:33 | More by kmpitz2
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garymuchow

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring straight out of the fridge. Helpful, or not?
Pale color of gold. Bright. Clean white head that is small and leaves really quickly.
Clean aroma of sweet malt and typical for style. Seems to have a metallic quality or that could be the glass.
Mild flavors all around. Seems to be lacking any sweetness. Bitterness notable that leads to a distinct dryness. Malt character of some bread.
Fully carbonated (so why such a little head?). Actually rather filling on that account. Otherwise feel is moderately light and seem right.
Drinks fine, just lacking any distinct character.
Part of beers of America series.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 19:46:16 | More by garymuchow
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BretSikkink

Mexico

2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow color belies fuller bodied taste. Lots of malt, late kick of hops. This is a tastier than average American pilsner, the malt is somewhat more roasted, in the German fashion. Tastes fresh and crisp, like October Country. This was once the taste of rural communities all over: small regional breweries using no adjuncts, plenty of ingredients, without watering to taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 01:10:55 | More by BretSikkink
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Pegasus

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 15:54:41 | More by Pegasus
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 21:46:23 | More by TastyTaste
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JamLand

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-26-2013 12:29:37 | More by JamLand
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clvand0

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 19:02:26 | More by clvand0
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granger10

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 03:28:13 | More by granger10
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 05:35:44 | More by pmcadamis
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 00:30:35 | More by Frozensoul327
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 04:24:59 | More by daliandragon
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Rock River Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.