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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
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
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 jjanega08
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%

A= darker than I expected. A golden color with a small head but the bubbles keep rising.
S= stronger than I expected. Its got a nice balance where you can smell the malt and hops seperatly. Boozy smell comes in as well. Lots of carmely sweetness
T= thick malty flavor followed very quickly with booze. Then a metallic taste comes through. The hops do not fit with the malt at all.
M= average body with average carbonation.
D= very average. The metallic taste is too much for a lot.

jjanega08, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Procrastinator
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz. brown bottle is part of "Beers of America" 18-pack that was given to me. I've had this beer several times in years past, always within these type collections. Dating of 2707R 09:05:70 stamped on bottle neck. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: medium gold colored body with white small-bubbled, 2-fingered head which breaks down to thin layer. Streams of carbonation dance off the bottom in this very refreshing looking beer.

Smell: scents are mild at best. Lightly toasted grains along with subtle flower sweetness.

Taste: slightly sweet cereal grains, mild honey with hops in the background to balance. Hard mineral water and slight sourness at finish. Lacks that nice hop crisp bite.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is beneficial to help bring out the flavors. Body is relatively watery, but turns a bit buttery upon warming.

Drinkability: easily drinkable, but flavors are pretty non-descript. Nothing to seek out here.

Procrastinator, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of beveritt
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%

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 altgeeky1
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%

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 Contagion
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%

The deliver method was the standard 12 oz brown bottle. The label is off white with the words Rock River crossing it at an upward angle. There is a picture of a river on it, presumably the Rock River. (ED. Note. I've lived along the mighty Rock River and have traveled up and down the whole length of it through out my life. I've done this by car, canoe and boat. I don't know for sure it's the same river this is named after, but it adds just a bit more of coolness to the beer for me.)

There is a light golden yellow coloring to it. It poured a half inch thick head made of up of large bubbles. In less than 30 seconds the head faded into a film on top of the beer. There was some lacing, but not very much of it.

The scent was weak. What could be detected was malts and what can be described best as a freshly mowed field. Much like the scent, the taste was very weak. All that I could really pick out was a very mild malt flavor. It's not much different that the mass-produced American light lagers that are on the market. Almost no aftertaste is left after your done drinking

It is a light bodied beer. There is some carbonation that bites on the tongue, but not much else. There is no coating and really nothing that lingers in the mouth.

If you are looking for a nice beer to go with a meal, this would be it. There is not enough flavor to it to alter the taste of the food. It went really well with the gumbo I had for dinner tonight.

Contagion, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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 AgingWarrior
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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 deltatauhobbit
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%

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 Winter
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a clear light golden yellow in with white soapy sudsy head. Aroma consists of malt with a some light floral hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with a pleasant crisp carbonation to it. Taste has a light malty breadiness to it. Hops are present but low in bitterness. Finish is fairly clean but exhibits a a grassy quality to it with a light floral flavor.

This a fairly unoffensive lager. Nothing that exciting, yet it's low bitterness for a pilsner makes it a mild beer. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's "uninteresting", because I don't think that's the case. Perhaps a little more hops and this would be a respectable offering. A little more malt and body wouldn't hurt either.

Winter, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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 pmcadamis
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%

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 jasrbrd
2.03/5  rDev -31%

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 shabbtastic
1.65/5  rDev -43.9%

I really hate to give this review but as a beer lover I have to speak the truth.

A - With the exception of the label, it was run of the mill 10 cent draft quality. No head and very little carbonation. Lacing was non existent.

S - Corn husks and vinegar

T - Dry with no hop flavor. Also a bit flat - perhaps the twist offs had something to do with that??

M - Nothing spectacular in the way of "feel". It just laid there :)

D - Not overly offensive, the feel gives the drinkability a lower score here.

shabbtastic, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of trill
1.27/5  rDev -56.8%

Crystal-clear yellow pour with a nice large head that drops to around 1/8". Smell is buttery malt with a hint of DMS. Taste is lots of DMS and corn, and a touch of dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is not compltetely lacking, but this one tastes terrible. Sink pour.

trill, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +39.5%

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 madjr80
2.88/5  rDev -2%

Poured into a large mug.Light gold in color with a thick head of foam that eventually fizzled down in about 15 minutes. There was plenty of carbonation (real tiny bubbles) that gave it a crisp bite. The taste of it wasn't bad, but it wasn't something that I would rave about. Slight bittering from hops, but it didn't linger or leave me wanting more. I would probably keep the remainder of these beer cold just for any of my macro drinking friends.

madjr80, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of SetarconeX
2.88/5  rDev -2%

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 cooncat
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%

Serving from an "American Beers" 12 bottle sampler. All 6 in this variety pack were made at the same brewery. This was a birthday gift from my well meaning sister-in-law.

On the pour, you get a clear, straw-gold colored beer, with a good sized head, which lasted longer than expected. Some lacing is evident through most of the drinking experience.

Nose: What nose? A faint hint of a malty lager coming from the glass, but not much else. I made this my first brew of a session, just to be sure I gave it a good chance to present itself.

Taste is dominated by bready malts. I honestly could not detect any hop presence, but if they did in fact use hops in this lager, the IBU rating would probably be less than 10. Mouthfeel is medium light, crisp, and refreshing when quaffed on the cold side.

This is a pedestrian lager, probably a cut above most "macro brews". Given a choice, I'd prefer this to BMC any time. With the light taste and abv, it would likely make a decent session beer. Not impressive, but very drinkable.


cooncat, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Ultra-clear light color. Completely transparent and seemingly without any body. No head, not even a little.

Mild but sweet malty smell. Very mild and unassuming aroma, but it does have a very slight sourness.

It's a standard lager/pilsner. Exactly average. Better than your B/M/C product, but nothing exceptional.

It's very light and watery, but a miniscule bite at the end. It is the very definition of middle-of the-road.

williamherbert, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Mdog
2.88/5  rDev -2%

Appearance: Gold, nice carbonation, but the head fades to nothing quickly despite the many bubbles rising through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, yeasty, almost smells like a white wine for some reason.

Taste: Sweet fruity malt. A little more there than macro-brews.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

A slight step up from the big boys in flavor, just smells a little different and the appearance could use some work.

Mdog, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%

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 BretSikkink
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

BretSikkink, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%

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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%

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 mynie
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%

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
Rock River Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.