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Winter Ale - Minhas Craft Brewery

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Redrover on 11-04-2006)
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy tan cap tops a deep, crimson accented copper body in the Minhas brewery's Berghoff Red Bock Winter Ale. The head retention is fairly good, but it leaves only minor lacing behind. The nose is malty and toasty with a cusp of caramel, and some spicy and floral hops. It seems to utilize a fair amount of Vienna malt. It's medium headed towards medium-full in body, and the moderate carbonation lends a delicate caress to the tongue as it warms to become pillowy-smooth. The flavor nicely balances the spicy and herbal hops against the softly sweetish caramelized-sugar and toasted grain maltiness, and it's round from start to finish without any interuption or change in the flavor. Some more hops do appear in the finish as the maltiness slowly fades, but for the most part it's the same full flavor from end to end. It's very well done, drinkable, and satisfying. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 23:18:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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botham

New York

4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a chocolate color with a few fingers of tan head. wonderful settling on this one.

aroma is strong on malts, namely caramel, and a bit of chocolate, with a base of grapes, giving the brew a bit of a sour character.

taste is of caramel malts, with the same ascerbic character as the aroma. a bit more restrained here, but still present. the same subtle chocolate malts are also here, providing balance to the grapes.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 03:19:35 | More by botham
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +23.1%

12-13-2011 00:31:52 | More by scootercrabb
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +23.1%

04-16-2012 00:15:04 | More by Molson2000
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shbobdb

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My dad always insisted that the Berghoff brewery had one tap and many labels. I'm not sure I disagree, but that doesn't mean the beer they make isn't solid.

The beer pours a ruby-red, almost garnet with a bubbly macro-lager head that fades into a faint ring quite quickly.

The smell is fairly mild. The distinctive, slightly sour, and musty "Grandmother's house" smell that all Berghoff beers have is present. There is also a little bit of malt going on in the background.

The beer tastes quite good. There is a slight sour twang with a light bready note that spikes in a sweet middle, and has a dry finish. It is nice.

The beer is pretty much a beer for everybody. It isn't amazing by any standard, but at the same time, it is accessible to everyone. A macro-lover would say that this a beer that tastes like beer, while a craft beer lover would be able to pick out hints of munich and vienna malts.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 21:11:31 | More by shbobdb
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c1377

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

EYE
Dark
NOSE
Decidedly malty, floral hop
BUBBLE
frothy lace
MOUTH
Creamy and wet
TONGUE
milky sorghum malt, well roasted aftertaste, warming spirits
MOOD
Chilly spring afternoon with a scent of fresh green grass thawing mud on a swift breeze
PAIRING
Solyanka; smoked fish; cucumber salad on black bread; green pepper and pretzels; dill

Berghoff beers tend to have flavour profiles, that change as they sit on the tongue. This brew starts of with biting carbonation and hop, after which the malt runs away with your tongue, leaving a strongly roasted aftertaste. The transitions are not subtle and the individual malt components could be more distinct.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:50:27 | More by c1377
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larsee01

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into nondescript pint glass.

A--Well, looks like a decent bock. Moderately creamy head (1 and a half fingers), light reddish chestnut color and clear.

S--Very faint, but a pleasant burnt character. Folgers coffee, but slight malty sweetness. Ghost of black licorice. A dark, dried fruit (dates?) Again, very faint and mild.

T--Ooh...nice! Pleasant flavors are bolder than smell gives away. Exquisitely balanced. Complex flavor spectrum of about 1/2 dozen things. Let me (the amateur) try to find/describe them. Mild burnt character there. Nutty. Mild iron-like metallic well-water. If anything comes close to prominent, it is the dark malt sweetness. But that is immediately complimented/neutralized by mild hop bitter. Something grassy but trending toward modestly floral...black tea? I don't know what the ABV is, but I'm not picking up any booze challenge here.

M--Enough to chew on, but unencumbering, crisp and clean. Good balance here. Good job overall, Berghoff!

D--Yes. Should I find out the ABV is on the high end for your typical bock, I'd come back and move this to at least 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 05:22:47 | More by larsee01
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A khaki two finger head is suspended above a crystal clear red-amber brew. The head is really dense and creamy looking, and it leaves big sheets of lace on the glass that slide down and leave soft arcs behind. Retention is very good, and the shade of this brew seems to change depending on the angle.

S - Sweet maraschino cherry syrup and some milk chocolate. There are some vague hop notes, but they really just balance the sweet notes and nothing more. Caramel and hard strawberry candy (the kind that come in the strawberry skin wrapper. Some steely mineral notes are there too.

T - The flavors follow the nose to a T. Cherry syrup and hints of chocolate. It's pretty light though, no big malt bomb flavors or anything. It's like a Skullsplitter halved with water. Not bad! Something reminds me of Grand Marnier too, although there are no over orange flavors.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and a dry finish. The mix of heavy syrup and chocolate flavors and a relatively thin body is sort of odd.

D - Give this a bigger body and get rid of the mineral hard water notes, and this would be much better. As is, this is a pretty damn good beer. This would go great with chocolate desserts, and it would be an especially nice desert brew for those who might be intimidated by big malt bombs with high ABVs.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 17:47:02 | More by pmcadamis
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chilidog

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As part of a sample pack, I bought the samplar For this beer. I guess according to the 12 pk. box the rotate a seasonal, with the same box.

So far the beer has taken some review shots, here's what I thought.
It poured a nice clean dark red. Good full slight tan head, lace was good. The body was medium.

The aroma, not strong but slight toasted malts, alittle metalic

The taste was crisp toasted malts, slight sweetness with a slight hop oil balance. Alittle biscuit or metalic sour dough.

The mouthfeel was alittle thin and the alcohol not to strong. I usually like abit more hardyness for a winter brew but thisone was very drinkable for an everyday seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 13:44:07 | More by chilidog
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Ricochet

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a big head that seemed to stay as the beer went down. Deep red, with lively carbonation. It's a bock. Smelled like a bock. Malt, alcohol. Simple. Very thick on the tounge with a creamy wash and all malt aftertaste, also good. Tasting this would be summed up by saying: Not as good as Celebrator, but better than most. The burnt malt perhaps what makes this amber does add to a fuller malt flavor and alchohol was subdued. Sweet malty goodness with light hops. While this misses on complexity with none of the suttle raisin or winey notes, this makes a very simple drinker that I could easily kick back rather than making this the dessert beer.

4 of 4 from Berghoff so far. Great beers, and this bock is another simple, true to style everyday drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 02:40:49 | More by Ricochet
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KI9A

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, medium amber color, off white head.

S: Cherry, chocolate malt.

T: Again, cherry, chocolate malt. Sweet up front, and sweet finish.

M: Light, crisp.

D: Had this in a tulip glass, to open it up, and try to give a good review. A bit too sweet for me, but is light, and finished fairly clean. Decent beer for after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 01:38:19 | More by KI9A
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biggred1

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear,Chestnut amber with a fizzy ecru head. Smells of bubblegum and faintly of roasted coffee and toffee, definately malt forward. Tastes nutty and malty and fairly well balanced by roasted malt with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and more flavorful than most of this style. A good inexpensive quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 22:36:44 | More by biggred1
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured dark amber with a medium foamy head. Smell and taste were dominated by caramel and sweetness. Smooth, perfect carbonation. A pretty good bock, a style I'm generally not in to.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 04:38:37 | More by ibashmuck
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin tan head tops a brown body with reddish highlights--pretty nice. The smell consists primarily of caramel and yeast, with hints of fruit--a little too subtle on the nose for my liking. The taste is smooth, with caramel and ginger carrying the day, but not the most complex bock. The smooth texture makes this beer good, as well as very drinkable, atoning for a lack of taste variety with a solid, smooth, straight-ahead bock that's really pretty good. I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 05:50:52 | More by Gehrig
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

I have to admit before I even begin this review that the name is making it very hard for me to take the beer seriously. Brewers take note; just because you throw four different styles on the label, it doesn't make your beer better. Is this an ale? A red ale? A bock? A winter warmer? I'm confused, a fusion I can get but a four way fusion? anyway on with the show:

Pours a moderate to dark copper with decent head and active carbonation. Clear with no apparent cloud, the head recedes quickly and is very soda like.

Aroma is of dark roasted grain and a touch of sweet. Turbinado sugar and cotton candy. Slight bitter aroma that doesn't come right out and proclaim it is hops, but hints.

Flavor is burnt sugar on top of roastey grain. There is a nuttiness from the grain roast that is nice.

Medium bodied even though the fizz is high, not overly watery, but not chewy either.

Not terribly bad, but I still can't figure out what it is. If this is really supposed to be a bock, then they missed the mark

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 20:54:14 | More by wheatyweiss
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-01-2012 21:56:11 | More by tyleeis
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matjack85

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-26-2013 19:08:22 | More by matjack85
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-09-2012 01:05:16 | More by imperialking
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, ruby-brown color with a medium sized, cream-colored head.

Aroma is a nice change. Quite heavy with berries. Dark, dried cherries.

Flavor is fun, too. Sweet with berries, maybe black cherries.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated. Not much else I can say.

Drinkability is ok. Less than I expected when I first started drinking it. The sweetness really caught to me. This would be a great beer to pair with meals. Lingonberry or crepes for breakfast, glazed pork for dinner, and any desserts that are based with berries. Would be fun to cook with too, in a similar vein. Definitely a great beer to order once in a while to break things up, but I really don't think I'd order more than 2 in a row.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 22:53:51 | More by terrabyte
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Contagion

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The coloring is a beautiful dark amber color with crimson shading. There is no sign of cloudiness to it, light passes through with some difficulty. When you look through you can make out objects on the other side. A thin tan head forms when poured into a glass. The head fades quickly to nothing and there is no lacing on the glass.

The smell is an exquisite caramel and chocolate malt combination with a fruit undertone. The fruit smelled like strawberry or raspberry, but that might the combination of the malts mixing with the fruit to alter the scent. There is a mild sweetness to the smell that is pleasing. The taste is much like the scent, a sweet, but not overly sweet, combination of caramel malts and berries. The flavor is a little weak.

It's a smooth, light bodied beer that is very easy to drink.

This is not like most of the winter ales I've drank. The flavor isn't in your face. It's mild and soothing. Something that you can drink just about any time you want. This is one of those beers that I could see myself picking up a six pack of on a whim.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 02:26:32 | More by Contagion
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Burgundy...impressive look to it...regal..

S-Sweet....caramel and dark fruits...a little bit of leather as well...

T-Definitely sweet but not overdone....dark fruits(including berries) lead the way...also the caramel is present...hops lend a mildly spicy leathery note....

M-Thinner than expected....relatively clean feel to it...

D-This is where it gets tricky...based on the comments I made above this should rate higher in this category but overall this has a run-of-the-mill feel to it....it's OK but everything doesn't add up to make this a special beer...decent..a little above average...still I won't buy it again...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 01:40:27 | More by ZAP
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Bock isn't red, but it is darker orange than most beer of this style. Maybe that's because it's a Winter Ale. The pale beige cap is of poor quality and is one of the worst looking lids of the past few months. The foam is mealy, soft and unsticky, with nothing more than a few spots of suds making it to the glass.

The nose is essentially average. It has the usual toasted-earthy maltiness and absence of hops, with a bit of a darker vibe, as if a little chocolate malt was used. That would explain the color too. Since Minhas doesn't publish information on their beer (not even ABV), the ingredients list will remain a mystery.

Although Red Bock Winter Ale won't be showing up on any 'best of' lists, it's decent beer for several reasons. It's both sweeter and more bitter than expected (love the contrast), tastes fruitier than most bocks, and actually tastes 'red' in some indefinable way. Good choice of malts... whatever they are.

This MCB offering is midway between a pale bock and a dark bock. It has a more distinctive flavor than the former and stops short of the dark fruit and cocoa of the latter. Come to think of it, this is one beer that tastes exactly like its name.

The same carbonation that made a mess of head and lace are at it again when it comes to the mouthfeel. The bubbles are too prominent and too harsh early, then fade into the woodwork in the bottom half of the bottle. The above score is on the generous side.

Minhas Craft Brewery doesn't have a great track record as far as I'm concerned. Which is why I'm a little surprised that Red Bock Winter Ale is as good as it is. It's worth a look if you're a fan of the style, just don't expect to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 12:46:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear mahogany. Thin beige head. Sporadic lace. Nice color. Sweet, syrupy smell. A litte corny. And a little malty. Wish it were MORE malty. Kind of a bready malt base on the palate. Not cloying, which I was somewhat expecting from the aroma. Some molasses and maple syrup. Pretty even keeled flavor profile. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Decent enough bock. But that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 02:53:07 | More by Bighuge
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev 0%

12-10-2012 02:22:11 | More by Kunstman
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev 0%

12-20-2012 16:57:42 | More by OldhouseRecs
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Winter Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.