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Minhas 1845 Pilsner - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 50
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Atron67 on 03-23-2008

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Photo of kkleu357
1/5  rDev -62.5%

From notes on 9/6/2013

My original rating was a 0.5, but I guess on this site you need to give it a 1. Doesn't deserve that high of a score.

This is by far the worst beer I have ever had in my life. Toured the Minhas Brewery, which was actually very fun, and received a bottle of this for free. This beer tastes like water that came from a rusty pipe. We had two bottles of it and literally dumped it down the drain. It really takes a gross beer to dump it.

Maybe we just got a bad batch because other reviews are ok for this beer. (536 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color. The head comes then goes. There is no lacing and not much to look at. The smell of the beer is like a sweet fruity kids cereal. No hop area at all. The taste is sweet, not much bitterness at all, kinda boring. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, decent carbonation but thin and watery. Overall this beer was pretty much what I expected. (397 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a clear pale gold and produced very little white bubbly head which dissipated into nothing within seconds. No lacing.
The smell is grainy and bread is noticeable, but all over very weak.
The taste only hints the style. Just as bad as the other beers I have bought in the same sampler. The only reason I am writing a review is to warn other beer lovers of this one. The metallic aftertaste does not compliment the heavy grainy bread feel.
Will never buy it again. (479 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.76/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The 2nd beer of my Minhas morning, lets hope it's better than the first. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle.Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mildly sweet, a bit of soap? Taste is like no other pils that I have ever had. Sweet, soapy, very dry at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall strike 2 for Minhas. (336 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
1.54/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into a snifter, though it probably could have been experience just as well from the bottle. A pale straw color was the most average aspect of this pilsner. Being fair, this is the highest aspect of my score on this beer. The aroma reminded me of a dusty basement floor with something sticky/sugary spilled on it. The initial taste confused me into thinking I was drinking a light beer. There was a faint sweetness and a little straw flavor. The modest amount of carbonation swept this away as the aftertaste was just empty bubbles of carbonation. It is a very thin beer without much flavor or texture. I am glad I can say that a friend brought it over so I do not have to take responsibility for buying it. (725 characters)

Photo of mynie
1.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My dad toured this brewery and brought me back a mixed pack. He doesn't drink, see, so his impressions of breweries are based mostly on the friendliness of their staffs and the coolness of their labels. He said Minhas seemed pretty tight.

And, hey who am I to disagree. Huber used to be a big deal, right? It's nice to see an oldtimey regional beer still being produced in its original location, not contracted out.

So I cracked this open, poured it, smelled it, and froze. It had a weird, medicinal offness to it that I normally would have attributed to it being really stale.

"You get this right from the brewery?"
"Yeah."
"When?"
"Not even a week ago."

Well then. No staleness. What on earth accounts for that aroma and flavor then, that overrides and ruins the whole of this beer? It's kind of like metallic adjunct, only with a harsh and viscerally unappealing chemical bitterness to it, like someone took an old High Life and sprayed a little Raid into it.

It wasn't the worst tasting beer I've ever had, but it was very close. Absolutely not worth buying. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
2.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

took a tour of the Minhas Craft brewery in Monroe, WI in late Summer 2010. As a parting gift for taking the tour they gave away free bottles of beer and 1845 Pilsner was one of them.

Pours a very pale amber color. Weaker scent of wheats and malts. Definetly has a grainy taste to it with hints of lemon citrus. Very little texture that makes drinking this almost as easy as water. Not much taste and nothing special here. (422 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Light yellow. Cloudy and bubbly. Short white, short-lived head.

Smell - Very sweet and grainy. Not catching any hops.

Taste - Sweet and grainy. Fairly watery. Finishes with the slightest tang of fruity hops. Cloying.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Drinkability - My impression of the several Minhas' brews I've tried is that they skew sweet and simple. This one is no exception. Not much to look at here unless you're really a craft brew beginner. In that event, this isn't much of a german pilsner, in my opinion. (529 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

My nightcap this evening. Figured a pils would be a nice change of pace for me. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, corn, and a mountain of rice husks. A small bit o' pilsner funk lingers in there as well, its only real saving grace. The taste leans more heavily on the wheat and flowers, thankfully, but a strange semi-dirty, semi-metallic taste grabs my 'buds at the end and refuses to release them, regardless of the various hostage-negotiating tactics I employ. Yee. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, it looks like a nice pils, it feels like a nice pils, but it tastes like some cruel beast of a pils-impostor. Boo. (785 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.16/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with one finger of thin wispy white head, which leaves a few specks of lace around the glass as it quickly diminishes. It smells of mild grain, and watery dish soap. The taste is mildly sweet corn kernel, and musty floral hops. The carbonation is quite zingy, the body light all around. It finishes with some weedy essence, and nail polish notes.

Quite unpleasant in the round - the stellar New Year's Eve Indian spicy curry spread could barely mask its deficiencies, other than as an expensive water stand-in. (555 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw, bright, with a slim fizzy white head.

Smell -- Pilsner malt, creamed corn, spring flowers, cut grass.

Taste -- Not a whole lot going on here. Creamed corn, pilsner malt, mild grassy hop flavor. Not great.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light body, an abundance of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- It pains me that this is coming from the second oldest continuously running brewery in the US. Don't seek out. (440 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this one, along with a slew of other Minhas offerings, as extras in a recent trade. Nothing really wrong with this one, in fact it went very nicely with Bukowski on the back patio while grilling meat for dinner. Other than that, golden color, white head, creamed corn on the nose, crisp and clean on the palate. ok (323 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.16oz bottle poured into an Atlantic Brewing pilnser glass.

A - Pours a very clear (although not crystal) pale gold/straw color with an endless stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface and forming a thin finger of white foamy head that dies to a thick layer and some nice lacing.

S - Grainy malt base with some floral/perfumey hops and a bit of earthiness. Pretty clean aroma, but not much going on.

T - Pretty clean with dry, grainy and biscuity malt character. Floral hops blend in pretty well with the malt. There is also just a touch of phenols in here that gives a bit of a harsh alcohol flavor that is a bit distracting in this setting...not enough other flavors to blend or offset this.

M - Thin in body, approaching watery. Assertive carbonation that prickles and tingles the tongue. The phenolic touch and the floral hops leave a lasting impression into the aftertaste.

D - Pretty much a middle of the road pilsner. Not down at the macro level of blandness, but definitely not one of the shining examples of the style. A pils with a couple of faults, basically. Didn't ruin my pizza this afternoon, but didn't enhance it much either. (1,160 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single from Viking in Reedsburg. No bottle date, just a string of undecipherable numbers printed on the bottom.

Poured this into a Hamms goblet, it produced a thin cap of foam, that left a broken skim after a couple minutes. Lacing sticks to the sides.

Mildly skunky noble hop aroma, like many euro pils I have whiffed. Not bad, not especially interesting though. Vague hint of malt with a slight metallic twang.

Clean pilsner malt taste, crackery and simple. Very mild hop presence, lending a "barely there" grassy bitterness. Dry aftertaste, somewhat fizzy with the CO2. Easy enough to drink with minimal intellectualizing. This seems like a grab for the craft market, but it probably won't appeal to most craft drinkers used to bolder flavors. But it's a decent transition beer away from bigger macros. Quite possibly the best beer i've had from Minhas (which is not saying much). (888 characters)

Photo of mazingblue
4.09/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to glass.
The appearance of this beer is very nice. It has a dark yellow/light gold color with a 1/2 inch head that dies quickly. Leaves small rims around the glass as beer disappears. Not much smell to the beer. For a pilsner, I wasn't expecting much in taste, but this beer proved me wrong. Although I am new at trying to predict what craft beers taste like, this pilsner was a ten compared to mass-produced beers. The malt is strong, not metallic-tasting. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking to drink one or two...but no more than that. This was strictly a bottle collection pick for me.

Great looking bottle. I can't wait to try more of Minhas Brewery beers, as this was part of a mix-and-match sixer. (723 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11-08-09

Served from a bottle to a glass

A - very clear brew dark yellow/goldish color with great head retention, 3 fingers of foam, signs of carbonation as it sits

S - malt with a touch of sweet smell

T - medium bodied sweet flavor, noticeable malt after taste but goes down pretty smooth

M/D - pretty tasty brew, light feel as it sits in my mouth but malty after taste. Not one of my favorites from Minhas, the last beer in the 4 pack sampler. I'm torn between them, I like 2 out of the 4. If they decide to break up the pack I would buy the ones I liked but right now it isn't worth it to me to buy the sampler again. (634 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A decent but not outstanding beer from this regional scale brewery. This clear, deep gold brew (minimal head) proudly claims itself to be an all malt beer and indeed, the malt is the most notable quality of the beer. It features malt flavor reminiscent but not quite as tasty or clean as that of a good German lager. The beer could be more strongly hopped; I wonder if the original pils (circa 1842) were more hopped. Seems like they are trying to capitalize on a "roots" perception but cutting potentially tasty corners.

My first sip detected a slight metallic off-flavor, but this did not detract from my subsequent enjoyment of the beer. Similarly, a persistent but inoffensive soapy aftertaste and smell was detected. While the beer is not a bad way to quench a thirst, it is a little too filling to work as a session beer. The maltiness is insufficient reason, in my opinion, to drink a beer that has some flavor flaws and feels heavy in my gut... A bit of a disappointment, given that the beer is sold as 8 packs and I have 7 more to go. (1,044 characters)

Photo of tjkurz
3.16/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pilsner. Clear and deep gold good amount of head - couple fingers with good lacing. Tastes of malt corn with standard hop finish for a pilsner. Drinkability - average Pilsner - doesn't do much for me either way - doesn't distinguish itself either way - mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Dollar for dollar - you can do better buying Schlitz or the like. (372 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
2.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold color with lots of active prickle and light lacing on the surface. Malt dominant nose with hints of grain. Fresh and clean attack. A little bit of bite to the flavor before it flattens out at the finish, and flatten is the right word. Grainy finish and aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel and heavy body for a pilsner is almost enough to save this beer. It is definitely a "microbrew" pilsner as it doesn't taste mainstream, so that is a plus. I would put this right around the mean for pilsners that I have had. My wife commented that it tasted like Keystone light. (568 characters)

Photo of EsoxLucius
2.06/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1845, this came in a variety pack of beer and it was cheap. Figure, you have to try it all to know what's good and bad.

A: this beer's best feature pours a nice copper color with decent lacing.

S: not entirely a skunky smell, but there's a bitterness there I wasn't too fond of.

T: for some reason, every beer I've tried thus far from Minhas seems to have this artificial taste of massive amounts of sugar added to take away most of the vile aftertaste.

M: thin, thin, thin. Virtually like water, not impressed.

D. by the time we get to this, the taste and mouthfeel has me thanking them for only putting 2 in the variety pack! I personally wouldn't buy this on its own ever, but for those looking for low-taste-watery-type beer (ie: coors, bud light) save a few bucks and get this instead! (796 characters)

Photo of Fatduck
3.04/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An "All Malt" offering from Minhas Craft Brewery. Pours a very clear copper color, looks like a bud lite. Smells a little tart/sour, almost like their farmhouse ale. Taste like a lager beer, but certainly nothing special. Very bubbly in the mouth, lots of CO2. All in all, its a light lager beer that tastes mildly better than bud lite. (336 characters)

Photo of Atron67
3.68/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this as well at the minhas craft brewery today, told us that they just finished making them as well, and that they were coming out soon to the stores

A- poured a crystal clear golden color with a light white head on top. head fell pretty quickly which is what i would expect, but is still a little sad

S- light maltiness, low hops, pretbty standard for a pilsner, pretty clean.

T- has a pretty nice clean maltiness that fades pretty quickly to give a nice clean finish. smooth nice flavor but its a pilsner which were never my thing, but i would give it a decent rating in terms of a pilsner style

M- full-medium body, which is one of the things i liked about it better, medium carbonation.

D- its ok, im not a pilsner kinda guy, but its solid and leagues ahead of new fangled wide mouth tab canned with the coldest taste ever or whatever crap marketing you wanna put on it (892 characters)

Minhas 1845 Pilsner from Minhas Craft Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.