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Minhas Swiss Style Amber - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Minhas Swiss Style AmberMinhas Swiss Style Amber

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BA SCORE
64
poor

52 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 26.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shadow1961 on 11-17-2008)
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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.63/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review on 10-25-09
Poured from a bottle to a glass cold

A - cloudy dark tan brew with 2 fingers of foam, fair amount of carbonation

S - light sweet smelling hops with strong smelling malt

T - Medium body with a noticeable malt aftertaste but wasn't overpowering, couldn't pick out much of a hop flavor

M - medium bodied but pretty smooth going down

D - I thought this was a pretty drinkable brew, I never heard of Minhas Brewing till I picked up a sampler pack at my local MGM. I felt that it wasn't a strong brew, too much hops or malts or wheat sort of thing. I hope the rest of the pack is just as tasty!

FreshmanPour77, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of tjkurz
3.58/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured pint glass deep copper brown decent head not so decent lace. Aroma is different, sweet malt spice? Taste sweet malt not alot there dry. Mouthfeel thinner than looks - fairly drinkable different taste - body light enough for cookout taste enough to keep you interested past one.

tjkurz, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Kempski
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Kempski, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

wrightst, May 30, 2013
Photo of livingtodie
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

livingtodie, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of shadow1961
3.48/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first beer out of my Minhas sampler, the "Swiss style Amber", pours a
finger of rapidly collapsing foam over an amber colored brew. The nose
a little funky, with notes of caramel. Carbonation- moderate and steady.
The flavor is mildly toasty malts up front, a bit of grass after. Mouthfeel is
crisp, clean, thin, and a little dry, surprising given the nose. A little of that
grass and some grain in the aftertaste. Not bad, but not really distinctive
either.

shadow1961, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Ragingbull
3.33/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with a rim of foam and light lacing. Small bubbles of prickle floating to the surface. Neutral nose seems to be mostly malt with perhaps a little bit of a fruit or floral sensation that is very understated. Gentle attack and smooth flavor. Tastes of creamy malt in the flavor with the slightest tweak of hops towards the finish. A little hops in the aftertaste before giving way to a sweet caramel or chocolate flavor. The caramel/chocolate isn't their every sip, but shows up occassionally if you "sip it right." I draw the beer along the roof of my mouth twice before swallowing and there it is. These notes should be brought to the foreground and this beer would be mighty tasty. Overall its just okay. I don't know that I have many "swiss style ambers" to compare it with though.

Ragingbull, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a variety pack from a tour of the Minhas Brewery.
Poured into shaker pint glass. Slightly cloudy glowing golden orange, dark honey color with a single finger off-white head that fades quickly into a few-mm thick cap of foam.
Smell is that good old Minhas bouquet of corn and sickly sweetness, although there is an encouraging smell of yeast (nice to be able to detect an actual beer ingredient). No hops to be found.
Taste...isn't horrible. It's the best Minhas brew so far, although that's not saying much. There is some actual beer flavor, although it's still mostly muscled out by that sickly sweet corn-water flavor.
Mouthfeel is relatively thin, but has a bit of body.
Overall, this isn't awful. It's not good though. Might be able to finish this one.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I was unaware the Swiss had created a distinct style of amber. Regardless, it pours a clear bronze topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises toffee, light milk chocolate, and some light flowers. The taste holds notes of orange peel, caramel, flowers, wheat, and light mandarin orange syrup. Things do not seem to meld quite right, leaving me with a stale, old aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an okay brew, nothing I would ever really look for again, but I wouldn't necessarily cringe were it offered to me.

TMoney2591, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Pours an orangeish-amber color, with a slight off-white head. Nothing exciting going on here, creamed corn, a little caramel, maybe butterscotch and just a suggestion of hops. Not bad, under the circumstances, but nothing I would recommend.

emmasdad, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Fatduck
3.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an unimpressive copper color that is quite far from anything red. A loose bubbly head evaporates in seconds leaving an oily surface. It smells like a malt tea, something bland. It tastes bland as well, it says on the bottle "savor the joy, the peace and the neutrality the Swiss have given to mankind" It is certainly a celebration of neutrality. Lightly carbonated, lightly flavored, mildly autumn colored. The saving grace seems to be that this beer is pretty drinkable, besides the fact that is basically tastes like nothing.

Fatduck, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of rsdaugherty
3/5  rDev +19.5%

rsdaugherty, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev +19.5%

aubzachsyd, May 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev +19.5%

GentlemanJoel, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev +19.5%

koes0024, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of drizzam
2.95/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy amber in color topped by a one finger eggshell white head. Head retention was not the greatest as the head receded to a thin cap after a few minutes. Very little spotty lacing was left down the inside of my glass.

S - Sweet malt with a very slight hint of peppery spice lingering in the background.

T & M - Sweet caramel malt seems to be the main player here. This beer seems to have a sweet tea quality to it. Very, Very minor hop bitterness...hardly perceptible. Watery mouthfeel with a bit of tingle from the carbonation lingering on the sides of my tongue.

D - This is a beer that is lacking a lot of flavor but easily sessionable. Minhas has been a new brewery to me recently, and I've noticed their beers so far have been less than stellar. Maybe entry level as far as craft brewing goes...a beer for the masses that haven't got a lot of experience drinking craft beer.

drizzam, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of supercolter
2.83/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So I will say I didn't really enjoy this brew.
A slight, slight amber hue, but its mostly copper with zero head and zero lacing.
Smell is almost non-existent, maybe a touch of dry malt and candy sugar.
Taste has a bit more life, but there is a slight metallicy taste on the backend that doesn't leave.
Mouthfeel is way too weak for an amber but suprisingly there is notable carbonation here.
Drinkability is something that I would have chugged in college.

supercolter, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Jason
2.78/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a golden amber color, about a finger or two of sea foam like head rises with some stickage on the glass. Bread crust and a faint peppery / mild citric hoppiness in the aroma. Slick crispness with a slightly creamy medium body. Tea like hoppiness meets a cracker-like maltiness, a little caramel in the back. Mild carbonic tartness middle to end, finishes dry with a semi-clean after taste.

Very run of the mill ... middle of the road ... mediocre. Drinkablitly is questionable.

Jason, May 14, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Eaglefan344, Jun 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

bismarksays, Apr 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

dlin0sbb, Jun 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Akrueg7272, May 08, 2014
Photo of EsoxLucius
2.73/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of an 8 pack Sampler, this being the other beer that's 'decent' along with Billy Bock.

I know that this is a cheap beer so the expectations are low going in, but the mouth doesn't detect price so long as everyone rating these beers remembers that!

Appearance: It's more of a dirty, hazy copper color than the ambers I'm used to seeing. It pours an ivory head that vanishes into a slick that does remain throughout the entire drink. Lacing is present throughout.

Smell: more sweet brown sugar smell with malty hints.

Taste: Decent, but again, overly sweet and the actually taste that's there is non-inspiring nor lasting long enough to savor no matter how hard I tried.

Mouth: It's medium-light liquid, but also thin for an amber ale. Compared to my Red Ale benchmark, this scores low. Side-by-side, there's just nothing there! For Minhas, its good, compared to most others... not so much.

Drink. Again, because of its low taste and lack of body, this beer is another watery-type beer, it unfortunately doesn't deliver anything the label states, but is the second best beer of the 8 pack sampler and could actually be given to friends and family without complete shame ensuing upon the server.

EsoxLucius, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
2.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A Minhas product in my fridge?!!! This was left by a well-meaning friend on St. Paddy's Day, when the stores were sold out of Guinness, apparently...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden brown, with a few fingers of foamy, puffy white head, that leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes. It smells of very sweet malt, and candy floss sugar, with a sour tint. The taste is more of the sweet malt, but with a metallic edge that masks any possible hops perception. Carbonation is moderate, the body decently solid, and the finish is off-dry and a little skunky. It looks like a real beer, but only goes down and levels off from there, nothing special.

biboergosum, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Lemke10
2.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I 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 Swiss Amber was one of them.

Swiss Amber pours a dark golden color. It drinks with a heavy taste like a good beer but swallows like cheap beer. Very little after taste. Something new to try but probably not a regular purchase.

Lemke10, Sep 22, 2010
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Minhas Swiss Style Amber from Minhas Craft Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.