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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

54 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 25.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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 Knapp85
1.88/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured out as an orange color with a quick fading white head on top. No lacing or retention on this at all. The smell of the beer is sweet there is no real hop aroma at all. The taste is very sweet, very sweet almost gross. There is no bitterness at all. The mouthfeel of the beer is decently carbonated and just very one dimensional. Overall this beer was not impressive at all to me. Avoid this one.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of Latarnik
2/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Bighuge
2.08/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy body. Light amber tone. Little head. Even less lace. Aroma is sweet, grainy sweet, and worty. Not very inviting. After tasting this I wonder if they used any hops in this beer. Very sweet. No semblance of balance at all. A little cloying. A little syrupy. Drinkable, but not that good.

Photo of tone77
2.13/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The 3rd and final beer of my Minhas morning, and after the first 2 my expectations were low. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is disgusting, plastics, cough syrup, boiled veggies, blech. Feels light and yucky in the mouth and overall strike 3 for Minhas, this is the worst of the 3.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.5% ABV, no date.

A - Poured with a little gusto, this Swiss has a nice but short-lived off-white head. Decent fingers of lace from the two-finger head linger above the clear and well-carbonated light orange-amber beer.

S - Faint toasted amber malts make up most of the nose with a mild bread backbone and light corn. A lack of hops is noticeable in the aroma. Not offensive but not inviting.

T - A touch of lightly grassy hops blends poorly with a rice and corn flavored husky toasted amber malt flavor. The flavor of this beer isn't overly offensive, instead it just subtly annoys with a mild bad quality.

M - Robust carbonation gives this amber a light feeling body with a weak finish. The crispness is a decent factor to it though.

D - Sadly the story behind this beer is much more interesting than the beer itself. Once again, Minhas disappoints with something sub-par.

Photo of barnzy78
2/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

Photo of cliff1066
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of richkrull
2/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of bismarksays
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
1.25/5  rDev -50.2%

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!

Photo of WastingFreetime
1.85/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a darker golden brown (but is it delicious? Ba-dum tish..) in color with thirty seconds' worth of off white foam on top, no lacing, no haze. Smells of strangely metallic bread. Kind of like a freshly baked loaf of bread with pennies stuck in the crust. Flavor is incredibly sweet, just barely shy of being cloying. I'm confused, am I drinking a malt liquor or an amber here? Hop presence is vanishingly small herbal dollops spotted here and there, finish is nothing more than a gradual die-down of the sweetness with nothing there to clip it off shorter like it ought to be. Texture is on the lighter side of medium thickness, could stand to be carbonated about 20% more aggressively. I'm not really impressed with this one.

Photo of Eaglefan344
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
2/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours an orange/amber with golden highlights and a slim, sudsy white head. Almost no head retention.

Smell -- Not much of anything going on here aside from honey malts, some fruity esters, lemon, pepper, and a dab of floral hops.

Taste -- Just as the nose, lots of toasted and honey malt, fruity esters, faint Noble hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample prickly carbonation. A bit syrupy.

Drinkability -- Sweet, malty, syrupy, lacking hops. Not especially good. I won't recommend.

Photo of Strix
1.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear amber, basically no head.

Caramel and malt in the nose, along with an artificial cherry flavor.

Strange metallic and cardboard notes, some malt in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel thin and flat.

It's becoming quite evident this is a brewery I will be staying away from.

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.

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.

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Minhas Swiss Style Amber from Minhas Craft Brewery
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