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Huber Bock Beer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2002

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 56
Photo of simplejj81
4.02/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above average beeer and the price is typically cheap, $10 for a 12 pack of bottles.

Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as good as it used to be

Photo of James_Kane
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has a caramel-like start, but the roast malts combine at the finish to almost give a tobacco flavor. Bought on recommendation because it was 9.99 for 12. Won't buy again.

Photo of fx20736
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Bought a 12 pack from Beers of the World on 1/23/15. Served cold in a mug

Look: Root Beer Brown. Thin head doesn't stick around long

Smell: Brown Bread and Molasses

Taste: very sweet. Just enough Hops to prevent it from being cloyingly so. Tastes like Dark Corn Syrup

Feel: saccharine lingers

Overall: not so good

Photo of jwc215
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of a touch of cocoa/chocolate with a slightly metallic tinge. A hint of vague hops are there, as is some dark grain.

The taste is of cocoa - slightly metallic. Not too sweet. It has a balanced, abrupt finish. Not much flavor. It almost seems like it goes towards a doppelbock, but a thin one.

Although thin, it's not watery or too fizzy. Although not particularly creamy, either. Still, it's easy on the tongue.

Not bad. A decent dark bock.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
2.34/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

16oz can from a tour of the Minhas Brewery (I will not contribute to their dilution of the word "craft" by including it in their name).
Poured into a shaker pint; darker reddish-brown with a medium off-white head that fades quickly into a spotty topping of foam.
Smells surprisingly promising; metallic darker malt, although there is a worrisome odd sweet scent at the end.
Taste starts off alright, but things go bad quickly. Starts off with darker robust malt, but immediately devolves into sickly sweet grain and sugar. It's like drinking the milk left over from a bowl of raisin bran.
Mouthfeel is thin.
Overall, I didn't expect much and I wasn't wrong. My first drain pour.

Photo of biboergosum
2.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz glass at the nascent brewery in Calgary.

This beer appears a clear dark cola amber colour, with one fat finger of foamy, sort of creamy beige head, which leaves a consistent wall of iceberg cliff lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of mildly roasted, somewhat nutty caramel malt, a bit of stony minerals, and very faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is moderately sour, thin caramel malt, some stale bar top nuts, a bit of cheap rum-esque alcohol warming, and musty dead earth hops.

The bubbles are pretty inert, and hardly noticeable, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth with a tacky add-on. It finishes nearly sweet, the strangled caramel malt aided by an emerging stale orchard fruitiness.

A rather plain and sketchy bock - the edginess just isn't there - and the slight off-flavours are thusly accentuated. Not altogether undrinkable, just wholly unremarkable for the style, once again.

Photo of Murphious
3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a cola color, 1 finger of head. Has a mild toasty, not burnt, aroma. A caramel flavor with some chocolate notes. It has a very smooth and bitter sweet finish. Probably one of the more drinkable bocks I have ever had. I have tried to find it again but must have been a one-off for my local store. A shame...

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, a hint of chocolate. Taste is the same, malty, chocolate, slightly sweet, not what I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, which considering the brewer, is saying a lot.

Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Too right, it's from a CAN! I am the first and it came to me in support of The CANQuest courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77. At first, I wondered why he did not review it from a CAN first and then I realized that he is a much wiser lad than I will ever be. It's a Minhas product (not a beer, per se) and we all know what that gets us.

It's a busy 16-oz. Rexam CAN that does its level best to obscure its origin. From said CAN: "Brewing Excellence Since 1845"; "From the Oldest Brewery in the Midwest"; "Craft Brewed and Enjoyed Since 1845"; "Why Craft Beer in a CAN? C[AN]s go where glass [CAN]'t such as stadiums, parking lots, parks, golf courses, lakes, boats and beaches. C[AN]s are eco-friendly as they require less energy to produce, ship, chill and recycle. C[AN]s have Keg-like quality as they won't let in light or air - always keeping beer pure and fresh."; "Premium beer serve chilled at 3 C/38 F"; "Pour [CAN]tents in frosted glass. Enjoy!"; "Bock in German means Goat"; "We have been brewing Bock beer for well over 100 years. We are the oldest brewery in North America still making great tasting smooth Bock beer."; "Huber Bock has a pronounced malty aroma and flavor that dominates over the clean, crisp, moderate hop bitterness."; "'All Trademarks and Designs are the property of Mountain Crest SRL'".

The Crack revealed some brown foam that was eager to escape its metallic CANfines and I decided to unleash the beast. The aggro Glug got a fine cascading action going and I was CANtent to sit back and watch the show. This was actually starting to look like it might be drinkable! I had close to three fingers of dense, deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Did somebody make a mistake and make an actual beer at that swill factory? Nose was rich with caramel and chocolate malts and although I am not into sweet beers, there was no way that I was going to dun them for it. Mouthfeel was medium-to full and the taste was milk chocolaty, very tasty, almost like a chocolate milkshake. Finish was likewise quite sweet, reducing its drinkability for me, but a minor point. This disappoints me in the same way that the beers that come out of the Sandlot at Coors Field disappoint me - if you are capable of making something decent, then why do you waste your time brewing rubbish? Color this one Worth a Try.

Photo of mick303
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle, into a shaker pint. Pours a really bark brown colour maybe a bit of a red tinge, with a nice cap of tan head, retention is decent, leaves some alright lacing and film.

Smell has a lot of roasty dark malts, slight caramel. Charcoal and earthy notes. Some bitterness and estery character, mild saltiness. Altogether quite rich, malty, interesting.

Taste has a interesting floral estery start that is a little on the sweet side, with a lot of heavy roasted malt. Grapefruity, fruitiness comes through that is quite juicy. Quite rich, dark malt is really forward, but it is pretty smoothed by the carbonation. Bitterness is mild, a bit of a dry citrus. Finish is mildly bitter, dry, pretty short. Pretty flavourful but not that complex, and could be more balance at times.

Mouthfeel is moderate bodied, light carbonation, but really malty and creamy smooth on the palate. Pretty drinkable and refreshing. A bit of a slight metalic feel, gets noticeably worse as it warms.

A flavourful bock, could improve with some balance and more complexity as its fairly straightforward. Pretty tasty though, not sure I would recommend it highly.

Photo of Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out as a decent looking brown color with a light cream colored head on top. The head settles and leaves some light lacing on the glass. So far so good. The smell of the beer has a lager-like aroma mixed with some caramel malt aromas. The taste of the beer is decent but nothing exciting. The caramel notes in the flavor are dominated by the lager yeast spiciness. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side on this beer. Overall this beer needs more malt, it needs to be sweeter and needs a stronger bitterness in the finish. There isn't enough body to this beer either, it's too watery for a bock style.

Photo of cpolking
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark brown to black, it is opaque and turns ruby when held to the light. There is a small off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some light lacing down the glass. The aroma is sweet but tangy. There is a good bit of malt vinegar in the aroma and some dark roasted malt, with very light coffee and cocoa. The aroma actually reminds me quite a bit of some Scottish ales. The taste is a just-right sweetness, coffee, dark chocolate and very dark, dried fruit. This is a really nice beer.

Photo of arboristfish
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very deep amber color, with a slightly off white head. The aroma is fruity, which is unique for a bock beer. The taste is very fruity as well, with a slight caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium light, and I would consider this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep golden/amber in color. Had a nice foamy off-white head that retained nicely and left good lacing as it receded to a nice frothy cap.

Smell: Sweet and malty with hints of caramel and wheat. Little hops detected.

Taste: As it smells, sweet and flavors of dark caramel and vanilla. There was a nice little hops bite on the finish.

Mouth feel: Creamy and smooth, with good carbonation.

Drinkability: A good well-balanced example of a Bock beer. very drinkable and I could easily session this beer when I'm in the mood for Bock's. A nice find in Wisconsin.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.92/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - This mahogany brew is darker than I expected, and its topped with a nice little cap of beige foam. Ruby red highlights appear near the edges of the glass, and some nice lace sticks around.

S - Toasted nuts, toasted coconut, campfire-burnt marshmallow, and a hint of bitter baker's chocolate. Smells amazing.

T - Big on the toasted coconut and hazelnut notes. I can taste some serious smoke going on here... almost rauchbier-like in nature. There is a bit of soy-sauce off flavor in the background, but its not offensive enough to detract much from the really nice flavors that remind me of dinner time at the campground.

M - On the light side of medium bodied, but not thin by any means. Lean and ripped is what I'd call it. This has quite a bit of carbonation, and that helps keep it lively.

D - Damn good beer! I thought that this was a lower-quality local thing, but I've very pleasantly surprised! I found a 12-pack of this for a song at a local joint, and I'm totally going back for more... can't pass up deals like these. Good beer at a good price is harder and harder to come by these days.

Photo of dstc
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown/ruby color with an off-white head that falls to a minimal head.

Has a fairly decent sweet malt aroma to it.

It has a roasted, sweet malt taste to it, not bad. Mild bitter aftertaste.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

It's better when it's a bit warmer, caramel malts come out. Fairly drinkable beer, was better than I expected.

Photo of Strix
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper.

Smells fairly toasty and malty.

Taste errs on the plain side. This hints at a bock, I pick up a tiny bit of malt and some caramel flavors. Flavors are decent, but too light to take seriously though.

Mouthfeel too thin.

Fairly drinkable, but not overly interesting, and far from the style.

Photo of drpimento
1.55/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Yack! I've had this lots over the years, but this time it got a major problem with butterscotch. I'll try to get around it, but it ain't easy. Served with a medium sized, off-white head and some lace. Color is a nice, not quite clear brown with dark red highlights. Aroma smacks me down wth that butterscotch - ugh. But, somewhere in there is some malt and a little chocolate, good malt. Flavor is BUTTERSCOTCH - BLAAAHH. Can't finish it. Draft lines are clean here too. No more, pleeeeze

Photo of ishcabibble
3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I began to buy this beer years ago because of it's cheap price and also because I enjoy bock beers. Upon my first taste I was hooked. It became a regular beer of mine. I couldn't believe something this tasty could be so inexpensive. I felt I had stummbled upon something that the rest of the world didn't know about. While everyone else around me was gulping down Bud and Miller products, I was savoring this caramel colored, sweet brew made about 75 miles away from my town and I seemed to be the only one who knew about it. Then I began telling others about and they soon became converts. One day I asked one of these converts if they were still drinkling Huber Bock. He replied that he stopped buying it because it tore up his stomach. It wasn't long after that that I too began running to the bathroom after just drinking a few sips from one bottle. Then, one weekend I must of drank about 12 bottles and became deathly ill. I even began pissing blood.I had never gotten so sick off of beer before and I tried returning the remaining bottles to the store where I purchased them. I told the manager what had happened and he said I was the first person that he knew of that had tried to return beer. In conclusion, I would say to you that if you decide to drink Huber Bock, make sure there is a bathroom nearby with several rolls of t.p.

Photo of kickapoodude
4.08/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is a unique bock, but it fits all true bock standards. It has so many freaking flavors that it seems like a different beer as it warms, not just subtle variations. I taste: vanilla, toast, copper, all spice, caramel, smoke...I donno, there are a lot of flavor. The body is lighter as many bocks...very drinkable.

Photo of StoutSlayer
3.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking down the vast beer isles of my favorite liquor store, I was on a mission to find a new bock beer to try but was having no luck whatsoever. When the manger asked what I was looking for, he commented that it was basically out of season for most boch beers, but that Huber Boch was one of the only U.S. breweries to make one year round, and should give it a try-

The appearance out of the bottle was pretty good, it had a nice dark amber color with a decent head. However, the only thing that threw me a little was that it definitely lacked that kind of viscus look that I have been used to for this style. It seemed a bit too water down for a boch.

The thing is, when I tasted it, it actually was pretty good! It had a very rich malty flavor, and very low hops which is what I like about this style. Also, since it was a little on the weaker side for a boch I thought it was a very drinkable beer. All in all, it's not bad for a mass produced boch beer, especially if your looking for a break from the super hoppy IPA's you've been drinking. It's definitely worth giving a try if you like this style- and can't to wait until the truly great Bochs get released. If you can give it a little bit of a "gimmie" for being mass produced, you'll enjoy it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark cranberry with bright orange borders. I wasn't expecting something this dark, but then the brewery uses black malt in addition to pale and Carapils. The golden beige cap looks nice. It's composed of multiple tiny bubbles and is no slouch when it comes time to decorate the glass. This is a pretty good looking bock.

The nose is typical of the style in that it's toasted and earthy. I can also appreciate the shot of chocolate that black malt adds to the party. Unfortunately, it's a bit too muddled (and too low on power) to be any more than average.

If it wasn't for the darker malt adding some amount of flavor interest, Huber Bock would be a less than average version. Think watered-down, low-ABV (5.4%) doppelbock and you'll be in the flavor neighborhood. Of course Euro dark lager would work as well.

Beer rule #7: beer of a malt-dominant style ought to contain enough malt. HBB has little chance to impress because there isn't enough for the taste buds to work with. A watery bittersweet chocolatiness washes over the palate and then is gone before the swallow. The beer favors lightly sweet early and lightly dry late. Ho-hum.

The mouthfeel is where HBB stumbles and falls. It might be appropriate for a 4.0% pale ale, but not for a bock. Only a hint of stickiness keeps it from being irredeemably thin. Bubbles? There ain't too many of those.

Minhas Craft Brewery is responsible for some of the worst beer in America. Huber Bock, while not great, is actually one of their better efforts. Buy a single if you're curious.

Photo of WJVII
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a copper, slightly red transparent color with a slight cream colored head. This beer has a caramel nose with some slight malt after taste. The finish is a little on the syrupy side with an off bitter note to finish. Moderate carbonation helps balance the flavor. Not a big fan of bocks, but this is a decent beer.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a flute glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clear and very dark and rusty copper with a half of an inch of creamy looking and loosely bubbled dark sandy head, decent amount of carbonation bubbling up in nice little ropes up the side of the glass. Decent lacing if only the beer looked a bit darker and the head didn't fade away so fast.

S: Very sweet and syrupy dextrose aroma, like a light mixture of caramel brown sugar and chocolate, pretty strong in the aroma department but not overpowering.

T/MF: A very nice balance between the carbonation and the creamy mouthfeel, the beer is medium bodied, very slick in the mouth with little pinpricks of carbonation and hops near the tip of the tongue. The mallt bitterness is weak and is really quite sweet caramel apple with a bit of molasses. The finish and is long and drying and finishes with a slight apple and grassyness that is not that bad.

D: I don't know why people think this beer is merely worthy, it is solidly balanced and a good tasting easy drinker. An overall good beer.

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Huber Bock Beer from Minhas Craft Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.