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Huber Bock Beer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2002)
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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.15/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in Kentucky recently for ten dollars a twelve pack. Outstanding example of American single bock beer. More subtle than first approached, beautifully balanced. During a Lent bock celebration, this would have to be one on the list. Flavorful and hearty without the alcohol knockdown of big time double bocks. It should be noted that this recipe won a silver medal at the World Beer Championship a few years back, and rightfully so. Goes well with a variety of foods... but hey, if this is before Easter, this IS the food. Bock on!
A delicious display of malts with a proper counter balance of hops. A very good brew available throughout the year.

Photo of kickapoodude
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
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 Sixpack595
4.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At $12 a case, how can you complain? This is actually a good beer. Dark red-brown with a madium body. Poor head retention, but who cares at $0.50 a brew! Nice malty flavor, a hint of hops, and you can drink it all night. I got hooked at college (was even cheaper then), and now I grab a few cases everytime I'm in Milwaukee. Beats the heck out of any other beer in its price range.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just about the single greatest really cheap beer, i.e. $10 for a case of bottles.

Pours a dark, bubbly auburn-garnet with a thin dark khaki head with solid retention and light lacing.

Aroma is cookies, sweet breads, fruit cakes, dark chocolate malts, caramel and butter. Light on all accounts.

Taste: Sweet and very malty. Mildly oxidized. Caramel and bread. Hints of brown sugar. Dry hopped finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Slightly on the sweet side.

Drinkability: Exceptionally sessionable. Possibly a good breakthrough beer for BMC drinkers.

Much better than many, many bocks from brew pubs and hoity-toity craft breweries.

Photo of cpolking
4/5  rDev +29%
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 bluemoonswoon
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
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 woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +22.3%
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 arboristfish
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
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 bozodogbreath
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck. Glad to see the traditional goat make an apperance.

Beer pours a dark chocolate brown with a tan fluffy head. Head diminishes rather quickly, not a ton of lacing.

Beer has a nice aroma of roasted malt with some coco undertones. Perhaps a bit of a fresh cookie smell as well.

Taste is very solid. Lots of matly goodness, accented with some chocolate. You get some more hop presence as you work through the glass. Taste stays sweet and crisp as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel may be a trifle thin compared to best bocks, but it is not bad. Drinkability is very high. This is an easy drinking, session beer.

I'm very impressed with the overall experience of this beer. Given the fact that I only paid $6.99 for a 12 pack, I almost feel like I'm stealing. This is a good beer for any budget!

Photo of StoutSlayer
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
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 botham
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a curiously dark chocolate color with garnet highlights. one finger of light tan head tops the brew off, with moderate lacings.

aroma is distinctly roasted, with light notes of chocolate and coffee. the overall aroma is sweet, without much hop character (as would be expected from a bock). a bit lacing here is variety in the profile, however.

taste is more of the same. the roasted malts, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and toffee are present, with a touch of grainy character from the malts. somewhat one-dimensional.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a creamy texture. finishes on a roasted note with a bit of residual coffee.

drinkability is this brews strong poitn. mellow and creamy, a few of these would not be a problem. cheers!

Photo of Murphious
3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
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 becktone
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Dark brown in color as to be expected, with ruby red highlights. Not much to the head with this one, it formed a nice head when poured but quickly diminished. Now it is a film over the top of the beer. Minimal lacing. Needs some work with the head in my opinion, less it is just this glass, poured into a fluteish Stella Artois chalice.

Nose: Very robust potent aroma, it fills the room. This beer smells of roasted grain, and chocolate malt. Faint coffee notes give this beers nose depth. Unless my nose is fooling me, which it very well could be I detect a extremely small amount of anise, or black licorice. Nice complex and deep aroma, I like it.

Tongue: Lots of roasted grain in the flavor, also some chocolate malt. Slight weak anise hints in the aftertaste. Hops are present enough to balance the beer out and lend a spicy bitterness near the finish of this brew. Seemingly a simple brew, I keep looking for more, seems that alot of the flavor here is in subtleties...a bit of coffee there...near the finish, mingled with the spicy hop character and the faint anise.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Pretty full bodied in the mouth, with a finish that leaves some roasty flavors in the mouth. Also warms a bit or presents warm flavors as it goes down. Perhaps a bit too high in carbonation for my tastes, tone it down just a bit perhaps. This is a brew I'd not be opposed to drinking again, though I would really like to try some others first. Not bad for the price, and of the other bocks I've had so far, Shiner and Berghoff, this is certainly better.

Photo of Chaz
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium-firm pour into a logoed (Gosser) .3 L Sahm mug produces plenty of frothy tan head, evidently moderate carbonation. Nice lacing, seems to fit the style. Color is a brilliant/clear red-burgundy. Nose is malty sweet and phenolic, with notes of honey and plum. Not truly one dimensional, a little more hop presence in here colud work wonders for it! Bittersweet on first sip, with the fruity and honey notes from the nose playing their cameo parts, along with some fresh apple notes working their way into the nasal passage. Smooth, easy-drinking and malt-driven, although a touch thin for the style. Roasty but not-quite-smokey malts, with a touch of oilyness, a nice bitterness, and a touch of brisk, cleansing carbonation on the tongue. Lighter body than I'd like for the style, but not lacking in flavor or style-specific characteristics. Some alcohol is present toward the end of the palate but rather than interfere it compliments the taste and drinkability. A longtime personal favorite of mine, and a very flavorful and drinkable beer at its retail price - per style it is by far a better value than many offerings from craftbreweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs. Normally the price of a brew doesn't affect my opinion of it, but with this one I've always been impressed that such a great-tasting bock could be so value-driven: woe betide the new owners should they ever get rid of this brew!

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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 TheDoctor
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Akrueg7272
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Vancer
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Plain label brew, no dating or abv, but let's give 'er a go. Easy pour shows a clean and crisp mahogany brown, nice tan heading with sheets of lace. Not too bad so far.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, quaff checks in with a malt and sweet woody aspect, finishing a tad harsh - but not distracting from an overall decent economical session brew.

This would be a great summer hot weather drinker outside on the deck - straight from the bottle, too.

Photo of dstc
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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 StuFox
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Let's not beat around the bush here, you aren't buying Huber Bock instead of a bottle of Maudite. Huber Bock isn't a historic beer, but it wins its weightclass every time. When placed up against similarly priced beers, Huber Bock has the extra flavor and bite to push it over the edge. Not the best beer in the world, just one of the best cheap ass twelve pack beers around.

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Huber Bock Beer from Minhas Craft Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.