Huber Bock Beer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 17.63%
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: 93 | Reviews: 57
Photo of drpimento
1.55/5  rDev -50.3%
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 RushLimbmalt
2.07/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Probably by far the best of the cheap bocks, but not anywhere near great. It pours a dark, but transparent color that resembles a flat cola with it's minimal carbonation and no head. It definitely smells malty, but not of sweet malts like most bocks, but of a dark roasted malt. The flavor is malty, but it has a bit too much hopping for a bock. That and it's thin, watery body make it a odd beer that I did not much care for at all, but it is cheap and will do in a pinch if Milwaukee's beast is the only other alternative.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
2.34/5  rDev -25%
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 ADR
2.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Obtainable in a large case of returnables...

Clear reddish brown color with a refuge head of medium-sized bubbles. Incomplete and thin ring laces. Reserved aroma, barest sense of a burned diacetyl, almost like movie popcorn. Rather thin impression, tea-like, a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar on the tongue with a drawn-out and similar aftertaste. A little papery oxidation. Not particularly good, the rest of the case goes to the next party I go to. I'm not sure how this differs from the Berghoff Bock the company puts out at greater cost.

Photo of soper2000
2.49/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'll keep this short and sweet.
Picked up in another mixed six pack. Fairly simplistic beer. Pours a deep dark brown with a minimal off white head that vanishes in no time. Smell is very faint, almost non existent. What does pop up is some sweet malts. Taste is very... Well, I never thought that i'd describe a taste this way, but it is very watery. (btw the mouthfeel matches). There is a little bit of roasted sweetness to this though. I've had better in my days and I highly doubt that this will warrant a future pickup from me.

Photo of goochpunch
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A moderate pour yielded a thick 2 finger tan head on top of a middling brown body. The rocky head slowly recedes, leaving some lacing. It would not be hyperbole for me to say that I could hardly smell this beer. I mean, what little hints of malt I could pick out seemed decent. Hell, even pseudo-bocks like Shiner have more going on in the nose than this. Taste picks up the major slack left by the aroma. Some nutty, roasted and toasted malt followed by a rather hearty hopping. The hops have the loudest voice here, and the malt seems faded. Good flavors, just watered down a bit. Also, the malt profile reminded me of a bock/schwarzbier hybrid. Mouthfeel was not so hot. Again, it feels way too watered down for a bock, yet it still manages to coat the mouth slightly. Drinkability is a headache, as the entire time I'm drinking this, I'm wanting the flavors, aromas, and mouthfeel to be more "bock-like."

Thanks to jpm30 for this extra.

Photo of Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
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 BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another failed attempt to make a great German Bock by a sub-par American brewer. The experience is more akin to an Irish Red with less cleanliness or crispness. The colors are a fine brown with less viscocity than expected and a non-withstanding head retention. Aromas are lightly malty per style with a twinge of fermentation sourness and graininess. The flavors are Irish Red in nature and lacking the deep, complex, tostedness, barley malt flavors. The alcohols add nothing to the beer. The texture is weak and tacky to the mouth. Finishes a watery sweet. It's not a badly brewed beer, but it's not true to style because of money-saving efforts by the brewer.

Photo of James_Kane
2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
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 biboergosum
2.77/5  rDev -11.2%
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 fx20736
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
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 wheatyweiss
2.87/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet.

Appearance is a dark copper with a good clarity. Almost no head that left no lace.

Smell is of toasted malt and light hops. Sweet estery alcohol.

Taste is of deep roasted malt with a tiny hop presence. Very slight amount of chocolate coffee.

Mouthfeel is watery. No body and too much carbonation. I wish there was more here to hold up the flavor. Over carbonated.

Drinkability is awesome because it is so light, but there is a lacking in flavor and body that can't be ignored.

Not bad, but not great.

Photo of garymuchow
2.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is really pretty light with as much hops as malt. Malt stronger presence in time, but not roast or dark. Seems yeasty too.
Great color, but no head. Bright, clear brown amber.
Malty dry. Light with long finish of mild bitterness. Caramel aspects appear in time, but very light with a very slight roast and a bit of sweetness.
Appropriately thin. High thirst quenching quality. Medium to high carbonation.
Less than average for style, but easily a satisfying session beer.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange-brown body, big tan head, lokos alright.

Smell: Saccarin sweet carmel malt, that is about it.

Taste: Very sweet and malty, the carmel flavor is a little obnoxious. There is, however, a noricable hop presence at the backside of the beer. Not that bad for the price.

Drinkability: Not the worst beer I have had, maybe average vs. a style That I don't really care for.

Photo of RedChrome
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear medium to dark brown with a red tint in the light. A one inch tan head shrank slowly to a slick on top. Moderate amount of carbonation can be seen rising. Small clumps of lacing run away fast.

A very nice bready malt smell. Sweet blend of caramel and maple. Not much hops bitterness to balance out the malt. A light alcohol aroma helps warm the nose with a appealing finish.

Watered down taste didn't live up to the smell. This beer had a very light white bread taste. Minimal sweetness came without having any appearent flavor. No noticable bitterness or alcohol qualities. A shame because what flavors are there would be great if stronger.

Just an afterage feeling beer. Nothing to waterey or to thick. A decent burst of carbonation on the tongue and sides of mouth.

Average beer. The aroma and looks are nice, but it fails to life up where it counts the most, taste. Would be a nice beer to eat with a stronger flavored blue cheese. Try it if you want to see what a great beer is when watered down.

Photo of swamiswamu
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark caramel with a slowly dissapating tan head. The smell is all malt and so is the taste. It is a very straight forward bock, with caramel malt dominating and not muchh hops to speak of. It isn't a spectucular beer but I have a lot of respect for this long running regional.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown hue, thin and quickly diminishing head, a decent aroma of malts and some chocolate. Up front, rather thin, some caramel and roasted malty taste, yet they seem to diminish throughout. Some bready and toasty notes, yet they never develop. Finishes on the papery and rustic side. Very little flavoring or character, overall, just average.

Photo of hotstuff
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Bock poured a medium head with medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The lacing was good and the hue was brown. It had a moderately malty aroma to it and a fairly smooth flavor as well. The palate was light in body and the texture seemed to be a bit on the watery side.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -3.5%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date. Acquired a while back from a B&M store. The label describes it as a mellow dark brown beer with hints of coffee and cocoa.

A: Poured into a cervoise. A dark reddish-brown hue with light carbonation. Yields a small, off-white head of foam that lasts for a brief moment before dissipating. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet malt with hints of caramel/toffee, barley sugar, mild roasted grain, a twinge of coffee, husks and faint stewed leaves. So-so.

T: Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a mild finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, mild roasted grain, barley sugar, a touch of coffee and faint stewed leaves. Little hop presence or bitterness. Quite sweet, followed by a lingering maltiness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and average body. A bit thin for the style. Aftertaste of sweet caramel malt and mild toasted grain.

O: Meh - sweet and harmless. Lacklustre looks, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by sugary caramel malt and a hint of grain. So-so body; a tad too thin. A bit too sweet and lacking in complexity when compared with authentic examples. Easy enough to drink but no need to seek it out.

Photo of Brent
3.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of those beers where you don't really expect much, and a "hey, not bad" reaction is a surpirse. Poured a magnificent, rich mahogany color. Not a lot of aroma, and the flavor was rather muted, with some very faint roasted malt flavors. A fair bit of apple was present throughout the beer. I would have like the beer to have been more assertive in the roasted malt flavors, but it was quite pleasant.

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a dark, brown with a white, small, short-lived head. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and chocolate.

T - It tasted of caramel, hazelnut and chocolate. A nice malty character, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice bock. One of the better offerings from the Huber/Minhas company.

Photo of mick303
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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 WJVII
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
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 BeerBelcher
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pretty pleased with this beer. I remember taking the Huber tour in Monroe a few years back and not being too impressed then or more recently with the Berghoff beers, but I thought this offering to be above average.

It poured a dark brown with good white head.

Aroma was of caramel malt and was slightly sweet.

Taste was typical of bock-beer, with a quite pleasing caramel malt taste and good balance.

Mouthfeel was good; and I must say that this beer surprised me in a pleasant way.

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Huber Bock Beer from Minhas Craft Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.