Huber Bock Beer - Minhas Craft Brewery
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
3/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
06-13-2008 12:26:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.63/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
02-03-2006 17:28:28 | More by BEERchitect
2.53/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
09-28-2012 17:04:33 | More by Knapp85
3.23/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-14-2007 02:19:02 | More by zeff80
2.76/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
08-06-2013 23:36:20 | More by biboergosum
3.25/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
06-24-2014 00:00:28 | More by jwc215
3.79/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
04-10-2013 22:44:20 | More by woodychandler
3.23/5 rDev +3.5%
Deep, clear, garnet. Slight beige head. In less than a minute, it becomes a slight beige collar that sticks around. Lacing is adequate. Aroma is good. Sweet, malty, fruitcakey and bready. This beer almost feels a little too carbonated in the mouth. Body is about medium. Taste is decent. A little yeasty. A little bready. A little sugary caramel goodness. Just a titch of molasses. All in all, a pretty average bock.
08-02-2003 02:15:49 | More by Bighuge
3.48/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
04-13-2013 12:05:28 | More by tone77
3.3/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a deep, dark brown....nice tan head on top that rims the glass nicely..quite impressive really...the nose is subtle malt sweetness(caramel) along with some burnt malts...the taste is basically sweet malt..borders on a little oversweet...a bit of a dry hop bite on the finish helps to balance things out a little but still a bit unsettling in the mouth....
All in all this is not a bad beer by any means....I got a 12er for $5 bucks and that is a steal. I enjoyed a few the other day while smoking a Don Carlos Robusto on the deck...I hate drinking top notch beer with good cigars, but I do enjoy a cheaper, solid dark beer to pair with my quality smokes and this fit the bill nicely....
Maybe a tich sweeter than the Berghoff Bock but for all I know it's the same beer with different labels.
08-08-2003 04:09:13 | More by ZAP
1.55/5 rDev -50.3%
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
07-28-2009 02:58:38 | More by drpimento
3.08/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
09-25-2003 02:37:13 | More by Brent
3.48/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
01-31-2008 02:45:28 | More by Vancer
2.95/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-21-2005 16:36:18 | More by garymuchow
2.48/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
04-27-2003 10:36:38 | More by ADR
3.68/5 rDev +17.9%
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!
03-14-2004 02:49:42 | More by Redrover
2.95/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
06-30-2006 20:35:10 | More by TastyTaste
3.9/5 rDev +25%
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.
03-19-2010 05:05:10 | More by pmcadamis
4/5 rDev +28.2%
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.
08-09-2006 17:59:43 | More by DaPeculierDane
Huber Bock Beer from Minhas Craft Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.