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Huber Bock Beer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 17.31%


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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 12:26:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 17:28:28 | More by BEERchitect
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 23:36:20 | More by biboergosum
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zeff80

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 02:19:02 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 17:04:33 | More by Knapp85
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 22:44:20 | More by woodychandler
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 02:15:49 | More by Bighuge
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 04:09:13 | More by ZAP
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 12:05:28 | More by tone77
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 02:58:38 | More by drpimento
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Brent

Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 02:37:13 | More by Brent
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Vancer

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 02:45:28 | More by Vancer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 10:36:38 | More by ADR
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garymuchow

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 16:36:18 | More by garymuchow
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Redrover

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 02:49:42 | More by Redrover
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 20:35:10 | More by TastyTaste
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 05:05:10 | More by pmcadamis
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 17:59:43 | More by DaPeculierDane
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 23:48:21 | More by BeerBelcher
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botham

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 05:12:03 | More by botham
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goochpunch

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 02:51:09 | More by goochpunch
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becktone

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 17:37:55 | More by becktone
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 04:46:49 | More by Strix
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 02:43:39 | More by bluemoonswoon
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whynot44

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark mahogany color with a moderate tan head that doesn’t hang around long.

The aroma is mild caramel malt.

The taste is also predominantly caramel malt with just a hint of dark roast malt and a spicy hops note. A little more hops than typical for a bock but I found it to be a plus.

Easy enoughto drink. Light bodied, a little thinner than I would like but still a decent bock.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 06:07:47 | More by whynot44
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Huber Bock Beer from Minhas Craft Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.