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Rhinelander Export Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 27.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DabblinWiscCraft on 07-15-2011)
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Reviews by ZAP:
Photo of ZAP
3.26/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I think these used to come in green cans back in the day. Been dying to try this since basically forever. Have camped not too far from Rhinelander for years but even in the 90's this beers hey day was long gone. Surprised to find an eight pack of shorties on the shelf in Grand Rapids, Mn and decided it was time.

A-Oak/golden color...

S-Very sweet. Vanilla....cooked vegies...some butterscotch...

T-Again very sweet....Diacety lade with butterscotch, caramel and cooked veggies....

M-Medium body..a little sticky sweet.

O-Normally a beer heavy with Diacetyl is not something I enjoy but in this case it actually makes this beer slightly interesting. It seems off but I am not sure that is not by design. Certainly has more flavor than most in this class but if you are looking for a clean, crisp, flavorless macro lager this is not it. Not saying this is good but I had no problem drinking the 8 little shorties...

ZAP, Apr 16, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of joe1510
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

7oz Bottle
$4.99 8-Pack
Herman's Package Store - Ottawa, IL

I have to say, Minhas got me with the old time-y, Northwoods labeling and the cool little stubby 7oz bottle. Rhinelander pours about like any other mass produced lager.A crystal clear golden body fills the mug with large bubbles meandering to the surface. The head is pure white and actually shows some good staying power. A cap sticks around for a good long time and leaves behind some sticky lace.

The smell leaves something to be desired. Initially I'm hit with soggy grains and an indistinguishable, musty, pale maltiness. Stewed corn picks up quickly and brings along sweetness while a touch of sulfer brings up the rear. While my description doesn't sound good in the least but it's certainly not bad either.

The flavor is spot on with the aroma. Watery grains and that same maltiness that adds sweetness and is pale but that's about all I can tell.Stewed corn brings along sweetness in the middle through the back. There's subtle fruitiness on the swallow, soft green apple. The sulfer note has disappeared, which helps. Not bad.

A body that feels a little watery and carbonation that's overly fizzy put a little hurt on the beer overall. The bubbles are enough to tickle the tongue. A 7oz bottle of this is easy enough to put away and fairly fast.

Rhinelander is far from being a good beer but at times a beer of this sort hits the spot. While it drinks a little sweeter than some other adjunct lagers I buy more often, I could see myself picking this up again in the future. Sure beats the hell out of Bud and MGD.

joe1510, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of tyleeis
3.75/5  rDev +39.4%

tyleeis, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
1.88/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

207ml bottle, label sez 'Shorty Export Beer' for we good folks north of the 49th, who must be tired of those American-style bombers of beer flooding the shelves lately. Time to fix that, eh, Minhas?

This beer pours a clear bright apple juice colour, with a wisp of fizzy indeterminately hued head, as it phases out in less than a blink of an eye. Same goes for any lace you might have been expecting.

It smells of sweet, sugary corn gruel, nail polish remover, and a faint dead leaves on the ground rotten vegetation essence. Urg. The taste is more saccharine, slick corn, some rice pudding runoff, a lesser, but still within the realm of evil swirling, undead phenolic cheap white wine character, and a comparatively inoffensive, but at the same time over-matched, earthy dryness.

The bubbles are pretty well comatose, the body medium weight, sure, but accompanied by a tacky, cloying, and somewhat oily texture. It finishes with a rehash of all of the above, though thankfully waning.

I sure hope that the marketing pap on the bottle (sorry, 'shorty') is wrong about Wisconsin's Northwoods having the same refreshing attributes as this beer - otherwise I'd probably have to hold my nose if ever visited there. The real silver lining here is that there was only 7oz of this stuff to suffer through.

biboergosum, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Retroman40
1.5/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

"Shorty" bottle poured into a bar glass.

A - Poured out a lifeless yellow color with no head and not even a hint of lacing.

S - Cooked corn with a sickening sweetness.

T - Kind of like a really bad beer with sugar added. I only rated 1.25 since I am sure I will eventually try something worth of a 1.

M - Thick and syrupy.

O - This is the kind of beer that gives "bad beer" a bad reputation. This has to be the worst beer I have had in a long while. I rarely can't finish a beer, but even in a shorty bottle I couldn't finish it.

Retroman40, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of TP_43
3/5  rDev +11.5%

TP_43, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Kunstman
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

Kunstman, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A thank you to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from 2 brown 7 oz. bottles. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some grains. Taste is crisp, malts, corn, some grains. Feels light and highly carbonated in the mouth and overall is your standard, run of the mill AAL.

tone77, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of emerge077
2.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

7 oz. "tiny Rhiney" served up with a tumbler glass.

Pale gold, very little visible carbonation, thin strand of foam around the edges. Generic beer look, barely any head, very fizzy.

Smells like corn and grain husks, and tastes like corn and grain husks with a shot of C02 adding a slight carbonic bite, otherwise watery and flaccid. Hint of sweetness, dominated by swilly grains. How drinkable is it, that's really the essential question. It's average and utterly mediocre though fairly drinkable after a walk in the 70ºs, then again, so is water.

Glad I only got a single for the novelty value and wasn't stuck buying a case. There are far better budget beers out there, and even for nostalgia's sake there isn't much substance here.

Note: Rhinelander is a separate beer marketing company from Minhas, they bought the name back from them in 2009. All Rhinelander beers are flagged to move here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/27642

emerge077, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

7 oz twist-top bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5% ABV, 12 297 1[Missing half the number] on the neck.

A - The tiny $.49 bottle intrigued me. Believe it or not, I don't think I've ever partook from a "shorty". Pours a golden pale yellow in color with good clarity and a low, frothy white head. Low retention and little specks of lace.

S - Pale grainy malt and a burst of corn adjunct, Rhinelander Export has a dry straw and dry grass aroma with a faint drizzle of honey on the finish.

T - Pils malt, in low quantities, provides overarching sweetness that lasts throughout the brew but does little to mask the grainy pale malt and corn characteristics.

M - Highly carbonated, medium-light-bodied, and somewhat hard-finishing, it's not terrible here. Actually, it's somewhat drinkable.

O - Let's be honest with ourselves here, I got this for the bottle assuming that it's contents would be far from "Refreshing as Wisconsin's Northwoods". Swill at best, Rhinelander's Export is not quite something a Rhinelander native can be proud of in the craft industry, but locals would most definitely put it away repeatedly. Hey, us geeks are a brutal bunch.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of scaliasux
2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium-light yellow. Clear. Short white, soapy head. Short-lived.

Smell - Reasonably noticeable for style. Slightly funky light pale malt. A little corn.

Taste - Light. Sweet malt with no noticeable hops. Features a cloying corn flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - This beer doesn't repay paying attention. It does come in a moderately cool shawty bottle.

scaliasux, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of wesside89
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

wesside89, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of ironstein
2.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

ironstein, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of Sturgeon
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

Sturgeon, May 29, 2014
Photo of A60sburnout
3.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reincarnated Rhinelander, saved from destruction from the beer gods yet again. I never drank the original Rhinelander, but enjoyed it by the case in the 70s at about a $4.69 retail, sold in returnable bottle cases.

2-7oz 'shorties' to fill my beer stein, an off-white head rose to about 1.5 fingers and lingered awhile, while the beer underneath poured to an appetizing golden color, similar to the color of apple juice. Slight smell of malt and corn combined; the taste of a very refreshing export lager, with a lingering sweetness. Just enough carbonation to provide a bit of bite.

Could this recipe be the same one that Minhas uses to brew Regal Brau? I've never had both side-by-side, but this version of Rhinelander seems remarkably similar.

Nice summer refresher at an affordable price.

A60sburnout, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of djhowell
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

A little sweet, a little malty, no hop flavors to speak of. It's far from the worst adjunct lager I've had and was pleasant enough at an outdoor bar.

djhowell, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Jimboe
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of beerhawk41
1/5  rDev -62.8%

beerhawk41, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of crossovert
2.33/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

207ml "shorty" bottle. Cost .49 cents, thought that was a bit steep but the bottle got me.

It pours a golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Smell has some grape and corn.

The flavor is fruity with some mineral water and corn. Maybe better than the original but this one seems over priced, normally I would put the blurb that this is the same as bmc but cheaper but this is like an expensive bmc.

crossovert, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
1/5  rDev -62.8%

sweemzander, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.15/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw color with an inch of egg shell head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a bit of cling. Very clear, with moderate visible carbonation. The bouquet presents sourdough bread and lighter caramel malts. There's also a subtle presence of hops in the nose, along with some very faint metallic notes. There's smooth malt flavor at the fore, followed by something of a cornbread or sweetbread flavor, and concluding with a touch of hop bitterness. Sour, sweet, and bitter in turns--this is an adjunct that offers up some complexity. The mouthfeel is light-bodied, effervescent, and quite creamy for a beer of this style.

Minhas has returned to the original 1940s formula of Rhinelander Beer in producing these shorties, and the result is a surprisingly flavorful and very drinkable brew. (Rumor has it that if enough cases are sold, they'll actually rebuild a brewery in Rhinelander, whose own was closed down in the late 60s.) Don't expect the quality of a high-end craft in this one, but don't dismiss it before you have the chance to taste an adjunct lager that clearly places importance on flavor.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of pierceska
2/5  rDev -25.7%

pierceska, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of JVan
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

JVan, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Bluesman2383
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Bluesman2383, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of johnklotter
5/5  rDev +85.9%

johnklotter, Oct 04, 2014
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Rhinelander Export Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.