Rhinelander Export Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 29.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DabblinWiscCraft on 07-15-2011

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Photo of ZAP
3.27/5  rDev +21.1%
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...

More User Reviews:
Photo of joe1510
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Photo of biboergosum
1.85/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Photo of Retroman40
1.53/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.12/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of scaliasux
2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Canada_Dan
1.89/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Way too sweet. Also getting some diacetyl notes, no bueno

Photo of A60sburnout
3.38/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Photo of djhowell
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

Photo of wonderman
5/5  rDev +85.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Rhinelander! A good nostalgic brand. And I just have a taste for it.

Photo of crossovert
2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.88/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very pale straw color with an inch of egg shell head that dissipates fairly quickly and has 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 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 a bit of complexity. The mouthfeel is light-bodied, effervescent, and quite creamy for a beer of this style.

Minhas has allegedly returned to the original 1940s formula of Rhinelander Beer in producing these shorties, and the result is a passably flavorful adjunct. I wouldn't go out of my way to hunt this beer down, but it definitely works on warm summer days on the fishing boat.

Photo of s_wit
2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This stuff is just bad. Tons of off flavors and diacetyl. This one is harder to drink than most BMC.

Photo of UpNorthLager
3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I grew up in Rhinelander, but I believe I can give an unbiased review of this beer. I'd like to note that this wasn't just a bottle that I poured, but a Shorty (7oz).

The beer pours with an adequate effervescence, but just a thin film of disappearing head. The color is the dark amber of an adjunct export - the strong flavor of an export also - though I can't pin down any certain description for it's flavor - maybe a hint of burnt toast. Didn't notice much aroma. Basically, it's the muddle of cooked and fermented grains and hops of what I consider an "old-fashioned" beer (as opposed to the lowest-common-denominator flavor of a mega-brew or the many new varieties of niche beers.) Good mouthfeel - a charge of effervescence with every swig, and a good finish - you're dancin' with who you brung - no surprises.

Photo of wordemupg
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

207ml stubby a ways back, from notes

A clear golden liquids a little darker then expected with just a few bubbles and a thin film that's gone in seconds leaving no lace

S sour fruit, wet cardboard and a little toffee with faint chemical notes

T more toffee and a faint herbal aspect, the sour notes don't work very well with some moldy wet wood

M more body and bubbles then I'd guess after looking at it, aftertaste is faint and fast, finishes clean thankfully

O 207ml is a good serving size for this one, not overly offensive like many from this brewer but not something I'd want to drink again

It's better then I expected but that's not saying much, don't bother

Photo of drpimento
2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Haven't had the courage to try this again for years. Used to be totally dominated by butterscotch. Now I poured a decent white, foamy head that soon settles down and no lace. Color is a clear pale yellow with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is sweet and beery with a little hop and malt. Flavor is where it falls down- it's like the nose but way dominated by sweetness plus a little carbonic tang. Body is a little on the thin side with heavy carbonation. Finish is like flavor tapering quickly to neutral sweetness. Could maybe cook with it, but I won't be having another.

Photo of Florida9
2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a cutesy 7oz "shorty" bottle. Crystal clear light golden color. Forms a small white head that reduces relatively quickly to a scattered surface coating.

S: Smell is entirely of grains and creamed corn.

T: Taste is more of the same, but also more balanced. Lots of corn, grains, and a slight creamy sweetness. Finishes with a persistent, annoying saccharin sweetness.

M: Lighter bodied with appropriate carbonation. Very light bitterness, but the sweetness coats the tongue and sticks to it.

O: I came across this beer at the Alp and Dell Cheese store while I was picking up some delectable cheese and I've got to admit the rather unique packaging sold me on this beer. But even at the not-so-expensive price of $0.79, I think this one might be overpriced. Still a drinkable beer, just not one I'd want to drink.

Photo of WisconsinBOOzer
3.09/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have had plenty of these shorties to give an honest review, not a high end micro but a sweet, golden, old style lager with a smooth finish, Pairs well with canoe trips and lawn mowing.

Price is right and finish is smooth for a low end beer.

It is not a complex micro, but is far from brat beer IMO.

Photo of RoamingGnome
2.58/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of the 7 oz shorty bottle into a pint glass. This was served well chilled.

A) Straw yellow, well carbonated, about of finger of white foam that dissipates quickly, not much in the way of lacing to report.

S) This is mostly corn, rice and other grain aroma. There is some white wine aroma, but it's kind of off, like the grapes were bad or something.

T) Close to the nose, corn and grain, artificial flavors, hops is basically nonexistent . There is a light fruit sweetness, which like the nose, is white grape. Finishes well enough. This definitely needs to be served quite cold for my tastes.

M) Light bodied, with the right amount of carbonation for the style.
The mouthfeel is not offensive, just average, and drinkable. The aftertaste is nondescript.

O) Congratulations to Minhas Brewery for another beer that is barely drinkable. The shorty bottle is pretty cool, but gimmicks only get you so far.

Photo of Soneast
3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shorty! Pours a crystal clear, golden color, with a champagne-like level of carbonation, feeding a 1/4 inch, white, bubbly head, that dissipates to a scummy layer.

Aroma actually isn't half bad, it has a decent grainy, cracker-like pilsner aroma with a slightly "corny" finish, a well-rounded, clean aroma..

The flavor isn't quite as nice as the aroma, with a sweet-corn flavor dominating, though there is still a decent grainy malt flavor, that finishes on a semi-sweet note, with virtually no hop character.

I guess this beer is about what I expected, though the finish could be a little drier. The flavors are certainly to be expected in the style, and are clean overall, with a finish that leaves your palate quite refreshed.

Rhinelander Export Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
67 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.