Rhinelander Export Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 27.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
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 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.

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...

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Photo of UpNorthLager
3.23/5  rDev +20.1%
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 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.

Photo of WisconsinBOOzer
3.11/5  rDev +15.6%
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 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.

Photo of Soneast
3.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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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.

Photo of Florida9
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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.

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

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Rhinelander Export Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
67 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.