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Rhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional Ale - Minhas Craft Brewery

Rhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional AleRhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional Ale

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 22.22%


Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: biboergosum on 09-29-2011)
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shrek806

New York

1.83/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours almost like a can of Coke with a sudsy, bubbly head that quickly subsides leaving no lacing and no head. 3.0

The smell is of biscuit, bread, caramel, and lots of malt. 3.5

The taste is chocolate, coffee grounds, and an ashtray. I'm not kidding, it tastes like kissing my first girlfriend. She smoked Marlboro lights, but she taught me a lot. Ha ha.. I don't like the taste, there is something wrong with the finish. 2.0

The mouthful is thin, weak, acidic. Thousands of tiny bubbles violating my tastebuds in an all out blitz. 2.5

Overall, I did not like this beer at all. I am struggling to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 19:11:39 | More by shrek806
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superkustom

Maryland

1.94/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This beer was less than expected. At the pour I had thought i stumbled on a gem. Poured a dark mahogany with off white head. That's where the gem lost its luster. The smell was biscuit and banana. . .(strong banana). The initial mouth feel was quite pleasing but the finish was metallic. Struggling. To finish, maybe it needs to age longer, maybe the sink need a drink.... i may have it again, if given...won't be buying this again.(even though i did get it for $2.50).

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 00:46:07 | More by superkustom
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.13/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured a dark brown color with 1.5 fingers of soapy tan head with little to no retention and lace. Smells of toasted malt and bootstrap molasses mostly, perhaps an extremely ghostly whiff of earthy hops, making me re-check the label and goggle in wonder at the "80 IBU" printed on the bottle. I'm not really sure I believe that claim... Flavor is sickly molasses sweet, also vacant of the espoused 80 IBUs on the label, but has a disturbing metallic finish on the strangely astringent monotonous grain flavor. For a strong ale, I was expecting a hell of a lot more complexity than what I received here... Texture is just medium bodied, carbonation actually is fitting for support (not too much nor too little) but problems exist within what is being supported...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 20:35:28 | More by WastingFreetime
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Okay, these mice have had way too much blood tea... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear dark ruby-garnet topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, dry biscuit, and ruby red grapefruit syrup. The taste holds notes of dank tobacco, stale toffee, bad tomatoes, and menthol. Wow, this went steeply downhill very quickly. Ugh, it honestly hurts to drink, and the flavors malinger for what seems like decades. Bad combination. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, another nice-looking and horrid-tasting beer today. Just not my day...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 03:23:18 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

650ml bottle. Apparently inspired by the 'legend' of the Jackalope. What sort of grotesque hybrid does that imply here?

This beer pours a clear, very dark golden brown colour, with two fingers of foamy, puffy, almost creamy beige head, which leaves a thin paint job of lace around the glass in its not-too-hasty wake. It smells of bready, grainy malt, some oily nuttiness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is somehow sour, edgy fruit, over a stunned grainy malt, underpinned by some metallic booze, and beaten down, mugged earthy hops. The carbonation is average, the body on the light side (physically - metaphorically that's a whole other story), more than mildly astringent, and quite palate-depressing. It finishes a little sweet from the struggling 'malt', the acerbic, yet not really warming, booze cementing its stranglehold on this beast.

Wow, it started off so well, what could have gone wrong? I'll tell you - Minhas has found a new way to fuck with me - instead of obviously flaw-ridden, bottom of the barrel lagers, they're now pushing pseudo-craft offerings, which ring with the same sensibility as BMC's similar ilk (and they're in bombers, to boot!). This one looks good, smells decent enough, and then, whooosh - through the trap door you go. Like my previous experience with their, heh, chocolate stout, the aphorism "lipstick on a pig" was never more apt, and to play into their label chicanery: no, I wish that this beer was not for real, cheapest bomber around or not.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 23:47:08 | More by biboergosum
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jlindros

Massachusetts

2.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a whim, doesn't look great and the other beer I had by them was terrible.

decent head, creamy 1 finger head, decent lacing, somewhat hazy mahogany bit of light ruby coming through.

Nose some syrupy mess, straw and paper, corn syrup, molasses, little boozy, hint fruity.

Taste is meh but not terribly awful, syrupy corn syrup and molasses, paper, corrugated cardboard, corn stalk starchy, fairly sweet, apple fig and raisin like fruit, date too, light chewy biscuit. Hint of grassy earthy hops in there, slightly herbal, and some boozy flavors. Weird herbal sticky corn stalk earthy paper finish, hint metallic, sticky syrupy mess.

Mouth is med bodied syrupy and over carb.

Overall bleh. Poorly done beer, tastes like an adjunct beer that was oxidized and brewed mostly with corn syrup and straw.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:07:37 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

"Thanks" to JLindros for sharing this beer. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Poured a deep garnet hue with browner notes with a half of finger of light mocha head that fades to leave slight lacing.

S - Aromas of mediocrity ...corn syrup, roasted malts, grains, and twinges of metal.

T - Taste is meh. Cardboard galore with corn and sweetness. Oh wow, do I detect bread and cardboard?

M - Mouthfeel isn't too bad with sharper and decent.

O - Overall this was uhh meh. Just mediocre. Really not worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 23:27:07 | More by rudzud
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powerss13

Kansas

3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Dark mahogany color, very little light is seen through. Just the way I like my beers

Smell: You will need to get close to smell. Aroma is almost gone, as if not there.

Taste: Satisfying from not having much of an aroma. Well balanced, tasting the malts in the beginning then the hops hit as you finish the drink

Mouthfeel: Definitely not a light beer, but don't expect anything heavy like a porter or stout. Being a traditional ale, this brew tasted and felt nice.

Overall: This is probably the one I like best of the bombers I have had from the Minhas Brewery. Give it a try< and I'm sure you'll be, atleast somewhat, satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 01:02:05 | More by powerss13
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 10 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Medium sized light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Clear dark brown in color. Aroma is toasty, roasted malt, pumpernickel bread, some ethanol and vanilla. A little boozy, sweet, almost syrupy. Surprisingly strong ethanol presence. Touch of chocolate, somewhat earthy. Medium body, warming ethanol. Bready and pumpernickel in the finish. Some apple shows up as it warms. Aftertaste is sweet and warming.

The best of the four from Minhas we've had, but that's not saying a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 02:08:10 | More by htomsirveaux
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P:  Dark amber body with evident carbonation and thin airy bone colored head that fades fast settling to a thin layer. 

S:  Citrus dish soap, earthy hops, semi dry paint, oak,  pumpernickel and rye bread. Sweet candied malts, paprika, apples, maybe mango with roasted almonds and grains. 

T/M:  Roasty sweet malts, banana, smoked grains, green apples, faded earthy hops. Once warmed the soap aroma finds its way into the taste along with cherry alcohol.  Not overly complex and nothing really memorable. Medium body with prickly carbonation.  Finish is dry with timid pine and apple bitterness. 

O:  Th claim of this mystical creature has fallen short delivery an easter bunny rather than a powerful fierce creature of myth and legend.  This ale is not entirely bad but truly bland and not as complex as should be. The hops are timid and the malts are not bold either. For what it is, a $3 bomber, I can appreciate it.  However, a great ASA it is not.  

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:38:30 | More by Hopswagger
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light and a huge tan head that persists forever. Smells of toffee and brown sugar with an earthy mineral edge to provide some balance. Light caramel and a hint of chocolate round out the nose. The flavor is a bit sweet with a heavy toffee and caramel up front. There's a weird back and forth between malt and earthy mineral and metallic flavors that sustains for most of the flavor curve. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mineral water mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, and it grew on me a bit after it warmed up. I probably wouldn't try it again, but thanks for the opportunity Dave.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:30:39 | More by johnnnniee
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emerge077

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Rhinelander beer contract brewed by Minhas. Label depicts a jackalope with tribal tattoos, lol.

Dark brown with amber glints in the light, a half inch of foam on top, some flecks of foam in the glass. Swirling skim across the surface.

A vague raisin or plum sweetness to the aroma, but not much definition or complexity there.

Some astringency, dry earthy roast and light bitterness, lingering residual sweetness. Flavor is ok, seems like a big brown ale more than anything. As it warms, the alcohol is perceptible. Not bad, not great... best thing made by Minhas, but its a contract brew and not a house brand.

Ultimately not really a beer to seek out, and as a budget buy, at nearly $6 locally its not much cheaper than craft bombers or sixers that taste much better... if people are paying less than $3 for this, i've been ripped off :(

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:29:20 | More by emerge077
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BrewMaven

New York

3.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bev store run after seeing the bone cracker..If I've never seen something before I just have to try it..

Pours a really deep, clear amber with a whopping two inch beige head. Head dropped to one inch after about 10 minutes and left Lots-O-Lace.

Smells initially of hops..subsequent sniffs had a medicinal quality along with said hop aroma.

Taste was slightly bitter hops..can't call them citrusy or piney...I really can't describe them...Not too much else going on here..maybe a bit chemical/medicinal.

Fairly light bodied with lots of carbonation.

Looks a lot better than it drinks!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 22:51:48 | More by BrewMaven
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. served into a snifter glass.

A - Pours a super dark brown with ruby highlights. A firm 2" tan head ministers beautiful arbitrary lacing.

S - Cocoa powder, wet grain, caramel malt, copper penny, grassy, bready yeast, brewed tea, hints of malt extract.

T - Molasses, iron, English tea tannins stick to the cheeks, roasted malts, cocoa, burnt caramel/toffee malts layer against the tannins. There's faint hints of herbal hops in the background. Finishes fairly dry with a coating of tannins.

M - Medium lush body, with moderate carbonation, thins out when warm.

This fits an English Strong Ale rather than the American version.
Strong tea tannins pair with cocoa and a rich toasted caramel backbone with an herbal bitterness. This works well for an English Style.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:58:40 | More by StaveHooks
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out darker than I expected. The beer looks to be a deep brown color with a fizzy white colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some light malt aromas, some spice and hints of molasses. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with some roasted notes and it actually had a nice bitter finish to it. The mouthfeel was drinkable, still a bit on the thin side but not terrible. Overall this is the best brew I got to try while at Minhas. I'm glad I got to finally see what all the Anti-Hype was that my friend Traci was telling me about this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 17:21:13 | More by Knapp85
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a pretty mahogany color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty, some dark fruits. Taste is of malts, sweet, kind of mild compared to the smell, a little bit of alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 21:00:54 | More by tone77
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A flavorful and balanced obscure ale that seems of ESB origins, but with greater body, taste, and strength.

The jackalope-themed beer opens with a clear brown color for a somewhat cola-like appearance. Fluid and froathy foam gives a slightly tanned hue that struggles for retention and lace.

Strong malty aromas portray bold elements of toast, molasses, nuts, and heavily toasted grain. Balanced hop aromas provide a grassy, piney, and overall earthy scent.

Flavors of sweetness are pitted against bitterness for an earthy-sweet bit of caramel, barley, corn, buttered toast, sorghum, raw grain, tree bark, earthen peat, walnuts, fresh brewed wort, freshly cut grass, and resiny pine. Balanced but not overly complex, the beer fares well but not nearly to the degree of the 80 ibu calling on the label.

Full bodied to start, the beer's sweet weight dissipates and allows for a grainy sweet finish and earthy bite that hinges on grain husk astringency.

An oddly appealing beer with a heavy emphasis on sweetness, without full maltiness. This leaves me wanting much more malt crispness and less raw sweetness. The claimed high hopping rates also leave me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:37:41 | More by BEERchitect
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dhannes

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured slightly chilled into a standard pint glass.

A=Rich, dark brown with slight reddish tint; whitish head of about 1 finger lasted about a minute.

S=Faint cocoa and malt smell...nothing much.

T=Fair amount of malt with hints of cola; slightly sweet. Nothing bad, just nothing outstanding.

M=A bit on the light side, making this an okay session beer.

O=If you are throwing a beer tasting party and want bombers to sample to start out newbies, this would be an outstanding example to serve to show newbies of what a slightly above average beer is. Should pair good with food...if this were available in 7 oz. shorties, I'd buy again...but otherwise, I would only buy if under $1 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:18:33 | More by dhannes
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
Clear reddish brown with some fizzy bubbles that lingered and formed a slid cap. Balance of sweetness and hops in the aroma and flavour - hints of mint and bread with some currant and date fruitiness. Medium body and carbon dioxide with decent texture. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 02:34:53 | More by DrJay
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PHKrames

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S-Poured in a Guiness pint glass

A-A chocolate brown with a nice 2 finger head.

S-As with some of the other Minhas craft beers that I have had, this one has a bland smell to it as well

T-I am not a regular strong ale drinker, but as with the other Minhas beers, this was on special for $3.49 @ the liquor store and did not disappoint at all. Hints of chocolate, vanilla and an oak aftertaste

M-Very smooth

O-I would clasify this as one of the best bang for your buck beers I have ever had. I do not normally drink ASA's, but I may have to give this beer more shots in my beer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:59:40 | More by PHKrames
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tencents

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a thick foamy tan colored head into an imperial pint glass. Head dissipated but left a some nice lacing and an attractive thin stout-like tan top. Dark brown, red tinge.

S- Malt, molasses. Subtle but pleasant. Perhaps some cardamon? (Sure wish I could identify all the aromas you other guys can.)

T- Again molasses, clean, full flavored. Touch of tinniness at finish but aftertaste is malty.

MF - Very full, rich, and creamy.

O - For some reason did not expect much, but pleasantly surprised. Very pleasant and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:03:55 | More by tencents
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised others scored this beer so low, and looking at some of their comments I think they got bad batches. Poured a 1" beige head of decent lifespan. The body is a deep dark burnt umber brown, even held up to the light. It smells very mildly of roasted malt. So far at this point it's very typical. But then the taste blew me away. A delicious complex sweet roasted malt with hints of cola and hopping reminding me of some English ales. And this was a pretty decent value for price. I could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 10:04:03 | More by MoreThanWine
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a sifter.

A- Pours a deep dark brownish black. Pours a tanish white head that dissipate right away leaving a residual ring around the edges of the glass.

S- Smells strongly of dark fruits and grapes. Sweet smelling. Like a sweet earthy freshly grown vineyard.

T-Very sweet. Hints of malt dance with the sweet taste of grape juice leaving an enjoyable residue on the tip of the tongue. Very little hop bitterness. Very sweet and drinkable.

M- Smooth. Not to much carbonation at all. Leaves a sweet spicy taint on lingering on the back of the tongue.

O- Very surprised by this beer, the perfect Strong Ale for someone who wants to try the style or someone who's new to craft beer in general. The price really can't be beat either, especially for the style. For 2.39$ I would definitely buy this again. I especially love this beer since it's from such a small local brewery here in wisconsin. A great cheep beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 23:49:58 | More by Zachtheporter
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer pours a dense brown glowing body with a gentle microbubble carbonation and a bubbly creamy light tan head that fades to a thin film.

S- The rich toffee and caramel malt notes are followed by a hint of smoke and dried wood with some pot caramel and black butter notes in the finish.

T- The slightly buttery toffee flavor is rich in malt character and has an English yeast ester note in the background. There are some roasted malt flavors in the finish that have a scorched black malt bitterness that softly lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle alcohol warmth and a soft fizz that scrubs a bit of the bitterness away.

O- This has some barleywine and stout characteristics with nice rich toffee notes and good support with the yeast character. The bitterness is a bit too strong but the alcohol and sweetness counteract it.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 20:43:33 | More by rhoadsrage
Rhinelander Mystical Jack Traditional Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.