Famous Red Ale | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Famous Red AleFamous Red Ale

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-25-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by chilidog:
Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found thisone in Indiana at a really good price, on sale 3.99 a six. A good value for a pretty good Red beer.

It poured a nice dark reddish amber. A soft white, one inch head that laced pretty well. The body seemed medium with soft carbonation.

The aroma was malty, toasty like.
The taste followed the aroma's toasted malts with brown sugar and caramel. Alittle hop crisps things up and balances nicely.

A good drinkable, go with a burger beer. Can't pass up a deal like thisone!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.09/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now labeled as "Famous Red Ale." This pours a clear reddish gold color with little or no head! A bit dissapointing as I'd like to have at least a bit of a head..it's not asking too much. Notes of sweet caramel, nuts and some grassy hops on the nose. Not too shabby.

First sip brings a nice nutty caramel malt along with some grassy, slightly citrusy hops riding in the background. A bit one dimensional..if all the flavors here were cranked up a few notches it would make a big difference.

Mouthfeel has a subtle creaminess, but I really need more body, especially since this is labeled as an ale. Seems to have more of a lager body to me personally. This would be a good lawnmower beer in the summer and I'm sure I could down a few, however there's plenty of other things I'd go for first.

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Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off bottle. If you look beyond the Berghoff logo on the lable, you'll spy an old-style bar with a group of hatted men drinking and looking back at you.

Appearance: Slightly hazed rich amber in colour. Very fine carbonation and a smooth, creamy white head with admirable sticky and staying power.

Smell: Delicate floral hop bouquet and light grain in the aroma. Fruity esters and some spice emerge as the beer warms.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy on the palate with a refreshing, crisp and quenching flash of carbonation. Body is medium. Malt sweetness is light, dextriny with just a touch of toasted grains/caramel (more as the beer warms). Hops bitterness is also moderate, balances the beer, but dominates the senses with its herbal-like spicy, mildly citrus and raw earth/leaf flavours in the background. Goes fruity, estery fairly quickly with very distinct bubble-gum flavours. Alcohol flavours also linger in the background. Finishes dry with grain husk feel and flavour.

Notes: If you like Bass Ale, Tremont Ale, or similar styles of Pale Ales you'll love this one. A most enjoyable American-style Pale Ale with definite Enlgish influence. 5.6%abv.

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Photo of tjthresh
1.16/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at the Berghoff Cafe at the O’hare International Airport. Not good at all. Really. The smell reminded me of a litter box, with some caramel. Im not just making that up. I sat there for five minutes after I was served trying to get a decent whiff of this thing. It was more of a dirty golden color that amber or red highlights. The flavor was just kind of a mish mash of stuff. Nothing stood out. No structure. Please avoid this beer.

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Photo of ADR
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clearish amber color, slight haze. Passable but somewhat greasy looking 1/4 inch head. Laces in incomplete rings. Estery aroma, some smells of bubble gum and cotton candy -- but on the fake and mediciney side. Malt dominates the flavor, light sense of toffeee and caramel but some raw graininess as well. Hops are weak, can't even perceive a floral sense. Overall, this does not meets my qualifications for a good Pale or Amber Ale, shows more flavors in common with the Huber Oktober Fest, and seems mediocre and fiddled with.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a crystal clear reddish-brown body with a thin head that quickly turns to a thin ring. There is a slow carbonation of a few tiny bubbles rising to the surface.

S- The smell of dry lightly toasted malt comes through softly with a slight caramel smell at the finish.

T- This beer starts with a carbonic note that gives way to a light softly toasted dry malt flavor that has a very faint note of cherries in the background. There is a very faint bitterness at the finish that doesn't really have any hop qualities but is probably from hops.

M- This beer has a fizz texture that fills the mouth before the flavor. Then there is a medium mouthfeel and a watery finish.

D- This beer has a faint bit of complex malt but it is just not enough of the flavor of the malt to make it exciting enough to drink.

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Photo of SMark
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was poured into a pint glass at 52° from a 12 ounce bottle with coded information that I was unable to decipher for dating. Two fingers of head were produced from the pour with lacing as the head receded. The beer was clear and amber in color with an orange tinge.

A slight floral scent came off to start. A hint of malt aroma was there later on.

There was a sweet malty taste followed by brown sugar.

The mouth seemed to pick up carbonation from the beer. A light sweetness stayed for just a little while and then everything disappeared.

This was better than average beer and slightly better than an average red ale. It just quite doesn't make it to the next level though.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice orange red color with a tight and firm two finger head that lasts quite a while. Solid sheets of microbubble lace wash down the glass leaving only a few fine wet arches.

Smells pleasantly malty with distinct berry notes. This has a vinous red wine scent, but with a strong caramel malt backbone to remind you that this is a beer.

The vinous qualities that I detected in the aroma carry over into the taste, and mesh nicely with a caramel and cinnamon flavor. Spicy hop characteristics are only a bit too powerful in the slightly dry finish, and even then there is really nothing special to note. Maybe a bit too bitter for the style.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, and the strength of flavor is not as powerful as I would have liked. I think that this ale has a bit of the transparent quality that I like in a beer when pared with food. There is nothing here to slap you in the face and demand attention, but it is ok in a rather bland sort of way.

I really don't care much for the winey qualities that are found in both the aroma and the taste. The finish is much like a cheap red wine, and the alcohol is a bit too noticable for a 5.6 beer. For these same reasons, I think that my girlfriend might really enjoy this one.

This is really not a memorable beer. Not bad, but just not outstanding in any way. It's very unobtrusive, and could be sessionable if the goal is just to sip somthing decent with a meal or with friends, but I wouldn't buy a sixer...not with so many other great red ales to choose from.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.01/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a Berghoff sampler 12-pack in Beloit to warm myself up for Foghat and Styx at Riverfest.

Pour: medium amber/ruby, with an inch of soapy white head and nice lacing.

Nose: biscuit, copper/metallic, little boozy

Taste: Metallic on the fore-tongue, medicinal bitter hops, sweet caramel malt finish.

Mouth: Light body with standard Berghoff strong carbonation.

Drink/Overall: a polished macro amber here, not the most exciting style and not a particularly unique rendition, but still fairly easy to drink, though put to it, would probably pick their standard lager.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Berghoff Famous Red Ale pours a deep-amber body with an orange cast and deep golden highlights beneath a creamy head of ivory. The head retention is good and it exhibits decent lacing. A delicate, sugary and floral note greets you in the nose, welcoming you to imbibe. The body is medium and it flows smoothly across the tongue with a delicate, moderate carbonation. The flavor is much as the aroma suggests, and combines a soft, gently caramel-accented, and somewhat sweetish malt with a smattering of floral hops. The bitterness is kept quite low so as to let the sweetness of the delicate malt come through; and the hop flavors are subtly balanced. It finishes with a dollop of quick fading, slightly honeyish and candyish malt before drying. It's nicely done, readily accessible, and well-balanced, but somehow lacking in character. Still, it's fairly quaffable stuff!

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft, at the Berghoff. A light amber color with a light head as expected from a commercial draft. There’s a deep malty taste that wasn’t expected. Just a bit of fruity ale esters, and then a touch of the usual Huber yeast at the finish. Not much hops outside of a simple balance with the malts. Decent enough.

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Photo of Fr0stb1te
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of marcobrau
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This amber/red colored brew generates a lot of foam as it's poured into an 18 ounce mug. The head eventually drops to form a ring of foam with some minimal lace work. It's a pretty attractive, very clear, beer. (This beer is made at the Huber Brewery which is known for its very tight filtration.) Starts with a mildy floral aroma. The taste is of sweet malt, then some caramel malt flavors mixed with fruitiness. Finishes with just a touch of hops. A very easy drinking ale and probably a good place to start if you're a lager drinker looking to try an ale. Pretty simple, but there's enough flavor there to make drinking this beer worthwhile, especially at $8 for a 12 pack!

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3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep perfect amber colored body with a rich tan head, an inch thick. Nose is a nice wheaty sweet mineral laced balance to enjoy. Even mineral sweet feel enters the mouth. Includes a bit of malty wheat earthieness on the palate. Has a mineral sour sweet finish. This is a very enjoyable beer to drink for the price. Not classy but extremely drinkable. Ending mouthfeel is almost candylike.

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Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of peabody
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The picture must be wrong here. The pic says amber, I have the bottle that says Famous Red Ale.
Pours out a clear amber with a little white one finger head. Not much lacing here.
Smell is apple and cinnamon but not much other than that.
Taste is bitter fruit and very little caramel.. Dry but not dirty on the aftertaste.
Drinkability is low here as far as I am concerned.

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Photo of Brent
2.36/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer started with a nice, mildly sweet malt character, but after that it was a race between the hops and a harsh, solvent alcohol flavor to determine which would control the finish. The alcohol won, and cast a death knell over the beer from then on. Something wrong going on here in the brewing process.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355 ml brown bottle, crimson and silver colour motif on the label. The body is somewhat watery in appearance, a decent enough looking clear amber hue, but no real head or retention. There is almost a cloying sweetness on the nose, strong toffee, but reminds me a great deal of malt extract. Some flowery hops can be slightly detected in the background. Very sweet up front with the taste, it tames down slightly, but is pretty much the predominant one-dimensional character to the flavour. Very mild floral hops already on the aftertaste. Not much body to the mouthfeel either, the appearance seemed to foreshadow that. When all is said and done I'm not sure what exactly makes this a famous red ale of Berghoff's. Unless the "famous" is being used as slang for "mediocre", and if that's the case, then they're right on the money with this disappointing red ale.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Berghoff restaurant in Chicago O'Hare airport.

Clear red/Amber colored ale with a puffy tan head that falls quickly.

Smell is almost all the fruity scent of a British Pale Ale style of beer. A small bit of malt does barely sneak in.

Taste is quite dry. Flavor is very fruity like an English ale with a stout hop finish. The hop finish is more drying than bitter. This is a good ale for those who like them on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is good bordering on creamy.

A very good ale flavorful balanced. Complex enough to not be boring, but it won't wear out your mouth either.

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Photo of happygnome
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a copper orange color with redish twinges around the edge of the glass. produes about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing
s: sweet carmel toffee malts citrusy hops add the balance
t: sweet malts with a little hop bitterness to balance the brew
m: light to medium bodied with good carbonatoin

overall, not a beer that i can see myself buying again but not too bad

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Photo of Dithyramb
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This became one of my several liquid devices utilized in an attempt to not notice I was stuck at O'Hare for over 12 hours. Reddish copper colored with a lightly bodied head. Short retention, but a couple clings of lacing. Some toastiness on the aroma, but nothing much else. I did have a dark before this, so my nose may have been a shade off.

Mixture of various flavors. Though it was mostly toasted malts, it did have some caramel and sourness to it. Kept finishing with a light hop bite that was overshadowed with a bunch of metallic flavors. Came off as slightly watery, but at the time, it was worth it not to waste money on Becks...

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Photo of BigBry
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One selection from a "10 Great Summer Brews" case from the World Market, brought back from the States.
Pours a dark orange/amber, not really the red-brown color I was expecting. Short, white fluffy head, but not much retention. Smell of some malty sweetness, a bit bready, faint hops in the end. Tastes malty and a bit nutty. A touch of bitter finish. Well balanced with no one flavor overpowering any other. Pretty light bodied, keeps it easy to drink. Good, enjoyable, but not great.

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Photo of Jimboe
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jdg204
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An awesome beer-loving boss brought me back this sample from his hometown of Chicago as a taste of the Windy City, not a bad choice.

Appearance - Maybe ol' Mr. Berghoff was a bit colorblind but his "famous red ale" isn't very red in color. Still it's a pleasant amber with a nice white head.

Smell - Mainly sweet malt, not much here.

Taste - Decent sweet flavor with a nice bite from the light hops and a bit of cherry.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant aftertaste thanks to the light bitterness provided from the bite. Balanced texture really makes for a decent brew.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew at all despite the surprising lack of red color. Not one I'd definetly go out of my way to find, but not a bad option if it's available.

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Photo of nicksta
4.11/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a deep red copper. A thick foamy head sits on top. It clings to the side of the glass, while it sinks in the middle leaving just a white coating on the top beer.

S: I can never decipher the smell of a red beer. Marzens and Reds all smell the same to me. Some toast, caramel, and the smell that I think is the smell of carbonation.

T: It is very smooth. I can taste some toasted malts, and a hint marzen sourness. It ends with bittersweet, caramel smoothness.

M: It is not bad. I have had more watery reds.

D: It is very drinkable. It's perfect for a nice long drink. I said drink, not chug.

This is probably the best Berghoff product out there.

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Famous Red Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 65 ratings