Traditional Bock | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-25-2001

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by Sixpack595:
Photo of Sixpack595
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a weak tan head. Aroma was nothing special, a bit malty, but weak. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, but not too bad. Well balanced sweetness with just enough bitter to keep it from being cloying. Not a beer I would break out to impress anyone, but good for drinking in volume.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
2.21/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this one up as a of the few Berghoff brews I've yet to try. Pours from the bottle a nice deep dark brown with a small off white head that falls to a rim around the glass. Deep red appears as some light passes through. Nice with spotty lacing. Aromas of sweet caramelized grains, toasty malt and some grassy, herbal hops as well. A bit underwhelming overall...not too exciting.

First sip brings a light roasted caramel maltiness with some light fruity tones and a hint of grassy hops on the way down. A bit of an odd metallic flavor is there that leaves an aftertaste. Hints of toasted bread work in and out as well. Simply boring...seems like it was slapped together at the last minute.

Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery...the malt just does not stand up here. Thin and effervescent, I was expecting more body here for sure. Drinkability is pretty low...nothing here making me want to come back for more. I'll pass next much for appearance!

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Photo of Todd
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark mahogony in colour an off-white creamy foam head.

Smell: Toasted, caramel, chocolate and fresh grains.

Taste: Silky smooth, very crisp and creamy on the palate. Body is full. A near robust beer with a light malt sweetness. Malt flavours include caramel, burnt and earthy black malts -- touch of metallic too. The beer is interrupted with a mild astringency that leads to a light hoppy flavour -- bit of citrus rind, floral flavours and saltiness in the profile. Ends on a dry note with light caramel and floral hop residuals.

Notes: I expected a bit more malt texture/sweetness and less astrigency/carbonation from this brew, but overall this is decent stab at the Bock-style -- could be improved. 5.4%abv.

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Photo of nem2006
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, clear brown. The head was good, but faded a little. Left some nice lacing.

It smelled sweet from the malts. A little nutty, but heavy on the malts.

The taste was sweet at the start, a slight bitterness in the middle and then a little coffee at the finish.

Overall, alright. But nothing to write home about. I guess I was looking for a little something more.

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Photo of SMark
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at approximatel 45 degrees with a good foamy head which dissapited rather quickly. Dark tan opaque coloring. Thin film of lace coated the glass on the way down.

Hint of malt in the background.

Seemed to be a lighter side for a bock but was pleasant.

Some maltiness in the mouth which would be considered average.

Wouldn't go out of my way to pick up but wouldn't pass up if the right opportunity came along.

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Photo of cokes
2.31/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Maple hued topped with a retreated spread of buttercream.
Sweet smelling, full of brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel nougat. It's not that it smells bad, just fake.
Ditto for the taste. Leaned enormously sweet with gooey candybar caramel, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. This has to be flavored. Hazelnut, amaretto, all false seeming. No real malt or hop contributions to mention.
Fizzy and thin in the mouth. It's not totally undrinkable, but its about as much of a bock as Lime Coke, and probably produced similarly. If this is truly all malt (as the website seems to suggest), it is an impressive accomplishment, but the end product still sucks.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was served on draft as a "seasonal" at the Chicago Berghoff’s restaurant, so it may be a different beer than the bottled. When tapped, delivers a nice, cascading head that leaves neat rings of foam as the glass emmpties. A very inviting dark brown beer in the glass, with the taste of a fine dark malt character. Mostly a brown sugary taste with a hint of fruit complexity (yeast?). No bitter or astringent taste for a beer this dark. Finishes a bit on the light side, but very, very drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours chestnut with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Corny, not much else

T: Cornyness, grainyness & sorghrum up front. Some tobacco like hop tastes mingle with cloying sweetness as this warms, along with a bit of chocolate. Finishes semi-dry, nutty with a tanic twang to it

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks okay, these half assed midwest takes on this style are not my cup of tea. This is one I won't be drinking again, almost as nasty as Shiner

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Photo of bditty187
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served with a blackish-brownish-red hue, small off-white head, poor retention, only some lace. Fairly weak nose, malty… okay, that’s about it. Equally one-dimensional palate, malty, sweet, the alcohol is noticeable. Average construction, at best. Medium-bodied, decent mouthfeel, somewhat thin, low carbonation. As it warmed this Bock fell apart and it became a chore to finish. Not recommended.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed May 29, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. I’m actually highly impressed with this beer, somehow. Crisp clear dark brown, with limited tan head. Aroma of light roasted coffee, cane sugar and a hint of raspberries. Flavor has a very nice roasted malt and burnt toast flavor that adds a load of depth to the very sugary base. A nose of hops adds balance. Not bad.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a clean and dark brown with a frothy two inch coffee and cream colored head that leaves a good sticky lace as it bubbles away to a quarter inch cap that eventually fades away into a thin cap, not much carbonation to be seen but I wasn't expecting much either.

S: Strong huskyness backed by a light caramel and coffee sweetness, wish this aroma was the main event but sadly it is not, too much husk for my tastes.

T/MF: Starts very nice with a smooth light coffee and heavy cream sweetness but gets a bit nuttier and huskier closing with a rather bitter finish, mouthfeel is overall watery with a slight bittering finish.

D: Not bad, but not good either, there are better bocks out their but the price is right at least.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This went from a near-drain pour the first time I tried it, to a brew I have a kinder view of upon further reflection.

It looks nice, with a fluffy head towering over a nearly opaque cola-coloured body with ruby highlights. Its aroma is nicely complex: raisin bread, port and yeast all mingling as I inhale.

The taste starts strongly with grainy malt, gives way to some bitterness before the malt returns again — albeit with a metallic finish that leaves something to be desired. I would never drink this with any regularity, but I didn't dislike it and wouldn't warn anyone off it.

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Photo of elricorico
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively and developed only a thin tan head on top of it's dark chocolate coloured body. There seems to be an abundance of little bubbles clinging to the glass, keeping the beer from looking uniform.

The smell hints of a strong malt profile, but doesn't seem to deliver. A faintly watery coffee smell and bit of burnt toffee float around.

First taste makes me think of a porter right away, which isn't a bad thing in my book. A similar malt profile to a modern porter, faintly chocolate flavoured coffee, that may be a bit burnt. The finish is a light, slow fading chocolate. Hops are not evident. Though the taste is nice, I expected it to be fuller.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little flat. Balances out to being about average.

An okay beer, but I would be surprised if there are not better beers of this style.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a good beer, but it needs more flavor in my opinion and if it had I would have given it a higher overall rating. It poured an average sized tan head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated.The body was carbonated and clear with a brown hue.The nose consisted of malt and caramel with the same for the flavor and maybe a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel was thin, a bit watery, smooth and medium bodied.

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Photo of Brent
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Working my way through the Berghoff lineup, still haven't run across anything that has impressed me. Once again, this brewery puts out a beer that looks fantastic in the glass - here a rich mahogany touched with ruddy amber highlights. Then things go downhill. Mildly sweet malt aroma. The beer seems thin and watery, yet spritzy. Slightly acidic and tart, with little of the roasted malt flavors I expected. Only a very mild bitterness at the finish, barely on par with the malt sweetness. A bit of oilyness at the end. Not very flavorful.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 355 ml brown bottle, silver and brown colour motif on the label. Different from the American bottles I've seen, perhaps this is a new look, or just different labels for an import market.

A decent looking beer, a deep clear mahogany, cola red when held up to the light. Small tan head on the pour, not much retention, but it recedes to a frothy ring. The aroma is enticing, but makes me question whether this is a bock or a brown ale. Rich caramel malt, dry chocolate, mild coffee, toasted malt. Things start to fall apart on the flavour. Impressive on the first sip when everything is a big burst of sweetness, but then it starts to break up and become watered down. Most predominant is a watered-down coffee/chocolate flavour, but it seems more of an extract flavour than anything coming from malts. The malt in the background is thin and tastes like sweet malt extract. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, no substance at all, especially for a beer with this appearance and aroma. A big let-down really, the only thing really "famous" about Berghoff's claims to it's certain styles is how disappointing they are in the end, after you've forked out your hard-earned money for them. Famous like a grifter is more like it--cha-ching!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is now called "Traditional Bock" and has a new label.

Pours a dark brown color with a small cream colored head that fades quickly to a light covering of little bubbles. Not much lacing to speak of.

Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose with hints of candy corn and hibiscus flowers. Smells ok, and fairly fresh, but is pretty one dimensional.

Weak and watery lightly toasted malt flavor. A bit of caramel sweetness makes it through to the flavor, but not enough. A smattering of hoppy bitterness and medium carbonation lends a dry, crisp finish. Its drinkable enough, I don't think I will have much trouble finishing my 12oz bottle of it, but it ultimately a forgettable bock.

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Photo of happygnome
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a very clean transparent brown color with a lot of carbonatoin, there is a good half inch of head that dissapears rather quickly leaving no lacing
s: sweet sweet caramel, toffee toasted malts and bready aroma, little floral hop notes but emphais placed on little
t: sweet brew, caramel, toffee both slightly toasted, there is little hop bitterness
m: light bodied beer with a lot of carbonatoin

overall, this isnt a beer that i can see myself buying again, nothing against it, but for $6.99 a 6er there are better beers on the market

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Photo of fizzy
4.6/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is available at certain liquor stores regionally. I have to make the trek to Minneapolis though, N/A here in western Minnesota. 24 bottle, long neck returnables, at that! What an exceptional bock beer. Everything about this bock is excellent. Rich dense head, dark amber color, excellent balance of dark roasted malt and hops. Don't let the low price turn you away! Don't disappoint your taste buds.

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Photo of kguyty
3.81/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking dark brown beer with a little amber hue shining through when held up to light. A thin head quickly dissipates into fine lacing. Smell is average, mostly roasted malts. A very good tasting beer... Tastes like a stout, but not nearly as heavy. Has a pleasant aftertaste and mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - CLear ruby color, nice tan head.

S - Bready, yeasty, caramel sweetness. Some fruitiness.

T - Caramel, malty, sweet, with a subtle bitterness.

M - Light body, very crisp carbonation. Aftertaste is a little thick.

D - The thick, tongue-coating aftertaste kind of kills drinkability on this one for me.

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Photo of hopdog
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a medium to deep mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts (lots of nuts), cookie dough, light chocolate and some roast. Tastes of dough, some nuts, and roast.

Notes from 4/4/07

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Photo of karst
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tranparent chestnut color. Microcephalic head. Sweet and nutty aroma and flavor with a sour note. This Bock has acceptable mouthfeel with some lingering sweet roasted malt. I love a good dopplebock and most bocks . . not this one.

Hmmmm . . . . 20 characters short ;>) cheers

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Photo of beerguy04
3.64/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- nice dark brown color with a light brown head
s- maple syrup, carmel, and even what i think is a trace of chocolate
t- in my opinion they did a good job with brining out the rich maple syrup and carmel flavers out
m and d- creamy and easy to drink

I like this beer. I'd try it again.

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Photo of Tone
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of acidic metal and noticeable yeast cleanliness. Aroma is not pleasing (I believe the lowest rating I've ever given a smell). Barely fits the style of a Bock, if at all. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of a lager cleanliness, slight sweet malt, slight hops, and mostly a strong acidic flavor. I hope this is not what the intended flavor of this brew was supposed to be. Wow, what a disappointment and in my opinion this is not worth a try.

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Traditional Bock from Minhas Craft Brewery
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