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
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 DrainBamage
4.15/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black hue with a lace of head. I can smell lots of malts in this stuff, like roasted and carmel. I detect a hint of scotch too. In this case it's a very good thing and I can only imagine how good it's gonna taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated. Ok, as for the taste, it's awesome. I can taste the scotch and roasted malts. It's nice and smooth and has little hop presence, if any. This is one of the best bocks I've had yet. I give it a thumbs up.

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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 pootz
3.78/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lovely dark copper color with some ruby highlights.

A brisk pour leaves a fluffy tan sticky 3 finger cap that lasts and laces well.

Aroma is more biased to the cocoa-coffee tones with some sweet bread dough under this...nice..smells like a rich dunkel.

Moderate malt spine, medium bodied, soft mouth feel with a persistant dryish coffee-cocoa charater.

Profile: Up front a tad sweet with maltose but this vanishes instantly as a rush of hops and astringent black patent malt "char" dry up the sweetness in the malts...nice silky middle where the body becomes chocolatey and mellow...drying finish with plenty of mocha-semisweet cocoa notes which drain off into a chocolate-bready aftertaste.

A decent all malt commercial single bock meant for those who like more than one of these husky dark lagers. If I lived back in Calagay again I’d have this in the fridge all the time in stead of a dunkel...very drinkable single bock with a dunkel flavor profile.

Very reminiscent of Creemore UrBock but with more pronounced flavors.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass. darkish brown. clear. one finger light brown head.

balance of hops and malt. sweet malt and friuty hops. no off odors.

crisp with a malt backbone. a little fruit in the back. dry malt aftertaste. balanced for style.

nice carbonation. light body. good drinking beer. crisp enough for warm days. i would drink again.

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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 chilidog
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this and the complete line for a great price. I only bought two kinds for I knew not of this brewery or its quality. Since 1845, second oldest brewery, opp's.
It poured a nice looking dark brown with a full tan-like head. he head reduced to a fair film over the top of the beer. Lace was nice, spotted and stuck.
The aroma was malty. The taste gave way to dark malts, caramel and brown sugar. Little hop on the back side of this medium bodied brew. My only hang-up about this beer is that the body seemed abit thin.
Mouthfeel, alittle tart alittle dry finish.
Overall a good smooth drinker.

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Photo of youngleo
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Appearance was good. Poured to about a inch and a half head. it was almost black in color with a slight reddish tint.. Lacing was good and left a ring with every swallow. Head lasted on the sides for the whole glass.
S-There was a little alcohol smell but not much. It smelled like a typical dark beer.
T-Tasted pretty much like a dark beer. Very similar to Berghoff dark. There really wasnt much of a difference between the two.
M-You could tell that you had something in your mouth. It was heavier than your lager beers. In a good way.
D-I could drink a few of these all the time. But because it is heavier it does fill you up faster. The little bit higher alcohol content was evident also. Ill buy a sixer of this again, very soon. The beer was good tasting and the price is right.

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Photo of TheDM
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium head of fine to large light brown bubbles that left a fair lacing. It had an opaque black brown body that was more like a stout than a bock. Its medium strength malt and roasted caramel arroma was very nice indeed. Its palate was very smooth and it gad a plesant malt fore and after taste.

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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 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 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 zeff80
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured out a brown hue with flecks of red and small, soapy, tan head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of burnt toast and malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with a touch of sweetness. Also, a little bitter bite.

M - It was fairly sharp and very smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a descent bock. One of the better brews from Minhas.

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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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Very, very light aroma of toasty caramel and floral hops. Maybe a little chocolate in there, too.

Taste: Light caramel maltiness with a pinch of cocoa powder and a hint of plum fruitiness. Some mild flowery hops appear before the exceedingly quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery.

Drinkability: A rather misleading title, unless it's famous for being thin on flavor and expressly watery.

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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 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 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 garymuchow
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall pretty average bock. Rather sweet malt to the aroma, lacking roast or caramel qualities, seemingly more like a Am. dark lager in style. Very big foamy tan colored head which levels off but persists. Dark amber with red hues. Flavor is okay, but lacks intensity. Taste is made up of darker roast, finishes dry with some balancing from the hops. Seemed excessively low in carbonation especially considering the size of the head. About medium bodied to thinner. Some softness. Okay sample of Am. version of bock. Light and soft with no alcohol evident.

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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 becktone
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Eye: The color is brown with sunset red and orange highlights and the body is clear. There is no head, pretty upsetting, it really kills it for me, no lacing either, just a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Nose: Nice malty aroma on this brew though I wish there were more to it. I get chocolate and a roasted aroma. Pretty robust malt aroma, it also reminds me of molasses Could be better, more complexities would be nice.

Tongue: Chocolate and some coffee flavors are present as well as some roasted flavors. A bit watery overall though. To me it seems like there is a forced sweetness just as there is a forced sweetness in soft drinks, esp. coke/pepsi.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Finish is drier, and the bear leaves almost no aftertaste, its almost like drinking coke/pepsi. I wouldn't say that the body is heavy, or that its full bodied, rather it seems to me that it is thick, like a syrup-again reminds me too much of cola. This beer isn't all that hard to drink, but I think I explore other bocks before coming back to this one.

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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 DogFood11
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiney copper, active carbonation, tannish head, and marginal lacing. Compared to the bocks I've had lately this is below average.

Not a bunch of activity in this one but what it does offer is well put together. Tough to make out in the smell but don't let that sway you as it comes through in the taste rather well. Chocolate and some roasted malts come together nicely. Rich almost overripe fruity presence is deep. Bitterness towards the end. Hops are tough to figure in, but way towards the end I get a hint of them. Chewy mouthfeel. That dreaded metallic twinge is ever present unfortunately.

Notes: Not one I'd seek out, but if it crosses your path I certainly would enjoy tossing a few of these back with no reservations. For those in LA I found this at the Wine house near the 405.

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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 Gehrig
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed this while in Galena, an ultimately iffy choice. The presentation was good, with one and one-half fingers of slightly tan froth topping a cranberry body. The nose is faint, with hints of citrus malt emerging after some cajoling. While the taste was somewhat fruity, with a bit of bready malt mixed in, I found it on the whole a bit thin. It certainly lacked complexity. A touch flat, this was the first beer I've had in a long time that I could characterize as having a metallic aftertaste, an unwelcome feature of Red Bock Winter Ale. A fairly smooth beer in texture, this is a run-of-the-mill winter ale, one I won't grab next winter.

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Traditional Bock from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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