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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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 karengarys
2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5


Pours dark transparent brown. Leaves no head. Carbonation rises like pop. and disappears.

Minimal smell.

Tastes like beer flavored pop. Maybe a bit of a hop bite, and water.

Mouthfeel is like pop. Some fizz exists, and dissipates into water.

Finish is like pop. Watery.

This is thin like water.

I would look elseware for a decent bock. I would, however, drink this before a [more] mass produced beverage.

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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 SkeeterHawk
2.34/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown color with about a half inch head of tan bubbles that sticks around for about a minute and end up as a small ring around the top of the beer. There is no lacing left on the glass after the head fell.

Aroma: I get a serious metallic note in this beer that is almost impossible to get around. There is some malt in here that comes across as a dark caramel more than anything. I don't get any Melanoidins in here, but there are some toasty notes.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma in that there is a metallic flavor that comes across to me as more copper-like. Once you get past the metallic flavor, there are some toasty notes in here that are somewhat closer to a real German beer. There is a bit of alcoholic warming in here that sits in and stays on the back of the throat long into the finish. Also in the finish there is a little bit of caramel.

Opinion: I am not too happy with this beer, but I am a really critical drinker of German Lagers. The beer has more flavor than the big three...but what does that mean? I don't really know what it would take to make this a better beer except to change the recipe...use better ingedients and better water. This beer is off, and I seriously doubt that I will be drinking this again anytime soon.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
2.36/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was 'ON SALE' at local package store. Very inexpensive and it has been years since I had a Berghoff. They have re-designed their packaging, new labels, etc.

Pours clear amber brown with a lot of ivory head from a cellar temperature (68 deg. F) bottle. Color is pretty but not as dark as I would expect. Head fades after a few minutes to a thin lace and edge ring.

Smell is faint and malty.

Taste is malt and carmel. Seems to lack depth or complexity.

Mouthfeel is thin; but for $4 per sixer (thats right. . . on sale) what did I expect.

Drinkability. . . I would take this ANYTIME if given the limited choice between it and AB's Amber Bock. But given unlimited choices . . So many beers, so little time.

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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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Photo of rorjets
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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 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 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 Bighuge
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice deep chestnut color. This beer does not offer much of a head. Just a small and thin collar. Sweet and nutty aroma. More of a cloying sweet smell rather than a malty sweet aroma though. Not bad though. Flavor is nutty and sweet as well. Seems just a titch artificial though. And there seems to be a vanilla extract like flavor as well that doesn't fit quite right. Just not a lot to shout about with this one. Average at best.

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Photo of KI9A
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aggresive pour, into a tulip glass. Very dark, with decent head, even decent lacing. More head than many other bocks I have had.

S: Very noticable coffee. Even a chocolate. Not being a coffee lover, or, even liker, I am prepared NOT to like this beer.

T: Toasted malt, metallic taste, and chocolate up front. Finishes a bit sweet, which is OK for me with a bock. Not much of a coffee taste..yet

M: A bit metallic. Nature of the beast, but, seems large. Leaves a rough coffee after taste.

D: Not bad, I can make do, if it the only bock I have. Won't seek it out again, but, will drink it if offered.

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Photo of ZAP
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kind of an old school bock...from the days when about all you could find for bocks in my neck of the woods was Leine's Bock, Point Bock, and this...Back then (late 80's) a lot of people said "bocks" were the bottom of the barrel sludge...I always liked them and still have a soft spot in my heart for even run-of-the-mill bocks like this one...

It pours a rich looking mahogony...pretty big initial head (white)...nose is sweet malt as is the flavor...a bit artificial tasting actually and that shows more so on the finish...almost as if there are a lot of adjuncts in this......slick and sweet mouthfeel...

Overall this isn't bad...It was a cheap...$5 a six pack....similar in some ways to Michelob Amber Bock but probably too sweet for the masses who seem to be clamoring for Amber Bock (I see it on tap eveywhere in my area these days)....Bottom line on this's worth trying but don't expect an all-time great....I certainly don't think it is horrible, but there are a tons of bocks better....

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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 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 jimdkc
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated leaving a lasting thin film of foam. Smell was sweet roasted malt. Taste was not as sweet or flavorful as the smell would lead you to expect. Dry finish. Mild, nondescript hop bitterness. Average mouthfeel. Drinkable, with no off-flavors, but nothing about this beer really impressed me.

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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 Mitchster
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah...the "Famous Bock Beer". I've had alot of bocks, but never the "Famous" one. Let's see if it stands up to it's own hype.

Brewed with 2-row, Carapils, Caramel, and Black Patent Malts. Hopped with Galena and Tettnang.

5.4% ABV, OG=13.8, 24 IBU's.

Pours out to a clear, dark mahogany with ruby accents, forming a decent-sized light tan head with good retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma Smells like caramelized sugar and butterscotch (in a lager?!) with a certain ruddy cheapness about it. Mouthfeel is prickly at first then watery with a light body. Taste begins with a mild amount of herbal and woody hops, followed by thin pale, amber, and chocolate malts, caramelized sugar, light toffee and coffee, and then distant husk in the aftertaste. Watery finish and touch of metals. Tastes like it was fermented with a big-three yeast strain.

Throughly unimpressive, and average at best. There are much better bocks out there. Thin and flimsy. I guess I have learned that anything with that "Schlitz" angled cursive writing on the label equals sucky beer (Leinenkugel does the same thing). But hey, this is the first beer from Berghoff I think I can actually finish!

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it's better than Amber Bock....barely. Still a cheap immitation of good German beer. It is malty and lightly syrupy, but not enough to hide the immense graininess. Very bite-ey and has a sharp bittering (wet grain hulls). The body remains sugary sweet and leaves the mouth a bit tacky. Not really hopped at all...would have been a welcome addition. The beer looks like dark cola, but quickly goes flat. Not a particulary good beer experience.

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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 clvand0
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is light but there are traces of spicy hops in there. The flavor has a dominant caramel sweetness and some floral hops. Just not very interesting. Something seems a little off in the flavor, but I can't put my finger on it. The body is fairly light for the style and the drinkability is ok.

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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 gmfessen
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep carmel brown color, with a nice off white foamy head; good lacing. The smell is all malt, slightly fruity, with a slight hint of chocolate. The taste has a sort of winey characteristic about it. Well balanced, but not what I was looking for. The mouthfeel was not very impressive, very light in body and pretty well carbinated. Overall, it wasn't bad, but it is not a beer that I would go out of my way to drink again.

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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 spycow
3/5  rDev -1.3%

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