Traditional Bock | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Traditional BockTraditional Bock

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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 spycow
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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 zeff80
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
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 russpowell
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Slatetank
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another class six find, poured chilled from the 12 oz brown bottle w/ a twist off cap into my Cumberland Brews nonic.

A - Dark brown like weak brewed coffee, the lager is crowned by a thick medium cream colored head w/ a tight bead. The head drops to a thickness about the size of a quarter on its side.

S - Dark fruit w/ plum and fig notes w/ raisin and cereal grain aromas.

M - Rather high in carbonation for the style. Slight semi-burned toast texture and a sweet malt w/ a mix of chalky and dry tingling seltzer in the finish.

T - The bready notes that greet the taste buds are quickly usurped by very carbonated light spice flavor that gradually allows for date and more cereral malt flavors. Subtle toasted dry and more simple burnt toast and light fruit in the finish w/ a touch of light brown sugar.

D - Not a phenomenal bock by any means , A mix that never realizes its strength and has lager ADD(just never seems to focus) I would say this is worth a try, not anything to fuss about though.

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Photo of Tone
2.46/5  rDev -18%
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 Bighuge
2.73/5  rDev -9%
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 ZAP
2.76/5  rDev -8%
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 twiggamortis420
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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 cokes
2.31/5  rDev -23%
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 garymuchow
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +5%
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 Brent
2.66/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Todd
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Mitchster
2.91/5  rDev -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 rorjets
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
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 bditty187
2.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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 clvand0
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
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 DogFood11
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
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 pootz
3.78/5  rDev +26%
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 orbitalr0x
2.21/5  rDev -26.3%
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 SkeeterHawk
2.34/5  rDev -22%
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 Gehrig
3.01/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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