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