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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 09-03-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by zerk:
Photo of zerk
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with an almost non-existant white head that left behind no lace. Aroma is simple but good... some sweet fruit notes and floral hops. Flavor is quite nice, beginning sweet, with some grain and caramel, then becoming fairly bitter with a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, with medium carbonation. All in all, a slightly above average pale ale at an incredible price. ($5.99 a six pack here)

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, clear autumnal golden orange pour with a nice head that falls to a ring around the top. A nice nose that showcases citrusy hops and a bready, caramel malt. Nice.

First sip is upfront with a doughy, bready sweet caramel malt...there's some nice light citrusy, grassy hops baked in there that provides a nice bitterness on the way down. A nice brew..I'd like a little more hop flavor in there though.

Nice mouthfeel with a medium body and slightly creamy texture. I could sit down and have a few of these..would be nice on a summer day, just relaxing oustide.

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Photo of Todd
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber beer with a freagin' magnificent 2.5-3 fingered foamy, chunky white head of near meringue consistency. It leaves its trails as it settles to a creamy lace. Excellent retention.

Smell: Very floral, hoppy bouquet with mild citrus/grapefruit aromas and a touch of spice.

Taste: Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Malt sweetness is even and full with biscuity, bready and light caramel flavours. Hops stab in with a rather hefty, quick, sharp bitter citrus rind bite (a tad spicy and salty), and pulls out leaving leafy hop textures and flavours on the palate. Fruity flavours (almost tropical), esters and sweetness follow with more grain. The beer ends with a slightly dry, bitty grain finish.

Notes: An excellent example of an American Pale Ale. Malty, hoppy and it's all in balance. Damn fine drinkin' here.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.51/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear orangish-brown body with a rocky off-white head. The carbonation is a strong carbonation of tiny lines of bubbles rising to the surface.

S- This beer has a nice pale malt smell with a faint light toasted note. There are some soft green noble hops in the background.

T- This beer has a light malt flavor that is quickly overpowered by bitter noble hops. No real depth or taste to the hops just bitterness. The finish has a carbonic bite that gives the bitterness more of a kick.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture. The finish has a fizz texture to it.

D- I like hops and I like APAs but there is no depth or flavor to the hops other than bitterness. It taste a bit like dandelion greens and it could use something to balance that bitterness.

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Photo of richkrull
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head on it. Smells a bit spicy, some caramel. Not much hops at all. Taste is about the same. Little bit of aftertaste, not bad though. Relatively smooth feel. Easy drinking beer. Not a great beer in my opinion, but it's alright. I could have a few more, but probably will try something else.

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Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having left Wisconsin a few years ago, I do not catch much Berghoff these days. The Pale Ale is new to me.

The color was a decent gold to orange, aroma was floral and caramel- but I had to convince myself that it was not a diacetyl note coming with it.

Taste was sweet and full. A very drinkable beverage. Good value for the price at under $5 a six pack. The House of Huber.

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Photo of soper2000
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I do believe that this is the last of the Berghoff beers that I recently picked up and I must admit that I'm quite afraid to sample it. It pours a decent pale amber bu with virtually no head. Aroma has that trademark Berghoff "sweet aroma", lots of fruit and malt but little in terms of hop background. Taste fades in and out of earthiness and sweetness. I'm thinking of a slightly sweet English style pale ale with a touch of sweeness added. Not exactly an ideal flavor, but better than any other Berghoff beers that I've had to date. Mouthfeel is very thin. All and all, I won't be purchasing this beer again but at least it didn't repel me away.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice darker golden color under a thin creamy head. Head disappears quickly. Nothing outrageous, just your average-looking pale ale.

Aroma is malty and candy-sweet. Just a touch of hops present. A little corn, lotsa caramel.

Big juicy malts/hops delivered up front, with a bitter, citrusy (orange especially), sweet element on the back of the sip. The finish is dominated by a metallic souring that ruins the good flavors before it. Significantly more sweet than your usual pale ale. But I tend to favor sweet beers (Hail to thee o Tripel!), so that's ok by me.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style, hearty carbonation that delivers a good zesty punch.

Without that lingering I'm-licking-sheets-of-steel aftertaste, this would be a very good if straightforward pale ale. But because of that weirdness in the finish, I'd say it's just below highly-recommended drinkability. Decent, enjoyable, just not a gold medal winner.

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Photo of cokes
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad APA, but not one I'd choose on a regular basis.
Amber color. Decent head faded to nothing in a short while (on tap). Citic hops and sweetness on the nose (not a malty sweetness, more of a candy/tropical fruit).
Taste consists of these sweet traits, and tempered citric hops. I would prefer a little more on the bitter end to even out the sweetness. Medium body, with some slightly bread malt flavor.
Pretty smooth on in the mouth, but it seemed to go "dead" a little too quickly.

Went nicely with some ribs and the variety of BBQ sauces I was sampling, but nothing outstanding in and of itself.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a Berghoff sampler 12-pack in Beloit to warm myself up for Foghat and Styx at Riverfest.

Pour: light amber, 2-fingers of fluffy white head and decent lacing.

Nose: bitter, leafy hops, metallic/copper, citrus and booze

Taste: caramel malt and peppery, tangy hops dominate with a relatively clean finish. A strange medicinal quality builds up over time.

Mouthfeel: medium body with standard Berghoff high-end carbonation.

Drinkabilty/Overall: not bad a bad rendition from Berghoff. Some off-flavors detract in the end but from a value stand-point, not too bad.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not a particularly exciting APA, Berghoff certainly delivers a solid example of the style. The clarity is good, the color is right, and the creamy ivory head holds fairly well. The nose is lightly citrusy, floral, and delicately piney/spicy over biscuity malt and yeast (subtle diacetyl, sublime fruit - apple, pear, citrus). It's clean and basic, with just enough hops to entice. The mouthfeel is as might be expected with a medium body and crisp, standard carbonation at around 2.5 volumes. The flavor is fuller than the aroma suggests, but follows the same characteristics to a T, and the way that the hops and malts mesh together into one is quite nice. It's superbly rounded from start to finish; but in a way that takes away from its depth. Still, it's a very nice, full-flavored, exquisitely balanced and very drinkable APA that's certainly worth notice.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one kind of gushed as it opened, not a good sign.

Pours a chill-hazed effervescent gold with 2 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Cleared nicely, very good head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes & lemony hops, plus breadyness

T: Herbal hops, grainyness, slight breadyness, plus some crisp citric notes up front. Breadyness & grainy astringency battle it out as this warms, the astringency almost wins, plus a touch of grapefruit. Finishes pretty crisp, with some nice bready notes, astringency prevents this from pulling a 3.5

MF: Light/medium bodied, poor balance, slightly over carbonated

Drinks alright, but more balance is needed to salvage this, let this warm up quite a bit. Still better than most from this brewery

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Photo of jackndan
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale Ale: very nice hops taste. Rich amber looking beer, with a subtle aroma of malts/hops (almost too subtle). Long lasting hops taste, well into the aftertaste. Nice pale ale.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a thin head, maintains nicely throughout. Some acidic and hops on the nose. Sharp hops and malty taste noted up front, leads way to a nice blend of fruit and some sweetness, and a biscuity/bready feel, with the hops dominating. Dry finish, a top-dawg pale ale, very well balanced.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale ale that pours a clear gold. This is from the Huber brewery that is known for their tight filtration of their beers. Citrus hop aroma. Poured with a big white head that settled quickly. Coarse citric hop flavors dominate this light to medium bodied beer. Lots of bubbles accentuate the spritzy hop flavors. Hops dominate over the malt. A short spicy and dry finish that is a bit weak. More hops up front than in the finish. This pale ale gets points for good economics: it can be had for as little as $3.49 a six-pack.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into pint glass.

A: This pale ale is a good deal lighter than most I've encountered and almost looks like a lager. Pours a clear and light copper with a pillowy off-white head, very nice retention and decent lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Good deal of bread crust and sweet biscut with a nice coriander and citus aroma a nice appetizing batch of aromas in this beer yet nothing stands out, very nicely balanced.

T/MF: Big bread and biscut with a big hop bitterness that clings to the tongue but with little hop flavor and is pretty dissapointing in that respect. I like bitter beers but this one seems out of balance but maybe that is because I am too enamoured with Cascade hops which this beer appears to lack. Still a nice malt presence which I think saves this beer.

D: Not a bad beer for the price but I still think I'd shell out the extra buck or two for a different pale ale.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.72/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A small ivory head with fine-small sized bubbles.The body was clear with carbonation present and the hue was orange.The nose was sweet and hoppy.The lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass.The flavor ws bitter, hoppy, sweet, and it left an aftertaste that lingered.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin, tingly on the tongue, nd light bodied.

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Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The new American micro brand available in these parts, of course I have to test the waters with their pale ale. Shiny silver and purple colour motif on the labels, no abv% listing or best before date. Pours out a very attractive clear deep gold hue, a one finger thick off-white head that settles after a while to a ring. Intense nose of sweet caramel malt, very buttery, with the hops appearing as it starts to warm up. The flavour however is the exact converse of the aroma, prominent grassy, floral and herbal hops up front and throughout, the malt can't compete and just lingers on the side lines. Quite the experience to inhale the malt while tasting the hops. The mouthfeel is decent but a bit on the fizzy watery side for my liking, not as smooth as it could be to accentuate the other attributes. Still, it's a fairly drinkable pale ale, considering the weak selection we have of other American pales at the moment to compare it to.

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Photo of biggred1
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Honey amber color with a fine white head,good lacing sticks to the glass.

S-Nice balance of biscuity malt and floral fresh hops,honey and spice.

T/M-Really refreshing,nicely balanced with a mild bitter finish.Medium/light mouthfeel with seltzery carbonation.

D-This is good stuff.Nothing crazy but an excellent value usually a buck or two less than the big macros.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It had an average bronze body that had to be poured hard just to get some head and lace. I felt the body was watery and a little soapy. What little bit of lace there was tight. It has pasture like aroma. Its flavor is grainy and pasture like at first followed by a sweet adjunct like aftertaste. The mouthfeel is somewhat light.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the glass I have a clear amber colored beer with a distinct orange cast to it. Fluffy white head but it just doesn't last.

Smell is very much herbal and hoppy in the English style of the art of Pale Ale. Malt is sweet smelling and fairly sugary in this beer but mostly it stays out of the way of the hops. Hops bring a perfume of flowers to the scent that is quite pleasant.

The flavor starts of quite herbal and flowery at the beginning. Quite a lot like an English Bitter, pretty much this has the same taste only kicked up to APA levels. Sweeter in taste than smell this is a distinctly fruity and flowery pale ale and NOT just another SNPA copy. Solid but mild bitterness level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Surprisingly drinkable this is better than good, it is near outstanding. If you prefer the English take on the Pale Ale this beer is for you.

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Photo of happygnome
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a medium red/golden color with a about an inch of bubbly white head that dissapears quickly leaving a little ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: the sweet malty aromas are the first thing that i sense here, follow by the citrusy hops aroma that does give a sense of invitingness
t: fruity malt flavors really come out strong following a nice citrusy bitterness flavors from the hops
m: light to medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this wasnt too bad, it was cheap i think $5.99 for a 6er..i liked this and believe that i will have it again

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Photo of Jimboe
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, 0626 08 inkjetted on neck.

Sunstruck amber. Tall, fluffy antique white head of crackling mixed size bubbles. Settles quickly leaving large divots and splattered lacing. Ample active carbonation streams. Smell is of spicy hops and some dusty grain. Sharp initially, before giving way to a modest toasted malt component which then finishes with light and prickly hop notes. Initially, the finish is tacky and the crisp hops linger at the margins just a short while. There is a sterile taste and feel about this beer and the hops seem to pile up over time as well and become unwelcome. Medium body and average carbonation. The tackiness transitions into a residue that accumulates on the tongue during consumption which is unpleasant. This one started out OK and then became less and less enjoyable.

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