Barbary Coast Gold Rush | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Barbary Coast Gold RushBarbary Coast Gold Rush

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by bditty187 on 01-09-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by BigRedN:
Photo of BigRedN
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed 18 pack of beers (got as a gift from Sam's Club, I think).

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is amber in color with an off white head (about 1/2 inch). Head fades to a partial ring around the glass with no lacing. Pretty meh looking beer.

Smell: Nothing overly discernable, some lightly sweet caramel malt. No aromatic hop notes.

Taste: Some malty flavors (slightly sweet, some caramel, and yeasty bread). No hop notes. A bit bland.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body, light carbonation. Not overly exciting.

Drinkability: An easy drinking beer, not too exciting. When I think California Common/Steam beer I think Anchor Steam as the benchmark. This one misses by a lot.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
2.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Barbary Coast pours from the longneck bottle a nice amber, peach color with a half inch of foamy, bubbly white head atop the brew. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas of sweet cereal grains with a bit of a creamy aspect to it. A touch of buttery caramel works in with a grassy, herbal hoppiness. Average, but not bad.

First sip brings a sweet, caramelly cereal grain upfront. A bit toasty with somewhat of a buttery accent to it. As it flows down I get a nice hit of herbal, grassy hops on the way down along with a bit of a bready flavor. Finishes clean with a lingering fruity, toasty aspect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit creamy. Goes down clean and smooth. This brew just doesn't really grab me and I can't see myself really wanting more. This came from the American Beer twelve pack..I'll be interested to see what the other brews bring.

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Photo of generallee
2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: This is one of six beers from an eighteen pack labeled Beer of America, Historical Collection. The 18 pack also came with a nice book titled, The History of Beer in America. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has an amber colored body with some visible carbonation. The head on top is light, fluffy and tall. It is off white in color and it is slows to fade, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma is full of lemony citrus and leafy hops with sweet candy like sweet malt flavors underneath. Also I am picking up a light mineral like presence.

Taste/Palate: Leafy and mineral hop notes are up first with some smooth buttery, sweet honey and caramel malts in the middle. The finish has moderate hop bitterness and lemony/orange citrus hops as well as more odd mineral notes. It has a solid medium body with lively, almost fizzy carbonation.

Notes: The only thing that comes close the style is the appearance. After that it goes way off the map. It is drinkable but boring and I have noticed that all the beers in this mixed 18 pack are oddly similar to each other. The best part of this 18 pack is the book that came with it.

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Photo of merlin48
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz bottle is the best of the Minhas samplers so far. Pours an attractive clear copper amber with a small beige head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma reveals some toffee maltiness and some spicy hops. Understated but decent. Light body is well carbonated. Taste has a lot of malty sweet caramel and toffee, balanced by an earthy hop bitterness. Aroma promised more than the taste could muster, but not a bad drinking beer.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.85/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the brewery's "Beers of America pack"

Not having been a fan of the four previous beers from this brewery I've tried, this one was a pleasant surprise. It really is a tasty little brew. Dark reddish brown in color, with a head that barely sticks around long enough to check in, and a faint sweetness on the nose that's backed up with a whole lot of nothing. Didn't think this one would be all that great.

To my surprise, it's a fairly tasty little malty drink. Sweet and malty, though the slight flash of hops on the aftertaste seem a bit underwhelming. The soft, smoothness of the liquid almost makes up for it, making this by far the most drinkable beer from this brewery I've tried.

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Photo of cokes
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden bronze with a patchy gray lacing.
Caramelized nose with flourishes of green pears, thyme, and grain.
Begins with the caramel graininess, inching towards molasses, and is immediately upswept in the fruity hues provided by sugared pears and peaches. Dries partially in the middle as grain seeps back in, but fruity eddies still churn about. It closes hoppy, with a dried herb stalkiness mixed with dessicated wintergreen. At this time a black cherry / bandage sourish astringency arises and dampens what is otherwise a fairly solid rendition.
Light bodied with a charging, kneading bubble.
This is pretty close to good, and it is drinkable, but the finish just shears it apart.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - A big three finger head shows a bit of an orange cast, but is mainly khaki. The brew is a beautifully deep and clear ruby-orange hue. The head has really good retention, and a quick swirl deposits lots of nice lace on the glass. This is really pretty.

S - Mineral water, a wet nickel. Fresh whole wheat bread and sour cream. Odd.

T - Whole grain bagels, mineral water, well-water actually. There are some gentle fruit flavors too, but this is actually a pretty dull beer.

M - Light bodied with soft and light carbonation. The best part is the neutral finish that leaves a coating of powdery residue in my mouth. The is really mellow and soft, but it's actually too water IMO.

D - A slightly below average brew. That's a shame since the appearance is so beautiful. This one is soft and gentle like a CC should be, but it suffers from a water mouthfeel and overriding flavors and aromas of metal

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Photo of bditty187
3.7/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barbary Coast Gold Rush was contract brewed at Minnesota Brewing Company for the Tunner’s Guild Brewing Systems. Barbary Coast Gold Rush is part of the “Beers of America. Historical Collection.” These beers are designed to pay homage to the United States’ brewing legacy.

Translucent cherry-amber hue. Smallish, slightly off-white head, poor retention, almost no lace. Unremarkable nose, some malt, hints of fruity-ester, minimal hops profile. Tasty, decent malt foundation, noticeable hops for balance and light citrusy-bitterness. Simple yet agreeable, very drinkable. I enjoyed Barbary Coast very much, its as good as any Amber Lager I have tried.

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Photo of beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label says "1984 style" "Barbary Coast Brand Gold Rush Style Beer." This came in a sampler pack with some other beers I have heard of. It says brewed by MDII in Rochester, NY, but BA sends me to this WI brewery. I have yet to figure out exactly how many times this one has been contracted out.

Appearance: Pours with a little over an inch of almost white head. This settles quickly to almost nothing, leaving behind some lacing. The beer itself is a strawberry amber, with just hints of a red/orange color. Perfectly clear with some activity.

Smell: A little bit of caramel sweetness, but overall, not much aroma.

Taste: Lots of sweetness upfront, malty and caramely. Unfortunately, not much follows that. No hops to speak of and watery in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is average.

Drinkability" Not really a bad beer or a drain pour, but not something I will seek out after this sampler is done. Seems contracted out too many times, like it is just a gimmick to sell the sampler case.

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Photo of JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of emerge077
2.18/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmm... How old is this beer? Last years holiday leftovers?
Found it among a cooler shelf of random singles at Warehouse Liquors for $2 and change. Guess we're about to find out... honestly not expecting much from Minhas. Label says "1996, MDII" on it, and "iceless fermentation" oddly enough.

First whiff out of the bottle is sweet oxidized malt. It pours a deep amber color, with a feeble patch of skim on the surface and a few stray bubbles rising.

Tastes a bit strange, sweet and tea like, honeyed malt mostly and a touch of something floral. Vague fruit candy sweetness. Seems like any given Euro strong lager past its prime. A little yeast fruitiness, though the flavors merely sit there and don't coalesce at all. Watery and a touch metallic also. Not recommended.

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Photo of jds16
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a "Beers of America" Collection received for Christmas (from Costco or Sam's Club, not sure which). Label is ivory background with "Barbary Coast Brand Gold Rush Style Beer" in green and yellow, with graphics of mountains, pick-axes, shovels, wheat sheaves, & hops (?), and "Iceless Fermentation" and "1894 Style" printed in smaller text. "Brewed and Bottled by MDII Monroe, WI".

Poursa medium amber with a small head that quickly vanishes. Aroma is slight, malty, grainy, maybe a touch of roastiness. Flavor is mostly roasted malts with a non-descript hop follow through. A little off-tasting, but nothing I can put my finger on (just not well balanced?). As my girlfriend would say, "it's beer". Not exciting, not terrible. Drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from an American Beer gift pack. No hiss when opening, but pours with a nice light copper color and produced a decent 2 fingers worth of head. The head dies quickly however, but leaves a rim of lace around the glass.
Smells caramel with a hint of butterscotch and hops. Tastes very simple - thin, sweet, and some carbonation bite despite the lack of visible carbonation after the pour. There is a corn sugar like taste way in the background which kind of diminishes the sweet caramel. Average drinkability... (I'd have no problem sticking with this beer all night if for some strange reason I were offered either this or a Mickey's bigmouth). Seriously, I think the beer is average... decent, but no Sam Adams Boston Lager.

I don't find any of the strong negatives others noted, which I think may have to do more with storage and freshness than anything else. This brewer doesn't print any brewed/best by dates which is kinda of dumb.

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Photo of thekanna
3.63/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the "Beers of America" Six Pack.

A: Pours a clear amber with an impossibly large white head that takes a long time to settle and clumps on the side of the glass.

S: Some sharp, sweet yeasts, caramels, and wheat malts.

T: Light caramel malt flavor, a watery body and an afterthought of hops.

M: Slightly watery with medium carbonation upfront.

D: Not bad. I certainly like this steam beer better than Anchor.

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Photo of bigbeers84
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cookin420
2.52/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours nicely into my 2007 world series champion red sox mug. But what does'nt. good head, small bubbles.
Smell is not so nice. Swampy gym-sock.
Taste is better but not very good. Almost oily?
Mouthfeel very nice. If beer were judged on feel and sight alone this would rock. Unfortunately I can taste it and it's pretty bad.
First one, not very drinkable but after a few I could see it getting easier.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Pours an orange amber, forms small off white head that quickly dissipates, slight lacing on surface, very light lacing on side of glass as I drink, lots of medium sized carbonation bubbles.

S = Nice light toasted malt scents, very slight citrus from hops, a slight musky, almost smokey odor that is not expected but does add to the total effect.

T = Whatever points were added by an interesting if light smell are lost on the taste. It's not bad at all, there's just not much of it. Light, sweet malt flavors predominate throughout the drink but a slight hops bitterness kicks in at the finish and slowly spreads back up to the front of the tongue. If the finish were long it might have even brought this up past an average score, but in the end, there's just not enough "there" there.

M = Light to medium bodied, fair mouthcoating given this is a lighter style beer. Score pulled down by an unpleasant stinging sensation of the carbonation.

D = Fair tasting, I could see drinking several of these on the right occasion, but hard to recommend it as more than average.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.47/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a very clear amber/brown color with a thick cream colored head which began to disappear quickly. The aroma was quite malty and sweet. The taste is also malty and sweet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and seems to work well for this brew. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer. It is non-offensive, but also lacks depth.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.46/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color with a good size head and some lacing.

Smell has a slight whiff of caramel malt, but is very faint. Aroma is not very powerful.

Taste is immediately water-like, any taste slowly creeps into a while after drinking, a combination of bitter caramel malt, weird to describe but not very pleasing.

A pretty light tasting beer, just above most of the BMC stuff so slightly more drinkable. It's a shame, the look of it was the best feature.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey amber with a creamy tan head. Untoasted grain and sweet malt in the nose. Barley and honey flavors with a faint touch of earthy hop bittering. Medium light bodied and creamy with fizzy carbonation. This is the last of the strange historical beers 12 pack and they were all pretty mundane, this one is the pick of the litter I think.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep copper in color, with a touch of haze, a large off-white head, numerous streams of fine carbonation, and scattered patchy lacing.

Aroma: Caramel notes dominate, also light fruit, perhaps a little cocoa as well.

Taste: Opens with strong caramel notes, followed by molasses and dark fruit, finishes dry with a lingering herbal hop flourish and an odd tart note.

Mouth feel: Feels a bit thin, with rough carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Interesting, fairly drinkable, but nothing I would want to have again.

Preseentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of an assortment of a twelver with 6 different beers. Nice aroma in the bottle can smell the sweetness and fruity melon-like smeel. Poured into a chalice and got a nice dark bronze color with a light sparkly head. Flavor is very bock-like, well balanced, consistent, sweet throughout, no noticeable change in the finish. Not a standout flavor, but refreshing. Good carbonation.
A good thirst quenching brew.

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Barbary Coast Gold Rush from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 84 ratings