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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of SetarconeX
3.85/5  rDev +35.1%
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 WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a semi-sweet, malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. It's also dry with a lager yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent. It has a light, yet malty flavor that goes down easily and finishes dry with breadlike notes. It has a light caramel flavor that is quite quaffable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good drinking beer. It's not the best around, but it goes down smooth. I got this as part of a seasonal sampler, so I'll look forward to having this again next year.

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Photo of bditty187
3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
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 williamherbert
3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear and easy to see through. Has a nice copper color. The head only lasts for a few seconds, then goes bye-bye. Looks like it has a decent body, but no carbonation. Hard to tell. Nice color, though.

Has the smell of a regular, slightly-darker-than-normal-lager. Nice, nutty malt smell, with a tiny sweet flowery flourish at the end of the sniff. The smell shows some promise.

Has a bitter malt bite, but not German. Not quite a pungent Belgian either. Actually has a nice, rich, lagery flavor. Much better than expected. A good representation of this style. Hops hiding out for this beer. Pleasant, sweet aftertaste to apologize for the initial bitter malt.

Much thicker than I expected for this style. Has a bubbly little bit of carbonation at the end. Would make a very nice six-pack, if you like this style. This actually one of the more pleasant malty concoctions I've had in some time. Nothing remarkable, but a welcome brew.

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Photo of thekanna
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
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 MSchae1017
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from a bottle.

This beer pours an amber color with a frothy head. There is a faint smell of sweet barley. The taste is also mild and sweet barley. The mouthfell is a little harsh on the carbonation but is fairly good. Overall it is an easy beer to drink and not that bad at all.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly rusted tangelo with orange juice edges. The cap is the best part of the appearance. It's pale orange-tinted French vanilla in color and has a creamy stickiness that allows it to deposit a surprising amount of thick lace. I have no idea whether this is what a California Common should look like, but it does look damn good in the glass.

The nose is not nearly as impressive. It's well-balanced between malt and hops, the former being lightly toasted grain-like and the latter being fruit-herbal-earthy in the English style. I'm thinking Goldings. Pleasant, but not distinctive or interesting.

'Pleasant, but not distinctive or interesting' works on the palate as well. Barbary Coast tastes exactly like an English Pale Ale to me. The toasted malt backbone provides some measure of sweetness and flavor, but is superceded by the hoppier side of its personality. The beer is something less than moderately bitter with at least two thirds of the flavor profile comprised of orange fruity, tea-like, gotta-be-Brit hops.

California Common beer uses a lager yeast fermented at warm temperatures, giving it characteristics of both ales and lagers (taken straight from the 'Beers of America' pamphlet). This beer tastes and feels more ale-like than lager-like. The body is pale ale medium and is gently carbonated, both positives in my book.

After not having had a bottle in several years, I've forgotten what Anchor Steam tastes like. It's hard for me to believe that Barbary Coast Gold Rush is better beer than the originator of the style, but it's a tasty, drinkable little creation that does the style proud. I hope the rest of this 'historical collection' are at least as good.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.6/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty sweet! Perhaps inappropriately so for a style that's supposed to be on the hoppy side of the spectrum. The flavor is pretty pleasant, though. There's something of a Belgian dark ale profile to this. A smidgen of grape soda or grape candy lurks about.
A pretty, nearly ruby color with a punchy sweet smell... not too unlike fruit punch.... yeaahh.... Hawaiian punch fruit punch... haven't tasted that in ages but there are definately shades of that in this brew.
This was more interesting than I expected. A pretty decent choice if you're jonesing for a sweeter brew.

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Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
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 afinepilsner
3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Barbary Coast Gold Rush Style Beer was amber in color with an off-white head. The head was large to start with, but within a few minutes only a thin layer remained. The aroma was mainly malt. The taste was good, a malt base with good hop flavor and a little bitterness. The body and carbonation were medium. Good drinkability. Good beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.47/5  rDev +21.8%
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 31Sam13
3.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It sounded good..however it tasted almost artificially flavored. That is with perfumery tastes and candy and vague floral notes. It really had a strange ersatz quality to it. I don't know, it could've been old an I didn't check if it was or not. However, i'm guessing by the other ratings that this is what it is.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad offering, yet nothing spectacular either. Poured out to a medium red color with a small 1/8 inch head of foam. No lacing noted. Aromas of malts and caramel. Taste was decent and enjoyable; caramel, roasted malts and a touch of raw molasses were present. Some grain on the finish. Mouthfeel was bland, kind of watery. Drinkability was average. Not a bad Amber, but not one I would seek out again. Worth a try.

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Photo of number1bum
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a historical beers of America gift set that my brother, dad and I received as a gift for Christmas.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden amber color with about a finger of liht beige head. Doesn't keep very well, with not much more than a rimjob at the edge of the glass.

Smell is pretty weak and bland. Some buttery caramel and indistinguishable fruit, but not much more.

Taste is better, with more buttery caramel flavor than the smell offered. A bit of floral, fruity hops provide some balance. It's not all that interesting but has enough flavor to go down easily.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth enough, with a decent creaminess. A little heavy in the finish actually, not as crisp as I'd like.

This is nothing all that special but it's decent enough. Smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this 12 ounce bottle in my fridge with some other misc. bottles. When I saw the reviews, I wasn't to enthused, but it ended up being pretty good.
Appearance: Loads of carbonation, a decent sized tan head with not much lacing. An amber body that is rather translucent.
Smell: Toasty malt smell that hits hard at first, but then is watered down.
Taste: Heavy on the toasted malts, but hidden in there is a kind of eastery taste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth without deviating to far from the "lager" crispness.
Drinkability: Not to bad for finding it in the fridge, but certainly not a hidden treasure.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of cokes
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
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 everetends
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle I got out of that Beers of America mixed pack. Served up in a standard pint.

A: Pours a decent amber color that is very clear. The pour yielded a finger and a half of white head. The had doesn't have a very good retention though, quickly fading to a thin ring that has no stick to it at all. Yet again with these beers, tons of carbonation activity.

S: Decent amount of malt smells coming through, light bready presence and a touch of caramel. There is a ton of corn coming through as well. There is a slight hops presence coming throuh in the nose as well.

T: Taste is pretty decent. Very light caramel malt presence with some cracker tastes as well. Very light hop bitterness coming through. There is also a touch of some apple flavor coming through as well.

M: Light bodied brew with a ton of carbonation. Every damned beer in this series has just been overloaded with a shit load of carbonation. Aftertaste is light and mostly just a touch of caramel. Pretty clean and crisp.

D: Not a bad brew. It could be better, thats for sure, but it went down easy and you know what? I'd drink another. I just might. Its not bad at all. It is very mediocre, but its not on the bad side of mediocre.

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Photo of zeff80
3.29/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured out an amber color. It had a small head that didn't last long. It smelled of malt and cloves. Those flavors were joined by a caramel taste while drinking it. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and crisp. It is relatively drinkable, but in terms of California Commons it doesn't compare to Anchor Steam.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Features an attractive copper color and a decent finger of off white head. Copious carbonation on the side of my pint glass. Nose is light malt with a tiny touch of hops. Lacing is adequate but nothing extra specially super.

Mouthfeel is active but could stand a slightly crisper finish..that could also just be the style, I'm not sure. A nice roasted malt flavor with late balance and nutty and caramel tones. A bit of a late tart sweetness that takes a bit away from the flavor.

Overall, not a bad beer. Nothing spectacular but I've definitely had worse.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(Reviewed May 3, 2004)
Part of the Beers of America gift pack. Hope my pack isn’t over a year old, as the brewery is closed now.
Aroma: Kind of a dusty smell, hint of grapefruit.
Appearance: Clear amber with a fair off white head with minor lacing
Flavor: Much like Anchor Steam. A nice malt flavor but not really sweet. Dry.
Mouthfeel: Bit thin.
Overall Impression: A pretty good beer! Overall, fairly mild, but enough flavor to keep it interesting. Drinkability is very good. I was a little worried about the package gift thing, but this first impression has me interested in the rest!

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Photo of merlin48
3.25/5  rDev +14%
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 Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Brettster
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came from a beers of America 12 pack. Pours a hazy copper color that produced a slightly off white foamy head that faded very fast to a ring around the top of the beer. A medium-low amount of carbonation. Smells very similar to many other Minhas beers. I pick up lots of malts and slight sweet smell. At first I taste some carmel malts...and that's about it. A very weak finish. Slightly smooth mouthfeel. It is a pretty okay beer. Very drinkable, not great but not bad.

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Barbary Coast Gold Rush from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.85 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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