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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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 84
Photo of vfgccp
1.8/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Mandarin amber brown. Very little head.

S - Light sweet malt. Mild barney character.

T - Sweet acorn squash. Strong, artificial, almost plastic taste. Slightly sour.

M - Watery body. Sweet finish.

D - Poor flavor and body kill the drinkability.

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Photo of shabbtastic
1.88/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

And yet another from the American Beer pack.

BTW - my wife thought I was crazy for writing all this stuff down over the Christmas weekend while drinking these (one of my Christmas presents)

A - The color was absolutely the best part of this brew. It poured a red amber color with a head that quickly fizzled to nothing.

S - Spicy hops with Carmel. But waaaay in the background was a hint of CORN....

T - I wanted to cry. It tasted like someone spit in it, total lack of flavor with a thin watery finish. Very very little malt flavor

M - Like I said it was watery and inconsistent. It left a lot to be desired.

D - Gotta admit, half way through it was a sink pour, after all I had two more in the pack I had yet to try.

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Photo of allrizz
1.9/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got this beer in a sampler pack that said Brewed & Bottled By MDII Rochester, NY and came in a tin case with a book The History of Beer in America. The best part of the sampler pack was the book and the case. This beer has an amber color. Pours with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Not much of an aroma and left a coppery taste in my mouth. It reminded me of the taste from the old water fountains in school. I am no big fan of this beer, would not recommend it, nor will I buy it again.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber with just a ring of head. The smell isn't very pleasant or strong. Light scents of malt and rotting apples. The taste consists of sour malt flavors with some hints of hops trying come out...but they just can't. Very thin body that is fairly flat with a slightly dry finish. Not impressed by this brew at least I only bought one to try.

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Photo of vdread
2.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Barbary Coast Gold Rush

got this in a 'beers of america' pack

this is a pretty dull beer. nothing much to say about it besides the (mostly) negative flavor notes. 'metallic' 'dirty' and 'watery' are words i would use to describe the gold rush.

it's a nice copper color with a tiny little head that disappears after a few seconds. the smell is bready and lightly malty. the taste is bready, toasty, earthy, malty, sweet. it has this earthy dirt taste that puts me off. it's bitter and citrus/tangy.

overall, it just tastes like citrusy, bready sweat.

the mouthfeel is watery and dry. it was unenjoyable. i will not be drinking this stuff again.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
2.12/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass the beer was a dark penny copper color with one-finger of white fluffy head and lots of carbonation streaming up the glass.

Light on the nose and rather bland aroma-wise. Some fresh doughy scents, malt, oat, and grain.

A predominantly malty body albiet still a thin body. Slight toasted grain taste and some fresh baked bread as well. Slightly grainy and gritty to the finish.

Medium/light body with suprisingly little carbonation.

Surprisingly malty for a steam beer, this beer lacked anything to make it memorable. Overall rather bland.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A= the head is about 1 finger and falls very quickly. Its a reddish color and no bubbles are seen in the beer... eww
S= candy malts, coffee and butterscotch. Not bad
T= first is a milky malt, then a slight coffee flavor finished with a little hop bitterness. After this my overall impression was just dirty water
M= dirty water
D= low. I could barely finish it... close to a drain pour

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Photo of emerge077
2.18/5  rDev -23.5%
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 pmcadamis
2.2/5  rDev -22.8%
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 hopsaplenty
2.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of the "Beers of America" series. The label says "Gold Rush Style" Must be a new style since I didn't see it listed in the Beer Styles section.

Pours with a loud tall sand colored head of small and medium bubbles that quickly reduces to a smattering of head dust. Light amber in color with minimal carbonation streams. Smells of sweet grain. Taste is sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish. Light body and light mouthfeel. Nothing too distinctive and there are definitely better Steam beers available.

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Photo of mynie
2.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours light rust with a small head. Common Steamers never have good heads.

Smells like fruit and light malt. Dull, almost no complexity whatsoever. No hops.

Tastes very much like it smells. Dull, lots of fruit, with almost no hop to speak of. Where's the kick? Where's the high carbonation crispness that makes a good Common Steamer so darn drinkable. This body tastes pasteurized, too smooth and flat. If I didn't know better I'd swear this was a shitty import. Instead, it's a shitty domestic.

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Photo of joepais
2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a short lived head that disappeared to nothing (no lace). The brew was nice amber in color.

Not too much in the way of aroma, light sweat malts was all I got as I drank this brew. This is sweat malt tasting brew as well, no hops in it at all. A little sour not dose appear in the end. Good carbonation and light in the mouthfeel department.

This is not one I seek out again It really doesn't do much for me. It did drink real easy so you could session it but I wouldn't want to

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure where I got this beer. I think it was a close out beer at a local wine shop. Kinda cheap I think.

Poured a nice color in my Sam Adams glass. coppery and crystal clear.

Smells sweetly generic, kind of peaty maybe. Lite foam. goes away quickly leaving a little ring around the glass of fine foam.

Not very distincitve. Flat flavor of sweetness but that dosen't make for a good beer. The seemingly forced carbonation pricks my tounge and leaves a mild bitterness.

It's like a mild lousy malt liquor.

I'm not a big fan of weak beers, ageless and awful.

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Photo of sabrills70
2.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought this in a "Beers of America" twelve pack at Sam's Club. Comes ina neat wooden cary case and is makde to look "old fashioned" This years version seems to have switched brewers. It is still brewed by MDII but in Rochester, NY not Monroe, WI.

Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a 2 finger head that faded rather quickly but has good lace. Decent malt aroma, a bit smokey perhaps. Watery and a bit sour. Leaves a weird bitterness on the sides of your tounge. Dry. High carbonation and not very drinkable. A poor attempt at an amber. I hope the other 5 are not as bad. I shoul know by now not to get sucked in by marketing - I guess I am just curious.

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Photo of adams82
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice amber colour with a filmy white/off white head; the beer is filtered clear.

Smells rather weak; subtle sweet malts, corn, mixed with a light hop aroma.

The flavour is light as well. Rather sharp and grainy, with light amounts of corn and it tastes a bit husky and metallic with a decent hop bitterness on the finish. Nothing really stands out here, but what does is easily identifiable.

This is light to medium in body, pretty thin really... A little bit of a disappointment, especially since this style isn't produced as often as say a Pale Ale. While not a terrible beer, I could think of better examples of the style.

Again, just like the Minhas Piedmont Porter, this tastes very much like beer I've had, and disliked, from Canadian breweries. Is it their yeast strain that makes this beer less than desireable?

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Winter
2.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark copper with a thin off-white head. Almost nondescript in aroma. There's some caramel, but that's about it. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Things start off with a light malt and grain flavor upfront. Taste turns almost seltzer-like midway. Hops are very light toward the finish. Overall this is a pretty bland and uninviting finish. Disappointing for a commercial brewer. Honestly, I've homebrewed better batches of this style.

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Photo of madjr80
2.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer that pours out pretty flat. The head of foam dies down pretty quick. Kinda reddish/gold color with just a little bit of small bubbles rising to the top. Not much body to this beer. I had two of them straight from the bottle, and didn't noticed the flaws until i poured the third bottle into a glass. Overall it wasn't that bad, but could be better. I wouldn't go out of my way for this brew.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
2.51/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this brew as part of the American Beers gift pack for Christmas. Thanks Dad.

Poured 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - It is a transparent copper golden honey color with 1 1/2 finger latte foam textured head. The head dissipated to a thin crown.

Smell - It has a cracker malt scent and a slight grassy hay-like hop smell. Corn. It doesn't smell too enticing.

Taste - Oh god. What have they done to this steam beer? This has a terrible aftertaste, like stale corn and metal. The initial flavor is cracker malt and a slight sweetness followed by an extremely distant hop flavor. Really dull, and a horrible aftertaste. I am going to take one more sip to see if it changes...oh god, no it doesn't.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Thin and watery. Not enough carbonation to make things interesting.

Drinkability - UGH. It is easy to drink down, like water. But its flavor and scent have me reaching for a glass of water instead of reaching back for the beer.

This is my first beer out of the American Beer gift pack, and I hope the rest are not as butchered as this beer was.

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Photo of Mdog
2.51/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a orange-brown color into my glass.

Smell: I sniffed this beer for about a minute and got nothing. Not offensive, just nothingness.

Taste: Again, just not much there. Faint breadiness, slight caramel.

Mouthfeel: The only impressive thing about this beer was a creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, inoffensive, but there are better choices.

Beer #2 of the beers of America historical collection. This beer just seems like a slighty different tasting macro brew to me. Nothing obviously wrong with it, just not much good to say about it either.

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Photo of cookin420
2.52/5  rDev -11.6%
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 generallee
2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
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 beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
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 BigRedN
2.65/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of Contagion
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We have our standard 12 oz brown bottle. There is a cream label on it with a green bar across the middle with the name Barbary Coast on it. There is a red Circle with a picture of a mountain on it just above the green bar. The lettering is all done in that old fashioned late 1800's style.

It pours a nice amber color. Light passes easily through it as there is no sediment floating. When I poured it into the glass it formed a nice inch thick white head that slowly faded to a film on the top of the beer. There was some very minor lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is weak. First you smell the fruity citrus of the hops. Roasted malts can be detected as well. There is a slight metallic scent to it. The flavor was meager taste of malts with a slight sweetness. There really isn't much else to it. The aftertaste is even milder and really can't be described.

This is a light bodied beer that is kind of watery. There is a nice level of carbonation, but not much else to it.

If you had a friend that isn't a beer fan but wanted to drink on, this is a very inoffensive beer to let them try. The flavor isn't that much stronger than beer flavored water.

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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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