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
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 zeff80
3.29/5  rDev +15%
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 Gagnonsux
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My final beer from the American Beer History Collection. The pamphlet that come with the collection says this is a Californea common/steam beer. The appearance is carmel amber with weak head. Aroma is lightly malty and somewhat generic. Flavor is lightly malty also with pronounced wateriness. If this is a steam beer it could only be described as very watered down Anchor Steam. Drinkability is okay, for a beer this dark in color it works well as a thrist quencher.

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Photo of vfgccp
1.8/5  rDev -37.1%
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 XmnwildX12
1.75/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +26.9%
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 Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of stevoj
2.84/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Note: this revew was on the same brand brewed by Local Color Brewing Co., Michigan...Purchased as part of an Beers of America Historical Collection 12 pack, beers contract brewed to their original recipes. Poured with a light head, with copper color and medium lacing. Aroma is right in the wheelhouse for an American amber. Flavor is clean, appropriately bitter...a nice break from the German and Belgian styles I’ve been drinking.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%
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 JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, coppery amber. Very faint foam and bubbles. The aroma is deeply malty and a little viney. A little odd. The taste is also vine but a better, crisper malt flavor. Definetly hard water used for this brew. light yet crisp hops. Certainly refreshing, yet a little bland a few odd flavors for such a style. Although very easy to drink.

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Photo of mynie
2.26/5  rDev -21%
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 Durge
3.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark copper color with no head or lacing evident. Smells of a flat caramel malt, sweet. Taste is thin, aqueous, consistent with the smell. Some biscuit, somewhat flat with very tiny carbonation. Has a bit of that cardboard quality but not horrible. It's drinkable, a touch of some cereal qualities. Quite sweet and on the refreshing side I guess. Not one to recommend but nothing to pour down the drain necessarily. I would drink this on a hot day for lack of any quality competition. It's doable.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, a California Common. Who knew? I suppose with a name like Gold Rush that figures.
Fairly tame malt aroma, but it's kinda' sweet a lager like and I'm not getting any hops.
Pours initially with a creamy dense head, but it sure leaves quickly.
Clear amber color of red and gold.
Malt flavor a little more prominent in flavor, but in the not really much more. A mild bitterness starts to grow from middle, but it stays mild and mixes with the malt, yet it maintains an empty flavorless quality. Too bad. It does better as warms and takes on a richer quality, but the hops seems to leave then.
Carbonated nicely with a decent fullness and really fine and soft bubbles. Overall holds a pleasant softness and fullness, closing in on a moderate body.
Drinks well enough.
Too bad, I was hoping for something better. Seems to approach style more effectively as it warms, but it's just lacking.

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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 whartontallboy
2.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear brownish-amber with a medium-sized head of pillowy white bubbles. Not bad looking. Head holds fairly well.

Smell is sweet, clean toasted grain, and a slightly overly-sweet scent.

I can't say a whole lot about the taste because there's not a ton going on here: just a lightly sweet malt, a bit of clean toasted grain, and a flavor that kind of comes through as corn. And that's about it. Nothing really lingers on the tongue, maybe a slightly metallic flavor, but that's about it. No real hoppiness to speak of. Mouthfeel's about right for the style.

Overall: Eck! Not so great. As ambers go, I'd rather have a Yuengling any day of the week.

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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 tgbljb
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My fourth selection from the Beers of America Collection. Poured a medium amber color with white puffy head. Smell presents a bit of caramel and some sweetness. Taste is more caramel with some sweet fruitiness. Finish is more malt sweetness but not much else. Another misddle of the road beer. So far, except for the porter, I think they may have put different labels on the some beers.

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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 Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of kmpitz2
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the limited edition Beers of America collection. This one pours a brilliant amber color with a finger of head that seens to want to stay around on top of the beer. The nose is slightly caramel sweet with a fairly grainey character. The flavor is right there with the nose. The caramel malt is a bit more prevalent and hte grainey quality is more subdued, but not all that bad. The feel is a touch light for me, wih a rather hearty carbonation. Overall, this is rather plain. The flavors could use a little hop to back it up. I would like a bit more body as well. I grabbed this set because I recently toured the Huber brewery and wanted to see what this was all about.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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 daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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 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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Barbary Coast Gold Rush from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 84 ratings