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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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 Traquairlover
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
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 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 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 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 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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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 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 scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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 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 Durge
3.11/5  rDev +9.1%
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 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 cooncat
2.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle from a "American Beers" sampler pack, provided for me by my sister-in-law as a birthday present. No 'bottled on' date provided, so not confident of the freshness.

The pour produces a decent sized off white head, which dissipates fairly quickly to a thin rim that lasts until the end of the glass. Color is a deep copper, much darker than I expected. Some lacing was evident, but it didn't cling to the side of the glass. You have to swirl the brew to get any noticeable lacing. Clarity is very good.

Not much in the nose, except for a faint buiscuity maltiness. No hop presence detected in the nose. Very light and pedestrian. This beer is touted as being "equivalent" to Anchor's Steam Beer .. uh, I don't think so.

The taste is malty up front and through the middle of the serving. As the beer warms, a very light hop presence makes itself known, but it is so light, I can't adequately describe it as citric or grassy or fruit rind. Mouthfeel is moderately light, with a light and crisp taste, similar to macro "light" beers. The finish is clean and dry, but the maltiness never leaves, and is present at the end.

My experience is that beer assortments of this type are not much better than typical macro offerings ... with the disadvantage that they cost more. The 12 bottles did come in a nice wooden carrier which, when empty, could make a nice garden tool box. That might be the best thing about this assortment.

Final assessment. If you want a 'Steam Beer', you can probably buy Anchor's Steam beer for the same as what this cost, and have a much better beer. I can't really recommend it.


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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 oelergud
2.92/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transparent ruby body, very little carbonation. Tan tiny to small bubbled head with little lace and no retention.
Not a pleasant smell of mixed brown sugar and molasses. Faint hop spiced notes.
Roasted malts up front followed by nice warming toffee and caramel flavors. Aftertaste is very similar to the initial impression of the beer.
Medium body with very little coating.
It's ok but not a repeat brew.


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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 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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Barbary Coast Gold Rush from Minhas Craft Brewery
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