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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 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 cooncat
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +29.4%
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 +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 Mdog
2.51/5  rDev -12.2%
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 +23.4%
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 +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 Imstillthegman
2.03/5  rDev -29%
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 -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 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 oelergud
2.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +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 Sycodrummer
2.12/5  rDev -25.9%
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 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 ommegangpbr
3.6/5  rDev +25.9%
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 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 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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Photo of MSchae1017
3.63/5  rDev +26.9%
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 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 shirfan
2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark red orange with an average layer of off-white foam.

Strong aroma of caramel and lesser of baked goods.

Taste: More caramel, mild fruity tones led by faint sour peach. Medium body, but a damp, watery finish leaves this as a bit of a bore. Boiled pasta notes ?!

An odd brew.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.26/5  rDev -21%
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 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 Frozensoul327
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
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 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 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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Barbary Coast Gold Rush from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 84 ratings