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 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 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 orbitalr0x
2.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +10.5%
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 +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 Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +3.5%
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 -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 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 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 tgbljb
3/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +0.7%
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 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 granger10
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes as part of a "Beers of America" package I received as a gift.

Pours a dark copper, auburnish color. Golden around the sides. Very little head even though I gave a vigorous pour. Thin cap across the top. I really liked the color but the lack of head and lacing is disappointing. Aroma is weak but caramelly and toasty. A fruity sweetness begins the taste with apple notes. Caramel sugars come in next and then a more sour flavor follows. Hops seem to be there but too weak and I can't really discern a flavor. A little soapy in the mouth too. Finish is medicinal and kills what may have been good from this beer. Starts out decent but goes down from there. Also, the pamphlet that came with this said it was a steam beer which is a joke. I should mark it much lower if the brewers were trying to make a steam beer out of this. But I'll keep the ratings as is for it being an amber.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Dukeofearl
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a "Beers of America" Collection received for Christmas (from Costco or Sam's Club, not sure which). Label is ivory background with "Barbary Coast Brand Gold Rush Style Beer" in green and yellow, with graphics of mountains, pick-axes, shovels, wheat sheaves, & hops (?), and "Iceless Fermentation" and "1894 Style" printed in smaller text. "Brewed and Bottled by MDII Monroe, WI".

Poursa medium amber with a small head that quickly vanishes. Aroma is slight, malty, grainy, maybe a touch of roastiness. Flavor is mostly roasted malts with a non-descript hop follow through. A little off-tasting, but nothing I can put my finger on (just not well balanced?). As my girlfriend would say, "it's beer". Not exciting, not terrible. Drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of clvand0
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a small head that doesn't stay around long and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is nothing special. A little malt and a little hops, pretty plain. The flavor has a caramel malt character, but seems really watered down. Hmm. Flavor would be ok, if they wouldn't use so much water. Nothing to see here.

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Photo of karst
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened screw off cap. Detected a sweet odor almost to faint to identify.
Part of the 12 bottle American Beer History Collection Californea. Dubbed a 1894 style/Gold Rush style it proports to be a California common/steam beer. The appearance is a tawney copper. It is clear in the strong sunlite of my beautiful 62F Mid Missouri January Thaw day. Aroma is sweet maybe malt but very light - I poured it at 45 F and its flavors favor warmer temps (55-60 F) Hops are detectable in the flavor, but not in the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin but well carbonated, although I got little or no head on the first half. Will finish the second half when the BBQ burgers come off the grill. On a fine day like this in Mid Winter - roll out the grill have a brew and Seize the Day!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
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 TastyTaste
2.86/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the way-overpriced American Beer History sampler. Bottle says it is brewed by MDII, but with a little research, I found out it was contract brewed by Huber.
Poured a clear copper carmel color, a little layer of head stays, but not too much. Smells slightly malty, but nothing that storong, no trace of hops in the nose. Hops are a little more present in the flavor, but this beer isn't that outstanding in any way. Mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. OK beer, at best.

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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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Barbary Coast Gold Rush from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.85 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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