Tejas | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by TastyTaste on 12-03-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of karst
4.12/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent aroma is this bock strongest point. Fairly hearty and rich. Brewed with Carapils, Brewer's two row, caramel and black malts- it has a malty nose. I found this Wisconsin Bock interesting. Being new at this beer style I have tasted nothing to compare it with. Ingredients seem well blended I found it smooth with a clean finish. Ahaaa the AROMA! It keeps calling me Bock

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Photo of lwootton
4.02/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark chocolaty brown with a moderate head that dissipated quickly. Good clarity.

Aroma: Sweet, dark malt smell. Strong chocolate nose. No hop aroma discernible to me.

Taste: Dark malt taste with a sweetness more subtle than that in the aroma. Hints of caramel. The taste of chocolate is far less present here than in the aroma and is replaced by an earthiness reminiscent of the Shiner beers in Texas.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly smooth and moderately velvety with a nice fizziness from carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, sweet but not cloying and just enough complexity to entertain the palate for a while.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 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.
Pours a dark brown color, still has translucency, but for a bock beer this is pretty dark. Smells lightly malty , with some hints of dough. Taste is plenty malty for a Bock beer, not much of a hops taste, just Slightly-coffee tasting malt. Good drinkability, best when it warms a little.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%
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 light, yet mildly malty scent that boasts of crystal and Carapils malts. It's fruity with a nice lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, malty flavor that is light and easy drinking. It goes down easy and finishes dry with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent bock beer. I like the aroma as well as the flavor; a fine drinker.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the American Beer History collection. Apperance is dark ruby amber with an average, light brown head. Smell is moderately malty, with a bready aroma. Taste is malty, more of roasted malts than bready tastes. A little bit surprising. This is enjoyable, but needs a little more in the way of bready flavor. I would pick up an occasional sixer of this if it were made available.

Given the name of this beer I expected it to be a homage or imitation of Texas' own Shiner Bock. Instead I found an interesting take on the bock style.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.62/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep brownish red. Quite hazy and cloudy. Almost no head whatsoever. No lace. Looks thin for a darker beer.

Has a roasted malty aroma. A nutty base. Not a lot of hop presence, but pleasant.

Has a hint of chocolate to the malt. Has a combo of a chocolate sweetness with a coffee bitterness. Tastes like a light porter. A pungent aftertaste. Hints of caramel come out as it warms up. Fairly complex flavors.

Slightly thicker than I anticipated. Remains on the tongue, but doesn't overstay its welcome. Minor ashy feel at the end. It's a very decent brew. Light enough to have a few, but dark enough to give some depth. Solid.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of silly how they have this "beers of America" set and then this beer is a Spanish name for a "Texas bock" ..the famous American style..oh wait, I've never heard of Texas bock, except for ol' Shiner I guess. Anyhow they could have gone APA, or DIPA, or pumpkin, or any one of a number of well known actual American favorites. Anyway, I digress..

Tejas pours a coke colored body and a half a cap of head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Nose is roasted dark malt with sweet caramel notes. Would be better if it was stronger. Taste is heavily malty but not overly sweet with a dry, roasted flavor and a pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nicely creamy but could stand a little thickening.

This is an easy sipping bock that does Minhas proud, even if its origins are fairly obscure.

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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a small brown head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma has a caramel malt character and some sweetness. The flavor is nice and malty with some bready character. The mouthfeel is way thin, but drinkability is ok.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.57/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A relatively good bock. My first from the Beers of America gift set I got from my in-laws this Christmas season. Poured out to a darker shade of caramel, with a white foamy head. Medium level of carbonation. Some minor notes of lace. Aroma was malty and very fresh, reminding me of when I used to tour breweries with my dad as a kid. Nice. Taste is very middle of the road; some roasted malts, carmel character, sweet grain. Not bad. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, far from creamy as the label states. Drinkability is above average. This isn't a bad macro produced beer. Worth a try.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benji was real hip to this one. Got right in there and lapped it all up. Good dog.

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Photo of Durge
3.57/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with very little sign of the off-white head and hints of some lace. As advertized it smells of caramel and malt, but not much else to note. Finely carbonated, fairly thin but the taste is a nice caramel charcoal deal. Very smooth, very drinkable. There's a touch of something almost bourbon-like, but that's a stretch. It's not bad, an interesting version of bock.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Tejas was a dark amber color with a light tan head. The head was short, but sticks around a while, leaving a little lacing behind. The aroma was fairly light, but was mostly malt. The taste was mostly malt as well, with some roasted flavor. It had a medium body with good carbonation. The drinkability is good. Overall it's an above average brew.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep mahogany color color with a modest light cream colored head over top that is maintained by a nice cascade of bubbles. Nose is sweet caramel with a light roasted malt background, but mostly just sweet caramel. Flavor is a decent balance between the sweetness from caramel malts and a lighter touch of roastyness to give it an almost toasty character. Feel is a rather full moderate with a solid carbonation. A pretty easy drinking beer overall. There is just something about this beer that does not sit well with me. The sweetness almost seems chemical, like its fake. It's interesting.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I received this brew as a part of the "Beers of America" gift pack.
Poured into a frosted beer mug, a nice golden dark with an off white two finger head with plenty of lacing.

The first whiff is some caramel malts with some mild hops. Overall I liked the smell.

The taste is pretty good, decent finish, but it seems to be missing something to make it a good bock. I can't put my finger on it, but it's close to being a good brew.

Good mouth feel and very drinkable. I don't know that I'd go out looking for this brew, but I could certainly kick back and drink a half a dozen or so.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dull brick red with bright orange trim. The full, creamy cap is the best part of the appearance. It's three fingers to start and has a rumpled, bubbly surface that doesn't look to be dropping all that fast. There's no letdown in the lace department either, as broken, sudsy sheets can be seen on the upper third of the glass.

The nose is merely okay. It's malt-dominant, but I'm not overly thrilled with its personality or its power. Things improve a bit with warming and I'm now able to appreciate an earthiness and a caramel maltiness that is typical for the style. It'll do.

I'm on the fence about the flavor profile. On one hand, I applaud the use of black malt since it gives a roasted flavor (roasted coffee beans especially) that makes Tejas tastes like a cross between a porter and bock, while still being clearly the latter. On the other hand, the flavor is too light in the mouth. I like it, I just want more of it.

The body/mouthfeel is the beer's biggest liability. It's too thin (not nearly enough malt) to allow the flavor to sink in and get comfortable on the taste buds. I get the sense that there's some depth to be had, but it never gets the chance to reveal itself because everything collapses too quickly after beer enters mouth. The finish is so clean that it's almost nonexistent.

Tejas is a Native American word meaning 'friends' and was the inspiration for the naming of the Lone Star State. Tejas, the beer, is a friendly sort of bock, but it isn't one that I care to drink again. While it might be a refresher on the hot, dusty plains of West Texas, it isn't as big or as fortifying as I like my bocks to be.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extreme dark red almost to black in color, with something of a lingering head. Smell is almost non-existent with a hint of metal. Not a good way to start.

Taste is a tad watery, with a grainy finish and a hint of metal again. I'd heard a few good things about this beer, but in the end it's a bit of a letdown. Bocks are supposed to be a strong, hearty beer for strong hearty men, but this one seems like a bock for the castrati.

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Photo of shirfan
3.37/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Beers of America gift pack:

Pours light for a bock, reddish-orange with just a hint of brown. Thin layer of foam remains after a minute.

Mild aroma of toasty malt and citrus.

Taste: Exceedingly creamy, each sip seems like it's bursting into foam. Feels heavy in the mouth, yet a bit dry. Toasty malt and a small amount of leafy hop presence vanish to leave a fairly flavorless finish. Hints of leather. The dryness level of this is odd for a bock. There's a lot of "substance", like draft guinness used to have, but without much flavor.

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Photo of Jodio
3.33/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biggred1
3.3/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish brown with a finger of dense tan foam that leaves some nice lace on the glass. Roasty and earthy malt with a little bit of caramel in the nose. Caramel and roasty black malt flavors are okay but are too diluted. Finishes squeaky clean. Tejas is way too watery and light bodied to be a really good example of the style. A pretty boring beer.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.27/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Date. 6 December 2010
Glass: Standard American Pint
Type: 12 fl oz

Sold as part of a "History of Beer" pack gifted to me by my Aunt. Well...it doesn't taste like a bock. Pours with a 1-finger head, reduces to nothing, lacing is average, color is clear caramel-brown. Aroma of dark malts, caramel, some wet leather. Taste can be described the same. Slight sting on the palate, sweet malty aftertaste. Nothing special, yet highly drinkable for a dark (watery) session beer.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle that came in my Beers of America kit, says this one was brewed by MDII in Rochester NY.

Pours a light copper with a small tan-like head that didn't last long. Very clear. Light malt aroma. Nice malt flavor, balanced on the malty side with enough hops that it isn't too sweet. Tastes more along the lines of an Octoberfest than a Bock. My guess is this beer has been "dummed" down and kept lighter bodied for the masses. Not a bad beer, but it isn't a bock.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 12oz bottle pours out a light brown color with a small tan head. It did not last long or leave lacing.

S - Smell sweet and of grains.

T - A distinct caramel flavor came through with the malt taste. It had a subtle sweet flavor.

M - It is light bodied which did really seem right considering the style. I expected a little more weight. It was also quite soft.

D - It is drinkable. I sampled Tejas as a part of the Beers of America gift pack and I thought it was the best of the lot.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came from the Brews of America Pack (nice book with the package).

A - Clear golden brown with a thick head. There was a continuous stream of bubbles from the bottom. Decent head retention.

S - Malty and sweet with a hint of hops.

T - More malty than anything else. Non-offensive flavor, but not overwhelmingly inviting either.

M - Medium bodied.

D - This is a decent drinking beer. This could be a good one to drink cold on a hot day.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed sampler pack of eighteen beers.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a darker amber to brown in color, with my por producing an off-white head about 1/2 inch in height. Head faded to a ring around the glass that left little lacing.

Smell: Scents of caramel malts, a bit sweet smelling (caramel and toffee). Would have liked a little more roasted character, but none is present.

Taste: Some slightly sweet caramelly malts that are in line with the scent. As with the smell I want more in taste (either some slightly roasted malt or perhaps a bit of hops) but get little else.

Mouthfeel: Better than light in body with moderate carbonation that is lively on the tongue. Smooth, slick feel going down. I am pleasantly surprised by this, expecting a light, watery beer.

Drinkability: What can be said about this beer? It's a lower flavor, easy drinking beer. As with the other beers I have had out of this mixed sampler its a low flavor, low scent, easy drinker. Unfortunately, this mediocre beer is about the best of the bunch IMO. However, there are WAY better bocks to be had, go try them.

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Photo of mynie
3.16/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty pour very dark red with a small white cap.

Smells of fruit, solid bock caramel, and a little spice.

Taste starts with plum and apricot ripe fruits and moves into a chocolately caramel bock malt that gives way to a really pleasant spicy, smokey ending. Solid, but it lacks the chocoately sweet high or spice complexity of a great bock.

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Photo of vladimerjr
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3 of these came in my Beers of america gift pack.

The beer poured a dark redish very clean with a light head.

Smell mostly of malts and a bit of raosted nut.

Flavor was mostly malty and fairly plain and smooth for a bock,but good and simple none the less.

Nothing special about the mouthfeel. Good level of carbonination and lighter than expected.

All in all a good enough beer for drinking from a mix pack like this but nothing I would seek out.

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Tejas from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.92 out of 5 with 79 ratings