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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Photo of MTNboy
2.45/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the first of six beers I have tried from a collection of beers I bought called the American Collection. I bought this sampler here in Germany. I also thought it was strange that this beer was made in Wisconsin.This beer doesn’t represent the USA well. It is not much of a bock the flavor doesn’t finish like one. It has a very basic aroma that is a lot like an American adjunct lager. The body is medium with an average amount of bite. There is a small amount of bitterness and carapils sweetness.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Only a vigorous pour coaxed out a 2 finger bone white head. Deep black/brown amaretto color.

S - Very light. Some sweet malt.

T - Sweet and malty. Caramel. Almost no bitterness. Some cream and coffee. Maple syrup and raisins. Dark fruits in the finish.

M - Light, almost watery body. Very light carbonation. Syrupy finis.

D - A touch too sweet, and the super thin body is too light on the palate.

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Photo of lwootton
4.02/5  rDev +38.1%
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 ToAzwethinkweizm
3.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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 biggred1
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Brettster
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was part of a gift box. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Produced an off white foamy two finger head that faded to a short head that hung around for quite some time. It has a light red with good carbonation. Smells of roasted carmel malts and a little coppery. Tastes pretty sweet and grainy with a little hop finish. Not a clean or well balanced flavor. It has a watery light bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of number1bum
2.23/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The last of the 6 from the History of Beer in America pack. The first 5 have ranged from lousy to mediocre. Let's see what #6 has in store.

Smells of caramel malt, slightly buttery, some adjunct grains and not much else. Boring and weak.

Taste also consists primarily of caramel malt and cereal grains but also has displays some fruity esters that seem out of place. This seems off and I am just really not enjoying this.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, watery and not particularly crisp. Relatively clean however.

Pours a clear light brown color with aout a finger nad a half of very light beige head. Kept only a thin lace, mostly around the edge, and no stick.

I did not enjoy this beer. I really wonder if this is even brewed with a lager yeast. Sure doesn't taste like any bock I've ever had, and the fruity esters make me think this was either brewed with an ale yeast or at too high a temp. In the end it doesn't matter. It's simply bad, uninspired beer.

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Photo of vdread
2.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


i'm actually surprised by this beer. compared to the rest in the 'beers of america' pack, it's probably one of the better ones. compared to other craft brew, however, it's subpar at best.

deep coppery red with an adequately foamy head. smell is of weak malts. taste is overall pretty bland, but with notes of roastiness from the black malts, some caramel, fruitiness, and the same diacetyl taste that is in all the other 'beers of america', though slightly toned down. it has a light mouthfeel that is easy to drink. i would drink this stuff again, and would possibly buy one if nothing else were available.

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Photo of Goldfish19
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

~ Purchased this 12 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. The pour is dark brown with a white head that fades away quickly. It smells of light malts, caramel, and some hops. Taste is sweet. This is not a good beer. The body was thin, and the mouthfeel too watery.

All in all, I found Tejas to be dull, boring, and just flat out weak! ~

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Photo of thekanna
2.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From the "Beers of America" historical collection six-pack.

A: Pours a clear, seltzer water-thin reddish amber with very active carbonation and 1 finger of head with almost no head retention.

S: Caramel and black malts with a somewhat metallic, coppery aroma.

T: caramel, cloves, and anise hit the palate and then flutter away as quickly as they came. Leaves the palate with a bit of a metallic sheen and just the slightest suggestion of hops. I know I've said other brews tasted like beer-flavored seltzer water before, but this one takes the cake. Actually, this is pretty much JUST seltzer water.

M: Extremely thin, almost no body, and lots of seltzer-like carbonation.

D: This is one of the most un-beerlike beers I've ever tasted. I really don't know what to think of it, but I don't think I'll have another.

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Photo of generallee
2.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: This is one of six beers from an eighteen pack labeled Beer of America, Historical Collection. The 18 pack also came with a nice book titled, The History of Beer in America. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with good clarity and just a few small bubbles of carbonation making there way up to the head. The head is just off white in color, small and fades fast. Only a small ring of slick lacing remains.

Smell: It has a light roasted grain aroma with a light hint of minerals and leafy herbal hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a base of light roasted grain with lots of buttery sweet notes. There are some mineral salt like notes and mild bitterness as well that turn into grassy/leafy hop flavors into the finish. The palate has light to medium body with a slick and fizzy texture.

Notes: This was a rather bland beer and it had very similar flavors to all the other beers in the mixed pack. The best part of this 18 pack is the book that came with it.

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Photo of joepais
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woo hooo $10 bucks for an 18 bottle mixed pack of craft brews and a book.

Bottle poured into a pills glass produced a finger worth of fluffy white head on top of a light brown body. You get aromas of bread, assorted grains and a little bit of a sour note in there as well. Wow, for a cheap brew the flavor is ok. Rather sweet malts, a little roasted malt throw in as well. It is light and crisp in your mouth and rather refreshing. I would drink another one of these if I was thirsty. Not a bad brew for the price

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twist off cap bottle poured a crystal clear honey amber with a short lived 1" head in an Ommegang goblet. Aroma of caramelized malt, a bit of cooked vegetables, and no hops to speak of. Aroma was rather weak overall. Taste was also a bit bland. Very clean and crisp, but I attribute that to the lack of taste in the first place. I did find some sweetness and some metallic tones though. Probably won't want this again.

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Photo of hopdog
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with daknole (thanks!).

Poured a medium mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of nuttiness, light roast, and chocolate. Tastes of the same nuttiness, chocolate, roast, and caramel. Thin body.

Notes from and tasted on: 5/20/09

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Photo of BigRedN
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
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 jjanega08
2.34/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A= dark brown but not quite black. Small head with no lacing
S= chocolate and soap. No hops no coffee nothing special. Really a let down
T= mostly dirty water and a little amount of chocolate sweetness
M= average all around
D= average. There's just nothing good about this beer. Its all average or just bad

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Photo of everetends
3.02/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle once again pilfered from the Beers of America mixed 18 my girlfriends parents got me. Served up in a standard shaker pint.

A: Pours a somewhat brown color. It is mostly a really dark yellow, or almost amber. It wants to be brown, but you know what? It's not. It just isn't. Got like a 1/4 inch of head that disappeared almost instantly. So sad. Lots of active carbonation. I am noticing a trend here. These beers are all super carbonated aren't they?

S: Smell is weird. Smells like crackers. Seriously, smells like whole wheat crackers. Crackers with mandarin oranges on it. That is all that I get. Weird, but intriguing.

T: Taste is of some hops first and foremost. There is a really light malt with a whole shit load of cracker goodness. Lots of orange and a bit of honey malt coming through. I don't know what to make of it. I can't tell if its good or bad.

M: This one is high in carbonation. SHOCKER! Crisp and bubbly. ABV is not present at all. After taste is mostly of a wierd metallic citrus. Its refreshing, I'll give it that.

D: I guess its drinkable, but I really can't peg if this beer is good or not. Will I drink the other 3? Probably. Won't be pumped about it, but I'll drink it. Whatever.

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Photo of allrizz
2.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from the sampler pack made by MDII Rochester, NY. Once again the book and the tin case were the best part of this sampler pack. A copper/amber color. Thick white head that disappeared quickly. A weak aroma. A woody/caramel taste. Not my first choice when it comes to bock beers but would drink it again. If somebody else buys.

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Photo of Durge
3.57/5  rDev +22.7%
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 Procrastinator
2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of "Beers of America" 18-pack that was given to me as a gift. I've had this same sampler pack years ago, but this is my first review. 12 oz. brown bottle is poured into Sam Adams "pint" glass.
No bottle dating is noted.

Appearance: copper orange and amber in color with a slightly off-white sudsy head. Carbonation is overly aggressive in a clean, clear looking body. Head recedes to leave ample lacing.

Smell: mild caramel and toffee sweetness, toasty breadiness and slight hop bitterness.

Taste: malts are light in sweetness with a toasted breadcrust. Hops are complimentary. Alcohol seems almost non-existent. "Bock" in this case seems more like A-B Amber Bock.

Mouthfeel: body is on the light side, too light. Texture is watery and carbonation is abit too aggressive.

Drinkability: I'm being generous with my rating. Flavors, scents and body are all on the light side, but the beer is refreshing.

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Photo of merlin48
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pour a clear copper amber body with a small beige head. Some patchy lacing is left behind on the glass. Aroma is lacking, just a hint of toffee and spicy hop.Light body is crisply carbonated. Taste is subtle. Some restrained toffee maltiness and spicy hop bitterness. Not much here but it's easily drinkable. More of a Michelob amber than any other bock.

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Photo of Winter
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber in color with a bubbly white head. Aroma has come oxidation present. There's a bready maltiness to it and a pretzel-like aroma. The mouthfeel is thin to barely medium and soft on the palate. A sharp hoppiness cuts the malt sweetness of this bock. It tastes a lot more like an amber than a traditional bock. Tejas lacks the typical raisin flavor and decent maltiness that most bocks exhibit. I'm also picking up some diacytel in the taste.

This wasn't horrible, but as far as bocks go, there are so many better ones out there, that I wouldn't give this one a second look.

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Photo of beveritt
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label is made to look like old parchment and has a watermark of the state of Texas.

Appearance: Pours with a massive white head (2-3") that settles fairly quickly into a 1/2 inch coating and some lacing. The beer itself is a honey amber, with a little bit of red. Not as dark as I would expect for a bock.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts and adjuncts with a strong metallic background. Seems to smell like many of the beers from this brewery.

Taste: Not much here. Slightly sweet malt/corn flavor upfront and a very small amount of grassy/herbaceous hops in the finish, but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is average. Body is a little thin.

Drinkability: Much like the other offerings from this brewery, mehh. Not a drain pour, but not really that good.

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Photo of davidt
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin brown color with a weak head, The aroma is caramel and bready malt but not very strong at all. The taste is a weak sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel thin. There's nothing really unpleasant about the beer, but it's weak and uninspiring as a bock.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.52/5  rDev +21%
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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