Tejas | Minhas Craft Brewery

79 Ratings

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 12-03-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 cooncat
2.86/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle; part of the "Beers of America" promotional offering (6 varieties - 2 bottles of each). I've had a lot of bocks, so let's see how this one stacks up.

On the pour, you get a nice copper colored brew, with a creamy full head that holds remarkably well. A fair amount of lacing is evident. Hmm, could I be in for a pleasant surprise?

The nose is strictly malty, with no hop presence. A combination of bready and some coffee in there, but mostly bready. The taste follows the nose, mostly malt in character. Carbonation is just about right, but the flavor is very understated. No pizzaz. Mouthfeel is thin for this style, and disappointing. Drinkability is low on my scale, but, chilled, this would definitely be quaffable .. at least for a few rounds.

Bottom line, there are a lot better bocks out there, so if you are a fan of that style, this might be a disappointment. However, if you receive them as a gift (as I did), you can enjoy it for what it has. Best part of the beer is its appearance after the pour ... savor it!


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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 Mdog
3.07/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown, and you can see through it.

Smell: Roasted nuts.

Taste: Roasted flavors with a little toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not much there.

Part of the beers of America pack. This one is not too bad, but there's just not much there. Some roasted flavors but nothing too substantial. The booklet describing the beers is pretty interesting.

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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 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 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 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 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 Sycodrummer
1.4/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass the beer was a very light amber/brown color with a thin less than half-finger of head that faded almost instantly. Soda like fizzy bubbles popped up here and there and no lacing to speak of.

The smell is almost nothing. It's hard to smell like nothing, but this beer pulls that off. The faintest grain and hint of caramel. Nothing else in the nose.

The taste is like the smell: VERY bland. Hard to pick out any true flavors and everything is coated with a metalic after taste. Some hints of grain and malty caramel, but a bit gritty to the finish and super carbonated. Hints of alcohol kick in here and there too.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with ultra high fresh soda like carbonation.

This one was hard to finish. Just so bland it was like drinking cardboard. Flavors and aromas are lacking and the beer is tinted with an odd overall flavor. No thank you.

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Photo of Mitchel
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tejas pours a thin looking amber, brown. The head is huge and white in color. It has great head retention and really nice lacing. It smells like lots of malt. There is also a hint of caramel

It tastes like sweet caramel malts. It is relatively well balanced. Once it hits the tongue it seems to be creamy; it is a little to carbonated for me. Light on the palate and goes down well with a little residual sweetness to it. Not much going on here as far as hops goes.

Pretty decent taste, nothing outstanding though. The beer is good, just nothing that I would buy again. It just seems that there is something missing.

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Photo of MSchae1017
2.13/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was tasted in a stange from the bottle.

THis beer pours a translucent brown with not much of a head or lace. The smell is of barley and probably some corn. It tasted kind of like budweiser with less corn and a little more sweetness. The mouthfeel is thin with some good carbonation. Overall its kind of like a darker budweiser. I'm not too impressed.

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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 ommegangpbr
3.07/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had the porter from this company/brewery recently and this is a much better offereing.
Strikes me as a bit pale for the style; like a pale ale of a mild copper complextion.
Smells pretty good. A little smokey and a little sweet.
The taste reflects the smell but the mouthfeel takes away from the experience. A bit watery and soapy on the palate. Mild sweetness and smokeyness still there; a modified version of the porter I had from them, but a better effort.
Not good... but not bad.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Tejas pours from the bottle a deep transparent cola color with hints of red and a fizzy bubbly off white head. Aromas of some caramel and chocolate malts with a burnt grain undertone and only a subtle touch of hops. It's not bad...but nothing jumps out at me at all...really quite pedestrian.

First sip brings a grainy, light caramelly, chocolate maltiness that's crisp with a nice sweetness throughout. A bit roasty with really no hops in the flavor profile. This one leaves me wanting more...

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bit of creaminess. Quite smooth and easy to drink...but it's really nothing special. I can't see myself going back to this really. Still it's an easy drinking brew and pretty refreshing.

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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 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 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 oelergud
1.66/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Clear deep copper body with moderate carbonation. Head is light tan, not much retention or lace.
Thin caramel with some sour notes around it.
No no no, much to buttery and astringent. Some caramel in the taste as well but this is just wrong.
Too buttery in the mouthfeel too.
Never again, cant finish this humbug. Not a bock.


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Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Selection fro the American Beer History collection purchased from Wegeman's. Poured a moderate amber color with modest white head. Smell is slight with a touch of caramel to be found. Taste provides some roasted malt notes, but very little. Finish is more malt. Nothing in the hops department. A middle of the road beer.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a pretty caramel-amber color with very little fizzy white head. A decent amount of carbonation in the glass.

Smell is light, with caramel malts and a few little sweet other smells. Not a lot going on, though. Not uninviting, but not a terribly exciting smell, either.

The flavor is similarly one-dimensional, caramel malts, slightly toasty/nutty, but just overwhelmingly one caramel flavor. No hoppiness to speak of and no real depth to the malt flavors. Not a bad drinker, though the mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style.

Overall: Eh, this is not bad, but it's very, very average. You're not going to spit it out, but it's not exciting, either.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was part of a "Beers of America" twelve pack. The Tejas poured a big, fat sand colored head of medium bubbles which had fairly good staying power. Light copper in appearance with minimal rising carbonation bubbles. It smells of soft malt, and not much else. The body is thin, light, not much in the way of hops, or malt. Not much happening at all with this beer. Definitely not in keeping with the Bock style. I would pass along the second bottle.

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Photo of sabrills70
2.64/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer number 3 of my "Beers of America" historical 12 pack. Pours a medium amber with a 3 finger, aggresive pour, head and good lace. Not much aroma but I do detect a faint nutty malt smell. Some watery matiness detected in the flavor as well as some macroness. Leaves a slight roasted bitterness on the tounge. Yes by definition it is a bock, just not a real good one.

Halfway throug my 12 pack I would have to say avoid this one. They are not gross, just not worth the price.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The last (for me) of a "American Beer Heritage" or some such series, packaged in a wooden old-style tool box looking package, 2 x 6 beers. This one has a tan label with a old-timey map of Texas and the following text: "A fine Bock Beer with a creamy texture and malty body" "Brewed with Carapils, Brewer's Two Row, Caramel and Black Malts", "Brewed & Bottled by MDII, Monroe, WI".

Pours a deep amber color with some solid reddish off notes. A decent sized head quickly dropped to nothing, and I mean nothing (unless you count the hudred or so bubbles on the edge of the glass at the top of the beer).

Smells and tastes of malts. Malts. Malts. Did I say malts? It goes down fine, I can see roasty caramel, but that's it. A one note beer. Mouthfeel (called creamy on the label) is closer to thin than creamy. OK, this isn't a bad terrible beer, but there's not much to make me want to drink the other one sitting in my fridge right now...

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