Berkshire Springs Stock Ale | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by TastyTaste on 12-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by magnj:
Photo of magnj
2.36/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice foamy white head with decent retention and good lacing sits atop a golden, borderline amber body which is clear and lightly bubbly.

S - Musty vegetable aroma. Honestly smells like a lightly used shoe, not bad but definitely not good. Not hoppy, not malty, kind of yammy, a descriptor I tend to use for crappy, old, or old crappy beers.

T - Read above. But seriously Up front it's really generic and light in flavor, balance is far towards malt. Tastes like it was brewed ages ago which ironic considering it came from a package of antique styles, maybe they literally found some old ass beer. A hint of hops at the end, not as much as a vegetable flavor as I've experienced in some brews but still quite odd.

M/D - Light to moderate body. Drinkable. What I've learned from this variety pack so far. Old beer all tastes the same, and old.

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Photo of generallee
2.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | 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: It has a fast fading, light fluffy head. It is bright white in color and full of big soapy bubbles. There is only some slick spotty lace here and there but not all that much to speak of really. The body is light golden honey colored and very clear. It has lots of visible in the beer and some big bubbles that stick to the inside of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a touch of leafy hops with some lemony citrus as well. Also there are notes of sweet bready malt and dry pale grain.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has light grain, sweet white bread and some fruity orange marmalade notes as well as some sweet honey and buttery tones. There is very little bitterness and just a hint of citrus hop flavor. The finish is more of an acidic hop flavor vs. citrus hop bitterness. The texture is very smooth with a medium body and mellow carbonation.

Notes: This was an ok beer but it was still very similar to the other beers in this mixed pack. One other thing to note is that of all the beers in this pack the Berkshire Springs Stock Ale was the only one that said it was brewed in Rochester NY by MDII. Overall the best part of this 18 pack is the book that came with it.

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Photo of merlin48
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours clear pale yellow body with a small and fleeting offwhite head. Aroma is negligible, just hints of grainy malt and faint grassy hops. Light body is crisply carbonated. Taste is subdued but decent. Some toasted malt sweetness and vague hop bittering. Easy drinking, but I wouldn't call it a pale ale.

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Photo of SetarconeX
2.48/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Crystal clear reddish brown, with a lot of froth. Visually rather nice. Smell is weakly malty, good, but not too much there. So far so good. unflavored cough syrup with hops. Might only be 6%ABV, but you taste every bit of it. A shame too, becuase it's a really nice looking beer, and it doesn't smell half bad.

Don't like this one at all. Best avoided.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.69/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear and gold with a light touch of amber. The head is initially one finger before settling down to a thin cap and a fatter collar. No real lace or anything. Sort of bland looking.

S - Gentle grassy hops and lots of grainy aromas with some nuttiness also. Sort of like a whole wheat cereal with nuts and a touch of honey.

T - More hops than the nose, with an additional wine-like tartness that comes off as almost puckering. Again, very grainy like a malt liquor and I don't really like that here.

M - Medium bodied, aggressively carbonated, with a dry finish.

D - A slightly below average APA. It's got a lot of things jumbled together that don't really work and although there are no real major flaws I just don't care for this one much.

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Photo of beveritt
2.1/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Received this bottle as part of a "Beers of America" sampler pack. The label has an old looking oval label printe don it, but is very vague about origin, ABV, etc. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a little over an inch of almost white foam. This settles quickly into a layer of large-bubbled head and some lacing. The beer itself is a pale yellow and looks more like a macro lager than a stock ale. Fair amount of activity here.

Smell: Very grassy and herbaceous nose. Hints of sweetness, but not malt, maybe adjuncts.

Taste: As bland as I would have guessed from the looks and the smell; not nearly the level of flavor I would have expected from a full-flavored stock ale. Sweet up front, with a hint of bitterness. Slight metallic twang, but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Body is average to thin. Carbonation is above average, too high for this style.

Drinkability: This beer isn't bad, not a drain pour, just nothing really here. I am sensing a pattern with this sampler pack. At least I got a cool bucket.

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Photo of JamLand
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Recieved for Christmas as part of a "Beers of America" collection (Sam's Club? Costco? Similar bix box store). The label identifies this as "Brewed and Bottled by MDII, Monroe, WI", not Joseph Huber as listed above. But it's the same city at least. Likely contract brewed.

The label has (in fairly small print): "1909 Style" and "A fine, full flavored ale brewed strictly from top-grade barley malt, choice aromatic hops, and pure artesian water". I'm a geologist working for a water agency- not to be petty, but there's nothing special about artesian water, it's just easily accessed groundwater. Could be good, could be bad.

But anyway, the beer. Pours a light amber-copper color- very clear. A slight amount of carbonation feeds the small head for a few minutes, then both carbonation and head disappear.

Aroma quite weak, but what's there isn't unpleasant. Malt, perhaps a bit of sweetness and maybe some caramel.

Flavor: Malty, weak pale ale flavor with a gentle hops finish. Nothing jumps out and grabs in this one. Not bad, but not exciting either.

Mouthfeel: pretty thin. Not terrible, but nothing to get your tongue around.

Overall, it's ok. But that's about all I can say.

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Photo of altgeeky1
1.79/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a traditional pint glass, color is a slightly cloudy gold color. Produces 1 finger of head which settles quickly, but does not evaporate (3 sips and 5 minutes later, there's still 100% lace across the entire surface).

Smell was a let down - grainy, grassy, corn, weak malt overpowered by the previous. No hop smell. :(

Tastes grainy, weak malt. There were enough hops for a macro lager, but like most macro lagers the hops were not identifiable. The funny thing is, according to historical data, a 'stock ale' is supposed to be between a pale ale and an IPA in terms of hops. What a let down.

The finish is a grainy chalky corn feel. This reminds me of my first homebrew, a 15 min boil using 50% corn sugar. After the finish, you can still taste the corn. I had to pour myself a DIFFERENT beer to wash out the taste.

Mouthefeel is OK for a few seconds, up until the corn and fizz overwhelms everything. Not a good beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz received as an extra from jjanega08.... Thanks jozef...

poured into my shaped SA glass... short lasting 1/2" head... the brew is clear deeper gold.

the nose isn't really very good... smells like beer... I guess... sorta like has a "nail polish remover component".. apricots soaked in acetone and dumped into a glass of beer.

flavor is better... marginally... there is still a sorta chemically note to it... other identifiable flavors... pale malts and sorta steeped grains... some hops .. I guess .. mildy citric.. chalky finish with not much going on.. the body is lite and the carbonation crisp..

Thanks again jozef for a chance to try a new beer + brewery.

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Photo of thekanna
3.72/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review 3/6 out of the Beers of America Historical Collection.

A: Pours peach bordering on salmon under dim light with 2 fingers of foamy white head and clumps of bubbles in the body that stick to the side of the glass.

S: Beautiful bouquet of peaches, citrus fruits, pears; an overall fruity sweetness. Hops are faint and yeast is nigh undetectable.

T: Malty body (strong taste of barley malt) with caramel sweetness and some astringent hops in the finish.

M: Smooth and malty with a nice bite of carbonation at the end.

D: Nicely drinkable and refreshing beer; my favorite out of the "Beers of America" collection so far. I wasn't expecting much from seeing the overall grade on this page, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of scooter231
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pretty rusty brew with head that fades entirely too quickly for my taste and leaves no lacing. Very clear. Nose is citrusy, lots of lemon going on in there, a bit bready, with a good whiff of bitter/sour hoppyness. Not very intense- an easy nose, if you will.

Taste lacks what the nose had. The breadyness and the hops still come on fairly well, but the citrus notes are barely there, and overall it is much lighter than I'd like it to be. Mouthfeel is on the thin/watery side, and definitely lacking in carbonation. However, this is pretty drinkable. Light, not overpowering, and not an unpleasant taste- and no bad aftertaste. A good sample to give to someone you're trying to convert from the big macros- it's similar to say, Bud, in ways, but definitely a step or three up.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Light amber, forms a one finger off white head made up of medium sized bobbles that quickly dissipates, leaves light lacing on glass.

S = Not much of anything here. I can make out very slight malt smell and some bitterness, but it is very ephemeral.

T = Okay taste of hops, not incredibly strong but there is some citrus and bitterness at the front of the tongue and in the too short finish, light flavors of sweeter malt come through mid-palate.

M = Light bodied, decent carbonation feel, maybe stinging a little too much. Mouthcoating only fair.

D = Not a great beer, but tastes okay.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden color with a thin, quickly dissipating head. The aroma is slightly hoppy, mild with grains noticeable. The taste is grainy and cereal like with some mild hops noticeable. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth. Overall, this tastes like a macro beer with slightly more flavor – might be better served ice cold.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got it out of the Beers of America 18 pack. This is the last one to try.

Pours a pale yellow color with a little head, no lacing.

Smell is somewhat sweet, very faint though, slight grassy aroma.

Taste is pretty much only slights across the board, slight hop taste, slight malt taste, odd bitterness, thin tasting, sorry for being nondescript but it's hard not to be with this beer.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of biggred1
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper with a big rocky head of merengue like tan foam that slowly melts leaving plenty of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is certainly more English than American with herbal smelling hops, pale malt and notes of buttered toast. The flavors follow suit for the most part with green apple skin, earthy hops (Fuggles/Golding?) and pale malts. Light, borderline watery with mild carbonation. A fairly wimpy "pseudo craft" beer but not entirely undrinkable. I won't seek this brew out again.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a small off-white head, which retains well, thick broken lace, and profuse streams of carbonation.

Aroma: Light fruit and pale malt dominate the aroma, there are mild, grassy hop notes as well.

Taste: Opens with a mild, slightly nutty malt flavor. Midway through the taste, there is a brief wave of sweet malt. There is a mild, lingering hop bitterness at the close of the taste. The finish is rather dry.

Mouth feel: Soft, smooth, full, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Interesting in a number of aspects, this beer seems mild in terms of hops for an APA, but has a somewhat higher ABV at 6% than is typical. Well worth a try.


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Photo of ibbjamin
2.54/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a mixed box of 'Beer of America' gift box for Christmas. Most of the beers were not impressive. I pour this one into a pint glass.

Half inch, loosely packed white head. Cloudy dark copper in color. A nice layer of retention and some lacing.

Raw grains, pale caramel malts and muted citrusy hops. Pretty well balanced with seemingly mediocre adjuncts.

Taste doesn't deviate much from my nose's suggestion. Perhaps the muted hops are less muted, but still far from fresh and not forward enough to compete with even an average beer in this style.

Light to medium body with a crisp finish.

Funny just reading the new BA mag and this brewery is mentioned in the 'So Bad, It's Good' article.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a twelver with 6 different brews my wife picked up for me. Bottle smell is a sweet sugar cane ale smell. Poured into a boot produced a nice off-white head on top of a dark golden color. Not much smell in the mug but a basic sweetness. Taste is kind of shallow. Not much at the start, a little in the middle and not much of a finish. Not much backbone to this beer. Carbonation seems ok but there isn't much malt base at all. The finish improves at a slightly higher temperature. Not an ale I would go out of my way to find, but hey it is an ale, I can pound a few.

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Photo of Goldfishman
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of daliandragon
3.63/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the "Beers of America" boxed set my girlfriend's parents gave me for Christmas., which was a nice gesture although so far I've been pretty unimpressed with most of the offerings. This pours an orange amber with a little thin head and a little lacing. Nose is much maltier than most APAs but not really very English stock ale sniffing either..slight fruit and alcohol also residing in the olifactory sensors Mmmm..

Decent initial bite of hops followed by robust nutty malt and a decently bitter aftertaste. It does have lots of flavor but that's partially offset by the noticeable metal tones, particularly in the aftertaste. Still, this is a halfway decent beer, even if it doesn't really fall into an individual style. I could drink this at length without too much trouble.

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Photo of granger10
2.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another one from the "Beers of America" package that was given to me. This beer had a darker golden color with bronze highlights. Head was weak and lacing was nonexistant.

Aroma seemed very weak but I got some caramel notes and a faint cherry wood character.

Begins sweet on the tongue then some hops show themselves but at the top a sour note takes form. It's kind of medicinal and reminiscent of band aids. This sour note carries through to the finish along with some fruity characteristics.

This small bottle became difficult to finish for me. Luckily the body was thin and I could consume easier than if it were thick. I like to give every bottle a full chance so no drainpour. And there were good qualities to it, but that medicinal/band aid characteristic was overwhelming imo.

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Berkshire Springs Stock Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.89 out of 5 with 76 ratings