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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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of schultz369
4.25/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great tasting stock ale with a dark amber color and a sweet, malt taste ... balanced nicely with the hops. The head is a creamy color that goes well with the amber. The aftertaste is mellow and not too bitter. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and rich. I really enjoy this beer and will buy it again.

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Photo of Brettster
3.76/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber with a thick white head that hangs around for quite a while. Smells a little grainy, very similar to many of the other Minhas beers. Tastes pretty crisp with a slight bitter after taste. It is thin on the feel. This is a very drinkable beer. It would make a nice summer beer.

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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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt scent that is semi sweet and has a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a thin and dry malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with an earthy wet cardboard taste. It has a mild hop flavor. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent beer, but nothing special. I like the aroma, but the taste is too weak for me.

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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 everetends
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I got out of the "Beers of America" pack my girlfriends parents bought me. Served this one up in your standard pint glass.

A: This pours a pretty basic golden yellow, almost macro in color. Got a good finger of white head off the pour but the rentention was not really there. Head went away after a few minutes and no lacing to really talk about. Pretty active carbonation though.

S: Mostly a semi-sweet malt presence and a fruity/floral hops presence. Not too much to talk about here at all. Still pretty pleasant though. Not a turn off at all.

T: Taste is of some really light malt that has a wonderful, subtle sweetness to it. A bit of caramel presence. The hops presence really is suprising. I am getting a bit of citrus presence and floral flavors. This beer is very simple, but damn is it simply tasty. Diggin' this one for some reason.

M: Light bodied brew that has a really crisp carbonation presence. Very clean on the finish with very little aftertaste to speak of. ABV is nonexistant. Not even a factor.

D: You know this beer is simple but that is its beauty. Beers don't have to be crazy to be good and I think this is a great example. Just some hops and malt and a fine tasting brew. I wasn't really impressed with the other beers in this pack but this one is not bad at all.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light brown, nearly yellow in color, 1/4" of off-white head. SMells of light malt and a sizable portion of hops. Flavor has the makings of a good beer, but falls short. Clean malt base, but the hops are very subdued, and make this beer somewhat bland. Very good drinkability. I could sit back with a 6er and have no toruble finishing the whole thing.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.54/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extremely clar, totally see through. Has a dark yellow color, slightly darker than any B/M/C beer but barely. Very little head, but lots of carbonation. Weird, eh? The lace is tragically short-lived.

Very pleasant malty ale scent. Has a more pronounced, sweeter smell than many ales.

Slight bite to the malty ale flavor on the back of the tongue. Clearly has the English Ale style; finishes strong, but not pungent or alcohol-y. Slightly bitter, but don't try to find any hops.

A bit thin, but decent. A bit creamy once agitated and/or warmed up. Leaves a nice coating toward the end. I like this one just fine. It has a smooth ale flavor, but with that nice bite at the end.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Berkshire Springs Stock Ale was a dark golden color with a white head. The head had decent retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was a good mix of light malt and hops. The taste was also light malt with a decent European hop flavor and a dry, slightly bitter finish. It was just less than medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a decent ale, but not worth seeking out.

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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 kmpitz2
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour gives me 2.5 fingers of head over top of the super clear ambered golden colored beer. The nose is caramel malt with a small bit of spicey hop dancing in there as well. The flavor is not too bad. I believe the hop is saaz or hallertau. I kinda like it. The caramel malt is a touch weak. The feel is thin to moderate, with a moderate carb. This is refreshing and enjoyable. Still nothing great, but something nice for the summer maybe.

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Photo of berserker256
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice foamy tan head and the beer is the color of honey. Looks a little flat but decent overall. Kind of a mediciney malty smell combined with carmel, grass, and some hoppyness. Nice smooth sort of creamy texture, right amount of bitterness, countered by a bit of malty sweetness. Maybe a minute detection of a honey flavor. Pretty basic beer. No crazy special flavors or anything unusual, just a pretty good example of what a pale ale should be.

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Photo of karst
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agressive pour yielded the smallest of heads on the light copper tea APA. Little (malt) aroma noted. Taste blend of caramel malt and hops are balance. Crisp clean finish that leaves the mild hops to remind you your drinking beer (vs AB Select's no hint of drinking beer /"Like making love in a canoe" )

Not something I am going to seek out and tell others about. Much better locals in the Mid Missouri area (Schlafly, Little Yeoman, Meulers, O Fallon and Boulevard) or I could just hike out to the artesian well and brew my own IPA and have better crafted beer!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a bronze / orange color with a smaller white foam head. Medium level of carbonation. Some lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, hits of hops and some caramel.Smells quite fresh, as it it was bottled very recently. Taste is decent; malt, hops, caramel, and some dry grain. Mouthfeel is fair, somewhat thin and light, but the carbonation adds a nice zesty element. Decent drinkability. Worth sampling.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled as part of the Beers of America collection. Appearance is a solid copper color, unfortunately head is almost zero. Smell is lightly hoppy, decent but nothing special. Taste is fairly balanced, but just hoppy enough for the style. Overall I'd rate the taste as above average. Drinkability is very good. As far as APAs are concerned, you can find a lot better than this. I wouldn't buy the sampler again just for this.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear amber with an average white head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma has a malty core with grassy, caramel and fruity hints. Malty flavor includes a bit of hops, a bit of apple and pear, and a bit of caramel - nice, if nothing to Tweet about. Smooth texture has good fizz and decent body. Better as a party drink, or to go with a meal.

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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 cooncat
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, part of a "Beers of America" promotional package (2 each of 6 varieties). A birthday gift from my sister-in-law (well intentioned, but I would've rather had some Ruination ... :D !)

The pour produces a deep orange colored brew, with a decent (but short lived) foamy head. This head does leave some decent sheeting on the side of the glass though, so in that respect it's decent.

The nose is a bit light and non-descript. I detect a very light citrus hop nose, but little of malt. Strange for something called a "Stock Ale". Taste is light caramel malt, and light citrus hops. I guess its lightly balanced. The impression would be of a weak pale ale, to be quite honest. It's not objectionable, just lacking in character. Mouthfeel is light (why am I not surprised), crisp, and refreshing when quaffed on the chilled side. Drinkability definitely a cut above 'macro swill', but a little on the timid side for my likes.

Summarizing, it's entirely quaffable, but not a memorable beer. For the same bucks, my suggestion would be a Sam Adams Boston Ale.


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Photo of scruffwhor
3.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very jumpy bubbles for a pale ale.The color looks more like an amber pilsner than a pale ale. Very faint amber hues, mixed with a golden straw. Very faint head. The aroma is a blandlck luster plae ale. Very faint hinst of hops and mufins. The taste is crisp, but lacks the flavor that was expected. Light piney hops, with faint sourdough bread malts. Definetly crisp and hard water makes this a good after work at the pub beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My third selection from the Beers of America Collection. Poured a medium amber color with white puffy head. A bit of caramel is to be found in the smell, but not much. Taste is slightly sweet, a little toasty, and kind of caramelly. Finishes with some malt sweetness but little else. Middle of the road beer.

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Photo of Durge
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazey amber with a so-so head and fair lacing. The smell is of malt and butterscotch and molasses though not real strong. Mildly carbonated with medium to light body the taste is a bready sweet malt, pretty thin with just a slight peppery finish. There is a touch of citrus. Very easy to drink but perhaps a bit too watery to want very much. It's definitely OK but can't recommend going out of your way to try this. Right direction but weak.

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

Clear straw colored, with a good sized fuzzy white head. The smell is faint of light crystal malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Grassy hops make the biggest impact in the nose, but are weak as well. Picks up a bit in the taste, but the balance is the same. Subtle caramel sweetness with somewhat sharp toasted biscuits and earthy hops. Light-medium in body with good carbonation. Nothing too special happening in this bottle, but not bad except for the sharpness.

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Photo of clvand0
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is very subdued - some slight maltiness in there. Not much else. The flavor is really tame also. Slight hop flavor with a slight caramel backing. Very watered down. Nothing special to see here.

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Photo of ikats
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in color. A bit on a hazy side (for a lager). White head built up to about 3/4" and then dissipated to a thin cover that sticks to a glass.

Nice floral and fruity nose. Citrus (especially grapefruit) notes dominate. Very pleasant hoppy aroma.

Taste is dissappointing. Hops are barely noticeable, overpowered by the malty sweetness. This ruins the mouthfeel as it feels wrong for an APA. Fairly drinkable, although I won't reach for another bottle any time soon.

This bottle was part of the "Beers of America" series that was sold in Costco (I believe), and it spent a lot longer than it should've in my firdge. Obviously, the taste suffered, but it should've held up better than it did.

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