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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Photo of stevoj
2.27/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice foamy white head with decent retention and good lacing sits atop a golden, borderline amber body which is clear and lightly bubbly. 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. 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 Cyberkedi
3.32/5  rDev +15.7%
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 ibbjamin
2.54/5  rDev -11.5%
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 depechemode1983
2.01/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear dark copper color with an off-white rocky head. There seems to be tons of lacing as well. Smell is sweet and malty. Lots of caramel upfront with some faint hops in the background. Very simple and straight forward. Flavor is lacking. Sort of sweet with a bitterness that doesn't seem to be coming from the hops. Not good. The beer leaves an undesirable medicine aftertaste. Mouth feel is light and highly carbonated. I can't stop burping. To bubbly for me. Minhas fails to impress me again. Ill drink the rest of this one and take the other bottle I have and put it down the firing range.

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Photo of magnj
2.36/5  rDev -17.8%
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 berserker256
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
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 biggred1
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
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 DmanGTR
1.9/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes on 9/18/09

A - poured clear golden amber, rather still, with a short lived bubbly white head. A small patch of lace reminds me of its sadness. 2.0

S - Very faint. Couldn't get much out of it except some grainy malt sweetness. 2.0

T - Rather bland. Touch of malt, metal, slight twang of hops. No real aftertaste, not much to offer. My tastebuds are bored. 2.0

M - Thin, very carbonated. Next...2.0

D - Meh, I've had better and worse. The thing is that it drinks like soda water, which I do not like at all. Would not get this again. 1.5

Overall - As part of the History of Beers in America or whatever pack, it's one of the crappier ones. Doesn't reflect craft brewing or APA's at all.

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Photo of hoplover82
1.93/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

poured an almost clear deep golden with barely any head pouring rigerously and no lacing.

smells like funky mount hood hop and skunky malt

very astringent malty flavor with some harsh bitterness. Glad I only bought one bottle from a mixed six pack. guess I should've checked the reviews first huh...?

this was a drain pour, didn't think twice about it. One of the worst APAs I've ever had.

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Photo of vdread
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Berkshire Springs Stock Ale

beer number five in the 'beers of america' pack. in my initial tastings, i figured this one to be the best of the bunch. it probably is, if only because there is a hint of flavor with which to cover the dirt water taste. just like the rest, though, it's bland and unassuming. easy to drink, easy to pass up.

pours a clear yellow with some orange in the middle. some aggro pouring produces a foamy little head that sticks around for a few seconds and leaves a few tiny dots behind. there's a good bit of sediment floating around.

smells of grains and slight hops.
tastes like sweet grains, with a little bit of citrus tang at the end and a suggestion of hops. the malt profile is weak and watery. it's not strong enough to say much about it other than, like all the other 'beers of america', it tastes diluted.

mouthfeel approaching full and carbonated. much better than most of the 'beers of america'. drinkability pretty easy, but i think i'll have a beer with some flavor now.

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Photo of Brettster
3.76/5  rDev +31%
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 number1bum
2.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of a historical beers of America gift set that my dad, brother and I received for Christmas.

Pours a clear light copper color with two inches of pretty fluffy beige head. Keeps well, with a thick, full lace and a bit of stick too.

Smell is not very appealing, with some grain and veggies and very ltitle hops to be found. It's a bit on the skunky side.

Taste is a bit better but is quite bland. Some caramel malt, a bit of leafy hop character, some grain. That's really about it. Just lacking in overall flavor.

Mouthfeel is a light medium body, feels pretty thin.

Well, if they were going for an older style APA/stock ale then this is probably not far off actually. I'm glad American brewers have progressed so much because this isn't something I'd want to drink often.

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Photo of thekanna
3.72/5  rDev +29.6%
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 generallee
2.92/5  rDev +1.7%
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 joepais
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a two finger white head that trailed of to a thin lace. The body of the brew was a clear pale yellow with good carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass

Aromas' of grain and a light hop smell came of the glass. It was a rather sweat beer for an APA. I didn't see a bottle code it could be old. I did pull a slightly oxidized taste from the brew, along with some sweat malts. It was light and crisp in the mouth.

This one might be old like I said I like to know for sure so I will hold all final comments on this one

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Photo of BigRedN
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 18 pack. Not knowing what this is classed as I expected it to be a stock/old ale. A bit surprised it was an APA.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, the beer is clear, gold in color with a nice white head about 1 inch in height. Head slowly faded to a ring around the glass with a partial cover on the liquid that leaves a little laceing.

Smell: Light hop aromas leaning to citrus fruit (lemony), although less than I expected (I was looking for a bit more hops). Some biscutty bready malts fill out the thin scent as well.

Taste: Balanced flavor, some good malt with a slightly bitter finish. Overall a low flavor profile, but I guess I should have expected that.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit light in body but manages to stay away from light and watery. A bit dry on the finish.

Drinkability: An ok beer, but nothing I would go out of my why to try again.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.89/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely tame hop aroma. Seems right if it's an APA, it just takes some searching to find it and it's not all that impressive once found. Similar with the light malt background. Nothing wrong, just not enough.
Pours with huge rather white head that takes it time to settle. A little cloudy, gold.
Flavor is similar to aroma (light and carrying some appropriate characteristics), but it also holds not so pleasant flavors. Holds a sweetness that seems like a light lager (this is short lived). A mild hop flavor with a tad of bitterness. A bit of dryness on the finish, but it's more sweet.
Full carbonation that's fairly soft. Body is about right.
This drinks okay, just wish the flavors were more interesting. I'll give it credit that there are a lot of flavors, just some that shouldn't be there IMHO.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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 SirSketch
2.24/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My parents bought me a "Beers of America" variety pack for Xmas. Their hearts are in the right place, but I doubt I'm going to fall in love with any of these beers, ha

A - The appearance was one of the only nice things about this beer. A golden copper color with outrageous head that is hard to control when pouring, but sticks well to the side.

S - It was hard for me to get much aroma at all. Fresh hops come through slightly.

T - Sub-par malt flavor with some residual sweetness. Taste alot like dirty, soapy water. The soap taste got on my nerves so bad I had to dump this beer after a short time. Some bitterness comes through at the end.

M/D - Very light bodied and would be drinkable if not for the weird tastes I'm getting.

Two of these came with the variety pack, but I don't plan on consuming the other

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Photo of jjanega08
2.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A= a little darker than a regular yellow color with a tiny head and no lacing
S= not much. Small hints of malty sweetness
T= malty sweetness mostly with a miniscule hop taste coming through. The classic dirty water taste that's I've found is this brewerys signature dominates. Balanced but gross
M= average in every way
D= not too high. I just don't like this beer

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Photo of everetends
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
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 Procrastinator
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle is part of "Beers of America" sampler pack. People usually end up giving me this sampler as a gift every year or so. I've had this beer several times, but this is my first review of it. Poured into tulip pint glass.

Appearance: deep golden colored body with 1" small-bubbled off-white head slowly collapses. Sheets of lacing cling to glass with constant floating mass of foam. Carbonation is easily enticed with glass swirling.

Smell: toasty grains are hard to pick up. Even hops are in the distant background in what is supposed to be an APA.

Taste: flavors are relatively light with slight grainy sweetness equalled by a hop bitterness at finish. Hard water flavors detract with slight astringeny and off-flavors.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium with decent carbonation. Definite hop dryness at swallow remains on the tongue. Fairly well balanced.

Drinkability: flavors and scents are too subtle while carbonation is spot on. Middle of the road beer is nothing to seek out.

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Photo of altgeeky1
1.79/5  rDev -37.6%
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 AgingWarrior
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Samuel Adams beer mug a rather cloudy looking medium gold. About a finger of white head that quickly disappeared without any lacing.

The smell is somewhat bland, perhaps some mild hops and citrus.

The taste is okay. Not bad, but nothing special either. It's a beer, but somewhat like the macro lagers, nothing to distinguish it.

This is an okay beer on a hot day to take away your thirst and give you a buzz.

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Photo of merlin48
2.97/5  rDev +3.5%
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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