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: 67 | Ratings: 76
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 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 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 beveritt
2.1/5  rDev -26.8%
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 deltatauhobbit
2.18/5  rDev -24%
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 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 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 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 madjr80
2.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed with this beer from the get go. I poured it into a goblet, and there was hardly any head. Its a dark gold color with just a little bit of carbonation. It says that it is made from the best malt and hops, but it is really an average beer at best. The taste is nondescript and not really fresh.

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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 SetarconeX
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Winter
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale golden orange in color. Aroma has a bready maltiness to it. The mouthfeel is thin with moderate amounts of carbonation. Taste is pretty straightforward and lacks depth of character. Flavors of malt with a mild amount of hops combine for a bready & citrusy fruitiness. Finish is uneventful. There are a lot of examples of the pale ale style out there to try that are far more interesting than this.

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Photo of Mdog
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear dark gold.

Smell: Some sweet malt, a little fruit note.

Taste: A little sweet malt to start, then tea-like or metallic bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average.

Drinkability: Not much there, not my favorite flavor profile.

From the historical beers of America collection. Tastes more like an English pale ale with the metallic notes that I dislike about that style. Not too great.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks quite a bit like a lager... almost like a macro lager. Smells quite a bit perfumey... one might say floral but it spills over into perfume. A bit of hop aroma.
Tastes sweet and a bit too sweet at that, especially for the style. The experience is what I imagine what drinking perfume would be like.
Nah, don't bother.

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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 granger10
2.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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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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 MSchae1017
2.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted from a bottle in a mug.

The beer pours a dark oragange color with a decent head that holds a little but does not lace. It has very faint smell of sweet malts and hops. It tastes like a standard Pale Ale that has been watered down. The mouthfeel is a little watery. Overall, not to bad but it could use more flavor.

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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 pmcadamis
2.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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 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 shirfan
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear and light orange in color, with thin lacing.

Aroma of lemon and pepper, mild butterscotch tones.

Taste: somewhat thin, mild bready malt is followed by a peppery and too-astringent flavor. Some lemon zest before finishing metallic and watery.

Not that good.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass the beer was a very very light copper almost golden color. A thin half-finger of lace formed and was quickly swept away. Lots of carbonation clung to the glass.

The smell is malty, fresh, and clean. A little flowery too, and some hints of fruittiness.

A thin malt domininated body is the backbone of the beer with traces of other flavors occasionally coming out. White bread like blandness to the finish but some hints of apple and hops are there to keep the palate slightly happy.

Medium body, high carbonation, and a crisp finish.

This is not a beer I'd have again, but one I didn't mind having once. Flavors don't really pull through well making it a little bland, but it has enough traces of balance and flavor to allow you to finish.

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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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Berkshire Springs Stock Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
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