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 garymuchow
2.89/5  rDev 0%
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 +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 SirSketch
2.24/5  rDev -22.5%
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 -20.1%
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 +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 Procrastinator
3.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -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 AgingWarrior
3/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +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 Winter
2.48/5  rDev -14.2%
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 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 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 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 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 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 shabbtastic
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was another in the American Beer gift pack and the most promising too.

A - Poured an amber orange with a nice head, again head retention was not a strong point here.

S - Very faint Hoppy presentation had to be expected with the track record of the previous offerings from this brewer.

T - I've rarely met an APA I didn’t like. Good hoppy bite followed by a nice (rather weak) malty finish.

M - Not a lot of dancing. It was very thin and my tongue couldn't quite grasp the full APA flavors.

D - Nice finish - crisp and clean makes this a decent attempt at an APA.

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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 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 madjr80
2.35/5  rDev -18.7%
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 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 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 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 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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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 Mdog
2.48/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Berkshire Springs Stock Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.89 out of 5 with 76 ratings