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 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 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 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 Slynger
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +10.8%
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 -6.3%
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 shabbtastic
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +11.8%
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 +4.5%
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 -18.1%
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 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 Durge
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +13.2%
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 +9.8%
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 +23.3%
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 -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 daliandragon
3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Equal parts orange and amber, although probably favoring the former. A few steady streams of bubbles can be see bumping into the underside of a pastel orange-tinted eggshell cap that looks pretty good, both after the pour and as it deflates. Enough lace sticks for me to grant a better than average score.

The nose, while a wee bit underpowered, is pleasant enough. It smells like orange fruity English hops and sweet butter. I don't mind a little diacetyl now and then if it doesn't dominate in the nose or on the palate. More than passable.

First of all, I don't get the Stock Ale thing at all. I think of beer of that style as being stronger and more malty than this. Sam Adams Boston Ale is considered a stock ale though and it's less than 5%, so what do I know? In any case, Berkshire Springs tastes like a weak English pale ale to me.

I'm guessing that the malt bill is predominantly pale with some small amount of caramel malt for color and flavor. I've already alluded to the fruity, lightly herbal British hops. It's unlikely the brewers intended to create a hard water, mineral-laden, Bass wannabe (since this series is called 'Beers of America'), but that's what it tastes like to me.

Barely a hint of butter finds its way to the palate since the flavor profile tends to concentrate on tart fruit above all else. The body/mouthfeel is light for a pale ale and ridiculously light for what I think of as a stock ale. It holds its own though and isn't a drag on enjoyability.

Berkshire Springs Stock Ale isn't at all what I expected. It is a decent all-rounder and would probably match up well with any number of foods, but as a 'go it alone' beer to savor for the flavor... nah.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.53/5  rDev +23%
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 schultz369
4.25/5  rDev +48.1%
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 zeff80
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured out an orange/amber color. It had a small, foamy head. It did leave some lacing as I drank it. It smelled strongly of hops. You could taste the hops blended with spice and malt flavors. It had a soft, smooth mouthfeel. It is drinkable but it didn't greatly impress me.

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Photo of oelergud
3.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent deep bronze body. Lots of carbonation. Light tan head consisting of tiny bubbles with small ones scattered about. Collapses to a medium float leaving little lace.
Sweet grain and mild honey and molasses in the nose.
Taste is very similar to the smell no real surprises other than the high note of sourness that seems quite misplaced.Aftertaste is also sweet/sour.
Light to medium body. Some coating and a dry finish.
I probably wont have this again but it was not as bad as I expected. With some minor tweaks this could be quite a good brew.


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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 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 mooseisloose
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
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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