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 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 Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +22%
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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
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 scooter231
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
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 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 Frozensoul327
3.36/5  rDev +17.1%
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 tgbljb
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
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 whartontallboy
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark coppery orange with a thin white head that holds okay. Not a magnificent appearance, but decent enough.

Smell is pretty thin, with a little bit of caramel and bread malt in the nose, but not a whole lot else. It's listed as an APA, but I'm not finding much in the way of hops.

Flavor is a little stronger, with a good malty presence of caramel flavors that finish with a toasty little flourish. Not a whole lot going on, and it's kind of one-dimensional, but it's by no means bad. A tiny hoppiness slips in on the end, but not enough for an APA. A little bit watery, and a little bit sweet, but not too bad. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin.

Overall: Not a great beer, but not too bad, and since it was a gift, I'm happy to drink it. Would I buy it again? Nope.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the "Beers of America" series, the Stock Ale pours a burnished gold with a moderate white head consisting of large and small bubbles that eventually reduces to a minimal collar. Crisp and faintly sweet smell. Mild hop finish, slightly sweet malt up front, but really more hops than anything. Light body and minimal carbonation. This was an OK beer, not stellar.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.01/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer number 5 of my "Beers of America" pack. Pours a medium amber with a good 2 finger head, good longevity, and good lace. A mix of a caramel malt with a decent hop presence and I detect a bit of corn/rice. Taste is a watery malt with a decent hop flavor and bitterness, but again I detect macroness. this could be a good beer if they just would stop trying to cheapen it by adding corn and/or rice. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel and is very drinkable. Not a bad beer just a bit watery and leave out the macroness.

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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 karst
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
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 kmpitz2
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
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 clvand0
3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Dukeofearl
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Recieved for Christmas as part of a "Beers of America" collection (Sam's Club? Costco? Similar bix box store). The label identifies this as "Brewed and Bottled by MDII, Monroe, WI", not Joseph Huber as listed above. But it's the same city at least. Likely contract brewed.

The label has (in fairly small print): "1909 Style" and "A fine, full flavored ale brewed strictly from top-grade barley malt, choice aromatic hops, and pure artesian water". I'm a geologist working for a water agency- not to be petty, but there's nothing special about artesian water, it's just easily accessed groundwater. Could be good, could be bad.

But anyway, the beer. Pours a light amber-copper color- very clear. A slight amount of carbonation feeds the small head for a few minutes, then both carbonation and head disappear.

Aroma quite weak, but what's there isn't unpleasant. Malt, perhaps a bit of sweetness and maybe some caramel.

Flavor: Malty, weak pale ale flavor with a gentle hops finish. Nothing jumps out and grabs in this one. Not bad, but not exciting either.

Mouthfeel: pretty thin. Not terrible, but nothing to get your tongue around.

Overall, it's ok. But that's about all I can say.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
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 TastyTaste
3.57/5  rDev +24.4%
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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Berkshire Springs Stock Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
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