Berkshire Springs Stock Ale | Minhas Craft Brewery

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2.89 w/ 76 ratings

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 12-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of daliandragon
3.63/5  rDev +25.6%
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%
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 +22.1%
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 +47.1%
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 +4.5%
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%
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 -12.5%
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 +4.8%
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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Photo of MSchae1017
2.66/5  rDev -8%
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 +21.1%
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 +26.3%
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 +12.5%
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 -1.4%
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 +16.3%
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 +10.7%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +4.2%
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 -11.4%
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%
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 +19.4%
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 +9.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +15.9%
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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Berkshire Springs Stock Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.6% out of 100 with 76 ratings
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