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Rock River Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Rock River LagerRock River Lager

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

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 stevoj
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Purchased as part of the Beers of America Historical Collection, contract brewed from original recipes. Nothing special at all here, nice golden color, no head and light lacing. Flavor is so light it’s almost non-existent. Reminds me of an American macro-brew from the 70’s, which is not a good thing....

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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of emerge077
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Thanks to Don for this one!
Forgotten in the dusty depths of Orbitalr0x's cellar, unearthed by Dan.

Pale bright gold with a compact head of creamy white foam. Some lacing, random arcs here and there. Sharp clarity and racing carb streams.

Faint honey malt aroma, surprisingly inoffensive.

Taste is bland and cereally, light honey, clean dry finish. Fairly thin and watery. Not recommended, but not as bad as we all thought it would be. Cool label.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
1.25/5  rDev -57.2%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.36/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this German Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a golden color, produced a thick white head, excellent retention and lacing. The aroma was mild featuring malted grain and a touch of grassy hops. Medium bodied, this pils falls on the maltier side, somewhat grainy and has a dry finish. Overall, above average for a Pilsner but not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of bzach
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Goldfishman
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of SargeC
3/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of depechemode1983
2.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear dark golden in color. Sudsy white head that's gone pretty quickly. No lacing. Not good. More along the lines of a bad malt liquor.

S - Toned down. A bit sweet and metallic. A little grains. Actually smells a bit like playdough. Or some sort of clay.

T - Toned down just like the aroma. Sweet with a bit of grains and sourness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. The medium carbonation. Pretty smooth just average.

D - This might be one of the worst beers I have had in a long time. If you have a chance to pick this one up...Don't. Just keep on walking.

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Photo of lwootton
3.47/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Arnolds Tulip Pint.

Appearance: Transparent straw gold. Thick head that dissipated quickly leaving little lacing behind.

Aroma: Simple malt smell with hints of grass. No floral/hop smell.

Taste: A bit sweeter than I expect from a lager, especially a Pilsener. Plain malt base with a bit of yeast flavor. No hop/bitterness/floral taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but not as clean and crisp as I expected.

Drinkability: Good! I could use a little less sweetness and a bit more complexity but I still enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of Krishob
1.98/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours with a foamy white head that reduce to just a small ring that clings to the side of the glass. Clear yellow almost burnt ember in color.

Smell - there is a sweet smell to it right up front. Also very floral, but there is a strange metallic or tin smell there as well.

Taste- overly sweet for a lager with that metallic taste on the backside. Has an almost apple cider taste and not well balanced at all. No bitterness and again more on the sweet side then would expected from a lager.

Mouthfeel - felt like I was drinking a non-alcoholic apple cider that has had water or even apple juice added to it to make it stretch. Very thin and watery.

Drinkability - this came in a sampler pack and there is one more left. I will be passing this off on to someone else. K am not opposed to a sweet beer but this is just one that for my taste would not want to have unless I had drank all my better beer and didn't feel like going out to get more.

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Photo of biggred1
3.57/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a thin white cap of suds. Untoasted grain and grassy hop notes in the nose. Grainy, slightly sweet malt flavors with a touch of herbal hops to balance. I much prefer the flavors of this beer to most macro adjunt lagers. Medium bodied and smooth, finishes squeaky clean. A good straightforward American lager and a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of berserker256
2.42/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I pour the drink into a pint glass and it's not impresseive. A small sad head fades away into a straw-colored beer that kind of looks like apple juice. Fizzy bubbles continualy rise to the top of the glass but it looks weak. It stinks of green apple skin and astringent chemicals. Unripe apples and pears dominate the flavor. It tastes and smells like a substance that I would clean out a bloody wound with. Acidic, apple, sour, aftertaste. Decently bodied and carbonated. NOT easy to drink. I don't care for it. Poor for a German Lager style beer. Not even close to what it should be.

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Photo of Brettster
2.87/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as part of a historical beers of America gift box. This lager pours a translucent golden color. Produced a one finger white foamy head that faded very quickly into a short white lacing on the top of the beer. It has decent carbonation with a steady flow of bubbles. Smells sweet and grainy. There is not much complexity in this beer. Has a light bodied smooth and bubbly mouthfeel. Kind of boring. It is a decent lawnmower beer though, much like many others offerings in this variety pack. Needs some hop flavor.

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Photo of number1bum
2.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Part of the History of Beer in America pack.

Pours a perectly clear golden color with about a finger and a half of white head. Keeps a mostly full lace and leaves a touch of stick here and there.

Smell is sweet, and sweet. Bleh. It's a pale lager alright, in all its glory. How out some hops? Not enjoying this.

Taste has more than just sweet...skunk. Ugh this is not good. Sweet honey like flavor, but it's not pleasant. Some weird fruitiness as well, plus some skunk. It's worse than the smell. Sweet pale malt and some skunky grain and that's about it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp enough to keep it from being completly disgustingly sweet. Still not good.

The other 3 beers I have tried from this box have been decent; nothing special but drinkable. This one is downright bad. I just cannot stomach it; it's a drainpour. But then again, the history of beer in America is full of bad lagers. So in that case, well done Minhas.

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Photo of vdread
2.88/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rock River Lager

beer #3 in the 'beers of america' 12 pack. it's a decent little pilsner, and fits the style better than most of the others in the pack. easily drinkable, but still pretty bland and unoffensive.

it looks like a fizzy yellow beer with a tiny bit of froth at the top that winds down quickly and turns into a little collar, leaving a few spots behind. smell is light. mostly grains, a hint of hops.

taste is very grainy, with some slight hop backing. it's somewhat sweet with that earthy, diacetyl taste that seems to be ubiquitous in the beers of america pack.

mouthfeel ok, it's a little dry with some carbonation, nothing special really. drinkability good. easily sippable. there's nothing really wrong with this beer, but it's not that exciting, either.

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Photo of thekanna
2.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the "Beers of America" Historical Beers six pack.

A: Poured clear yellow into a stein with about 2 fingers of white, frothy, clean head. Lots of large effervescent bubbles attach to the side of the glass and rise from the bottom.

S: General yeasty adjunct malt smell, with a metallic tinge.

T/M: Crisp carbonation upfront with a sweet malt body that devolves into a diacetyl creaminess and a slight hop bite. A very textbook example of a pilsener.

D: Quite a drinkable pilsener, though many other breweries can do about the same thing for less per bottle.

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Photo of generallee
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: This is one of six beers from an eighteen pack labeled Beer of America, Historical Collection. The 18 pack also came with a nice book titled, The History of Beer in America. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a light foamy white head that fades quickly to a thin wispy covering and then down to nothing. There is not much in the way of lacing, just a few slick spots at the top of the glass. The body has a bright golden color with very good clarity and some visible carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is light and has hints of grassy hops, light husky grain and cooked vegetables.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a fairly dry grainy, corn and husky malt taste with some grassy hops. The finish is dry with mild bitterness and acidity as well as an odd salty mineral like thing. The body is light to medium with a light easy drinking texture and light fizzy carbonation.

Notes: This is nothing more than your basic American pale light colored lager. It is drinkable but boring and I have noticed that all the beers in this mixed 18 pack are oddly similar to each other. The best part of this 18 pack is the book that came with it.

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Photo of hopdog
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with daknole (thanks!).

Poured a medium yellow/golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of graininess, and corny. Tastes of the same graininess, corny, and a little sweet. Hey, its a Pale Lager!

Notes from and tasted on: 5/21/09

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Photo of BigRedN
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is clear, golden in color with my pour producing a weak white head, about 1/2 inch in height. Head quickly fades to nothing and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, a little grainy, seems to contain adjucnts (corn). While I do not think it does, it just smells like it a bit. Nothing hop related in the aroma.

Taste: Listed as a German Pilsner, this drinks more like a typical American macro lager. Some slightly sweet malts, sweetness is not cloying but noticeable. No hop bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with good carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy with a crisp finish. As mentioned previously, it drinks like a macro lager.

Drinkability: Part of a mixed eighteen pack that came in a nice metal "box" that I may try to use as a patio cooler this summer. That's been about the best thing about these beers. This one is a decent easy drinker, just not overly memorable or one that I would seek out again.

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Rock River Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
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