Rock River Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Rock River LagerRock River Lager

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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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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 77
Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling clear golden dofted with a tall and grabby eggwhite foam.
Hay bale nose with a gentle pear fruitiness and traces of raw sugar.
Graham crackers up front, then it veers even sweeter, with notions of gummied pineapple and heavy-syruped canned pears. It gives way to a lilting floral perfume, and later, the dryness of dead leaves.
Light bodied, with a fleeting carbonation. This is a bit fruit for a true German-style pils, and generally not the cleanest lager I've had. But it is drinkable, and, thus, fairly respectable.

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Photo of shirfan
3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Beers of America sampler:

A nice dark and clear gold with decent lace, aroma of light malt and a faint whiff of honey chewable cough drops.

Taste: Someone bothered to not churn out an average lager with a minor "historic" gimmick. Medium-light malt body carries the beer, with a touch of grassy hops. It's just a plain american lager in fact, but a *good* plain american lager. Reminds me of John Labatt Classic but a bit dryer. I'd actually buy more if it wasn't a one-off in a gift pack.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.53/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A stand-out lager in a sea of mediocre and boring beers. From the Beers of America gift pack. Pours out to a clean golden color with a long lasting white foam head of about 1/4 inch. Some lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of sweet malt, some very light yeast and subtle grain. Not bad. Taste was nothing amazing, but a definite step up from many other Lagers; flavors of malty sweetness mixed with smooth grains and the slightest bit of hops. This has a distinct flavor that is not of the "cheap beer" category. Mouthfeel was was slightly grainy, and accentuated by the solid and consistant carbonation. Just north of average drinkability. This is a well made all-malt brew. If this were available on a regular basis, i'd keep it in the fridge for when I want a solid lager. Recommended.

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Photo of WesWes
3.41/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a pale malt and lager yeast aroma that musty and dry. The taste is decent. It has a malty flavor that suggest that it is indeed an all malt lager. It also is mildly bitter and a bit grainy. It smooth on the way down, but dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average lager, but nothing I would spring for again.

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Photo of oelergud
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear pale golden body, low carbonation, retention and minimum lace.
Sour nose with some malt notes coming through, taste is largely the same. Aftertaste is abit too sour but mercifully short.
Good mouthfeel and minimum coating.
Low on my drinkability score.


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Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My final selection for the Beers of America Collection. Poured a pale yellow color with attractive white puffy head. Smell is slightly sweet, but not much else. Taste is suprisingly enjoyable with a bit of crisp maltiness present. Finished cold and refreshing. Not a bad beer, better than the rest in the collection, and more enjoyable.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out clear golden yellow with a thin white sticky head that held a little better than I expected. Some nice little columns of carbonation, too.

Smell is subdued, toasted grains, no real hoppiness to speak of, and a bit of malty sweetness.

Flavor is pretty nice, if not all that complex: a light toastiness, fresh, clean toasted grains, and a bit of sweetness. It's not a flavor powerhouse, but it's a good clean beer with a nice grain flavor and not too much sweetness. A tiny little bit of hoppiness would settle things out nicely, but it's solid overall.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall: This American beers of history twelve-pack was a gift, and I had low expectations. This is pretty tasty, though.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.08/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Part of the "Beers of America" package. "Bottled expressly for household use" printed on the label, whatever that means.

Noisy, large-bubbled, bone colored head that dissipates quickly. The color is a bronzed gold. The smell is slightly sweet, but of something almost chemical. The taste is also on the sweet grain side, maybe some corn in there as well, but with minimal hops. Extremely light body, soft mouthfeel. Not overly distinct, not overly satisfying.

For the money, there are significantly better lagers available.

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Photo of sabrills70
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer number 4 of my "Beers of America" 12 pack. Pours a medium light amber with a quickly fading 2 finger head and OK lace. Smells of a an all malt lager - slight caramel and a hint of hops. Again I detect some macroness. Yes there is a fair amount of malt but I also get some rice and corn coming through. There are much better examples out there, but this one does go down easy and would probably make a decent lawnmower beer. Its not bad, just get rid of the macroness.

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Photo of granger10
4.25/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My final beer from the "beers of America" pack I received. Just when I was ready to give up entirely on this thing, I get this wonderful lager.

Pours a honeyish orange color with a medium white head. The head lasts for only a bit then comes down to a one inch layer above the liquid. Lots of bubbles rising to the top. Not much lacing.

Aroma was citrusy, slightly fruity, and sweet.

Taste begins with a full sweetness. Not a cheap sweet flavor like many American lagers have but a full malt laden sweet taste. Body is really thick for the style and heavy on the palate. Hops come out a bit, more than they were in the aroma, and provide a drying effect and acidity to the beer. Taste almost like there's some orange peel in here but I'm pretty sure there's not. Finish is dry. Very well attenuated imo.

This beer is really smooth and well made all around. Not near as sugary or adjuncty as almost any other lager I have tried, but more flavorful and smoother. A really good beer here, I think people need to come to this beer with a more open mind and they will like it a lot.

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Photo of karst
2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this all-malt lager in a pint glass and watched as the 1 fingered white head fell in 30 seconds and disappeared in another 1/2 minute. Faint aroma of sweet malt and possibly some hops.

The flavor was very similar to the aroma. Hops are stronger in the flavor but offer little as far as bitterness. Finishes with malt sweetness, but that's it. Thin mouthfeel. Not a session beer - maybe a lawn mower beer.

Beats an Adjunct Macro Lager - (Coors) but not by much.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a small head that falls to a very light coating over top. The nose is okay, with some honey-touched sweetness and slight graineyness. Not ofensive. Its pretty nice. The flavor is much the same as the nose. Honey-coated grains. Not very inspiring. The feel is actually nice, with a moderate thickness and a moderate carbonation. More than expected in the feel. Overall, I'm still not impressed much with this beer. I would take it over others, but its still not something I would sit down to given the chance to have something else.

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Photo of clvand0
3.11/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was shared with me by a fellow brewer from his Beers of America package. Pours a copper color with a small head that quickly fades off and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and grainy, but very subdued. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Slight grassy flavor from the hops and a little bit of sweetness, but that's it. There's really nothing to this beer. Thin mouthfeel, decent drinkability. Just not interesting.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received the "Beers of America" gift set for Christmas (from Sam's Club or Costco, I think). Labelled as "Brewed and Bottled by MDII, Monroe, WI. Yellow label with red-brown printing featuring an old time lithograph of a river scene, with notes such as "brewed with high grade malt and hops" and this one I love- "Bottled Expressly for Household Use".

Pours a medium yellow- almost gold, darker than the macrobrew lagers. Lokks heavier and fuller too. A small head (from a vigorous pour) quickly fades to nothing.

Aroma is very hard to find. I get some slight notes of sweetness and malt, but it's very hard to find.

Flavor is actually pretty decent for a lager, but it's mostly based on maltiness and sweetness, with minimal hop profile. Makes it easy drinking, but not terribly interesting.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, not overpowering (as lagers tend to be).

Can be a decent yard beer, I would think, but not anything I am excited to have frequently.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from the Beers of America Collection. Apperance is a medium golden color with an average-sized, soapy head. The smell is sweet and grassy, very standard for simple lagers. Taste is sweet and grassy. More full-flavored than most golden lagers out there. A light crispness adds to the flavor. This is a very good beer for the classic american lager style, however this is still a style that doesn't get me too excited. An excellent lawnmower choice.

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Photo of aquilontendants
4.23/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beer received on xmas in the Beer of America Historical Collection. Not much head when head settled. Aroma is moderate from Continental hops. A very good lager beir that has a great mouth feel with lots of fullness. Appearance is clear and golden. The Rock River Lager is made after the style of pale lager that swept the world in the last half of the 1800's (from the pamplet). I like this taste compared to a lot of pilsner style lagers I have had around this area of the world. It is very noticable that no corn adjuncts have been used and that leaves this beer full, yet very easy to drink. Taste becomes sweeter as beer goes down and gets warmer. A good beer made at the Huber Brewing Company, contracted with someone else. Who or what is MDII anyway, that is who it says the beer is brewed and bottled by on the bottle.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks a lot like many macro lagers, clear darker gold color, almost no head. Smells of clean grassy malts, no skunk whatsoever. Very balanced taste, about as good of a straight up lager that I have had. Crisp, refreshing, trace of hops, and no skunk or corn flavors.

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Rock River Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.91 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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