1845 All Malt Pils
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Pilsner - German
Ranked #836
Ranked #49,854
2.53 | pDev: 24.51%
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
1845 All Malt Pils1845 All Malt Pils
Notes: Formerly Minhas 1845 Pilsner
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rossracing from Illinois

2.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

May 13, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

My local, in-person trader, Tone77, brought this bottle for me. I was blissfully unaware that my arch-nemeses, Ravinder and Manjit Minhas, were bottling their beers. I have had more than my share of their CANned offerings, swill so unfit for human CANsumption that my repeated imbibing has turned me (part-time) into The Cyberleader! I am hoping for the best from this bottle.

From the bottle: "38 DEGREE PARADISE Chill it to 38 [deg.] Fahrenheit, sit in your favorite chair and sip away the 38 Degree Paradise. Here is to hoping that you own a fridge dedicated to chilling beer to its perfect temperature! Did you know that 1845 is an ALL MALT beer made in the finest Euro tradition? Mr. Corn and Mr. Rice don't live here! They are not even welcome here. 1845 PILS is out Brewmaster's dream and hopefully, it will also become yours."

Of course, it is a screwed-up screw-top, depriving me of even a Pop! These bottles are the absolute worst as they must be completely recycled, as opposed to reused as with pop top bottles. I was so irritated by all of it that I performed one of the heaviest-handed pours in recent memory. This resulted in two fingers of dense, puffy, tawny head that slowly receded into memory. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a toasty maltiness to it, which corresponds to the label, which reads "All Malt". Sofa! Sofa, so good. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was rather ... odd. Not unpalatable, like so many beers that they make, but not really a good example of a German Pilsener, either. I have been attributing their off flavors to a tired, worn-out yeast strain and I think that may be the culprit here, also. The nose was fine, but the taste does not mirror it. Instead, there is a cheesy sharpness that masks the maltiness noted on the nose. It also has that distinct Minhas pink bubble gum/dry cleaning plant flavor. Finish was semi-dry, but left a lingering aftertaste that makes me want to gargle with a flamethrower. No bueno!

Jan 20, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

1.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My dad toured this brewery and brought me back a mixed pack. He doesn't drink, see, so his impressions of breweries are based mostly on the friendliness of their staffs and the coolness of their labels. He said Minhas seemed pretty tight.

And, hey who am I to disagree. Huber used to be a big deal, right? It's nice to see an oldtimey regional beer still being produced in its original location, not contracted out.

So I cracked this open, poured it, smelled it, and froze. It had a weird, medicinal offness to it that I normally would have attributed to it being really stale.

"You get this right from the brewery?"
"Not even a week ago."

Well then. No staleness. What on earth accounts for that aroma and flavor then, that overrides and ruins the whole of this beer? It's kind of like metallic adjunct, only with a harsh and viscerally unappealing chemical bitterness to it, like someone took an old High Life and sprayed a little Raid into it.

It wasn't the worst tasting beer I've ever had, but it was very close. Absolutely not worth buying.

Jul 29, 2011
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scaliasux from Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Light yellow. Cloudy and bubbly. Short white, short-lived head.

Smell - Very sweet and grainy. Not catching any hops.

Taste - Sweet and grainy. Fairly watery. Finishes with the slightest tang of fruity hops. Cloying.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Drinkability - My impression of the several Minhas' brews I've tried is that they skew sweet and simple. This one is no exception. Not much to look at here unless you're really a craft brew beginner. In that event, this isn't much of a german pilsner, in my opinion.

Mar 07, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single from Viking in Reedsburg. No bottle date, just a string of undecipherable numbers printed on the bottom.

Poured this into a Hamms goblet, it produced a thin cap of foam, that left a broken skim after a couple minutes. Lacing sticks to the sides.

Mildly skunky noble hop aroma, like many euro pils I have whiffed. Not bad, not especially interesting though. Vague hint of malt with a slight metallic twang.

Clean pilsner malt taste, crackery and simple. Very mild hop presence, lending a "barely there" grassy bitterness. Dry aftertaste, somewhat fizzy with the CO2. Easy enough to drink with minimal intellectualizing. This seems like a grab for the craft market, but it probably won't appeal to most craft drinkers used to bolder flavors. But it's a decent transition beer away from bigger macros. Quite possibly the best beer i've had from Minhas (which is not saying much).

Jul 25, 2010
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A decent but not outstanding beer from this regional scale brewery. This clear, deep gold brew (minimal head) proudly claims itself to be an all malt beer and indeed, the malt is the most notable quality of the beer. It features malt flavor reminiscent but not quite as tasty or clean as that of a good German lager. The beer could be more strongly hopped; I wonder if the original pils (circa 1842) were more hopped. Seems like they are trying to capitalize on a "roots" perception but cutting potentially tasty corners.

My first sip detected a slight metallic off-flavor, but this did not detract from my subsequent enjoyment of the beer. Similarly, a persistent but inoffensive soapy aftertaste and smell was detected. While the beer is not a bad way to quench a thirst, it is a little too filling to work as a session beer. The maltiness is insufficient reason, in my opinion, to drink a beer that has some flavor flaws and feels heavy in my gut... A bit of a disappointment, given that the beer is sold as 8 packs and I have 7 more to go.

May 28, 2009
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zenwatts from Minnesota

2/5  rDev -20.9%

Jan 19, 2012
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Latarnik from New Jersey

2/5  rDev -20.9%

May 30, 2014
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

2/5  rDev -20.9%

Jan 29, 2012
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Atron67 from Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this as well at the minhas craft brewery today, told us that they just finished making them as well, and that they were coming out soon to the stores

A- poured a crystal clear golden color with a light white head on top. head fell pretty quickly which is what i would expect, but is still a little sad

S- light maltiness, low hops, pretbty standard for a pilsner, pretty clean.

T- has a pretty nice clean maltiness that fades pretty quickly to give a nice clean finish. smooth nice flavor but its a pilsner which were never my thing, but i would give it a decent rating in terms of a pilsner style

M- full-medium body, which is one of the things i liked about it better, medium carbonation.

D- its ok, im not a pilsner kinda guy, but its solid and leagues ahead of new fangled wide mouth tab canned with the coldest taste ever or whatever crap marketing you wanna put on it

Mar 23, 2008
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Ragingbull from California

2.7/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold color with lots of active prickle and light lacing on the surface. Malt dominant nose with hints of grain. Fresh and clean attack. A little bit of bite to the flavor before it flattens out at the finish, and flatten is the right word. Grainy finish and aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel and heavy body for a pilsner is almost enough to save this beer. It is definitely a "microbrew" pilsner as it doesn't taste mainstream, so that is a plus. I would put this right around the mean for pilsners that I have had. My wife commented that it tasted like Keystone light.

Apr 29, 2009
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tjkurz from Wisconsin

3.16/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pilsner. Clear and deep gold good amount of head - couple fingers with good lacing. Tastes of malt corn with standard hop finish for a pilsner. Drinkability - average Pilsner - doesn't do much for me either way - doesn't distinguish itself either way - mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Dollar for dollar - you can do better buying Schlitz or the like.

May 11, 2009
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Jun 19, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

2.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with one finger of thin wispy white head, which leaves a few specks of lace around the glass as it quickly diminishes. It smells of mild grain, and watery dish soap. The taste is mildly sweet corn kernel, and musty floral hops. The carbonation is quite zingy, the body light all around. It finishes with some weedy essence, and nail polish notes.

Quite unpleasant in the round - the stellar New Year's Eve Indian spicy curry spread could barely mask its deficiencies, other than as an expensive water stand-in.

Jan 04, 2011
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jsh420 from Illinois

2.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

May 01, 2015
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Loogs from Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -20.9%

Jan 08, 2013
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emmasdad from Colorado

3.08/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this one, along with a slew of other Minhas offerings, as extras in a recent trade. Nothing really wrong with this one, in fact it went very nicely with Bukowski on the back patio while grilling meat for dinner. Other than that, golden color, white head, creamed corn on the nose, crisp and clean on the palate. ok

Sep 20, 2010
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barnzy78 from Illinois

2/5  rDev -20.9%

Nov 28, 2011
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Fatduck from Minnesota

3.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An "All Malt" offering from Minhas Craft Brewery. Pours a very clear copper color, looks like a bud lite. Smells a little tart/sour, almost like their farmhouse ale. Taste like a lager beer, but certainly nothing special. Very bubbly in the mouth, lots of CO2. All in all, its a light lager beer that tastes mildly better than bud lite.

Nov 05, 2008
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portia99 from Massachusetts

3.32/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.16oz bottle poured into an Atlantic Brewing pilnser glass.

A - Pours a very clear (although not crystal) pale gold/straw color with an endless stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface and forming a thin finger of white foamy head that dies to a thick layer and some nice lacing.

S - Grainy malt base with some floral/perfumey hops and a bit of earthiness. Pretty clean aroma, but not much going on.

T - Pretty clean with dry, grainy and biscuity malt character. Floral hops blend in pretty well with the malt. There is also just a touch of phenols in here that gives a bit of a harsh alcohol flavor that is a bit distracting in this setting...not enough other flavors to blend or offset this.

M - Thin in body, approaching watery. Assertive carbonation that prickles and tingles the tongue. The phenolic touch and the floral hops leave a lasting impression into the aftertaste.

D - Pretty much a middle of the road pilsner. Not down at the macro level of blandness, but definitely not one of the shining examples of the style. A pils with a couple of faults, basically. Didn't ruin my pizza this afternoon, but didn't enhance it much either.

Sep 06, 2010
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bismarksays from Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

Apr 14, 2014
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jdkitchi from Wisconsin

2.61/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Oct 10, 2015
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EsoxLucius from Canada (SK)

2.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1845, this came in a variety pack of beer and it was cheap. Figure, you have to try it all to know what's good and bad.

A: this beer's best feature pours a nice copper color with decent lacing.

S: not entirely a skunky smell, but there's a bitterness there I wasn't too fond of.

T: for some reason, every beer I've tried thus far from Minhas seems to have this artificial taste of massive amounts of sugar added to take away most of the vile aftertaste.

M: thin, thin, thin. Virtually like water, not impressed.

D. by the time we get to this, the taste and mouthfeel has me thanking them for only putting 2 in the variety pack! I personally wouldn't buy this on its own ever, but for those looking for low-taste-watery-type beer (ie: coors, bud light) save a few bucks and get this instead!

Feb 25, 2009
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mazingblue from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to glass.
The appearance of this beer is very nice. It has a dark yellow/light gold color with a 1/2 inch head that dies quickly. Leaves small rims around the glass as beer disappears. Not much smell to the beer. For a pilsner, I wasn't expecting much in taste, but this beer proved me wrong. Although I am new at trying to predict what craft beers taste like, this pilsner was a ten compared to mass-produced beers. The malt is strong, not metallic-tasting. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking to drink one or two...but no more than that. This was strictly a bottle collection pick for me.

Great looking bottle. I can't wait to try more of Minhas Brewery beers, as this was part of a mix-and-match sixer.

Mar 10, 2010
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

My nightcap this evening. Figured a pils would be a nice change of pace for me. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, corn, and a mountain of rice husks. A small bit o' pilsner funk lingers in there as well, its only real saving grace. The taste leans more heavily on the wheat and flowers, thankfully, but a strange semi-dirty, semi-metallic taste grabs my 'buds at the end and refuses to release them, regardless of the various hostage-negotiating tactics I employ. Yee. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, it looks like a nice pils, it feels like a nice pils, but it tastes like some cruel beast of a pils-impostor. Boo.

Jan 05, 2011
1845 All Malt Pils from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 57 ratings