Fighting Billy Bock | Minhas Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
minhasbrewery.com

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Atron67 on 09-30-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
38
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
21.57%
 
 
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Photo of Knapp85
3.01/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a clear looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The head and retention on this beer were actually pretty impressive. There was even some lacing on this beer, I was surprised. The smell of the beer was decent, not too much in the way of hops, mostly just a malt aroma, kind of sweet smelling. The taste was pretty god I though, it was sweet but had a subtle chocolate flavor in there. It doesn't really fit the style too much but still I was impressed with the finish on this one at least. The mouthfeel is light, decently carbonated and easy to drink. Overall it's one of the better beers coming out of Minhas.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Some nonsense about a curse and the meaning of the '=' symbol (really?) grace the label, and the cap spouts this gem: Bock = Taste. Hmmmm...the etymological inferences make me just want to slam a beer...on that note...

This beer pours a clear, dark rusty brown colour, with two fingers of frothy pale beige head, which settles like it's got a hot date somewhere else, leaving a low rise of slinking lace around the glass. It smells of thin roasted nutty malt, a metallic mineral character, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is moderately sweet toasted grain, a bit of oily nuttiness, some mild bittersweet chocolate, a soft edgy, drying alcohol, and a musty floral/weedy hoppiness. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body just on the south side of medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the nutty malt still representing, with a adequate nondescript drying counterpoint.

Well, there's a first time for everything, and that time for my relationship with Minhas brewing has arrived - I drank the whole damned bottle! Sis boom bah! Nobody put a gun to my head, it was actually the beer that did it for me (or, if you will, didn't dispel my notions otherwise). While still out of sight of the world beaters for the style, this is still easily drinkable, and the bastard stepchild, in a Disney feel-good movie kind of way, of this brewery. Give it some love - it might encourage them.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt umber brown that becomes dark crimson with tangerine trim when backlit. The ecru colored crown looks good enough and leaves a serrated collar of thick and sudsy lace. Unfortunately, most of that lace melts away.

The appearance and the nose are darker than the usual bock, which can only help from my point of view. That said, the aroma is nothing special. It's heavily toasted and even has a hint of black malt. No hops and no yeast esters is par for the style course.

Fighting Billy Bock might be one of this brewery's better efforts, but it isn't good beer in a general sense. Then again, it isn't bad beer either. At least the darker malts give it some character and make it stand out from the crowd.

A serious shortage of barley is the beer's biggest fault. With respect to flavor, it's almost schwarzbier-like, which is odd for a bock. Flavors include brown bread, earthy tobacco... and there's even roasted coffee beans in there somewhere. What the hell, drinkability deserves a small boost.

The mouthfeel is too thin for what is supposed to be a malt-dominant style. In addition, the bubbles are of low quality. They fizz quickly and then fade, failing to impart any softness or creaminess whatsoever.

Minhas Craft Brewery should forget the second word of their official name. Sorry, it's true. Fighting Billy Bock may not be terrible beer, but it doesn't have a fighting chance against the best of style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Figured I'd give the Minhas bottles a try to see if they were any better than their sad canned counterparts. This one pours a clear ruby-brown, heavy on the ruby, topped by a half-finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises sugar-free maple syrup (it smells differently to me...I've checked...), very light roasted malts, light cocoa, and a touch of honey. The taste leans toward a mixture of the honey and the syrup, though a definitive wave of toasted sourdough comes through toward the end. The body is a light-ish medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a decent bock, but plenty of room for improvement.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was given to me by Minhas at the end of their brewery tour. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, malty. Taste is dark breads, nutty, tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is one of the better beers I have had from this brewery.

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

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of richkrull
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of cliff1066
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
1.5/5  rDev -51%

Photo of rossracing
2.39/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of coz
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark color, not much light shown through. A finger of foam but reseeds rather quickly. Very little carbonation

S - A sweet dark carmel malts, couldn't notice much of any hop smell

T - Light bodied brew, pretty smooth going down

M/D - Overall I thought it was a pretty good brew, nice and light in my mouth and smooth going down, more than likely not your typical bock but it worked for Minhas, it's the second one of a sampler pack. I would buy this again if they decide to sell separately, for now not a good enough reason to buy the whole pack again. I did however like there Swiss Style Amber but until I try the last two brews it's not worth it to me in buying the pack.

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Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint. union made apparently. no date.

A - Pours a deep brown, to almost black at times. Very opaque. Head formation is moderate, with 1mm of dirty white foam sticking around.

S - A light grainy malt note comes through, with just a light hint of lager yeast. Chocolate and spices can be minimally detected.

T - Starts off with a light chocolate note. Mid-stream gets more bitter, no hopping detected. Some grainy astringent notes create some balance. FInishes with the chocolate, but this time much more bittersweet and biting - like baking chocolate. There is a slight sherry like off taste present, almost acidic.

M - Moderate beer body. At times seems creamy and full textured, and at other times empty and stinging carbonation. I think the truth is somewhere in between.

D - Easy drinking bock. Full flavored, without being in your face. ABV is up there, but nothing shocking.

I'm pretty happy with this beer - a solid bock. I'd like to try another to see if that off flavor I detected is intended, or if I got a bad grocery store batch.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I took a tour of the Minhas Craft brewery in Monroe, WI in late Summer 2010. As a parting gift for taking the tour they gave away free bottles of beer and fighting billy bock was one of them.

This bock pours a dark brown with a normal head of foam. For being a bock this had a much lighter flavor than most bocks. It also didn't leave much of an after taste. Something new and different to try but probably not going to be anyone's regular purchase.

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty disappointing beer in its style. The best score was the color. A deep clear red brown. Tan bubbly head, little lacing.
The smell is of malt and sugar.
The taste is following the smell. Not much else, far to sweet and sugary.
Will not buy it again.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with cherry highlights. One finger of sudsy tan head. that quickly dissipates. For Minhas, this isn't bad.

Smell -- Prune, raisin, molasses, buttered corn.

Taste -- Raisin and prune, molasses, cocoa and coffee grounds. A little bit of off mineraly, creamed corn-like flavor elements that seem to be the hallmark of this brewery - the water? Overall, the taste is rather thin.

Mouthfeel -- Thin with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Wow, this is probably the best beer Minhas makes aside from maybe Huber Bock. That said, it still isn't a terribly good beer, especially considering that Wisconsin makes the best bock beers in the US. Keep trying, Minhas!

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Photo of Strix
2.21/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark reddish brown, good initial head that disappears quickly with no trace.

Vague nutty and corn scent.

Cola, caramel, corn, sugar, with a finish of...cigarette smoke. Cloying.

Watery and flat as all get out.

Not impressed. Mouthfeel needs a serious boost, and the flavors seem fake.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
2.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Pours a dark red, almost brown with a decent off-white head that dissipates quickly. Has a sweet malty smell, with faint Carmel. I detect a slight cherry smell. A sweet front end that transitions into malt. A funky bad back end that hangs around. Not much happening. Just not very good.

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Photo of tgates
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dlin0sbb
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zkoehn
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of scaliasux
1.99/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Dark brown. Appears clear. Short tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Moderate roasted malt aroma. Getting mostly brown sugar.

Taste - Very sweet roasted malts. Kind of a light caramel sugary flavor. A little watery. Not picking up any hops. One note and overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Seems out of character for style.

Overall - This might have been the best of the 6 pack (excepting the root beer) given to me after the brewery tour, but it's nothing to write home about. Minhas brews seem designed to be simple, light, and sweet. Not a winning combination for me.

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Fighting Billy Bock from Minhas Craft Brewery
3.06 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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