Fighting Billy Bock | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Fighting Billy BockFighting Billy Bock

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Atron67 on 09-30-2008

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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 TheKingofWichita
3.82/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a thin tan head and some lacing. Smells of vanilla, roasted malts, and booze. Not too bad of a smell altogether. Tastes of subtle roasted malts, some hops to mellow out the sweetness. A little smokiness gives this well blended bock some good character. Quite tasty. Mouthfeel is a little thin but is backed up with some carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

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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 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 wheatyweiss
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

Pours a nice deep ruddy auburn. Nice sized cream colored head leaves moderate lacing. Decent clarity from what I can see, the beer is a bit dark to judge clarity.

Aroma is of sweet grain up front. Typical bock aroma of dextrose and dark fruit. Roasted candy sugar and slight vanilla aroma. Lager yeast is barely discernible. Aroma finishes brown sugar and molasses. No apparent hop aroma.

Flavor is of deeply roasted grain and dark fruity molasses. Brown sugar, dates and prune like flavor. Slight bitterness which is most likely the roast and not hop. Fruity yeast edge add a little depth, but overall flavor is pretty one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is thin and slightly watery. Not thin in a crisp way, but a watery way. Carbonation is lacking and the creaminess I expected given the nice head on the beer was not apparent.

Drinkability would be better if the mouthfeel was a little better.

Overall an average beer, nothing special. Better than other sub standard bocks (Shiner, etc.), that I have had before.

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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 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 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 CHSLBrew
2.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a tan head, fluffy and light, which sustained only ok, receding quickly to a splotchy layer. Beer was brown in color, appearing almost opaque, but allowing for some vision through it close up.

S-Chocolate and caramel. Some bready sweetness.

T-Choco-toffee quickly fades into a damp cardboard flavor. Hops is not present. Finishes blah. Not sweet enough for a bock.

M-Feels thin, damp and flabby. Carb is mediuum-level, lacking something.

D-Blah-ish brew.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.65/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown in color and approaching black, or perhaps one might say mahogany. Light foam head that is a tannish-white color. Roasted malt nose that is barely detectable. There may be a touch of smoke and grains on the nose, but as I said it remains tantalizingly out of reach. Grainy attack that smoothes out into a creamy malt flavor. I find this beer sweet and enjoyable with a very light body and mouthfeel. The flavor enhances a mild creaminess in the texture. The finish is pretty clean and there is a mild grain aftertaste that is accompanied by some lingering notes of sweet malt. This beer is probably better than the numbers will bear out because the nose and appearance are just average.

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

Billy Bock to me is Minhas' best product, for its price one can consider trying it as I don't believe it to be sink drain fodder.

A. poured a nice light brown, foamy light tan head that dissipated quickly. Maybe it's my beer glasses, but it did leave a bit of lace throughout the drink. Overall, not bad, liked the color

S: a sweet, malty smell. Not offensive and not skunky like a lot of this breweries products. Nothing special though.

T: this beer's best part! And the most important part it scores well on with me. I liked the taste, it was a bitter malt taste lacking the overpowering sweet taste that Minhas is infamous for.

M: it's smooth and has a decent body to it, it's not sticky and doesn't lingure, nor is it so incredibly thin that you don't even know you're drinking it.

D: Pretty good, my favorite beer from Minhas, unfortunately they don't have it broke down into just on its own like Farmhouse Ale, once they do here I'll consider getting it from time to time. Until then, it's unfortunately not worth getting the sampler for this alone as to need to have to disperse 1845 and Farmhouse. I feel that it is like tying your guests or yourself to a firing post.

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Photo of Fatduck
2.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up yesterday as part of a 8beer sampler.

Pours a dark brown with very little head, no lace, just a slick oily surface. Smells a little like buttered toast, nothing strong, no malty sweetness. Tastes like buttered toast, but without the warmth and comfort. Its lightly carbonated and easy to drink.

My overall impression is that Minhas has some work to do, after trying all 4 beers in the sampler, they all taste basically the same, bland and flavorless. It's like they use the same yeast for all their brews and its not very appealing, and not a single beer, no matter how hard the pour has a head, just a slick oily surface.

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Photo of Atron67
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

/picked this up at the brewery, got a sampler 8 pack with 2 of this, a pils, lazy mutt, and swiss amber.

A- poured a dark brown with a red hue up to the light. light tan head on top, fell pretty quickly and didnt give any lacing. not too surprizing.

S- copper, amber and butterscotch flavors on top of a light malt.

T- light bock spiced maltiness. not too bad. smooth malty finish which slowly fades down to a lingering maltiness. slightly sweet at the start and balanced by the end.

M- medium body with strong carbonation.

D- pretty good, for how cheap it is, its pretty good. one of the better they have put out.

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