Axe Head Malt Liquor | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Axe Head Malt LiquorAxe Head Malt Liquor

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BuckeyeNation on 10-10-2008

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Photo of 7beerphil
4.5/5  rDev +122.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the 24oz can (I also have a 40, but haven't cracked it yet)

I bottom opened it and poured into a Bud "Bow Tie glass" There appears to be no head at all, and it is a very deep amber color

This baby smelled like straight up booze. Bordering on rubbing alcohol

The taste is far above par for such a high abv ML. I truly mean that this is smooth. Compare it to the likes of 211 and you will be impressed.

It went down extremely smooth and produced an ample, but not over-the-top buzz.

Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to try a "craft malt liquor"

Now, I can't wait to crack open the 40oz!!!

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Photo of shinerod
3.75/5  rDev +85.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a malt liquor that clocks in at 11 percent alcohol, I expected a very rough and quite frankly unpleasant experience. Curiosity got the better of me, however, and I cracked open the tallboy and prepared myself for the worst. Instead of revulsion, I was greeted by a sweet, fruity smell wafting from the opening. I didn't pour it into a glass, but drank it from a can as I normally do, so I didn't get the greatest look at the color, although it appeared to be a nice golden hue.
The real surprise was the taste. It wasn't the rocket fuel, sour apple concoction that I expected it to be, not at all. Rather, I would have to compare it to a sort of microbrew, as it leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the palate. It was frosty cold, which likely helped out in the flavor department, but even as it warmed, the swill was thoroughly enjoyable. The price was absolutely unbeatable, at just over a dollar for 24 ounces. A great value, and a pretty darn tasty brew. I would give Axe Head an honest recommendation, especially for those on a budget who want a nice drinking experience.

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Photo of Caterwaul
3.66/5  rDev +81.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up for a buck and a laugh back in 2011, decided NYE was a suitable occasion to crack it.

Well, let's get it cracking.

Axe Head
Malt Liquor
King Can
Jolly Pumpkin Berlin Goblet

A: Pours a clear golden yellow. Big head, really- about 2.5 fingers. Retention is really impressive, too. It reduced to a ring over time, but it still looks good. Fluffy. Nice lacing. Uncharacteristic for the style, and certainly for the ABV.

S: When I first poured it, all I could get was cornmeal, wet slate, and fusel alcohol, but as it warmed up- okay, this is weird, but I got a lot of really nice grape/raisin notes and some nuttiness, too. Still with corniness, but pleasant. Impressive.

T: Woah! Okay- super sweet and a little spicy. A little bite to it, but not so unpleasant. The alcohol doesn't actually make a nuisance of itself. Kind of peanutty and grapey... White raisins... Corn as well, but like in the nose, not so unpleasant or out of control. It almost tastes like an abt. A good one. Quelle bizarre.

M: Extremely smooth for what it is and how high the abv is. Light carbonation. Medium-full body. Very drinkable, unqualified with any sort of "*for an 11% malt liquor" footnotes. This just drinks well.

O: This was really impressive and I'm hoping to find it again some day. A year and some change must have done it a world of good, looking at these other reviews, because this isn't bad at all, I'd say.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.28/5  rDev +62.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minhas Craft Brewery "Axe Head Malt Liquor"
24 oz. "King Can", coded "13 194 21"
$1.59 @ Stop N Shop Liquor, Camden, NJ

Appearance: Deep golden in color bordering on orange in a full glass. Hazy. Very little bright white head subsides quickly. No lacing is left behind.

Smell: Surprisingly malty - I wonder if that's from oxidation. Some alcohol at 11.0% abv. Some fruity esters.

Taste: The alcohol is much more evident in the taste. Remains surprisingly malty... I'm guessing that maybe they're using less adjunct than the big boys do. Sweetish as well... almost a bit like unfermented wort. The expected yeasty fruitiness rounds it out with notes of grape, white raisins, and apple (maybe even grape jelly). Some phenols are present as well (clove?). Bitterness is kept to a minimum, and it's barely needed as the alcohol more than balances it, stepping over the edge and giving it a ragged burn at the end.

Mouthfeel: Delicately fizzy, dull carbonation. Medium-full bodied with a dextrinous edge. Alcohol is apparent as well. So... soft, but with a slap of sharpness and a little bite?

Overall: More interesting than many of the mainstream malt liquors out there, but not nearly as refined. Sloppily hot with alcohol, yet there's still some charm to it.

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are green apple and nuclear submarine fuel.This packs a potent punch.It reminds me of high school when you would drink two forties of malt liqour and look for anyone to fistfight.Still I can't say that this is horrible but my no means will I say it's good.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.77/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No known freshness dating.
Bottle stamped
13 172 06

A= Pours a pale yellow color with a thin almost nonexistant head that falls fast and leaves little lacing.

S= Smells like malt liquor. Sweet corn and rocket fuel. This is the fuck up juice as we called it in the hood.

T= Tastes like a malt liquor of course. Sweet corn and alcohol pretty much. Typical of malt liquors.

M= Mouth is a little light on the bubbles for a malt liquor.

O= This is a typical malt liquor. Union made as the label says so I'm guessing secretly the quality is even shittier than normal. Lets get black out drunk.

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Photo of biggred1
2.36/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear pale yellow with a big fluffy white head that fades fast. The nose is comprised of dusky metallic grits, green apple and grain alcohol. The taste is much like the smell, sweet grits and appleskin mascerated in corn liquor. The alcohol is relatively well hidden for such a high ABV. This stuff is evil, for $1.09 and at 11% ABV, one single 40 oz could do serious damage (I guess that's the point). I chickened out after about 8 oz though.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.29/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Initially poured from 40 into a pint glass (just because I sorta feel I have too…), but then drank the rest from the bottle as it actually should taken down.

Appearance – The beer pours a golden straw color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades very fast to leave a hint of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a mix of corn, hot booze, and a little bit of caramel.

Taste – The taste begins much less boozy then I was anticipating from the nose with it being mostly of a corn taste mixed with some sweetness of corn syrup and caramel. As the taste advances some of the sweetness fades all while the corniness gets stronger and is joined by some musty tastes. Toward the end some of the booze hits the tongue, but overall remains rather light (for a malt at 11% abv.) and ends up leaving one with a stale corn taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is on the slightly more watery side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the high gravity malt liquor the feel is spot on and helps to create a more easy drinking brew overall.

Overall – For an 11% malt I was expecting a booze bomb, but really it was not all that hot. It certainly was more easy drinking then I was anticipating.

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Photo of mgmvh
2.17/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

appearance: generic in color. no head. basically what you expect.

smell: wow, im surprised i could find any fruit past the alcohol. it definitly tells you what you're getting into.

taste: this is a beer to be slammed and forgotten about to end you're night on.

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Photo of MykeJ
2/5  rDev -1%

Photo of aceparadis
2/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Pintwacky
2/5  rDev -1%

Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -1%

Photo of womencantsail
1.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

Pours yellow in color with a short lived white head. An impressively sweet aroma of corn and grains. Definitely quite a bit of booze on the nose as well. Impressive... The flavor is also intensely sweet, far too much for my liking. Boozy and appley, too. On the fuller side for a malt liquor with high carbonation.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Malt Likkapalooza XI is the first time in this venerable series that two glasses of jet fuel from the same brewery will be facing off. Hard to be sure, but Axe Head might be the same beer as Rock Head. In any case, it's the highest ABV malt liquor in the world not named Sonoran 100. We don't need no fancy-schmancy, silk-screened bottles. A 40 ounce bottle with a screw-top is the only way to go.

Bright marigold with lemon colored trim. Hmmm... the colors are identical. Might these be the same beer with different water contents? The heads suggest that isn't the case. This one is slightly darker (French vanilla), has a higher quality texture and is leaving more and better looking lace. Go figure.

It isn't surprising that fusel alcohol is much more prominent in the higher ABV beer. It isn't totally kerosene-like, but there isn't the sort of sweet, floral fruitiness that the best malt liquors bring to the table. Nasty was expected... boring was delivered.

Both beers have a surprising amount of flavor. I didn't say that it was good flavor. Axe Head tastes like corn squeezins and fermented fruit soaked in sugar syrup. Believe it or not, alcohol is papered over pretty well. Well enough for someone used to drinking 100-proof liquor neat to get *ucked up in a hurry if he insists on drinking this swill too quickly.

The mouthfeels are pretty much identical. At least enough so that I could not tell them apart if blinded. If I drink enough of this stuff, blindness might be right around the next corner. The beer is medium-full, without being sticky, and has middle-of-road bubbles.

In the final reckoning, a more appealing appearance is the reason why Axe Head wins Malt Likkapalooza XI. I've also decided to reward it with a higher drinkability score since the flavor is *slightly* better. Yes, it's drinkable for the style, but I'm not stupid enough to drain the entire 40 ounce bottle.

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Photo of tone77
1.9/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer was purchased at the Minhas brewery, after listing to an hour of propaganda about the quality ingredients and care that goes into their brewing process. Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is green apples, burnt tobacco. Taste is green apples, alcohol, gasoline, cigarette ash, more alcohol. Feels light and putrid in the mouth and overall is a disgrace of a "beer".

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.84/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

24 oz can into a wine glass. Pinkies out.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention isn't very special, but hey it's 11%. Some specks of lacing are left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Huge, massive sugar notes are coming through. I'm also picking up some sherry oxidation, paired with some booziness. The alcohol comes through the more it opens up - ergo, drink it cold. It smells mediocre rather than hateful, I must say... (2.75)

Taste: Big sweetness comes out first, bringing notes of apple, caramel, and nuttiness. The finish is very boozy, natch. Holy crap, is it boozy. Not likable by any means. One good note about this malt likka are the restrained adjuncts - it tastes more like a bad strong ale than a bad malt likka. The shittiness of this beer sneaks up on me, rather than hitting me like a sack of bricks. (1.5)

Mouthfeel: Big, heavy, sweet, and massive. And ridiculously boozy, too. At least something like Steel Reserve can be willed down easily. This almost seems under-carbonated for a malt likka, too. Just a total chore to drink. (1.5)

Overall: Yep, it sucks ass. Which begs the question, why did I buy this beer? Total bile fascination, that's why. Well, I'm here to tell you guys: drink something else. SNPA, Guinness, Stella Artois, Steel Reserve, anything. I guarantee it will be better than this crap. Next! (1.5)

1.75/5: What the hell is wrong with me, intentionally buying bad beer?

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Photo of shadow1961
1.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I saw a sampler pack from the Minhas brewery at Westside today.
I figure the stuff in it was okay, so for balance, I also picked up a
super duper tallboy of Minhas Axe Head Malt Liquor.

A careful pour got me a couple fingers of stiff foam over a clear
honey colored brew. Carbonation is extremely active, the nose
is corn syrup and alcohol. The flavor is sweet bubble gum balanced
by a hard alcohol burn. It's true that you may encounter bubble gum
flavors in your finer Belgian ales, but in this case it's like working on
a giant wad of Bazooka while sipping Everclear. Mouthfeel is pretty
full, but it would have to be to get you to 11% alcohol by volume.
Otherwise it's also pretty crisp but it's probably due to the burn. Not
good unless you're looking for the middle way toward a bender. For
me, a drain pour.

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Photo of HopHead84
1.77/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


Can shared by Bobby at Strong Ale 2011.

A: Translucent straw colored with a small white head. Not at all unattractive.

S: Big corn notes with apple and grain. Alcohol is brash and bruising, stinging my nostrils.

T: Sugary apple and corn with a lot of alcohol. Not as clean and crisp as Evil Eye Ice, for example. Alcohol is harsh in the grainy corn finish.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation.

Overall: This lacks the finesse of something like, say, Evil Eye Ice.

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Photo of jwc215
1.74/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

24 ounce can:

Pours chill-hazed golden with a white head that descends to a lasting wispy island. Some lacing sticks.

Smells like typical, "cheap" malt liquor - corn, husk booze. The booze runs the show here. There is something reminiscent of standing near a gasoline pump. Unpleasant.

The taste is even worse. Very sweet. Cheap booze (rubbing alcohol and bandaids?), buttered corn and veggies. Fizzy, but not overly so for the style, allowing for some slickness.

Sweet, raw, and boozy, this is not enjoyable, and pretty tough to get through until about half-way through when the objective becomes to just finish it.

Warning: the side-effects of this could be as bad as the brew itself.

There are better, smoother, malt liquors out there.

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Photo of garymuchow
1.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I can't take credit for this, "tastes like cheap vodka, Belgian candy sugar and corn on the cob". Yup that's pretty much it.
Looks just like malt liquor should. Smell is quite horrendous.
One redeeming quality is the sugar flavor takes on a nice hint of caramel in some pulls that wasn't really all that bad, but it's surrounded by so much awfulness that I'm not sure it's worth it. So busy being offended by the taste that I can't remember what the feel was like.
Pretty much undrinkable - and I rarely pour out beer (too much Lutheran guilt, I guess), but this one made the grade.
Gee thanks T for this one. And we still get to work through another bottle.

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Photo of Nesseight
1.6/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really hate having to give this a negative review, the Minhas Brewery probably did try so I will try to be constructive, and I don't think my beer is spoiled, but it is kind of revolting compared to competing tallboys.

When I pour it, it is about the color of a dehydrated piss (fair enough, what lager isn't?), there is almost no head as it dissipates in a nanosecond.

The smell is reminiscent of malt vinegar and thus smells more stale than it really is.

The taste is also kind of vinegar. Perhaps the brewery is letting too much oxygen in early on in the brewing process? I don't know where people are detecting hints of nuts and fruits, I can see maybe green apple, but I think that may be more due to the resulting tartness (and not a hoppy tartness) than actual apples being used. I am sure that it is not stale, but it isn't very pleasant (compared to competing products, there are cheap "high gravity(alcohol)" beers that I do like).

The feel of the beer is strong, bitter (in an astringent vinegar way, not a hops way), and hot, like siphoning gasoline if gasoline had a good amount of carbonation. The liquid itself is as thin as water.

The alcohol content hits like a few shots of tequila (I forced myself to drink this in case it's an "acquired taste" thing) but if you can afford to get decent tequila, pass on this beer.

I wouldn't buy this again but if I someone offered it to me I would make sure that was ice cold and chug it like I would a gatorade after exercise. I made the mistake of sipping this slowly enough for the chill to fade, not exactly the best way to consume a lager, especially not this one...

It's not liquid evil, but I had far better options to choose from and am glad that I only bought one of these...

It is still far superior in taste to the Steven Seagal energy drink.

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Photo of CrazyMike
1.56/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

When seeing "11%" and "Mountain Crest", I knew this was going to be painful.

Clear straw yellow appearance with little head that quickly disappears. Smell is very sweet with a combination of fruit and alcohol.

Taste is very sweet and syrupy, picked up fruit and a huge amount of booze. Taking a swig burns almost like whiskey. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering grape, booze taste.

Designed to get you drunk for cheap; but with the amount of sugar (big hangover potential) and poor quality taste, you can get better malt liquors for an extra $1.

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Photo of BuckettOfBeer
1.56/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Saw a 40 of this evil liquid for only $1.99, how could I pass it up?! I obviously didn't pour it into a glass but drank it out of the bottle out of a brown paper bag as is the custom. Tasted like shit and alcohol teamed up to punch your face every sip. At 11% this was expected I guess. Certainly got the job done, best bargain in the liquor store!

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Photo of biboergosum
1.54/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

710ml "King Can" - what, "Monster Can" no longer works with the kiddies?

This beer pours a clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of almost creamy white head, which leaves a decent drooping paint job of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells strongly of sweet corn grist, and melted plastic fusel alcohol. The taste is gag-inducing - very, very sweet, sugary, mushed apple, with the obvious, and unholy smooth booze only adding to the saccharine wank-fest. Just for shits and giggles, I detect some skunky, musky 'hops' in there too. The carbonation is beaten down to the point of no longer caring, the body riddled with diabetes. It finishes still very sweet, with some unpleasant floral/perfume acrid booziness scratching at the door.

A very industrial (not 'industrious') tasting beer. Paint thinner with a week's worth of office kitchen sugar or sugar substitute dumped in. I'm only drinking a pawn's worth of this pants-less King's serving, and that's hard enough as it is.

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