Axe Head Malt Liquor | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Axe Head Malt LiquorAxe Head Malt Liquor

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 10-10-2008

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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -2%

Photo of biboergosum
1.54/5  rDev -24.5%
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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Photo of emerge077
1.51/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Novelty buy (aren't they all) for $1.38 at Trixie's in Madison. Apparently this is a hot seller there...

Pours into a Hamms goblet a pale anemic yellow, slow trails of carbonation rising up. Audibly fizzy head of white foam that fades after 30 seconds. There is some sparse lacing, but who cares, this is bonafide crunk juice.

Super sweet candy banana aroma when the can is opened, then the aroma takes a turn for the purple. Grape candy to be specific. So you have a grape-banana candy drink, that is Axe Head. Some dishrag notes of minerals and musty soggy grain, but the candy sweetness overpowers that.

Tastes like one too many nutrasweets dumped into a apple-grape juice box. Yuck is about all I can say. Thick and syrupy, coats the mouth and just about makes me gag. Once it numbs the palate it goes down easier, but that just doesn't sound right. Doesn't taste right either. Harshly astringent and gag-inducingly sweet. Way too much residual sugar. As it warms up the alcohol rears its ugly head, so drink as cold as possible, or just avoid it.

Simply put, this is gross, poorly made garbage to numb your brain with.
Wouldn't expect anything less from Minhas...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.28/5  rDev +60.8%
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 woodychandler
1.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Oh, happy, happy, joy, joy - another Minhas Craft Brewery beer to advance The CANQuest (TM)'s cause! Their products, since I hesitate to call them "beers", have been some of the lowest of the low on this journey, which is closing in on # 400, by the way. I have held off long enough on this one. I have the day off and other than watching a hockey game on TV later tonight, nothing else is on the menu. Certainly not operating heavy machinery ...

From the CAN: "King [CAN]" - no s**t, Sherlock! 24 fluid ounces of evil with not one but two gleaming axe heads depicting the damage that is going to be done to my brain housing group.

The Crack & Glug reminded me of one of the real flaws in these Tallboy CANs - the opening sits well back from the lip and spilling CAN be a frequent CANcern. Fortunately, I have perfected my art. Holy Plastics Factory, Batman! The nose smelled like something totally unnatural and I had not even leaned in for a whiff. I am already developing a headache. I had two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head that fell faster than Wile E. Coyote going off a cliff. The nose was really fusel, like paint thinner accompanied by a Bazooka bubble gum-like sweetness. How do they accomplish this? Color was a really beautiful deep-golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. I feel like I should say at least one nice thing about this beer since I have a feeling as to where it is headed. Mouthfeel was medium with a lot of initial alcohol heat on the tongue, giving 'way to a green apple and pink bubble gum flavor. Oof. Finish was literally breathtaking. I felt like the air had been sucked out of my lungs. Brutal. I CANnot recommend this for even the hardcore types that swill this style in the alley behind my house.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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 womencantsail
1.99/5  rDev -2.5%
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 jwc215
1.74/5  rDev -14.7%
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 tone77
1.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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 HopHead84
1.77/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Darkmagus82
2.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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 ThisWangsChung
1.84/5  rDev -9.8%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.24/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Served ice cold.

A 3 finger head forms and a slightly swirly honey colored body forms. 90% transparent. Head leaves a ring on top.

The aroma is Brown sugar, baked malts, honey, squirts of orange, orange peel. This is met with a harsh metallic antiseptic note on the end of the smell. (***As it is tasted, all of this turns to smelling like a soggy rotten russet potato, score adjusted)

Taste is um....disgustingly complex. Or complexly disgusting. Like clinical depression. A sickly sweet banana bread/peel starts it off, followed by vinegar and fructose (think of meatloaf and ketchup), and an uncanny resemblance to a shot of cheap vodka finishing out the profile. Some lingering soppy brown bread crusts and more vodka. This is seriously bad.

The feel may even be worse, with a stinging carbonation, and a dry alcohol finish that actually chaps the throat and makes me raspy. RASPY. And suddenly, now I'm getting heartburn. I want to vote this category negative. Mods...?

Overall, this is one of the most disgusting beers on the face of this planet. I should have never trusted the mohawk guy. I think this was brewed with vodka. Or else vodka was added afterwards. It's like horrid, putrid, expired Hurricane mixed with several glugs of McCormick's or Skol. It's what a soul-less one night stand tastes like.

Hatred and depression do not even begin to define the way I feel about this beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
1.67/5  rDev -18.1%
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 BigBry
1.43/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

710 ml (24 oz) King Can, bought only because a trading partner wanted the can. Similar label but a large 11%, and a red label with the price of $3.25 printed on the can. Extreme Beer, Extra Strong Beer (not Malt Beverage), Extremely Strong, Extremely Smooth. Imported by Mountain Crest Brewing Company, Calgary.
Clear dark yellow orange color, white foam that fades fast, doesn't last long enough to qualify as head. The smell is metallic and alcohol, no other discrenable aroma. The taste is the same as the smell, with some sweet vegetable residue. Average body and mouthfeel (I guess), couldn't finish one glass, let alone the whole can. It does carry a high ABV punch, which is what it's made for. I suppose that makes it fit the style for a malt liquor?!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.41/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pale straw yellow with a fizzy two finger head that dissolves to nothing in thirty seconds, no lacing left behind.

S. Heavy solvents. Almost turpentine-like aroma floating on top of a scent of partially rotten cooked corn.

T. A sugary mess of swamp-gassy fruit and corn grist. Horrible fusel alcohols blow the back of your head off. Not good. This one was definitely designed with the express purpose of getting people drunk for cheap and with no real consideration for anything else.

M. Kind of soda-like at first but the carbonation goes flat in record time for some unknown reason. Medium body, but the level of boozey hotness strips all the moisture out of my mouth. There's boozey, and than there's this monstrosity.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.77/5  rDev +35.8%
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 +15.7%
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 matty
3/5  rDev +47.1%
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 shadow1961
1.82/5  rDev -10.8%
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 scaliasux
1.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Photo of Sathanas
1.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Hairspray-like alcohol, old, brown banana, slight caramel and unbelievably sweetness. Not the worst malt liquor, but its certainly fight hard for the title.

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Photo of WKyle
1.18/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of kguyty
1.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of CrazyMike
1.56/5  rDev -23.5%
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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Axe Head Malt Liquor from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.04 out of 5 with 40 ratings