Minhas Swiss Style Amber
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American Amber / Red Ale
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2.6 | pDev: 25.38%
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Minhas Swiss Style AmberMinhas Swiss Style Amber
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 58
Photo of Brenden
2.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Not the worst look; pretty standard, in fact. Pale orange, fairly bright, with a nearly white head that is average in both retention and what remains on the glass.
S: A little sweetness with some citrus notes precedes dry breads / toast.
T: Similar, maybe slightly more peppery with very light bitterness espoused in orange rind and faint leaf. Malts are dry, but something sweet lingers underneath.
M: This one lacks crispness and movement, sitting blandly on the palate for the most part. The body doesn't fall off completely, but it doesn't have a lot to begin with.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.32/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a variety pack from a tour of the Minhas Brewery.
Poured into shaker pint glass. Slightly cloudy glowing golden orange, dark honey color with a single finger off-white head that fades quickly into a few-mm thick cap of foam.
Smell is that good old Minhas bouquet of corn and sickly sweetness, although there is an encouraging smell of yeast (nice to be able to detect an actual beer ingredient). No hops to be found.
Taste...isn't horrible. It's the best Minhas brew so far, although that's not saying much. There is some actual beer flavor, although it's still mostly muscled out by that sickly sweet corn-water flavor.
Mouthfeel is relatively thin, but has a bit of body.
Overall, this isn't awful. It's not good though. Might be able to finish this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured out as an orange color with a quick fading white head on top. No lacing or retention on this at all. The smell of the beer is sweet there is no real hop aroma at all. The taste is very sweet, very sweet almost gross. There is no bitterness at all. The mouthfeel of the beer is decently carbonated and just very one dimensional. Overall this beer was not impressive at all to me. Avoid this one.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This will be the last beer I will ever have from this brewery for sure!
Clear amber gold in color this one had very little tan head which disappeared right away into nothing. No lacing.
The smell is of malt and sugar.
The taste was a non pleasant malt sugar mix. Nothing desire able in it.
Never again!

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Photo of tone77
2.21/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The 3rd and final beer of my Minhas morning, and after the first 2 my expectations were low. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is disgusting, plastics, cough syrup, boiled veggies, blech. Feels light and yucky in the mouth and overall I doubt the Swiss would want any affiliation with this beer.Strike 3 for Minhas, this is the worst of the 3.

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Photo of Strix
1.89/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear amber, basically no head.

Caramel and malt in the nose, along with an artificial cherry flavor.

Strange metallic and cardboard notes, some malt in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel thin and flat.

It's becoming quite evident this is a brewery I will be staying away from.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.88/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a darker golden brown (but is it delicious? Ba-dum tish..) in color with thirty seconds' worth of off white foam on top, no lacing, no haze. Smells of strangely metallic bread. Kind of like a freshly baked loaf of bread with pennies stuck in the crust. Flavor is incredibly sweet, just barely shy of being cloying. I'm confused, am I drinking a malt liquor or an amber here? Hop presence is vanishingly small herbal dollops spotted here and there, finish is nothing more than a gradual die-down of the sweetness with nothing there to clip it off shorter like it ought to be. Texture is on the lighter side of medium thickness, could stand to be carbonated about 20% more aggressively. I'm not really impressed with this one.

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Photo of powerss13
2.33/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Mid Amber color. Not very cloudy, which for an amber is a good thing.

Smell: Good notes of the malts in the beer. Small notes of caramel.

Taste: Lighter amber taste. Not heavy at all. For an amber, I was hoping this would have a lot more character to it, but it was fairly bland.

Mouthfeel: Good feel, light and crisp. Not very hoppy and had some good notes of malts.

Overall: It was an ok beer. Definitely a beer to give a whirl, but not a beer to get excited about.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For an amber ale, one might suggest it was closer to brown or tan in color. As it was poured, the ale revealed a slight head. The aroma struck my sense as a bad joke. Plainly, the aroma was reminiscent of bubble gum flavored candy. Immediately, my sense of smell alarmed me to expect something more like Zima or Smirnoff Ice. The first taste was sweet like a novelty soda. There was no hint of any ingredients of beer in the initial. As the aftertaste waned, I was almost certain I consumed soda rather than beer. Being a diet coke drinker when not drinking beer, the sweet soda-like flavor was even more off-putting.

Reading the other reviews, it is apparent that something is not quite right about this beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.71/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Medium gold with hints of red. Clear and bubbly. Short cream colored head; not persistent. I'd like to see a little more amber from my swiss-style amber.

Smell - Light. A little caramel malts, breadiness, hint of citrusy hops.

Taste - Sickly sweet pale to medium roasted malts. Almost like a light syrup. Might be a little citrus in the finish, but overwhelmed by the syrupy sweetness. A little watery, too. This might be my least favorite non-macro beer I've tried.

Mouthfeel - Light, watery.

Overall - Minhas has a nice tour and I'm glad they saved the Monroe, Wisconsin brewery, but this beer is pretty poor.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I was unaware the Swiss had created a distinct style of amber. Regardless, it pours a clear bronze topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises toffee, light milk chocolate, and some light flowers. The taste holds notes of orange peel, caramel, flowers, wheat, and light mandarin orange syrup. Things do not seem to meld quite right, leaving me with a stale, old aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an okay brew, nothing I would ever really look for again, but I wouldn't necessarily cringe were it offered to me.

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Photo of drizzam
2.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy amber in color topped by a one finger eggshell white head. Head retention was not the greatest as the head receded to a thin cap after a few minutes. Very little spotty lacing was left down the inside of my glass.

S - Sweet malt with a very slight hint of peppery spice lingering in the background.

T & M - Sweet caramel malt seems to be the main player here. This beer seems to have a sweet tea quality to it. Very, Very minor hop bitterness...hardly perceptible. Watery mouthfeel with a bit of tingle from the carbonation lingering on the sides of my tongue.

D - This is a beer that is lacking a lot of flavor but easily sessionable. Minhas has been a new brewery to me recently, and I've noticed their beers so far have been less than stellar. Maybe entry level as far as craft brewing goes...a beer for the masses that haven't got a lot of experience drinking craft beer.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours an orange/amber with golden highlights and a slim, sudsy white head. Almost no head retention.

Smell -- Not much of anything going on here aside from honey malts, some fruity esters, lemon, pepper, and a dab of floral hops.

Taste -- Just as the nose, lots of toasted and honey malt, fruity esters, faint Noble hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample prickly carbonation. A bit syrupy.

Drinkability -- Sweet, malty, syrupy, lacking hops. Not especially good. I won't recommend.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.73/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 Swiss Amber was one of them.

Swiss Amber pours a dark golden color. It drinks with a heavy taste like a good beer but swallows like cheap beer. Very little after taste. Something new to try but probably not a regular purchase.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Pours an orangeish-amber color, with a slight off-white head. Nothing exciting going on here, creamed corn, a little caramel, maybe butterscotch and just a suggestion of hops. Not bad, under the circumstances, but nothing I would recommend.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.38/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.5% ABV, no date.

A - Poured with a little gusto, this Swiss has a nice but short-lived off-white head. Decent fingers of lace from the two-finger head linger above the clear and well-carbonated light orange-amber beer.

S - Faint toasted amber malts make up most of the nose with a mild bread backbone and light corn. A lack of hops is noticeable in the aroma. Not offensive but not inviting.

T - A touch of lightly grassy hops blends poorly with a rice and corn flavored husky toasted amber malt flavor. The flavor of this beer isn't overly offensive, instead it just subtly annoys with a mild bad quality.

M - Robust carbonation gives this amber a light feeling body with a weak finish. The crispness is a decent factor to it though.

D - Sadly the story behind this beer is much more interesting than the beer itself. Once again, Minhas disappoints with something sub-par.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.63/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review on 10-25-09
Poured from a bottle to a glass cold

A - cloudy dark tan brew with 2 fingers of foam, fair amount of carbonation

S - light sweet smelling hops with strong smelling malt

T - Medium body with a noticeable malt aftertaste but wasn't overpowering, couldn't pick out much of a hop flavor

M - medium bodied but pretty smooth going down

D - I thought this was a pretty drinkable brew, I never heard of Minhas Brewing till I picked up a sampler pack at my local MGM. I felt that it wasn't a strong brew, too much hops or malts or wheat sort of thing. I hope the rest of the pack is just as tasty!

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Photo of CHSLBrew
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330 mL bottle (odd to see this in domestic brews) poured into a pint glass.

A-Light-n'-fluffy light-tan head, 2-finger off the pour; retains decently with a pretty consistent layer. Quite clear darker-amber brew, showing some brown highlights.

S-Tasty-spicy Vienna maltiness, slightly bready-sweet with a hint of caramel. Crisp and light.

T-Drab toasty-bready malt foundation, flabby with a moderate sweetness. Hop bitterness is minimal and does not balance the malts well. Do I detect a hint of wet cardboard?

M-As I stated, kind of flabby and thinnish. Carbonation is almost medium-high, a bit too much.

D-Not terribly drinkable, in that it's not very tasty or made to style. Pretty blah, but with that, a chuggable brew.

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Photo of Jason
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a golden amber color, about a finger or two of sea foam like head rises with some stickage on the glass. Bread crust and a faint peppery / mild citric hoppiness in the aroma. Slick crispness with a slightly creamy medium body. Tea like hoppiness meets a cracker-like maltiness, a little caramel in the back. Mild carbonic tartness middle to end, finishes dry with a semi-clean after taste.

Very run of the mill ... middle of the road ... mediocre. Drinkablitly is questionable.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.3/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with a rim of foam and light lacing. Small bubbles of prickle floating to the surface. Neutral nose seems to be mostly malt with perhaps a little bit of a fruit or floral sensation that is very understated. Gentle attack and smooth flavor. Tastes of creamy malt in the flavor with the slightest tweak of hops towards the finish. A little hops in the aftertaste before giving way to a sweet caramel or chocolate flavor. The caramel/chocolate isn't their every sip, but shows up occassionally if you "sip it right." I draw the beer along the roof of my mouth twice before swallowing and there it is. These notes should be brought to the foreground and this beer would be mighty tasty. Overall its just okay. I don't know that I have many "swiss style ambers" to compare it with though.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.57/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured pint glass deep copper brown decent head not so decent lace. Aroma is different, sweet malt spice? Taste sweet malt not alot there dry. Mouthfeel thinner than looks - fairly drinkable different taste - body light enough for cookout taste enough to keep you interested past one.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A Minhas product in my fridge?!!! This was left by a well-meaning friend on St. Paddy's Day, when the stores were sold out of Guinness, apparently...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden brown, with a few fingers of foamy, puffy white head, that leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes. It smells of very sweet malt, and candy floss sugar, with a sour tint. The taste is more of the sweet malt, but with a metallic edge that masks any possible hops perception. Carbonation is moderate, the body decently solid, and the finish is off-dry and a little skunky. It looks like a real beer, but only goes down and levels off from there, nothing special.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy body. Light amber tone. Little head. Even less lace. Aroma is sweet, grainy sweet, and worty. Not very inviting. After tasting this I wonder if they used any hops in this beer. Very sweet. No semblance of balance at all. A little cloying. A little syrupy. Drinkable, but not that good.

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Photo of supercolter
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So I will say I didn't really enjoy this brew.
A slight, slight amber hue, but its mostly copper with zero head and zero lacing.
Smell is almost non-existent, maybe a touch of dry malt and candy sugar.
Taste has a bit more life, but there is a slight metallicy taste on the backend that doesn't leave.
Mouthfeel is way too weak for an amber but suprisingly there is notable carbonation here.
Drinkability is something that I would have chugged in college.

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Photo of EsoxLucius
2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of an 8 pack Sampler, this being the other beer that's 'decent' along with Billy Bock.

I know that this is a cheap beer so the expectations are low going in, but the mouth doesn't detect price so long as everyone rating these beers remembers that!

Appearance: It's more of a dirty, hazy copper color than the ambers I'm used to seeing. It pours an ivory head that vanishes into a slick that does remain throughout the entire drink. Lacing is present throughout.

Smell: more sweet brown sugar smell with malty hints.

Taste: Decent, but again, overly sweet and the actually taste that's there is non-inspiring nor lasting long enough to savor no matter how hard I tried.

Mouth: It's medium-light liquid, but also thin for an amber ale. Compared to my Red Ale benchmark, this scores low. Side-by-side, there's just nothing there! For Minhas, its good, compared to most others... not so much.

Drink. Again, because of its low taste and lack of body, this beer is another watery-type beer, it unfortunately doesn't deliver anything the label states, but is the second best beer of the 8 pack sampler and could actually be given to friends and family without complete shame ensuing upon the server.

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Minhas Swiss Style Amber from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 58 ratings