Traditional Bock Beer | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ajmoody76 on 04-10-2009

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Photo of biboergosum
2.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle, procured from the newbie Calgary brewing location's adjoining pizza joint.

This beer pours a clear dark cola amber colour, with two pudgy fingers of foamy, sort of creamy beige head, which leaves a broken wall of fuzzy cloud lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of mildly roasted, somewhat nutty caramel malt, a bit of stony minerality, and very faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is moderately sour, thin caramel malt, some stale bar top nuts, a bit of sugary moonshine alcohol warming, and musty dead earth hops.

The bubbles are pretty inert, and hardly noticeable, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth with a tacky add-on. It finishes nearly sweet, the strangled caramel malt aided by an emerging stale orchard fruitiness.

A mostly plain and yet serviceable bock - though the edginess is just a bit too much - and the slight off-flavours are thusly accentuated. Not entirely undrinkable, just another wholly unremarkable rebranding, it would seem, this brewery's 'specialty'.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.43/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A traditional bock is, by nature, highly malted. And well, this
no-nonsense beer certainly fits that description. At the same time,
the malt presence here seems to overload my taste buds at the expense of any other flavors. Pouring a deep brown/amber, Berghoff's bock initially has a simple, rich caramel taste which permeates every subsequent sip. I sense no complexity, and this one-dimensional brew just doesn't cut it with me.

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Photo of randyw41
4.2/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the recommendation of one of my wife's co-workers, I tried this beer. This stuff rocks! A fair price makes me come back for more, and IMHO, it's not too bad for a U.S. Bock type of beer. Hard to find where I live, and the store sells out of it as quickly as it arrives. I alway's call ahead to be sure they have some in stock.

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Photo of WhatAlesMe
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

Photo of MTNboy
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It has a dark opaque body with a thick soapy head made up of small bubbles. It smells roasted and a little metallic. The taste is mainly metallic with some sweet caramel malt and a bit of hops. It is very thin and overall this beer is less than average.

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Photo of cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like most other Berghoff beers, the Traditional Bock picks up the part-grain, part-malt flavors and textures along with an under-attenuated sweetness, and low hopping rates. Yes, these factors sacrifice flavor, mouthfeel, and overall pleasure of enjoyment. But the good news is that this is one of the few beers that I can still purchase for about a buck.

The pour brings a brilliantly bright clarity emitting from a brownish, ruby color that certainly fits the Bock style. An initial formatible head soon falters to a lace but never completely disappears. No lacing or legging evident. Eventually the beer takes on a dull appearance.

Sugary sweet aromas of caramel, bready malts, nuttiness, and a hint of toast. Light yeasty (doughy) scents swirl with a wet grain scent for a little twang. Hopefully this doesn't lead to astringent textures later.

Sweetness is stronger in taste than even the nose suggests. With no real hop presence, the beer has a one-dimentional caramel sweetness. The nutty, toasty flavors do show up but is disjointed fashion and does little to add to the complexity or roundness of the beer. The beer tastes more grainy as you drink.

Maybe a bit too sweet up front, but the textures turn to majorily grain-textured in the throat. Low bittering hops allow the graininess to provide all of the bite and bitterness that is expected. Malt textures waiver greatly to the grains and unresolved sugars. Finishes with a cola-like flavor and feel.

The beer is ok to drink, but shouldn't be compared to traditional German Bock biers. This one is no better than Michelob Amber Bock.

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Photo of AmandaSchaefer
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Renae
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of dalepryor
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Joefisherman
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of steveh
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure I'm reviewing the correct beer here, but since the label reads Traditional Bock, not "Famous" Bock, I'm goin' with it.

A -- Very nice, deep dark chestnut color with a big, light tan head that settles quickly.

S -- Aroma is that house-brand, off-sweet smell that all Berghoff beers seem to carry. Not bad, just not typical of most beers.

T -- Same off-sweet maltiness characteristic of the Berghoff line, finishes astringent or metallic. Where are people finding "toasty" in this, just not there.

M -- Syrupy mouth-feel with a light-medium body.

D -- Eh. I'd have one, but think about something else next.

Is this the Beghoff Dark with a different label?

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Photo of Brettster
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer poured a murky brown with a white foamy head that faded very fast. Okay, for a cheap beer, this is "not bad." By no means does this remind me of a traditional bock. It lacks the complex malt flavors, slightly hopped, and mouthfeel of a good bock. The smell is very faint, I almost pick up a little licorice. This beer does not taste bad, but it just lacks the complexity of a bock. It is an easy drinking beer. This is a darker lawnmower beer.

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Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KimbarkBrewCrew
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Vancer
2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear amber brown in my seldom-used Maredsous long stemmed tulip glass. A head of ivory popped up, but quickly slid under the covers, leaving a thin lace ring.

Aroma was not bock at all, but adjunct lager - grainy and grassy. Quaff was more of the same. Finish was rough around the edges, not lager smooth by any means. Evening leaving a metallic note in the aftertaste.

I liked their Prairie Lager, but this one has me shaking my head.

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Photo of halfhorsefilms
2.44/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The $5.99 six-pack sports the slogan "A Legendary Beer" and I knew I was in for some trouble. A big ego and a small price . . . hmmm . . .

Deep amber in color with a head that, shall we say, headed quickly for the hills. Smells a bit too bright for a bock and also sports a weird copper-ish scent. Vague fruit, but it's probably just my imagination hoping for something more.

Tinny in taste and not much in the mouth-coating department. As posted before by other reviewers, there's a strong metallic aftertaste that has more of a lingering strangeness than a real bite. Watery in texture and flavor is lacking due to the overpowering sense that this was made in a rusty barrel.

Better than the price suggested, but I was hoping for so much more. I guess I'm just more used to stronger bocks.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought a sixer at the grocery store. another bock from berghoff. twelve ounce twist off pours clear, mid to dark brown, with a thin tan head. the head thins out. no lace.

smells of bread and biscuit. fruity hop aroma also. no off odors.

sweet and caramel malt taste. good malt backbone. a little spiciness from the hops. pretty clean aftertaste. balanced for style.

mid body beer. low carbonation. easy enough beer to drink. may buy this again.

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Photo of scootercrabb
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of msavage235
3.64/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours surprisingly dark, a little darker than the color of Newcastle. Very minimal, creamy white head.

S - for me, the smell of this beer was very song. When it was sitting on the end table next to me, the aroma was reaching me from a few feet away. All I smell is cream.

T - other reviews on here say that this beer has a metallic taste like other Berghoff beers but I don't get it as much with the Bock as I do with the Berghoff Octoberfest or Dark Ale. I taste the cream that was in the smell, as I drank the beer more I picked up a roasted, candied nut taste. This is a sweetish beer.

M - pretty carbonated in the beginning, a watery syrup as the beer is drank.

D - very easy to drink, planning on having a few more after this review

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Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +57.2%

Photo of scratch69
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear dark brown in color with a finger and a half of very light tan head. Almost no lacing.

Smell- Toasted bread and grain.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt flavor dominates with some nuttiness and toasted bread flavor showing up about mid-sip.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall- An easy to drink beer but not what I would consider a "traditional" bock beer.

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Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Traditional Bock Beer from Minhas Craft Brewery
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