Blonde Ale | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biggred1 on 04-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 7
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Was a fizzy yellow pour, white head, 1/5" white disappears. Aroma was just not very beer like, smelled like cleaners underneath the kitchen sink and spilled grain.

Taste was just like drinking BMC. Lots of carbonation, minimal flavor.


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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I dunno, a fizzy yellow beer from an alleged craft brewery, in their attempt to make a macro. Looks just like it, pale yellow no head and all, aroma was metallic and to use an overused term in my reviews, industrial. Just smelled like a guy's coveralls who worked in grease and hydraulic fluid.

Not much in the taste, it wasn't offensive, just a big letdown. No hops, lots of carbonation (that didn't produce any head), no malt, just corn it seems. A little bit of sweetness. Too pricey for what you get.

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Photo of bigreduw64
1.97/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color with no head and no bubbles flowing upwards. This beer shows a faint hop aroma, but you have to dig for it. The taste is light and watery, nothing there. Almost tastes like a light beer. Short finish, the beer is there and gone before you know it. This is like drinking water. Wouldn't buy it, would pass on it if given to me.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.23/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic.

Pours a golden straw with a modest thin head that dies immediately and leaves no residue. No cloud.

Aroma is of weak malt and corn adjuncts. Not very much to say.

Flavor is of weak sweet malt and corny flavored adjuncts. There may be no corn here, but it tastes like there is. Slightly fruity yeast hit is a redeeming quality, but it only comes throiugh cold. As the beer warms it gets more mediocre. I know hops are supposed to be light in the style, but this beer has so little it's hard to even detect. I hate to say if the hops were light struck, I might be able to taste them more. Sweet crackery bread and a touch of honey on the middle, mixed with a spoonful of thin wheatgrass smoothie. Metallic and sharp edged flavors of copper and blood. This beer is slightly better than a macro adjunct lager, but not much. The malt being a bit stronger here than BMC is the only redeeming quality.

Mouthfeel is overly carbonated and harsh. The finish is very dry compared to the flavor. Drying on the tongue, with a thin body makes it drink as easily as water.

Overall, I have been trying the Minhas/City Brewing/G. Heilmann/Huber/Berghoff beers since they tried to expand into the craft market, and some are surprisingly decent, like the Berghoff Pale Ale. However it seems there are more duds than winners so I think I'll stay away a while. The fact that the label on this beer claims "Artisan Collection" and it was so mediocre at best, kinda pissed me off.

(edit to add) If they would have just called this a "Light Ale" or soemthing besides a Blonde Ale, I might not have even bought it, but if I did the scores would be a bit higher for a different style. Call it a "Summer Ale" or some other creative shit and you woud draw less ire and venom.

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Photo of thirst4hops
2.21/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drinking this beer on tap and am not impressed. If you want an in depth review of this beer, go and read reviews for miller lite. Same damn thing.

A - miller lite -esque
S - miller lite -esque
T - miller lite -esque
M - miller lite -esque
D - miller lite -esque.

Don't make the same mistake I did and waste your money and time.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper yellow with a lean foamy white head that leaves minimal lace on the glass. Smells of light grain and fruity bubblegum yeast. Tastes of soft lemon with a clean, sweet grainy flavor, light hop bitterness in the finish. Medium light bodied and effervescent. Nothing out of place here but nothing to write home about either. Part of a new "Artisan collection".

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Blonde Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.58 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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