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Boxer Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Boxer LagerBoxer Lager

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 116
Photo of Ribber
4.61/5  rDev +84.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent session beer. One of the best ever. It is complex with interesting notes of fresh hops, fruits and grain. It reminds me of premium German and/or Czech biers. Absolutely love it. My fridge is now full of Boxer and I have never had more friends.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.23/5  rDev +69.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow with a small white head that leaves quickly. Smells of green apples,citrus and malt.
It is hard explain the taste but even though it is a cheap beer I like it. Tastes of cutrus and sour green apples and sweet malt. Its flavor is strange but delightful. It is super refreshing and so darn drinkable that I can understand why though its a cheap beer it has a specialness about it.
It leaves your mouth completely refreshed and ready for another. If I have to chose between this and the other cheap beers this is the winner everytime, there is just something likeable about it. I tried this for my beer distributer and just called them and said buy some it will sell! Give it a try. Thanks To Jason at Epps Beverage for the Can of it!
Overall I give it a 4.5

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Photo of jjanega08
3.9/5  rDev +56%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No freshenss dating on the Boxer

A= Pours your typical fizzy yellow with a thin whispy white head on it that falls fast and leaves little lacing.

S= Smells a little sweeter than your typical AAL. Not bad. Not good though. Smells like a little sweeter beer.

T= Tastes like beer. A little sweet again. Somewhat akin to a Grain Belt.

M= Typical of AAL. A high carbonation keeps the tongue happy.

O= When a beer comes in a 36 pack I know I have to buy it. This was one of those. A freaking 36 pack for god's sake. I love it. Super cheap and doesn't taste any different than your typical AAL. If you stumble upon the Boxer pick her up.

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Photo of richerd
3.72/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an inexpensive beer that doesn't taste like it. Probably the best beer to come from Minhas' Monroe operations. It could be a lot worse but it isn't. So I consider this beer a solid victory for them. If you can find it then buy a sixer and give it a try. Chances are you will be impressed, if not impressed then at least not disappointed.

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Photo of cpolking
3.67/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 5.0% ABV beer pours golden in color with a slight head. The aroma is light, slightly sweet, slightly tart and lightly fruity. The taste is very light grain, slightly sweet and tart, with a bit of a hop bite on the finish. This was less than $17 for 36 cans. It is not as good as the various Pabst owned lagers, but it is strong for its price range, and very drinkable.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev +46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear light gold. Brittle white head drops quickly.

S - Nose is slightly lemony with light grassy hop.

T - Lightly hopped, as expected. Slightly sweet with a faint lemon-citrus. Very clean.

M - A little bit of slickness in the body is nice - not watery nor overly carbonated. Manages to be refreshing without being too wimpy.

D - Drinkable, chuggable, whatever. No complaints in this department, and appropriate for the style.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.3/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Not bad. Pretty thick and pale (very pale) yellow. Great foam that sticks around a bit.

Smell: Pretty good. Definitely sweet, with very few (but some) hops. Normally I might find something like this gross, but there's something endearing here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is like sweet corn, actually kind of good. The thick syrupy feel makes this a little less than average.

Drinkability: The sweetness could make this difficult to pound. That said, I actually find this pretty enjoyable.

Overall: I'm rather impressed, as I did not expect much. I would definitely drink this over some alternatives.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can.

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color. One finger fizzy white head that dies down almost right away. No real lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Heavy cereal grains in the front. Light green apple aroma in the middle hints from time to time. Sweet malts in the ending make this beer simple and to the point.

T- Sweet cereal grains in the front shows up loud and clear. There is a light sourness in the middle of beer that goes with another blast of sweetness. The ending of this is fried veggies with one last blast of sweetness.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is fizzy but fits the beer. Sweet malts and veggies left on the palate with a light alcohol in the aftertaste. Crisp and clean tasting. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Flavor is balanced well for the style.

D- This one is easy to put down. A little on the sweet side but it tastes like a Bud with a little extra sweet side to it. ABV is low enough to drink a sixer or more of this no problem. NOt good but not bad...pretty average.

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Photo of jwc215
3.17/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours yellow gold with a thin wispy head that soon becomes a bubbly patch.

The smell is grainy. Relatively clean.

The taste is sweet with buttered corn. (Slight wet cardboard?) It tastes like your typical adjuct lager. Sweet-ish finish.

The body is slightly oily, but crisp.

Another typical "lawn-mower" beer.

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Photo of dschaff
3.12/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've gone through a lot of these, and for 12.99 for 36 cans,it's hard to beat. My secret to enjoying this beer, is to pour two of them, (almost) into a large German beer mug, and squeeze in half of a lime, with a lime juicer. It's probably better than Corona, and being canned, isn't light struck.

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Photo of ridethewalrus
3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this beer on impulse from the liquor store across the street, The price point was 2 for $1, this was a low risk high reward situation. I found this beer tasted rather inoffensive, by the time I downed the first beer the next thing I knew I was polishing off the next one.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.06/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Golden, a shade or two darker than most adjunct lagers. The head is nearly two fingers and at least a very small part retains.
S- Sweet, faintly adjuncty. Very faint fruityness among the pale grain and adjunct.
T- Sweet breadyness. The adjunct nature is pretty low. There is a light honey like character. It is neither offensive nor interesting. Kinda just meh.
M- Light body, fairly standard for style. Carb is smoother than most AAL's though.
O- Among the better adjunct lagers out there. I actually don't mind these considering the price.

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Photo of Duff27
2.97/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a mid-golden with a short lived small fizzy white head. Got a few streams of carbonation floating upward. No lacing, below average head retention.

S- Smells of sweet malt.

T- Follows the nose. Had to ponder what it tastes like because it was distinct although unknown to me...have to agree with the two reviewers below me, green apple and Cheerios. What an odd combo...but somehow it works, kinda.

M- Full, syrupy-feeling for the style.

D/O- Nothing to write home about but could be a lot worse. Per the style I'd have to say it's middle of the pack.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 24 oz. can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very nice golden amber color with tons of tiny bubbles streaming up through the brew and producing a two finger head of white foam. The head has a modest level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of sweeter smells of caramel and a decent showing of corn syrup. Along with these aromas comes a decent amount of a metallic smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a bready, light caramel, and corn cereal taste mixed with a bit of a metallic flavor. The metallic flavor gets stronger in nature as the taste advances all while the bready and the corn fade a bit. All the while a bit of a cardboard flavor develops and with a loss much of the caramel, one is left with a somewhat off metallic and cardboard corny taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of eh brew is on the slightly thicker side (for a 5 % adjunct lager) with a carbonation level that was average. A little thinner body may have been slightly better for the mix of caramel and corn upfront and may have downplayed some of the off flavors slightly better. Overall the feel was not all that bad though

Overall – Not the tastiest of brews, but for the cheap price it is actually a decent go too. A good party brew.

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Photo of stakem
2.85/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can care of Eric. Thanks for sharing another one of these "you gotta try this one" beers. Strange suspicion here but im guessing this one retails about 50 cents a can.

Poured into a pint (I dont even know why I bothered.) It appears a perfectly clear gold color from a distance. Closer inspection reveals spots of particulate hanging in suspension. A white head initially appeared across the top but it rapidly dissolved to nothing fairly quickly. Some swirls of the glass release some bubbles but they fail to formulate a head outside of just a ring around the outside edge of the glass.

The smell of this brew initially is pretty bad, im not gonna lie. It smells a bit like dirty diaper mixed with sulfur and not in a good way. A little bit of funky cheese and stinky floor malted pilsner maybe even. As it opens up in my glass after getting slightly warmer, it takes on a sweetness to the aroma that is like pink bubblegum and a bit of fruit character. Talk about a ridiculous change of pace from shit nose to candy... so strange.

The taste is all candy corn sweetness (wow this is almost fitting for the upcoming Halloween.) Very artificial tasting with a sweetness that is almost like splenda mixed with the likes of pink original bubblegum and even more sweetness with more candy notes. There is the faintest inclusion of grain present lightly on the back of the palate. No hops to be found but sulfur makes itself lightly known.

This is a light bodied brew with a very low level of carbonation that makes the feel quite watery. I am actually a bit surprised to see this listed as 5%. To this brew's credit the alcohol is well integrated under the dominating sweetness. Worth a try just to try for the sake of trying. I guess this is a hell of a bargain at 50 cents a can if you want to get shittered on a budget... however, it is too sweet for me to have more than a couple of sips.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grain, light caramelized malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a thin malt character and flavors of grain and adjuncts. The hops presence is extremely mild but there is some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good rep of a lackluster style. There are certainly several worse beers in the style that I’ve had compared to this one. For an inexpensive swill beer it’s not a bad choice.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.71/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Since the can says "Imported for..", I'm going to go ahead and put this in the Wisconsin listing for everybody's favorite panderer to the lowest common beer denominator. Commercials for this beer plastered my television a year or so ago, looking all local and shit. Would have fooled me, but...

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, with two fingers of unbrowned meringue-like white lace, which leaves some surprising swaths of inkblot lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells metallic, grassy, and faintly grainy. The taste is sweet adjunct grains - more rice than corn, which is weird, given that the place where they make this stuff loves all things corn. Also swimming around in there are some faint citrus esters, mild sour, grassy hops, and soft fusel alcohol. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, slick, a bit oily, and only a tad cloying. It finishes more or less clean, the malt and hops doing their small part amongst a growing hollow booze edginess.

I'll grant that my initial disposition towards this particular offering was not good. Having actually now consumed it, to use a version of the tired axiom, it's just not as bad as I had assumed. Average at best, to be sure, and too sweet, but nothing overly offensive either.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.71/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this at Regina Fesitv-Ale on Jan 31st. 4 oz sampler.

This was better than I was expecting. Clear golden colour with white head.

Grainy and slightly sweet aroma.

Taste mirrors the aroma. Grainy with some light sweetness. Simple and straight forward.

Not bad, but not good either.

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Photo of betsona
2.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up for a night with BMC friends at the suggestion of my friendly liquor store manager. It did not go over well with them. Poured 12oz can first into mouth then into a glass to see what I had consumed.

A- Pours a pale gold straw color. Has a three second fizzy white head that vanishes. It would be fun to compare lagers to see which has the quickest dissipating head. No lacing on the glass, but that could be due to how quickly the beer was consumed.

S- Smells like week old Cheerio's that were left in the sun and had a tiny drip of water hitting it every few hours. Maybe a hint of sweetness.

T- It has some taste! It is like eating the aforementioned Cheerio's. You can do it if pressed, can recognize what you are eating, and would do so if hungry. I actually thought the taste made up for the lack of smell. After the initial cereal taste, it is beyond smooth with out much more than a twinge of sweetness.

M- Light to dry body with a nice fizzy level of carbonation. Fizziness doesn't get in the way of drinking.

O- 50 cents a can makes this my new go to drink when I am asked to bring beer to house parties full of BMC drinkers. It is easy to drink and has a nice 5 abv.

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Photo of wgkealey
2.65/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a cheap 5% Beer. It is nothing to write home about, but it's certainly better than a lot of the other beers in its class. Smell and appearance are nothing. The taste is a bit too sweet for my liking. At about $.40 a can it's worth it, otherwise I would pass.

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Photo of Flounder57
2.65/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer quickly. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet cereal grains and grassy hops. Very standard.

Taste: Really not much going on here. Sweet and generic. Can't really decide if it's cereal or grain.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat enjoyable, lacking flavor, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and too easy to drink.

Overall: Not sure if I'll be getting this one again. Extremely generic, but wasn't expecting much by the style of this beer. Gone in 4 sips and not too enjoyable.

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Photo of biggred1
2.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The latest "cheapo" brew to hit the market, a 36-pack of 12oz. cans retails around $11.99 in Indy or .50¢ a can.

Clear, pale yellow with an off white finger of fizz that burns off quickly and shrinks to a skim of foam. Corn grits, green apple skin and sweet smelling barley make up the aroma. Sweet and corny with a touch of raw grain. Light and fizzy bodied. This is a pretty bad beer but I'm not sure it's any worse than the "premium" light macro lagers that cost three times as much.

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Photo of tone77
2.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of plastics, green apples, some grains. Taste is a typical Minhas flavor profile, green apples, grapes, plastics, not very good. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a bargain at this price, but not very good.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24oz can, no date. $2

Sweet artificial smell, taste follows with sweet cooked corn, grainy malt. Feel is light and crisp, as a good lawnmower beer should be.

Wouldn't be bad on a hot summer's day, but even then, there'd be better choices. Even this brewery has better adjunct lagers in their line-up

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
2.5/5  rDev 0%

Yeah, not the greatest but wish this was around in college. $8 for a 36 pack and it's not horrible. I would drink this over us macros. Brewery is a tub place to visit.

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