Huber Bock Beer | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Huber Bock BeerHuber Bock Beer

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark cranberry with bright orange borders. I wasn't expecting something this dark, but then the brewery uses black malt in addition to pale and Carapils. The golden beige cap looks nice. It's composed of multiple tiny bubbles and is no slouch when it comes time to decorate the glass. This is a pretty good looking bock.

The nose is typical of the style in that it's toasted and earthy. I can also appreciate the shot of chocolate that black malt adds to the party. Unfortunately, it's a bit too muddled (and too low on power) to be any more than average.

If it wasn't for the darker malt adding some amount of flavor interest, Huber Bock would be a less than average version. Think watered-down, low-ABV (5.4%) doppelbock and you'll be in the flavor neighborhood. Of course Euro dark lager would work as well.

Beer rule #7: beer of a malt-dominant style ought to contain enough malt. HBB has little chance to impress because there isn't enough for the taste buds to work with. A watery bittersweet chocolatiness washes over the palate and then is gone before the swallow. The beer favors lightly sweet early and lightly dry late. Ho-hum.

The mouthfeel is where HBB stumbles and falls. It might be appropriate for a 4.0% pale ale, but not for a bock. Only a hint of stickiness keeps it from being irredeemably thin. Bubbles? There ain't too many of those.

Minhas Craft Brewery is responsible for some of the worst beer in America. Huber Bock, while not great, is actually one of their better efforts. Buy a single if you're curious.

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Photo of WJVII
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a copper, slightly red transparent color with a slight cream colored head. This beer has a caramel nose with some slight malt after taste. The finish is a little on the syrupy side with an off bitter note to finish. Moderate carbonation helps balance the flavor. Not a big fan of bocks, but this is a decent beer.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a flute glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clear and very dark and rusty copper with a half of an inch of creamy looking and loosely bubbled dark sandy head, decent amount of carbonation bubbling up in nice little ropes up the side of the glass. Decent lacing if only the beer looked a bit darker and the head didn't fade away so fast.

S: Very sweet and syrupy dextrose aroma, like a light mixture of caramel brown sugar and chocolate, pretty strong in the aroma department but not overpowering.

T/MF: A very nice balance between the carbonation and the creamy mouthfeel, the beer is medium bodied, very slick in the mouth with little pinpricks of carbonation and hops near the tip of the tongue. The mallt bitterness is weak and is really quite sweet caramel apple with a bit of molasses. The finish and is long and drying and finishes with a slight apple and grassyness that is not that bad.

D: I don't know why people think this beer is merely worthy, it is solidly balanced and a good tasting easy drinker. An overall good beer.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet.

Appearance is a dark copper with a good clarity. Almost no head that left no lace.

Smell is of toasted malt and light hops. Sweet estery alcohol.

Taste is of deep roasted malt with a tiny hop presence. Very slight amount of chocolate coffee.

Mouthfeel is watery. No body and too much carbonation. I wish there was more here to hold up the flavor. Over carbonated.

Drinkability is awesome because it is so light, but there is a lacking in flavor and body that can't be ignored.

Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.15/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in Kentucky recently for ten dollars a twelve pack. Outstanding example of American single bock beer. More subtle than first approached, beautifully balanced. During a Lent bock celebration, this would have to be one on the list. Flavorful and hearty without the alcohol knockdown of big time double bocks. It should be noted that this recipe won a silver medal at the World Beer Championship a few years back, and rightfully so. Goes well with a variety of foods... but hey, if this is before Easter, this IS the food. Bock on!
A delicious display of malts with a proper counter balance of hops. A very good brew available throughout the year.

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Photo of becktone
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Dark brown in color as to be expected, with ruby red highlights. Not much to the head with this one, it formed a nice head when poured but quickly diminished. Now it is a film over the top of the beer. Minimal lacing. Needs some work with the head in my opinion, less it is just this glass, poured into a fluteish Stella Artois chalice.

Nose: Very robust potent aroma, it fills the room. This beer smells of roasted grain, and chocolate malt. Faint coffee notes give this beers nose depth. Unless my nose is fooling me, which it very well could be I detect a extremely small amount of anise, or black licorice. Nice complex and deep aroma, I like it.

Tongue: Lots of roasted grain in the flavor, also some chocolate malt. Slight weak anise hints in the aftertaste. Hops are present enough to balance the beer out and lend a spicy bitterness near the finish of this brew. Seemingly a simple brew, I keep looking for more, seems that alot of the flavor here is in subtleties...a bit of coffee there...near the finish, mingled with the spicy hop character and the faint anise.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Pretty full bodied in the mouth, with a finish that leaves some roasty flavors in the mouth. Also warms a bit or presents warm flavors as it goes down. Perhaps a bit too high in carbonation for my tastes, tone it down just a bit perhaps. This is a brew I'd not be opposed to drinking again, though I would really like to try some others first. Not bad for the price, and of the other bocks I've had so far, Shiner and Berghoff, this is certainly better.

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Photo of botham
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a curiously dark chocolate color with garnet highlights. one finger of light tan head tops the brew off, with moderate lacings.

aroma is distinctly roasted, with light notes of chocolate and coffee. the overall aroma is sweet, without much hop character (as would be expected from a bock). a bit lacing here is variety in the profile, however.

taste is more of the same. the roasted malts, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and toffee are present, with a touch of grainy character from the malts. somewhat one-dimensional.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a creamy texture. finishes on a roasted note with a bit of residual coffee.

drinkability is this brews strong poitn. mellow and creamy, a few of these would not be a problem. cheers!

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Photo of Vancer
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Plain label brew, no dating or abv, but let's give 'er a go. Easy pour shows a clean and crisp mahogany brown, nice tan heading with sheets of lace. Not too bad so far.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, quaff checks in with a malt and sweet woody aspect, finishing a tad harsh - but not distracting from an overall decent economical session brew.

This would be a great summer hot weather drinker outside on the deck - straight from the bottle, too.

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Photo of happygnome
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice dark brown color with a eigth of an inch white head that dissapears fast leaving very little lacing
s: kind of like candy, a very sweet smelling caramely/chocolaty malt rich beer
t: caramel, chocolate, and nutty flavors come out, the sweet malty flavor deffinatly dominates which i fully expected
m: medium bodied beer with an average amount of crisp carbonation, smooth

overall, this is a nice malt rich bock beer

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a dark, brown with a white, small, short-lived head. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and chocolate.

T - It tasted of caramel, hazelnut and chocolate. A nice malty character, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice bock. One of the better offerings from the Huber/Minhas company.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pretty pleased with this beer. I remember taking the Huber tour in Monroe a few years back and not being too impressed then or more recently with the Berghoff beers, but I thought this offering to be above average.

It poured a dark brown with good white head.

Aroma was of caramel malt and was slightly sweet.

Taste was typical of bock-beer, with a quite pleasing caramel malt taste and good balance.

Mouthfeel was good; and I must say that this beer surprised me in a pleasant way.

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Photo of Chaz
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium-firm pour into a logoed (Gosser) .3 L Sahm mug produces plenty of frothy tan head, evidently moderate carbonation. Nice lacing, seems to fit the style. Color is a brilliant/clear red-burgundy. Nose is malty sweet and phenolic, with notes of honey and plum. Not truly one dimensional, a little more hop presence in here colud work wonders for it! Bittersweet on first sip, with the fruity and honey notes from the nose playing their cameo parts, along with some fresh apple notes working their way into the nasal passage. Smooth, easy-drinking and malt-driven, although a touch thin for the style. Roasty but not-quite-smokey malts, with a touch of oilyness, a nice bitterness, and a touch of brisk, cleansing carbonation on the tongue. Lighter body than I'd like for the style, but not lacking in flavor or style-specific characteristics. Some alcohol is present toward the end of the palate but rather than interfere it compliments the taste and drinkability. A longtime personal favorite of mine, and a very flavorful and drinkable beer at its retail price - per style it is by far a better value than many offerings from craftbreweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs. Normally the price of a brew doesn't affect my opinion of it, but with this one I've always been impressed that such a great-tasting bock could be so value-driven: woe betide the new owners should they ever get rid of this brew!

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

Pours like a decent porter with good lacing, nice white head when served warmer. Smell is of dark malts, clean but a little medicine like. Taste is crisp, being hoppy for a dark beer. Strong taste of roasted malt, but with a smooth finish. Overall, this drinks like a beer of a much higher price. Bold, yet refreshing. This sells for $6.99 a case in Minnesota.

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Photo of RedChrome
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear medium to dark brown with a red tint in the light. A one inch tan head shrank slowly to a slick on top. Moderate amount of carbonation can be seen rising. Small clumps of lacing run away fast.

A very nice bready malt smell. Sweet blend of caramel and maple. Not much hops bitterness to balance out the malt. A light alcohol aroma helps warm the nose with a appealing finish.

Watered down taste didn't live up to the smell. This beer had a very light white bread taste. Minimal sweetness came without having any appearent flavor. No noticable bitterness or alcohol qualities. A shame because what flavors are there would be great if stronger.

Just an afterage feeling beer. Nothing to waterey or to thick. A decent burst of carbonation on the tongue and sides of mouth.

Average beer. The aroma and looks are nice, but it fails to life up where it counts the most, taste. Would be a nice beer to eat with a stronger flavored blue cheese. Try it if you want to see what a great beer is when watered down.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just about the single greatest really cheap beer, i.e. $10 for a case of bottles.

Pours a dark, bubbly auburn-garnet with a thin dark khaki head with solid retention and light lacing.

Aroma is cookies, sweet breads, fruit cakes, dark chocolate malts, caramel and butter. Light on all accounts.

Taste: Sweet and very malty. Mildly oxidized. Caramel and bread. Hints of brown sugar. Dry hopped finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Slightly on the sweet side.

Drinkability: Exceptionally sessionable. Possibly a good breakthrough beer for BMC drinkers.

Much better than many, many bocks from brew pubs and hoity-toity craft breweries.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.92/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange-brown body, big tan head, lokos alright.

Smell: Saccarin sweet carmel malt, that is about it.

Taste: Very sweet and malty, the carmel flavor is a little obnoxious. There is, however, a noricable hop presence at the backside of the beer. Not that bad for the price.

Drinkability: Not the worst beer I have had, maybe average vs. a style That I don't really care for.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A moderate pour yielded a thick 2 finger tan head on top of a middling brown body. The rocky head slowly recedes, leaving some lacing. It would not be hyperbole for me to say that I could hardly smell this beer. I mean, what little hints of malt I could pick out seemed decent. Hell, even pseudo-bocks like Shiner have more going on in the nose than this. Taste picks up the major slack left by the aroma. Some nutty, roasted and toasted malt followed by a rather hearty hopping. The hops have the loudest voice here, and the malt seems faded. Good flavors, just watered down a bit. Also, the malt profile reminded me of a bock/schwarzbier hybrid. Mouthfeel was not so hot. Again, it feels way too watered down for a bock, yet it still manages to coat the mouth slightly. Drinkability is a headache, as the entire time I'm drinking this, I'm wanting the flavors, aromas, and mouthfeel to be more "bock-like."

Thanks to jpm30 for this extra.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another failed attempt to make a great German Bock by a sub-par American brewer. The experience is more akin to an Irish Red with less cleanliness or crispness. The colors are a fine brown with less viscocity than expected and a non-withstanding head retention. Aromas are lightly malty per style with a twinge of fermentation sourness and graininess. The flavors are Irish Red in nature and lacking the deep, complex, tostedness, barley malt flavors. The alcohols add nothing to the beer. The texture is weak and tacky to the mouth. Finishes a watery sweet. It's not a badly brewed beer, but it's not true to style because of money-saving efforts by the brewer.

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Photo of blimey
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They just got this in at my regular drinking establishment and they were kind enough to buy me one. While I am always pleased with new options this wasn't that exciting especially since it followed an optimator. While offering more malt and body than the hubers I've had before it fell somewhat short of what I consider a standard bock to be- almost as if someone cut a bock with a pilsenser. It was to expected though, and I would consider giving it a try again considering the price.

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Photo of whynot44
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark mahogany color with a moderate tan head that doesnÂ’t hang around long.

The aroma is mild caramel malt.

The taste is also predominantly caramel malt with just a hint of dark roast malt and a spicy hops note. A little more hops than typical for a bock but I found it to be a plus.

Easy enoughto drink. Light bodied, a little thinner than I would like but still a decent bock.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is really pretty light with as much hops as malt. Malt stronger presence in time, but not roast or dark. Seems yeasty too.
Great color, but no head. Bright, clear brown amber.
Malty dry. Light with long finish of mild bitterness. Caramel aspects appear in time, but very light with a very slight roast and a bit of sweetness.
Appropriately thin. High thirst quenching quality. Medium to high carbonation.
Less than average for style, but easily a satisfying session beer.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
2.07/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Probably by far the best of the cheap bocks, but not anywhere near great. It pours a dark, but transparent color that resembles a flat cola with it's minimal carbonation and no head. It definitely smells malty, but not of sweet malts like most bocks, but of a dark roasted malt. The flavor is malty, but it has a bit too much hopping for a bock. That and it's thin, watery body make it a odd beer that I did not much care for at all, but it is cheap and will do in a pinch if Milwaukee's beast is the only other alternative.

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Photo of swamiswamu
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark caramel with a slowly dissapating tan head. The smell is all malt and so is the taste. It is a very straight forward bock, with caramel malt dominating and not muchh hops to speak of. It isn't a spectucular beer but I have a lot of respect for this long running regional.

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Photo of soper2000
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'll keep this short and sweet.
Picked up in another mixed six pack. Fairly simplistic beer. Pours a deep dark brown with a minimal off white head that vanishes in no time. Smell is very faint, almost non existent. What does pop up is some sweet malts. Taste is very... Well, I never thought that i'd describe a taste this way, but it is very watery. (btw the mouthfeel matches). There is a little bit of roasted sweetness to this though. I've had better in my days and I highly doubt that this will warrant a future pickup from me.

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Photo of StuFox
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Let's not beat around the bush here, you aren't buying Huber Bock instead of a bottle of Maudite. Huber Bock isn't a historic beer, but it wins its weightclass every time. When placed up against similarly priced beers, Huber Bock has the extra flavor and bite to push it over the edge. Not the best beer in the world, just one of the best cheap ass twelve pack beers around.

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