Boxer Ice | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biboergosum on 02-12-2011

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Photo of biboergosum
1.91/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

710ml Tallboy (only $two-fiddy!), or "Monster Can" as they call it. Two ice cubes rendered on the label, for those possibly unfamiliar with the 'ice' concept, i.e. Mountain Crest's target demographic.

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with two fingers of thin foamy off-white head, which melts away quickly, leaving a low ridge of soap scum lace around the glass. It smells of sweet, sugary apple puree, and some mild rotten veggies. The taste is still very freaking sweet, some cooked corn mixed in with the sickly apple essence, and that ungodly recycling room floor aura not far from the surface. The carbonation is not too bad, the body smooth, I suppose, and only moderately cloying. It finishes still with the touched fruitiness, and a soft corn husk edge.

The whole extra +.5 ABV doesn't really represent, the marginal effects probably only apparent once you finish the whole big-ass can, or a case of this stuff. I'm sure as hell not going to be the one to tell you if that is the case or not. Not the worst to drink if the cost and circumstances are right (free, and stranded, respectively).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

From the mighty Minhas (Craft) Brewery comes - Boxer Ice !!!

Poured into a glass, the body displays a very nice looking, clear, deep-gold body. The bright white head instantly fades, but what do you expect? Average sized bubbles can be seen rising steadily; and it does leave occasional spots and smears of lacing here and there.

The aroma reveals a sweet maltiness that's more of "sweet" than of "malt", but at least it's pleasant and, for the most part, clean. There are even some hops in there although they don't really stand out - interesting! A pleasant note of fruitiness appears as it begins to warm, which is unfortunately followed by a little bit of alcohol as well, and some mild phenolic. How strong is this beer? There shouldn't be any alcohol appearing at just 5.5% by volume. Maybe this is the high gravity beer watered down a bit (but not quite enough)... then they water it down again to get Boxer Lager, and yet again to get Boxer Light. C'est la vie.

The flavor reveals what the aroma has suggested. The malt is obviously bumped with adjunct, but it's not cloying. It's sweet like a sugar cookie, and maybe a little bit sticky, but it's not overwhelming; and the fact that there are some hops in play makes it seem a little bit more in balance. As to the hops, they seem very floral (although that might be due to a combination with the sweet malt and alcohol) but also a touch citrusy. They're certainly no what you might expect in a beer at this price point (which would be dull, leafy/tea-like and maybe a touch floral if you were lucky).

In the mouth it's on the medium-full side, and the carbonation gently bristles the tongue. I'm not sure that's particularly what I want for this kind of beer, but I'm not going to fault it... it gains extra points here.

Overall, I found it interesting (well at least the first one anyway) and fairly enjoyable in that it was sweet (malty) with a touch of hops. I should note, however, that I highly doubt it would be any good if it was at all warmed. It's flawed and that holds it back, but at least it's cheap! On the other hand (some quick calculations: 30 cans Genessee or Hamm's @ $13.99 = .4663 VS. 36 cans @ $14.99 = .4163), it's just .05 cents less per can than some better made beer. In the end I think I'll go for quality over quirky.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

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

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

T: The taste starts out with some malt and adjunct sweetness. Then some mild breadiness comes in from a thin malt character. There’s also an odd bite to it that I’ll assume comes from it being the “Ice” version. There definitely is not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and not smooth at all, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, does not go down easily, not too filling, mild kick, just not a good beer in any respect.

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Photo of paulish
2.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ZEB89
2/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of woodychandler
1.24/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

There are those beers that my local, in-person trader, tone77, brings by that I look forward to trying, if for no other reason than a vague sense of curiosity. Then there are the Minhas products which I hesitate to even call "beer". I am currently reading "Skagboys" by Irvine Welsh and even when I dabbled in such stuff during my misspent late-teens, I never felt as bad as I do after drinking something from Minhas. It just is not meant for human CANsumption and I end up being CANverted into a Cyberperson as a result.

From the CAN: "Brewing Excellence Since 1845"; "No Preservatives No Additives No Added Flavors"; "Minhas Craft Brewery Brewing Tradition Since 1845"; "'All Trademarks and Designs are the property of Mountain Crest SRL'".

I have to laugh at the previous reviewer's remark about their need to include a graphic of a couple of ice cubes on the CAN for those of us who may be unfamiliar with the CANcept. Too right, ya radge gadge! And what's the crown about?

The Crack revealed another brimful CAN and I went with an inverted Glug to keep things moving along speedily. The gate in my backyard came open as the heavily-booted tramping of the Cyberpeople came to collect me. The kitchen was rife with some kind of noxious fumes that smelled like a cross between a dry cleaning plant and a plastics factory along with chewed pink bubble gum for added misery. The head had long fizzled its was out of existence and the CO2 bubbles in evidence looked as big as Rover in "The Prisoner". Color was a light, cornsilk-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The moment of truth! I held it up and got a big swallow in my mouth, only to instantly regret this undertaking. It was miserable, with heavy carbonation and a taste like cheap, grape-y white wine with no redeeming qualities. My limbs became heavy and I felt the CANvergence begin to happen yet again. The finish was sweet and any resemblance to Lager was simply its name. I finished all of it, in accordance with The CANQuest (TM) Rules of Engagement, but it was not a pleasant experience. Where is the "Avoid!" button?

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Photo of jwc215
2.81/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours golden with a fluffy white head with decent retention. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is grainy with a hint of booze.

The taste is of sweet grain, some cooked veggies. Raw alcohol in the finish.

It is pretty smooth despite noticeable alcohol. A bit slick.

Not terrible for a cheap, boozy brew.

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Photo of liamt07
2.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Can from the Beer Store. 710ml MONSTER CAN, listed at 5.5% alcohol into a tulip (serious). A 'Union-Made Beer of Champions.' Let's do this.

Crystal clear gold with a dense (actually genuinely so) cap of white head. Retention is there, lacing is solid. Hmmm. Nose is nothing at all really, faint sweetness, some grain and a bit of alcohol. Some apple juice. A bit of metal. Taste refelcts this to a tee. Subtle sweetness, some pale malts, light grain notes. A bit of veggie, but some fruitiness too (maybe it's just sweetness, who knows). No real finish or lingering flavours, save for some sweet water flavours. Medium carbonation, light body (fairly). Not a bad beer, and actually a mediocre macro. Somewhat drinkable and relatively tolerable. I thought I would be more offended by this, but I wasn't - surprising

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Photo of tone77
2.35/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can, which says 5.5% abv on it. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell can best be described as a Minhas smell, plastics, green apples, a touch of grapes. Taste is the same. You know you are drinking a Minhas product here, no other brewer can match this flavor, and in all their beers. Quite a yeast strain they are using. Feels light in the mouth and overall nothing to recommend about this one.

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Photo of jzlyo
1.82/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Aroma and flavor is sweetish corn/malts, an odd but expected off funk and tart finish. Not much in the way of flavor at all apart from the off funk.

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Photo of sgttibbs
1.75/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Served straight out of the freezer into a room temp Weizen glass..

Pours an apricot golden blonde color, 20% opaque. Tall 4 finger head; eventually it eats away to 1 finger and then finally a creamy ring.

Aroma is wet cardboard, herbs, apple cores, banana peel, corn kernels. It actually smells pretty fresh and clean with character.

A deep malt and straw base starts it off, but quickly fades to corn juice...then cotton candy. To draw a picture - think of a buttered cob of corn dipped in powdered sugar. Some tin follows.

It's rather thick and juicy for an ice beer, but still somewhat crushable. Medium bodied (dare I say), and a carbonated finish.

For a dollar nine it's really not terrible, but I can afford better so obviously I won't be having this again. I still say when and if I'm ever down on my luck, Miller High Life will be my brown bag jam.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.62/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

710 mL 'monster can' from TBS, listed at 5.5%. If it were 7.1% I seriously don't think I would have even bothered getting this... I mean, fun is fun (and cheap beer reviews can be fun, indeed) but I just don't quite hate my liver that much.

Pours a clear, pale golden-yellow colour, topped at first with two fingers of frothy, pillowy, sparkling-white head that hangs around for a fairly long while. It even coats the glass with a fine web of lacing as it gradually recedes - honestly, I'm kind of impressed, this is a pretty good-looking lager. The aroma is syrupy sweet, with lots of adjunct and not much else to support it; maybe some apple skin and candy corn. A far cry from enticing, but for the style it's not wholly off-putting.

Somewhat unusual taste, with a lot more fruitiness (and a lot less booziness) than I would expect from something with 'ice' in its name. Corn syrup, apple skin/cider notes come through at first, with a weak grainy flavour barely detectable underneath this slurry of adjunct flavour. Sweet, slightly fruity finish that doesn't linger long, with very little contribution from the ethanol. Middling carbonation levels; definitely a little low for the style, but it does contribute to the smooth, slick mouthfeel going down. Relatively easy to drink.

I'm honestly not sure what to think of this stuff. The flavour is odd and not entirely appealing, but it's actually relatively unique for an ice beer, and certainly nowhere near as awful as many of its mass-produced, 5.5% abv brethren. I'm certainly not going to run out clamoring for more, but this is one obnoxiously large can of beer that I would at least consider getting again, if I needed something to get my drunk on for cheap.

Final Grade: 2.63, a mediocre C-. I've had more than my fair share of ice beers in the last few months, primarily due to a lack of other things to review. The only other Minhas beer I've had previously is the legendary Mountain Crest, and that was probably 5 or 6 years ago. To put it as politely as possible, I've avoided trying other offerings from this brewery (until now) for a reason. But I must give credit where it's due - Boxer Ice is cheap swill, to be sure, but it's better than any of the other 'ice' drek I've had in recent memory. If you're in the market for this type of beer, you could do far, far worse.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.91/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance is a nice crystal clear gold with a small amount of lace. Smell has sweet corn like malt profile with stale grains and simple sugars. Taste is about the same, very sweet for the style but not overly offensive in flavor. Somewhat clean flavor. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated . Overall, standard ice beer here with no frills. The one positive is the lack of bad flavors, but nothing I would describe as good.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.71/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is comfortably in the sh**-category. As evident by the fact that you can pick up a 36-pack for less than 15 bucks. With that said, I do consider Boxer Ice to be on the sh**-throne, as the ruler of cheap beers. Proudly looking over her kingdom of Coors, Budweiser and Pabst.

Very drinkable both hot or cold. Slightly metallic (might be due to the can). However, the sweetness of the beer hides a lot of its flaws. Definitely not something I'll buy to impress someone. But for if you only have $15, and want drinkable quantity, at the lowest possible price, this is your best bet.

Much better than the regular Boxer. Just a surprisingly non-sh**y beer - for being a sh** beer that is.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
1.25/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of AmitC
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheBeeraholic
1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of fortyfield
1/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of WKyle
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kguyty
2/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jslice99
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Rjk00
1/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Worst beer I have ever drank .

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Photo of Isaac420L
2.82/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Boxer Ice from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 2.32 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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