Minhas Boxer Hard Root Beer

Reviewed by on May 31, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Minhas Craft Brewery

  • Origin: Monroe, WI, US

  • Rated On: May 31, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Hard Root Beer

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

‘Beer, natural and artificial flavours: contains barley’ – heady, if at least qualifying initial information, for a brew that could be seen to be jumping on the current summer 2016 boozy root beer bandwagon – let’s have a look-see, then.

This 330ml bottle pours a clear, dark red-tinted brown colour, with one measly finger of barely puffy, and mostly just fizzy, um, head, which leaves absolutely zilch in the way of lace around the glass as it hastily blows off.

It smells of somewhat reserved generic root beer (think of those store-brand grocery store, um, choices), weak caramel malt, further cheap vanilla notes, and very little else. The taste is sugary sweet caramel and toffee-tinted sugar (as opposed to the more complex malt side of things), sarsaparilla root mistakes, and a hint of dime-store black licorice. The carbonation is quite soft in its not long for this life and soda-friendly fizziness, the body a solid medium weight for the broad, um,  ‘style’, and actually more or less smooth, with a weird, devil-spawned creaminess considering making itself known. It finishes sweet, with nothing less than that deflated (not that it’s all that uncommon) fast food resto syrup-fed root beer experience leading the unchallenged charge.

Overall, this is one of the best-performing Minhas ‘beers’ that I have ever really tasted, in the sense that it is not a beer, really, but rather a rip-off of A&W, et al, with an admittedly well-obfuscated 11-proof booziness. Good on ya (finally, I suppose), ye who mawkishly take advantage of the Berghoff name’s heritage. For the rest of you craft-beer seekers out there – maybe seek elsewhere.

Brady White

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