Mankato Original - Mankato Brewery
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Reviews by MattyG85:
4.18/5 rDev +22.6%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle says enjoy my 09/26/12.
Appearance: Pours a bright and clear pale golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Lots of foamy lacing sticks around the glass.
Smell: A wheat driven and fairly floral aroma. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of biscuit, crackers, and straw. Subtle hints of citrus lemon and orange. A nice scent of spice from some earthy and floral hops. Fairly grassy and grainy.
Taste: Like the smell indicates, a nicely bready and spicy taste. Lots of wheat grains up front along with pale malts. Good notes of crackers, hay, and biscuity bread. Solid backing of earthy noble hops that add a nice spice and bitterness. Light citrus lemon zest and orange. Nicely floral and balanced. Solid taste.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth. Finishes pretty dry.
Overall: A pretty solid take on a Kolsch from this new brewery.
08-13-2012 05:51:05 | More by MattyG85
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4.1/5 rDev +20.2%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into the closest glass I have to a Stange.
Appearance: Clear, bright gold with bubbly, stark white head and light lacing.
Smell: Apple, pepper, straw. Fairly grainy aroma.
Taste: Initial taste of pepper and lemon, but then deepens to a semi-sweet malty core of apple, as well as straw and spicy bitterness. The pepper lasts long into the finish.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body. Smooth, crisp and very dry.
Overall: Based on my experience, this is as good as a Kolsch can get. I was surprised to learn that Mike "The Miz" from Summit became head brewer for Mankato, but now I am not surprised after tasting this. I can definitely see comparisons to his Unchained #1, and while this is likely lacking some of the expensive German ingredients that that beer had, I think this may actually be executed a little better. Great start for the new brewery.
08-06-2012 22:49:54 | More by bsp77
4/5 rDev +17.3%
Picked up a single at the Four Firkins and poured it into a Gaffel stange. It's a touch sweet at first, but overall a fine example of the style that nails the delicate malt profile. There's a white grape note in the aroma, along with clean, toasty grains. The barley is light and bready, and backed up by a mild earth hop bitterness. The finish is semi-dry, with more biscuit and toast in the aftertaste. If you're a fan of the style, check this out. There aren't enough good kolschs like this available.
11-21-2012 20:32:57 | More by tempest
4/5 rDev +17.3%
Clear straw color with just over one finger of head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.
Nothing to remarkable about the aroma. Some pale grains and peppery hops.
Surprisingly hoppy little beer. Peppery and spicey hops compliments the dry, cracker malt. A good combination in my book. I am missing the yeast qualities however.
Light body, nice carbonation. Fits this low ABV well.
Very easy drinking beer that comes in a lower ABV package. Another good, local option.
07-29-2012 17:33:54 | More by morimech
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
This beer comes courtesy of cpolking, thanks. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, biscuits. Taste is the same, malts, biscuits, some hop presence, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.
10-05-2012 20:44:21 | More by tone77
4.53/5 rDev +32.8%
This beer is a great example if a kolsch. It has a light straw color with a white head. The head of the beer goes away leaving a thin white foam on the top. I really didn't get a lot of hop flavor, I did however get a great pilsner malt flavor. It has a sweet front taste with a dry afterbite. This is a great beer and with it being lower abv it would make a good session beer. As the beer warms the pilsner malt really kicks up. Its a fine example of a kolsch. It clean clear and tons of plisner flavor.
04-20-2012 03:03:44 | More by coffygrinder
2.88/5 rDev -15.5%
This is the first beer from the emerging brewery and as of now is available only on Draft.
Pours a straw-yellow with an impressive head and good lacing. Pretty attractive beer.
Smell is hop-forward with pine/floral hop notes indicating that this is more than your typical BMC brew. The brewers describe a subtle fruitiness in the aroma, but I'm not finding it. Malt plays a supporting role and does not give a performance worth remembering.
Taste is a little thin. Hops are more prominent than the aroma indicated. Malt is a little too weak to stand up to the bitterness that cuts through the palate and as a result it seems a bit off-balance for a Kolsch.
Mouthfeel is the weak point of the brew. Very drinkable but higher carbonation and such a thin body detract from the enjoyment of the beer for me.
Overall- not a bad beer, but leaves me wanting more. When I asked the waitress about it she told me people had been describing it as "hop-water." While I give it more credit than that the mouthfeel really does bring the brew down a few notches. I hope the brewery branches out with another style soon because I won't be ordering this one again until the summer heat hits hard.
01-31-2012 17:56:11 | More by bwiechmann
4/5 rDev +17.3%
A- pours a clear bright yellow color with a white and a solid fresh cap
S- pale malts and floral noble hops grassy smells along with baked bread
T- floral spicy hops with pale malts sweet finish
M- crisp and dry with floral hops creamy with medium carbonation
O- tasty Kolsch low ABV very drinkable hits the spot
10-08-2012 21:49:23 | More by gatornation
4.55/5 rDev +33.4%
Served on tap into a regular pint glass. This beer is a straw yellow, which would normally scare me off. But, one whiff of this beer and you know it's going to be something good. Fresh malt with wonderful floral and fruity hops. The flavor is incredibly complex and is a perfect session beer (pushing the limits, I know). It has a fresh bread/biscuit flavor that gives way to a spicy/floral hop character that and finishes with slightly fruity. There seems to be a little bit of mineral character at play in the finish as well. This beer is so enjoyable, I hold it in my mouth for a little longer than I normally do.
If this came in cans/bottles I would have this on hand at all times without fail. A very enjoyable beer!
05-25-2012 21:14:27 | More by jpwiii
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “ENJOY BY” date printed on the label is “02.10.13.”
Appearance: Poured into a stange. The color is clear, golden straw. Two-and-a-half fingers of fluffy, white foam settled unevenly to form a billowy cap and eventually a spotted lacing. Trails of foam remained stuck to the glass.
Smell: It smells like grainy, Minnesota lager. Metallic, floral, earthy, and a touch fruity. It also has a nice splash of lemon zest. This bottle is at the end of its shelf life and there is a hint of cardboard. Honestly, the smell is neither appealing nor enticing.
Taste: The flavors are still pretty sharp. Pale malts, floral and earthy hops, lemon, and strawberry. It has a nice, astringent bitterness that coats the mouth along with the lemon citrus.
Drinkability: I really wish I would have been more vigilant and bought a fresher sixer. This is not the best first impression, but at some point I will have an opportunity to try M.O. again and will definitely take it.
02-09-2013 03:19:54 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
The beer pours a fairly solid gold color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The beer really doesn't look half bad. On the nose, there's really not much there, but I do pick up a hint of dry citrus and some light biscuit. There's not a lot there on the palates as well, though the beer does have some decent bitterness on the finish. Otherwise, this beer is very light, dry and a bit watery on the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a soft bitter finish. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable.
Wanted something light after the big Thanksgiving dinner, and this was certainly that. Pretty hard to imagine ever drinking this again, no matter what the circumstances.
11-29-2013 15:42:43 | More by John_M
4.43/5 rDev +29.9%
This beer pours a clear pale golden color. The head consists of one inch of bright white foam that recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of fresh cut grass, some floral notes, a hint of honey, and a nice bready maltiness. The taste is considerably maltier than the aroma with some nice depth. There are doughy, toasty, and light toffee flavors mingling with each other. Some grassy hops are present, but only in a backing role. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with relatively high carbonation (which is appropriate for the style), and a smooth texture. Overall, I am mighty impress by this beer. I actually like this kolsch more than I like Summit Summer Ale, and I like that beer quite a bit. I find this beer to be more refreshing than Summit's version of the style which I thought was too dense in overall character to be truly refreshing.
06-19-2012 00:27:34 | More by KarlHungus
Mankato Original from Mankato Brewery
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