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Mankato Original - Mankato Brewery

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mankato Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bwiechmann on 01-31-2012)
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Photo of cpolking
4.83/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a pure, clear golden in color. There is an inch of pillowy white, foamy head.

The aroma is intense golden grain, grassy, lightly floral, straw, a touch of yeast.

The taste follows the aromas, with lots of grain and grassiness, full of flavor, with a perfectly bracing bitterness on the finish.

The vast majority of American lagers or kolsch-style beers are missing something, or out of balance in some way. This beer is missing nothing, perfectly in balance, tastes great and drinks crisp and refreshing. This is what beer should be. Major kudos to the Mankato Brewery!

cpolking, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of jpwiii
4.55/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

jpwiii, May 25, 2012
Photo of coffygrinder
4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

coffygrinder, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

KarlHungus, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MattyG85, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

bsp77, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tempest, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

morimech, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of runwild99
4/5  rDev +18%

runwild99, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of tbone64
4/5  rDev +18%

tbone64, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

gatornation, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Tjvan2
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Tjvan2, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of billhelm
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of tom79mp
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

tom79mp, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw yellow color with a massive cap of clean white foam. Almost a belgian triple look to it.

Straw, grass, corn and grain. Moderate sweetness.

Light malt body with grassy hops, hint of pepper spice, mild sweetness and noticeable bitterness. Pretty clean taste.

A light body, but even for a Kolsch, feels too light. Dry feel, especially on the finish.

Extremely high drinkability. Would not be difficult at all to put several of these back, especially during a hot afternoon day. I would say this is a good flagship beer for a startup brewery. This one should appeal to quite a few people.

jera1350, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying to check off the various new local breweries. Best by 21 November 2012. Tasted 9 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a very golden yellow, slightly orange. With light behind it, it becomes less orange, but away from the light it almost glows. One finger of ultra-white head, decent retention, relaxes to a nice thick cap, with pretty good lacing. Nice stream of bubbles rising up.

Smell is super crisp. Really clean and crisp, almost snappy with a bit of spice (the kind I'd expect from, say, Saaz hops). The malt is quite grainy. Definitely reminds me of a pilsener, with that crispness and spice.

Taste is very rounded, much more malty and grainy than I'd expect from the smell. Doesn't have that spicy hop presence, or the crispness. Instead it's malty, like wheat berries, a little extra-sweet (fruity with some white grape), with a light sting of bitterness.

Light-bodied, really nicely carbonated. Fizzy burst at first that relaxes and then comes rushing back. I like it.

Refreshing enough. Smell and feel are really nice, but the flavor is rather blah. Could be a lot more interesting. A weird highly-malty, light-grain beer.

zeledonia, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

TheQuietMan22, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of FakeDeniro
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks Clear, bright with gold finger of white head. A ton of bubbles!

Smells of pale grains and peppery hops

Taste pretty much the same

Mouthfeeis light bodied with a fair amount carbonation. crisp and smooth. Finishes dry

Not a fan of Kolsch fan but if i drank one this would be it.

FakeDeniro, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tone77, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MN_Beerticker, Aug 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

sparx1100, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Lofty
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Lofty, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mothman, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

DaveMiller, May 03, 2014
Photo of capuchinpilates
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

capuchinpilates, May 10, 2014
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Mankato Original from Mankato Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.