Mankato Original - Mankato Brewery
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
2.78/5 rDev -18.5%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Dick's Last Resort pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the style.
Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger white colour head of decent thickness and cream, and average retention (~2 minutes). Colour is a clear pale yellow. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Pale malts and a hint of lemon citrus. That's really it. An average strength aroma.
T: Pale malts, artificial lemon, artificial lime, and some fruity hop esters. Built alright for the style. Not impressive. There's nothing unique or special here. Not real complex or subtle.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Not as crisp as it ought to be. Decent carbonation, but a touch overdone. Thickness is fair.
Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. A passable kolsch from Mankato. I wouldn't trifle with this again. Decently priced, I guess.
11-22-2012 20:25:52 | More by kojevergas
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
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
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
4.43/5 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
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
3.75/5 rDev +10%
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.
06-16-2012 01:22:04 | More by jera1350
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
4.18/5 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
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
3.7/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-18-2012 20:28:36 | More by zeledonia
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
Mankato Original from Mankato Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.