Mankato Original - Mankato Brewery

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85
very good

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bwiechmann on 01-31-2012

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of cpolking
4.8/5  rDev +26%
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! (589 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of jpwiii
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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! (722 characters)

Photo of coffygrinder
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of bwiechmann
2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

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. (1,185 characters)

Mankato Original from Mankato Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.