Lazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale - Minhas Craft Brewery
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2.65/5 rDev +15.2%
11.16oz brown bottle ... why not the standard 12oz bottle? No freshness date.
Hazed straw yellow color, hazed due to the yeast in the bottle. Decent lacing with credit due to the very active carbonation. Aromas of white chocolate, lemon zest and a cracker graininess. Very crisp, deep enough which adds a refreshing character upfront. Vague lemon oil, wild flower and clean graininess are the stronger characteristics. Hops are modest with a small bitterness. A little spicy middle to end with more lemon zest flavor. Semi-dry finish with a nearly clean after taste.
Not sure what to make of this one, very non-conventional for the style. Simply tastes like a spicy crisp summer seasonal blonde ale with lemon flavor. Did they really mean to put "Farmhouse Ale" on the label.
05-17-2009 02:16:44 | More by Jason
3.93/5 rDev +70.9%
Consumed in a: Pilsener pint glass
After buying this beer, which caught my eye (as is the case with most people it seems) with the whole 8-to-a-pack-thing, I immediately looked online to see what others had to say (as I usually do). To my disappointment, it seemed everybody was bashing it. How could it possibly be that good with hardly anyone recommending it? But, after trying it a few times as objectively as possibly, I must say I disagree with the "haters". Yeah, it's not a "true" Farmhouse ale and doesn't taste like one. So? Beer Advocate says not to judge against inherent qualities of beers. What about the flipside? Why should beers be confided so rigidly into categories? Call it false advertising, but don't let it have any effect on your perception of what it actually is. This beer isn't amazing, but it's got a taste I can really dig, with the mix of sweet and sour, with the bold effervecensce washing away any strong aftertaste. Great summer evening brew.
Appearance - Pours well, a slightly hazy golden froth. Decent lacing and head retention. Must be loaded with CO2, as there's an awful lot of bubble action going on here.
Smell - Actually fairly complex. Notes of dirty gym socks, white chocolate, faint toffee, lemon and butter. It's got a pretty unique sour aroma to it...not vinegary sour like a lambic, but, as I said, more of a sweaty funk type sour. Not for everyone.
Taste - More pronounced lemon/citrus flavors, with a slightly metallic taste. Did this sit in the vat too long? Oh well, it's not THAT offensive.
Taste isn't as complex, interesting or good as the aroma, but still very much palatable to me personally.
Mouthfeel - Not so impressive. Pretty "blah" and watery and WAY too much carbonation for most people (I personally like the amount of carbonation, as it slows me down for one thing. This beer is so light and agreeably tasty to me that I'd probably find myself pounding it much quicker than I should be. With this much carbonation, my stomach won't let me. Also, I love the burps that come from interestingly tasty, highly-carbonated beers.) Still, could use some body to it.
Drinkability - Overall, this is something I could get into on a fairly regular basis (during the summer/fall at least). Aside from the gassyness provided by the carbonation, not too filling. Would be a great session beer if it had just a tad less alcohol.
06-11-2010 01:04:48 | More by joshdesk
1.95/5 rDev -15.2%
Second to last one from the tour variety pack...
Poured into shaker pint; golden straw color with a half-finger clear white head that fades in seconds to a fizzy film of bubbles fed by small, lively carbonation.
Smell is almost the same as all their other ones; smells like light corn and sugar, but it does have a vinous, champagne-like scent.
Taste is all corn and sugar, nothing else. Same sickly-sweet Minhas finish, the vinous quality of the smell isn't present at all in the taste. This is NOT a saison.
Mouthfeel is thin; the carbonation approaches saison but doesn't reach the proper level.
Overall, it's sugary corn-water, that's all this is. If you like generic cheap beer, you could probably stomach this, but if you're looking for a saison, stay away from this one.
12-14-2013 02:49:11 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
1.35/5 rDev -41.3%
Tried this from a friend's 8-pack for four dollars in Atlanta.
Wow, it's hard to really get a good feel for this beer as you just want to drink it as fast as possible - and not in a good way.
It's a cloudy champagne color, and the head disappears soon after it's poured. It smells a little fruity, but a lot like hot wings.
The taste is a little sour at first, but goes straight downhill from there. I really don't know how to explain the taste, other than just plain terrible. The aftertaste sticks around for thirty minutes and is not pleasant. There's hardly any feel to be had.
All in all this is the worst beer I can remember ever drinking. The worst part is the aftertaste that sticks with you. I see no reason why anyone would pay to drink this beer.
07-21-2008 20:46:03 | More by glid02
2.18/5 rDev -5.2%
Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow body with a lumpy white head that last a good bit and a sea of swirling bubbles to support it.
S- The soft sweetness is very clean with a cooked corn aroma that grows stronger with each sip.
T- The slightly sweet big cooked corn DMS is only challenged by the watery taste before the dry finish. The corn note lingers.
M- The medium light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.
O- This beer has lots of corn flavor and watery flavors but nothing else. There is no yeast character or hop character and it was hard to get through the whole 12 oz.
05-02-2012 19:51:57 | More by rhoadsrage
2.73/5 rDev +18.7%
I don't know where this came from, since I don't think Minhas even distributes to the state much less Toledo; here it is regardless, so why not?
It looks unfiltered, with a deep haze set into a pale yellow brew. Busy carbonation keeps up a head that struggles and would be lost without it, and spotting is left somewhat weakly but amply enough here and there.
This beer is a bit weak, lacking depth as though the interpretation of a light style is to make it weaker. There's not much to it besides a lame base of pale malts, some dusty earth and a bit of lemon. I can't say the sweetness isn't interesting. Unfortunately, there's nothing either Belgian or Farmhouse about this beer.
Interestingly, for such a weak beer and lacking character, the feel almost reaches what it ought to be. Crispness is a little too hard as the carbonation required to keep anything going bites too hard, but there's a smoothness under it that makes it flow well besides that.
10-09-2012 17:01:14 | More by Brenden
3.15/5 rDev +37%
If the intent of Minhas Craft Brewery was to make a "macrobrew" to compete with the likes of Coors/Miller/AB on a beer-seller's shelf, this beer certainly does well in that sort of taste arena, as this otherwise uninspiring and easily drinkable brew certainly fits into this sort of genre. If your idea of drinking a good beer is Miller/Bud Lite/MGD/Corona/Rolling Rock/Busch/Coors, etc, then you likely will be happy--or at least unoffended--with the contents of this bottle. Drinkers of otherwise "cheap" beer (Keystone, Milwaukee's Best/"The Beast"/PBR, etc. in a can) will be best advised to drink these bottles first (aka "drink the better-tasting swill first to catch your buzz before drinking the hasher-tasting stuff").
The carbonation is OK, and the flavor is not too hoppy and a bit water'ish. The aroma is mild-to-not-existent.; and I did not "waste time" on pouring these into a glass for full enjoyment, choosing to try them straight from the non-twisting capped bottles. These go down easily, like gatorade does on the sidelines of a football game or like water does in a workout room. If priced well "by the keg," I could see this beer becoming a college-party favorite due to its less-harsh/almost "malternative" taste, which would do well against a harsher Busch, etc.
On the other hand, I was expecting a LOT more and a LOT better from this brewery, having consumed Huber Bock and most of the Berghoff line (which are presently made at the same brewery, which otherwise seems to make a decent "mainsteram microbrew styled" beer in general from other Huber-made brews I've had the opportunity to sample). I was unimpressed with the bottle contents, as the packaging (a "Union Made" _genius_ "8 pack" in a 6/12/24 pack world) of Lazy Mutt looked as if it would be something much better inside of the bottles than it indeed was. C'mon Minhas--I KNOW that you can do _much_ better than this. That said, I'm not going to pour my remaining bottles of this down the drain, but it certainly will not be my first-choice when going to a store and looking to buy beer (unless there are ONLY Miller/AB/Coors' "mainline" beers from which to choose; if the Amber Bock or similar choices are available, then all bets are off in this sort of situation).
But a "Farmhouse Ale?" Only if your definition of "farmhouse" is from behind which you once would sneak beers from "your old man's 'stash'" as a kid. And this one is indeed better tasting than those cans were, but is not nearly as good as I'd _expect_ a beer (esp. one called a "farmhouse ale") from Minhas to be. I hope that this beer is not a sign of future flavors to come from the brewery in Monroe, WI, as they are able to do a LOT better than this (and do some contract-brewing MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH better than this).
02-28-2009 20:30:49 | More by DJSpidey
2.58/5 rDev +12.2%
12 oz bottle.
This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, with a very thin film of uh, foamy, I suppose, off white head, which leaves a low skinny ring of lace around the glass in its 'wake'. It smells of faint sweet wheat grain, some mild florals, and weedy hops. The taste is generic fruity pale malt, a twinge of wheat spice, and an edgy, but not strong, fruity funk, inoffensive at just the wrong time to be. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium light in weight, a bit thin, but not unsmooth. It finishes offdry, the somewhat dead flower fruitiness persisting.
Not too shabby, considering the source. No obvious flaws, the saison qualities just on the heavily underwhelming side.
10-22-2011 22:13:10 | More by biboergosum
3.15/5 rDev +37%
Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. They've been pushing this stuff pretty hard with local commercials lately.
Pour: pale lemon-yellow, lightly cloudy with one finger of medium-thick white foam that fizzles to nothing in a few minutes.
Nose: musty wheat malt, tart lemon, hint of bubblegum
Taste: slightly puckering funky lemon-wheat with a lingering mustiness and sour yogurt finish. Overall very light and fleeting on the palate.
Mouthfeel: thin and effervescent, slightly puckering
Drinkability/Overall: An...interesting experience. This beer is sold in 8-packs for around $7.99 by the brewers of Mountain Creek. Blurb on the label evokes football Sundays. First whiff and taste present more funk than one would expect from a beer targeting this kind of crowd, but the beer's light body and ephemeral palate may not scare away armchair quarterbacks. Will be interesting to see if this stuff catches on. Not a bad beer, but doesn't leave much of an impression. But for a buck a bottle, could be a refreshing summer party beer.
01-07-2008 22:34:51 | More by Golden2wenty1
1.02/5 rDev -55.7%
After seeing this brew on a daily basis, I decided to give it a shot. I purchased one bottle from the mix-and-match 6-pack section at Apollo West.
Upon pouring it into a glass, it looked like a cloudy pilsner. Smelled ridiculously sweet, almost like a cheap malt liquor.
After taking a sip, I was not impressed. I decided to let it warm up a bit, which did not help in the slightest. The sweetness to it is simply too overwhelming to warrant another taste. I cut my losses and tossed the remainder and thanked myself for not buying more.
03-05-2008 18:10:04 | More by Tsuruchi
3.43/5 rDev +49.1%
Given that this is one of the lowest rated craft brews on any beer rating site, I'm a little disappointed at how good it is! I was excited to find a horrible train wreck, something that would make me wretch, but it's actually not bad. Maybe they've cleaned it up? (It's certainly not as yeasty as the one pictured on the site; that had to have come out of someone not knowing how to do a bottling run for this kind of beer).
But firstly, YES, it is clearly not a Saison. I'm just looking at it for what it is, and not trying to peg it into any style category. So...
It exhibited good head retention, holding a solid cap (it was thin in the middle, but it was still solid) throughout most of the glass, and it left some very nice lace behind as well. It's obviously unfiltered, and maybe that's why they've labeled it "farmhouse ale". Nice golden color.
The aroma is lacking, expressing only basic maltiness, yeast, and a bit of apple-like yeasty fruitiness. And I could see how some might find the actual yeast a bit offensive, but I don't. It's a little boring, and some hops would be great, but it's clean so I can't really fault it.
The flavor is basically the same as the aroma, although there's also a bit of grape-like flavor. The malt is basic, and although some have cried "adjunct!", I find a clear note of grainy malt to it. It's mildly bitter, and the slight tartness of the yeast helps to balance it. Again, some hops would be nice but I only get a minor touch of floral and spice, and I think the spice is from actualy spice, and not hops. Who knows? Still, it finishes dry, and not sticky, so who am I to complain?
So what is left? What's so horrible about this beer? Well, nothing really. It's medium-light in body and crisp. And it's drinkable. What they're obviously going for, based on what's written on the label, is "volume" drinkability. It reads "... It means that on Sunday, when you have two things on your mind: where to sit and what to watch, we'll be right there with you". So, OK, a football beer. Is this any worse than chilling with a crisp, cool can of Coor's Light? Certainly not. "Farmhouse Ale" isn't a very good label for this beer, but I can see where they're coming from given the customer they're pitching this to. But really, beyond that, it's not a bad basic beer.
09-25-2009 19:23:44 | More by NeroFiddled
2.5/5 rDev +8.7%
12oz single for some nominal fee at Riley's
union made +1 point
appearance: pours into a brooklyn pint glass, moderately cloudy urine-yell color, super bubbly, light beige cap...yawner
smell: wheat malts, funky must, sour lemon, grassy
taste: this is like a macro-saison of some sort...the tart artificial lemon flavors dominate with a strong wheatgrass base, fair amount of corn noticeable. not worth drinking again
mouthfeel: tart and light
01-30-2008 00:45:26 | More by dirtylou
2/5 rDev -13%
An odd 11.16 oz. twist off bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours golden with a light haze. A thin cap hits the hills in about 20 seconds.
Nose of neutral cereal with a hint of sweet yeast note. Not much aroma and no notable hop presence. Yeast notes are quite subtle as well.
Flavor again of pale malts with a bit of lemon oil though the lemon seems to be as much additive as hop driven.
Feel is a bit flat as the carbonation is rather light to begin with, fizzing out of the liquid too quickly.
Overall a bust with minimal yeast and farmhouse notes. Not really too far from Simpler Times though a bit drier on the finish. Improves just a touch with some warming as for yeast presence.
07-04-2012 04:52:22 | More by HalfFull
2.05/5 rDev -10.9%
Poured a slightly cloudy orange/yellow with a light off white head, quickly turning into a soapy ring.
Smell has a funky(and not the good kind) yeastyness and grain and corn quality.
Flavor is like a typical corn adjunct macro lager with some hints of lemony citrus and funky yeast.
Mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation.
Not so good, will be avoiding this one.
11-29-2007 02:49:32 | More by bashiba
1.88/5 rDev -18.3%
Grabbed a 8-pack and should of known better. Very pale color with a small white head that goes away quickly. No aromas to lead you on that this is a "Farmhouse Ale". Some biscuit malt but that is about all that is detected. Very little flavor. Mostly biscuit malt and little to no qualities of a saison. Has a thin body but carbonation is halfway decent. Unfortunately I have seven more of these things to consume.
04-29-2008 22:21:38 | More by morimech
3.7/5 rDev +60.9%
Purchased as part of a mix six...split the bottle with my sister-in-law:
A=Medium to light golden, with a bit of murkiness and perhaps a slight greenish tint. Head was white and not very dominant.
S=I didn't notice much...perhaps a cut grass smell.
T=Citrus and very crisp...rather sweet and creamy as well. Reminded me a bit of Blue Moon's Belgian White.
M=Moderate carbonation, perhaps a bit slippery, but overall very drinkable.
O=One of Minhas' better offerings...I would definitely drink again, but probably not buy as it is not quite as good as others out there.
05-14-2013 14:17:50 | More by dhannes
2.5/5 rDev +8.7%
I picked up 3 varieties of Minhas beers last week so I will be having a Minhas morning today to kick off my weekend. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit musty, some medicinal odor. Taste is yuck, an off metallic taste, some cough syrup, maybe a touch of plastic. WTF? Feels light in the mouth and overall is the worst beer of this style that I have ever had.
07-13-2012 20:27:00 | More by tone77
1.73/5 rDev -24.8%
A- This pours a slightly hazy light ginger ale color. And I hate to say this but it looks like how piss looks when your sick. I couldn't believe it but this is the only beer I've had where there was a minimal head upon pouring that disappeared into literally nothing! There is no foam, no ring, not even a single bubble sitting on top of the liquid. There is no lacing to speak of and overall this just looks like flat ginger ale that's somewhat cloudy!
S- I didn't read anybody's review before trying this and the first thing that comes to my mind was a sour apple scent with lemon juice mixed in....kind of a citrus smell but not in a good way!
T- Again, I taste some apples, a little sweeter than the aroma leads on and at least I don't taste the citrus notes here. Maybe a little bit of malt as well but no hop bitterness is detectable. There is also a yeasty backround noticable here as well.
M- Fizzy and watery about sums it up...again...it's like drinking a carbonated version of a frozen apple juice where too much water has been added.
D- Sorry, but I'm glad my friend bought this 8 pack and not me...no wonder after we each had one that he didn't care about taking the rest home with him. I wouldn't recommend this one and I'm sure it will take awhile for me to finish off the rest of these that are in my fridge, if I don't give them away first! Not a good beer in my opinion.
02-05-2009 04:10:14 | More by ChrisCage
Lazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
58 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.