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Lazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Lazy Mutt Farmhouse AleLazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale

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129 Ratings

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 32.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bashiba on 11-29-2007

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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 82
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.19/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +60.3%

Photo of mlm_mn
1.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle to glass. Chilled.

Appearance: the nice golden color is spot on, but that may be the best feature of this beer. Minimal lacing, quickly dissipates. Cloudy, but not too cloudy for the style. No sediment, etc.

Smell: faint hay/wheat with a few notes of corn... really lacking in this area.

Taste: You may grab some wheat or corn on the back-end, but up front, there's little. Bitterness is below average for a saison, but the sweetness isn't far off.

Mouthfeel: Watery.

Overall comments: the beer is drinkable on a hot day in the middle of the summer, when light and cold are positive attributes. Even then, there are much better contenders in that category. This really lacks many of the hallmark qualities of a solid farmhouse. I wouldn't buy again, nor would I recommend to a friend.

Photo of Edgerrin32
1.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of livingtodie
4/5  rDev +70.9%

Photo of irrgalaxy
2.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from screw-top bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, with light golden color. Low amounts of head on the glass.

Smell: Slightly musty, with kind of an old smell to it. No overwhelming notes.

Taste: Nothing strong - for a farmhouse ale, there's almost no hop or citrus flavors in the ale. Much too heavy on the malt, but no strong alcohol or additional flavors that I'd expect to distinguish the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light - not too dissimilar from a lager.

Overall: Bought this on the (admittedly excellent) gimmick that their "six-packs" actually have eight beers in them, which is tremendous. Aside from that, I'd never buy this again - I think I'll try to turn it into beer bread in the coming months.

Photo of WastingFreetime
1.74/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from session notes.

For better or worse, last week I decided to ignore all outside warnings about Minhas and do some sessions as well as dig up any previous Minhas tasting notes I'd already written down... for the sake of unbiased science and in the spirit of giving all brews at least a fair try.

Looks really quite cloudy and turbid with yeast, not that there is anything wrong with that. Faded straw color, just a thin collar of off-white foam for a head despite an aggressive pour, aroma is at first a suggestion of partly spoiled lemons but thankfully? gets replaced by a cooked sweet corn aroma as the brew warms up in the glass. Yikes. Flavor is mostly dominated by cooked sweet corn to my palate with aftertastes of odd metallic notes....watery texture and body which is a startling contrast with the turbid appearance.
Overall I can't really recommend this one.

Photo of zenwatts
1.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of powerss13
1.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a very nice Duvel glass

Appearance: Cloudy light golden look. Seemed to look like it could be a decent beer.

Smell: Light notes of citrus with little other notes that I can't even name because they are so absent, your not able to put a name to them

Taste: Drinkable. I was able to drink it down, but probably will not buy again. Not a pleasant taste, but atleast not a god awful taste. There is still another beer I have had that is still the #1 beer of the worst.

Mouthfeel: Cloudy and a nuisance. Its light and you just chug it down to get rid of it.

Overall: If your looking to try just about every beer out there then try it so you can use it as an example of beers not to drink. If your just looking for a good beer to have after work and/or after other events/things then stay away.

Photo of richkrull
2/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Duff27
2/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of brandoman63
2/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of MNJR
1.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really can't stand this beer. I bought it, and hated it. Then, when I was out of beer, a friend came for a BBQ with another "8 pack" so I got stuck drinking a couple more before I trudged to the store for something I could drink. OK, where to start? It smells like antifreeze, and I have never tasted antifreeze, but I'm sure this is close. Bitter with a distinct bile flavor. Sharp and pungent with a rotting lemon or sour orange aftertaste. Very grainy mouthfeel and a syrupy, clinging wash down the throat that is nearly nauseating. Very bad beer. I'd say this is the closest to undrinkable I've ever had. Salty. Caustic. Horrible. Avoid at all costs. And to think this is coming out of what used to be the venerable Joseph Huber Brewing Company. What a crime. A true insult to the beer drinking community.

Photo of mynie
1.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Good news: It's the best Minhas beer I tried.

Bad news: Minhas is maybe the worst brewer I've ever tried anything from. If you know any homebrewers who make wort out of used bathwater, or who sometimes get confused and use dish detergent instead of malt syrup, then maybe you've had worse beer. Otherwise, Minhas is the bottom.

The taste is dominated by the medicinal bugspray offness that is the signature flavor of Minhas brews. Only, thankfully, it's a little blotted out by some nodes of lemon. It's thinner, too, so the bugspray isn't as intense.

So--there's nothing in here to signify it being a saison, except that the back end is exceptionally light and fizzy. I can't tell if this is from Belgian yeast or if they just added a bunch of CO2 to it.

Photo of womencantsail
2.46/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with minimal head formation and retention.

S: Really a very minimal aroma to this beer. Quite watery with a bit of overcooked vegetable and garbage water aroma. Just what I wanted. More and more corn comes through as it sits.

T: Quite tinny with a strong flavor of overcooked corn. Like the nose, the flavor is definitely watery. Not super offensive, but nowhere near good, either.

M: Light in body, watery, and low carbonation.

O: Poor on all fronts. Not a good beer.

Photo of nicksta
2.15/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First try out of a Minhas mix pack. 8 beers for the price of 6. I'm not off to a good start. The beer is a pale gold. Looks like a white beer and has no lacing to speak of. The smell is weak. A little bit of hops and citrus, honey. Typical summer brew scents. The taste is lame. It's got the bittersweet of a white wine and not much else. Not offensive, but weak and is made worse by a too thin and too bubbly of a mouth feel with little drinkability.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Finally finishing the Minhas mixed pack I picked up a while ago. This dog pours a lightly hazy straw topped by a low finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange rind, light caramel, funky wheat, and light black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, though now there is more rind (both lemon and orange), a new pinch of nutmeg, and the wheat is funkier in a bad way (like bad wheat getting worse). The body lies on the border between heavy light and light medium, with a moderate carbonation and an almost watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad saison. I'm kinda glad this variety pack is finished, but this was a bad way to end things.

Photo of spree92
2.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this in one of the Alberta liquor stores, never heard of it so I picked up an 8-pack. Cloudy, light amber with a good sized white head. Smells and taste like the cheap, no name beer but with lemon added. Don't know what else to say, I now have 7 beers for cooking, hope it will be better for that.

Photo of drizzam
2.33/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a hazy light amber in color topped by a white half finger head. The head quickly receded to a thin white cap and left only some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Smells faintly of apples, and I had to strain a bit to get that. Not much going on in the nose...is this really a Saison?

T & M - Much like the aroma, I was let down with the taste. This is kind of a watered down apple cider with just a touch of almost non-existent peppery spice, carried on a watery grain body. As I continue to drink, that very faint spice seems to disappear, leaving only a watered down apple juice flavor. Oh, by the way, have I mentioned it seems watered down? At least it finishes crisp, right?

D - OK, if it was between this or Bud Light I would choose this. That being said...their claim that this is a Farmhouse Ale is preposterous! For some reason I kept picturing this being handed out at the water stations during a marathon. Don't go out of your way for this one.

Photo of davesway10
1.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow, So I had this beer and thought "union made" I have to try this. I'm a union guy. This beer is awful, it is, i'm sorry. funny thing is, i had some non beer geek friends over and while they didn't necessarily like it they also didn't dislike it. I was floored, my dog wouldn't drink this stuff. literally, he drinks all kinds of beer. I know this. Pass on this one.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.12/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- pours a murky straw color with a fizzy head. Could easily pass for a cream soda. What?!?!

Smell -- It's hard to pick anything out of this besides malt aside from the faintest shadow of grassy hops.

Taste -- Vanilla, lemon, pale malt, strawberries. As the 7 IBU's would suggest, there is nearly no hop presence. This tastes nothing like a Farmhouse Ale, even a malty one.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate foamy carbonation. Chalky finish.

Drinkability -- It's notable to mention that, after Yuengling, Minhas Brewing run the oldest continuously operated brewery in the United States. This beer is not good. This is certainly not a Farmhouse Ale, rather it doesn't fit any style. In a bad way. Sorry, Minhas, you should've called this something else.

Photo of Lemke10
2.65/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I took a tour of the Minhas Craft brewery in Monroe, WI in late Summer 2010. As a parting gift for taking the tour they gave away free bottles of beer and lazy mutt was one of them.

Before taking the tour I had heard a lot of hype about this beer. I wished the taste lived up to the hype. Lazy Mutt has a very simple taste. It pours a pale golden color and has a very light taste but with a surprisingly strong citrus hints. Still has a better taste than a cheap 30-pack but at the price this retails for, I would be willing to stick with the 30pk. Something new to try but probably not a regular purchase.

Photo of portia99
2.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.16oz bottle (what?) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a mostly clear (just a hint of haze) pale almost straw golden color. A thin finger of fizzy head barely lingers for a momentand falls to a thin collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Earthy hops, some bready malt and not much else. Smells more like a European lager than anything else...and definitely not a farmhouse ale.

T - Lemony over bread laced with a strong dose of diacetyl. Grainy overall, light bitterness...not much character. Could easily do without the buttery component completely.

M - Slick, oily, watery and thin. The carbonation is medium high with a solid tingle in the mouth.

D - Wow, I had hopes of finding a great farmhouse ale that I'd never heard of...as it turns out, I guess I haven't heard of this one for good reason. Not sure how this can be a farmhouse ale...it's a nondescript continental lager with some off flavors in it. This is a one and done...glad to have tried it though - good to know these things firsthand.

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Lazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
58 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.