Kato Lager Beer
Mankato Brewery

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German Helles
Ranked #71
Ranked #25,391
3.82 | pDev: 10.21%
Mankato Brewery
Minnesota, United States
Kato Lager BeerKato Lager Beer
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 30 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of defunksta
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium, mostly clear, golden color with a moderate, crispy foam head that fades and leaves a nice, thin layer on top. (4.0)
Aroma: Strong aromas of lemongrass and honey. Mild flowers, but mostly lemongrass mixed with honey. Maybe some orange or apple sweetness. (4.0)
Flavor: Really great and strong flavors. Tons of grass, sweet lemon, and honey. Showcases the noble hops well. All three flavors are well balanced. The honey evolves into somewhat of a tangy Munich malt profile, but still German hops and honey is what I get on the flavor. Leans a little sweet against a somewhat bitter lemon or floral finish. (4.0)
Feel: Strong carbonation, heavier bodied. A fantastic, smooth mouthfeel. Slight sweetness on the tongue. (4.0)

Overall: This is a well-made American helles. Standard to the style. Lemongrass and honey here. Tons of flavor and stronger than I expected, yet nails the German flavors without compromise. I couldn't tell this was brewed in the U.S. and for that this is a very well made helles. (Final Rating: 3.99)

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, light and tasty. A little more soapy taste than I'd like, but overall, not bad. Pours a light golden color and a head that slowly dies off after a couple of minutes. On tap at the Boulder Tap House in Mankato.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single can into a pilsener glass.'

Pours a fine golden color with a decent one-finger head and fair lacing. Shimmering quality. Perhaps a bit lacking in visible effervescence.

Multiple malt aromas dominate the nose including bread dough, cracker, and a light fruity note. Hints of white pepper and hop in the background.'

The flavor is lively and well balanced between malty bready sweetness and spicy hops. Just a bit of sour/tart. Simple, straight, solid.

The feel is light and rather crisp, although it could use a bit more carbonation. A very drinkable brew.

Overall, a good take on a classic style.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kato pours a crisp clean golden color, with a very small, but lacing head. Aroma is weaker, its very neutral, hints of a crisp grain. Flavor has a sweet start, grainy and crisp, with a nicer crisp slightly dry aftertaste. Good body and feel. Overall, its a nice Helles, very refreshing, good simple beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden color with a good deal of carbonation. It smelled of caramel and floral notes. Sweet caramel flavor with a mild bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours bright gold with a very slight haze under a 1" cap with fiar to poor retention

S: Initial spicy hop aromas quickly blow off revealing smells of bread dough, cracker, and a faint hint of apple

T: flavors start slightly sweet with bread dough and cracker and finish crisp and dry with a hint of tartness with a medium spicy hop flavor

F: The carbonation is above average with some prickle and the body is medium light

O: This is an easy drinking, light flavorful beer

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale yellow color with white head. Cereal grains, wheat, hay, and a light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a light cereal grain sweetness, but mostly clean.

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Photo of morimech
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from liquor store in North Mankato.
Pours a pale straw color with a finger of quickly settling head. Not much for lacing. Rich bready and slightly fruity aroma. Light flavor of grain, slight fruit tones, with a little pepper. I expected more Noble hop for a Munich Helles. I would call this a pale lager. Carbonation is low, but far from flat. Gives a nice smooth texture. Very easy drinking even if a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very clear, golden color. The head was minimal. The nose is somewhat funky. The taste of this is pretty good for a lager. It has a full flavor. It feels rich going down.

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Photo of Chaz
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear (essentially brilliant) pale golden in color, topped by a shock white head. Good duration to and great lacing on the glass as the head drops.

Nose has sweet, rich malt notes and dry biscuit malt notes.

Lightly-sweet, with a grainy (in a good way) character on the first sip. Mildly bitter (almost bittersweet) in the middle, with really good biscuit character. There's also a malt character here which is reminiscent of some of the better regional lagers that my dad would let me sample, when I was very young -- major tastebud flashback!

Bitterness is more nuanced than I was expecting; I prefer Pils to Helles for the bitterness, but this one is really hitting all of the right 'in-between' style note for me.

Very easy drinking, and with a nice, light (but not too light) body.

This one is definitely much better than I'd imagined it might be, and is in the same league as some of the better American Craft renditions of the style. It might even hold up to an authentic, heritage brand from the old country -- might be worth a blind tasting against a fresh Paulaner.

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Photo of mjryan
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I was a young lad, my mother bought me an old wooden Kato Lager beer box. I used to store G.I. Joe guys in it. I still have it, as a matter of fact it lives on my book shelf in my dining room. I'm very fond of it, and you know what? I'm really fond of the resurrected Kato Lager Beer from Mankato Brewery. Brewed in the style of a Munich Helles, it is truly wonderful stuff. Pale gold color, fresh baked bread aroma, mildly sweet malt flavor, with a mild finish. Mankato knocked this one out of the park.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much to not like here starting with the classic looking label. I love it.
Soft grainy aroma. Smallish white head and mostly clear pale gold color.
Great grainy taste with hints of sweetness and sharp lager crispness moving towards bite. An enjoyable doughiiness shows too. Very nice.
Soft drying on the finish with a soft but noticeable lingering bitterness.
This is done very well.

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Photo of ZAP
4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My wishes for a locally brewed helles lager have been granted. Great tasting beer with a big bready honeyed grainy malt base. Aroma is very malt forward. This is what I dream of in a Helles Lager. Light side of medium bodied. Great effort here and a real gem for lager lovers.

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Photo of MrUse
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold color, about a finger of white head. Smells of malt, grain and fresh bread. Taste is also of fresh bread, a little sweetness. Smooth feel. Very well done, probably my favorite lager around.

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Kato Lager Beer from Mankato Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 30 ratings