Lazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale
Minhas Craft Brewery

Lazy Mutt Farmhouse AleLazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #2,003
Ranked #48,014
2.34 | pDev: 33.33%
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Lazy Mutt Farmhouse AleLazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale
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Reviews by tone77:
Photo of tone77
2.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
2.04/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

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.

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Photo of Jason
2.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Bighuge
1.23/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Hazy light golden. Very little head. Virtually no lace. No carbonation seen in the body of the beer.

Aroma: Sweet, syrupy, grainy, worty, corny. Not much like a saison to be sure.

Taste/MF: Oh this is not good. This is just a sweet syrupy mess. Grainy. Adjuncts are very apparant. Hardly any carbonation. Go back to my comments in the aroma section: Sweet, syrupy, grainy, worty, corny.

DK: The whole experience was bad here. This makes me wonder...why is this brewery attempting a saison?

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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 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.

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Photo of Chaz
2.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A medium-firm pour into a tulip elicits a one-fingered off-white head with moderate lacing. Dirty-blonde in color, and very much like a Zwickel in appearance and coloration overall.

Light notes of yeast and subtle spice are the first things I detect on the nose. There's something between a lemon rind and coriander aspect to the spice, but I've also detected the same from corn used in cream ales (!), so Minhas gets a by on this one (maybe it's both spice and corn?) Another couple of impressions: seltzer, crushed aspirin, and sheet metal. My last impressions before I give this a first, cursory sip are that it seems lightly astringent and more than a touch sweet. YIKES! On first sip this one offers a barrage of competing influences. There's lemon zest adding the citric component (but it's strangely artificial...), that weird, aspirin-like taste that I first encountered on the nose, some transient yeast characteristics which ought to help but don't, some very light honey notes, that somewhat indeterminate spice melange (...), and some VERY sweet (we're talking aspartame sweet here, kids) crystal malt character. And then there's the aftertaste . . . ugh. It's spicy, biscuit-like and there's some evidence of the wheat malt (very light clove and banana), but there's something that ain't right here. This one might be a drain-pour, but I want to peel back the bandage and see just how bad this is.

My guess is they made this with wheat malt, lots of crystal malt, some specialty (Pilsener) malt, and a corn or sugar adjunct in addition to the spices. The second sip isn't nearly a bad as the first and this might improve a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light, seltzer-like and rather brisk. Oddly enough, this reminds me of Michelob Ultra (Original Flavor (R), indicating a beer-like experience at least, but drinkability? Sorry. I was being somewhat generous with the scores in the preceding categories (on account of cutting Minhas some slack on this unique first-ever attempt at the style), but this is just not very drinkable in my mind. On a hot summer's day, maybe, but the sheer weirdness of this brew defies the style it's intended to emulate and ultimately, it falls short of its goal. Shame.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.41/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - pours a pale apple juice or white grape juice color. A thin watery head melts away like November snow. There is a thin collar that hangs around, but a lackluster opening for the most part.

Aroma - a malt liquor, stale apple juice smell. Not terribly bad, but not exciting either.

Taste - weak, beery apple juice. A touch sweet upfront, a trace of bitterness post-swallow, nothing more. Meh.

Mouthfeel - crisp, light body, a touch smooth. The only redeeming part of the beer.

Drinkability - even for a style that doesn't ring my beer bell, this isn't what I thought it would or should be.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.44/5  rDev +89.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of katan
3.27/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the probably gimmicky 8 pack

A - Pours a very clear filtered golden color. Head formation is off-white, quickly formed into about a 1mm setup, and then broke down to a film. Light amount of carbonation is obvious.

S - I'd say the overall very light aroma is a yeast note. In general a disappointing nose.

T - Starts off with a light creamy flavor. Moves to find some bitterness, but is still completely a malt forward beer. No hops whatsoever. Finishes with a sweetness and a grainy hit from an adjunct of some kind. I'm guessing rice.

M - Moderate to thin mouthfeel. Little carbonation bite and no filming on the mouth to speak of.

D - This beer is the definition of drinkability to me. I can drink this thing so easily, it is probably a good thing it comes in 8 packs. ABV is low - weight on the palette is light.

I submit this beer is misclassified. I don't believe this is intended to be a saison, regardless of the label. I'm guessing this is intended to be a macro adjunct or some kind, or probably more accurately a cream ale. My guess is that Minhas saw an opportunity to replicate Spotted Cow outside of the New Glarus territory. Under those terms, I find this beer to be a very serviceable addition to a beer rotation.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Lemony gold that was crystal clear until one too many ounces snuck into the glass. A dark, murky cloud is now slowly oozing downward and is fouling the perfect clarity of the beer. The bright white head looks incredibly cheap, has the texture of your average BMC light lager (worse actually), is a thin film inside of two minutes and leaves no lace. *This* is a saison?

Smells like cider. Not sweet apple cider, but the cider/perry that used to be reviewed on this site. LMFA is sour apple-like and smells nothing like beer, much less like a farmhouse ale. This will not end well.

Lazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale tastes like a mixture of Bud Light, Woodchuck Cider, lemon juice and several packets of sugar. This is, by a few thousand miles, the worst saison that I've ever had and is one of the most pathetic beers of any style in recent memory.

If you desire even more specific specifics, the flavor profile includes stale grain soaked in dirty rain water, green apples, lemon juice and a shot of Karo syrup thinned with mineral water. How could this stuff have gotten by the taste testers? Gack. The bottle cap and the label read 'Man's Best Friend'. More like 'A BA's Worst Enemy'.

As if it matters, the vital statistics include: pale malt, caramel malt, Vienna malt, wheat malt, flaked barley, Galena hops, Tettnang hops, 4.82% ABV and 7 IBUs. It sure as hell doesn't taste like those ingredients came anywhere near this bottle.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally light, fades to frankly watery on the brief finish and has a decent amount of fine-gauged carbonation that does nothing to give volume to the beer. This Mutt just lays on the tongue, whimpers once and then slinks away with its tail between its legs.

Lazy Mutt Harmhouse Fail is 'the flagship brand of Minhas Craft Brewery'. Well boys, it looks like your ship is sinking. By the way, don't expect anyone with a single functioning taste bud to help bail. Horrendous is an understatement.

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1.88/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Exits bottle pale and straw. A ring of white encircling the edges of the glass pretty much closes the book of Head.
Smell...damn. Corn husk, spinach and a vegetal rindiness are shooed away by an alkaline notion. I've whiffed this scent before, and in past experiences it did not bode well for things to come.
And here we go again. There's something very, well, cabbage and corn going on here. And all St. Patrick's stuff aside, I did not seek this out. In a farmhouse you'd think there would be some yeast, some funk, some character, hell, even some wheat notion happening maybe. Here it's corn husk, cabbage and damp newsprint through and through. Herbs? Spices? Not today, pal. Ain't happenin'.
The mouthfeel is equally devoid of zest, as it retreats with a passive carbonic wink and then anti-sidles away with cornhusker slickness.
Lazy Mutt...why brew a beer so aptly named?

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Photo of horshack7
1.18/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a very light haze. The head is well not to be seen after forming for a few seconds.

Aroma: Grainy, buttery, corn husk, light breadiness, lemon zest in the tail end.

Taste: Faint pear, buttery, very grainy, corn, brediness not too much in the citrus end and a slight bit of sweetness from the malts. The mouthfeel is very smooth but on the watery side.

Notes: Not very tasty quite a ways away from being a saison. Cheers.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.23/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a medium straw with a brilliant white 1 finger head that recedes quickly leaving no lace. Light cloud, very light but it's there.

Aroma is lightly malted barley and wheat with adjunct grains (corn?). Small citrusy hop aroma

Taste is adjunct with a tiny hop bite finishing with sweet wheat. The wheat gives a band-aid, bubblegum and banana (like a weiss, but not as good) There is a cloying sweetness to the brew that I can't place, like a cheap malt liquor. Resinous esters.

Mouthfeel is crisp, reasonable carbonation. Bubbles are harsh instead of soft, more like a soda.

Drinkability is good. Not offensive, just not great. That sweetness kinda ruins the little bit of a party there is.

Overall, not bad for mowing the lawn, or shoveling the driveway, but it ain't no ABC either. I probably won't look for it again.

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Photo of drpimento
2.59/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm... not that great. Got this a while back. Poured with some head and no lace. Most of the head dissipated soon thereafter. Aroma was a little sour, yet fruity, and yeasty. Color is a hazy orangey amber. Flavor is odd: Sweet and fruity in the background with sour on the tongue and some bitterness in there, mainly from the yeastoids. Body is a little oily. Finish is an extension of those flavors. Label says "Union Made" - if I were them, I'd ask to take that off.

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Photo of bashiba
2.04/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a light, pale yellow body with a real thin, white head. Even some energetic glass swirling can't seem to awaken it. Ah well.

Smell: Light, dull maltiness with some near non-existent floral hints. Then, there's the butter. Yes, friends, butter. A real "what have I gotten myself into" aroma.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with some sweet cereal hints with, to my extreme dismay, a taste of unsalted butter hot on its heels. Where one might look for some pleasant fruity esters, you'll find only odd, unnatural vegetal hints. Faint floral hops with a low, low, low bitterness. Then, sadly, it's back to the pat of butter until the vaguely sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Low carbonation. Limp, thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Bad dog! Very VERY Bad dog! That's right, Lazy Mutt, look ashamed! A beer to steer well clear of.

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Photo of BigBry
2/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle, label as above, from an 8 pack. Looked interesting, trying not to let any bias show.
It pours a pale, yellow-brown color. Starts with a bubbly head that disappears, no retention and no lacing. Very hazy, no cloudy, lots of thick sediment at the bottom. Vegetable and slightly sour smell. Same cooked vegetable (cabbage?) in the taste. Got a butterscotch and metallic aftertaste. It has some weird funkiness to it - but not a saison-type funk. No spice/pepperyness or yeast like I was expecting/hoping for. Fizzy mouthfeel, highly carbonated yet thin and watery, and still cloyingly sweet (adjuncts?). Had a hard time finishing this one, got worse as it warmed up.

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Photo of Opethsprite
2.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a frosty golden orange with no head. Smells sweet (in a bad way) and sour (in a worse way). Something like sour apricots with musty and metallic elements... What do we have here? Hmm. The sweetness is rather sad, lonely, and flat...rather like that of a Bud Light or something. Once that's gone, though it fades interestingly into a sweet tobacco aftertaste (which I rather like). Carbonation really rips up the mouth!
Bud does a very citrusy wheat beer and jacks up the carbonation, basically. A bastardization of my favorite style. Boo.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - Hazy but fizzy. Dull gold. Short fizzy white head. Head doesn't last long.

Smell - Yeast predominates. Sweet almost corny malt.

Taste - Quite sweet. A little bit citrus fruity - but watered down tasting. Cloying aftertaste. Not much discernible hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - Light and tingly.

Drinkability - Not an impressive beer. Unfortunately they come 8 to the 6 pack, so I've got 7 more to drink. And the commercial is pretty lame. He's about to "spot" his territory. Nice and subtle.

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Lazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 60 out of 100 with 148 ratings