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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Mankato Original (M.O.) is an homage to the traditional top-fermented beers of Cologne, Germany; it is light and refreshing with a crisp bitterness, delicate hop aroma, subtle malt flavor and a hint of fruitiness. M.O. is a great beer to enjoy anytime; it will compliment a wide variety of foods from pizza to sausages and sauerkraut. It will also pair well with cheeses like Muenster, Edam and Gouda.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
schmidty_2001 (2) - - JUN 17, 2012 does not count
All around great beer that the average Joe or the beer enthusiast can enjoy. To all the brewers at Mankato Brewery cheers!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2012
[On-tap in Mankato] From abbreviated notes jotted down on a napkin. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Wow, this is great! Very clean, with lots of honey-nut cheerios, especially in the taste. Decent mouthfeel, with a good finish. I had low expectations going into this, but I was shocked by how much I enjoyed it. This is an awesome session beer, and I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (2167) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2012
12oz bottle pours a clear golden with a large white head. At first sniff I swear it smell like sauerkrat, aroma of bready yeast, corn, grain, and hops. Taste is light and refreshing, hop spiciness, Cheerio grains, grassy, with slight honey, and finishing dry. Nice Kolsch! Great on a scorcher like today.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Sampled on draught during the Minnesota Winterfest 2012 in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours a clear golden straw colored brew with a thick white head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of both floral and dry citrus hops, some light spice, golden grain malt, and a hint of fruit. Taste is light bodied, a tad more hop presence compared to most other kölsch I’ve tried in Köln Germany with flavors of toasted golden grain malt and some mild hop spice. Finish is semi-dry, a short-lived Tettnanger hop sharp bite and then a toasted golden grain malt aftertaste. Appearance and aroma is definitely kölsch with an extra hop quantity infusion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2012
A perfect example of a kolsch. light, bready, easy drinking. A nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2012
(on tap) Pours a clear yellow/gold color with a very thin white head that eventually recedes and yields little to no lacing. Aroma is pretty subdued, with some pleasant cerealesque graininess, light honey, and faint floral hops. The flavor is very impressive, with a sweet honey intro. that quickly shifted to an even grainy finish that tastes like an exact representation of Honey-Nut Cheerios. Little kick of hops prior to the finish as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium, with good carbonation. Even though the styles differ, this bears a passing resemblance to Dortmunder Gold. Overall a very surprisingly solid offering from this brewer, and I hope to see this beer available soon in the cities, as I would drink a lot of this in the summer. (Note to brewer if reading: If you’re looking to expand, please package this as a sixer in bottles or cans. For the love of God, please do not package a sessionable beer like this as a 4 pack of cans or place in a bomber).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Gold pour with a medium white head. aroma is biscuity, light grainy malt. light melon and grassy hop. Flavour is more aggressive grassy hop up front backed by cereal, light honey sweetness, then a semi dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Tap @ Town Hall Tap Minneapolis. Pours a clear, golden appearance with a white head. Clean, crisp, grassy, herbal, slightly floral aroma. Really a crisp, grassy, straw, grainy flavor with a fair amount of character and while it’s nothing special, it was easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (3220) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a golden yellow color with white head. Straw, hay, malty aromas dominate in this beer. Crisp, straw, earthy, grainy flavor. A nice crisp refreshing kolsch, with a nice touch of bitterness. This is just a really nice kolsch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Pour on tap at Winterfest 2012, clear yellow pour with thin to no white head, aroma brought notes of nice clean biscuit, bready yeast notes, touch of grass and earthy notes, slight hints of fruity esters as well. Taste is not quite as nice but still has nice bready and buttery cracker malts mixing into some bitter grass, earth and spice notes, a last bit of grass at the end bitters it fairly well.

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