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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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jtclockwork (15905) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle from Krampus shared at John’s house. Pours clear yellow with white head. Nose/taste of lemon, metallic grain, burnt hay and burnt toast. Lighter medium body. Not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2014
12oz bottle-shared by jtclockwork-thin white-yellow. A-burnt hay/grain, fruit. T follows 2.4, then improves slightly as it sits. 2.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10584) - 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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (10122) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Tap at Town Hall. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Nose and taste is indeed Honey Nut Cheerios. Smooth palate. Enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9556) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nuplastikk (6085) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2013
12oz bottle. Hazy yellow-tan body, thin oily head. Some buttery graininess in the aroma and taste. A pretty shabby example of a true Kolsch, not so intolerable for a US Blonde. A beer I will never revisit intentionally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (6042) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Winterfest 2012. Some bread in the aroma. Clear gold color. Dry flavor with lager yeast. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5866) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (4129) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Yeah, well, rated hedonistically, I have a hard time elevating this one very high. Rich yellow color with very clingy, white head. Corn and cherios, with a moderate bitterness in the finish and a lingering grassy note. There’s more to it than a typical American pale lager, but even as a Kolsch it isn’t particularly to my liking. As my wife would say, it tastes an awful lot like beer. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (3398) - 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.

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