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Mission Blonde - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
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172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mission Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2008

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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by Drinkerofales:
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy golden straw liquid is topped with a large dirty white head, which leaves some lacing as it dissipates rather quickly.

Smells of malt, clean, yeast, and a bit of lemony citrus.

Tastes as well of tangy lemon, but a bitter yeasty finish that leaves an undesirable tastes in my mouth.

Feels a bit thin and fizzy, but is easy to drink.

Meh, not a fan. The beer misses on almost every mark, especially, the cleanliness of a blond. The only place where it's true is the smell, and that does not make for a good beer.

DOA

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden flowing carbonation, bright white head, which slowly fades away and leaves speckled lace patterns across the sides of my glass. Light kiss of herbal hops mild citrus note, smooth grainy bread filled blonde ale on the nose. Flavor light easy going, beer doesn't challenge the senses to the extreme but definitely a well executed warm weather beer that would come in handy in the summer on this coast and yearly on the left coast. Even malt balance light herbal hops, biscuit malt clean finish. Simple light bodied ale, with ample carbonation smooth clean finish minimal booze. Overall impressive simplicity quite enjoyable there's nothing wrong with any of the Mission beers I've come across.

Photo of Brenden
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On the label, underneath "Blonde Ale": "Kolsch-Style Ale". Are they essentially saying this is what you get when you essentially brew a Kolsch as an ale rather than lagering?

It's as pale as a Kolsch, that's for sure. It's a little hazy but otherwise pretty bright. The pretty clean white head is tight, small but sturdy, and it leaves some spotting behind.
The nose is faint and fairly indistinct. At first, I wonder if this is another brewery that thinks light and weak are synonymous. Yeast, a touch of sweetness, and grains are it here initially. A bit of earthiness from a very light hops note does come into play after a few moments.
The flavor really doesn't give much more than grains, that same sweetness, and a light sourness. A bit of hops comes through with grass and a light spicy nip. All in all, though, this just wasn't done right.
Carbonation give a bit of a prickly feel while remaining pretty fluffy. Crisp, yes, and moderately smooth, at least the mouthfeel isn't off.

Photo of salcedo
4.72/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Light yellow in color. Lots of white foamy head, like a merengue topping. Had to wait about 60 seconds for the head to settle.

S: Not much aroma at all. There's a faint Smell of malt, and a faint smell of DMS. Actually smells like an American light lager.

T: Has a slight sour apple taste but very clean, dry finish.

M: Light body. You can feel the fizzy carbonation on the lips and tongue. Crisp.

O: Aside from being a little overcarbonated, I really enjoyed this beer. Nice to drink while sitting in a lawn chair. It's certainly a thirst quencher and would go great with spicy foods, like Mexican, Curry, etc.

Photo of McNealc31
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours remarkably clear and light. If not for the thicker white head, you might have trouble telling this from a macro lager just from the sight. The aroma is mostly grass and straw with some faint grape and peach in the background. Flavor isn't particularly strong, but the grass and straw flavors and fruity notes come through. Finishes a little dry.

I don't dislike this, but I don't know if I'd have it again. The flavor isn't bad, there just isn't much there.

Photo of HalfFull
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass from a 22 oz. bomber. Pours a clear golden straw with a thin cap of white foam. Light retention ensues though the a firm release of gas keeps a light surface cap.

Pleasant malt nose with perhaps a bit of wheat and a grainy lemon aroma.

Bit of lightly sweet grain in flavor, medium bodied and with a decently lingering finish. Light pils flavor carries throughout. Soft and light yet without much of a spice footprint.

Photo of WeeObese
4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap last night at Sea Rocket Bistro (great restaurant in the old Linkery local). I am not usually a fan of this style of beer but I thought what the hell, it may pair well with my local mako shark. Man was it a good guess. I didn't take notes it was my gf's b day.

Appearance: The beer was clear and straw colored with a nice pillowy white head, about a fingers thickness.
Smell: The smell was light and had a malty sweet fragrance, possibly honey, low hop aroma.
Taste: Wonderful malty sweet, but not too sweet like most blondes I've had. Nice crisp dry finish and although the hops don't stand out and say hi, the hops balance the malt wonderfully.
Mouthfeel: Nice light body, with good carbonation and a clean finish.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable beer that paired wonderfully with my meal (grilled mako, smoked yukon gold mash, grilled zucchini, all drizzled with vanilla oil). The vanilla oil may have made the match. I really have never liked blondes before, but this is an amazing beer. I went out on a limb because I know Mission makes some great lighter styles and it paid off.

Photo of KYGunner
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Blonde in color, that makes perfect sense, the head was fizzy, vastly carbonated and disappeared in a wisp.

A stale roasted grain permeates a relatively one dimensional aroma. Weak in stature the scent barely deviates from the grain but does take on a toasted breadiness near the end of the nose.

The taste is rather surprising being the nose was very singular. Toasted grain, roasted nut, pecan, bread and malts all hold tight for a smooth easy ride.

Overall, this is an interesting experience of highs and lows but ultimately taste wins out.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First to christen by new Duvel Tulip glass.

A: A light pale orange has a high rate of visibility revealing a dense showering of micro bubbles rising moderately. The head is chalk white, frothy, with a small initial statue that held steady for a couple of minutes. Small splashes compose the lacing of minimal coverage and interest.

S: A light sense of funky fruitiness comes about and is detected at first, of sliced pears, pineapple and melons first coming to mind.

T: The flavor moves about to a fruitiness of melons, apricots, and pears. Sweet pilsner grains add a sugary touch while caramel syrup sweetens and seals the deal midway through. The finish is crisp, with a slight dryness of character and pilsner malts rounding things out. I didn't pick up on any of the hops but the Kolsch yeast really did impart a nice fruity start and dry finish that was appreciable.

M: Sharp mouthful from the carbonation with a medium feel. Slightly syrupy texture with some bubbly detection.

D: Drinkability was average and fair, being a bit sweet upfront with not much hoppiness to counter balance which may limit consumption for those who get sugary shock rather easily. Some acidity is detected upon the swallow. Overall a fair rate of consumption though unlikely repurchase by style.

Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is not bad. It is laid back and I enjoy that. Seems to be quite sessionable.

Appearance: The beer was clear and straw colored with a nice pillowy white head, about a fingers thickness.
Smell: Malty and sweet fragrance with low hop

Taste: The CO2 flats out but the beer yet the sizzle remains in the background of fruit and odd way which is good way. It very mellow and would be good session beer. Th hops are balance with malt
Mouthfeel: Nice light body, with good carbonation and a clean finish.
Overall: It is a very drinkable beer for summer. I would buy again.

Photo of gthornton
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light gold, haystack yellow. Clean appearance, but not see-through. 3/4 inch head dissipated within a minute, leaving little/no lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Light malty backbone with hints of caramel and wheat. A hint of sourdough/"bready." The yeast comes through a bit, but very subtly. A bit of fruitiness from the yeast.

Taste: A straightforward beer. A good candidate for converting from "non-American" (if you want me to sound right-wing) pseudo-domestic beers. The fruitiness from the yeast comes through... a subtle grapefruit/mellow citrus. The malt rounds out the back end of the taste, and lingers as you drink more. I think this helps the beer become even more enjoyable as you continue to drink.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing. Little residual sweetness, or stickiness. Medium bodied, but definitely on the lighter side of the tongue.

Drinkability: I would rate this fairly high on the drinkability scale. It is not my preferred style, but I think it is a beer that could please a lot of people if I were one to limit myself to a single option at a gathering. This beer at a BBQ on a hot summer day would be amazing. Its actually dangerously drinkable, which is a quality I like in a beer, because I think its important to get those you love sauced up at social gatherings. :)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed medium yellow color. About one finger of frothy white head. Retention is below average and just a wisp of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells pretty damn good. Clean, grainy maltiness. Grassy hoppiness with light floral and earthy notes. Simple, yet elegant like the style is supposed to be.

4.0 T: Like the nose, simple and wonderful. Grainy malts with just enough neutral malt sweetness. Grassy hops foremost and floral and earthy undertones. Super clean.

4.5 M: Medium body, which is the perfect amount for this. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and supremely smooth.

4.5 D: This beer is damn drinkable. It's tasty and refreshing. No problems at all. Simply great.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A mildly hazy bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of white head.

S - Smell is a twist of lemon, grassy hops, and a bit of malty bread.

T - Kind of clean tasting mostly lemon grass and a touch of bready bite. Mild timid and easy drinking.

M - Light to medium

A very forgettable ale that does bring both flavors of a blond and a klosh but doesn't really make you want to come back for more. OK I guess.

Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ultra clear yellow colored beer with a good white head, looks like Budweiser in a glass.

Smell is malty and quite fruity with an edge of lemon to the hop scent. Slight vanilla and candy aromas. There is also a slight peach aroma to this.

Starts out malty as expected with a fruity flavor and a bit of yeast to it. Pretty much a sweet lager flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An all right beer but not a great one. A beer really made more for your average Budweiser drinker than the beer connoisseur.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An easy pour gives a finger of white head over a straw colored body. The body is murky with a little bit of solute seen floating around near the bottom.

I smell malt with a hint of grape. This transitions into a gardeny hop aroma with a hint of spice fleshing it out.

The body has a clean taste. Grainy malt mixes with a bitter gardeny hop very well. Hint of grape peel and spice completes it.

This beer is medium to light bodied. It doesn't leave any residue but is rather dry on the finish. It will dry your tongue out to a point where it almost feels as though its leaving something behind.

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

These just started showing up around here, so should be interesting to try them...

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger pasty white head that fades at a med pace to a light head covering, with some typical lacing, over slightly hazy golden lemonaide colored beer, not quite as clear as I expected of a kolsch.

Nose is somewhat pilsner like, plenty of cracked straw and toasted malts, grainy, with some soft and crisp lager like aromas that make it seem more like a lager than an ale, with hints of grassy floral noble hops.

Taste starts again more like a lager, with a soft almost crispness, and very slight metallic lager like. Then grainy malts, cracked straw, toasty pilsner malts, almost pilsner like but without the complexity of a nice decoction. Also plenty of hops, not too bitter but a big grassy floral noble hop component that adds just a hint of fruity flavors. It seems like it wants to get crisp and bright but can't, which is probably the difference between an ale and lager yeast. The finish gives a nice hoppy bite with more grassy noble hops, fairly dry but not quite crisp, and nice light toasty malts on the finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, typical for the style, with decent carb.

Overall not bad, but seems like it's missing something. It is a Kolsch but more like an ale version of a pilsner, lots of toasty grainy malts, straw, and plenty of noble hops, with a slight metallic twinge and a light and slightly crisp but more ale like finish. I think it would have been better with a lager yeast, or if they had gone more kolsch like... then again they call it a blonde ale and more "kolsch-style" so it's hard to really judge it that way.

Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed October 12th, 2010 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

Clear pale yellow with a small crown of white foam.

Grainy, sweet aroma with a slight whiff of bubblegum (?!?). No fruit aromas from yeast in evidence.

Flavor follows nose, including that bubblegum thing. Simple, straightforward.

Lightly carbonated, but enough to do the job.

Drinkable enough, but not a style I especially enjoy.

Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head.

S: There is a touch of sourness followed by yeast and pale, sweet malts. Smells a bit like malt extract. Quite sweet and sugary for a blonde ale. A bit of corn and popcorn, too.

T: Sweet but slightly watery with the same malt extract flavor. Really plain and just sort of sweet. Minimal hop flavor with a touch of grass and corn.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not something that I would consider worth having again. Only got less tasteful as it warmed.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I am a middle-pouring drinker, and this glass completely filled with all foamy white head in an instant. After letting it settle and continuing to pour, the beer took almost 5 minutes to pour completely. I would say that denotes a solid sign of overcarbonation. The beer is an extremely light and pale straw-yellow coloring, again with the big bubbled, white, chunky head that finally settles into a manageable one inch level. Aromas of bright, sweet lemon zest and slightly sour tones. Also some scents of toasted oats. Flavors a bit muted, but a backbone of crisp, wet hops slips in and hits the back of the mouth. Bits of smoke and toasted malts riding the hoppy foundation. The beer is very wet in mouth, both light and slick. Minimal sour and toasted aftertaste, with a short lived finish. Not an overwhelmingly pleasant beer, and when added to the time involved just to pour the damn thing, it really was disappointing.

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: light citrus, fruit, and light floral aroma is soft but pleasant.

Taste: bready malt base with pears, green apples, hint of lemon, a bit of grass, and a light bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a short almost clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was nicely quaffable and pleasantly refreshing.

Photo of coati858
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is good beer.

Not the kind you serve to people to knock their socks off, but the kind you want to always have around to go with dinner or just to knock some back. Drinkable, enjoyable, and mild enough it wouldn't clash with most foods.

Nothing extreme: It wont frighten away the non-beer-geek friends that come over, but with enough character that you wouldn't secretly cringe a little if they brought a bottle over with them for you.

Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden yellow color. The head is crazy on this beer. There's tons of carbonation and pours out not foamy, but just huge.

The aroma has fresh saaz hops, biscuit malt and grassiness. It's extremely German pilsner or Kolsch like. Definitely that hop profile.

The flavor follows with that. It's wonderfully hoppy (despite my bottle being overdue from a section of the beer store that was cheaply selling them cheap). The beer was extremely surprising for me as it was old, but packed hops. The thing for me was the drinkability. The carbonation cleaned everything up.

This stood out for me.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Incredibly light, smooth, and delicately characterful- Mission Blonde has a friendly nose and a subtle grainy, herbal backspin. Its the perfect ale for when you thought you wanted a Lager- this is simply what well made Kolsch do.

Its with a most timid hazy straw color that the beer pours. Its light color and racy carbonation offers a mild champagne-like appearance. Capped with a fluffy and airy head, the foam is long lasting and playfully sticky on the glass.

Delicate floral aromas are somewhat of honeysuckle and lilac. But with a grassy and grainy foundation, its scent is rustically earthen and with the lightly sulfur of burnt matches. Fruit notes of apple skins and dried lemon peels keep the fragrant notes wafting above the grain and malt.

And to taste, the beer is subdued in its sweetness, yet still evokes a light bready, cracker-like taste to start the show. Its perfumy middle turns herbal, lightly citrusy, and with a touch of fresh cut grass. Morphing into a soft grain finish, the taste is balanced, crisp, and very clean.

Light in body, its obvious that the ale is trying hard to be a Lager. Early carbonated creaminess is tame to start, but is further dried by fleeting bubbles and receding sweetness- leaving behind a dry, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel with mild minty warmth and soft grain-derived astringency.

Mission hits the market with a fine Kolsch-style ale which is characterful enough to appease the craft beer crowds but uses enough finesse to win over adjunct lager buyers with ease. Its a wonderful ale that's very forgiving with food and mood ranges.

Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light body, light color. I wouldn't call it much of a Kölsch. Seems to be missing that aromatic component. A sourish taste that is disconcerting. Looks nice, golden with some foamy lacing. Decent carbonation in the mouth. A touch of fragrant hops. Aftertaste is salty. 20 IBU according to the label.

This could be a decent quaff except for the peculiar whiff of spoiled fruit flavor. Mission makes some good brews but this is not one of the stars.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange gold, thin white head retains pretty well.

Smells of lagery barley malts and some light citrus.

Tastes of mild slightly roasted malts and bready elements.

Medium body with a light carbonation down the throat.

Highly drinkable and tasty if mundane ale, very easily sessionable despite being just at the high end strength-wise for that. Very thirst-quenching. Nothing unique but nothing to complain about either.

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Mission Blonde from Mission Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.