Mission Blonde - Mission Brewery

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2008

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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 44
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate that lingers long after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and refreshing.

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 StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

actually self titled a kolsch, this is more of a german American hybrid. it pours a mostly clear golden blond color, with just a thin head that fades fast, nothing special to look at. the nose is slightly fruity, with pilsner malts in the background and some german feeling yeast that's both doughy and dry. the flavor of this ale is very light, with some straw-like malts and just a dusting of hops coming through. mellow fruit, although it flashes too quick to properly identify it. finish is mildly bitter, a little contaminated, as if by minerals, hard water or something, I don't know. good feel though, drinkable nice and easy. carbonation is much better than it appears, and the body is only light. a good summer quencher, but not a beer that has anything new to offer. I think the ipa is the best of the mission beers so far, but I still have the Russian imperial in the fridge, so there is some hope remaining. a beer my Molson drinking father would adore. for me, just another day at the office.

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 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 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 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 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 Halcyondays
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, Kolsch is one of my favourite low alcohol styles so I always enjoy trying a new one,

A: Pours a clear goldenrod with a small fizzy white head, solid retention, no lace.

S: Cracked grain, some earthy hops which are a bit off-putting.

T: Some bready malt again with a somewhat dirty hop profile. Light ale fruit.

M: Light-bodied, pretty smooth, soft prickly carbonation.

O: Not really a good example of the style. Their hefe is amazing so I know what they can do, but I wasn't a fan of this one.

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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/12/2011

On tap at Mission brewery.

A: Translucent yellow with a small white head.

S: Lemon and grain with light bready notes. Faint sulfur and a dash of mineral and earth.

T: Grainy malt with a touch of lemon and a tasteful amount of sulfur. Lightly bitter with a dash of mineral.

M: Light in body with lower high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: A damn drinkable blonde. I'd definitely drink this again.

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 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 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 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 mrfrancis
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear, pale gold with a minimal white mousse that leaves very little lacing.

S: Malty aromas of crackers, cream, biscuits, and honey are balanced by fine herb, lemon, and straw aromas.

T: Notes of lemons, herbs, straw, grass, grain, minerals, cream, honey, crackers, and biscuits flit across the palate. The finish is very clipped and dry with mineral, honey, lemon, and cracker notes.

M: Predictably light in body with a decidedly dry character. Carbonation is crisp and firm. Super drinkable on a hot day.

O: Very solid blonde ale. If there were just a bit more complexity on the nose and in the mouth, it would be an outstanding example of the style.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Hops and Pie, $6 pint. This was listed as a kolsch on the menu. Aroma was slightly fruity, I guess it could be a kolsch. Flavor lacked the crispness I would expect and also had a sort of dirty quality that may have been the malts. I didn't much care for this and I'm not sure how close this hews to the style.

Photo of popery
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had a few different versions of the style now, so I'm not quite as new to it. Mission's isn't incredible, but it's still a light, easy-drinking beer with a pleasing flavor. My biggest complaint is that the vinous flavor gets overshadowed by noble hop bitterness. I like the really grapey ones best, and while the aroma is nice and grapey, the hops overpower the vinous note once you take a sip. Also, the mouthfeel seems to be lacking the effervescence of more traditional versions. They need to crank up the carbonation. All that said, it would be a very nice session beer. It's mildly sweet with a good hop bite in the finish and quite quaffable.

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

This is a light and straightforward, but very tasty, solid blonde ale, with good character and depth.

Gold, it has a big off-white head soon thinning to a ring and wisps, some lace.

Aroma is light crisp apple, mineral, yeasty grain, hint of leaves. It is a lot like a slightly different, yeastier version of a solid pale lager.

Taste is similar, yeasty apples, bread dough, light peppery grassy bitterness under the light sweetness. It is light ans simple, but solid and well-rounded, and holds up well.

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 rawfish
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a mild chill haze. Small cap of white foam fades in seconds but manages to leave behind a couple of rings of loosely formed lacing.

Cracker and biscuity malt with tight graininess and honey sweetness. Balancing noble hops provide grass, hay and a bright lemon verbena and doughy yeast to finish.

Grainy taste is very tightly crafted with largely balancing biscuits and sweet rolls with honey. Balancing noble hops are grassy, brightly herbal and finishes with a clean mineral character.

Light and sessionable body with some bright carbonation. Clean taste begets a drying finish with scrubbing mineral quality.

Pretty much as clean and well constructed as a blonde ale is going to get, the honey and biscuit malt gets to be a bit much as it warms. Clean mineral finish and light airy hops are just about perfect. Rating to style, this one gets a high grade.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours clear yellow with a slight chill haze and a quarter inch of a white bead on the surface. A few whispy traces remained for the duration with some soapy lacing.

Aromatics lead off with light notes of biscuit malt, honey, and perhaps some pear skins. Pretty clean and uneventfull.

Light bodied with a crisp, slightly grainy mouthfeel.

Toasted malt with traces of cut grass, honey-drizzeled biscuit ends, and a mild bitterness are pretty much all that you get on the palate. Quite dry and quenching.

Finishes with a crisp, minerally dryness, honey, and lingering bitterness.

Tasty enough, but not as smooth as a great Kolsch should be. The grainyness in the mouthfeel detracts and the bitterness is a bit heavy for the style. Also not screamingly fresh, which I think is essential in a lightweight beer of this nature.

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