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Mission Blonde - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

141 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2008)
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TeamAlphaDoG

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -71.1%

06-15-2012 18:30:09 | More by TeamAlphaDoG
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:26:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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Drinkerofales

California

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 18:44:58 | More by Drinkerofales
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Rudy

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

05-23-2012 06:04:15 | More by Rudy
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Irrationalist

California

4/5  rDev +15.6%

05-11-2012 22:29:42 | More by Irrationalist
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-08-2012 06:12:51 | More by GeoffreyM
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Sicem99

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

05-02-2012 06:16:20 | More by Sicem99
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 00:34:44 | More by jlindros
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leweascoba

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

04-28-2012 01:22:41 | More by leweascoba
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anrbot


3/5  rDev -13.3%

04-12-2012 17:57:32 | More by anrbot
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Offa

California

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:57:26 | More by Offa
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loupap

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-16-2012 02:12:07 | More by loupap
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Ablackbrew

New York

4/5  rDev +15.6%

03-05-2012 03:25:27 | More by Ablackbrew
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mrelizabeth

California

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

03-04-2012 21:35:46 | More by mrelizabeth
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-29-2012 22:52:50 | More by deapokid
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likeemdark

California

4/5  rDev +15.6%

01-27-2012 13:22:01 | More by likeemdark
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -13.3%

01-22-2012 22:40:07 | More by djaeon
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a golden straw color with perfect clarity. A finger and a half of bone white head crowns the liquid. Ok retention.

S- aromas of cracker grainy malt blends with a hint of herbal Nobel hops. A touch of light fruitiness and an aspirin quality on the finish.

T- starts off with a light malt sweetness and some cracker pilsner malt flavors. Subtle herbal noble hop flavor barely comes out in the middle with a touch of asprin. Finishes dry with a light fruit and spice note.

MF- light grainy mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation.

D- drinkable yes. More of a summer brew though

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:53:29 | More by Viciousknishs
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev +15.6%

01-12-2012 21:19:40 | More by funkel81
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 15:09:15 | More by HopHead84
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hpthebull

California

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-20-2011 00:33:34 | More by hpthebull
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mactrail

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 06:44:01 | More by mactrail
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wadecats

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Healthy Spirits in SF - a very good American Kölsch that does it's own thing but not quite German tasting by Kölsch standards. Smooth and spicy, filtered most likely, without being super crisp.

Nice level of carbonation, slight amber to the gold color and tight healthy head.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 17:00:04 | More by wadecats
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womencantsail

California

3.08/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 04:25:01 | More by womencantsail
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Halcyondays

California

2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 05:28:53 | More by Halcyondays
Mission Blonde from Mission Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.