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Mission Blonde - Mission Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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 ste5venla
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of flux702
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Joelski
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of JTomczak
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Aleks_P
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Paccamacca
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +24.7%
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 Brenden
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JLapadura
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bespin15
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dertyd
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of Rick778
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of McNealc31
3.2/5  rDev -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 WesM63
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of philaduffia
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
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 StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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 ek_ek
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Eastside151
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Mission Blonde from Mission Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.