Whitetail Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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Whitetail AleWhitetail Ale

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-21-2002

Our golden American ale has a crisp body and slightly dry, hoppy finish. This is a real treat for the beer lover. Pale, wheat and torrified wheat malts are used with Northern Brewer and Mt. Hood hops.
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Reviews by ocelot2500:
Photo of ocelot2500
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a tight white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of grainy malt with a bit of an herbal note. Nose is very faint.

Tastes of grainy malts with some hops. Malts lead off with bread and some sweetness. This gives way to a bit of fruits and some tartness. Slight hop notes show up and add some herbal qualities. Everything feels underdone and too light to me.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite the disappointment from a brewery that is capable of more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer from Scott V at Captain Lawrence, confusing notches on the label attempt to inform me when this was bottled. Pours dull, hazy orangy, golden amber. Minor, also dull white head, that leaves fine, but just minor lacing. Peppery nose gets me interested, but the is a bit dissapointing, just some minor peppery spice, rather thin malt wise and a non-descript, grainy finish. Light, dry and refreshing, but nothing too exciting. Almost decent hot weather swiller, but not much else.

Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, clear, orange brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and a hint of orange

Taste: toasted malt, orange and a small hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet start with slightly bitter end, medium bodied, morderate carbonation

Drinkability: An average blonde ale that was my least favorite in the variety pack. Nothing really jumped out to me with this one. I will finish what is in the pack, but not seek it out.

Photo of dacrza1
2.23/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"A real treat for the beer lover." Hmm.... Pours a sallow shade of gold, mellow with constant effervescence and a crisp white head that bubbles and etches unevenly... fruity and lagerish--an American style indeed--a bit of banana and straw... thin and crisp on the tongue--lingering aftertaste that holds like a pilsner... an odd mix of wheat and malts--not offensive, yet not astounding--just ODD--not sure this could compliment food... this could transition to Miller Lite quite easily--not a compliment or a complaint, but oh well....

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rock Art- Whitetail Golden Ale

Appearance- Bright yellow with alot of floaters! Small head and no lacing.
Smell- Sweet lemon and sugary wheat.
Taste- Very light wheat with a touch of sugar. Lemon, sunflower, and apricot also detected.
Mouthfeel- Once again, LIGHT!! Mild flavor up front, watery in the end.

Overall- This Golden Ale was an easy drinker. I could easily drink several of these during a hot summer day. Nothing mind blowing here but a mild, kid friendly- mother approved BBQ beer.

Photo of tastybeer
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale and clear, with a fizzy white head. Ok ring of retention but no lacing. Not much to look at but it is refreshing at least. Smells mostly of light malts with maybe some cream and hidden fruity esters. Tastes thoroughly malty with mild fruit and a light bitterness that gives it some character. Slight dryness in the mouthfeel with nice sharp carbonation. Overall it has a lager feel and clarity to it.

This beer is good because its very easy to drink and its refreshing. It leaves the palate clear and ready for something far more intense to follow.

Photo of jmz62565
3.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a straw yellow with a large white head,not bad, but alittle on the "too yellow" side. The smell is really very light, almost no scent at all. The only smell at all is malt and lemon,but that's a real stretch. The taste is light,crisp, and malty. There are some floral and lemon flavors,but not much. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is an OK blonde,but let's face it, with a blonde you're not getting much and this beer lives up to that.

Photo of UncleFrank
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear light gold/straw color fills the glass with little head action or retention. The aroma is sweet of flowers and malt and salt water taffy. The taste is smooth and sweet, slightly sticky, if that makes any sense. Finishes with a touch of hops just to balance then a kick of sweet again.

I like this beer, alot. The sweetness is not cloying or too much, which is a surprise for me since I like hops. It reminds me alot of a homebrew I once made called C-3PO Golden Ale that I have since played with the recipe too much to know what the original was. But I do remember I liked it. This is a craft beer that will go well in hot summer weather and with all my friends, beer geeks or not. Enjoy!

Photo of krantul
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprisingly crisp golden ale, with a dry finish. Actually, it might be the dryest finish I've ever come across in an ale; this isn't bad in and of itself, but it was a little surprising. Fairly light in body, not a tremendous amount of either malt or hop character, perhaps a smidge of honey in the flavor. I'm not generally a big fan of blonde ales, but this one lacked some of the cloying flavors that have turned me off of the style in the past.

Not a beer I'd go out of my way for, but it has some unique characteristics.

Photo of OatmattStout
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sadly so much diacetyl flavor its a real miss for me

Photo of Franchise
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange tea color that leaves a white head that is pretty thick. The nose is fruity, syrup, honey, citrus, pretty nice. The taste starts watery on the palate bitterness starts this brew which has a bready tartness to it. It is then followed by a weak maltiness that reminds me of bland punch. A watery fruit body is all this brew is about pretty lackluster offering from Rock Art.

Photo of SickGnar
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Barely hazy, warm golden with a medium size white head. Okay retention and pretty alright for lace.

S: Fresh milled grain with a honey sweetness. Light fruit esters in the background. Perhaps a ghostly hint of diacetyl? A bit of leafy hops. But mostly the fresh milled malted barley with a honey sweetness. Quite inviting.

T: Leafy, grassy, herbal hops that are a fair bit stronger than in the nose, but it is still balanced to the malts. Very nice fresh milled malted grain is the backbone and highlight. Rounded honey sweetness, hints of fruity esters, a very faint touch of diacetyl, and a background doughy yeast note fill out the flavor.

M: Medium body with matched carbonation. Smooth with a balanced finish. Normal, to-style, and a solid mouthfeel.

D: A nice Blonde that leans a bit into Kolsch territory. A light honey sweetness, soft fruity esters, balancing and mildly charactered hops – but above all, the super nice fresh milled grain. It won’t beat you over the head with anything, but this is a really nice beer.

Photo of u2carew
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Long neck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head - white, bubbly. Settles quickly to a thin lacing on top and semi-sticky on the sides. Clear body. Golden in color.
S) Light notes of citrus fruit and nuts. Floral aromas linger in the mix.
T) Grainy with sharp hops tones initially, but once then the palette mellows and allows the malt to come through. The malt is subtle, but still in the mix. Finishes dry and with a hop bite.
M) Light bodied. Crisp. Fizzy. Dry.
D) A decent brew. Nice for a hot summer day like today.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear gold with minimal head and no lace. It's aroma is of citrus, some apple, dough, and hints of grapes. The flavor leads off with caramel apple followed by lemon and a bit of Mt. Dew with a dry and smooth finish. The mouthfeel is light and drinkable. Rock Art Whitetail Golden Ale is a decent beer, recommended.

Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, clean faded gold - thin bleached white head. Airy sweet malt aroma with some grassy hops and musty grain. Tastes of sweet wheaty malts, grains, and dry earthy hops. Lingering muffled citrus tartness and a dry, mild bitterness.

Easy to drink and unobjectionable. This would be good on a hot summer day.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle acquired recently in a trade. Served right out of the fridge into a pint glass. Consumed on 07/09/2008

I grabbed this one out of the fridge and immediately poured it into the pint glass. A very nice light, golden yellow ale was then presented in front of me. Very clear with a good carbonation profile. A three finger head of white fizz then came up over the top and settled down gracefully, but quickly into a broken crown that provided minimal side glass lace.

The aroma was very light, too light for me, with really no depth to it at all. Light spice perhaps, a touch of banana and a light hint of hay or grass was about it. The flavor was more of the same. Light grain notes, a hint of spice were about all there was to be found here. Dry finish led to me wanting something more to drink, but unfortunately this did little more then serves as a refreshment. Decent Mouthfeel with a good carbonation profile and a nice light touch to it. No abv concerns get this one in and down quite fast.

Overall it was an ok beer, for the style it was good, but the style leaves a lot to be desired. I don't know I would pay for this one as it really just does not seem to have enough creativity for me. Though it was not terrible by any means.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've sampled 3 or 4 brews from Rock Art and have enjoyed them all until the Whitetail, which isn't bad, but very average and fairly bland.

It pours a crisp golden colour with a minimal head that dissolves rather quickly for an apperance that is fairly typical for the style overall.

The aroma is a nice, but basic, mix of a chalky sweetness and malt with a touch of hops throughout.

Flavour here consists of a touch of caramel and a touch of butter with some hop flavouring at the finish. There is a nice malt backbone throughout that holds the balance well. Mouthfeel is average, being light to medium bodied and somewhat crisp.

Overall...eh. I wouldn't turn one down, but am probably picking up something else at the store if the selection is even somewhat decent.

Photo of bultrey
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A summer drinker to be sure -- poured out of a bottle purchased as part of a Rock Art 12-pack at the beer and smoke shop in Bennington VT. Very pale yellow color, minimal head, but nice tight carbonation. Smells a little bit musty, with a touch of honey and citrus. That same musty flavor hits up front, followed by a solid lemon/lime rind citrus bitterness, and a slightly biscuity malt, then bitter finish. Reminds me alot of Hop Sun from Southern Tier, only not quite as good. Still, I would easily knock back three or four of these on a hot summer day.

Photo of weeare138
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy gold with a weak bubbly white head that dissolves quickly.
Smells grainy and malty with a shredded wheat aroma.
Taste is like the smell...grainy with some malt, bitterness, and there is that shredded wheat thing again.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and effervescent with some hits on the middle, back, and sides of the tongue.
Drinkability is okay but I wouldn't run back to find it.

Photo of geexploitation
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first brew from Rock Art, a brewery that a salesman has been talking up to me for a long time. On sight, this beer is very, very pale and clear, with an ephemeral head. It looks like a Kolsch. The nose is pretty mild, just pale grains, really. On the tongue, those pale malts come out, along with some butter and a slight fruity sourness. Hop flavors are minimal. Mouthfeel is thin but not watery. This is an insubtantial, rather boring beer that is designed, I'm sure, as a "starter" brew for the non-beer advocates visiting Rock Art in Vermont. And now it's in bottles. Woop. I've heard good things about this place, so I'm still looking forward to trying some of their other brews, but I'm not too impressed with this one.

Photo of jneiswender
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-creamy, thick white head, light golden yellow body

S-grainy and some herb

T-cereal front, melon, light hop and bread notes


D-very diverse in the flavor department. Nice summer beer. I would drink this again.

Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden blonde body with a small white, creamy head. Retention is decent. Spotty lace around the glass.

S- A light aroma consisting of pale malt, yeast bread and fruit and floral hints.

T- Starts out with some floral hops and pale malt hints. Finishes heavy with yeast bread and cereal grain flavor. A bit of fruit/raisin and citrus zest throughout.

MF- Highly carbonated light body with a somewhat creamy feel. Finishes just a tad bitter.

Pretty much what I have come to expect from Blonde Ales of this type. Solid flavor and refreshing.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts, and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is light but bready with flavors of grain, a little fruit and a touch of spice. The malt character is thin as you'd expect from this type of beer and there's a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer that you could drink several of, but overall the beer just seemed rather ordinary to me.

Photo of jwc215
2.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly hazed light golden with a thin white head that immediately becomes a very thin, swirling patch that stays around.

The smell is bready with a touch of sour. The yeast strain pulls through, Hint of mild fruitiness.

Unexpected taste for the style - sour dough, light herbal spiciness. Some candy sweetness. They tried to put a twist on a golden/blonde ale that just doesn't do it for me. The yeast comes through too much as the malt and hops are not enough. Altogether too much and not enough going on at the same time. A touch of late hops come through in the finish, but too little, too late.
Too light in body to make it work well.

Watery thin, though something lingers in the mouth. I'll put that in the "almost bad aftertaste" category.

I can see why some people will like it more than me because there is a flavor to an often near flavorless style, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me, and the body is light, even for the style. I had a second one a few days later to confirm and - I'll pass on this one in the future.

Photo of Shiloh
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale arrived a thin yellow colour with a very short crown leading to a thin center lace. The body is also a little thin.
Carbonation is very light and the aroma is a light fruit mash with a grapefruit lead.
Everything about this brew suggests that it would be a great "lite" beer, except the taste. This golden ale is hop heavy front to back. Cascade hops are dominent throughout.
I would suggest that this golden ale is a lot more like an IPA.
Very refreshing...Recomended.

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Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.