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Whitetail Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-21-2002)
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Photo of iceball585
4.28/5  rDev +30.9%

A- Pale yellow color, clear, thin fluffy layer that disappeared to a thin ring around the glass

S- Citrus hops, pale malts, grains, sugary sweet smell

T- Apricots, oranges, lemons, wheat, toasted malts, grainy, bitter hops

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, oily feel left on the palate

D- Great session beer

This beer is has some good complexity to it. Although this beer looks a lot like a macro brewery light beer it still has a lot of different flavors.

iceball585, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz bottle

pours a fizzy yellow with a small white head that does just slight lacing

slight malt and earthy hop notes, but faint nose.

taste is light malt and slight hints of earthy hops on the finish. well combined, but very mellow and light

fizzy and light mouthfeel.. a lawnmower beer

goes down like water.. would make a decent session beer, or crossover beer for a BMC drinker.

tayner, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a pale golden color with a very thin head. Aroma is sweet and malty upfront. Taste is somewhat sweet, light and crisp. Leaves an interesting malt aftertaste. Somewhat bland but solid. A second sip confirms much of what I said except that aftertaste is now somewhat bitter. A decent session ale but not much beyond that.

One of Rock Art's three signature beers (along with RidgeRunner and American Red) before they started putting out the Extreme Series.

Brad007, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Hazy yellow color. Bright, white and thin head on top. Low aroma-sort of crisp and malty with a slightly spiced aroma. Malty enough flavor though theres a black pepper spice to it that doesnt belong. Somewhat sweet in the finish. OK body. Nothing really stands out in this one. Rather ho hum considering how much I liked their red.

lackenhauser, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Poured a clear golden color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is vry sweet with light citrus notes.
Taste is also on the sweet side, very refreshing, with a slight hop bitterness at the finish.
Nothing spectactular, but a great session beer on a hot summer afternoon.

tgbljb, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

jwc215, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of WanderingFool
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

Rock Art Whitetail Ale pours a very clear light golden color with lots of tiny bubbles floating inside. A very small white head forms on top and quickly dissolves to a thin ring on the surface. The aroma is mainly toasted malt with a hint of chocolate and some floral hops mixed in.

Each sip of this thin to medium bodied beer has a firm fizz that impacts the middle of the palate. The flavor begins with some biscuit and toasted malt that gives the beer a nice sweetness. In the middle the hops move in with a taste of lemon citrus. It finishes dry with some notes of grass. With each sip the toasted malt flavor is present throughout and balances out the hops very well.

This is a very drinkable beer and quite tasty. It reminds me somewhat of a European pilsner. A great brew for a hot summer day.

WanderingFool, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Billolick, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

NJpadreFan, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Pours a very golden color, clear, with an initial half finger white fizzy head. Dissipates quickly leaving a slight film and a ring of fizz.
S: Toasted grain with a hefty dose of chocolate malt notes. Melon and grapefruit hops notes.
T/M: Odd, but interesting tasting blonde ale. Chocolate and toasted grain flavors cross the tongue. Orange rind also noticeable, but faint. Leafy hop presence, but not much there--more of a toasted malt and barley essence. Bitter and dry finish.
D: Not sure I'd get this again. Not a blonde in my opinion.

bjohnson, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%

Served from a bottle chilled to 50 degrees and poured into a pint glass, it pours a pale straw color with 2 fingers of white, somewhat frothy head that begins to dissipate right away, leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass. The body of the ale is slightly hazy, which is a plus.

Aroma is rather mild. Some slight hops hit my nose along with a sweet grainy aroma. Nothing real exciting here. Basic blonde.

Not sweet like I expected really. The carbonation kills off some flavor, and much of the flavor is a peppery hoppy flavor, that quickly fizzles out. Rather watery really. Maybe a bit of grain in there, but rather boring.

Again, the carbonation is very sharp on the tip of my tongue, which kills a lot of the missing flavor maybe? Body is light, and this makes a very nice summer brew.

It's very easy to drink if you like watery beer. I am not impressed by the flavor, but I'd still take it over a macro. I could probably physically drink a case of it.

Fish113d, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%

I tried to get this beer to develop a head, but the best that it mustered up were wisps and a ring of bone-white foam around the edge of the glass. The nose had an unexpected buscuity quality to it. The color was a really beautiful, bright, golden yellow. It reminded me of a lot of the macro lagers. The mouthfeel was rather thin and there really was not a lot of taste to it, either. I experienced a light buscuitiness on the tongue and on the finish, but not enough to be satisfying. I'd rather have something malty over this, and I'm a self-proclaimed hophead.

woodychandler, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%

Very clear, pale gold with a short, fine, white head. Good retention and the lacing was pretty solid on the glass. Mild toasty malt aroma with grassy/floral hops - smells refreshing. Balanced towards bitterness, this beer had a lot more flavour than I expected. Toasted malt, grassy hops, a bit of caramel and butterscotch were followed by a slightly spicy and floral hop finish. Light bodied with a bit of creaminess, moderate carbonation, and an off-dry finish. Not a bad beer at all. Fairly mild overall, but there is still a lot going on in the flavour department. My only complaint is that the flavours seem just a little weak. It's an easy drinker, likely an excellent session, and tastes great in the summer.

DrJay, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

Franchise, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of PSUDREW
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%

I really liked this beer. It is a good, "utility" beer. Nice flavorfull, yet refreshing and rather drinkable.

Pours a light golden in color. It kinnda respebles a "fizzy yellow beer". Not totally, but you definately get that feel from it. Has a grassy nose as well. There is some white head, but almost no lacing

Taste is pretty enjoyable. Slightly malty, with a nice hop finish. It also has a very clean, and crisp finish.

Very drinkalbe, I would recomend giving this to BMC friends

PSUDREW, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of krantul
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

krantul, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

jmz62565, May 30, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

geexploitation, May 17, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

tastybeer, May 09, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

SixpointJMH, May 03, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

wedge, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%

My second go-around with this one, courtesy of GoodbyeOhio.
Clear gold, topped with a collar of white foam. Good head retention, good clarity, nice presentation. Soft, wheaty malt aroma, boosted with a bit of grassy, citric hopping. Mount Hood? Willamette? Not a huge fan either way, but it seems ok in this one. I'm actually getting a hint of vanilla, almost whisk(e)y barrel aged, strange as that may sound. Definite breadiness, similar to Wonder brand white bread. Light, wheaty malt flavor, moving lightly into a modestly hopped finish. A touch cabbage-y, soft sourness, with a moderately hopped, grassy/herbal finish. Rather clean, no real fruity flavors or trace of higher alcohols, although certainly not lager clean. I'm not crazy about the hops, but they seem to blend well with the wheaty sourness. Dryish, evaporating finish, clipping off with merely a vague, white bread doughiness lingering. Nice enough, drinkable and well made, but I'd rather opt for something else in quantity. Nice to try this again, though.

UnionMade, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of mattpetti
3.5/5  rDev +7%

This beer pours a pale, cloudy, straw, yellow with a decent 2 finger head with a heavy pour. The smell doesn't really give you alot to go with. General hops and malts. The taste was suprisingly good. It had a bit of caramel sweetness with some tart undertones. Very light and enjoyable. Easy to drink with alittle of the slight bready taste that i like. This is, as said by someone before me, a summer beer. It was decently good now but probably much more enjoyable on a hot summer day. I'll def give this one a try around then.

mattpetti, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

part of a mix 12 pack, golden ale is the one i was least excited about. the other one had IPA in it, but didn't have the smoked porter. so i bit the bullet and took the golden ale.

pours attractively into a pint, crystal-clear gold full of minscule carbonation buddies. big frothy white head reduces to a paper-thin layer and deposits snowy lace patterns onto the glass.

nose like honey baked biscuits wiht slightly crisp hop tinge. very decadent nose for a golden ale. once consumed, this beer explodes into a butterscotch bomb! hops add a muted bitterness to the finish in your throat, but you'd better like that bready, sweet rich golden flavor to enjoy this. me, i can dig it, but this beer was meant to accompany dinner and just doesn't have the right flavor or hop addition for that. kudos for making something so equally flavorful and smooth, but i probably won't revisit.

goodbyeohio, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of bultrey
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

bultrey, Dec 05, 2005
Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.