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Whitetail Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 23:31:10 | More by WanderingFool
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Billolick

New York

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 02:14:56 | More by Billolick
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 21:39:55 | More by NJpadreFan
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 02:10:05 | More by bjohnson
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 21:26:07 | More by Fish113d
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 22:34:01 | More by woodychandler
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 21:51:35 | More by DrJay
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Franchise

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 19:34:25 | More by Franchise
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 04:40:57 | More by PSUDREW
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krantul

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 23:17:04 | More by krantul
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 01:35:25 | More by jmz62565
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 22:45:23 | More by geexploitation
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 22:36:58 | More by tastybeer
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 21:03:41 | More by guinness33
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wedge

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 03:13:47 | More by wedge
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 08:20:29 | More by UnionMade
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mattpetti

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 06:41:25 | More by mattpetti
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 17:36:42 | More by goodbyeohio
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bultrey

New York

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 23:48:52 | More by bultrey
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly hazy golden yellow in color. A 1" white head quickly falls to a surface foam with a few extra large bubbles. Larger than normal carbonation bubbles stick to the glass too.

Smell: the aroma is nice for a blonde as grass, mild citrus, and even some malt are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: flavor is simple and quite refreshing as some soft grainy maltiness, grass, lemon, and mild bitterness are well balanced. Lighter bodied beer.

Mouthfeel:crisp at the start. The finish is lightly dry, crisp, and refreshing.

Drinkability: superb drinkability, as this blonde has nice aroma and flavor, which is hard to find in the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 13:04:03 | More by Gavage
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lpayette

Vermont

3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle.

Pours a very clear light gold color with a small amount of pure white head that disipates quickly. Smells of grains with maybe just a hint of malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp, finishes clean. Tastes like a slightly more complex Fosters- I think that's the best way I can describe this beer.

Overall, there is not much very exciting about this beer, but it is still an excellent beer for casual drinking/summer activities, that I enjoy very much.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 05:01:22 | More by lpayette
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 16:59:25 | More by weeare138
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yen157

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden in color with some whispy head and a tiny bit of lace. Husky, grainy nose reminiscent of peanut shells. Crisp in the mouth, a lot of “grain” flavors, but not too much malt. Finish is odd and almost buttery, but not in a diacytel kind of way. More like non-stick cooking spray than butter. I could drink this again, sure, but there are probably hundreds of other “golden ales” that taste better and cost less. PASS!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 22:33:47 | More by yen157
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 01:12:03 | More by Shiloh
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer from a mixed 6-pack from Waterbury Beverage, Waterbury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head, which didn't have much staying power. Laces okay over light straw brew. Aroma is slightly of pale malts and hops. Taste is pale malts and some hops bitterness. Seems kind of uninspiring for the taste buds. Nothing bad, but nothing to write home about, really. Mouthfeel is fine, and the drinkability is of the hot weather/thirst-quencher variety. An all-day drinker, if that's all you want.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 16:49:26 | More by ppoitras
Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.