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Whitetail Ale - Rock Art Brewery

Whitetail AleWhitetail Ale

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.43%

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 McBeaver


1.95/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured cloudy with a thin large bubbled head. The aroma was "funky" like a sink drain, and some slight band aid. It tasted really fruity and had the same drainy flavor it had in the aroma, it also tasted strongly of vanilla. The mouthfeel was slick almost slimy. I did not enjoy this beer at all. I'm pretty sure it isn't meant to taste like this so I guess I got a bad bottle. All bad handling does is enhance the faults a beer already has though.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 15:28:31 | More by McBeaver
Photo of marlinsfan4


3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a touch of cloudiness... nice head to it with lots of lacing, pretty surprised for a blonde ale. Smell of some sharp hops, very pilsener like. Nice body to the taste, almost a Saaz sort of taste to the hops. Finishes very smooth and clean, lots of wetness to it.. no dry finish. Wow, I must say I liked this a lot.. usually I don't like blonde/golden ales but this one has some good flavor and a nice body/mouthfeel to it... kudos Rock Art!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 22:21:52 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear see-through straw yellow. Some sporadic lace. Only a film of head.

The smell has some lagery malt, and barley, but it's lagery and light. A nice accent of flowery pilsnerish hop. Some bready yeast.

A little funk in the malt flavor, but in a good way. Some toasted malt flavors. The hop is a nice finishing flavor. The flowery hop is unexpected. Good for style. Minor wheaty flavor.

The feel is watery and with a minor film. It's very easy-drinking, but with enough flavor to enjoy a lot of. Better than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:22:51 | More by williamherbert
Photo of gdfan47


3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice yellow with an off white head and a little lacing
S- Malt, sugar, corn, wheat, a touch of hops
T- malty, more hops than the smell let off, a little bit of sugar, refreshing
M- good carbonation, this one was cold
D- very nice, mild, low abv, nothing too crazy

a nice session beer, nothing groundbreaking here, but not a bad beer... a good gateway beer

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 01:07:35 | More by gdfan47
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Bud pint glass (yikes!).

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a sterling one-finger head of white, fizzy foam. Carbonation is medium-heavy and quite evident, though lacing leaves something to be desired.

S: Smells semisweet and grainy with a faint, metallic hop presence in the nose.

T: Taste is clean, crisp, dry semisweet bread malts with a bit of grainy zest from the hops. Not an overly impressive or flavorful beer, but one which might get people to open up to ales a bit more; maybe because they'd be confused.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, sharp and refreshing, but a bit overly carbonated and not satisfying enough.

D: The ABV is highly sessionable and the palate, mouthfeel and flavors are quiute easy drinking. That said, it's not an impressive beer, and would serve well just as an entry-level offering to the brewery's ales or to the "light" beer drinker.

I likely wouldn't volunteer to have another mostly out of the sheer boredom felt while drinking this brew. A decent bready, thin malt and biscuit brew you shoudl treat as a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 05:23:42 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of currysage1


3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear goldfinch yellow, nice rocky white head, leaves impressive lacing,

Smells of green apple, light grain slight hop but nothing really that interesting.

Taste is on the sweet side to begin with, bitter pine hops, some fruit nuance but not really that distinguishable, ends with a burst of full grain goodness before settling back into medium pine hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 06:54:28 | More by currysage1
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a four finger finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is honey and some bitterness from the hops. Hints of a soapy finish. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Gillingham's Woodstock, VT.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 23:11:41 | More by jdhilt
Photo of thethrone


4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a translucent golden color with 1" white head which quickly dissipates. Carbonation visible in the glass, a little bubbly lacing.

S - Lots of grass and grain in the nose, with a hint of citrus.

T - Taste follows the smell, with flavors of sweet grainy malts and citrus hops.

M - Light mouthfeel, good carbonation. Finishes crisp.

D - Very drinkable, makes a great warm weather session beer. Certainly worth a try if you like light summer beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 02:36:23 | More by thethrone
Photo of Durge


3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the only available vessel at a picnic, a plastic solo cup, the color seems to be a light amber with a whispy off-white head and decent lacing, if plastic can be any judge. The aroma is a mild citrus and avocado wheat and pepper, nice. The taste is crisp sweet wheat and rice with a mild peppery malt. Hints of plum and cantelope. Smooth and pleasant and very drinkable. Decent and fairly unique.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 05:25:53 | More by Durge
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a six pack of this a while back and here are my notes... Poured out a slightly pale gold color with a thick white head. Good lacing and good retention. The aroma was pilsner like, pale malt and semi-sweet. The flavors were sweet at first, malty and with hints of fruit. But a sourness developed as I continued to drink which had partly to do with the citrus hop finish. Dry with an average mouthfeel and light body. Drinkable characteristically but the flavors were not my favorite which scuttles the ship.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:36:26 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of almychristopher

New York

3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice golden color with a white head that fades to lacing... little bitas clinging to the glass, but not overly so. the aroma is reminds me of a german pilsner wjth an extra bit of hops in the back. the taste follows with a nice malt flavor and some sort of barely there sort of citrus hop flavor.... the light flavors finish dry and with the carbonation and the light body that makes this a pretty drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 04:10:25 | More by almychristopher
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale/pilsner malt scent along with a dry, fruity yeast aroma. The hops are light, but do provide adequate bitterness. The taste is decent. It has a light, and bitter flavor that boasts of pilsner malts and grassy hops. It goes down easy, yet it lacks any real malt character. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer, but it's not the most interesting beer. It lacks malt character. A little more pale malt with a touch of Munich malt and these guys would really have something. All in all, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 00:17:43 | More by WesWes
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 22:56:58 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
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....

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 05:22:43 | More by dacrza1
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a rather small white head.

Smell: Sourish, wheaty aroma with some slight floral hints.

Taste: Sweetish, light flavor of pale malts and malted wheat. Vaguely citrusy hops with a medium bitterness. Sourish taste of cooked veggies. Dash of mineral water. Same until the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Altogether mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty dull and unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 21:56:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ATLbeerDog


2.1/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours extremely light yellow in color with almost no head, no lacing and well above average carbonation. Smells of floral citrusy hops, and fruits. Tastes is severely lacking with slight hop flavor. This is not good at all. Avoid this beer! Not worth your time or money.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 22:38:55 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a sampler case.

A: Poured into glass and bubbly white head rose up half an inch and quickly faded to a nearly non existent spattering of bubbles. Golden-yellow color with some haziness to it.

S: Sweet, honey and bitter citrus hop aroma with a bit of roasted malt in there.

T: Apricots and toasted honey malt are the main two flavors I perceive. A bit of a wheat flavor and some citrus from the hops. Almost a lemon zest kind of citrus. Also herbal hop flavor in the background. A bit of spice from the yeast adds a nice touch to the flavor profile.

M: Medium body with slight creamy feel and fairly moderate carbonation.

D: Refreshing taste and crisp aftertaste make this a good lawnmower beer. Good clean flavors with fresh tasting hops in this one. Easy to enjoy a few of these served cold. Paired well with spicy stir-fry.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 01:14:31 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - Decent label, cool artwork, the usual from Rock Art. Pours a watery, pale yellow and settles yellow-light brown in the glass. Very fizzy with a small head. Very unique looking beer.

Smell - Sweet, hearty smell. Definite scent of fruits.

Taste - Carbonated bite followed by sweet, creamy, and fruity overtones.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy during and after consumption. Aftertaste is pleasant and welcome.

Drinkability - Definitely quite drinkable, one of the more drinkable Golden Ales.

This is another good beer by Rock Art. I would definitely recommend this beer to any beer drinker, seasoned or otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 04:17:19 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 04:49:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.28/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 00:35:20 | More by iceball585
Photo of tayner


3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 22:51:09 | More by tayner
Photo of Brad007


3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 00:40:55 | More by Brad007
Photo of lackenhauser


3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 23:02:07 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of tgbljb


4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 22:47:28 | More by tgbljb
Photo of jwc215


2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 16:54:46 | More by jwc215
Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.