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Whitetail Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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Whitetail AleWhitetail Ale

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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 jneiswender
4.22/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

jneiswender, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of alexgash
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear pale golden straw body. Small, gauzy, eggshell-white head. Not much lacing. Mild nose of biscuit malt, a bit of cereal (rice, maybe corn). A hint of citrus and grassy hops. Lightly toasted malts, with hints of grain up front. Slight mineral water bitterness mixed with a whiff of citrus hop flavor. Doughy cereal malts fill in with a mild sweetness. Mild grassy hop bitterness in the finish with some latent fruitiness. Light body with a sparkly feel. A very mild ale (as a blonde should be) that might appeal to macro drinkers looking to convert or drink locally (if they live in Vermont!). Not bad, but pretty forgettable.

alexgash, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of potownbill
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Borderline drainpour. I decided to finish the bottle, but did ask myself a few times whether the calories were worth an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill.
Appearance: frothy white head that dissipated quickly, leaving some lacing. Orange-yellow color.
Mouthfeel: Thin, somewhat watery.
Smell: Grainy, a little buttery, but not very pleasing.
Taste: Some maltiness, but more on the side of an American Adjunct Lager than a Blonde Ale.
Drinkability: Not very.
This is a good brewery, and I have enjoyed other beers, but this one misses the mark.

potownbill, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

tigg924, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of corby112
1.02/5  rDev -68.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear watery pale golden yellow color with no head whatsoever. Unimpressive to say the least so far.

Lots of corn, rice and other skunky adjunct grains. I can't even pick up any malt character and there is also an astonishing lack of hops. It kind of smells like the floor of a fraternity house.

The flavor of this beer would best be described as if they took some alcohol then some dirt in there followed by some industrial cleaning chemicals. This beer actually made me feel ill. Possibly the worst beer I've ever had. Complete drainpour. Avoid at all costs!

corby112, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden in color (shocking) with a small white foamy head that quickly disappeared.

S - Slightly bready and spicy. Slight malt presence, no hops that I can detect. Smells like a wine almost.

T - Toasted malts with minor flowery hops to finish. Nothing really stands out in my opinion, tastes a bit bland. This tastes like someone's first homebrew if they didn't use enough ingredients.

M - Light with moderate carbonation.

D - Very sessionable but lacks any real flavor.

Overall, pretty disappointing. I've come to expect good things from this brewery, at least from the big beers I have purchased. Let's hope the rest of the variety pack makes up for this.

BeerPhan86, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this out of the Rock Art variety case that I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy light gold color. The head is a finger tall, white in color, poor retention, ok lacing and the tiniest of bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are very spargy, pale malt and sweet caramel.
Taste: The flavors are orange peel, bananna and wheat.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a thin to medium body.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of DannyS
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy yet bright orange amber with a thin, quick dissipating head that does leave some loose webs of lacing.

S - Slightly winey and spicy on the nose, with a touch of white grape sweetness and bready malt.

T - Very bready and a tad spicy, with subtle malt sweetness and minimal hop bitterness.

M - Light yet not watery, with active, foamy carbonation. Adds to it's smoothness.

D - Definitely in the session beer range with it's 5% ABV and far from overpowering flavor.

Overall - A refreshing, simple blond ale from those nutty brewers in Vermont. Yummy.

DannyS, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Tomas77
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a mixed 12pk.

Aroma-Purfumy, toasty, light fruit notes like white grapes and spicy make up the aroma in this brew.
Appearance-Pours golden with brilliant clarity. Thin but dense white head with lace that sticks nicely to the sides of the glass. Lots of bubbles signaling lots of co2.
Flavor-Toasted malt with slight carmel notes and some spicy phenols that give it a peppery mouthfeel. A little minerally mid-palate. Again perfumy hop flavor like the aroma had. Herbal. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel-Medium body. Medium high carbonation. More spicy than bitter but very dry. Low alcohol.
Not a bad beer. I would partake in a few of these in a sitting.

Tomas77, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brothercannon for this bottle from his mixed pack. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my standard shaker "pint" glass. The ale appears a clear golden yellow color with a finger of fizzy off white head. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of scantily toasted bread, light caramel, a touch of fresh yeast, fruity, grassy bitter hops. Average body and plenty of carbonation. This was the black sheep of the mixed 12 pack.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of McBeaver
1.95/5  rDev -40%
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.

McBeaver, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

oriolesfan4, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

williamherbert, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of gdfan47
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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

gdfan47, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of currysage1
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

currysage1, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

jdhilt, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of thethrone
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

thethrone, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Durge, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

thekevlarkid, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of almychristopher
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

almychristopher, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

WesWes, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
2.2/5  rDev -32.3%
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....

dacrza1, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 12, 2008
Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.