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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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299 Reviews
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Reviews: 299
Hads: 887
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 34
Gots: 98 | FT: 3
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: callmemickey on 03-31-2010

Stateside Saison pays homage to old world tradition while celebrating new world innovation. Naturally brewed with the finest European malts & fresh aromatic hops from the United States & New Zealand. It’s then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, showcasing some of the best attributes of modern-day craft brewing.
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Reviews: 299 | Hads: 887
Photo of Zekezilla
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one at the recent City Paper Brew Fest in Baltimore. It was one of my favorites of the day. I believe this is one of the first Saison's I've tried. Beautiful orange in color, woody and spice in smell and taste. Highly recommended. Will definitely seek this out and other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Another sexy, slick label (once you look past the front and center weird-ass vulture-snake) from this gypsy brewer, at least for this amateur cartophile.

This beer pours a hazy dark golden yellow hue, with three flabby fingers of puffy, climbing, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few sudsy swaths of arc-weld lace around the glass as it quite slowly ebbs away.

It smells of spicy, zingy, meaty citrus - lemon, lemongrass, lime rind, coriander, a touch of cumin - grainy pale malt, a lightly musty yeastiness, and a further earthy, floral hoppiness. The taste is lightly honeyed, somewhat biscuity pale malt, overripe lemon and crisp, fresh apple, white pepper, faint metallic cilantro, subtle dry yeast, a mixed-bag of tropical fruit esters, and some mild savoury spices, blended insofar as I'm just happy to share in the experience. No evidence of the elevated alcohol whatsoever.

The carbonation is gently effervescent, and does well to keep it up, the body a pleasantly understated medium weight, and generally rather smooth, in a workaday sense. It finishes barely off-dry, the malt having to pull out all the stops in the face of an organized drying effort, courtesy of the yeast, fruit, and hops (and possibly the otherwise AWOL alcohol).

Saisons kind of come, and kind of go in my world, i.e., I don't really get a lot out of them, and don't find many embracing. That damning caveat out of the way, I have to say that I really like this one - the crazy amount of input flavours are deftly integrated - subdued, even, into a straight-ahead drinkable affair, one bereft of any extreme elements, which may be the one aspect of this style that I do wholly endorse, when suitably followed through with as it is here.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great bottle art

Into a tulip glass:

A: deep hazy golden beer with an off-white head that fluffed up quickly, left some lacing

S: classic pale malt beer smells, with fresh herbal/floral hops on top

T: imagine a saison with IPA-esque hops - fairly hoppy for a saison, some funkiness (that brett-ish quality); a little sweet, but very crisp and fresh

M: medium-light body, frisky carbonation, smooth but slightly crisp, too

O: a very good brew - a Belgian/American IPA/saison hybrid-type of beer. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nellie for sharing this bottle. This is my first beer from Stillwater.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is yeast with some spices and citrus fruit. The flavor is a mix of orange and lemon with some Belgian yeast and assorted spices. A nice drinkable saison. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of rdickey
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium deep gold into a goblet. A fine one-finger head settles in and leaves nice sheets of lacing as I work my way through the glass.

Smell: Hops pop first in the nose, bringing with them a big dose of citrus. The spiciness that you expect in a saison follows closely behind, along with some subtle herbal notes. A not unpleasant hint of alcohol burn lurks around the edges and hints at the ABV.

Taste: Citrus notes from the hops initially dominate, although huge shots of black pepper keep this from veering off the road and into American IPA territory. There’s not as much funk as I usually prefer in a saison; instead of a barnyard, I get more of a freshly cut lawn. Maybe it has something to do with zoning. Anyway, I wouldn’t grade it down for that aspect; it’s just another way of coming at the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The finish is crisply bitter but still pretty big; this isn’t one to knock back indiscriminately.

Drinkability: Medium to high, depending on your hop tolerances and preferences.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up at GBX.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours hazy, brilliant orange with golden highlights. A big fluffy white head propagates the top of the brew.

S - Slightly funky earthy yeast. The lemon-grapefruit citrus aroma of hops. Pepper, maybe cloves.

T - Spicy frontend made up mostly of white pepper, cloves, other spices, some sweetness devolving into a funky, hoppy aftertaste.

M - Highly carbonated, lighter bodied.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange with a big finger frothy off-white head. Fades very slow.

S - Belgian yeast, farmhouse smells, coriander, pepper, sweet grainy malts, light fruits, lemon zest, citrus hops.

T - Sweet grainy malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander and pepper, farmhouse, citrus hops, bit of bitterness, honey.

M - Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Smooth with a dry, estery, tart finish.

D - Nice balanced saison. Good yeast character.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, super bubbly sunshine and copper color. The head is overwhelmingly voluminous, often times overflowing my glass with its of white foam even after a delicate pour.

Dry toasted and untoasted barley grains along with herbs and herbal smelling hops make up the brunt of this aroma. A little on the sweeter side than most saisons I've had, but very good nonetheless.

The taste starts with sweet bread grains, some malted and some not. The taste makes me think of sweet scones. The middle has a lovely herbal note that I'm not sure if its the hops or actual herbs added to the boil. Either I taste chammomile and grass. The alate is a little dry, but syrupy at the same time.

Very nise saison that would be a great intro. saison for a new comer to better beer. Then they could work there way to the drier saisons.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, spices, malts,

taste: citrus, spices, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice and refreshing beer. would not turn down if offered another.


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Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, "Bottled on 2-19-13" So super fresh...nice

Pours medium golden amber, under a large and staying light khaki head. Bubbles slowly continue to rise. Leaves some dense sheeting and some bands of lacing.

Nose is brightly of lemons, oranges, lime, some pepper, and earthy/yeasty goodness.

Flavorful and hopped up saison, flavors picked up on the nose carry onto the palate. Accent on the lime, pepper, earthyness. Also a layer of fruity, and moderatly drying hops.

Well done - complex, fresh and tasty. Go get some.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: burnt orange-gold color, extremely cloudy to the point of being opaque. Has a very small head that disappears very quickly, though a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass keeps a thin layer at the center and around the edges. Zero lacing

S: Extremely fruity, yeasty and spicy. The fruit adds a nice sweetness at the beginning followed by a Belgian-like scent of yeast and cloves. Really a good smelling beer.

T: Taste has a lot going for it. Starts out with a bready yeast flavor, which gives way into a deep peppery spiciness. A heavy dose of alcoholic esters and phenols make the beer seem way heavier than 6.8% ABV. The aftertaste brings in some of fruitiness with a banana-like taste. The initial flavors are slightly muted, but that allows the alcohol and fruit to really shine through.

M: Medium body with lots of tiny bubbles. Goes down easily.

O: Not the most in-your-face saison I've ever had, which, depending on your viewpoint, is either a good thing or a disappointment. I find that this beer is very drinkable and really tasty. With an intense spiciness, taste of alcohol and elements of Belgian beers, this is a really drinkable beer.

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Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good American saison. Stateside is a light orange beer with big frothy white head. It has a very professional, tattoo art-inspired label. The aroma is fruity with some funk and spice. I smell peppercorns, grapes, lemons, sweet melon and fresh grain. The funk is light, though definitely present. It tastes light to medium dry with good bitterness and funk. The flavor is a bit rounder than the aroma, but it could stand to be drier. I'm having a good time drinking this beer. It's refreshing and full-flavored. The hop choice is interesting without getting in the way of the style. This was a happy surprise.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a hazy, appetizing shade of orange with two inches of fine white head. Retention is average. The nose is a nice blend of sweet and flowery aromas. I get faint notes of tropical fruit and herbal, grassy notes as well.

The beer is medium-bodied and has a very traditional flavor. Up front, the grassy flavors promised by the nose are well-represented. There's a graininess that sits underneath a bouquet of sage, lavender, and dry flowers. At first, I thought the fruity sweetness promised by the nose would fail to materialize, but it surprises you be coming on at mid-palate as the flavors develop. At the back of the mouth, the fruit flavors become pithy and zest-like as lemon and tangerine notes form, drying out the finish and leaving a nice lingering flavor behind.

I've been going out of my way to try several Saisons this summer and this is one of the better ones I've had. It is herbal and flowery like a good Saison should be, but it brings a nice subtle fruitiness to the game that makes a wonderful complement to the more earthy flavors and set it apart from some others I have tried. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is an attractive hazy gold with a nice ivory head. Medium aroma of yeast and grapefruit. Taste is very good. Some malt, nice and yeasty, with a pleasantly bitter and somewhat dry finish. It's very well balanced. Mouthfeel is excellent. It's a very drinkable beer. An excellent saison. Definitely one to have again.

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Photo of Guden
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Super cloudy pineapple juice color with a medium sized white head that has okay retention.

S- Overripe fruit, tangerine and a touch of honey. Nice mix.

T- Up front citrus and pineapple dominate with clean hoppy bitterness building into the finish. Refreshing.

M- Dry with medium carbonation, this is right where it should be.

O- A very good saison, one I will definitely want to revisit.

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Photo of admiral
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautifully crafted saison, full of flavour.

aroma: artificial banana, bubblegum, clove with some tartness

taste: Bubblegum, clove, orange, spice, honey, artificial banana, slight lemon and a touch of grapefruit. A nice dry tartness to it with a good malt backbone.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice beer.
Hazy gold color, thick white head. A bit of delicate lacing.
Lemon aroma mostly. Spicy and peppery. Sweet malt in the background.
A lot more going on in the taste. Lemon first, then pepper and cloves. Bready. An earthiness from the yeast. And, to top it off, some late hops. The flavors all worked well with each other.
A crisp, refreshing beer.
If we ever get some warm weather up here, it would be a perfect beer for a summer day.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Bottled sometime in mid-summer, by the looks of the code on the bottle (I believe it lists the day number, in this case day 219 of 2014, which makes its birth date–according to Google–August 7). Holds up just fine more than 4 months later!

Appearance: Beautiful clear straw yellow and tightly bubbled bone white head. Head is extremely persistent. Good to see in Stillwater beers. Have had some disappointly carbonated ones before.

Smell: Nose is like a hoppy hefeweizen--lots of yeasty banana, clove, sugar and spicy-herbal notes leap from the glass. One note that really is jumping out at me is mint. Strange but that's what I get.

Taste: Starts mildly sweet and lightly spicy--banana and clove yeast notes very present. Then in the back half, it's like the beer turns old school IPA. It's massively grassy and lightly fruity in its hop profile.

Mouthfeel --What a nice ride on the tongue. Vigorous carbonation makes the fruity/spicy yeast flavors really pop and clear the great dryness from the palate. Outstanding flow from front to back.

In sum, one of the best hoppy saisons I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. The yeast and hops work really well–hop selection here I think was key, as the use of more grassy, clean, and lightly fruity hops play well off the yeast's spiciness. A super beer that is great to see in 4-packs.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I brought back a twelve-ounce bottle of this beer from a recent trip to Colorado.

The beer pours a golden color with a well-carbonated head. The head is thin and bubbly, somewhat like a champagne, and leaves a persistent lacing on the sides of the pint glass from which I drank.

On the nose, the first thing that I notice is the heavy citrus notes, much like grapefruit and/or grapefruit rind. It's a mix of sweet and bitter, which is then followed by yeastiness and sweet malt.

The flavor is very much consistent with the smell, as the grapefruit and other citrus notes impart a mellow, yet noticeable and tasty, taste that complements the beers yeast notes well.

The beer is very easy-sipping and even the bitterness from the grapefruit and citrus notes doesn't make this any less drinkable.

Overall, a great saison and one of the more memorable I've had given its crispness and the pronounced citrus aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange in color with a one finger head. Some light lace develops during the session.

Smell: pepper, yeast, and a general spiciness provides a pleasant aroma.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, lemon zest, tart green grapes, and a bit of earthiness. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness arriving late. Pepper and yeast lingers long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I was looking for a saison and this one definitely satisfied me, Tasty and easy to consume.

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Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Translucent golden brown with a pleasant foamy white head. Scent of alcohol and malts. Tastes is alcohol and fruit without being overly sweet with a faint bitter finish. Carbonation is pleasant for the mouthfeel. Overall a really delightful beer... I feel this review doesn't quite capture it's flavors, very complex and delightful.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rodman's in DC. I've had this beer on tap a few times, but this is the first time I'm having it out of a bottle. After a disgusting day at work, I need some beer.

Mildly hazy with a *huge* off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a rather gorgeous beer. Plenty of carbonation is visible too. The nose is great. Moderately rustic with a raw, grainy character, mildly bready, mildly pilsner malt-like. Complex but well balanced yeast character is present, with a blend of spices and phenols. White pepper and some floral character are present, there's also a mild hoppiness with a mildly fruity character. A touch of honey rounds out the nose, this is rather excellent.

The palate is rather unique. Surprisingly juicy from the hops, there's a little grape-like character present (from the Nelson Sauvin, I guess?), as well as a bitterness that's mildly grapefruit-like. The malt character isn't as raw as the nose suggested, and it _is_ whelmed by the hops and the yeast here. Like any good saison, this is quite spicy and moderately phenolic. In fact, the first few sips have a sharpness to them that I can't really describe better. Drying on the finish with hop flavor (grapes, sweetlimes), spicy (white pepper, a little nutmeg-like bitterness) and crisp with plenty of carbonation, this is an enjoyable and refreshing beverage. Very well done, Brian!

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Photo of larsenju
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Light copper body with about 3 fingers off a pretty soft pour. I think the bottle is one of the better looking designs I have seen recently, not that bottle design has any influence here.

S-Musty yeast and some herbal hop hit right away and mostly dominate. Some light pear and apricot follow with a little bit of lemon hiding in there as well. The fruits are pretty mellow, and a little pepper and some almost cheese like aromas (think Feta) keep things nice and rustic. The alcohol was kept nicely under wraps, but I might like to see a little more hop complexity.

T-Slightly spicy right away moving into some very nice caramel and biscuit malts. The peppery/earthy hops develop nicely to meet the malt profile, and after a second the fruity yeast stepped up to round things out, I got apricot again, some apple, pear, and just a little peach. Finishing I started to get some phenolic spice along with a little honey sweetness and the first evidence of the musty notes I got out of the aroma. After finishing the beer really dried my palate and the hops really stepped forward with bitterness and a nice earthy pepper quality.

M-High carb and very dry.

D-This beer made my night. Very nicely balanced flavor and a pleasant aroma along with a very nice mouth feel. I see that there are some dry hopped varieties of this beer, I suspect that dry hopping would round out the aroma and make this even better than it already is. I really look forward to a warm summer afternoon with a bottle of this, I think that this would make an excellent refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of Valmor88
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Distributor brought in a bottle to my workplace, so I got to try one.

A: Orange/gold color with a massive white head. Cloudy appearance. Head retention is excellent - had to let this one sit for a while before I could try it. Nice lacing down the glass as it settles.

S: Citrusy/earthy odor. Some sourness mixed in, too.

T: Funky/citrusy up front. Malty and hoppy finish, with more citrus. Both the malts and hops come through pretty strong. Pretty complex flavor.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Slight alcohol elements in there, too.

O: A very enjoyable beer. I wouldn't call it a true saison, but it has all the right elements of one. I recommend it.

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Photo of danmouer
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice example of a "new" saison...imtrroducing some New World (US and NZ) hops and IBU level cranked up a bit over most traditional beers of the style. Nonetheless, this is a real saison, with the soft, full mouthfeel, richly complex aroma and flavor profile, the mouthfilling efforvesence, sweet-dry finish, and fat dash of spicey-fruity fermentation products in every sip. There may also be some actual spices and fruits contributing, but in an even-handed, understated way. I love that pilsener malt aroma is very much upfront.

I recognize that saisons, in general, have become "big beers," even though I Doubt that the average Belgian farmer tried to "refresh" his seasonal farm workers with 6.5 abv or greater, which has become the trend for this style. Just the same, I do like the alcohol warmth that accompanies the otherwise mouthfilling rich complexity of this rationally-priced premium ale from Maryland.

Good job!!!!

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
89 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.