Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Not Rated.
Stateside SaisonStateside Saison

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

298 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 298
Hads: 881
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 33
Gots: 96 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
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.
View: Beers (33) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 298 | Hads: 881
Photo of BNLTandem
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: deep yellow, crystal clear, minimal head. Wrong glass again. Pint glass at dca.

Smell: nice. Little bread, little floral hops, little lemon.

Taste: on the bitter side for a saison, but it has the right tartness and yeast profile

Feel. Nice. Little bit slick. Lingers on the back of the tongue. The tartness comes out in the finish.

Overall a nice drinking beer. I like my saisons a little more "Belgian", maybe with ardennes yeast. But this is completely drinkable and enjoyable.

 489 characters

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow in color, hazy with a large fluffy white head.

S: Light fruit with citrus notes. Some sweetness with some interesting yeast notes.

T: Fruity with some interesting funk. Citrus peel in there as well as some earthiness, and some wonderful yeast character

M: Medium to medium thick, the carbonation is a little light for the style though.

O: Overall a pretty tasty beer, more earthy than funky, but good.

 425 characters

Photo of kitch
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle that has a bottling date code of 364:14 aka 30th December 2014. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy orange tinted golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Bready malts, quite yeasty, hint of coriander, honey and then some fruity banana, pineapple, apple and lemon to end.

Taste: Starts sweeter than expected but ends with a lasting bitterness. Honey and bubblegum upfront, followed by mild or even weak apple juice, and hints of banana, spicy pepper and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I prefer my saison’s sour whereas this one is hoppy. Having said that, it’s still very refreshing and easy to drink.

 755 characters

Photo of castry01
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at Wild Tomato in Sister Bay, WI

Appearance: For better or for worse, my favorite part of this brew. Stateside pours a beautiful deep gold, certainly deeper in complexion than many other saisons, it teases at delicious things to come. Turns out Stateside can walk the walk, but not talk the talk.

Aroma: I could tell I was going to be let down almost immediately. A weak nose on this one, yeasty, with a tad bit of coriander and a black pepper punch at the back. Nothing offensive here, but nothing exciting either.

Taste: Here lies the real let down for me. The taste is just out of balance to my palate. Maybe I had a bum bottle, but I got this huge blast of black pepper with a hint of coriander on the back end of the taste. Whatever flavor are trying to be presented here are completely overwhelmed by the peppery character. To my taste buds, it had this metallic tinge that tasted like it had sat in a can for far too long. Again, not offensive, but not special either.

Mouthfeel: A fairly strong mouthfeel, silky and coating, if the flavors were better this would have been wonderful.

Overall: While I like the work Stillwater does (I like their Small Black saison quite a bit), this beer really let me down. Look elsewhere unless you get it free.

 1,302 characters

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale bready malt, spices, fruit sweetness, and light yeast

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale bready backbone, spices, yeast, light stone fruits, light funk, and a mild hop finish

M-medium body, crisp carbonation, dry finish

Overall a flavorful saison with a mix of fruity sweetness and hop bitterness

 381 characters

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy orange tinted gold pour topped by a quickly fizzling 1” off-white foam cap. S: Big fruity, yeasty nose with some American hops in the background T: Saison yeast flavors, pineapple to apricot, faint bubble gum, hints of biscuit, herbal notes with pepper on the end and an off-dry finish. F:Medium to medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation. O: A very fine, full flavored yet well balanced saison.

 419 characters

Photo of braker649er
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't feel knowledgeable about saisons, and admittedly have only liked some. For me, this looked and smelled appealing, and then the taste was the kicker. I was sold on the slightly herbal-flowery, but still robust flavor.

 224 characters

Photo of maedhros09
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy apricot with huge lovely merengue head
Smell: sweet floral, fruity
Taste: initially quite sweet with the floral and fruity aromas mirrored in the palate. Finish is dryer with a bit of tingling pepper and a mild to moderate bitterness and just a bit of lingering sweetness.
Feel: Effervescent and light

Overall: The Stateside Saison hits all the right notes - the light, effervescent mouthfeel, the initial floral sweetness followed by a drying, slightly bitter finish, and an explosive head. A great saison on the same level as Tank 7 and Ommegang Hennepin.

 573 characters

Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An impatient dirty-white froth covers this reddish-orange brew.

Has a robust aroma with plenty of melon and green apple followed by a touch of lemon and taffy and a slice of vanilla cake.

Taste is complex and fruit-forward with melon, grapefruit and lemon. Beer bread and a perfect hint of funk are noticed upon closer inspection. A nice sprinkling of spice at fruition.

Dry and medium-bodied and hard to put down before the next sip.

 441 characters

Photo of irrevjim
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale straw and bubbly against a white backlight , more orangy in natural lighting. 1/4 inch white head.some lacing.
smells like spicy bubble gum, some coriander, pepper, breadfruit. a hint of sourness
taste, more breadfruit and spice, less bubblegum, some honey, and a tinny hoppy bitterness. however that sounds, it works and the taste is balanced and full.
feels medium full and smooth, malty, tiny bubbles.
overall a nice spicy little number, not too much anything, well balanced.

 483 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice, long lasting lacing;

S: coriander; funk; citrus; a hint of pepper;

T: pretty much follows the nose - a bit less coriander and a bit more citrus; finish is mildly bitter and tart; pepper comes on strong at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not as effervescent as I would expect, but the flavor was great;

 420 characters

Photo of stompilator
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured a hazy gold, big thin head.

S - Fresh straw, funk, and a bit of citrus.

T - A prominent yet delicate malt flavor provides a nice backbone, adding straw, crunchy, almost bready notes. A lemon-y tartness leads the way, bringing a subtle fruitiness into the mix. A light funk builds up a bit and hangs nicely in the aftertaste, as does a spicy, fruity hop flavor.

M - Medium-light body, refreshing but fairly dry.

O - A well-balanced saison. A great showcase of the style's complex flavors.

 544 characters

Photo of spacecake9
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Not as yeasty as some American Farmhouse Ale's. Very drinkable, I would suggest this to someone who was new to the style. I will buy this the next time I see it on the shelf.

 202 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle dated 14 June 2013 served in a pilsner glass.

Light golden body, slightly hazy, with an over-sized,creamy, off-white head.

Aroma: dank and herbal, with hints of soft, ripe fruits.

Flavor: usually not my style of beer but this is fairly easy to drink and near minimally funky. Good complexity. Lightly tart and bitter.

Feel: medium-high carbonation; near medium body.

 389 characters

Photo of TastyAdventure
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thicker mouthfeel than expected. The Brett produced plenty of that chemical compound that emulates full body.
LOTS of flavor of herbs and spices. Like a highly seasoned roasted turkey. Not really all that dry.
A little too much complexity and assertive spicey/herbiness.
But still a nice, unique example of the style

 318 characters

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden color with two full fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by floral notes of straw, clover, sage, lavender, thyme and coriander. I also get notes of Belgian yeast, pineapple, a touch of grapefruit, honey and ginger.

Taste: Very, very good! Strong flavors of bready toasted malt and the aforementioned flavors of honey, pineapple, grapefruit, ginger, sage, lavender, thyme, coriander and honey. There are also lots of citrusy flavors of orange peel and lemon peel. Finally, and strangely, at the finish there is a touch of an unpleasant metallic flavor, sort of coppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly thin, and pretty effervescent as there is quite a good amount of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a really good American version of a Belgian saison. Very nice citrus flavors balanced with a bready, slightly sweet overtone. The only thing keeping this beer from being great or even outstanding is that slight metallic taste in the finish.

 1,273 characters

Photo of snilsen13
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My 100th review, after a long break I'm back.

This beer pours out hazy with that quintessential rocky white head. Lots of bubble streams. High points, just wish it was clearer. Smell is pretty strong a combo of grass/earth and citrus, very complex. It has big complex flavor that brings to mind apricot and spices (coriander perhaps). The flavor is actually a little too complex; this beer should age well. The mouthfeel is pretty prickly clears out quickly enough with a mild, dry, bitter aftertaste.

This is one of the best domestic Saisons I've had - the complexity of the smell and flavor keep me interested. The mouthfeel, however, is very prickly, but the finish is pretty great. This would probably be a fantastic beer from a keg or aged for year in a bottle.

 778 characters

Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've been eager to try this one for quite sometime... Two fingers worth of big fizzy slightly off white colored comprised of big and bigger chunky bubbles... Decent retention... The color is pale hazy lemony straw yellow... A light to moderate bit of carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass in small streaks... The aroma is led by a big punch of lemon zest at the forefront... Some hay and fresh cut grass... Some very subtle Belgian yeast undertones... The aroma is world class... The flavor profile is almost equally exquisite... The lemon zest is again at the forefront... There are rich layer or grassy and earthy notes... The faint Belgian yeast is also quite noticeable palate... There is a faint bit of candied sugars as well... The faintest hint of pepper on the deep finish... The end result is a very nice, deeply complex and world class flavor profile... The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light bodied... Spry with loads of prickly carbonation... A bit chalky throughout... Color me impressed by this offering... This is a top notch Saison that I would welcome in my glass anytime and one that I would also highly recommend...

 1,175 characters

Photo of dd43
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mason jar, unfortunately couldn't make out a bottling date.

Three finger head receded to a two finger with surprising resilience, lasting nearly to the end of the glass. Laced all the way down, a heady brew to be sure.

Aromas of coriander and grassy barnyard in relatively equal measure. Very mild orange citrus but the spice/earth qualities overwhelm it. Carbonation isn't immediately noticeable in looking at the beer but the mouthfeel makes it much more apparent. Surprisingly effervescent for the style.

Hop bitterness in the finish was pronounced, combining with the grassy notes to really put the farm in farmhouse saison. The flavor profile stays with you well after you've swallowed this beer.

Another Two Roads production, this is worth trying if you get a chance.

 811 characters

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.

 1,348 characters

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%

Wow, I am usually a fan of the style but not familiar with the brewer. But I had heard good things so I was optimistic. Bummer! Not a bad initial taste but very off on the finish. A metallic taste that lingers with something that was off. Had a decent saison smell, although still something off, overall barely got over a 3 from me who is generally over average and definitely for this style. Maybe it just caught me on a bad day but for me there was something off that I could not put my finger on.

 505 characters

Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%

Clear pale straw color. A touch of pepper on the nose with a mild yeastiness but no heavy funk like many of this style. Light bodied with a crisp flavor and a dry finish. This works but it’s nothing I’d order again.

 222 characters

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.

 332 characters

Photo of baumaxx1
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance -
Cloudy, yellow colour, fine suspended yeast particles. Pours a thick 2 finger head which dissipates to a thin film after a few drinks. Leaves plenty of lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell -
Smoked, roast, ash, bushfire, hops, leaves, orange, mandarin, citrus rind, pepper - plenty of hops and spice.

Taste -
Citrus rind and hops with a peppery bite - a dry flavour. A yeasty brew, with hints of spice including coriander and cloves. Finishes with an earthy grapefruit bitterness, and strong hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel -
Lively carbonation, but not difficult to drink. Medium body, creamy feel due to the carbonation and finishes clean and dry. Still refreshing despite its dry flavour. Carbonation leaves you feeling slightly bloated though.

Overall -
A strong, full-flavoured brew. Has a quite unique, earthy and peppery flavour on top of the usual hop bitterness. On the bitter side of the scale, and not for everyone, but offers something different to enjoy. Not the easiest drinking beer out and its heavier carbonation bloats slightly. However, good if you're not drinking many, and would pair up well with a spicy vegetable curry, stir fry or some grilled kangaroo which has a charred and grassy/gamey taste to match.

 1,242 characters

Photo of gonzo000
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coriander leads the way on this beer, and I am not a big fan of that spice. That being said, the body is right, the look is great. were it not for the coriander, this would have been a good to very good beer.

 210 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
89 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.