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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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295 Reviews
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Reviews: 295
Hads: 874
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 31
Gots: 92 | FT: 3
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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.
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Photo of Murrhey
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. I'm honestly impressed I was able to get this beer from Maryland here. To be fair though, I think it is Portland spoils.

A- Two-finger frothy white head with minute-long retention. Cloudy orange body with fairly low clarity.

S- Farmhouse yeasts, citrus, lemons. Aromatic and very typical of the style. Nice smelling beer.

T- Citrusy with lemons and oranges. Earthy yeasts. Great flavored saison.

M- Light bodied, subtle carbonation and well balanced.

O- Well above average beer. Enjoyable all-around. (622 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is spices, lemons and a hard to describe tangy/sweet/grainy element. The flavor is lemons, spices, citrus, very mild/slight spiciness from the malts and a tart/sour finish. Good complexity and not too spicy, another pretty good ale from Stillwater. (254 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a simply fantastic saison, one of standouts.

It pours a vibrant golden straw color with a bold white cap of foam.

There’s a crisp, lightly estered aroma that carries across some spice and fruit mélange—citrus and summer stone fruits play off one another for a pleasing effect.

Wonderful flavor, with a crisp, clean taste of citrusy goodness and a mellow estery character. I loved it. (400 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright glowing yellow, big white head, spotty sparse lace. Aroma is great. Super refreshing clean and stinky citrus, earthy and herbal, doughy chewy malts, spicy and soft, juicy dank fruit and miscellaneous flowers. Taste is all of the above plus sugary through the finish. Briskly carbonated. I like this saison more than many I've had. Really well done. I could proceed to enjoy a lot of these. (396 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought from a liquor mart store in Denver, CO on Colorado ave.

Bottled on 06/14/13. Pour into a snifter. Sunflowers seed in between sips

A&S: green grape sourness, orange zest, coriander spice, light bread tones. Crisp smelling lively looking light orange colored beer. Transparency turns from see-through to translucent as bottom yeast is added to the glass. Light fluffy head that retains extremely well at half finger increment.

T&M: surprisingly powerful upfront, BANG! Huge in your face flavors including citrus (orange and tangerine) and cloves. This upfront flavor becomes less intense as more yeast is added but it give way to a touch of funk. Earthy hops round of the beer nicely in a strong bitter finish. Crisp at first, but not as refreshing as the crispness would led you to believe (as the taste hangs around for a while). Low to medium bodied and on the higher side of medium for carbonation.

Overall: Bought off a store employee's recommendation. I'm loving this brewing company. It is astounding how much respect I have gained for this company in the limited beers I have tried (3 with a 4th in the fridge). Extremely affordable, sitting at 3 bucks a bottle. Very glad Crooked Stave and Stillwater formed this this beer trading alliance. I will promptly be snagging everything that I haven't tried from this company, they are that good! (1,359 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with billowing white head. settles to a thin layer, spotty lacing. Smell: apricot, grapefruit peel, floral, more stone fruit sweetness beneath. Taste: nectarine, white grape, blood orange, bready wheat.
Medium- plus bodied, dry, spicy and very slightly chalky finish. Classic yeast character and finish;hoppy and fruit forward. (362 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle ~$2.50. Bright orange color, slightly hazy, filmy head, looks quite good. Aroma is fruity, citrus, hops and at the same time derivative or maybe its just reminiscent of another well-known saison? Fruit flavor, hint of rusty metal, easy to drink. Overall an interesting saison but not something I will purchase again. (328 characters)

Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (illegible date code) into a wine glass.

A-The brew pours pretty clear and light golden in color (I left some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, which would have muddied things up, I assume). The carbonation is visible and active in the glass. The head is about one-finger tall to start with poor retention despite the carbonation.

S-The smell is very floral with a pleasing tropical overtone that reminds me of guava juice and a Hawaiian lei. All those flowers are balanced by a bit of pepper and grass. As the brew warms I detect some alcohol and a bubblegum sweetness.

T-The taste is also very floral with tropical overtones. The mid-palate gives up some lightly bitter grass and a decent hit of pepper spice. The alcohol is mild and sweet, but noticeable. I do not get as much bubblegum on the palate.

M-The feel is medium to light with assertive, chunky carbonation that keeps things moving.

O-This is a very solid saison. I appreciate how drinkable it is, while maintaining a complex flavor profile. The floral flavors are not overly perfumed and there is just a bit of spicy, grassy bitterness to keep things from getting gummy and sweet. If I were to pick nits, I wonder how this brew would be at about 5.5% ABV, so it is more of a table beer? Maybe it would lose some of the complexity, but as is, it is a solid beer. (1,355 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a real nice light saison. wheat malt driven, with a great yeast strain happening. pours real cloudy and pale light orange, with a dying off white head and good lace. I smell grazing cattle and white wheat in equal proportion, nothing out of the ordinary, but some real creative stuff here too. almost a Belgian triple, with candy sugar and spunky yeast. I taste wheat malt on the lighter side and a flocculated yeast that just adds tannic funk and coagulated protein density to a beer that should be real delicate otherwise. not a brewers error, but a critique nevertheless. great carbonation and a medium body that would be heavy if it didn't work so damn well. overall a great first beer from this crew, and something I am real eager to get back into. special stuff, and being American made makes it epic compared to its peers. worth your hard earned shrappy! (861 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3.50

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and citrus juice/zest. There is also some clove and a dry spiciness and a bit of a funk.

Overall – Very drinkable and enough flavour to keep you interested. I actually really enjoyed this one and will be buying more the next time I see it. I also really like the smaller format in 4 packs. (683 characters)

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly firey golden with a white head. Aroma is spicey, some ripe banana, pepper, atouch of lemon and grassy. Flavor is spicey,, lemon, a touch of toasted bread, pepper and a touch of some earthy hops. Again a little alcohol comes through, which detracts just a little. A crisp active mouthfeel. Overall, solid saison that I am really happy to see in Colorado. One I will buy again. (392 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured an orange-like gold with decent head and lace and a funky aroma, some spice and citric notes, and a little bit of spice and yeast but not much else in the fruit department. Taste is more of the same as a smooth, light to medium bodied beer passes my tongue with moderate spiciness, citric hop and light/tropical fruit flavors. Not much sweetness but beer is lively with lots of carbonation. I enjoyed this beer; consider it a simple saison that complements a warm day. (475 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a billowy "Belgian" head that webs the tulip with lacing

Smell: Toffee malt, with a range of spice (clove, apple/cinnamon, banana spice cake)

Taste: The toffee malt bursts forward, bringing the aromatic spice flavors along to build toward the middle; a touch of funk arrives, after the swallow, along with a vinous character the lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A Saison verging on a Dubbel, this beer has a lot of complexity; the more you contemplate it, the more it surprises you (587 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy straw yellow with a fizzy white head with decent retention
S-spicy, lemon zest, yeasty
T-nice and spicy mixed with some more bright citrus combined with a distinct saison yeast characteristic and finishes with more spice on the palate
M-light medium bodied
O-pretty solid and straightforward. I didn't enjoy it as much as some other stuff from Stillwater but still very enjoyable (396 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - It's a darker shade of yellow (like a ripe inside of a mango) with a 1.5 finger bright white head. Fades quickly and leaves a collar around the glass. Not much for lacing.

S - I can pick on the spice right away. Nice amounts of straw, bread, yeast, and some light citrus, lemon and orange.

T - Boom, this is the most spicy Saison I have had, but it is nicely balanced. Some yeast and bread with plenty of lemon and citrus. Straw, clove, grass. Ends with a pepper kick.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Spicy and dry on the finish.

O - Very nice Saison with a ton of spice. It is well balanced. Nick was nice enough to send it my way. (692 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with slight haze to it. 1 full finger of bone white head that drops down to a thin ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Grainy, fruity, floral, and very yeasty. Clove and bananas. Strong notes of spicy purfume.

Taste: slight sweetness that is yeast forward and fruity with mostly bananas. Gritty and grainy. Mid palate white pepper and cloves. Very earthy and a little bit floral. Strong finish of perfume, wheat malts, and moderate hop bitterness tasting of grass and lemons zest.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Super clean and bright beer. A touch of booze. It is also hearty and rustic in character. Dry finish on this beer as well.

Overall: I like this beer, but the perfume flavor is really distracting. I really loved this beer as a base beer that is put into barrels. I have tried the stateside saison that was aged in chardonnay barrels and that beer was awesome! (958 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent offering from a brewery I haven't been overly impressed with in the past.

A: cloudy golden yellow with a little lacing
S: citrusy and a little bit of yeast
T: lemony and tart, but with a hop back that makes the beer more drinkable than it would otherwise be. Decent carbonation. Taste belies a bit the almost 7% ABV.
M: light dry pull after the tartness that doesn't last too long.
O: not going on my must have again, but I wouldn't shy away from it either. Little too tart up front, but that fades quickly into a fine beer. (534 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
2.84/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from Barrels and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 1.99. Date is mighty scrunched but appears to be enjoy by 10/10/13. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.

Pours hazy gold with two fingers of pillowy white head. Decent lacing.

I pick up aromas of yeast, pepper, lemon zest and a strange semi rot smell (that isn't as bad or off-putting as that description makes it seem).

Crisp peppery, lemon peel, clove, mildew, yeast, bitter grassy, hay and a bit of funk.

Slick, medium body with sharp carbonation. Bitter, spicy, yeasty finish.

I'm admittedly no expert on saisons and have only tried a few but this one does nothing to make me want to delve further into the style. It's drinkable enough but the funky spicyness just isn't for me. I prefer the others I've tried like Jailhouse's Reprieve or even the Ovila with mandarins. (840 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with light head.

Smells spicy and slightly citrusy .

Tastes of spices (clove, pepper) with some citrus with some slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Nice drinkability goes down easy.

Im a huge saison fan and this was a decent one. (258 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Early September 2013 (actual date number rubbed off). Poured into a 3F Wine Glass.

A - Hazy pumpkin with a one finger white head and solid lacing.

S - Citrusy esters, biscuit malt and a touch of pine in the background.

T - Vibrant orange peel and citrus hops. Farmhouse esters take a back seat. The background has some slight biscuit notes, alight alcohol presence and a touch of funk. No acidity.

M - Light, drying, refreshing and well carbed.

O - Another great, new world hopped farmhouse. Edges out Tank 7 for me by a nose. Stateside's citrus forward hop profile just really pairs well with their yeast strain. (626 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Teku glass
bottled on: 4/12/13

A: Pours a very hazy dark straw yellow with some orangish hints. 2 fingers width of bright white head builds and then slowly recedes down to nothing. Zero lacing.

S: Yeasty, spicy, and citrusy. Clove, pepper, bready yeast, orange peel, lemon zest, herbaceous/grassy characters. Very nice.

T: Spicy with clove and pepper, orange peel, a bit of barnyard grass, subdued hop bitterness.

M/D: Pretty full bodied for the style, but with a nice heavy carbonation. Drinkability is good.

O: Saison's can be hit or miss for me. Id classify this one as a hit. Nothing exceptional but good nonetheless. Cellar Door is much better IMO though. (688 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy straw color, one finger of sudsy head, no lacing.
S - Lots of belgian yeast and spice, clove, apple, orange rind, real earthy undertones.
T - Belgian yeast floods your palate, and gives way to an abundance of spices, some mild hoppiness, and a very deep lingering bitterness.
M - Thick, a bit too much on the spice.
O - Refreshing when absolutely cold, but as it warms up, it harshens up too. Not the best, but not really the worst either. Its a bold saison. (499 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange color sports a big fluffy off white head.

Aroma is light flowery notes with some spice on top of tropical fruits. Not any real funk in the nose.

Taste is light zesty notes mostly lemon on grainy malt base. Plenty of good spicy notes mingled through out. Finish is lingering tropical fruits good spice notes maybe hints of funky notes.

Mouthfeel is on light side with medium peppy carbonation.

Overall its a pretty good saison enjoyable worth having again and again when the saison modes hits. (522 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,178 characters)

Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
89 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.