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Reviews: 64
Hads: 183
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-10-2012

A ’Post Prohibition’ style ale brewed with Pilsner malt, corn, and rice. Hopped at 2lbs per BBL with Cluster, Northern Brewer, and Saaz and fermented with a farmhouse ale yeast and 2 strains of brettanomyces to weigh in at 4.5% ABV.

Batch 1 750ml
Batch 2 22oz
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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grains with some corn, citrus hops, some lemon peel, some funky Brett, and some tart green fruits.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet corn and other grains with some citrus hops, some mild bitterness, and some tart lemon zest and other green fruits. Through the middle, more funky Brett character comes through with some more tartness, with just a hint of spice. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, funky Brett, and tart lemon zest and green fruits.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, tart, and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice crisp finish with good Brett character throughout. Well balanced. (817 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, straw colored body. The head sinks down slowly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A slightly sulphury aroma of yeast, grainy malt, and earthy Brett.

T - Clean, earthy malt up front with notes of hay. The Brett comes out in the middle with notes of wet dirt and lemongrass. The beer finishes with lots of earthy hops and matching funky straw and dirt yeast character.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Really interesting. The funky notes play perfectly with the earthy European hops and make for an odd but endearing little beer. (631 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore, MD. Received a 6oz half-pour in a small snifter-lookin’ kinda glass. They have nice glassware at that bar, for realsies.

Appearance (5.0): The body is a light straw-yellow, just barely hazy and extremely pretty. One finger of fluffy, white head, with very good retention, comes off of the pour but it leaves unbelievable lacing all around the sides of the glass as the beer goes down—as in, it literally coats the sides of the glass. Unreal.

Smell (4.5): There’s a very light, pale grain scent mixed with the sweet notes of corn-based, classic adjunct malt and the light crispness of rice that you get from AALs when you dig into them. Peppery brett notes are equally strong. Apparently, the malt composition of this beer is identical to Natty Boh and Old Milwaukee, so in that light the scents of the malt profile make perfect sense. Moderately fruity, musty character is also evident. Very fragrant, lightly citrusy with apple and pear notes.

Taste (3.5): Well, brett. Plain and simple, in all its weird glory. There’s that familiar mix of peppercorn and soft cheese-rind funk coming out of the finish, with a modest peppery character coming before it. The malt is pale and crisp, as would be expected from the nose, and washes down easy to leave the brett to shine in all of its peppery, musty glory. That dank, musty character that personally I prefer in a brett-forward beer really takes a backseat to that peppercorn/cheese rind phenolic funk, however. Some modest, lemony bitterness is present throughout.

Mouthfeel (4.0): This has an excellent feel, with very smooth and lush carbonation, devoid of any prickling. Clean finish, light bitterness, light-to-medium weight body. Very dry finish.

Overall (4.0): To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this beer. I get what Brian’s going for, and I think that he probably did an excellent job in creating that beer, but it’s not quite what I was hoping for and is definitely not for everybody. Admittedly, I’m a bit picky when it comes to brett funk: I like the musty, dank, and fruity characters, but get a little sensitive when the spicy, phenolic side of brett becomes more prominent. In this beer, the latter is definitely the case. But, it looks, smells, and feels fantastic, overall—it's just the prominence and balance of different brett notes that I'm somewhat at odds with. My understanding is that Brian wanted to create a very clean, very drinkable brett beer, and using brett in primary with the malt base he did, he did exactly that. (2,569 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber into a tulip. Thanks go to wishuwerebeer for the share. The brew appears a clouded golden yellow color with 2 fingers of frothy white head. Patchy to webby lace sticks to the glass. Rising bubbles maintain about a finger strength across the top.

The nose has a nice lemony snap of fruity aromatics. Somewhat tropical as it warme and opens up in the glass. Hints of pineapple blend into more of a wheat-like grain inclusion. It smells somewhat tart but with hints of sulfur and grass.

The taste is pale grain blending into a bit of wheat sweetness. There is a mild indication of saison yeast and a touch of clove, spice and sulfur. A bit of exaggerated lemony oil quality like coriander is mid-palate blending to grassy and earthy qualities. The finish goes back to the straw character with a bit of perfume-like lemon.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation that is lightly prickly on the tongue. It is interestingly enjoyable at times but it does have some distractions that make the brew fall apart a bit as the experience continues. The blend of saison character and tropical hints was brilliant, the sulfur and oily lemon - not so much. (1,191 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle signed by the brewer! Batch #1! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with three finger pure white fluffy head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, banana, fruit, spices, earthy funk, and horseblanket. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, spices, earth, and massive funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The brett going on in this one definitely took a front row seat in both the aroma and especially the flavor. The brett plays a really nice role in this style as it can stand out and dominate the brew. The aroma is quite nice on it as well. An absolute must try if you have not done so already. You won’t regret it at all. (833 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suppose for the style the appearance does not get much better. Its yellow, but it has nice lacing and fair head retention. The aroma is a lot of lemon lime soda, phenols, band - aid, earth and funk. It is just on the right side of off putting honestly. Strong herbal, earthy, and bitter hop flavors. A well hopped beer for sure. The lemon lime soda appears again here as does the band - aid and phenol but it is more subdued and mostly in the finish. Wonderfully dry and crisp. I would love this on a hot summer day. A neat interpretation of a bastard style in the beer world. (578 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The farm smell is right there wafting through and after the pour. Really funky. Above average mouthfeel. Nothing exceptional taste wise, a little pepper, drinking of hay, but drinkable. Some rice as in saki, as in roast and toast rice. Worth a try for something different. (272 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw/blonde with an impressive inch and a half of head. Huge gobs of lace get left behind. Looks very appealing.

The smell starts with heavy corn, grass and grain. Citrus and flowers make a small appearance.

The grain shows up quick, lemon and grass follow shortly. Simple but well balanced. Goes down very easily.

Easy to get through a bottle, but not worth the price. Love Stillwater, sort of like this beer. (420 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, pale golden color with a one-finger, bubbly white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very phenolic and funky with caramel notes.

T - Good funky flavor with a nice spicy bitter bite. Nice funkiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tastier beer. It reminded me of a lighter version of Rayon Vert. (439 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap

The body sits a light golden yellow with a foamy white cap. Great retention with lines of lace inside the glass.

The nose is strong with brett. Barnyard, hay, lemon, fruity yeast, with some pale malt holding down the back end.

Holy brett. Easily the most brett forward beer I have come across. A clean lager-like base with a sweet, cereal-like graininess and a huge dose of Brett. Heavy barnyard, straw, wet hay, lemon.

Light body with moderate carbonation. I've run in to some brett beers recently that had the carbonation turned up too high. This guy got it right. High, but yet complementary to the prickly brett qualities.

The brett hits you like a ton of bricks. What a unique base for such a heavy brett character. If you like brett, seek out this beer. Nicely done. (784 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is a very light pale yellow, light haze, with a fair amount of white fluffy head. Nose has a great Brett presence, dusty and lightly leathery, hints of peppery spice with a lemony fruity back end. The taste is great, strong Brett presence again, dusty, very fruity array of tropical fruits. Mango's and apricots, very expressive and tight. Soft body, a touch syrupy, decent carbonation. Extremely refreshing and so bright especially for the abv. (450 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
Batch #1
A- This beer is just a bit of a gusher pouring a thick rocky white foam that takes up most of the glass. It slowly settles down to a slightly hazy bright yellow body with a violent carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The earthy wet rice and strong grapefruit aromas of brett give way to some pithy green notes in the finish that could be hops or brett. There is an interesting lavender soap hint that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The touch of malt sweetness is followed by grapefruit brett character and a full pungent pithy hops in the finish. The green grapefruit flavor lingers for a bit after the dry finish. As it opens up there are some hints of slightly over ripe fruit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle scrubbing fizz and compliments the hops nicely.

O- This beer really has a beautiful brett character that is full in the aroma with some nice bright flavors supporting it in the taste. There is a touch of tartness that grows and more depth comes with each glass. (1,031 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed on 6/30, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my stillwater wineglass. As the bottle is a 22ozer, must be batch 2.

a - brew poured an opaque golden blonde with visible carbonation and a thin bubbley head that dissolved rather quickly leaving a very thin skin of bubbles on the surface. there was very minimal lacing that was spotty at best.

s - i immediately pick up some brett funk/sweetness on the nose (ooh how i love brett). some other saison like qualities are there, but mostly brett and pale malts on the nose.

t - lots of brett funk begins a devilish dance with an intense amount of spicing. lots of grains, almost rye like. interesting and different...but the finish is a bit awkward and grainy. finishes almost rubbery...but i got used to the finish after a few sips. all in all rather tasty.

m - very lively and prickly carbonation. really tickles my tongue. finishes dry with an odd aftertaste.

o - overall, an interesting beer. the brett seems to be what saves the beer and makes it enjoyable, but when the brett fades on the flavor after swallowing a taste the finish is a bit rubbery and has that barnyard funkiness to it. all in all i did enjoy this beer and am very glad to have tried it. i would probably pick this up again if given the chance. pretty tasty and nice for the warm weather. rather refreshing.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ? (I think TJ's, Paoli, PA)

Not a bad beer for a style I'm not a huge fan of. Poured a light, golden yellow, pale and slightly hazy, with a small cap of white bubbles for a head; minimal retention and lacing. Aromas of pale malts, musty grass, and a distinctive Belgian yeast quality that puts this on the border of a saison (typical Stillwater fare). More of the same in the taste, bready pale malts, yeast, grass, light herbal hops. Light-medium body and quite good for the style. (504 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2, 22oz bomber. Surprising price of $10.99 per.

Fits the bill nicely as a blonde. Hazy blonde, with a finger of bright white head.

The aroma is quite funky, hay-like, barnyard, slight wheaty, almost grainy note.

Taste is rather funky, with a bit of apple skins, and citrus peels. Pale malts, grains and some grassy hops.

Light, crisp, somewhat bubbly, almost effervescent. Good feel for the style.

Not much a fan of blonde (ales), but the Brett funks this thing up and makes it a beast. (502 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, batch 2 presumably.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a soapy white head that leaves some streaks of lacing. There is a thin cap on top throughout.

Aroma is crisp and clean with some spicy saison yeast as well as plenty of straw and light brett funk. There is also quite a pronounced lemon character and apricots.

Light lactic sourness up front, though very subtle, with some underlying fruity sweetness, grapes maybe. Spicy yeast and lots of grass and a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is lively and light, almost fizzy, which makes it very drinkable. Dry finish.

Another excellent beer in the long line of Belgian-style brews from Stillwater. This is probably the lightest and most drinkable I've had from them even if it's not quite a complex and "meaty" as some of the other. (789 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli PA into a tulip style glass.

A: A medium golden color with a one finger white fluffy head. Full glass lacing sticks.

S: Nice brett smells of barnyard, hay, straw, lemon and yeast. Some floral herbal hops as well.

T: The brett yeastiness really shines through early on to mix with the lemon tartness to yield some funk of wet hay, straw and barnyard. I get some subtle sweetness, but the beer really mostly stays tart. Herbal and floral hops keep some bitterness going and the finish is tart and dry. Nice brett beer, easy to drink!

M: Light and tart, no alcohol.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I really loved the brett and how it lasted through the entire tasting experience. This is a very drinkable beer that I will seek out again.

One of the easiest most flavorful drinking bretted beers I have had to date. You can have a few of these and really enjoy each one. Nice. (921 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, enjoyed 6/2012 thanks to XicanoBeerRun.

A post-Prohibition ale? In this case it means a beer made with corn and rice. If there were more adjunct lagers made as good as this it would definitely change my opinion of using rice and corn as ingredients to brew with. Hmmm….

This pours a cloudy golden-straw color with a tremendous billowy layer of cottony foam sitting atop it. There’s some slightly tart lemony notes in the aroma.

The flavoring has a mild tartness to it and a light spice with a bitterness midpoint. At first I thought of a rye spiciness, with its concomitant fruit-like notes. Turns out there’s a double addition of Brett, which would explain the interesting and hard-to-place flavors and aromas, as well as the exceptionally dry finish. (And what I can only describe as a light “baking soda” hint on the flavor.) Crisp, light, delicious. (878 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Davis Beer Shop, and it was worth the haul.

Pale, slightly hazy, straw-colored yellow. Mellow sour smell. Lots of carbonation, but it smooths out when you drink it.

Taste: slightly medicinal (plastic?) on the palate, faintly bitter, baking soda. I know this does not sound flattering, but it is really good. You pick up on some of those saison qualities (I think the brett made me think this was a saison like the other Stillwaters I have had), but it is not as strong or up front. It is almost like a saison light. I love this trend towards tasty, complex craft beers that are lower in alcohol. Jester King is doing it in Austin, and I have read about some others. This is a fantastic, refreshing session beer.

I’ll have another. (762 characters)

Photo of Barrelista
1.7/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tasted of hominy, with hints of SPI Code 5 plastic and woodsiness.

Smells of grass, the plastic of baby diapers, air of the Coastal California Redwoods, and hominy.

Light, acidic mouthfeel; bubbles are agressive and a burn to the tongue.

A light, staw color with low foam.

Overall this beer argued too much with my sensibilities. The result? I could not appreciate it. (372 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fun beer.
It was a hazy pale yellow color with a thick white head that lasted quite a while. There was a little bit of lace.

Funky brett aroma, lots of floral hops. Also some citrus.

Yeasty taste, some sour lemon. Very floral.

Crisp and tasy. I could drink this beer all day (and at 4.5% ABV probably could). (313 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this one.

A: Cloudy straw body with a finger of delicate, dense white foam. Ok retention and lacing. Solid.

S: Brett dominates, with huge floral character and some light grass and hay behind. Spicy, aromatic, and great.

T: Follows the nose, with huge, delicious Brett. A touch of dry graininess under the herbal, floral, grassy yeast. Dry, lightly spicy finish with some minerality.

M: Frothy, lively, and light. A bit too bubbly, but not bad at all.

O: This was a real winner, delivering tons of funky complexity in a fresh, vibrant, refreshing package. Highly recommended.

Cheers! (659 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light yellow in color and definitely hazy. Big solid white foamy head

S - light funk from the Brett and a sweetness from the corn. Nice barnyard and hay aromas and a slight Belgian sugar smell as well

T - starts off bland but quickly picks up a very nice hay and corn flavor. The Brett is semi-sour and has a light tang. Aftertaste has a light dryness but fades quickly

M - light body with good carbonation. Light flavors and good use of adjuncts and Brett. Quick fading aftertaste and easy to drink. Overall an interesting and fun beer to drink (557 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a fine treat, complex, fresh, and funky offering from Stillwater

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Brown and dark cream retro-ellaborate label with the Stillwater branding and the image of a man in a top hat reading the paper.. Side narrative notes intent, main ingredients, and general characteristics. Notes 4.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy straw pour with a towering frothy head, sturdy retention nice surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Long funky nose, rather fresh with some lemony and grassy notes, feeling very well rounded and enticing...

T - And totally in sync with the mouth, light grainy touches under a fresh funky sense, brett in tune with citric and earthy notes, touch of spice...

M - Medium-light body, the lightness holds up very well the rich flavor, with a nice energetic carbonation that takes it to a nice dry finish.

O - Quite remarkable and very well rounded, a delight.

Notes: Sure, I typically like what this brewer is doing and can´t help but to reach out for any new offering. But this one hit me at the right moment, on the right spot… Fantastic, so much flavor with the low above, and that range… Really nice. (1,192 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazy golden hay color with a finger and a half of creamy white head. Pretty good retention.

S- dry cracker like malt with that touch of corn sweetness hits the nose at first. Thankfully the yeast and hops soon take over. Leafy hops with notes of sweet mint and floral characteristics flesh out. Fruity eaters and a white pepper note from the saison yeast blend with a musty earthy Brett character on the finish.

T- crisp grainy malt on the front end. Hops and yeast again take over. Fruity white stone fruit and a musty earthy Brett character with notes of wet hay and light barnyard hit mid palate. Nice leafy grassy hop bitterness with a slight minerality and spicy characteristics hit on the finish with a mild funk and crisp hop flavor lingering in the aftertaste. Super crisp and refreshing.

MF- slick creamy mouthfeel with a light body with average carbonation.

D- one of the most drinkable beers out there.

Overall a very good brew. Who knew Brett, saison yeast and hops could make corn and rice taste good. (1,030 characters)

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