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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 184
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 23.33%
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 avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Not what I expected from the aroma: Grainy, with traces of malt, hops, and citrus.

T: Tasted of malt, corn, grain, rice, light hops, and a little bit of citrus thrown in. Definitely an unusual flavor - a bit more corn than I normally would like, but still fairly tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: Certainly not your typical blonde ale, but well worth trying.

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


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.

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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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw with a large head.
Nose shows funky, goaty Brett, soft lemon, light malt, grassy cow shit. Smells like a bloody farm. Intriguing.
Some of the farm characters transfer through as flavours, along with dry saison notes and grainy malt.
Massively high carbonation.
This one grew on me, despite the cow shit.

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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.

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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).

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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 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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours the lightest hazy blonde hue I've ever seen borderlining urine colour with a fluffy three finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is sweaty socks,funk,citrus and lemon sherbet,the mouthfeel is lightbodied and well carbonated with tastes of lemon sherbet,mandarins,the slightest touch of funk and i mean slight just enough to make itself known and finished with a thirst quenching herbal fruity dryness and overall not bad and nice for when you want a tasty thirst quenching beer without too much going on it cheers.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is cloudy golden in colour, very light. Looks rather like a wit. Good-sized white head, fades steadily leaving a good amount of lace.

Smell is dominated by brett. Quite funky, barnyardy. A bit of a cheesy scent. Some grain. I like brett but the scent is not the best.

Like the nose, the brett is quite strong. Other than that, the taste is very thin. Very funky with a cheese flavour. I get almost nothing other than brett.

Beer is very thin, very light-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, disappointing. It just tastes like the brett was added to a tasteless beer. Meh.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy, light straw colored body; thick, fluffy, white head. Spicy, peppery aroma; cut wet grass; lemons. Taste mimics the aroma; tart and acidic; powdery yeast notes. Soft, medium bodied; dry finish.

There was non-stop oozing foam upon opening the bottle, yet once the contents settled down, the beer proved decent and enjoyable. The looks, flavor, and aroma are more inline with a farmhouse/saison styling than an all-malt grain ale. Regardless of its classification, this brew is worth a try.

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Photo of babaracas
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Considering this a brett-ed saison brewed with corn and rice. Pours a cloudy straw color, billowing soapy whit head, settles slowly to a half inch; sheet of thick lace down the glass. Smell: floral, hay, lemony and spicy, moderate amount of barnyard bouquet, hint of dough I'm the back. Taste: lemon, pineapple note, grainy...breakfast cereal, sugar cookie note, into a dry finish highlighting a big spicy and somewhat rindy hopping. This drinks light and refreshing, but the carbonation is really dialed in well to provide heft and lasting power at lower grav. Really well done...the brett adds a lot to all aspects of the beer vs Classique.

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Photo of shand
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited to pop this beer open, because I honestly had no idea what to expect from it. Stillwater Premium pours out a pale golden yellow color with a large white head. The aroma, at first, smells like an adjunct lager with maybe a touch more bright citrus. As either the beer warms or I get closer into the glass, more subtle aromas come out. The musty aspects from the Brett start to take over, as well as a bit of spicy/earthy hops. The taste is, again, really interesting. It has the clean, crisp, and citrusy lager taste there, but it's subverted by a heavy amount of very musty funkiness that cuts right through the lager base like a knife. The Brett funkiness has a fun time interacting with the citrus and hops in the beer. I don't know how to really describe the feeling of the funk hitting in this beer - it almost feels like the mouthfeel gets thicker when the funk comes rolling through, even though it obviously doesn't. It's probably due to a strong dryness from the Brett that fights against the crisp, bright, and light lager base. Premium might not be a beer that completely succeeds on all levels, but it's interesting enough that I can't help but recommend it.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml capped bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Odell branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Hazy straw-like hue with a thick white head that gives way to tons of lace with continuous effervescence similar to champagne.

S: Sour funk and biscuits, peppercorns, green apples, citrus zest, and musty earthiness.

T: Similar to the nose - even bigger Bret though (much more noticeable than the smell) big funk - wet leather and woody weirdness, also some bitter hop that is really nice, fruit is light - green apples and dried tropical fruit - very well balanced.

People claiming corn - WTF???

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied, vigorous carbonation that works well with this one, dry and clean like a fine champagne with some lingering bitterness from the hop that is really nice.

Man this beer is tip top - well beyond average - only wish I was a baller so I could drink it all the time - at $15. a 750 milly i'd go broke otherwise!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into NY Giants pint glass. assuming batch #2 since it is a bomber bottle. little disappointed by the fill height on this bottle...

A: almost a fake looking gold hue with how bright this pours. looks very much like a light lager in my pint glass. bright white head is frothy and has reasonable head retention.

S: barny. earthy. horse. eggy. sulfur. smells rustic, if that makes any sense. struggling to find any hop aroma. the aroma seems to be dominated by brett aspects.

T: starts watery, not much to it. acidic dryness puts a twang to the flavor. finish has a corny linger, but is also pretty dry.

M: a sizeable carbonation. works well with the barny flavors and the light body.

D: a pretty unique brew. highly quaffable as the Brett dries things out. I would enjoy this in a smaller serving vessel as it would make for some solid session beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy golden yellow with a four finger white head

S- Some funk and lemons right away, could easily smell that when i was pouring the beer. Getting some grains, touch of sweet corn, light earthy hops, some spice.

T- Surprisingly hoppy finish, I did not think that hops would stand out much at all. Malts are light being a little sweet and a little grainy. There are some nice lemon/citrus notes and some funk. Brett really help to add a nice level of complexity to this beer.

M- Smooth, crisp, light, refreshing.

O- This is a good beer that is easy to enjoy. Brett is not overpowering. I feel that it is Pilsner with Brett and farmhouse yeast, which seems to work well in my opinion.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Funny I haven't review this yet. Bomber into a willi becher.

A: Pours clear, light dull straw with a spongy white head. Certainly looks like a relatively unimpressive blonde ale.

S: Aroma is musty, yeast, bit of lime and chalk, fresh grain.

T: Lots of dry brett in the taste, with some must and very light citrus acidity, sawdust, nice wave of euro-hop bitterness at the end, biscuit.

M: Light-bodied and quaffable.

O: Sort of an odd beer between the brett and the Saaz, but ultimately quite enjoyable and preferable to "clean" blonde ales.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

A: Bubbly, bright yellow color with a huge white head. The head lasts forever and is bolstered by a furry of bubbles. What does recede sticks heartily to the side of my glass. A significant amount of yeast is resting at the bottom of the bottle, which I poured into a different glass. 4

S: It smells really interesting. Wheaty, lemon, light, and, of course, the Brett. It really takes over the entire aroma. Musty and citrusy, the smell without the Brett would probably be off-putting. 4

T: The taste, amazingly, not only packs a Brett punch but an array of fruits as well. The lemons and oranges honestly take the Brett and wheatiness over and make you almost forget it's there. The finish is slight sour, but more like a saison funk and not an American Wild Ale hit. 4.5

MF: Light, crisp and absurdly drinkable. I wish all "Premium" beers tasted like this beaut. 5

O: Took a chance on this weird beer and was absolutely rewarded. I'm really starting to get hooked on what Stillwater is doing, looking forward to the next time I come across them. 4.5

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Photo of GPHarris
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - opens with a bang as we have a slight gusher though not much beer was lost. poured a three-fingers thick, fluffy, eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left a bright and bubbly golden color. good sheeting and lacing throughout.
s - floral hops with some lemon citrus aromas.
t - lemon tartness, biscuity, grainy, herbal.
m - prickly and bubbly from lively carbonation.
o - decent beer but a little boring and overly carbonated.

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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.

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