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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-10-2012)
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +5%

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.

07-15-2012 03:42:50 | More by EgadBananas
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-14-2012 22:48:13 | More by GRG1313
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pohldogg356

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

07-14-2012 02:28:17 | More by pohldogg356
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gford217

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

07-06-2012 00:16:29 | More by gford217
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

07-05-2012 19:35:48 | More by Kadonny
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jonnybraddock


4/5  rDev +5%

06-21-2012 23:49:27 | More by jonnybraddock
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elNopalero

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

06-18-2012 18:19:05 | More by elNopalero
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theminutemen

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-16-2012 01:59:42 | More by theminutemen
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

06-14-2012 18:43:09 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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Barrelista

California

1.73/5  rDev -54.6%

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.

06-14-2012 02:18:26 | More by Barrelista
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SummitVA

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

06-13-2012 01:15:31 | More by SummitVA
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-09-2012 20:03:16 | More by jwat
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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).

05-23-2012 00:05:49 | More by lordofthewiens
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

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!

05-21-2012 03:43:23 | More by woosterbill
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

05-16-2012 00:16:09 | More by SPRichard
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-12-2012 19:29:55 | More by dtx00
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-12-2012 16:12:12 | More by thebouch01
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-27-2012 22:33:27 | More by popery
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

04-26-2012 04:13:34 | More by sludgegnome
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VaTechHopHead


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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

04-15-2012 21:02:37 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

04-07-2012 02:55:01 | More by Daniellobo
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

04-05-2012 02:19:21 | More by Viciousknishs
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TheDinger

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Growler from GBX poured into a weizen glass. Nice amber pour with a ton of pillow white head. Great spoting and lacing throughout. Smell is of zesty fruits, complex notes of citrus and some wood. Taste is a great mix of hops, malts and fruits. Big bold taste with a zesty kick on the end that leave me wanting more. Feel is lively with awesome carbonation and some dry champagne on the tongue. Very interesting and a bonus. Overall- A very quality brew from Stillwater. My first experience with this outfit and I'm impressed. A very enjoyable Blonde that had so much going on with the taste and smell. Sort of Farmhouse, sort of Saison, sort of Good! Will hit another of these-

04-02-2012 01:20:39 | More by TheDinger
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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!

03-31-2012 07:26:31 | More by DeanMoriarty
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beef13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-14-2012 13:44:53 | More by beef13
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