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Provider - Steel Toe Brewing

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: KarlHungus on 09-24-2011

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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 32
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Photo of bsp77
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with nice, brilliant white cap and minor lacing.

Smell: Lemon, grass and citrus. Pretty floral and dry smelling.

Taste: Bread, lemon and a light grassiness. Finish is floral, not bitter. Unfortunately, there is an aftertaste that I would almost say is medicinal, despite not having any cherry flavor.

Feel: Light but firm body. Lively carbonation. Finish is almost nicely dry, but the lingering aftertaste has some residual sweetness.

Overall: If not for the aftertaste, this would have been a top notch Blonde Ale. This is my first experience with Steel Toe, but I bought the other three year round bombers they offer, and I remain very hopeful about those.

Photo of NilocRellim
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a clear, golden look to it with virtually no head. There is not much to the smell... grains, yeast, and faintly hoppy. The taste is very refreshing. It has a slightly hop taste with no bitterness. It tastes like a nice lager.

Would I buy it again? Definitely! You could drink it all night and not get tired of it!

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale straw golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A light but crisp and refreshing smelling aroma. Bready pale malts and wheat cereal grains with good hints of crackers and yeast. Nice hints of citrus lemon zest and orange. Some floral hops. Light hint of honey like sweetness. A laid back but solid smell.

Taste: Again, light and easy drinking as expected, but with some really nice subtle flavors. Pale malts and wheat grains with solid hints of bread, yeast, hay, and crackers. Good citrus fruit taste of lemon zest and orange. Light hint of honey. Floral hops add a light bitterness and earthy quality. Hop presence is actually fairly vibrant considering the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and somewhat tart and juicy. Very easy drinking.

Overall: A very solid summer beer. One of the fuller tasting examples of the Blonde style. Nice citrus taste.

Photo of Snow81
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They did a Great Job!

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at the Four Firkins for $5. I should have bought another. It's a simple, but very tasty and well-made blonde ale that borders on the lighter side of a pale ale. The aroma is a mix of lightly toasted pale malt and mild, floral tangerine hops. These carry through to the flavor, where the gentle, floral hops character picks up, reminding me of a for subtle Surly Bitter Brewer. It's smooth, very drinkable and finished with a little kick of pale malt grain instead of hops. Wow, this is a great session beer.

Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color with a slight haze. A solid two fingers of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet, bready malt. Not picking up much of the advertised floral hops.

Not picking up much hops in the flavor either. Not overly sweet thankfully. The malt has some bready, grainy qualities. It has a clean flavor but falling short of being a crisp beer.

I really dig the mouthfeel. Great texture for a light beer with the carbonation nearing perfection.

A good blonde ale. However it is ridiculously expensive. I would never buy another bottle again at the current bomber price.

Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice fluffy and bleach white head. Barely makes about three fingers tall, but seems to slow sink into a soapy retention puck. Body is a golden light brass yellow, slightly hazy a bit, with some fine carbonation.

The nose provides a little mellow bread, but not much else. Non existent or very subuded hop aroma. A little bit of pastry like sweetness slightly, but otherwise kind of basic if fine. Not much else to say here or going on.

For an otherwise boring start, things improve a bit. A good chewy body of wheat denisty with some surprisng fruit tones in the mid palate. Faint juiced lemon and mushy orange flavor a bit. Finishes quite clean with a good chewy coating to match. Has some creamy tones, almost in a sort of Blue Moon oats way perhaps, but with a much less sweeter finish.

Overall while not a fav style, and one that I seem to randomly fall into from time to time and don't seek out, this one is a decent if not one of the better American blonde ales I've had.

Photo of lurpy1
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You gotta hand it to Steel Toe. While so many new breweries are charging butt-rape prices for their bombers despite lack of pedigree, Steel Toe's bombers are priced to move, despite their growing positive street cred. Bomber of Provider, split. Not looking for an earth-changer, just a good summer beer on a scorching, repressive night at the cabin.

Pour is dishwater blonde, with a head that rises and falls as quickly as the third reich.

Smell: Granary, lemon, flour

Citrus takes a bigger role in the flavor. As to be expected, not a real hop presence. Not a real strong presence for much of anything. This is a beer meant to be easy.

Mouthfeel: Thin and easy, light alcohol, spot-on carbonation. For a summer beer, Steel Toe nailed it.

This is a candidate for a go - to summer beer, but it is hampered by not being available in 12 oz bottles.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright shade of goldenrod, with a light white head and decent retention.
Husky/grainy aroma with very light floral hops. Lacking staleness I associate the with this style.
Flavor is leans heavily toward malty (pilsner?) with hops barely discernible. Still there is a good balance between sweet and bitter. Finish is dry and pretty clean.
Feel is far from flat, but carbonation is fine and overall feel is pretty smooth as opposed to crisp, although it does finish with a nice dryness.

It’s hard to get excited about this style, but this was a well made beer.

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bomber

A- pours a nice slight hazed golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head with spotty lacing

S- was floral hops and baked bread with and a touch of lemon and spice

T- floral citrus hops with baked bread malts a lemon grass in the background a hint of spice

M- good carbonation very fresh it was just days old

O- a great hoppy citrus blond ale that i could drink all the time..but @ $5 a bomber its very expensive..put this in 6 paks pls

Photo of BMoney575
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-28-12

Pours a light golden color, slightly cloudy, with a sizable white head that fizzes on top. Bubbles coat the sides of the glass as the beer level recedes.

Smell is light, a little beery, with a very pleasant clean hop aroma at the end. Simple and straight forward, but very enjoyable.

Taste is sweet and light, with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance things out. Not overly complex, but tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is great, a nice thickness accents the flavors, and the tart carbonation keeps things light.

Drinkability is outstanding. Well made and extremely balanced, you could easily drink these all night.

Overall, a simple beer that serves its purpose.

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bryant's Lake Bowl the other day.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I really am not picking up very much on the nose. There's a slight grain aroma, and then some very light dry citrus, and that's about it. On the palate, this beer is surprisingly tasty for an american blond. It has some qualitites to is that sort of remind me of a wit beer (light clove, some wheat and some light spice), that blends well with the light honey and dry bitterness I'm getting. A lot american blonds just don't deliver enough flavor for me, but this one is pretty good. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable.

Not bad at all. This would make a nice summer beer, and would be an interesting change from some of the wits and pils I like to drink in the warmer months.

Photo of Greggy
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crisp white head over a slightly hazed golden body. Some sparse lacing is present on the beer clean glass. A thin cap remains after some time.

S- Fresh lemon zest, floral hop, grassy. Very vibrant and inviting!

T- Starts off grainy with cereal breadiness and transitions into fresh lemon zest and some grassiness in the mid palette. The finish very vibrant and feels slightly hoppy.

M- Right on the mark here. Good feel and great finish

O- I thought, golden ale... I'll make that the last Steel Toe I try... How good could it be? Great job, Jason. This is an extremely well executed blonde ale. Definitely will have again!!

Photo of JackieTH
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber from my local store today. I had previously had a sample at the Autumn Brew Review as well. Poured a clear, pale, hazy yellow, white foam head. Did not leave much lacing. Smell was floral and slightly citrus. Taste was light, some malt presence balanced by slightly floral and grassy hop with some orange pith bitterness around the edges of the tongue. Feels on the lighter side of medium with lively carbonation. Finished clean and slightly bitter. Overall is an easy drinking ale, perhaps well suited to sessioning or a summer BBQ.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recede quickly into nice lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, tangerines, and floral hops. The taste is very floral with a nice bready finish. This is balanced, refreshing taste. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really good beer. If this were is six pack form I could see myself drinking this regularly.

Photo of herman77
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, bright deep yellow with a fluffy white head. Awesome lacing.

S: Lemon zest and bready malts dominate. Some sweet cereal malts in the mix too.

T: Light and refreshing, but still has a lot of flavor. Some light lemon and floral hops up front with a nice slightly sweet malt backbone. Finishes crisp and makes you go back for more.

M: Light body. Carbonation is a bit on the high side, but spot on.

O: Very drinkable. I think Steel Toe is the best out of all the new breweries popping up and this beer is a perfect example of why. Anyone who likes beer would love this. Could be a great gateway beer into the world of craft.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very citrusy and floral. Some grassiness.

T - It tasted very fruity with a slight grassy bitterness. A sweet caramel backbone.

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

O - This is a nice blonde ale. My first and only Steel Toe brew.

Photo of jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy pale orange with a thin white head that lasts mediocrely.
S- Floral, citrus, and slightly bready. Quite mild though.
T- It's rather sweet throughout with a dough and cracker flavor. For a blonde ale, the hoppiness is assertive, but it brings good floral and tangerine flavors.
M- Light body, as I would expect from the style but there is way too much carbonation that is assertive on the tongue and leaves the mouth with an odd feeling.
O- Overall a good beer that is tasty, but the overagressive carbonation limited my enjoyment.

Photo of jimmah120
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle with no date

look is pale gold with orange highlights. bonus points for being unfiltered, smells corny. creamy with perfect carbonation, but the flavor disappears sometimes. subdued lemon hops, grain, sweet bread, bitter effervescent finish. more sweet bread comes out as it warms.

too expensive to be a favorite

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. $4.99, not too bad of a price. Pours a straw colored golden color, slighlty hazy with a white foamy head. Light aroma of orange and cut grass. The orange notes are really nice. I’d describe my first sip as light and refreshing. Subtle orange sweetness mixed with a ever so slight rind bitterness. Slight hint of pepper. Ends fairly cleanly. Medium/light mouthfeel. Overall, pretty nice and refreshing. Nothing overly complicated or complex but at only 5% this is a very nice very day drinker.

Photo of maximum12
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber at the 4F, evidently they're only getting out to a few places around the brewery. Had a few sips out of a growler a while back & liked it, so, here we are.

Split into two pint glasses on a quiet Wednesday evening. Looks watery golden. Smells like a field of damp grains - with a bad case of mold. Something off in the nose; like unidentified leftovers gone bad in the fridge. Definitely don't recall that from the first time.

Provider's flawed nose doesn't carry over to the taste, which is better. Again with the grains, hazed wet hops, white bread, sliver of orange. All subtle, all quiet, subdued. But the taste takes a hit from the nose which has to be endured with each sip.

Not sure if this is an off-bottle or not, but the nose really brings this down. Fix that & this would be a solid ale.

Photo of nppeders
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - crystal clear and the color of straw. one finger head that leaves a bit of lacing. very nice.

smell - a little bread, maybe some corn nothing that jumps out.

taste - sweet bread, yeast, light, tiny bit of citrus on the end along with a lingering sweetness.

mouthfeel - thicker mouthfeel then expected with a tab bit of creaminess, highly carbonated.

overall - very easy drinker, but probably not worth the $4.99 price tag. If it were $2.99 or $3.99 I'd probably go for it again.

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

Appearance: Clear yellow, slight haze, good head.

Smell: Nice floral aroma, crackers, seltzer.

Taste: Mild sweetness, grassy hops, bit of floral (rose water?) mixed in with malty sweetness.

Overall: I liked the floral aroma, and was happy I could pick it out since my nose is pretty bad. This is a nice easy drinker for the hot summer days, does what a blonde ale is supposed to do--refresh while giving some interesting flavor.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A slightly cloudy golden pour with a finger I head which quickly diminished. Aroma is very tea like, lots of honey and pilsner/wheat smells. Light citrus on the nose.
The flavor profile is slightly citrusy up front and then lots of bready character. Sweet malt kicks in halfway and rounds this beer off nicely.
A crisp refreshing light bodies beer with medium carbonation.
Overall this is a nice blonde ale, just right for the hot summer weather. As far as this brewery goes, I expected a little more creativity for the style.

Photo of cpolking
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yet glowing yellow golden in color. There is a tall quarter-inch of pure white head that leaves layers of light lacing down the glass.

The aroma is flowers, honey and yeast.

The taste is honey sweet grain, a touch of fresh tall spring grass, and a floral finish with just a touch of bitterness. This is light in the best way, a tasty and sessionable beer.

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Provider from Steel Toe Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.