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Provider - Steel Toe Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%


Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KarlHungus on 09-24-2011)
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:19:35 | More by jimmah120
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 21:48:09 | More by facundoCNB
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Mdog

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 17:26:50 | More by Mdog
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2013 13:12:56 | More by johnmichaelsen
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 07:20:22 | More by NilocRellim
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:25:25 | More by zeff80
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Wet Yellow with strong haze and quite a bit of carbonation. Head is around 2 fingers in width and rather soapy.

Smell - Floral Hops, Grassiness, Yeasts, Cloves and a slight malty scent. It's got a bit of an earthy-pils smell it without being too strong

Taste - Floral Hops, Yeasts, Barley, Cloves and Malts. The earthy scent is nowhere to be found in the flavor and in it's place is a malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - For a blonde ale, quite heavy bodied. Carbonation is thankfully quite light, tolerable and adds some character to the flavor

Overall - Another Solid Brew from Steel Toe. I enjoyed their Rainmaker and commented that I look forward to more offerings from them. The same can be said now as I will eagarly look forward to more of their offerings in the future

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 02:13:47 | More by NuclearDolphin
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 03:02:22 | More by Greggy
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 05:25:08 | More by MattyG85
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 15:49:12 | More by lurpy1
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden hued, under lace-leaving pure white head.

Soft, floral nose. Wheat and hops at work. Citrus notes. Delicate and delightful.

Taste: Spank of hops up front, the sharp, citric twang of wheat malt, a little extra spritz of something else. That all comes on the first sip, and it gets mellower from the very next moment. Smooth and creamy. Light bodied to the point of medium. Plenty of flavor in this very quaffable brew. Lots of action on the tongue here, in an ale that doesn't seem to easily fall into any one slot. Definitely wheat based, definitely hoppy. Exceedingly easy drinking.

Great sessioner, appropriate summer drinker. "Provider" may mean how well this brew's profits will fill Steel Toe's coffers. The IPA will hear the hosannas from the beer geek crowd, but this one will suit everyone else.

I put this growler down easily in one sitting. I wish it were on the lakeside, in the heat of the sun, that's the only thing that would make this better.

Serving type: growler

06-25-2012 09:32:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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herman77

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 20:29:41 | More by herman77
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Took home a Provider because the sample impressed me. And, the guy ahead of me bought the last Dissent. A bit light for my normal drinking, but I thought a growler for week night drinking would be a good test for this golden ale.

Stark white head falls rather quickly in spite of an assertive pour. Hazy sunflower gold ale that's translucent with waves of old gold. Floral scented nose with a slight spice and fresh biscuity malt underneath. Sweet beer that has a full and filling mouthfeel, which is what really attracted me initially. In spite of taking up the light, psuedo-macro, lawnmower, everyman spot in the Steel Toe line up, hearty mouthfeel belies its light appearance. It even warms nicely, again a contradiction to its assumed visual character. The 5% ABV points to a stronger malt bill, which may explain the perceptual gap.

Overall, a very nice beer and one that I would try a draft, bottle or growler again. I'm looking for a growler to share at the end of the year teacher party and Provider seems like it would be palatable for a wide range of drinkers.

Serving type: growler

06-03-2012 23:17:29 | More by FightingEntropy
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 22:20:32 | More by bsp77
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 04:24:20 | More by GeezLynn
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BMoney575

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:21:33 | More by BMoney575
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 22:09:25 | More by jsprain1
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cpolking

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 01:30:33 | More by cpolking
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to LaCoursiere for this bottle.

A: Pours a slight cloudy, but mainly translucent, yellowish-orange. There is about 1/2 finger of pure white head. There is little to no lacing as it drinks.

S: This brew smells sweet, and a bit on the malty side. I'm picking up scents of rose hips, bubblegum, banana, clove, and just a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is nice. It starts off with some malty sweetness and fresh cut grass. The floral notes come through a little later. The finish has a nice little citrus note to it. This beer reminds me of Ellicottville's Mowmaster's Ultra Pale Ale.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts off a bit wet with light carbonation and finishes dry.

O: This beer is pretty good. It's not amazing, but it's totally drinkable. I almost feel like this beer would serve well as a summer seasonal. It's the perfect brew on a hot summer day. It's very refreshing, and tastier than your average lighter styled beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 01:18:54 | More by trxxpaxxs
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 00:20:26 | More by tempest
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 02:21:58 | More by maximum12
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 22:28:52 | More by kbutler1
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 01:34:01 | More by JackieTH
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 22:24:32 | More by gatornation
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nppeders

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 01:28:40 | More by nppeders
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Provider from Steel Toe Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.