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Provider - Steel Toe Brewing

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

t0rin0, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

zestar, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  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.

zeff80, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -18.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

tempest, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

smakawhat, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

John_M, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of maximum12
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

maximum12, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

KarlHungus, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

morimech, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jera1350, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

trxxpaxxs, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

MattyG85, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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

gatornation, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.63/5  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.

jsprain1, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

bigbeers84, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale gold with a two finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma has a bread malt smell with some floral hops.

Definitely has a bread malt flavor with floral hops at the end. This beer was bottled one week ago and tastes as fresh as it is. Very refreshing. Has a slightly bitter taste.

Light bodied with lively carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very refreshing and easy to drink. This is definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

hardy008, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

bsp77, May 10, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

facundoCNB, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

kbutler1, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Hopstout, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Localdrinklax, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3/5  rDev -18.9%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 03, 2012
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Provider from Steel Toe Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.