Stay Classy Light Session Ale - Bellwoods Brewery

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Stay Classy Light Session AleStay Classy Light Session Ale

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  2.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 12-19-2013

After an extensive 3 minute Google search, the results are conclusive: We have brewed The Lightest Beer In Canada (that isn't non-alcoholic)! This bright light ale presents hop flavours and aromas without being bitter, and tastes extremely refreshing. A new style of beer for us, this uber light ale is proof that good things come in small packages.
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes with light citrus undertones is pleasant enough. Taste is also dominated by light cereal notes with nice citrus hoppy notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Nice mix of low alcohol beer with nice hoppy punch.

Photo of SebD
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, lemon and some grainy malts in the back.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has citrus, grapefruit, some light grassy hops and grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas but the body is too light.

Photo of jrenihan
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: I have had this beer many times since my first taste/review. It has grown on me remarkably. Rather than finding it excellent for "what it is", I think it is just a straight-up very good beer. Flavourful and very refreshing, The fact that it is so low in alcohol is just a huge bonus. One of the unsung gems of the Bellwoods' lineup.

Bottled December 12, 2013.

Beer is a slightly cloudy golden colour. Medium-sized white head, fades steadily.

Nose contains a nice citrus aroma, grapefruit and lemon.

Taste is very light, but more flavourful than one would expect from a beer this lite! Grapefruit and lemon again, not much more than that. No real malt flavour. A bit of a soapy aftertaste. Hops are the entire focus of the beer, but it is by no means a hop monster- just very easy drinking.

Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. Super refreshing.

For a 2.3% beer, I am impressed. Much more flavour than I expected. This is definitely a beer that has to be tasted and reviewed in context. It is obviously not an American IPA, or an APA. It is a lite ale/session ale/whatever. For what it is, it is excellent. A great session beer for sure. I hope it is brewed again in the summer, because this would be great for an all day, backyard/cottage/deck/patio/park session.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/12/13. Pretty fresh, looking forward to trying such a low gravity IPA.

Pours a hazy gold color with a huge chunky head. Scads of lace coat the glass on the way down. The aroma is lightly sweet, grainy and tart. A bit of lemon herbal hops is noticeable in the nose as well, though very light, not IPA territory. The taste is light with honey and ryvita bread mingling with a chlorophyll green light hoppiness. Some soapy and vegetal notes. The mouthfeel is lightbodied with a sparse carbonation level. Some malt sweetness and tartness in the short finish.

An OK beer. Low hops and unusual malt profile. I won't seek this India Session Ale out again.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best low ABV beer I've ever enjoyed for a hop-forward, APA style.

Pours a thin golden colour with an impressive amount of lacing from the limited white head. Looks more lager-like than I'd choose, but that's a pedantic quibble compared to how much flavour is packed into this 2.3%. Aroma is citrus-forward, with grapefruit plus lemon rind and zest. The flavour is hop-centric, which from a personal preference standpoint is exactly as I'd choose. Although its limited malt profile means it is missing some of the depth of a truly well-balanced APA, it has a refreshing cleanness that's perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Photo of Jeffo
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at the brewery this past summer

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with good retention. Hazy amber orange in color with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a nice foam cap. A good cap remains until the end leaving some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of grapefruit and honeydew melon. Mandarin and pineapple as well. Bold and very fruity with lots of hops. Smells nice.

TASTE: Like many of these lower ABV hop bombs, the flavor just can’t keep up with the nose. A bit of melon and pine at the swallow with a mild and dry finish of light bread, grapefruit, mandarin and a touch of bop bitterness. Just a touch. Rather flavorless, unfortunately. Flavor comes out more at room temperature, but never really impresses.

PALATE: Lighter body and medium levels of carbonation. Less than expected from the appearance. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry.

OVERALL: Thirst quenching, so it’s a success there, but the flavor is just too mild to be a satisfying hoppy beer. Aroma is great and the feel is nice though. A tough style to make, as there usually isn’t enough alcohol to carry enough flavor.

Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Stay Classy sure looks classy: it has a sunny, lemon-yellow tone and plush ivory-white head. It's far from clear, but its complexion is not the least bit clouded; golden highlights abound. It may be only 2.3% but it's got plenty of colour (and clearly substance too, its lather leaves the glass looking like an unfinished cartography project).

Apparently the appearance isn't the only thing lemon-like; dry-hopping with Nelson Sauvin hops unfailingly ensures citrusy aromatics as well as plenty of grassy and floral features too. These notes of green mango, orange zest and lemon myrtle, however, are only about as strong as the beer itself and start to crumble under the weight of a rather 'cardboard-y' maltiness.

This graininess dominates on the palate as well, but still allows for those short spurts of tropical fruit and herbal tea. Biscuity, bready, almost doughy flavours are tasted first and foremost. Its profile, unsurprisingly, is very similar to Bellwood's 'Table Beer', albeit without the Brett.

This is far heavier than you'd expect from a measly 2.3%; the only thing light about this beer is its alcohol content. The mouthfeel is thick and doughy enough to be surprisingly satiating for something designed to drink all night. On that note, I tired of the pint about half way through; the hops become "catty" and the malts start to taste cardboard-like.

Stay Classy is a reminder that there's not necessarily any relation between alcohol content and flavour; what makes beer tasty is malts and hops and this recipe was sure to use lots of them. In truth, I didn't love it, but I do love the fact that Bellwoods offers it. I think it only makes sense that all brewpubs have something light and affable like this in their lineup.

Photo of tbeckett
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Parents brought this home from Toronto.

A - Pours a really cloudy golden colour. Two finger loose white head. Strong carbonation. Good spatterings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Lovely aroma. Very floral, pinesol, lot's of light tropical fruit. Nice.

T - Lot's more pinesol, light tropical fruit and floral again. Fruit juice and orangina.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, lightly fruity and drying finish.

O/D - Nicer aroma than flavour profile, but this is pretty solid. Impressive for the ABV. Enjoyable.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw coloured with a fairly thin head that lingers around awhile in the form of a ring. A bit of stringy lacing as this recedes.

S: Citrus, orange, mango, lighter grains, solid mix of spices, sweeter toffee, and a solid buttered bread structure to this. Was not expecting this much aroma- in terms of variety and intenseness- I’m impressed.

T: Cereal grains, light and refreshing lemon and grapefruit, subdued spices including cloves, and nice floral qualities are shining through. This has a sharp level of hops that are definitely noticeable and leave a very slight bitterness behind.

M: Light bodied with a mod-high carbonation. Semi-slick with a fizzy mouthfeel.

D: This is obviously easy-drinking but it has some good attributes including a huge aroma and a nice hop presence.

Photo of peensteen
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Hazy golden peach colour, 1.5 fingers white head, some lace as well, a fairly nice looking beer...and its all downhill from here. Smell is fairly pleasant, lemony-grapefruit, hoppy with a crisp malt throughout, bright citrus, not super complex but pleasant and quite nice for something so light. Taste is like the nose, lemon, grapefruit, mildly bitter hops, malty mid palate, all the flavours are quite light here though, clean finish with no aftertaste at all. Medium carbonation, light-watery body, there is a hoppy slickness but with the major lack of body it seems odd and unwelcome. This is not very good, I know with a small brewery like Bellwoods having to dump a whole batch of beer can be a big hit but this should have never got a green light, I can't imagine this is what they had envisioned when they thought this one up.

Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Had at the brewery and then from bottle, a bright golden colour with good lacing. It does have a nice hoppy aroma with lots of citrus and florals, nice and fragrant. Taste has some of the similar hop character and a gentle bitterness but a quite light body. For seeking a decently refreshing session ale this is pretty good especially considering the very low abv. But in general the body is very thin and although it drinks very nicely and is refreshing, its not a beer I would look forward to drinking on a very regular basis. Would work well as a summertime session though, flavour could be more developed, still very strong offering and full considering the abv and a good example of what can be accomplished at a low strength.

Stay Classy Light Session Ale from Bellwoods Brewery
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