Prairie Standard - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 1,015
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 33
Gots: 147 | FT: 10
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StaveHooks on 12-20-2012

Prairie Standard is our everyday beer. Its a light, crisp saison with a hoppy finish. This beer is dry hopped 1lb per bbl with Motueka hops. A lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma.
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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: White, tight head with retention flares up immediately. The beer is slightly hazy, but still able to be seen through. Straw-colored.

S: Pleasant, fruity, and a bit earthy. I guess these are Motueka hops?

T/M/O: Incredibly refreshing! What an "everyday" beer! It's crisp, cold, and bitter without being abrasive. The yeast is light, only hinting at spice or funk (in an interesting way). The finish is clean and the aftertaste dry. Low on flavor, perhaps, but a solid beer that could replace a pale ale in just about anybody's repertoire. Highly recommended, if pricy. (636 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a nice yellow golden color with bubbly white lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - The farmhouse funk is definitely here. Coupled with the funk is a pleasant hoppiness.

Taste - On the initial taste, one gets lemon, lime, grass, and the general funkiness. The hops start to appear toward the back, tickling the sides and back of the tongue. Lemon rind becomes more apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The grittiness of a farmhouse was a little on the weak side, though this is one of the aspects I least like about farmhouse ales. Not a ton of sediment was present either.

Overall - A very easy drinking farmhouse ale. (660 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
A - tall white head slowly fizzles atop a hazed golden ale
S - earthy grassy hops, crackery malt, lemon & lime zest
T - tangy and zesty with lemongrass, lime, yeast, juicy fruit
M - medium bodied, sharp and semi-bitter, while finishing dry
O - very refreshing and unique. I may buy this again if the price is right. (327 characters)

Photo of weonfire
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden Color. light carbonated head. little tiny bubbles. 2 full inches of head that dissipates quickly. but never fully. a single stream of tiny tiny bubbles come up from the bottom.

S - light citrus. orange, grapefruit.

T - high carbonation. tiny bit of hops. orange and grapefruit. not bitter what so ever.

M - carbonation hits with a small punch. get a tingle on the tongue. Little bit slippery on the tongue.

O - This is really nice. low ABVs make this real drinkable. real light on the tongue. altho the high carbonation makes this bubble in the tummy. so can't have too many. It could be a bit thicker. that being said - i would buy this again. (660 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with a frothy, sticky white head on top. Aroma is spicy and on the sharp side at first...freshly milled malt, cracked pepper, wet hay, flowers, and earth. Flavor gets things working more in harmony; the peppery yeast is still at the forefront, but a nice cereal maltiness starts to smooth it out before a light lime and melon finish. Fairly light and zesty, leaving the mouth dry. Definitely has the drinkability nailed down. The aroma is perhaps a little overly rustic, but it helps lend an authentically "farmhouse" feel to the whole deal. (558 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Prairie brew. Translucent, hazy pale golden gorgeousness. Slight ring of bubbles and bit of transient lacing. Fun bottle art. Big ass lime note, bready/bit yeasty base, hint of peppery snap... Aromas led right into the flavors. Bright, clean citrus. Subdued enough to be a daily drinker, but interesting and complete enough to keep it fresh. Clean, light mouthfeel with a crisp (with a bit of a juicy note) aftertaste. Prairie has hit Eastern OH, and I couldn't be more excited. Try this. Farmhouse + bonus. (514 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of limes and spices are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of limes along with some notes of spicy hops (not of the peppery yeast variety).
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The Motueka hops lend some uniqueness to this saison as they impart aromas and flavors of limes and spiciness, but it lacks the dryness that you normally expect from a saison. It makes for a good summer beer if you are looking for something limey that isn't an IPA.

Serving type: bottle (853 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large three-finger foamy white head. Light amount of spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of lemon and peppery yeast.

T - The taste is very refreshing. Lemon and lime upfront followed by peppery yeast. There is some graininess in the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and clean mouthfeel.

O - This is a Saison. The flavors are very clean and refreshing. This is a perfect warm weathe beer. (450 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Hazy yellow. Thin white head which dissipates quickly. Good lacing. I like the hand-drawn label and bottlecap.
S: Lemon and lime.
T: Lime. Grassy? Nice. Refreshing.
F: Light bodied. Good carbonation.
O: Good. A nice example of the style. The lime taste is a nice change. (275 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy brass color with a thin head. Smell is very grainy, with some citrus, a bit of spicy yeast and a touch of toast. Flavor: crackery malts, citrys hops, resinous lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Yeast has a spicy quality to it, but is subdued. Finishes dry. Bitterness keeps lingering on. Mouthfeel is vibrant. A little heavy for what the flavor profile brings. Tasty saison, I'd say, although I'd rather buy a 4 pack of Rayon Vert for the money. (467 characters)

Photo of QuadConPana
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Merriam Webster

Standard :
3 :something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example :criterion
4 :something set up and established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality

The name is appropriate, because this beer is unremarkable in a very good way. It's not thicker or tarter or hoppier or funkier. It's not anythinger. It's not afraid to be just a good balanced beer. (487 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A--golden yellow brew, light head that disappeared quickly
S--tropical fruits, yeast, barnyard funk
T--getting tart up front, floral and grass. Hops are present but hidden behind the tart
M--light bodied
O--This beer was really well done. We know Prairie carries a rep for great stouts and I was impressed to see what they could do with a saison. I admit the saison isn't my favorite style but I would definitely go for this one again if the mood were to strike me. (468 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Super cloudy orange Bellini appearance. Wet speckled lacing grabs the edges and leaves trace layers behind when drank.

S: Sweet citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon and subtle Brett funk. Simplicity at its finest.

T/M: Like drinking a summer afternoon. Sun dried grain, citrus, Brett yeast, and a wild roots. Similarity to tang orange drink with Brett and alcohol mixed in. Spicy carbonation that mixes with the medium body.

O: A fantastic summer saison that is clean and crisp. Super great flavors. I'm proud of this Oklahoma breed creation. I can't wait to pick up a sixer. Cheers! (589 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a goblet.

The beer is opaque with a tarnished gold color. A white head rests on top. Plenty of carbonation can be spied inside. Pretty good lacing, but there isn't much head retention.

The beer has a very nice hoppy farmhouse aroma. Funky saison yeast is strong, but so are the citrus and grassy hops.

Standard's flavor is an interesting mix of bitter hops and classic saison flavors. It is a citrus-heavy hop flavor; and while the malts are sweet, I am not reminded of fruit juice. The yeast doesn't provide much pepperiness that I've tasted in other saisons. In the finish it does give of some farmhouse funk.

The beer does leave my mouth a little sticky; my lips are sticky too, but not as much. Body and carbonation are average for the style.

This is an enjoyable beer. Anyone looking for a different take on the saison style would enjoy this beer. Personally, I'll probably continue to drink local and buy Oxbow when I want a hoppy saison, but I am excited to see what else Prairie sends to us in Maine. (1,056 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 4/27/15 production date. Appearance: Pale golden, slightly cloudy, and a bright white foam cap with decent lacing. Aroma: Spicy farmhouse yeast, peppery, earthy. Light hop fruitiness. Taste: Light, grainy malt sweetness, with a citric peel flavor in the middle, and a peppery, earthy bitterness on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderately high carbonation. Finish: Very dry finish, with some lingering clove. Overall: Really good, drinkable saison. Nice spicy and peppery yeast character, with a typical dry finish. Hops give a citrus character as well. (588 characters)

Photo of Sparty1224
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz. bottled poured into a tulip. Bottled on 11/25/14, making this about 2.5 months old.

A: Pours a mostly clear, bright golden yellow. White head dissipates very quickly.

S: Touch of banana, clove. A hint of nectarine. Some spiciness from the hops as well.

T: Very clean and crisp. Not the most complex flavor profile. The traditional farmhouse saison flavors get a bit masked by the hopping here. Slight bready banana notes up front, finishes sweet and spicy though.

M: Crisp, good carbonation. A touch dry on the finish, but finishes clean.

O: Was initially very excited to try this beer once Prairie hit town again. I like mixing up all the winter dark beers with an occasional saison. But this one is fairly basic stuff when it comes to saisons, or even hoppy saisons. Not a lot of complexity in the nose or flavor profile. It is clean and balanced though, so it's got that at least.

Recommendation: It's a nice warm weather beer if you're in the mood for a saison, but don't go out of your way to pick it up. (1,037 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a footed tulip.

A: Light amber or dark golden. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head which quickly fades from memory. Very spotty lacing, mostly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Plenty of orange, pine resin, a little raspberry, and coriander (methinks).

T: Hay, with a really nice light hop, accentuated with a tinge of fermented raspberry.

M: Light and crisp with a dry, bitter, acidic finish. A bit of a syrupy context.

D: Goes down without much resistance.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Light, shallow hue, with only a slight head and no real lacing. Nose is a really strong combination of pine, honey, and spice. Flavor is a lightly hopped hay with a subtle touch of fermented fruit. Overall, this is a good quaff. (762 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clear yellow golden color with visible carbonation bubbles and a fingers worth of white head that disappears quickly. Nice aroma of bready malts, citrus fruits, light sweet fruits, and yeast. Taste has a light malt backbone, citrus, mild hop notes. Lightish in body and carbonation. Overall a very refreshing beer, would be great on a summer day. (352 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

What better place to start with a new brewery than their standard, eh? This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises wheat, mild orange zest, light sweet biscuit, and a general sense of a rustic field (or something along those lines). The taste brings in more of the same, along with a pervasive rustic tartness. There's some decent funk in here, but it doesn't go overboard. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn solid saison, heavy on both the funk and the enjoyment. (608 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy orange with minimal white head and not much retention. Nose features bright lemon notes along with citrusy hops, a bit of saison funk, and a touch of black pepper. Taste is fruit forward with huge lemon and orange that provides an initial sweetness followed by a mild acidic wave. The finish features strong spicy character with black pepper notes present. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light bodied. Overall, this is a nice and refreshing saison that would make a good drinker on summer days. A nice "Standard" saison. (546 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a blue and green Prairie dinosaur stemmed glass.

The beer pours a hazy apricot color, hues of straw and orange with a light golden hue, very cloudy with two fingers of white, bubbly, soapy head, very loose bubbles that has nice retention and leaves swatches of lace behind. The aroma is pleasant, crisp, citrusy, fruity, yeasty, peppery, a bit grainy, the hops definitely permeate well throughout the farmhouse base, not too barnyardy but not too hoppy as well. The flavors are nice, peppery and yeasty saison base, pale grain that is chewy and rustic, earthy hops, pine, citrus peel, a bit of lime zest, lemongrass, almost salty as well. The mouthfeel is nice, medium body, assertive carbonation, coating, dry with a creamy finish.

Verdict: A nice hoppy farmhouse from Prairie, definitely a unique flavor profile with the heavy citrus rind, and lime-like flavor, bitter from the hoppiness, but almost tart from the citrus, definitely one to make you think. I think the Americanized hoppy farmhouse trend is one that doesn't scream to my palate, but this is a fine beer. (1,098 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gone noodlin'.

A: Cloudy, murky pale yellow. Splash over two fingers of bleach white head. Massive bubbles. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate carbonation rises to the surface, with many tiny little bubbles making up the head.

S: Funky and barnyard like. Horse blanket, musk. Sauvignon blanc tones. Sharp citrus. Maybe a slight pink peppercorn.

T: Very slightly sweet malt up front. Nice esters on the back end. Slightly spicy clove and or/all spice. Rounds out with bubblegum flavors. This is cut by a sudden acidity on the finish, akin to citrus rind. Finishes with dryness and acidity.

M: Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is more subdued on the palate, acting as slightly seltzery balance on the back of the tongue.

O: Pretty nice saison. Not sure about the hoppiness. There's a vein of citrus running through that picks up towards the finish. Not as prevalent in the nose. Still, pretty solid brew. (943 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, baconsausage!

Murky, hazy golden straw color. Quickly forming head of white bubbles, but not a persistent one. Spots and smears of stick left down the glass.

As the name of the beer implies, this has a very standard, very straightforward saison aroma--which I like very much. Grain, sweetness, dry hay and grass, earthy notes, and some cracker and cereal. Some initial Band-Aid at cooler temperatures.

The flavor is similar to the aroma: sweet grain, hay and grass, mild pepper and lemon notes, moderate bitterness. Incredibly drinkable.

Medium to fuller in body for the style with moderate carbonation. I suppose I wish the body was a bit more lively.

Very nice, traditional saison. (731 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with a thumb of fast-falling pearl colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, traces of lacing & average head retention

S: Bready, grainy, pears & white grape

T: Bready, grassy, white pepper, lemon & just a touch of apricot & apple skin up front. Hints of pineapple & white grapes sneak in as this warms, pears , light lemon zest, plus white pepper & lemongrass. Finishes slightly fruitty, with white pepper, faint apple peel & with lemon grass

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation, good balance

Easy drinker, this will be a go to beer as long as I can find it. Fairly subtle, but flavorful enough to make want another. Would love to try this on draft to get a comparison. I could tear up some sushi, Thai or Indian food with this! (771 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed gold. An inch and a half of head appears and disappears vert quickly. Mediocre lacing.

Smells of bread, funk, herbs, earthy hops and some nice floral and citric notes.

Funk and bread start this one out. Some grassy hops and herbs follow around the middle. Slight citrus and bandaid at the end. Very dry, not much lingering flavor. Goes down light and easy, maybe a little heavy on the carbonation.

A nice, mellow, standard Saison. I'm not sure anything sets this apart from the rest, but nothing draws me away from it either. Great intro Saison. I think it fits its name very well. (598 characters)

Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.