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Prairie Standard - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 195
Hads: 1,181
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 41
Gots: 201 | FT: 9
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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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 hitter114
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a halfway hazy burnt yellow/orange with a slowly forming tiny bubble coating of a head that dissipates into a ring that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Active bubbles. Smells a little farmhouse funky, but in a somewhat clean way with some traditional Belgian smells and some brett. A lot more flavor comes through with the taste a little funk, some bardyard, some lemon, and for sure lime from the NZ hop. A dry Champagne like coating gives way quickly to funky barnyard goodness that is interesting and really refreshing.

I really have been diggin' this one lately. It is one of my favorite Prairie beers and its only 3$ a bottle. Really a great farmhouse offering from these guys. A great "standard" from Prairie.

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Photo of grtr3521
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours to a substantial 2 finger head, beautiful hazy yellow hue, yeast sediment noticeable
S - Lots of citrus on the nose, particularly bright lemon, melon
T - Crisp, wheat dominates the grain bill, lemon, mint, juicy, peppery phenol, sandlewood, finishes with a hint of hot alcohol
M - strong carbonation makes it lively on the tongue, not syrupy, good light body
O - A chorus of elements off the beaten path make for a fantastic, drinkable, different, well executed Saison

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours your typical and expected hazy yellow straw color. Aromas are apple, pear, spicy and peppery. Taste is same with a slightly tangy lemon touch. Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp for what I expect from the style. I actually really like this saison because it's unique. Overall, really well done and probably my favorite Prairie offering.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color with white head. Aroma has sweet yeast esters and some fresh lemony note. Taste is yeasty, slightly astringent and mineral. Aftertaste is dry and dusty. Body is on the light side with medium carbonation. Not bad but it's somehow too simple for my taste.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle sealed with Prairie catfish logo pressure cap.

poured into Crooked Stave hybrid tulip/snifter glass.

222nd Saison that I have rated/reviewed.

Appearance: Opaque straw gold bodied beer with large billowing bone white head. Easily three fingers tall of creamy, highly dense head that has long term staying power. Head coats everywhere that it touches the glass. Fantastic looking beer.

Smell: The citrusy hops and saison yeast are showcased to near perfect in the nose of this saison! Hops smell like a fresh cut lime. Yeast profile is really nice too; fruity, spicy, banana, clove, white pepper, and bubblegum notes wafting off this beer from that Prairie farmhouse yeast. Nice malty aroma of bread, grain, and wheat.

Taste: The flavor of this saison encompasses everything that the aroma promises! Light bitterness from the hops. Citrusy limes and lime zest. Yeast is a huge driver of the complexity of this beer. Fruity yeast is a prominent character of the yeast with hints of champagne, white pepper, clove, and spiciness. Malts are grainy and wheaty adding a slightly sweet contrast. Very balanced beer that is simple, yet requires some contemplation to discover all the vast complexities found in the beer.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied saison with moderate carbonation levels. Light dryness in the finish that is outstanding. Very, very drinkable saison. Crisp, clean, and bright.

Overall: Prairie really surprised and impressed me with this saison. How have I not tried this saison yet? That reason is beyond my understanding... Better yet it is available on the shelf year around and it comes in 4 pack format at approximately 3 bucks per 12 oz serving! In summary: High quality saison that is readily available and this is a affordable craft beer option. Sign me up; I will be picking this up on a regular basis.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chill-hazed golden (SRM 4-5), and clears up with warmth. A wispy fine white head lasts a few minutes before leaving a veil of lace on the PBGC Subtle glass.

The aroma contains faint fresh floral hops and lime. Warmth brings out pepper. Generally this is a nice, simple aroma profile.

The flavor is grain forward, similar to crackers, with a hint of sourdough. The finish lingers with caramel and earthy flavors, both also subtle. Warmth brings out fresh cut hay and honey.

The body is medium with faint alcohol and a cotton texture. Modest carbonation works well with the crisp and clean profile.

This is a fine, refreshing beer to be enjoyed while relaxing with friends on a warm, late spring day.

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Photo of Jaysauras
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pale straw color. Golden. With a nice creamy and foamy head to it and good lacing.

S: Fresh, dewey, sweet, and somewhat citrusy. Not overpowering, but a nice lemon zest style scent with sweet hay and grass.

T: Exceptional flavor. Zesty, citrus bite that is somewhere between lemon, lime, orange and even a hint of grapefruit. Has a nice dry peppery flavor to it on the backend as well. Good balance, and an altogether enjoyable and flavorful drink. Well blended with sweet up front, hoppy, bready, malt in the middle to end.

F: Sessionable. Straight up. This is a flavorful yet easy drinking beer. Was very impressed with it and did not go in with much of an expectation having read zero reviews. Very good though. It's light, dry, crisp, and refreshing, but not void of flavor.

O: Damn good. Like I said in feel, was not expecting much given the low key presentation, price, and un-noteworthyness of the brewer. Walked away very impressed and am not going to try and find more Prairie Artisan ales when I go to my local stores. A well crafted, well balanced, and altogether drinkable Saison that is true to the style but with a nice American flare to it.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet from a bottle dated 182-15. Pours a pale straw color with lots of head and residual lacing. Smells like a farmhouse but a little sweet. Probably past its prime but still good.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw with a quickly dissipating off-white foam collar.

S: Aromas of lemon, citrus, fruit, light grains and a hint of over ripe fruit rise form the glass.

T: Lemony tart, stone fruit with some light biscuit seasoned with a mildly assertive bitterness on the finish. Fruit flavors are medium to medium high, tartness is medium and malt flavors are medium to medium low. Hop bitterness is medium. Flavors are layered and well balanced.

F: Light and highly effervescent with a mild tingle.

O: Another stellar farmhouse ale from Prairie Artisan Ales.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy deep straw producing 3+ fingers of foamy, lasting, white head that leaves a wash of stringy lace. Aroma is barnyard wet hay, earthy Belgian yeast funk, fruity tart citrus (lemon /lime/orange) with hints of sour white fruits, peppery spice, egg whites, thin banana, thin cloves & onion. Taste is fruity lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, with Belgian funk, earth, floral, a clove hint with increased white fruit in the dry finish. The shortlived dry aftertaste is earthy, mineral & lightly fruity. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with high carbonation & lively in the mouth with a prickly, peppery bite, tight & dry.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Straw yellow, clear, with little to no head.

S - Bubble gum, yeast, some hay funk

T - Follows the nose, with some white pepper spice, lime.

M - Sharp carbonation, light mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - Decent saison, very dry and sharp, needs to be paired with some food.

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice farmhouse ale. My bottle was about 2.5 months old. I would not call this a hoppy farmhouse ale at all. It is nice, to sit down and have a couple with dinner. I would drink again. Have a great day my friends

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first beer from Prairie and, perfectly enough, it is fairly Standard within the context of outstanding saisons. Golden pour with a thick, long lasting head. Lots of carbonation combines with an effervescent body to create an ale that pops. Heavy hop dosage gives the profile a wonderful floral, citrus and spice cascade. Finishes extremely dry. Awesome beer that sneaks up on you and begs to have a place in the weekly rotation.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Prairie Standard a couple weeks ago for $2.58 at The Lager Mill. This is is my first time trying a beer from Prairie and I thought I would start off with their beer they call Standard, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label is great, I like the idea behind it and it's very eye catching. It poured a nice golden yellow color that took on more of a yellow color when held to the light with half a fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the lacing was a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a unique an weird grainy aroma being the first to show up and it's a little cereal like and it's followed by the fink which is a little on the lighter side and it imparts some wet straw and slightly horse blanket like aromas. It just has a unique aroma that I don't normally get from this style and there's just a little bit of hops showing up at the end. This beer has a decent aroma, it's not bad, but it's not good, it's just weird.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with some stone fruits being the first to show up and they are a little on the lighter side while being followed by that same cereal and grainy aspect that's a little weird and it's followed by a funky aspect which is a little weird and it imparts the same aspects that it did the aroma. Up next comes a funky floral and mead like flavor which is out of place and it doesnt really give me that brett punch that I'm looking for. On the finish there's a little bit of bitterness with some more funky cereal flavors coming through in the aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, it's not bad, but it sure is unique.

M- Smooth, very crisp, a little pricly, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was pretty close to being average for the style, but it sure was unique, I can't say I've gotten that flavor combination is any other beers, but I didn't find it to be pleasing. This beer didn't have good drinkability, the taste just didn't bring me back for more, so one would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer is the mouthfeel is was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the clashing flavors, they just didn't flow together. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I think I might turn it down. All in all I just wasn't a big fan of this beer, I thought it was going to be pretty good for how much I've heard it talked about it, but that just not how it turned out. It didn't make for the best first impression for this brewery and it's right around average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one just isn't for me.

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Photo of ksmartmx1
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks great, smells great, has all of the characteristics of a winner, but left me wanting on the taste. The beer pours a murky, golden color with a thick head. It has a very earthy (but good) smell to it. It is a very drinkable beer if you enjoy the taste. For me, I am glad to say that I have tried it, but probably wont be buying this again anytime soon.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to leave just a bit floating on top

S- earthy and yeasty with some fruity esters of pear, lime zest, plum & green apple. Dried hay and floral notes on the close

T- earthy, yeasty & grainy up front with some grassy notes, light, lime-zest-like hop bitterness in the mid-palate leads to a bone dry yeasty finish

M- medium-light body with spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp, dry finish

O- a solid, straight up saison that delivers high drinkability

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Photo of stevoj
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Pours out a hazy golden with medium creamy, head. Aroma brings back memories of Belgium, yeasty funk. Taste follows with more of the same herbal , floral, yeast flavors. Only thing this misses on is the finish, which is sort of abrupt. All else is right on the money for an exemplary saison.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Vintage Estate for 2.99. Since I never had a Prairie ale I figured I would give it a try.

A - Bright yellow hue with a slight haze. Head is excellent a 1/2 inch that takes a minute to reduce to a sticky lace ring. Pretty.
S - Ow yeah a nice blast of hoppy pine mixed with a good bit of farm funk. Fruity yeast esters throughout.
T - Balanced hoppy and grainy taste with saison yeasts and some tart lemon funk.
M - Very crisp bubbly but not more than needed. Light to medium body.

Overall a very sessionable Saison well worth the price. Will try more of their ales!

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Photo of woemad
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased in Spokane at Huckleberry’s for $3.19. My first Prairie beer, and the first I’ve had from Oklahoma. Smudged freshness date -21115? Seems a bit old if that’s the date. Hmm, Krebs Brewing Company? I thought the brewery was called Prairie!

Poured a hazy, lemony color, with a big, sudsy, bone-white head that dropped about halfway after a couple of minutes, but the rest of which hung around a long while.

Big, dry, citrusy, grassy and “estery” nose to this beer. Very saison-like aroma.

Dry, tart flavor to this. Things are a little bit lemony and there’s a dry, crisp, grassy thing, but in the background there’s a berry-like sweetness that doesn’t quite meld with the rest. Finish is very dry.

Fairly light bodied, with a light, effervescent mouthfeel.

If it wasn’t for that odd, fruity sweetness that clashes with the rest of the taste, this would be a winner across the boards. Even so, it’s very good. Not sure it’s good enough to justify the price, but thus far I’m pretty happy with my first Prairie beer.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.99 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. I don't see a bottling date, but as far as I know, Prairie just recently started distributing to Michigan, so I'm expecting this bottle to be at least sort of fresh.

Appearance: Extremely effervescent to the point of being a champagne. By the time the full bottle gets in the glass, the beer becomes very hazy. This is a pale yellow colored beer with a two-finger white, soapy head on top that doesn't go anywhere, and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell: Funk and hops, as expected -- definite trunk-esque vibe from the yeast, which mixed with the hops, provides an almost ocean-like aroma. This just smells like an excellently crafted saison, and that's just about the best way I can describe it. The hops perfectly compliment the saison base.

Taste/feel: That champagney look translates right over to the tastebuds. I immediately get an intense, bubbly carbonation that is higher than most I've had in the style, if not any... a Champaison, if you will. After the initial burn of carbonation, there's a fairly typical saison flavor (wet trunk, some banana/clove combination), but the accentuating hops and sweet/bitter balance is what makes this a head above the rest. The hops are subtle in flavor, providing a slight resinous, dank quality, but they're what differentiates this beer from many other "normal" saisons. There's a very modest hop bitterness that works exceptionally well with the biscuity malt sweetness on the finish. Each sip of this beer ends super clean and refreshing, and leaves me wanting another sip the moment I set the beer down.

Prairie Standard, to me, sets the... well... standard for how a good saison should be. I haven't had an overwhelming amount of saisons to this point, but few are as balanced as this one is. Its subtleties add up to make a delicious beer, and one of my new personal favorites in the style.

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Photo of Savan
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured aggressively into a beer mug... this one has some carbonation to it! Straw in colour with thick white head that thins after a few moments to about in finger of frothy goodness.Smell, well my sniffer isn't working so good this mourning... so a later review, may project higher. I did want to give review as I have had before and liked enough to by some in south dakota (not available in Minnesota at this time). What i smell prominently would be best described as Hops with a slight Grass scent. The taste of this nice brew is very crisp, a very good balance of malt and hops, a little bit heavy on the carbonation, but not as much yet as some more local brews that were impossible to pour. I think the carbonation takes away a bit from the feel of the brew but not to ruin it. Over all a beer that (if only for its rarity in my part of the sticks) will certainly be revisited!

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thin white head that drops quickly with mild lacing. Color is very cloudy yellow-orange (looks like a shandy)

Aroma: hops are dominate with brett yeast and bread.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy, with a wet finish.

Flavor: fruity and spicy with a bit of honey sweetness along with citrusy hops.

Overall: ok, but the strong hop presence here does not seem to fit the style guidelines.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a co-worker. Served in a tulip. I can see where there was a date on the shoulder of the bottle, but I can't read it. I have no idea why there are instructions for noodling on the label.

Pours hazy straw-golden with a big white head that sustains well. Lots of carbonation. Seriously, the head dissipates extremely slowly. Smell is grassy, spicy, funky.

Taste is slightly lemony, more of the funk and spice, deep pleasing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated. Overall, tasty refreshing beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Standard definitely looks standard. This spotlessly clear, well-bubbled, and resplendently golden ale looks just like any token, ubiquitous mass-produced lager - even if it is far from it. Even the fact it can support a proper sized head suggests it's also better made and brewed with far superior ingredients.

A pound per barrel of Motueka hops definitely makes for a concentrated pulpy and pithy lime-like element. Curiously, the citrus is not at all out of place in this otherwise traditional Saison recipe; the yeast esters that characteristically dominate the style's aroma are typically fruity, often with hints of orange or lemon. These hops have their own voice but really just enhance the existing flavours.

There's a great deal of zesty citrus peel flavour on the palate too. But all that added hoppiness doesn't hide the trademark 'barnyard' funk (nor does it add much bitterness). The taste is still better described by its farm-fresh graininess, soft florals and effervescent yeast, not to mention the earthiness in the finish. This example lacks the usual spiciness but at a mere 5.6% this comes as little surprise.

Not only are the flavours bright, refined and full but each sip offers a nugget of refreshing acidity and crisp sourness, not unlike a small squeeze of lemon juice. Feel free to insert Standard anywhere you'd normally drink lemonade - this is a perfect, ideal hot weather tipple. In fact, I'm having trouble nursing this bottle - I'd prefer to down it in a couple quick, gratifying gulps.

If this passes for "standard" for the folks at Prairie they are spoiled and have high standards and tremendous talents. There's no shortage of online hype backing this brewery and, going by their "everyday" offering, it all seems warranted. It's good to know I'll never go thirsty in Oklahoma.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours hazy, with a light gold color. 1/2 finger of frothy, white head.

Nice hop aroma and flavor up front, with some bread and spice on the finish.

Overall, it's enjoyable but didn't really develop beyond the initial notes.

A really drinkable beer, but not particularly complex.

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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.