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Reviews: 177
Hads: 1,091
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 36
Gots: 171 | FT: 9
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 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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Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, hops, yeast, slight earthy malt, slight wheat, and some herbal aromas. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hops, yeast, slight earthy malt, slight wheat, and a hint of herbal notes. Overall, decent appearance, but both aroma and body are too dominated by earthy malt for my taste.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy, golden straw beer with a big foamy head that poofs. nose; not very odiferous at all, even when agitated - maybe light hops and very light banana? taste; clean wheat grain profile, belgian yeast and lemongrass. the moteuka hops lends an unmistakable light lime citrus-soda flavor. finishes a little dry and black pepper spicy. a very odd mix here, almost like a hoppy pale ale and saison combined. at 5.2% abv and mellow, it's not a challenging brew, but really easy to drink.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 18 May 2015.

Pours hazy pale golden straw yellow. One plus fingers of white head, fluffy and dense with tiny bubbles. Great retention and lacing.

Smell is outstanding. Floral, yeasty, and spicy, in near-perfect balance. Leans a bit more towards the first two, but the harmony is stunning. A touch of hops in the back end. I could drink this in all day.

Taste is sweet, with all sorts of highlights dancing around the bright honey-like center. Yeast is big and strong, giving it a rich Belgian strong ale sense. Quite tasty, but could be more complex.

Feel is excellent. Medium-bodied, with bright fizzy carbonation. A bit sticky. Great fit to the beer, keeping the flavors in motion so they don't get tedious.

A really good saison, solid across the board. My main complaint is that it's a little too sweet, and that overshadows the other flavors.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Prairie beer and I must say, it was really good. A nice easy drinking beer with good flavor and mouthfeel. Goes down easy and with the lower ABV, you can have a few and still function. I will be trying more of Prairie's stuff based on this experience. Recommended.

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Photo of mac31
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold

Nose: hoppy/grassy, fresh, honey

Refreshing and enjoyable from start to finish. Right away, the first few sips I get pineapple, white wine, and melon. Pale lemon tartness with banana esters. Fermented orange blossom honey. Not much funk, but noticeable. Belgian yeast is evident. Soft yeasty spiciness. Finishing semi dry. Carbonation seems a little low, per the style. This beer was gone before I knew. Drinkability is the hallmark of a good beer. This is extremely drinkable. Can't wait to grab another.

There was unique flavor component that I could not identify. It was the lime from the Motueka hops. Different. Nice.

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

12 oz bottle. date code of 15315 - 153 day of 2015?

very hazy/cloudy yellow in color, tall white head from pour, but it settles down. aroma is earthy, herbal, spicy, grassy. taste is light, crisp, refreshing. thinner body, higher carbonation. well executed.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a cloudy pale gold with a head that leaves minimal lacing. The smell is lime juice and yeast. A very bright and inviting smell. The taste is reminiscent of a wheat beer with pepper, coriander and spices but followed by a bright lime flavor. A nice hoppiness at the end rounds it all out. This is such a delicious and refreshing beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden, slight amber hue. Looser carbonation forms a nice head that sticks around - remains mostly around the rim and slightly coats the surface.

Nose is of a mostly typical saison, banana, bit of spice and ripe bright fruit. Character of the hop gives a bit of a fruity note.

Flavor is solid saison. Light, bright, funky. Nice drying aspect from the hops. A lot of ripe fruit here - typical banana but I get mango too.

Finish is long here, feel a bit of the alcohol which surprised me for as low of an ABV as it is. Adds more sweetness than anything, the hop character fades pretty quickly for me but the fruit and funk linger. Very nice, great at the price. Glad I got more than one.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw with a white and bubbly head, seems to have plenty of carbonation.
Aroma is slightly fruity with a touch of pepper.
Quite tasty with an appropriate level of yeasty funk, some grassiness, a little pepper bite and a slightly bitter and drying finish that seems to last forever.
Mouthfeel is medium and bubbly yet dry.
Overall, quite nice. I'd like another, please.

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Photo of philbe311
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of crisp uniform bone white colored froth with a few big chunky bubbles mixed in... Audibly fizzy... Solid retention gives way an even uniform veil of lush lacing... The color is a vibrant pale gold... There is a slight haziness... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish to moderate paced carbonation...

S - The Belgian yeast is at the forefront... Next are a mix of grassy and earthy notes... Then a slight hoppiness begins to emerge... There are also some subtle and pleasant spice components as well... Just a touch of cotton candy on the finish...

T - Belgian yeast... There is the addition of a pleasant honey component on the palate... A touch of pepper and sage... Drinks a bit more like a Tripel rather than a Saison (that isn't a complaint, just an observation)... Some lime zest??? Opens up a bit more as it warms to room temperature... Not too much in terms of hoppiness...

M - Medium bodied... Dry throughout... A bit chalky... Saliva inducing on the finish... Clean and consistent...

D - An very interesting American interpretation of the classic Belgian style... Easy enough to drink... Enough nuance to keep it interesting, but this one falls a bit short of top notch... Still a highly enjoyable offering worth seeking out...

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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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint at Public at the Brickyard. Not hoppy in my opinion. Disappointing beer from a brewery I have come to like very much. 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a two- finger white head that dissipates quickly but retains a thin film. 3.75
S - A hoppy funk, little to no spice. 3.25
T - Some funk combined with a citrusy orange edge. 3.75
MF - Medium light with a dry finish. 3.75

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Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4-pack of 12oz bottles recently purchased. This was a purchase made because it was spoken very highly of and the description seems like an absolute winner. The brew appears a pale yellow with fizzy cap thats very quick to fade despite constantly streaming bubbles.

The smell is slightly citrus-like with clove and wheat. Some yeasty suggestions of banana, apple and pear. Im surprised to not find much hop character as advertised.

The taste is fruity like apple meets pear skins and a soft hint of lemon. Some wheat is present before yeast comes into play with clove and an overall zesty feeling.

This is light bodied with effervescent carbonation. A nice brew but not nearly as hoppy and exciting as i was expecting based on how this was presented to me. Id certainly drink it again if offered but nothing mind blowing here just a clean and easy saison.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This had the funk that you want in a saison. I get a subtle puckering mouth feel. I get some bitter hops, with a refreshing aftertaste. The nose has a certain sweet smell that I can't pin point, but the saison doesn't have a fruit character that often get with saisons.

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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.

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Photo of stompilator
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a murky gold, nice billowing head.

S - Earthy, floral hops, funky brett.

T - A slightly tart, slightly citrus-y yeast funk leads the palate, with a sage-like spice fading in. Earthy noble hops fade in, adding an extra bite to the mix before the funk takes over.

M - Medium-light body, slick body, light carbonation. Very slight dryness.

O - Very complex earthiness and tartness. Very well-done Saison.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow and hazy with a bubbly smallish head. Nice base malt but gives me more of a tart finish then i look for in this style. This beer has the basic farmhouse ale category traits but is not a stand out for me.

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Photo of silverking
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a very attractive beer. Murky, bright golden with a fluffy white head. Decent head retention, minimal lacing. It has a very acidic aroma. Lemon and vinegar, some pepper and herbal hops as well. I'm not really detecting any of that signature saison "funk".
The taste seems, well, watered down. There is definitely some lemon that wants to pop through, but it stays subdued and gradually builds up to a grassy and slightly bitter mid palate. The finish does show some bright notes of citrus and citrus peel. Very interesting progression of flavors. It has a watery mouth feel with slightly prickly carbonation. Refreshing.
Overall: enjoyable, recommended.

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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
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