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Prairie Standard | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by StaveHooks on 12-20-2012

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color, with a one-finger large head. Decent head retention.

Smells of honey, wheat, and some surprising hefeweize yeast. Also grape and honey. It's quite cool.

This taste's like a fairly generic American wheat ale, although admittedly one of the best I've had. Like the smell, this is dominated by wheat and honey sweetness. Hefeweize/Belgian yeast are present. Mouthfeel is generally light, with a quite dry body. Overall, a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A zesty and spicy Farmhouse style aroma with a scent of Belgian yeast, spices, and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some farmhouse funk and spice hints of clove and pepper. Citrus hop scent of lemon zest, lime, and orange. Also some Belgian style fruit hints of white grape, banana, and pear. Hints of candied sugar. Malt hints of grains, straw, and cracker. A really solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a zesty and spicy Farmhouse style taste with notes of yeast, spices, and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with notes of clove, pepper, and farmhouse funk. Zesty citrus hop notes of lemon, lime, and orange. Notes of white grape juice along with some banana, pear, and green apple. Some candied sugar sweetness. Malt notes of straw, grains, and cracker.A really nice zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and drying.

Overall:A really good hoppy take on a Saison. Nice blend of citrus hop tones with the Belgian yeast notes.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden color with yellow highlight and a very white head, smells of cut grass,lemon,citrus and hay, taste is a fruity tropical hop taste with a lemon malty dry finish,crisp mouth feel leads way to tropical and fruity hops, crisp a delicious as a summer saison

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy (not turbid) straw color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Man, the head looks rough, plus the retention is poor. Tiny specks of lacing stick to the glass.

I definitely pick up much of the promised lime on the aroma, along with touches of grassiness (hey, Motueka is an offshoot of Saaz...) There does seem to be a rustic, spicy character to this, which endlessly pleases me at first whiff - but it's far from a perfect one. I get some coriander, and it verges close to deviled ham territory at times. Also, it seems a touch too sweet malt-wise. Ultimately an up-and-down nose, but I'm pleased with more of the aspects than I am displeased.

A big hit of lime-esque hops open it up, ultimately my favorite part of the flavor profile. The spice character on the second half seems weird to me - it seems oddly heavy on the sesame seed and coriander. Maybe there's some rosemary, too? I'm really intrigued by the spiciness, but nothing here seems to balance very well. Add in the simplistic nature, and I'm left let down by this one.

It feels oddly thick, lumpy, and sweet; only relatively so for a smaller saison. Still, I'm not sure I agree with most others here saying how crisp and light it is. To me, it isn't, as it leaves behind a sweet residue on the palate that hampers its drinkability some. While carbonation is vibrant, it fails to scrub off the residual sugars. This would be a good feel for a standard wheat ale - I find it very lacking for a saison.

Prairie can do better than this, even for a "standard" offering. It drinks more like a nicely hoppy, slightly spicy witbier than a proper saison. I'm left to ponder if I've been spoiled by brett-laden saisons (like some of Prairie's, for instance), but I can think of a few standard (THERE IT IS AGAIN) saisons I'd take over this. I likely won't return to this one.

2.85/5: Standard, eh? You can say that again!

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

Pours golden. About quarter inch head which remained for most of the beer. Smells heavily of malts. Tastes exactly like I'd want a spring beer to taste like. Crisp ans clean taste kept me happy as I drank.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a half pint glass.

looking pretty good. hazy yellow white with a good fluffy white head. good lacing.

aroma of spices and citrus fruit.

tastes of mixed citrus fruit with a spicy finish.

mouth is about medium with a dry finish.

overall an interesting take on a saison and worth another look.

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Photo of Sweet_Hammy
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Wow...bouncy! Quite a refreshing spin on a farmhouse ale! I love the carbonation...champagne like almost.

A...clear golden straw...lots of lively bubbles! Light but tall 2" head when poured into a tulip.

A...farmhouse usual notes with fresh oranges, a bit of pineapple.

T...fresh orange juice, lemon peel, coriander, pleasant bitter finish.

M...extremely crisp. Cider like initially then back down to the farmhouse...mouthful the best part of this experience

Very decent! I generally do jot go to the farmhouse style but as the weather is turning towards HOT this is a very refreshing and interesting ale.

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Photo of kitch
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 15415, meaning it was bottled on 3rd June 2015. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden colour with a two finger puffy white head with good retention and decent stringy lacing.

Aroma: Strong tropical mango followed by some tangy citrus lemon, fresh orange juice, coriander, honeydew, cantaloupe.

Taste: Lemon, lime, orange, light barnyard, white pepper spice and slight grass hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: There was less barnyard funk than I expected, but the light sourness, crispness and strong fruitiness made it very easy and nice to drink.

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

Prairie Standard has a medium, off-white head, a cloudy, yellow-gold appearance, with tight bubble streams. The beer becomes sort of white-yellow, once the bottom sediment is swished and poured in. Lacing is fairly substantial. The aroma is on the low-profile side, but the drinker can detect subtle horse blanket, lemon pith, white bread, and coriander. Taste is the same- low profile, but the same elements of the aroma are noticeable. A little white pepper and mild hop aroma show up, too. Mouthfeel is high medium, Prairie Standard finishes on the dry side of the equation.


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Photo of SFNC
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is pale, slightly hazy straw yellow with a pillowy white head. Plenty of bubble activity. The smell is cirtusy with a strong yeast presence. Taste is tart lemon, lime, wheat, some yeasty funk. Very light, dry and thirst quenching. Overall, it's a very good Saison.

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

No label information. Brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale, available in 12 oz. bottles and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy fizzed head of a pearl white over a moderately hazy pale amber body with ample and active carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Pale and biscuit malts with a potent hop profile of fruit, citrus rinds, soft grass with a modest perceived bitterness. Yeast characters are perceived as enjoyable per the style, a nice saison yeast that solidifies the style and accents the fruit and citrus characters of the hop profile with light acidity, delicate effervescence and tanginess. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor finds a nice, centralized balance between the malt, hop and yeast profiles that maintains from the front to the finish. Pale malts with a touch of biscuit grain body and a moderate sweetness, ample fruity hop character with a slight citrus and spice bite, and an equally prevalent yeast note that doesn't dry out the profile, but rather presents a more comprehensive fresh fruit flavor and delicate, but pleasing and complimentary finish with a trailing of coriander and peppercorn spiciness. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, smooth, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate for the style, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to hoppy bitter and earthy spice. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A very satisfactory and highly drinkable Saison ale from Prairie, and it's good to see a nicely balanced American-brewed Saison without a flavor overhaul in any one direction. All of the components play nicely off of one-another. It's hard to tell by the website, but if this is a year-round release, it's an easy buy to justify in large quantities. Atlanta's Prairie supply is unfortunately at a trickle so it's difficult to tell which of their releases are one-offs from year-rounds, but regardless, I'm patiently awaiting an opportunity to get more outstanding beers like this one and would love to have this in my regular rotation. Recommended. 4

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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
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | 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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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
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