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Blonde Ale - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 04-25-2013

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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by DoubleJ:
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4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A single 12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine. It's labeled as a Blonde Ale, however in its description it admits to being styled after the kolsch. Why not "Kolsch-style Ale" instead? They're missing a good opportunity I think. On to the beer:

The beer is light golden colored and topped with a small white head with okay retention and a few strings of lacing. The aroma smells like a fresh kolsch, with hay, fruitiness, and a mineral note. A good start, which only continues into the taste. The taste is a little stronger per style with a brush of fruitness, pleasing hay, whispers of malt, complemented with a light body and gentle carbonation. For a beer lover who has had fresh kolsch in Cologne itself, Saint Archer has hit the target very well. Well worth the purchase, and a better option than Yellowtail Pale Ale among San Diego made kolsch-styled beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, poured into pint glass

A- pours a clear bright yellow-straw color with a massive foamy and rocky white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind, lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top

S- lots of grain up front with some grape skin, spicy yeast, straw, biscuit, and a hint of floral hop

T- honey sweetness up front with some spicy German yeast, floral hop mid-palate, big grainy/crackery malty backbone finishes it out with some vinous grape skin flavors on the close

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

O- one of the more flavorful kolsch's that I've had and seems to follow the style, very good session option

Photo of Quinnspub1
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Jree261
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Golden to straw with a light cream foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Straw and yeast.

Taste-Follows the nose.

Mouthfeel-Light body with a medium finish.

Overall-Finish could be longer. I always wanted more than what I got out of both the nose and flavors. Overall just not a very complex beer.

Photo of largadeer
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean crisp and dry kolsch, nicely done for an American brewery. Finishes a touch more astringent than some of the finer German kolsch, but quite drinkable.

Photo of Samir79
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of Modernrickk
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of jjh19
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Terrific, subtle flavor profile. Very drinkable and refreshing. Glad I tried this!

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of TheBoog013
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BigBry
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft.
Pours slightly hazy, yellow with a foamy white head that fades to nothing. Thinnest spider web line of lace.
Smells of grain and grassy aromas.
Taste is the same, grain and grassy flavors, mild hop bitterness at the end.
This beer has a pretty high level of carbonation, crisp and tingly mouth feel fits the style.
Overall, good beer, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

Photo of Staro
2.44/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan. Empty taste.

Photo of hopsputin
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy amber color with some lighter yellow notes along the side of the glass. real nice looking 2-3 finger frothy white head

s: strong grains, pears, sweet citrus. faint pepper and coriander. ends with some sweet malt

t: this follows the nose pretty well. its got a crisp graininess followed by a slight earthy/noble bitterness that is VERY slight. that helps to cut the sweetness that comes from the malts, grains, and some sweet lemon zest. just a hint of coriander on the end.

m: its a medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation to help the sweet grains pop

o: for the style, its solid. its a simpler style, but as i'm drinking it the sun is out and i'm enjoying sipping on it. if you're looking for some mind blowing beer, this isn't it. this is an easy drinking beer that has enough flavor to leave you enjoying each sip

Photo of Bramsigman
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.