Blonde Ale - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | 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

Modeled after the bright, beautiful ales of Koln, our interpretation has a clean, crisp malt character similar to a Pilsner. The authentic Kolsch yeast strain pairs perfectly with our unique blend of aromatic Noble hops from Germany.
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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 28
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Photo of neurobot01
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Completely inoffensive, and actually slightly interesting. This rating isn't really to style, I guess, because I don't know if I can imagine anything this beer could do to be better.

Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Jree261
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +6.2%
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 dutesanch
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more flavorful blonde beers I've had. Low alcohol and full crisp flavor. I hope this comes in a can.

Photo of jjh19
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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

Photo of dikebrewery
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Getting trashed while watching shamu

Photo of BigBry
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -31.3%
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 +6.2%
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 SeanPFarley
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was given to me as a gift. Perfect, considering I'd finished a six pack of Firestone's 805 blonde ale.

I lean toward amber lagers, but this was not at all a disappointment. Crisp to the point of biting, fragrant to the point of perfume. Rich for a blonde ale. Sweet but hoppy, edgy but smooth.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. Not sure I'd drink it on a regular basis, but if it were on tap at my favorite pub, I'd give it a go again.

Photo of FlyingBull
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at an Oceanside sports bar and grill. Happy hour price was $4/pint.

This beer came in a standard pint glass; it was filled to the top. Appearance was a crystal clear light yellow. Despite the full pour (...and I'm not complaining!), there was a very light white foam head on top that lasted throughout the drink.

The aroma was a combination of nice light malt coupled with a light fruity hop aroma.

The mouth feel was medium light, with good carbonation.

The taste was very clean, with light malt balanced by a nice light hop bitterness.

Overall, this is one of the best Kolsch beers I've had. It was very drinkable and refreshing. Would definitely have again and recommend. If you have someone that doesn't like craft beer, or is stuck on BMC, this is a great beer to have them try.

Photo of goldenbear
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Clean, true and what is expected of a Kolsch. Balanced and session able. I don't typically drink this style and have been handed many different things across the "blonde" lable. It is nice to order a Blonde and get this. "goes down easy, just how I like my Blondes"

Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The brewer calls this a Blonde, with Kölsch in parentheses, but it's actually a well-hopped and nicely balanced Kölsch in the German style. Fizzy and perfumey with a crisp mouthfeel. Some warm malt along with the resiny flavors and plenty of hops.

A little sharp, quite light bodied, with that distinctive perfumey flavor. Quite drinkable with a hoppiness that seems to grow as you sip. Perhaps more hoppy than some examples of the style, but so much better than many American examples. Pleasingly bitter and it's mellowed by something like graham crackers, though not sweet at all. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego at a price I'd like to see more of: $4.15.

Photo of leaddog
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours a gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - noble hops, grass, hay, slight adjunct notes, grains.

Taste - Starts off with the grains then goes into the adjunct notes then bitter grassy noble hops. Flavours are atypical of the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - A brew that is not sure what it is trying to be (a kölsch, a pilsner, a blonde?). This one needs to go back to the drawing board.

Photo of srandycarter
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very light, clear straw. Not much head. Very little lace.

S - Fresh nice straw comes out first. Some bitter present.

T - Like smell, but flavors more complex within the boundaries. Pretty tasty.

M - Light body, good bold malt up front, bittered nicely, balance good.

D - Light beer, good flavors and very sessionable.

Photo of AnHeroicHippo
1.97/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Tastes like a generic, commercial pale ale. Not worth reviewing.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale cloudy gold with good head and moderate lacing. A good bit of carbonation.

Smell: Biscuity malts, citrus, corn, grain, spice.

Taste: Biscuit, grain, grass, corn, citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Good taste, goes down smooth… a great session beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of czfreeman
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass.
Light very clear batch from the filtration dept. Straw light tone, fluffy head. medium carbonation.
Smells of biscuit, grains, grass, some floral notes, rice hulls, citrus.
Floavor is pretty much the same.
Lighter mouthfeel, light finish.
Crisp as any Kolsch should be

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with a white head, leaving just a little lace.

Smell: Light wheat and yeast.

Taste: Sweet malts up front, with some bitterness to balance kicking in quickly.

Vaguely fruity, like grapes or apples. Ended on a slightly bitter hop note.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: It may not be big, but it has plenty of subtler flavors mixed in that go very well together.

Photo of bdonbdonbdon
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

If you are a fan of traditional Kolsch style beers, this is an amazing representation of the style. An amazing beer for these beautiful San Diego Summer Days!! Smell, taste and overall apperance of the beer was spot on!! Way to go Saint Archer!! Can't wait to try your other styles!!!

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An exquisite example of a Blonde ale. Straw golden and transparent with a white frothy head. Very clean with a hint of Vienna malt. Just enough flavor to not be distracting and leave you wanting to quaff more.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to aViewFromTheHOP for this one! 12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky straw color. The lack of clarity is slightly disappointing for the style. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Quick to fade, it doesn't leave significant lacing on the glass. (2.75)

Smell: At first, I only get a light touch of noble hops. As it warms up, though, the fruit esters (lemon and peach) and malt sweetness appear vigorously. This has a nice bread vibe, while cereal grain notes are surprisingly subdued. I really enjoy a good kolsch, and - judging by the nose - this is just that. (3.75)

Taste: The initial flavors are heavy with lemon. After I taste this, it grows bready, and then slightly grassy. Vague suggestions of fruit punch lie in the background. I like it: this is a bit deeper than you would expect, without being ridiculously scattershot. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: This seems a touch bulky for the style. Just a touch. By no means does it traverse the palate sluggishly, though - this is as crisp and dry as the style needs be. Of course, the powerful carbonation also has a say in it. It drinks easily, enough said. (3.5)

Overall: Second can from Saint Archer, and I have to say: I like this better than their IPA. While it's a tad heavy for the style, it's also a bit more interesting than many others. I certainly wouldn't mind downing a few pints of this if I ever visit San Diego. (3.5)

3.52/5: Nothing groundbreaking, just a nice kolsch

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Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.