Blonde Ale - Saint Archer Brewing Co.
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4.21/5 rDev +19.3%
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"
05-25-2013 05:17:58 | More by goldenbear
4.03/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
12-08-2013 02:28:19 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
06-07-2013 14:30:15 | More by FlyingBull
4/5 rDev +13.3%
12 fl. Oz. bottle poured into an Eggenberg glass that sort of doubles as a pilsner/stange glass.
Appearance: Pours a straw yellow with a generous, foamy white head. Nice lacing that quickly dissipates during the tasting.
Smell: Smells of malt, grain, yeast, and freshly mown grass.
Taste: You can taste the malts and grains. Also, grassy hops in the taste with a touch of white wine spritzer. A crisp taste with no true alcoholic character.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Boldly refreshing as it rolls over the palate.
Overall: A beer of the month club selection. A very drinkable and refreshing Kolsch beer.
07-24-2013 16:10:55 | More by MarvinSnyder
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: My cousin, who got it from BevMo! in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Purchased: April 20, 2014
Consumed: April 25, 2014
Poured a yellow, golden, mostly clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of white head. Slowly moving bubbles coming up from the bottom. Just a few spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average-to-minimal retention.
Thought pilsner with the initial smell, not a Kölsch like Beer Advocate had it at. Smelled biscuit, bread, corn, hay, honey, cereal, Corn Pops, crackers and some spices.
Tasted pretty close to what I thought it would have after taking a whiff, but not quite as good. Very dry on the tongue. Got corn, bread, biscuit, hay, cereal, German spices, honey, grass and slight apple.
Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.
A very tasty brew. I would have another once for sure.
04-26-2014 06:20:01 | More by BucannonXC5
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
04-25-2013 06:40:28 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
08-08-2013 03:00:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.76/5 rDev +6.5%
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
03-15-2014 20:18:06 | More by hopsputin
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
06-10-2014 21:00:10 | More by SeanPFarley
Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
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