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Blonde Ale - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 04-25-2013)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 03:00:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.3%

10-14-2013 20:01:46 | More by acurtis
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-12-2013 02:09:48 | More by SocalKicks
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mactrail

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 06:40:28 | More by mactrail
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DoubleJ

California

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:28:19 | More by DoubleJ
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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -15.3%

07-30-2013 19:46:34 | More by GraduatedCashew
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

01-11-2014 07:23:44 | More by ste5venla
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

02-15-2014 01:34:06 | More by Smarty_Pints
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13%

07-17-2014 00:26:01 | More by AndrewMichael
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sd123

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

09-16-2013 04:37:06 | More by sd123
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-27-2013 01:13:47 | More by FLBeerGuy
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funkel81

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-17-2013 01:13:22 | More by funkel81
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-28-2014 04:03:10 | More by Eriktheipaman
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BucannonXC5

California

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: My cousin, who got it from BevMo! in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Price: N/A
Purchased: April 20, 2014
Consumed: April 25, 2014
Misc.: N/A

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 06:20:01 | More by BucannonXC5
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jeff1973

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

08-12-2013 02:54:27 | More by jeff1973
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rawfish

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-06-2013 02:52:51 | More by rawfish
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dwagner003

California

3/5  rDev -15.3%

08-31-2013 04:38:14 | More by dwagner003
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

04-05-2014 22:07:29 | More by TXhomebrewer
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Modernrickk

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

03-30-2014 06:13:57 | More by Modernrickk
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fox227

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-02-2013 03:30:43 | More by fox227
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Maillard

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-21-2014 08:15:46 | More by Maillard
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Irrationalist

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-19-2014 04:07:27 | More by Irrationalist
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 16:10:55 | More by MarvinSnyder
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topdown

California

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

11-11-2013 01:31:26 | More by topdown
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bernat1971

Washington

3/5  rDev -15.3%

03-16-2014 06:11:38 | More by bernat1971
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Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.