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Blonde Ale - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of largadeer
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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 mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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 LXIXME
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.