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Blonde Ale - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mactrail on 04-25-2013

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3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -8.2%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
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 largadeer
3.77/5  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
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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 -15.3%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of BigBry
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.