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Mission St. Blonde Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. Blonde AleMission St. Blonde Ale

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.98%


Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 06-06-2008)
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GMB

Japan

3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A standard pour of Mission St.'s Blonde Ale yields a blonde-amber body and head with very little staying power. No more than three slim strings of bubbles lazily wind their way to the top. This should be a pleasant, relaxing beer to drink.

The nose is light. Toasted grain and bit of pineapple suggest themselves immediately. Thereafter appears a bit of raisin bread gently warming in an oven.

The taste follows the nose at first, but is let down in the end by an overuse of bittering hops. There are some nice candied fruit tones here. The brewers ought to have let them sing a bit more.

The feel of the brew is slightly more astringent and watery than expected (or desired!). Hmm.

I won't pick up a Mission St. Blonde the next time I'm at Trader Joe's. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to drink one if it were offered at a party.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 23:28:03 | More by GMB
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle no date that i could see

look is golden and clear, small head with lacing. smell is light sweet malts, hint of piney hops. taste is more like a cream ale, pleasant airy wheat and sweet malts. maybe too sweet.

probably won't grab it again

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 21:12:45 | More by jimmah120
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Celtics17

California

3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For the price a solid beer. It was what I thought it would be. A sweetness to the beer, and a slight bitterness towards the end. It's a blonde ale, but I see hints of orange. This is more of a pilsner then an Ale. It's kind of a tug of war between the two styles, which is kind of nice.

You can defiantly drink more than one at time. Very drinkable. Not the greatest, but like I said for the price not bad. The beer did have a lot of carbonation. Overall average beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 05:03:07 | More by Celtics17
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC

California

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a pilsner with a darker amber hue. Smells like cereal and barley notes with some sweetness to it, let's take a sip...Yep, tastes just like it smells. Drinkable, but it's got a little hop bite to it in the end. Overall, not a bad beer, but I probably wouldn't want more than a couple of these; they're a bit boring.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 06:40:49 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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kristenspaintings

California

3.09/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not great, but definitely good and a great deal for the price. This beer is light and refreshing with no major flavor domination. Great to pair with something you do not want to be diminished by the beer. Sometimes it is not just what the beer has, but what it does not have. This beer does not have any bitter or hoppy flavor, and simply clean and refreshing. Add a slice of citrus for a small flavor boost!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 13:31:13 | More by kristenspaintings
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yesyouam

New York

2.15/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Mission St. Blonde Ale is a clear, golden ale with a filmy, white ring. It has a sweet, light, malt extract aroma with a minty, herbal hint. It's light bodied and a little watery with a chalky finish. It tastes quite sweet-- kind of like, well, light malt extract. There's a light, resiny bitterness after the swallow. I dumped most of the bottle into some onions and garlic I was cooking.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:33:14 | More by yesyouam
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RyanTeeter

New York

2.21/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

a: I poured this bad boy into a tall pilsner glass. Gave off a great looking head that did not hold its figure. Left quickly and in its wake left a very thin and blotchy head for the remainder of the beverage. It pours a very pretty golden straw color with nice plump bubbles trickling towards its top.

s: The smell is quite pleasant. You can smell that sweet mash that ultimately gave me this beer. Very likeable. Really looking forward to drinking this.

t: Definitely a beer that you can drink a lot of. Was a relatively clean taste that came in with little flavor and exited quickly. Reminded me very much of Budweiser (can I say that on here?) A very flat flavor that did not taste very fresh. After about the third or fourth sip the flavor components changed and it began to taste like an old Lager. Maybe something that was stored in a hot garage for a summer and then during the winer months pulled out to serve guests. I am trying not to rant, but this was a let down.

m: Watery and airy. Very light - both on feel and carbonation.

o: Overall I think I already said it - not an impressive beer. I would recommend you buy a 6-pack of the cheap stuff. It will give you what this will give you for half the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 02:15:33 | More by RyanTeeter
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TheMarkE

California

3.36/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden amber with a quickly disappearing head of foam and not much lacing.

Smell: Very faint aroma of cereal malts.

Taste: Cereal malts with a touch of honey and hints of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with very little aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Another Firestone Walker brew for Trader Joe’s, this is a good, light, refreshing beer. Good choice for those who don’t want a heavy or bitter beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:41:41 | More by TheMarkE
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elNopalero

Texas

4.01/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed to style.

Bottled on 2/20/13, drank 3.11/13. So at least it’s fresh. And I wanted something sessionable—under 5% abv—so it fit that criteria.

Contract brewed by our friends at Firestone Walker for sale at Trader Joes stores.

This pours a clear golden color with some foaming and exceptional clarity. The aroma has a light cereal malt note and the faintest hint of green. I can’t say the hops have faded so much as they were not present to begin with. The beer tastes sweet, light, rounded. I wish there was more character and crispness to it. A strange, light green Jolly Rancher note comes across on the aroma and flavor as it warms. Eh.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 06:35:15 | More by elNopalero
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matjack85

Illinois

2.44/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I picked this up at Trader Joe's where they let you buy one bottle at a time instead of the whole 6 pack. $1.17 for a single 12oz bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a crystal clear pale gold color with a half finger of white head that lasted about a minute. Absolutely zero lacing.

There's not much smell to this. Mostly getting apple with some sweet malt and grassy hops.

This should be called a bland ale instead of a blonde ale. It's barely more than carbonated water. Very little flavor here. It has a slight apple taste with a small kiss of honey. Hops are flavorless and don't provide much bitterness, which is OK for a blonde ale, but there's no excuse for the lack of malt.

Light and crisp from the high carbonation. Almost seltzer waterish.

Glad I only bought one of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 06:25:42 | More by matjack85
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light bready malt and hops with a sharp citrus component. Flavor follows, light, sweet bready malt with a hint of citrus and a light, sweet hop finish. Flavor is pleasant, slightly sweet, but not memorable. An adequate light blonde ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 00:05:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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barczar

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep golden with a frothy half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Toasted grain, bready malt, and sweet caramel form the aroma, with light citrus notes in the background.

Flavor is sweet, with bready caramel malt throughout. There's a hit of citrus mid palate, accompanied by grain. The finish is fairly dry, but not bitter.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and some underlying astringency.

Far more bready than anticipated. Tangy flavor is offputting.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 22:15:30 | More by barczar
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Offa

California

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer, a simple bland ale that is rather like a basic, but decent, pale lager.

Dark gold, it has a medium white head soon thinning to foamy ring.

Aroma is nice grain, hay, hint of honeyed bread, overripe apples. It's fairly simple but good.

Taste is not as good, being lightly sweet faint grain, faint grassy-peppery bitterness, faint honey with biscuit finish. It ends up rather simple and rough.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 00:31:50 | More by Offa
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear and pale orange in color with a medium sized off white head. Darker than I'd expect for a Blonde...

S: Aromas of sweet malt, white bread dough, some spice, apples and peaches. Straight forward, simple, and to the point. Nicely balanced.

T: Flavors are very similar. Fruity and brightly hopped with sweet doughy malts. Some tart lemon in the mix.

M: Slick, well carbonated, and dry through the finish. Light body.

O: This appears to be solid across the board. A decent, fairly simple, refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:54:19 | More by tastybeer
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear yellow/light amber tone with a finger of off-white foamy head that soon dissipates into a thin collar around the glass; spotty lacing.

nose is pretty tame... i get subdued notes of breadiness and floral hops. flavor opens with a bready/biscuity presence which is followed by some mild hop characters... clean, crisp finish. again, fairly muted all around; by and large an unexiting, inoffensive beer.

light/medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. 'average' i think suits this entry across the board; the sort of light, easy drinking beer one might be inclined to session at the beach. even at that, i think i'd be inclined to look elsewhere.

originally reviewed: 11-03-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 01:39:28 | More by BostonHops
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kojevergas

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served into a Port Brewing sampler glass at me friend's house in Orange, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Trader Joe's for 50 cents.

A: Pours a half finger head of white colour, decent cream, fair thickness, and awful retention. Colour is a clear blonde.

Sm: Clean barley and malts. A moderate strength aroma. Bland and simple.

T: Hints of honey. Clean barley and malts. Straw. Very bland and boring. Not really balanced. Built blandly. Not full bodied.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit thin. A bit watery. Adequately carbonated. Complements the flavour decently.

Dr: Very drinkable, but rather boring and bland. I'd prefer more of the honey flavour. It's okay. I wouldn't get it again. A great budget beer if you're shopping at Trader Joe's.

Low C

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 23:08:22 | More by kojevergas
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erosier

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L: Pours a nice clear darker yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a little as it fades fast.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of citrus in there and a bit of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts upfront then followed with some light citrus and some slight hop finish at the end.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light bodied.
D: Very drinkable beer, it's not too overwhelming and kind of tasty. Nice mix of flavor and feel for a pretty sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 11:30:00 | More by erosier
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey color with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, grass, and some slight fruity aromas. There is a distinct butter smell that emerges as the beer warms up. Taste is of malt/grain and grassy flavors. There is a slight herbal bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel but a somewhat thin body. Overall, this is a pretty good blonde ale but nothing that I would get again. Very cheap for $1 a bottle at Trader Joe’s.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 17:55:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark gold with a medium white head. Nice retention, very light lace.

S: grainy quality with orange and lemon peels.

T: Upfront slightly sweet malt character with a bit of orange peel. Not much complexity.

M: Light-bodied, with a creamy quality.

O: Not horrible, a good blonde. Not much complexity...was looking for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:19:39 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this American Blonde Ale from a 12 oz bottle, into a pint glass. It poured a clear golden straw color, typical of a blonde ale. It produced an average white head, with good retention and very nice amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma consists of malted grain, fresh and crisp- par for the course. Light in body, this Blonde Ale is smooth, easy to drink, has a base of malted grain, and a touch of hops at the finish. Decent session beer, nice summer beer, easy to drink - For a Blonde Ale its very good. Great Value. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 23:58:09 | More by GossageBrewery
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mactrail

California

3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First couple of sips are good, but eventually turns to a wet cardboard aftertaste. Sweetish and simple, with a faint hint of hops. Decently carbonated with a nice head. A more golden amber than the usual paler colors of this style. Even a little more body, it's certainly not as watery as lots of light beers.

Plain beery sort of stuff, drinkable but forgettable. I guess it does what the style is intended for. Good for topping off with that crazy double IPA to give it a decent hop flavor. 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 05:52:24 | More by mactrail
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rodney45

New York

3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow gold with a quickly disipating cream colored head that leaves little to no lacing.

S: Sweet malt aroma, with notes of banana and whole wheat bread.

T: Sweet and tangy citrus note at first, replaced by solid malt profile. Hops are not very prevalent, but leave more of a whisper on the tounge of a slight bitterness.

M: Very smooth, low carbonation, very easy to drink.

O: This is a very sessionable blond ale, by far the best ive had from stenhaus, which i think is owned, or brewed by lease by trader joes. I will keep a few of these in the fridge for corona and non beer fans. For a buck a bottle, this beer is absolutely worth it, and great to keep around if you're looking for a low abv refresher of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 08:36:52 | More by rodney45
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FVTraina

New York

3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Similar to the other Mission St ales, this blonde has minimal head (started w/ about a finger+), and didn't stick around too long. Dark yellow in color, looks like a cider. Only a slight bit of lacing down the glass, and a slight haze.

S: Mild smell of sweet malt and of an ale yeast.

T: Tastes exactly as it smells. No complex flavors, pretty average, easy drinking. No off aftertastes. Low-no bitterness, caramel/grain flavor.

M: Watery feel in the mouth.

Overall: A "good" blonde. If served ice cold on a hot summer day, would be refreshing. I may even want to put a lemon in this beer to bring out citrus undertones and work with the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 04:16:12 | More by FVTraina
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden colored body with a small white bumpy head

S: yeasty with pale and sweet malts, sugary corn

T: sweet and watery

M: light to medium, some harshness on the tongue, sessionable, no aftertaste, sticky finish

O: I don't think this is something I need to have again, but could tolerate if served and this is all there is

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 20:43:00 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Halcyondays

California

3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear dark gold with a medium white head. Nice retention, very light lace.

S: Orange and lemon peel with some husky grain.

T: Upfront slightly sweet malt character with a bit of orange creamsicle. Not the most expansive flavour, but solid.

M: Light-bodied, a bit flabby with the carbonation, no real aftertaste, creamy.

O: An enjoyable effort, would make a good summer refresher, better than a lot of blondes out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 05:36:21 | More by Halcyondays
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Mission St. Blonde Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.