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Mission St. Blonde Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 06-06-2008

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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 79
Photo of dbrauneis
3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy foamy white head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale and grainy malts with a light amount of herbal hop aromas as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and grainy malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by some very light flavors of herbal hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Almost creamy.

O: A very decent example of the style and a relative bargain at right around $1 at Trader Joe's. Easy to drink and somewhat enjoyable but not a beer I will be running out to get again - though it would not be bad at a hot summer cook-out.

Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev +9%

I am convinced that people are drinking two different beers here. Those back East are not drinking the Steinhaus B.C. from Paso Robles, Ca. This Blonde Ale is pretty good. Enjoy it while you can folks. The contract with Trader Joe's and Steinhaus is coming to a close. Please don't let Minhaus brew the next versions of Mission St. Ales!

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not at all bad, in fact this would probably rate quite high in a blind taste test. Straw gold in color with great clarity, similar in color to a Budweiser. Not much in the nose at all; sweet cereal grains and some grassy hops. Taste is sweet, light and grainy with a mellow fruity finish. Not much hop flavor detected. medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easy drinking the way a blonde should be with no diacetyl, astringency, or bitterness. I would drink this all summer long.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mission St. Blonde Ale has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of faint sweetness, light malt, and sweetness. Taste is also mild, and one will encounter those elements described in the smell, with a low-level, but appropriate hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Mission St. Blonde Ale finishes mostly dry and easy drinking.

RJT

Photo of GMB
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of jimmah120
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Photo of Celtics17
3.53/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.27/5  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.

Photo of kristenspaintings
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Photo of yesyouam
2.19/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Photo of RyanTeeter
2.32/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of elNopalero
4.02/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Photo of matjack85
2.46/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.07/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of BostonHops
3.08/5  rDev -4%
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

Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -13.7%
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

Photo of erosier
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Photo of mactrail
3.01/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Mission St. Blonde Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.