Mission St. Blonde Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Blonde AleMission St. Blonde Ale

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by GMB:
Photo of GMB
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tbryan5
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of bellce0
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of 1Adam12
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Trader Joe's beer. Pours burnt orange with a small fluffy head. Smells of orange, grapefruit maybe, and overall fairly nice citrus. So-So hops and ok carbonation with tropical taste to it. Feels very light in the mouth, IMO it needs some more bubbles. Could be very nice during the coming summer months.

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Keith1957
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack of this for $5.99 at Trader Joe's in Princeton, NJ. Poured nicely in a kolsch glass, this blonde has a bright yellow, gold color with lots of tiny bubbles leading to a fluffy white head about a finger high. Mild malt aroma is pleasant enough. First sip is clean and crisp, lightly carbonated and refreshing. Fruity malt flavor dominates the palate. Tangy hop aftertaste provides a nice balance. Finish is dry and I'd compare this to Jenlain from France or Molson Golden from Canada but with slightly more depth. This would be a nice beer to have on a warm summer day sitting on the patio or watching a ballgame. Very drinkable and a good value for the price.

Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one from Trader Joes.

Poured a cloudy orange color with very little head. Smells of wheat and orange peel - pretty good smelling beer. Taste is of spice, wheat, and a bit of yeast. Pretty smooth beer - medium bodied. I'd say this beer is pretty drinkable. Not great but not bad.

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not an extremely complex beer but pleasant none the less.

Pours a crystal clear golden to amber yellow with a fluffy white head that quickly melts to 1/4".

Aromas are faint but distinctively biscuit/bread, caramel, and a touch of citrus,

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.
Flavors are much like the smell...biscuit dough, lightly citrus, and a slightly overpowering sweetness from the caramel malts, which is actually fairly true to the style of a blonde.

Aftertaste is surprisingly clean; not like a pale ale or pils but clean without the typical cloying sweetness I normally experience with this style which would make it very suitable as a summer cooler or beach beer.

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 tdm168
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of secondtooth
2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean, golden in appearance. Rich head of carbonation, but no retention/lace.

Curious aroma. I get grains, toast, and a little hops.

Taste seems flat and grainy, with a faint citrus hops note towards the finish. The aftertaste here seems dirty, somehow, too.

This one seems to have no complexity or character, and to me is like a cross between a Fat Tire and a PBR. Didn't like.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, dark golden body, with white fluffy head and small patchy lacing. The overall clearness is a bit much, see that I can see right through it.
S: A subtle blonde note, with a hint of bready aromas and a lead on of clove.
T/M: The mouthfeel is a short waxy one, that does not last long. A strange off taste, that is not too pleasant. Notes of cardboard and subtle lemon. meh the worst part of this brew is the taste and for beer that is not good. Mouthfeel of water and shows no body on the palate.
D: Not by me, but I feel that others could find this a good beer to get into other Hefe's and lighter craft brews.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a decent sized white head that retains OK. The aroma has some hay and biscuit upfront, along with some lemon and citrus zest, fruity esters and a little mineral character. The flavor is pretty similar to the aroma with biscuit and hay initially, some citrus zest, fruity esters, floral hops, and a mineral like flavor. Moutheel is light and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Solid, if unspectacular blonde ale, could use a little more in the hops department, but extremely quaffable,

Photo of EighthElement
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shows a clear light golden in color with a one inch head after a fairly aggressive pour. Airy head is relatively short lived, leaving some bits of lace.

Smells is sugary orange, something I've come to expect from anything associated with Firestone Walker. Here however, it is not so overwhelming as to tip the beer out of balance. Also pick up some rice notes thrown in and perhaps just a light hop touch.

Taste has a lightly sweet slick honey/orange flavor to it. Malts are more prominent as the carbonation lessens and present enough to keep the feel steady. Drinkability is pretty good. Maltier than I expected for the style and a bit one dimensional in that regard, yet not bad. Would try again as it's always good to be able to just commit to a single at Trader Joe's.

Photo of marcobrau
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours yellow (blonde) with plenty of foam that settles to a collar and thin layer of bubbles with little bits of lace. Smells of lemon and spongecake. Tastes fresh, a bit sweet and bready up front with sweet malt and a balanced, slightly dry finish. Extremely drinkable, albeit a touch sweet; but that's a blonde ale for you -- they're usually not bitter. I like the fact that it's very sessionable at 4.4 percent ABV compared to some other blonde ales I have had that are nearly 6 percent. Definitely a beer to drink as fresh as possible.

Photo of leprakhan
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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 Erish
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass.

A: clear, bright gold, 2 finger head with decent lacing and persistant cap.

S: faint lemon, some light floral yeast.

T: citrus, dry light malt, the hop finish is floral to herbal. True to style, but not very interesting.

M: very light, adequate carbonation, watery.

D: if you are looking for a lawnmower beer that simply refreshes and challenges nothing, this is it.

Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed golden color with a small, bubbly head. Sweet, somewhat toasty aroma...honey, dough, and lemon. Mild citrus and fruit hop flavor balanced with honey and slight bready/crackery malt notes. Medium-light with a certain slickness to it. Not bad and certainly easy to pound down on a warm day.

Photo of matjack85
2.44/5  rDev -24%
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
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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 mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

straight up this is my least favorite style in the world. i make no bones about that, but again locked in house had to do something. served cold and poured into a pint glass.

pours a nice looking medium golden amber with a touch of light haze that settles out quickly. large head of white leaves a little side lacing but not much as it settles itself out. aroma is light grains and grasses, a touch of bready malts and a bit of a lingering hop note that is soo faint i dont know how i picked it up. clean, crisp, and light feel and flavor, there is really not much to it, a touch of peach perhaps on the tongue but that was all, nothing to write home about.

overall it was bland and underwhelming but not terrible, i have had worse for sure.

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Mission St. Blonde Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.