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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
Reviews by IntriqKen:
Photo of IntriqKen
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of 1Adam12
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Keith1957
3.5/5  rDev +9%
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 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 secondtooth
2.6/5  rDev -19%
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
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
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 HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
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 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
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
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
2.46/5  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 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.

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 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 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 david18
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A new Trader Joes opened up in my neighborhood on 72nd Street on Broadway on Manhattan's upper west side. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers. They seem to have a number of brands: The basic "made in mexico" brand. The Mission Street, which is a collaboration with Firestone Walker, which this is a part of. And the "german" series, which is Gordon Biersch.

I was not crazy about the blonde. It was very light in character with too much something, maybe carbonation or some other element. Color was a very light straw with a great deal of carbonation. Aroma was mostly CO2. Flavor was off, not sure what it was but kinda off. I'll give the beer another chance but my first impression was not great. .

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 sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Trader Joes. I heard this is contract brewed at Firestone Walker. Can't get there beers in Chicago.

Pour is nice clean dark yellow to golden color. Simple honey malt nose. Some what floral and sweet.

Nice smooth entry on palate. A rich maltiness (for style) and balanced quite well. Clean and crisp finish. Cleans out nicely.

A nice flavor profile for style. Some blonde ales lean to pale ale style labeled as blonde - this represents the name well...blonde in color. Not overly hoppy, but flavorful and crisp. Perfect summer quaffer.

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 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 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

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