Mission St. Blonde Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Treath
4.89/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A golden yellow color. A little head that fizzed away quickly.

S: Light bready smell, slightly floral, a good smell

T: Not bitter at all, bready, a bit of a honey/floral taste at the end

M: Smooth, light carbonation, light body

D: Very easy to drink, a great session beer

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.
It's a great beer for folks that don't like bitter beers..myself included.
I also like the low ABV. Very good beer to drink when it's hot out.

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 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 magnj
3.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great golden body, nice 1 finger foamy head. Lacing is good.

S - Very mild aroma consists mainly of a light malt.

T - Slight hop flavor up front actually! It gets balanced out with vaguely fruity malt. Despite being very small it's well balanced. No off flavors, really clean and enjoyable.

M/D - Light body may be a bit too thing but at 4.4 ABV it's still got more body than a BMC lager. Very easy to drink and a good price I would definitely buy this again, although Trader Joes is kind of a hike for me.

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 rodney45
3.92/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Photo of kneeland
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours almost a straw yellow, with thin laced head. Nothing fancy.

This may probably be the best blonde ale I've tried. A great summer time beer. It's light, crisp, and wheaty. A wonderful combination. Hints of citrus and floral flavors also.

It's definitely worth a try. Pick some up at Trader Joe's.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears that the Mission St. series is brewed by Firestone Walker ("at the crossroads of quality and value") for Steinhaus Brewing Company. Picked up a single of the blonde earlier today at the SLO TJ's.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale gold with somewhat creamy, somewhat sticky, quickly dissipating, white head. Mild carbonation can be seen within. Retention isn't all too bad - thin sticky cap hangs around for the entire sesh. Spotty lacing too.

Smell: Cracker-like malt, honey, and grains.

Taste: Honey, crackers, and grains with a light, citric hop finish. Pretty well balanced in fact. Aftertaste is a bit citrusy and bitter. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, with some good malt chewiness and a clean(ish), crisp finish. Carbonation is right where it should be, providing a little tingle and a smooth ride.

Drinkability: This may be the best blonde I've had. The balance is really great and the mouthfeel really boosts the drinkability. I'm anxious to try Firestone's real blonde ale to see if it's any better. This would be a great hot day or quick session beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.17 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-orange body with a sudsy, white head.

Smell: Modest, understated aroma of honey, bready barley, and spice-minded hops.

Taste: Light taste of malted barley suggestive of sliced white bread brushed with a thin, sweet layer of honey. Small hint of fruitiness. Faintly floral, spicy hops. Light bitterness. Smooth, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A light, simple albeit tasty blonde that's easy on the alcohol and, more importantly, easy on the ole wallet.

Photo of BeerEndevour14
3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour to Pilsner glass for crisp drink. Biscuity taste with crisp clean mouthfeel serves at the right temperature but in the stretch of things, not very intriguing. This beer was not a personal favorite and would not buy again, fortunately I only bought one.

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 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 Mosstrooper
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep blonde color with a small, quickly dissipating white head that leaves spotty lace and a layer of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Sweet, buttery aromas are predominant, with some bready hints and slight floral aromas.

Taste: Begins with a citrusy/buttery sweetness, finishing biscuity with a light herbal hint.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with a medium carbonation and a refreshing, buttery finish.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, sessionable beer. Not the best brew out there, but very pleasant and an easy drink.

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

Pours a clear bright gold whose body color is a thing of beauty but whose head is small and soapy in appearance. Aromas are strongly reminiscent of plain doughnuts. Neither the nose nor the tastes are particularly complex or interesting. Flavors are mostly grainy; hops are light. Tastes something like an untoasted English muffin. It's one of those odd beers whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts and makes it sessionable and enjoyable to all but the most critical among us..

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling honeycomb with butternut edges and an attractive crown of fresh parchment colored foam that speaks of quality brewing. Persistence and stickiness are both worthy of praise.

American blonde ales often struggle to impress in the olfactory department. This one smells like sugary breakfast cereal, although it may not be sweet on the palate. A mild muskiness indicates a modest contribution from hops.

Mission St. Blonde Ale is slightly sweeter than the style average, which is perfectly fine with me. This is actually pretty decent beer whose flavor doesn't run away and hide on contact. It also has a good bit of malt for the ABV. Brewed by Firestone Walker? Hmmm.

Lightly sugar-crusted cereal grains lead the way, followed by a barely balancing nip of non-citric hoppiness that lead into a surprisingly long finish. While nothing really stands out, this is an enjoyable little ale that is flavorful enough to stand on its own. Should be great with a burger and fries too.

The body/mouthfeel lives on the light side of light-medium, which is all that one should reasonably expect at only 4.4%. At no time does it descend into wateriness and the bubble feel is right where it should be.

Mission St. Blonde Ale is not world-class beer that will make the drinker 'ooh' and 'aah'. It is, however, a solid little malty all-rounder that is well worth the asking price of $1 per bottle. Trader Joe's... if you're interested.

Photo of industrialswill
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous,golden and glowing.
Not much foam.
Smell is delicate.
Has a delicate flavor as well. Very nice, light, crisp. This would pair well with any food and a long, hard night of playing cards or watching a ball game.
This stuff is definitely not for the beer officionados who must have the ultimate drinking experience at all times...this stuff is for the beer lovers who can appreciate a quality brew that is light and refreshing.
Another good choice for BMC drinkers who may be interested in trying something new without straying too far from home.

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 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 Brunite
3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass...this is as clear a beer as I have ever seen. A bright pale gold that you can look through like a magnifying glass. A nice 3 finger head disappears quickly.

Smell is pretty small. Some biscuity and grainy aromas. Not much else.

The taste is surprising. A nice bready, sweet flavor with just a tang of tartness on the finish.

The body is pretty light but is crisp and clean.

This is a very easy drinker. Brewed by Firestone Walker by TJ's...this is a nice brew and a cost of $1.17 a bottle. Also nice that you can by these in mix&match format. Nothing amazing but a solid beer that would be a great session or summer drink. Also a nice gateway beverage as it blows away BMC and has none of the off or foul flavors found in so many macros. I'll likely pick up a few more to have laying around.

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 Floydster
3.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased as a single from the Trader Joe's in Manhattan Beach for $1, poured into a pint glass

A-Bright golden yellow color that is very clear, small 1/2 inch bubbly white head that does not last long, not much retention or lacing
S-Toasted bread and biscuit-like malts, red apples, mild hoppiness, straw, some other faint fruits, and
T-Taste is very malty for a blonde and has a sweetness in the finish, starts off slightly bitter, toasted bread in the middle, chewiness in the finish, would have liked it to be a bit dryer but still good and unique for its style, sweetens as it warms more unfortunately, but this is an easy drinking brew when served cold and are thirsty
M-Crisp, sweet, and slightly dry mouthfeel, thin bodied, lots of carbonation, taste does not last too long
D-Could drink a sixer of this probably, really low in alcohol and mellow on the heaviness, would make a nice session brew, refreshing

I always grab a few singles when shopping here because you cannot beat the price, got this and the Pale Ale today, happy with both of them, would drink this again, one of the more flavorful blondes I had in a while, very inexpensive, worth trying

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 Halcyondays
3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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 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.

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