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Mission St. Blonde Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Blonde AleMission St. Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
75
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 06-06-2008)
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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.

OleJohnnieAle, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of fsimcox
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden amber color. Sort of a dirty blonde. Big fluffy white head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Smells of malt, and a hint of yeast. Some bread notes in the background, but all very faint.

Tastes of malt and bread, a little citrus tang in the finish. Some sweet grass notes, and a mild citrus/bread after taste.

Mouthfeel is lite, with some yeasty bread notes. A somewhat dry finish.

Picked this up at Trader Joe’s. Not a bad ale, but frankly, will buy SN any day over this.

fsimcox, May 24, 2011
Photo of Offa
3.05/5  rDev -5%
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.

Offa, Dec 19, 2012
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

BostonHops, May 17, 2012
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!

kristenspaintings, May 14, 2013
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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of esv
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) 1/3" Head. White. Lighter golden with a twinge of orange. Clear. Little lacing.

S) Some kind of cotton candy, caramel. Sweet bread and light biscuity-ness.

T) Sweetish bread-malt. Some candy.

M) Light-medium

D) Not hard to drink. I usually find sweetish, bready beers to be hard to drink but this is more balanced. I'm surprised how un-offended I am.

esv, Dec 28, 2010
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.

GMB, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of GrandeDrip
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like the color for a light-bodied style. Red hues. Real disappointing head though.

Not much nose, either. Hint of clean hops - reminiscent of their pale, but with about 5% of the presence.

Taste is very unobtrusive. Probably better with food. Some hops, hard water taste, and a bit of earthiness, but it's all just kind of blended into an indistinct "beer" taste. Finishes dry, maybe even sandy?

Mouthfeel is watery, highly carbonated, with that dry finish lingering.

Drinkability is high. No offensive flavors, no funny sensations, just an average brew. I'd highly recommend picking up their Pale instead.

GrandeDrip, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

BeerAficionadoMCMXC, May 21, 2013
Photo of avaldivia
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice hazy, golden blonde color. Good head but no retention and no lacing.

S: Floral and malty. A bit of honey on the end.

T: Still get honey on the end, but all other flavors are muted. Can't really distinguish any other flavors.

M: Light and crisp. No real substance. Good carbonation.

O: I have been proven wring about Trader Joe's brand beers. They are better than I expected. This one, is not my favorite. For the price, it is hard to beat, but odds are I will only pick this up when strapped for cash.

avaldivia, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.24/5  rDev +0.9%

zeff80, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of HattedClassic
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

HattedClassic, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Allurex
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Allurex, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of gleemonger
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of zbloom
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

zbloom, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

paulish, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Jvcshad
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Jvcshad, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Warpiglet25mm
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Warpiglet25mm, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of seanbhudson
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Trader Joes. The beer label says StIEnhaus not StEInhaus.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear golden color with a very small white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing at all.

SMELL: Moderate doughy malts with a little burnt sugar and hint of vanilla.

TASTE: Similar to smell, doughy malts with a hint of roasted flavor. The sweetness tastes a little like apple juice. Finish is short and slightly bitter (I guess there are a few hops in there).

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium bodied dry beer with lively carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Goes down easy but would like to have a little more flavor.

seanbhudson, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

dbrauneis, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of perrymarcus
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. drinkability is its stong point, as it drinks very easily - something i might be inclined to session at the beach.

perrymarcus, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of erosier
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

erosier, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of chrisafari
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: crisp phenols and citrus. Somewhat "funky" with biscuit notes.

Pour: clear golden/straw with thin off-white head.

Taste: flavor is mild and mostly bitter with some herbal notes at the end and slightly biscuity. Really tastes like most mexican lagers (i.e. Corona, etc.) Not a lot of depth in the palate.

Mouthfeel: medium-light to light body. No lacing. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: medium to medium-high. This beer is easy to drink, mainly because it is so light in the palate and not much going on. Really quaffable.

Overall: nothing really special and not something I'll have again.

chrisafari, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 24, 2012
Mission St. Blonde Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.