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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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Reviews: 79
Hads: 139
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 17.38%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Still time for a quick tick before I greet the Sandman. The pour results in clear brass topped by a finger of light dirty-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, butter, and light lemon wedge. The taste holds notes of orange zest, lemon zest, and caramel. Things are a lot fruitier and a lot more balanced than the nose made out. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a nice little blonde, something eminently drinkable without being o'erwhelmingly great (if that makes sense).

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Photo of mactrail
3.01/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -15.5%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light amber with a thin skim of whitish bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Decent retention, a bit of spotty lacing. Sweet, candyish aroma with a hint of grain and lemons. Fruity flavour, sort of lemony, with some dry malt sweetness. Light bodied and dry, lowish carbonation. It was alright, but the flavour was a little thin, even for the style, but it was fairly refreshing.

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Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely clear amber with a thick, fluffy, barely off-white head. Aroma is yeasty, dusty and fruity, not strong but still inviting. Flavor has notes of malt and fruit, mainly apple, nothing special but still OK. Firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz. Fair to middin', but still worthy of a try.

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Photo of david18
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
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. .

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thinned out leaving specks of lacing.

S - grassy hops and light fruit aroma.

T - light flavors of pear and apple with some bitterness on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a decent beer to drink in the warmer weather.

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Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
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.


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Photo of Floydster
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of elNopalero
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After being pleasantly surprised by their very affordable IPA, it was with great gusto I tore into their blonde offering.

Pours an unfortunately macrolagerish yellow. Big white foam head. *sigh*

Smells like lemon peel and grain malt. Ugh.

Taste is just bad. This is the same place that made the IPA? Just rancidly awful. Grainy malt, maybe a splash of fetid lemon ... so undrinkable.

Well, I'll stick to the IPA from this place at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of matjack85
2.46/5  rDev -25%
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.

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Photo of Offa
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden clear body with a wispy white head. Nose is biscuity and faint. Slightly fruity. The flavor is more dramatic, with a tangy hop smack and a faint spiciness. Mouthfeel is medium- full for a blonde, and pretty good overall. Easy drinking but not interesting enough for another go-round.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Mission St. Blonde Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.