Mission St. Blonde Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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3.35/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
02-24-2012 17:55:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
03-16-2011 12:22:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.03/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
01-13-2011 02:02:21 | More by mikesgroove
3.7/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
10-11-2010 20:25:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.45/5 rDev +7.8%
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).
04-03-2011 22:18:53 | More by TMoney2591
3/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
01-08-2012 05:52:24 | More by mactrail
3.53/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
12-16-2011 05:36:21 | More by Halcyondays
2.8/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
03-15-2012 23:08:22 | More by kojevergas
3.03/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
08-24-2011 21:17:21 | More by DrJay
3.1/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
01-24-2013 00:05:54 | More by LiquidAmber
3.5/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
11-23-2011 03:45:57 | More by Cyberkedi
3.5/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
07-31-2011 18:48:35 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5 rDev +11.9%
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
10-23-2008 03:11:31 | More by Floydster
2/5 rDev -37.5%
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.
02-14-2009 09:04:24 | More by Overlord
3.6/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
06-26-2011 00:49:03 | More by wedge
2.63/5 rDev -17.8%
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. .
12-19-2010 17:48:57 | More by david18
2.44/5 rDev -23.8%
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.
02-21-2013 06:25:42 | More by matjack85
Mission St. Blonde Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.