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Mission St. Blonde Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. Blonde AleMission St. Blonde Ale

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.98%


Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 06-06-2008)
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avaldivia

California

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 20:07:03 | More by avaldivia
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dcook11

California

3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time reviewing this beer and anything from Mission St for that matter. Nice pour with a thick white head that does not stick around for long. Light to medium carbonation with a golden/ light amber appearance. The smell is light and fruity, not bad but not anything worth writing home about either. Taste is slightly hoppy with some floral notes coming through as well. The mouthfeel is non-confrontational due to it's sessionable abv. This is the type of beer you could drink alot of with out getting buzzed. Overall, a refreshing choice at an occasional bbq or on a sunday afternoon, but nothing I would choose as a standby.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 06:59:33 | More by dcook11
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industrialswill

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 23:02:10 | More by industrialswill
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1Adam12

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 21:16:02 | More by 1Adam12
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kneeland

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 20:32:27 | More by kneeland
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seanbhudson

California

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 04:50:38 | More by seanbhudson
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NeutroMan

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a thin white head that quickly vanished.

Smell: Biscuity malts and a faint hint of clean hops. Not much else.

Taste: Some soft malty (breaded, biscuity) sweetness with minimal hops and a fleeting taste of fruity esters.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 20:05:06 | More by NeutroMan
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GMB

Japan

3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 23:28:03 | More by GMB
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LuthersMug

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow with a foamy head, just didn't look that appetizing. Lacing was okay.

S - Slight hints of citrus, but not that strong.

T - Not malty enough, and hops didn't match.

M - Average at best.

O - Just an okay beer, not much to write about.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 00:40:08 | More by LuthersMug
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fsimcox

California

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 23:26:34 | More by fsimcox
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Celtics17

California

3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 05:03:07 | More by Celtics17
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:19:39 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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esv

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 00:49:53 | More by esv
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC

California

3.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 06:40:49 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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chrisafari

California

3.33/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 05:23:16 | More by chrisafari
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tang3nt

California

2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow color with a large white head.
Smells like citrus and malt.
Tastes a bit of citrus and honey. Pretty unimpressive.
Carbonation on the lighter side, light bodied fairly drinkable.
Admittedly I am not the biggest Blonde fan, but this one was really just plain boring. Overall I probably wouldn't buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 08:51:33 | More by tang3nt
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Treath

California

4.9/5  rDev +54.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 00:05:09 | More by Treath
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kristenspaintings

California

3.09/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 13:31:13 | More by kristenspaintings
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RyanTeeter

New York

2.21/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 02:15:33 | More by RyanTeeter
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allrizz

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, left a thin white head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring around the glass.

A: cloudy yellowish amber color.

S: fruity/doughy/spicy

T: citris flavor with some spice and a hint of bread. Mild hops flavor.

I liked this beer though it is not on the top of my list of favorites. I would drink it again and recommend it for summer beach parties.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 19:28:27 | More by allrizz
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BeerEndevour14

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 04:37:02 | More by BeerEndevour14
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GrandeDrip

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 07:05:58 | More by GrandeDrip
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theJollySin

California

1.35/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - On the surface, this beer appears kind of boring looking when poured into a glass. There is no head and very little visible activity.

S - Upon smelling the beer, it is a best bland. Though there is something a bit strange there.

T - The taste of the beer starts of middling or mediocre, but after a short time the after tastes hits with no power. The first couple sips are not great and they lose interest quickly.

M - After a while, this beer made my mouth dry in a way that made me want water and no more beer.

O - After trying to give this beer a good chance it failed completely. I could not even finish the first two bottles at all. And I only managed to finish the third bottle (on the third night) by rinsing my mouth with water several times. This is the most disappointing beer I have had in a very long time.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 22:47:38 | More by theJollySin
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FVTraina

New York

3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Similar to the other Mission St ales, this blonde has minimal head (started w/ about a finger+), and didn't stick around too long. Dark yellow in color, looks like a cider. Only a slight bit of lacing down the glass, and a slight haze.

S: Mild smell of sweet malt and of an ale yeast.

T: Tastes exactly as it smells. No complex flavors, pretty average, easy drinking. No off aftertastes. Low-no bitterness, caramel/grain flavor.

M: Watery feel in the mouth.

Overall: A "good" blonde. If served ice cold on a hot summer day, would be refreshing. I may even want to put a lemon in this beer to bring out citrus undertones and work with the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 04:16:12 | More by FVTraina
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Keith1957

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 02:29:18 | More by Keith1957
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Mission St. Blonde Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.