Mission St. Blonde Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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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

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(Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 06-06-2008)
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Photo of Keith1957
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
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 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 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 Brunite
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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 IntriqKen
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not an extremely complex beer but pleasant none the less.

Pours a crystal clear golden to amber yellow with a fluffy white head that quickly melts to 1/4".

Aromas are faint but distinctively biscuit/bread, caramel, and a touch of citrus,

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.
Flavors are much like the smell...biscuit dough, lightly citrus, and a slightly overpowering sweetness from the caramel malts, which is actually fairly true to the style of a blonde.

Aftertaste is surprisingly clean; not like a pale ale or pils but clean without the typical cloying sweetness I normally experience with this style which would make it very suitable as a summer cooler or beach beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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.

Photo of david18
2.63/5  rDev -18.1%
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. .

Photo of allrizz
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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 mikeg67
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Light copper hue with a small, white, short-lived head. Aroma of grassy, piney hops, some biscuit malt and hints of caramel. Light, smooth body. Not much is going on in term of flavors: some light hops, light caramel malt and hints of citrus. Short, earthy finish. This brew is inexpensive one step up from macros.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
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 magnj
3.98/5  rDev +24%
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 GDBEERMAN
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, dark golden body, with white fluffy head and small patchy lacing. The overall clearness is a bit much, see that I can see right through it.
S: A subtle blonde note, with a hint of bready aromas and a lead on of clove.
T/M: The mouthfeel is a short waxy one, that does not last long. A strange off taste, that is not too pleasant. Notes of cardboard and subtle lemon. meh the worst part of this brew is the taste and for beer that is not good. Mouthfeel of water and shows no body on the palate.
D: Not by me, but I feel that others could find this a good beer to get into other Hefe's and lighter craft brews.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
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 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 Erish
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass.

A: clear, bright gold, 2 finger head with decent lacing and persistant cap.

S: faint lemon, some light floral yeast.

T: citrus, dry light malt, the hop finish is floral to herbal. True to style, but not very interesting.

M: very light, adequate carbonation, watery.

D: if you are looking for a lawnmower beer that simply refreshes and challenges nothing, this is it.

Photo of Treath
4.9/5  rDev +52.6%
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.

Photo of NeutroMan
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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 ruckus232
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear yellow color with a little bit of head that stays for a while.

Smell: Slightly yeasty/bread like in smell with only a little bit of a hint of hops.

Taste: Tastes and feels thicker then I would expect. It is not really flavorful but what it has it is pretty good. It has a yeasty taste with a slight slight toasted flavor.

Photo of marcobrau
4/5  rDev +24.6%
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 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 dcook11
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Mission St. Blonde Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.