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 silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a decent sized white head that retains OK. The aroma has some hay and biscuit upfront, along with some lemon and citrus zest, fruity esters and a little mineral character. The flavor is pretty similar to the aroma with biscuit and hay initially, some citrus zest, fruity esters, floral hops, and a mineral like flavor. Moutheel is light and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Solid, if unspectacular blonde ale, could use a little more in the hops department, but extremely quaffable,

Photo of BretSikkink
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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.

Photo of tang3nt
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears that the Mission St. series is brewed by Firestone Walker ("at the crossroads of quality and value") for Steinhaus Brewing Company. Picked up a single of the blonde earlier today at the SLO TJ's.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale gold with somewhat creamy, somewhat sticky, quickly dissipating, white head. Mild carbonation can be seen within. Retention isn't all too bad - thin sticky cap hangs around for the entire sesh. Spotty lacing too.

Smell: Cracker-like malt, honey, and grains.

Taste: Honey, crackers, and grains with a light, citric hop finish. Pretty well balanced in fact. Aftertaste is a bit citrusy and bitter. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, with some good malt chewiness and a clean(ish), crisp finish. Carbonation is right where it should be, providing a little tingle and a smooth ride.

Drinkability: This may be the best blonde I've had. The balance is really great and the mouthfeel really boosts the drinkability. I'm anxious to try Firestone's real blonde ale to see if it's any better. This would be a great hot day or quick session beer.

Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Mission Street Blonde pours a clear copper straw color with a tiny foam head, less than a finger and no lacing.

The aroma is sugary sweet caramel smell but other than that not much there. The taste is all malt and is very soft in the mouth not very crisp or balanced.

I felt this was a pretty one dimensional beer with very few nuances. My wife liked it. It would be a summer time beer when I have folks over who don't know much about beer.

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