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Mission St. Blonde Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 139
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 139
Photo of david18
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
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. . (716 characters)

Photo of allrizz
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of BeerEndevour14
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of magnj
3.96/5  rDev +20%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Erish
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Treath
4.89/5  rDev +48.2%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of NeutroMan
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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.. (487 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of industrialswill
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of dcook11
3.4/5  rDev +3%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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, (520 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of GrandeDrip
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of tang3nt
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of chrisafari
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -39.4%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,088 characters)

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