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 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)

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
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 (1,181 characters)

Photo of seanbhudson
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (451 characters)

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