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Mission St. Blonde Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Blonde AleMission St. Blonde Ale

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74
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136 Ratings
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 06-06-2008)
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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this American Blonde Ale from a 12 oz bottle, into a pint glass. It poured a clear golden straw color, typical of a blonde ale. It produced an average white head, with good retention and very nice amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma consists of malted grain, fresh and crisp- par for the course. Light in body, this Blonde Ale is smooth, easy to drink, has a base of malted grain, and a touch of hops at the finish. Decent session beer, nice summer beer, easy to drink - For a Blonde Ale its very good. Great Value. Prost!

Photo of mactrail
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First couple of sips are good, but eventually turns to a wet cardboard aftertaste. Sweetish and simple, with a faint hint of hops. Decently carbonated with a nice head. A more golden amber than the usual paler colors of this style. Even a little more body, it's certainly not as watery as lots of light beers.

Plain beery sort of stuff, drinkable but forgettable. I guess it does what the style is intended for. Good for topping off with that crazy double IPA to give it a decent hop flavor. 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's.

Photo of rodney45
3.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow gold with a quickly disipating cream colored head that leaves little to no lacing.

S: Sweet malt aroma, with notes of banana and whole wheat bread.

T: Sweet and tangy citrus note at first, replaced by solid malt profile. Hops are not very prevalent, but leave more of a whisper on the tounge of a slight bitterness.

M: Very smooth, low carbonation, very easy to drink.

O: This is a very sessionable blond ale, by far the best ive had from stenhaus, which i think is owned, or brewed by lease by trader joes. I will keep a few of these in the fridge for corona and non beer fans. For a buck a bottle, this beer is absolutely worth it, and great to keep around if you're looking for a low abv refresher of a beer.

Photo of FVTraina
3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden colored body with a small white bumpy head

S: yeasty with pale and sweet malts, sugary corn

T: sweet and watery

M: light to medium, some harshness on the tongue, sessionable, no aftertaste, sticky finish

O: I don't think this is something I need to have again, but could tolerate if served and this is all there is

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear dark gold with a medium white head. Nice retention, very light lace.

S: Orange and lemon peel with some husky grain.

T: Upfront slightly sweet malt character with a bit of orange creamsicle. Not the most expansive flavour, but solid.

M: Light-bodied, a bit flabby with the carbonation, no real aftertaste, creamy.

O: An enjoyable effort, would make a good summer refresher, better than a lot of blondes out there.

Photo of jak
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of leprakhan
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely clear amber with a thick, fluffy, barely off-white head. Aroma is yeasty, dusty and fruity, not strong but still inviting. Flavor has notes of malt and fruit, mainly apple, nothing special but still OK. Firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz. Fair to middin', but still worthy of a try.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Trader Joe's concoction here. The beer is crystal clear and golden. The head is wispy, but did manage to leave some lacing down the glass. The aroma tells the whole story: faint hints of husky grain. The beer rolls on by without much to contribute. Nothing bad, just not much of anything.

Photo of LuthersMug
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean, golden in appearance. Rich head of carbonation, but no retention/lace.

Curious aroma. I get grains, toast, and a little hops.

Taste seems flat and grainy, with a faint citrus hops note towards the finish. The aftertaste here seems dirty, somehow, too.

This one seems to have no complexity or character, and to me is like a cross between a Fat Tire and a PBR. Didn't like.

Photo of jpro
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single 12oz bottle from Trader Joe’s in Mt. P -

A: Poured into a standard shaker pint, its a dusty, straw-blonde; half a finger of white head forms on the pour, but recedes to a thin film shortly thereafter; no lacing.

S: Bready malt; some light citrus / lemon; yeasty dough aroma in there, too.

T: Light grains and a little fruity; just a smidge of spice / pepper in there, too.

M: Medium body; high carbonation; smooth and easy drinking, for sure.

D/O: A very drinkable brew, if nothing else; not the tastiest of the Trader Joe’s / Mission St. offerings, but not bad. I’d have it again -

Photo of kneeland
3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light amber with a thin skim of whitish bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Decent retention, a bit of spotty lacing. Sweet, candyish aroma with a hint of grain and lemons. Fruity flavour, sort of lemony, with some dry malt sweetness. Light bodied and dry, lowish carbonation. It was alright, but the flavour was a little thin, even for the style, but it was fairly refreshing.

Photo of avaldivia
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thinned out leaving specks of lacing.

S - grassy hops and light fruit aroma.

T - light flavors of pear and apple with some bitterness on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a decent beer to drink in the warmer weather.

Photo of theJollySin
1.35/5  rDev -57.9%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed golden color with a small, bubbly head. Sweet, somewhat toasty aroma...honey, dough, and lemon. Mild citrus and fruit hop flavor balanced with honey and slight bready/crackery malt notes. Medium-light with a certain slickness to it. Not bad and certainly easy to pound down on a warm day.

Photo of fsimcox
3.05/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Still time for a quick tick before I greet the Sandman. The pour results in clear brass topped by a finger of light dirty-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, butter, and light lemon wedge. The taste holds notes of orange zest, lemon zest, and caramel. Things are a lot fruitier and a lot more balanced than the nose made out. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a nice little blonde, something eminently drinkable without being o'erwhelmingly great (if that makes sense).

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