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Deschutes River Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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362 Ratings

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 02-27-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 6/18/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with some grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink, especially with the 4% ABV.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

zestar, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Texasfan549, May 09, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Oh, so that's where the brewery got its name... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttered biscuit, mild grass, flowers, and a hint of powdered sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a tiny kiss of orange peel in the background. Despite this new addition, the flowers keep their iron hold over the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough blonde, fairly easy-going and drinkable.

TMoney2591, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -19.6%

largadeer, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

SocalKicks, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Bright golden hue, perfect clarity. A head that other beer are jealous about adorns the top. Very aromatic; crackers, faint citrus, herbal, slightly floral, hop spice and grassy. Very crisp with a lighter body, expected being only 4.0%. Bready with grassy undetones, even hop flavor throughout and the bitterness at 28 IBUs is at an ideal level for balance. Orange pith, faint mint and a bit herbal with a mildly biscuity drying finish

Extremely drinkable and more than enough flavor to go around for its size, well done Deschutes!

Jason, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

russpowell, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Monde, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz into a goblet chilled.

The color is a lightly hazed golden with thin off white cap with ultra fine bead head retention is good. The smell is fruity and has an herbal hop aroma with a slight citrus-lemon peel like scent. The feel is great, medium light body with medium carbonation with a milld bitterness and clean overall feel with a light yeast fruitiness.

The taste is great with herbal hops and has a slight malt presence up front with a mild lemon zest and yeast flavor. The yeast brings a slight fruitiness to the taste which blends well with the mild citrus in the taste. The overall drinkability is great, I enjoyed this and for a 4% beer it is not lacking in flavor at all.

Slatetank, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at an irish pub in park city, of all places. apparently a low abv selection made for the states with funny laws. I was impressed with this though, it pours a clear sunny color, with an inch of lasting rich fluff on top. the nose is mellow malt, light and crisp, crackery, with a honey sweetness, meadow springtime feeling beer. the taste matches the nose, crisp and clean, balanced, with a decent bit of bittering hops coming through the straw malt profile. very very drinkable at a low abv, fuller bodied too for its color, which I like a lot. this was an outstanding beer on a big hangover, just something to ease the headache away and reestablish myself. I always associate Deschutes with big bold beers, experimental stuff, and a penchant for creativity, but this simple everyday drinker is also something to behold in its own way. I really enjoyed it, and could easily drink pint after pint of this. everything a lighter beer should be. well done!

StonedTrippin, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More amber than blonde in color. Pleasant appearance with plenty of carbonation. A watery body with a hint of soda water in the flavors.

Taste of crackers and not much else to start. Definitely a Blonde Ale in that regard. Some slight fruitiness and a little sweet malt. No real hop flavor that I can find. Still, it's refreshing and drinkable, and it's hard to complain about the mild flavor given the 4% ABV. Maybe they're brewing this for the Utah supermarket trade. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

mactrail, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

mendvicdog, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear goldenrod with a medium white head. Good retention with substantial lacing.

S: Bready notes, light green grape, fruity hop character, berry.

T: Sweet bready notes with light notes of citrus and melon. Light tartness in the finish; I like the notes of sugar cane.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, fairly clean, easy drinking.

O: The new one from Deschutes, quite a flavourful session beer. A good starter beer for the novice, but with enough flavour to interest the seasoned craft beer drinker looking for something lighter, light beer done right.

Halcyondays, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 06/13/13. 4.0% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap and appealing simple label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Purchased earlier tonight. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love Deschutes.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of okay cream, decent thickness, and good (5+ minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. This is what a blonde should look like, but I'd like a bit more vibrance from the colour. Uneven light lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Pale malts, caramalt. Grainy as hell. A bit grassy. Light floral hops. Somewhat bready. A hint of minty spice. Graininess dominates. A mild strength aroma. Brings a fair bit to the table for an otherwise simple style. I'm intrigued. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pale malts and caramalt forms the unobtrusive backbone. Light floral hops. Dominant grainy and grassy character. Light bready/crackery character. A hint of minty spice adds a nice touch. All around a well balanced brew with a seeming simplicity that disguises impressive subtlety for such a straightforward style. It doesn't have a high depth of flavour, but it's a pleasant refreshing brew. Very enjoyable to drink.

Mf: Decent body. Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Slight overcarbonation. Emphasis is on drinkability in the texture. Complements the flavour profile well. Crisp.

Dr: Drinkability is high; that's the whole point. It's a quaffable brew that refreshes. Highly sessionable. This will be a good beer to lure macro lager drinkers into craft, but it doesn't offer much to impress those of us well acquainted with the style. It's a bit Kolsch-lite for my tastes. I see what Deschutes is doing, but they might have been better off brewing an approachable pale ale for this market. Like it, don't love it. I'd like to revisit it on-draught.

High C+

kojevergas, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

duceswild, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +7.2%

DoubleJ, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

mdaschaf, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Uh oh.. American Blonde.. but it's Deschutes! Let's see if there is hope.

This is quite dark for a blonde, sort of a pale amber with orange semi-clear body and some good fast rising carbonation in places. A nice reddish tint to this also. Head is fluffy and large settling at a big four fingers and a whipped up top. Pretty solid and impressive.

Very light toasty grains, a small sense of caramel sweetness to match with a light sugar presence. Hints of cinnamon and light toasty white bread. Quite good also. Hmm so far so good.

The palate brings the nice toast and white bread waffle sweetness on first sip, but it disappears very quickly under a somewhat wet body. Toasty finish at least, with a good mix of honey sweetness and mild caramel sense. Very clean. Really dig this kind of doughy sweet waffle like flavor.

Overall just wish there was a bit more depth, but this is real easy drinking and has a nice flavor palate compared to most blondes I've had.

smakawhat, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

rab53, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

12 oz bottle with a BB date of Sept. 2014. Purchased in Eugene and consumed on the banks of Oregon’s McKenzie River.
4.25 3.75 3.4 3.6
Appearance: clear deep amber with a semi-durable, sudsy bone-colored head. Excellent lacing.
Aroma: herbal/floral hops with a good bit of biscuit malts.
Flavor: Low-medium hop intensity in this ale is about that of a typical Pilsner. Mild+ bitterness.
Feel: Lively medium carbonation. Near medium body.
O: well crafted but unexceptional.

chinchill, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mild yellow pour, seemed to have a little obscured haze throughout it instead of looking a little more professional.

Thanks to Reno Dave for bringing this to March Madness 2013, was a nice, simple palate cleanser, something so many neglected to account for. Aroma was negligible, if anything. Just sweet toasty malt in the smallest amount noticeable.

Taste, pretty marginal, some different yeast like ester flavor going on, also came across like there was a 10% wheat bill almost. Kind of a head scratcher. Stays away from the hops, but heck, even their inversion ipa seems to go that direction lately. Carbonation is substantially high. Some belgian hay in the mouthfeel.

I dunno, Deschutes used to be a brewery that was in my top 5 purchase history. Now, they seem to put all the hops into their bombers and kind of neglect the 6 packs. Heck, even Abyss is less bourbon barrelled than ever. This one wasn't bad, but it was just kind of there, to help wash away the mouth before the next beer.

A big no thanks to David Hurley of the El Dorado Casino sports bar area. Don't renege on promises made about our three days of bottle share half-way through. Integrity counts. Let us enjoy this beer next time instead of hassling your paying customers.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the COOP tonight.. Pours clear light orange... decent white head.. splotchy lacing.

Nose is malt centric with dry biscuity essence and some crisp pale malts... light floral hoppiness... maybe some background citrus hops.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a long finish for such a low ABV brew.. pale malts and dry toast carry the hops for a while...

Light body with a balanced carbonation.. very very drinkable and is going to be a fridge staple during the coming hot months.


JohnGalt1, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

rolltide8425, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

HuskyinPDX, Jan 13, 2014
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Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.