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Stinson Beach Peach - Marin Brewing Company

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81
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.68/5  rDev -24.5%

Pours a slightly murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some mild peach and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with a distinct buttery flavor on the finish. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that seems to be suffering from some sort of infection issue with the buttery flavor and high carbonation level.

10-29-2012 19:14:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Sakacs16

California

2.73/5  rDev -23.1%

A: Very clear darker yellow color with 1-finger head. Head stays throughout the beer, but doesn't leave lacing.

S: At first a bit of funk, but then a syrupy peach flavor comes through with a bit of malt. Not much aroma to speak of.

T: Has a bready flavor with some peach that isn't quite as syrupy as the aroma would suggest. Again, not much to speak of.

M: I enjoy the mouthfeel, somewhat oily and coats the tongue, has a good amount of carbonation. Lingering finish that is pretty good.

O: Overall, I'm okay with this beer, but I don't think I need to try it again. I'm sure some will like it more than me and some will like it less.

Cheers!

02-05-2012 05:35:42 | More by Sakacs16
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DrunkenMonk

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-18-2012 08:17:45 | More by DrunkenMonk
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illidurit

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

10-23-2013 03:15:04 | More by illidurit
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davexisxrabid

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

This brew poured a slightly cloudy yellow-gold color with a half inch head that fizzled down rather quickly. Didn't notice much lacing going on either. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma was of carbonated water with peaches and yeast. Could not detect any hops in the aroma.

Light flavor of carbonated water with a sour peach flavor and a very light hop bitterness at the end to remind you its a beer.

Has the mouthfeel of an over-carbonated light beer making you burp a lot more often than a normal beer. The peach flavor does, however, stick to your taste buds, so I do give it points for that. A little too light bodied for my taste.

Very drinkable or sessionable if you prefer light beers with a touch of fruit flavor. Light enough for you to knock back a case of these.

01-07-2009 17:17:00 | More by davexisxrabid
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DogFood11

California

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

22oz brown bomber poured into a stemmed tulip. It has a hefe look to it, cloudy and yellow with little visible carbonation. Head is white and lace is sporadic and spot like.

There is a rather large aggressive peach jolly rancher type aroma. It is far less candied in the flavor. The grain bill comes out full force and squashes the peaches. It has a small but essential citrus aspect to keep it as un-candied as possible. This was essentially an American Wheat beer with some peach flavor on the backside. IF you like fruity beers try the blueberry offering but pass on this one.

Notes: Not very complex and rather it leans towards run of the mill or worse.

05-07-2007 02:34:04 | More by DogFood11
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

Woo Hoo!!! The final 100 days are upon me....after tonight, of course...

Pours a murky and sedimentary straw-lemon color. Nary a head upon this, no real lacing. Carbonation is light to medium but hard to discern amidst the murk. Odd...Aromas are peachy keen. That is to say it's smells like peaches - fresh peaches, mind you. I also get a floral note, like roses, and it's strong. Maybe also a hint of Bubble Yum...So far, more off than on...Flavor is a strange, detergent like mix of sharp malt tang, peach hints and, as I said, detergent. Kind of gross, in a way. It's got a distinct quality similar to American (read that Widmer) Hefeweizens...The finish is thin and washy, and carries some of the peach with it. This is to beer what wine bottle size wine coolers are to wine. It really seems to be targetting non-beer drinkers, and it probably treats them right. Me, however, nope. Price point is $4.49/bomber and ABV is 5%. Not worth trying unless you don't really like beer.

What I like most: Um, maybe the refreshing nature of the beer.

What I like least: The detergent like flavor profile.

BVerdict: Not good beer. Avoid.

02-04-2011 02:41:19 | More by SolomonGrundy
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rxdrewthejew

California

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%

Picked up at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, poured into a pint glass.

A: Fairly light yellow beer...I don't think I've ever seen an ale quite this light. A bit of bubbly white head that quickly dissipates, but there is plenty of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Mild peach scent, smells like actual peaches to me (as opposed to some fake peach flavoring). Seems like a good sign.

T: Really not a whole lot going on with the flavor here. Opening is a very thin malty flavor, then the peach comes out but it's extremely mild. The finish is a bit bitter...maybe hoppy, but hard to say.

MF: Thin but fairly bubbly. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and lingering. Alcohol is pretty low and doesn't do much damage.

D: Not really thrilled by this beer. It smelled a lot better than it tasted. I feel like they could do a lot more with the peach flavor, and if they're going to make it this subdued, it'd be nice to have a bit more solid of a beer to back it up.

06-21-2008 06:10:18 | More by rxdrewthejew
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Zorro

California

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a cloudy very pale yellow beer without too much of a head. Shows every sign of being a Belgian Witbier with peach flavor added.

Smell is PEACHES and very strongly of them too. Peach scent obliterates any other scents that may be present except for a powdery yeast scent.

Taste is very neutral; flavor of wheat is very prominent. Lightly flavored slightly sweet with bready wheat malt, powdery yeast flavor and lastly a hint of peaches. Tastes like a Belgian witbier with peach flavoring added.

Mouthfeel is light.

An OK drinkable witbier that I could see drinking on a hot day. But I would drink a Hoegaarden instead if available.

09-15-2005 03:32:19 | More by Zorro
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

Pour: 22oz bottle to tulip. Comes out a slightly foggy, light orange/gold color with 1.5 fingers of head. The head disappears rather quickly to just a tiny necklace of froth around the glass and almost no lacings at all. A few small bubble trails are visible on the interior of the glass.

Nose: Peaches.

Mouth: The mouthfeel is pretty good, with a medium carbonation that keeps its composure throughout the experience. A pleasant bitterness with light lemon and peach flavors. The peach is somewhat sweet on the entrance and the beer maintains a good balance between sweet/bitter, but there's no lasting flavors after swallowing and the mouth soon forgets all about the beer.

05-24-2006 20:32:21 | More by clickpush
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beerguy101

California

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

Light gold color, large head. Medium bodied ale, with peach flavoring. Lightly malts and hops. Good balance. Peach flavor is prevalent, but not overpowering or too sweet. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and "just peachy" (sorry about that). OK for a fruit beer

09-01-2003 01:45:40 | More by beerguy101
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Westsidethreat

California

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

A: Aggresively carbonated...showed signs of mobility the second the cap came off. Poured a towering snow white head, a lot like a triple. The body is the color of a white beer but with just a hint of haze. Lots of free roaming bubbles moving playfully around the base.

S: Obvious peach aroma on this one. Slightly perfumy but not unattractive. Some citrus hops in the distance.

T: Not as peachlike as the smell would lead you to believe. Begins with some crisp sweetness at the tip of the tongue. The peach flavor then moves down the center and expands to the back roof of the mouth. Fairly subtle but pronounced enough to pick out in a blind tasting. The rest of the beer sort of reminds me of an English pale, but with an American wheat aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.

D: It is what it is. Certainly could have been a lot worse.

08-26-2006 02:59:26 | More by Westsidethreat
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geckointhebox

United States

3.23/5  rDev -9%

A - Hazy yellow, highly carbonated, soda pop head that dissipates quickly

S - Yep, definitely a peach beer, but pleasant.

T - Definitely do not drink this one too cold. Much better balance when not right out of the fridge. My first impression was sour peaches. However, as it gets warmer there are some pleasant malts on the front end. Still finishes with a sour peach flavor, like the hops and peaches are fighting for supremacy.

M - There are probably plenty that like this style, but for me I had to double check that I didn't purchase a cider by mistake. It was very thin and was gone before I knew it.

D - If you like wheat beers this will probably work for you. I just didn't like it well enough to run out and purchase another. New Glarus Belgian Red still ranks #1 with me in fruit beers.

11-10-2007 02:37:07 | More by geckointhebox
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alisatns

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

09-08-2013 05:57:30 | More by alisatns
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GClarkage

California

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

03/25/05- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no born on or expiration date. Poured into my Sierra Nevada Summerfest pint glass.

Appearance- Semi-clear golden color with very light lacing and a small somewhat spritzy head.

Smell- Definite strong peach odor, but more the candied produced scent or the can of peach sryup scent rather than fresh peaches. The Lindemann's Peche is an example of a nicer orchard peach scent. This one was more produced.

Taste- Light malt and a quick hit of peach flavoring. That's about it though. The flavor soon fades and then you start all over again. Quite boring. More of a wine cooler-esque taste.

Mouthfeel- Not even as carbonated as I thought it would be. Fairly watery after the initial peach blast.

Drinkability- Might be a nice quick thirst quencher during the summer, but not the best showing for Marin. I had higher hopes for this one since I love peaches. This one didn't do the trick.

03-25-2005 23:19:58 | More by GClarkage
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Cheers to my buddy Eric for bringing this one from Cali (for my wife, but she has sworn off of beer for the time being)

Pours golden with 1+ finger of beige head. Hazed a bit a the bottom of the bottle, no head retention & just a trace of lacing

S: Peach juice

T: Peaches, grassy hops & dryness up front, plus a bit of tartness. Slight metallic taste as this warms, along with some lemony hops & dry peach. Finishes with a bit of grapefruitty hops, dryness, apricots & peaches

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly aggressive carbonation, not really helping the cause

Drank alright, this paired well with some smoked pork I had in the fridge, but too damn fruitty for me take too serious

01-03-2009 03:54:55 | More by russpowell
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TruePerception

California

3.41/5  rDev -3.9%

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Marin Brewing Co's Stinson Beach Peach: 5%, decent solid white head, tiny bubbles; Appearance: pale cloudy yellow, actively rising carbonation; Smell: peach skin, touch of peach flesh, hint of wheat; Mouthfeel: bubbles active in the mouth; Taste: fairly strong peach skin flavor, touch of peach flesh, faint hint of peach pit, finishes with faint wheat; decent/pretty good.

08-30-2013 09:10:42 | More by TruePerception
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

Sampled April 2007
Pours with an almost brilliantly clear, pale gold color. It is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, off white colored head that dissipates fairly quick. The aroma is quite fruity, and I would actually say that it smells quite a bit like apricot, though the aromas are quite similar to peach. This is just about the only aroma noticeable in this beer as any other notes are drowned out by the fruit notes.

The taste is quite dry up front and even has a touch of tartness to it. Up front the beer has a touch of fruity acidity, but it is not until the finish were the strong apricot / peach flavors become quite noticeable. The fruit flavors seem to add a touch of perceived sweetness in the finish despite that this beer is fairly dry overall. Very light and refreshing, this is definitely a hot weather beer for when you are in the mood for something quenching. This beer actually gets fairly tart as my palate gets used to it, this actually tends to lessen the impact of the apricot / peach flavor in the finish for some reason too. Actually I think it is because the beer has lost that hint of sweetness that it had initially. This beer is quite simplistic and even almost one-dimensional. For some reason I have a soft spot for apricot flavored beers and I even find this enjoyable.

05-02-2007 21:51:39 | More by Gueuzedude
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caverog

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-03-2012 04:15:04 | More by caverog
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-22-2011 03:15:51 | More by brandoman63
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litheum94

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-15-2013 02:12:21 | More by litheum94
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-22-2012 02:44:31 | More by t0rin0
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

22 oz bottle labeled "Stinson Beach Peach ale". Pours a clear, yellowish gold body with a small, offwhite head that quickly vanishes without any lacing.

Aroma has a gigantic, fresh peach flavor which obliterates anything else.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and has moderate carbonation.

Taste is fruity sweet, peach flavors. Not overly sweet or cloying, but the peach flavor is one dimensional. Very slight malt presence, and just enough hops bitterness to make this a refreshing, summer ale.

Overall, this is a nice, peach flavored ale that is enjoyable only if you're a fan of fresh peaches. I love fresh peaches, so I enjoyed this one. It is kind of one dimensional, and there is very little to back up the powerful peach character. A refreshing, fruit flavored summer ale.

05-27-2004 10:33:29 | More by merlin48
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

The beer isn't fuzzy peach, unfuzzy peach or any sort of peach color at all. It's much closer to lightly dusted lemon topped by a fine-bubbled head of ivory foam. Most fruit beers would kill to have a lid that looks this good. All in all, it's a bright, fresh, summertime look with which it's impossible to find fault.

If you like peaches then you'll love the aroma on Stinson Beach Peach. I'm not crazy about them (ever since a peach schnapps chugging incident in college), but I recognize a quality fruit beer nose when I smell one and will attempt to keep my peach bias under wraps. The make-or-break question for me when it comes to this style is 'does it smell like fresh fruit or does it smell artificial?' Nothing but fresh peaches here.

There are any number of ways in which fruit beers go astray. Thankfully, this one appears to have avoided most of them. First of all, if the base beer is no good, there's no way that the beer as a whole will be a success. Here, the base beer tastes like a light amber ale (rather than a wheat ale) that has enough pale malt and an acceptable enough malt-hop balance to get the job done.

Second of all, the fruitiness can't be all-encompassing, but neither can it run away and hide. Mission accomplished. Peach is present in a just right amount so that the experience is one of a beer 'with natural peach flavor added', just as the label states. Lastly, it helps (drinkability especially) if there's the right combination of sweet and bitter. I enjoy those hypersweet, sticky sippers such as the Melbourn Bros. line, but can only drink them on occasion, and then only very slowly.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to keep my peach bias from rearing its ugly head and will have to judge the flavor accordingly. Again, if you love peaches, bump the taste score back up a half notch. By the way, there are no 'pie spices' that I can detect, such as one sometimes tastes in a blueberry beer. That might have been an improvement now that I think about it.

The body is summertime fruit beer light, or at least closer to light than to medium. No hint of wateriness though. Given the likely target, I'd say that Marin achieved just the body/mouthfeel that they were aiming for. I'm glad that they haven't ruined things by injecting too many bubbles.

Stinson Beach Peach is a peach of a fruit ale. To repeat myself ad nauseum and to state the blindingly obvious, your enjoyment is likely to be directly proportional to your affinity for... peaches. If you're in the market for a quality lawnmower beer with a fruity twist, look no further. If you like peaches that is.

04-27-2006 23:47:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
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warmstorage

California

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

22 ounce bottle, $4.59 from BevMo Sacramento, into pint glass.

Pours a bright, carbonated yellow with a thick, fluffy white medium dense head, leaves little lacing.

Aroma is intensely peach, bordering on candy flavored peach.

Taste is also peach, but more restrained than the aroma might have indicated. Sugar and very light spice. There's something cloying about it that I can't put my finger on. Maybe a little bit of flour/bread.

Mouth is very thick and slick. A little too thick.

Overall, a pretty tasty essence style fruit beer, and one which I'd buy again. It's nothing extraordinary, given that I know fruit beers can be extraordinary (think New Glarus Wisconsin Red, or Raspberry.)

12-15-2006 22:02:32 | More by warmstorage
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Stinson Beach Peach from Marin Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.