Stinson Beach Peach - Marin Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
This peach beer is exceptionally clean, crisp and refreshing. An unfiltered cloudy body with a perfect head pours nicely into a thin tall glass. This is a great representation of a perfect blend of flavor to a wheat based beer. Unlike many beers in this category it doesn't suffer from the syrupy remnants of artificial flavoring. The flavor balance blends well enough that it is merely a slight flavor similar to a garnish traditionally found in most wheat beers. Exceptionally refreshing but can be a bit too aromatic at the nose. A great pairing complement to a White stilton apricot cheese (trader Joes)and a warm afternoon.
03-24-2008 22:02:20 | More by cancino45
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
4.3/5 rDev +21.1%
Absolutely my favorite fruit beer.
Pours out a very appealing straw gold with a nice crisp white head.
Very much true to the label, the aroma is of fresh peach. Label says "peach flavor added" but the smell is very authentic, which is most often not the case with "natural flavors".
Peach in the flavor, with some very clean pale malts and a very mild balancing bitterness that doesn't detract from the fruit/malt balance. Fairly dry, which is nice. Too many fruit beers rely on overly sweet esters to enhance the fruit flavor, which comes off too sickly-sweet for my taste. There is some residual malt sweetness, but not cloying, and well enough done to enhance the peach flavor.
Crisp and pretty clean, without leaving your mouth dry and parched at the end. This is my perfect hot-weather beer. I would buy this buy the case if it were a little cheaper.
08-13-2007 23:17:07 | More by unklesyd
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
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
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
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
3.95/5 rDev +11.3%
Bought a bottle from Hollingshead (!) Poured carefully in large nonic, whew! Took me forever, huge head. Very foamy. Finally died down. Slightly off white colored head. Quickly thins out after several sips. Straw golden amber [light] colored, very cloudy. Very peachy aroma. Slightly cidery sour taste. Some peach milling around. Not too bad on a hot summer day.
06-29-2006 02:28:39 | More by ReDave
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.
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
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
Yellow body with a touch of orange. Bright white head of decent size. Powerful peach scent at first. It tends to die away slightly as time passes. Same with the taste. It's a very strong peach taste that subsides as you drink. More of a fruity wine flavor and feel pushes its way on to your tongue half way through. Tiny bubbles make up a decent amount of carbonation. Very light and refreshing.
05-16-2006 01:47:19 | More by JayTheFinn
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
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
I poured this into my half liter schooner and it was really quite beautiful. Extra pale yellow at the bottom of the glass darkening ever so slightly towards the top. Covered by a fuzzy bubbly white head. The beer itself is very hazy -- looks like a Berliner Weisse. The aroma of fresh peaches at the market is strong on the inhale, but does not pollute the room. The sweet aroma peaks and restrains itself nicely. A mouthful of the soft foam on top tastes of peaches with some surprising maltiness. As I sip, I notice that after the moderate to high carbonation subsides on the tongue, there is a firm bitterness that keeps this beer nice and dry. I like the transition from sweet to dry. There is a great grainy maltiness that comes out near the end. The finish is dry but quite oily and slick. Nice light to medium bodied ale. Very clean flavors. Overall: I'm certainly a newbie to this style, but I like the lightness and cleaness of the flavors alot.
10-19-2004 08:56:40 | More by oggg
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
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
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
A Fruit Beer from the Marin Brewery Company, Larkspur, California.
Stinson Beach Peach Ale is labeled as an Ale with natural peach flavor added, which is 5.0% ABV. Comes in a 22 fl.oz. Bottle.
Pours a light golden straw color. Good inherent carbonation aids head formation whilst being poured but this soon settles to a thin white collar.
Aromas are definitely of Fresh Peaches, lovely fresh fleshly smells are very dominant.
Tastes are slightly sweet in the beginning but not overtly sickly. The peach really comes through in the middle and lingers towards the end. A slight bitterness is discernable in the middle which helps balance the lovely peach flavors and aids drinkability.
Overall, it went down well at a recent tasting I held in my Apartment.
A reasonable try from Marin, and not a bad effort all round, but it may be hard to drink more than a Bomber of this offering in one sitting though.
02-23-2003 19:26:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
Pours a light straw color with thin white head, alot like their bluberry ale. Smelled like you bit into a perfectly ripe summer peach. Nice taste, fairly sweet by most tastes, some hops noticable to balance. Easy to down, and refreshing. However, I couldn't see drinking more than one at time. Your girls will love this one.
06-01-2002 19:20:51 | More by StevieW
Stinson Beach Peach from Marin Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.