Samurai Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

606 Ratings
Samurai AleSamurai Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ElGordo on 07-02-2006

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Photo of BDIMike
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour has a nice unfiltered blonde color. There is a little bit of carbonation, but there is a huge white head with a very nice retention.
Smell has a very clean aroma. Very fruity aroma dominated by lemon.
Taste is clean and crisp, just like the smell. Very light taste of citrus and floral notes. Sedate.
The mouthfeel is a little thin for what I am used to with the american blonde ale. However, there is a very great crisp hit.
Drinkability is probably the best I have had on a blonde ale. Because of the addition of the rice, this beer is so crisp and refreshing. It is a great blonde ale for a warm day and definitely a great session beer.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An unfiltered rice beer from Great Divide...interesting.

a: Cloudy yellow body with a big fluffy white head that refuses to shrink. Very lacie.

s: The smell is clean and grassy, not much malt to it. Sort of pilsner-esque.

t: Again, very little malt here, thanks in no small part to the rice I suspect. The mild and highly approachable flavor is comprised of the grassy hop profile you find in most Pilsners, though bitterness is kept fairly low.

m: Well carbonated. Not fizzy like soda, but it has the crispness of a highly carbonated lager. Suits this beer perfectly.

d: I don't love the beer, but I love that Great Divide made it. Every brewery needs at least one highly accessible, unoffensive, dangerously quaffable beer. Instead of going with the typical wheat or lager beer, GD has done something unique and you've got to love that. Well made and sessionable but lowish on flavor (by design no doubt).

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Photo of rye726
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks similar to a wheat or hefeweizen. Cloudy straw color with a foamy tan head. The nose has some nice light malts along with a subtle fruity presence. The taste is also pretty grainy with some tropical and citrus fruits. Nice medium body is well carbonated and goes down well. Good balance of flavors and a fine session brew.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

One of the better blonde ales I've had. It's crisp and refreshing as hell, and you can smell/taste the rice used in the process. It has a much better taste than just being an adjunct like BMC uses it for and I think it works well. Another good beer from Great Divide as this one was nice sitting out by the fire.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.22/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with big yeasties and a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet musty soapy bready malts.

The flavor is pretty bland - a little sweet malt and a touch of fruits with a little grassy bitterness that leads to a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a pretty bland offering from GD. There's nothing offensive, but nothing really appealing about it either.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a slightly hazy straw yellow. This unfiltered ale has cleared a bit after spending two months in my fridge.

This has a very biscuity aroma; somewhat like water crackers.

Same cracker, biscuit taste as in the aroma. Finishes slighter better with a faint herbal touch.

Light and prickly.

A very drinkable beer. This is not just another Blonde Ale. Fairly light, but interesting and unique.

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Photo of mcsquint
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Yellow in color with a white, fluffy 2 finger head. Not as cloudy as expected for an unfiltered ale.
S - slightly floral,lemon aroma
T - Crisp taste with floral and lemon. Clean finish
M - Medium mouthfeel. Well carbonated but not overdone.
D - I could see having a few of these on a warm summer's day. Refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, hughe two-finger plus white foamy head, lots and lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, with a nice touch of malts, some spices. The taste is hoppy, bitter, some maltiness, and spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had a yellow color and slightly cloudy consistency. Not a whole lot of head.

S: Had a citrusy smell, mixed with some hops and possibly yeast.

T: This one had a lemony flavor along with the hops. Pretty sweet overall. Not the most complex taste you'll ever come across.

M: An okay amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this isn't a bad beer. Blondes are typically one of the least interesting of beer styles. Great Divide did what they could with this one. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of GilGarp
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw yellow color from a 12oz bottle. It has good head but it's gone quickly and leaves no lacing behind. Clarity is very good.

Aroma reminds me of corn and rice. It has a sweet grainy smell almost like kettle corn.

Flavor is mild and bordering on bland. It has a cereal graininess to it with just a bit of hops. Luckily that's all it needs to balance the mild malts. Good balance then but nothing to exciting about either side of the equation.

Mouthfeel is average, good carbonation.

Drinkability is good but only because of the mild flavor and low alcohol. It isn't something I would order twice. It might have been better on a hot summer day but it doesn't do much for me on a cool autumn-like night.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enormous soda head of white foam caps a cloudy lemon-golden body; ample lacing and fairly good duration. Faint citrusy aroma, lacking malty overtones--rather lemony and simple. Better taste, nice lemon and rather bitter zest, light and refreshing. Though a bit thin, the mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth, light, and flavorful, not unlike a good Witbier.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I grabbed this, but was glad I did. It isn't exactly complicated, but it's a tasty, likable beverage, good on a hot humid day. Worth a try.

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Photo of bv74550p
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this the other day in a bottle at the Savannah Craftbrew Fest. I love Great Divide, however Samurai Ale seems like an awkward attempt for a craft brewery to mimic an anhauser-busch or miller. I'm not here to trash the beer, but its not for me.

Probably rice was used in the brewing process, which doesn't appeal to me.

Taste was very plain with a bitter aftertaste.

The name of the beer is cool, however the beer is not that great.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pale blonde, almost belgian wit in color. fizzy carbonation, actually sounds like a 7-up. head gone in short order, leaving very little lace.
s floral hops, straw? something hard to place.
t top note bitterness comes on strong at first, but recedes into a gentle alcoholic warmth. a light simple-sugar sweetness triggers an unusual amount of mouth watering. flavor hard to ID, as with smell--perfumey, maybe rose petals? also, the rice krispies soundtrack is accompanied by a bit of a rice krispies taste. the beer seems to be mostly about tip of tongue sweetness and roof of mouth bitterness.
m body is light to medium with crisp carbonation.
d the disconnected, inconsequential sweetness ultimately dominates for me and distracts from more beery flavors. yet still pretty drinkable--i could see kicking back one or two with some sushi or other delicate fish dish.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy golden lemony yellow with a nice frothy almost creamy milky white head. great retention and a real lace machine too, leaving rings and swiss cheeses of lace as it shrinks down.

S- nice sourness from the rice, almost fruity, and even more so as it warms. some raw barley too and the odor of rice gone bad, but in a good way since its been fermented. some floral nectary hops as well.

T- more robust malty taste than i would have assumed and a good deal of hop bitterness in a sharp grassy noble sort of way. there's a distinct fruitiness as this things gets near room temperature thasts tropical and flowery all at once. long bitter finish leaves a pleasant dryness.

MF- feels like a medium bodied ale, much heavier than the color led me to believe. loose medium carbonation is good here, there's no pricklies to keep me from chugging this thirst quencher if i feel the need.

D- crisp and flavorful, i expected the rice to just lighten things but this time it adds a great deal of flavor and body to the brew.

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Photo of Pencible
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy light straw color with white head. Its smell was very reminiscent of Cheerios in general, with the scents of rice, refined yeast, and a bit of lemon. It tasted like it smelled, hard to shake the thoughts of Cheerios, but otherwise with notes of rice and grain malts along with lemon yeast and light citrus hops. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a slight bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very interesting and delicate beer, but ultimately wasn't a flavor I could easily drink and enjoy.

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Photo of blakesell
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard beer mug.

Appearance- Beer pours a light golden, fairly clear with a two and a half finger head of white foam that dissipates over a minute to a swampy murk across the top. Lacing is ample on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Pretty damn hoppy really. Overly hoppy for the blond style or for the Japanese rice beer style that they are going for. Malts are balanced and I get a lot of vegetation but I think that's just the hops in there.

Taste- Malts are ample and balanced. This is a lager as they claim it to be, the hops are high in this one. This is nearly an IPA of blond ales. I like Great Divide as a whole, but this is a big swing and a miss for their part here.

Mouthfeel- Thin, vegetal, hoppy, highly carbonated, and medium light bodied.

Drinkability- Smooth for some I suppose, but doesn't pair well with my sushi and misses the style big time.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck bottle from Abe's in bethlehem, purchased as part of a mixed six pack.

Color is a pale gold, it is unfiltered so it is cloudy. Nice white head fades to a thin coating and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is mostly rice, but it is pleasant. I thought this beer was brewed, at least partially, with a sake yeast. There's no mention of sake yeast on the bottle, though, so I'm not sure.

Taste is light, grainy, a little lemon and grassy hops but it is barely there.

Mouthfeel is thin, lively.

Drinkability is fairly high, it goes down easier than a cheap lager but doesn't have much more flavor. This beer isn't worth paying craft beer prices for, but it isn't bad and if you can pick up a single bottle somewhere for cheap, you might as well give it a go.

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Photo of AmishT
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow with an nice foamy white head. Leaves a little spotty lacing

S - Straight up grainy rice aromas. Very simple. Not sure if I'm for it or against it, but it is samurai ale...

T&M - Sweeter than I was expecting - a somewhat bready flavor. Crisp and refreshing. Very light and slick. Little carbonation. Mouth is somewhat watery. Light bodied.

D - The crisp flavor profile and light body make this a drinkable beer for sure. A very interesting beer to say the least

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to everetends for this bottle.

A: Pours a light straw-yellow with a large wispy head that settles fairly quickly to a creamy covering, leaving some nice rings of lace on the glass.

S: Woah, rice. All I really get is rice and some lightly grassy/herbal hops. The rice aromatic is definitely very interesting, though.

T&M: Well, it's got some grainy rice flavors, as well. Grain flavors are tempered by some lightly lemony and herbal hops, too. Not a really bold or complex flavor here, but not bad either. The body is very light with a lightly crisp feel. Standard, but not special.

D: I feel like Great Divide probably accomplished what they were trying to do with this beer, but it's still not exceptional. Definitely special and unique, but still not overly good. It does go down fairly easily, but more flavor would help.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear golden color with a white foamy head. The head was rather large but dissipates quickly with small amounts of tracing on the glass.
S-Not much in the way of smell other than a faint grassy aroma. You can also detect a breadish aroma once the beer warms-up.
T-The taste is rather refreshing and has much more flavor than the aroma would suggest. The first sensation you get is a floral hop taste with a bit of malt on the backside. However, it is the thicker bready aftertaste that I find intriguing. I can't quite put the taste into words other than it is thick and doughy for a light beer.
MF-light-medium body with excess carbonation that leaves a prickly sensation. The back end leaves a chewy aftertaste.
D-Very easy to drink. This beer could go with almost any summer entrée and would be great for warm summer days. Not a complicated beer and would be a good introduction to craft beers for the macro beer drinker. Although I could drink this beer, I would prefer something with a little more flavor and kick to it. Although I do like the idea of rice beer and would like to try other brewers' take on this style.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Poured a muted golden yellow color with a chilled haze and a lightly dispersed, two-finger head of carbonation bubbles. the Head was tight and sticky, which was pleasant.

S: Smell is very faint and light, with lightly toasted rice and very faint hop aromas noted.

T: Taste is thin, grainy, toasted rice and malt with a fizzy lager taste, not entirely balanced with a weak hop showing.

M: Mouthfeel is light and slightly astringent.

D: Hovering around 5% ABV, I'm not sure what this brewer was going for here. It's not the greatest tasting brew, but it's not without it's good qualities. A nice drying effect and light flavor make it sessionable, but there's not enough to keep me interested.

If sake were beer, this brew would be it. If you like that slightly sweet, drying toasted rice flavor, pick this one up. Otherwise, keep it moving.

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Photo of kirok1999
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, hazy light straw with a nice white head and lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is very mild, wheat and some lager notes.
Taste is slightly sweet, just a touch of wheat, lots of macro lager taste. There's just not a ton going on here, not that that's necessary. I just can't peg this as an American Blonde Ale.
Feels slightly thin and weak. Easy to drink if you like lagers cause that's what this tastes like.

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Photo of andreasmwatt
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3






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Photo of garcia2a
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a straw yellow, quite cloudy with a quarter inch head. My beer was slightly carbonated.

The bouquet is kinda odd. I was not expecting much after I saw the pour, but I was suprised. There was a bit of lemon and a grassey spruce on the first sniff, with yeast and light malt on the back end.

The taste was not so good. While I do agree the beer was bland, I did get lemon, honey and grassy grains.

The mouthfeel is light, making this OK drinking. To me this is an easy beer that if you are going to have 1-2 and don't want a macro, this could be for you.

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Photo of Franchise
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering pours a cloudy pale yellow that leaves a thick yellowish head. The aroma is cooked rice, grain husks, lemon tartness. The sweet upfront maltiness of the beer is very appealing.

This beer actually surprises me, sweet honey, wheat, grassy aromatics throughout. This is a classic showing of a beer made with rice that tastes great. This is a solid beer and shows how creative you can be with this style.

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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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