Samurai Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

612 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:
Samurai is the perfect beer for your zen garden after battle, or your patio after a long day of work. The addition of rice gives a slightly fruity, crisp, refreshing element to this hazy unfiltered ale, creating a light, easy-going beer suitable for the peaceful warrior. This may be your first Samurai, but it certainly won’t be your last.

Added by ElGordo on 07-02-2006

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -8.6%
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 -15.7%
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 -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3






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Photo of garcia2a
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +20.6%
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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Photo of kkipple
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured way too cold into my glass, I get a little white head and a hazy, quite pale yellow beer with some fizz... I hate to say it, looks like a cloudy Bud. But it's not, so that's ok.

Smells a little weak with big rice upfront and a ever so slight pale malt sweetness. A little white grape and yeast comprise the rest. Not much here to be honest.

Taste: bland, ricey, slightly sour / lemon, not very good. Hint of honey. Again rather Bud-like. Just not much here, and what is here isn't all that great. Aftertaste is inoffensive and boring. Yes you could pound it, but why?

Mouthfeel is watery, thin, decently carbonated. Just very "meh".

This is my least favorite beer from an otherwise good brewery. I can't think of a single reason I'd try this again. It's not swill, but it's not even interesting.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with a clearly-marked 'bottled on' date, poured into a seidel, yields a hazy straw-colored body with two fingers of soft white foam that retains at a fat domed sheet and leaves chunky little blobs of lacing.

Smells of grains, rice, and a touch of citrus hops.

Tastes sweet and malty with a touch of dryness, cooked rice, and fruity, bitter hops.

Thin and refreshing with light carbonation. Not a slam, but for the money and the flavor profile here, I'd just as soon have a PBR.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw-like watery gold, slightly hazy. White head, 1/4 inch. Smells a lot like bud...clean, slight hints of apple. Tastes better than bud though...thin, soft. The highlight is the hops...spicy and delicate, they meld well with the slightly tart rice backbone. thin bodied. american spin on on a "japanese style" that's really more of an american style in the first place.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Definitively yellow-colored brew. Plenty of bubbles and a huge fizzy head.
S: Grains and rice, and a faintly citrusy beery scent. Not much to it.
T: Crisp, clean grain and barley tastes. Seems more like a lager. Not much flavor, but it's pleasant.
M: Okay, not that bubbly despite the appearance.
D: Fine. Seems refreshing for a summer's day.

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Photo of everetends
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my trek through Great Divide's brews. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Poured a straw yellow with a soapy white head. Head receded almost immediately. Bottle says this is unfiltered, but it looks pretty filtered, no debris. Looks very much like a macro.

S: A little bland. You got the malt and hops. Maybe a little sweet rice.

T: Pretty good. Still nothing complex here. There is a sweetness coming from somewhere other than the malt, maybe the rice. Hops have just a touch of bite and there is a slight lemony tast on the finish.

M: It may look like a macro, but it doesn't feel like one. Has a creamy smoothness that finishes clean and crisp. Medium carbonation.

D: I can drink this. Definitely a little light but still has some things going for it. Tasty and interesting, just not too complex but I don't think it is supposed to be.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Straw colored, just like any macro lager. White, thin, fizzy head with no lacing.

Pretty good aroma. I get some good hoppiness in there with a decent maltiness as well; adds a little complexity with the biscuitiness and carmel in the malts.

Great balance and flavor. Spicy and crisp with a little bit of ground up aspirin contributing to some astringency and betterness.

An easy drinker on a lazy weekend or any day during the summer. Perhaps I will seek this out again this summer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle just copped today from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
"Brewed with rice and barley malts" on the side logo sticker...
Pours a hazy, slightly cloudy, golden, straw-colored hue with ample carbonation visible and a small head that quickly receded and left hardly any lacing at all...
Faint, sweet-smelling aroma with hints of apples and florals...
Sweet, pleasant, easily-drinkable, satisfying taste with obvious suggestions of ripe fruits, including, but not limited to, apples, pears, lemons, yeast, and candied sugars...
Decent mouthfeel to match...
Very easy level of drinkability make this a crisp, satisfying brew, particularly good for the warmer weather...

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Photo of Atron67
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a cloudy golden color with a light white head. the head didnt build up high but left pretty strong lacing. it fell to a thin lace quickly however.

S- very malty and lightly hoppy on the finish. clean light with notes of carmel.

T- lightly wheaty maltiness at the beginning. turns into a smooth malt based finish where the hops rise up to give a nice balance and a light yeasty finish.

M- medium body with a decent carbonation and a lingering yeast charachter on the tongue in the finish

D- pretty good, but prolly a 1 time buy

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Photo of atsprings
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cirsp, clear straw yellow with a thin head. Aroma is some weak pale malts. The taste was a crisp, dry blend of pale malts and some earthy hops. The beer is light, crisp and dry. This would make for a decent session beer on a hot Summer afternoon.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a milky, yellow color that settles into gold with lots of bubbles and a thick, white head. The aroma is up front - cloves and coriandar, a little bit of hops, and a sort of lager-yeast style thing going on.

The taste was much the same as the nose, except with a more present coriander taste and a little bit of lemon zest. The taste was mellow, but still spicy. Light bodied with heavy carbonation - this has defininte session capability, and it's pretty good overall.

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Photo of merlin48
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy straw body with a large white head that leaves some impressive chains and curtains of lacing on the glass. Aroma is muted, with only some spicy and floral hops and faint bready malt. Light body has a medium carbonation. Taste has a dominant floral hops bitterness balanced by a sweet maltiness that reminds me of Rice Krispies. Pretty decent for style but not one I would revisit anytime soon.

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Photo of crayphish
2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Without knowing the intended style, upon first glance I thought American macro? Hmmm, Blonde ale? Afraid not. If this had been a Bud product I'd rate it higher. Very pale yellow body, big soapy craggy head. Some raw field corn and burnt rice in the nose. Taste stays with the corn and rice. Bland. Weirdly bitter. At least its somewhat refreshing. I had one and it was enough...

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Photo of williamherbert
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow color, almost the hue of a Belgian white. Puffy white head separates it from B/M/C stuff. Lace at the top. Cloudy and not that clear; thicker like a hefeweizen.

The smell is light ale malts but with a slightly lagery sweetness. Smells light and crisp, like an above average lager. More like an all-malt lager. A little malt and some hop bitterness; German lagery. Pilsner aroma as it warms.

The taste is sweetness of ale malts and the bitter snap of a lager. Actually it's really nicely balanced. Tiny bit of spiciness at the end; a little bite.

Feels thick and bubbly. Almost has the feel of an inert farmhouse ale. Somewhat fizzy. It tastes more like a pilsner to me than an ale. It's different, and gets better as it warms up.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a rocky white head that sits like foamy shampoo on top of the liquid leaving a few shards of lace

Smell: Dare I say it but it smells like rice pudding; pleasantly floral

Taste: Clean and crackery up front, but the rice flavor arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a pilsner like grainy hop feel but the finish is clean

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly not something I would drink everyday, but a nicely crafted alternative for the light beer crowd

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Photo of cokes
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly hazed straw yellow with a modest white cap that retains very well.
Vacant nose with vague soda crackers and bleached grain.
Enters the mouth crisp with a pils malt crackery snap. Rice enters and mingles nicely for a second, then fades to a lightly sour graininess that reminds me of Mickey's (or other malt liquors). Hops bring scant traces of lemon.
The body is about what one would look for in a blonde ale, light and easily downable. But this has a small bit of tackiness related to the sour note.
The rice is an interesting addition, but doesn't do it any favor with the possibly unavoidable malt-liquor notions.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw in color with a significant amount of chill haze. Very good head with a long lasting time (it settles to a full finger thick!). Good lace, but not nearly as much as I would expect given the head.

Flaws are easy to find in lighter beers like this one. This one seems to free of them. This has a mild bouquet of lighter malts and subtle hop. Crisp, refreshing and inviting.

Good flavor for the style, but not necessarily delicate enough to place it at the top of the pack. A little heavy on the hop, but it doesn't dominate the aftertaste as it might. There is some nice fruitiness to the palate--mostly sour cherry. My initial thought on the body was that it was too light, but it is growing on me.

This is an easy beer to drink and certainly an excellent alternative to the typical lawn mower offerings.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale fizzy yellow color with a full finger stiff white head that fades to surface and leaves a reasonable amount of lacing in its wake. The smell is a timid slightly sweet orchard fruit malt. Well carbonated with a tangy hops the mouth feel is light bodied. The flavor is slightly fruity and it finishes on the dry side with a delicate after taste. Easy to drink, you could sell a number of these to a thirsty gregarious crowd.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazed, very pale straw color with a small white head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Crisp and very light pilsner malt aroma, with a faint green apple smell.

Very light pilsner malt taste with a faint hint of hops. Medium bitterness. Finishes dry and clean.

Light body, well carbonated.

This is a very light beer in almost every aspect. I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more on a hot summer day, and would not suggest it as a fireside sipper....

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Photo of brantadid
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow color with a thin white head. Lots of medium sized bubble. No lacing to speak of.

Smelled very light. Nice ale notes.

Wow. This beer is very dry. Nice light sweetness on the front palate that is followed by a crisp bitterness on the back palate. Great dryness on the mid palate. Reminded me a little of Sake.

Mouthfeel is really light but very flavorful. Perfect amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 612 ratings.
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