Mission Blonde | Mission Brewery

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Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 185
Reviews by BEERchitect:
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3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Incredibly light, smooth, and delicately characterful- Mission Blonde has a friendly nose and a subtle grainy, herbal backspin. Its the perfect ale for when you thought you wanted a Lager- this is simply what well made Kolsch do.

Its with a most timid hazy straw color that the beer pours. Its light color and racy carbonation offers a mild champagne-like appearance. Capped with a fluffy and airy head, the foam is long lasting and playfully sticky on the glass.

Delicate floral aromas are somewhat of honeysuckle and lilac. But with a grassy and grainy foundation, its scent is rustically earthen and with the lightly sulfur of burnt matches. Fruit notes of apple skins and dried lemon peels keep the fragrant notes wafting above the grain and malt.

And to taste, the beer is subdued in its sweetness, yet still evokes a light bready, cracker-like taste to start the show. Its perfumy middle turns herbal, lightly citrusy, and with a touch of fresh cut grass. Morphing into a soft grain finish, the taste is balanced, crisp, and very clean.

Light in body, its obvious that the ale is trying hard to be a Lager. Early carbonated creaminess is tame to start, but is further dried by fleeting bubbles and receding sweetness- leaving behind a dry, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel with mild minty warmth and soft grain-derived astringency.

Mission hits the market with a fine Kolsch-style ale which is characterful enough to appease the craft beer crowds but uses enough finesse to win over adjunct lager buyers with ease. Its a wonderful ale that's very forgiving with food and mood ranges.

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3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
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Don't know if I got a bad batch, but it always poured super foamy. Even drinking straight from the bottle I'd only get mouthfuls of foam. This is even after waiting a few minutes.

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3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Mission Blonde Ale
(ABV: 5%) (IBU: 20)

This is an American interpretation of a Germanic ale from Köln, known as a Kölsch ale. Traditional German influences of Noble Hops and an authentic Kӧlsch yeast strain are used to brew this American adaptation. Kölsch ales are top-fermenting lagered beers, so these types of ales have specific lager-like characteristics.

AROMA - malty grain, grassy, apple and lemon fruitiness, honeysuckle sweetness, floral hoppiness, yeast, slights hints of corn

APPEARANCE – murky golden straw hue, heavy carbonation with micro-bubbles forming a sparkling white head, foamy streaks of lacing are left clinging to the sides of the glass, moderate head retention,

FLAVOR – sweet yet slightly sour, grainy along the lines of cracker-like, grassy (freshly cut grass), with a heap of big floral hop presence in the finish

MOUTHFEEL – soft grainy texture, easy drinking, dry finish, light-medium bodied, delicately refreshing

OVERALL – This ale seems to behave more along the lines of a lager which is obviously acceptable for a Kölsch. The perfect ale for lager fans; could even be considered a gateway beer from lagers to ales. A great example of a Kölsch and a fine refreshing brew for a hot afternoon.

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Photo of Nvrmind16
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Its a smooth feeling beer, but as an ale I expect either a little more kick or a littlle more taste. Not bad though.

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3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden flowing carbonation, bright white head, which slowly fades away and leaves speckled lace patterns across the sides of my glass. Light kiss of herbal hops mild citrus note, smooth grainy bread filled blonde ale on the nose. Flavor light easy going, beer doesn't challenge the senses to the extreme but definitely a well executed warm weather beer that would come in handy in the summer on this coast and yearly on the left coast. Even malt balance light herbal hops, biscuit malt clean finish. Simple light bodied ale, with ample carbonation smooth clean finish minimal booze. Overall impressive simplicity quite enjoyable there's nothing wrong with any of the Mission beers I've come across.

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Mission Blonde from Mission Brewery
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 185 ratings