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
Photo of Halcyondays
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, Kolsch is one of my favourite low alcohol styles so I always enjoy trying a new one,

A: Pours a clear goldenrod with a small fizzy white head, solid retention, no lace.

S: Cracked grain, some earthy hops which are a bit off-putting.

T: Some bready malt again with a somewhat dirty hop profile. Light ale fruit.

M: Light-bodied, pretty smooth, soft prickly carbonation.

O: Not really a good example of the style. Their hefe is amazing so I know what they can do, but I wasn't a fan of this one.

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Photo of domtronzero
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Bright, clear golden yellow, average lasting whitish head. A little bit of lacing.

S - Caramel sweet malts, fruity esters, very light grassy hops.

F/M - Caramel malts, but otherwise bland and a little too bready/corny. Light earthy hops with a medium low bitterness and medium carbonation.

D - Okay, but a little too corny/grainy. Almost like a macro adjunct beer, but with a little more flavor.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Hops and Pie, $6 pint. This was listed as a kolsch on the menu. Aroma was slightly fruity, I guess it could be a kolsch. Flavor lacked the crispness I would expect and also had a sort of dirty quality that may have been the malts. I didn't much care for this and I'm not sure how close this hews to the style.

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Photo of Brenden
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On the label, underneath "Blonde Ale": "Kolsch-Style Ale". Are they essentially saying this is what you get when you essentially brew a Kolsch as an ale rather than lagering?

It's as pale as a Kolsch, that's for sure. It's a little hazy but otherwise pretty bright. The pretty clean white head is tight, small but sturdy, and it leaves some spotting behind.
The nose is faint and fairly indistinct. At first, I wonder if this is another brewery that thinks light and weak are synonymous. Yeast, a touch of sweetness, and grains are it here initially. A bit of earthiness from a very light hops note does come into play after a few moments.
The flavor really doesn't give much more than grains, that same sweetness, and a light sourness. A bit of hops comes through with grass and a light spicy nip. All in all, though, this just wasn't done right.
Carbonation give a bit of a prickly feel while remaining pretty fluffy. Crisp, yes, and moderately smooth, at least the mouthfeel isn't off.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. I am a middle-pouring drinker, and this glass completely filled with all foamy white head in an instant. After letting it settle and continuing to pour, the beer took almost 5 minutes to pour completely. I would say that denotes a solid sign of overcarbonation. The beer is an extremely light and pale straw-yellow coloring, again with the big bubbled, white, chunky head that finally settles into a manageable one inch level. Aromas of bright, sweet lemon zest and slightly sour tones. Also some scents of toasted oats. Flavors a bit muted, but a backbone of crisp, wet hops slips in and hits the back of the mouth. Bits of smoke and toasted malts riding the hoppy foundation. The beer is very wet in mouth, both light and slick. Minimal sour and toasted aftertaste, with a short lived finish. Not an overwhelmingly pleasant beer, and when added to the time involved just to pour the damn thing, it really was disappointing.

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Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed October 12th, 2010 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

Clear pale yellow with a small crown of white foam.

Grainy, sweet aroma with a slight whiff of bubblegum (?!?). No fruit aromas from yeast in evidence.

Flavor follows nose, including that bubblegum thing. Simple, straightforward.

Lightly carbonated, but enough to do the job.

Drinkable enough, but not a style I especially enjoy.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head.

S: There is a touch of sourness followed by yeast and pale, sweet malts. Smells a bit like malt extract. Quite sweet and sugary for a blonde ale. A bit of corn and popcorn, too.

T: Sweet but slightly watery with the same malt extract flavor. Really plain and just sort of sweet. Minimal hop flavor with a touch of grass and corn.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not something that I would consider worth having again. Only got less tasteful as it warmed.

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Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light body, light color. I wouldn't call it much of a Kölsch. Seems to be missing that aromatic component. A sourish taste that is disconcerting. Looks nice, golden with some foamy lacing. Decent carbonation in the mouth. A touch of fragrant hops. Aftertaste is salty. 20 IBU according to the label.

This could be a decent quaff except for the peculiar whiff of spoiled fruit flavor. Mission makes some good brews but this is not one of the stars.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a golden straw color with perfect clarity. A finger and a half of bone white head crowns the liquid. Ok retention.

S- aromas of cracker grainy malt blends with a hint of herbal Nobel hops. A touch of light fruitiness and an aspirin quality on the finish.

T- starts off with a light malt sweetness and some cracker pilsner malt flavors. Subtle herbal noble hop flavor barely comes out in the middle with a touch of asprin. Finishes dry with a light fruit and spice note.

MF- light grainy mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation.

D- drinkable yes. More of a summer brew though

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Photo of McNealc31
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours remarkably clear and light. If not for the thicker white head, you might have trouble telling this from a macro lager just from the sight. The aroma is mostly grass and straw with some faint grape and peach in the background. Flavor isn't particularly strong, but the grass and straw flavors and fruity notes come through. Finishes a little dry.

I don't dislike this, but I don't know if I'd have it again. The flavor isn't bad, there just isn't much there.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stange glass.

Look - golden color, kind of hazy, with about half a finger's worth of frothy off-white colored foam.

Smell - malty overall, but I can't discern much else.

Taste - malty in taste too, and a bit grainy-tasting as well. Not terribly sweet though, but the bitterness is mild too.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced overall, not too creamy and not too watery.

Overall - not a bad tasting brew at all, but not terribly intriguing to think about.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is not bad. It is laid back and I enjoy that. Seems to be quite sessionable.

Appearance: The beer was clear and straw colored with a nice pillowy white head, about a fingers thickness.
Smell: Malty and sweet fragrance with low hop

Taste: The CO2 flats out but the beer yet the sizzle remains in the background of fruit and odd way which is good way. It very mellow and would be good session beer. Th hops are balance with malt
Mouthfeel: Nice light body, with good carbonation and a clean finish.
Overall: It is a very drinkable beer for summer. I would buy again.

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Photo of moodles
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

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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Photo of speter
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky straw color with a huge rocky head that faded to absolutely nothing and left no lace.

S: Biscuity malt with noble hops and Kölsch yeast. Some citrus and grassy elements.

T: Not too shabby. The front is biscuity malt with good hop balance, of the lightly-aromatic German variety. There is a nice amount of style-appropriate metallic twang.

M: Light to medium body. Hurt by the carbonation nose dive.

D: A solid, non-offensive Kölsch, probably better local.

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Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ultra clear yellow colored beer with a good white head, looks like Budweiser in a glass.

Smell is malty and quite fruity with an edge of lemon to the hop scent. Slight vanilla and candy aromas. There is also a slight peach aroma to this.

Starts out malty as expected with a fruity flavor and a bit of yeast to it. Pretty much a sweet lager flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An all right beer but not a great one. A beer really made more for your average Budweiser drinker than the beer connoisseur.

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Photo of BeerTv
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A mildly hazy bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of white head.

S - Smell is a twist of lemon, grassy hops, and a bit of malty bread.

T - Kind of clean tasting mostly lemon grass and a touch of bready bite. Mild timid and easy drinking.

M - Light to medium

A very forgettable ale that does bring both flavors of a blond and a klosh but doesn't really make you want to come back for more. OK I guess.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy golden straw liquid is topped with a large dirty white head, which leaves some lacing as it dissipates rather quickly.

Smells of malt, clean, yeast, and a bit of lemony citrus.

Tastes as well of tangy lemon, but a bitter yeasty finish that leaves an undesirable tastes in my mouth.

Feels a bit thin and fizzy, but is easy to drink.

Meh, not a fan. The beer misses on almost every mark, especially, the cleanliness of a blond. The only place where it's true is the smell, and that does not make for a good beer.


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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First to christen by new Duvel Tulip glass.

A: A light pale orange has a high rate of visibility revealing a dense showering of micro bubbles rising moderately. The head is chalk white, frothy, with a small initial statue that held steady for a couple of minutes. Small splashes compose the lacing of minimal coverage and interest.

S: A light sense of funky fruitiness comes about and is detected at first, of sliced pears, pineapple and melons first coming to mind.

T: The flavor moves about to a fruitiness of melons, apricots, and pears. Sweet pilsner grains add a sugary touch while caramel syrup sweetens and seals the deal midway through. The finish is crisp, with a slight dryness of character and pilsner malts rounding things out. I didn't pick up on any of the hops but the Kolsch yeast really did impart a nice fruity start and dry finish that was appreciable.

M: Sharp mouthful from the carbonation with a medium feel. Slightly syrupy texture with some bubbly detection.

D: Drinkability was average and fair, being a bit sweet upfront with not much hoppiness to counter balance which may limit consumption for those who get sugary shock rather easily. Some acidity is detected upon the swallow. Overall a fair rate of consumption though unlikely repurchase by style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate that lingers long after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours clear yellow with a slight chill haze and a quarter inch of a white bead on the surface. A few whispy traces remained for the duration with some soapy lacing.

Aromatics lead off with light notes of biscuit malt, honey, and perhaps some pear skins. Pretty clean and uneventfull.

Light bodied with a crisp, slightly grainy mouthfeel.

Toasted malt with traces of cut grass, honey-drizzeled biscuit ends, and a mild bitterness are pretty much all that you get on the palate. Quite dry and quenching.

Finishes with a crisp, minerally dryness, honey, and lingering bitterness.

Tasty enough, but not as smooth as a great Kolsch should be. The grainyness in the mouthfeel detracts and the bitterness is a bit heavy for the style. Also not screamingly fresh, which I think is essential in a lightweight beer of this nature.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

These just started showing up around here, so should be interesting to try them...

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger pasty white head that fades at a med pace to a light head covering, with some typical lacing, over slightly hazy golden lemonaide colored beer, not quite as clear as I expected of a kolsch.

Nose is somewhat pilsner like, plenty of cracked straw and toasted malts, grainy, with some soft and crisp lager like aromas that make it seem more like a lager than an ale, with hints of grassy floral noble hops.

Taste starts again more like a lager, with a soft almost crispness, and very slight metallic lager like. Then grainy malts, cracked straw, toasty pilsner malts, almost pilsner like but without the complexity of a nice decoction. Also plenty of hops, not too bitter but a big grassy floral noble hop component that adds just a hint of fruity flavors. It seems like it wants to get crisp and bright but can't, which is probably the difference between an ale and lager yeast. The finish gives a nice hoppy bite with more grassy noble hops, fairly dry but not quite crisp, and nice light toasty malts on the finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, typical for the style, with decent carb.

Overall not bad, but seems like it's missing something. It is a Kolsch but more like an ale version of a pilsner, lots of toasty grainy malts, straw, and plenty of noble hops, with a slight metallic twinge and a light and slightly crisp but more ale like finish. I think it would have been better with a lager yeast, or if they had gone more kolsch like... then again they call it a blonde ale and more "kolsch-style" so it's hard to really judge it that way.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Blonde in color, that makes perfect sense, the head was fizzy, vastly carbonated and disappeared in a wisp.

A stale roasted grain permeates a relatively one dimensional aroma. Weak in stature the scent barely deviates from the grain but does take on a toasted breadiness near the end of the nose.

The taste is rather surprising being the nose was very singular. Toasted grain, roasted nut, pecan, bread and malts all hold tight for a smooth easy ride.

Overall, this is an interesting experience of highs and lows but ultimately taste wins out.

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Photo of IronLover
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Bright straw yellow with a deep haze. Poured with a fizzy white head that quickly disappeared. Prominent bready aroma with spice, lemon and yeast. Buttery smooth with subdued but tangy carbonation. Bready/biscuity malt flavors in the beginning lemon and yeast through the middle with a faint hint of banana. The tangy carbonation then ushers in a quick hint of spice before transitioning to a biscuit and bitter lemony ending. Finishes semi-dry with a lingering yeast flavor. A nice hot weather beer. Very easy to drink with moderate flavor complexity.

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Photo of popery
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had a few different versions of the style now, so I'm not quite as new to it. Mission's isn't incredible, but it's still a light, easy-drinking beer with a pleasing flavor. My biggest complaint is that the vinous flavor gets overshadowed by noble hop bitterness. I like the really grapey ones best, and while the aroma is nice and grapey, the hops overpower the vinous note once you take a sip. Also, the mouthfeel seems to be lacking the effervescence of more traditional versions. They need to crank up the carbonation. All that said, it would be a very nice session beer. It's mildly sweet with a good hop bite in the finish and quite quaffable.

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