Mission Blonde | Mission Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States
missionbrewery.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
181
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
14.73%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

actually self titled a kolsch, this is more of a german American hybrid. it pours a mostly clear golden blond color, with just a thin head that fades fast, nothing special to look at. the nose is slightly fruity, with pilsner malts in the background and some german feeling yeast that's both doughy and dry. the flavor of this ale is very light, with some straw-like malts and just a dusting of hops coming through. mellow fruit, although it flashes too quick to properly identify it. finish is mildly bitter, a little contaminated, as if by minerals, hard water or something, I don't know. good feel though, drinkable nice and easy. carbonation is much better than it appears, and the body is only light. a good summer quencher, but not a beer that has anything new to offer. I think the ipa is the best of the mission beers so far, but I still have the Russian imperial in the fridge, so there is some hope remaining. a beer my Molson drinking father would adore. for me, just another day at the office.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of largadeer
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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 mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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 K├Âlsch. 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 duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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 WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
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 IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: light citrus, fruit, and light floral aroma is soft but pleasant.

Taste: bready malt base with pears, green apples, hint of lemon, a bit of grass, and a light bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a short almost clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was nicely quaffable and pleasantly refreshing.

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Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden yellow color. The head is crazy on this beer. There's tons of carbonation and pours out not foamy, but just huge.

The aroma has fresh saaz hops, biscuit malt and grassiness. It's extremely German pilsner or Kolsch like. Definitely that hop profile.

The flavor follows with that. It's wonderfully hoppy (despite my bottle being overdue from a section of the beer store that was cheaply selling them cheap). The beer was extremely surprising for me as it was old, but packed hops. The thing for me was the drinkability. The carbonation cleaned everything up.

This stood out for me.

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Photo of enelson
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Mission Blonde from Mission Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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