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

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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 Brenden
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of JLapadura
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bespin15
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of dertyd
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Rick778
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of McNealc31
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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 WesM63
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of philaduffia
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
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 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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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Eastside151
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of dwagner003
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a nicely made American Blonde. It has a clear dark yellow (but still yellow) color and not much head (it's maybe slightly too cold).

The aroma is floral hoppy, and not too subtle. The taste is really nicely balanced. There are equal parts of all elements. It's not too anything - sweet, bitter, etc. Even though, it makes a nice statement. It finishes much boozier than it should.

I have a couple others from this brewery to try this weekend so I look forward to those after this good experience.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BugTownPub
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Victor
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Mission Blonde from Mission Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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