Mission Blonde | Mission Brewery

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Mission BlondeMission Blonde

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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Mission brewery.

A: Translucent yellow with a small white head.

S: Lemon and grain with light bready notes. Faint sulfur and a dash of mineral and earth.

T: Grainy malt with a touch of lemon and a tasteful amount of sulfur. Lightly bitter with a dash of mineral.

M: Light in body with lower high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: A damn drinkable blonde. I'd definitely drink this again.

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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 wadecats
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Healthy Spirits in SF - a very good American Kölsch that does it's own thing but not quite German tasting by Kölsch standards. Smooth and spicy, filtered most likely, without being super crisp.

Nice level of carbonation, slight amber to the gold color and tight healthy head.

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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 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 elizabethfowler
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent, Warm, Soft/Yellow Gold, Creamy foam, fine bubbles, frothy lacing

Aroma: Clean, grass-like freshness, a definitive Citrus kick.

Flavor: The taste is very bright and refreshing. The hops are earthy, grassy. The malt adds an almost sour-dough like backdrop - adding a kick to the earthy, noble hops. The lager-like yeast strain makes for a crisp bite.The creamy finish seals and soothes the flavor, making it a perfect hot afternoon refreshment...rivaling any fancy, summer cocktail.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied, clean after taste, effervescent. Pretty quenchable.

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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 HalfFull
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass from a 22 oz. bomber. Pours a clear golden straw with a thin cap of white foam. Light retention ensues though the a firm release of gas keeps a light surface cap.

Pleasant malt nose with perhaps a bit of wheat and a grainy lemon aroma.

Bit of lightly sweet grain in flavor, medium bodied and with a decently lingering finish. Light pils flavor carries throughout. Soft and light yet without much of a spice footprint.

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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 gthornton
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light gold, haystack yellow. Clean appearance, but not see-through. 3/4 inch head dissipated within a minute, leaving little/no lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Light malty backbone with hints of caramel and wheat. A hint of sourdough/"bready." The yeast comes through a bit, but very subtly. A bit of fruitiness from the yeast.

Taste: A straightforward beer. A good candidate for converting from "non-American" (if you want me to sound right-wing) pseudo-domestic beers. The fruitiness from the yeast comes through... a subtle grapefruit/mellow citrus. The malt rounds out the back end of the taste, and lingers as you drink more. I think this helps the beer become even more enjoyable as you continue to drink.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing. Little residual sweetness, or stickiness. Medium bodied, but definitely on the lighter side of the tongue.

Drinkability: I would rate this fairly high on the drinkability scale. It is not my preferred style, but I think it is a beer that could please a lot of people if I were one to limit myself to a single option at a gathering. This beer at a BBQ on a hot summer day would be amazing. Its actually dangerously drinkable, which is a quality I like in a beer, because I think its important to get those you love sauced up at social gatherings. :)

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Photo of nezelrac
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on draft in SF, poured from a pitcher into a pint mason jar

A - hazy golden blond; frothy white large-bubble foam that fades quickly; no lacing

S - yeasty/bready/biscuity malt; citrus note; hops are faint; fairly straightforward aroma

T - more yeasty/bready malt on the palate; gentle German hops in the mix; brisk palate with a citrus note; dry and thirst quenching short finish

M - bright and brisk; medium light bodied; appealing moderate CO2

D - quite drinkable; I wish there was a little more going on here, though

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of coati858
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is good beer.

Not the kind you serve to people to knock their socks off, but the kind you want to always have around to go with dinner or just to knock some back. Drinkable, enjoyable, and mild enough it wouldn't clash with most foods.

Nothing extreme: It wont frighten away the non-beer-geek friends that come over, but with enough character that you wouldn't secretly cringe a little if they brought a bottle over with them for you.

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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 WeeObese
4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap last night at Sea Rocket Bistro (great restaurant in the old Linkery local). I am not usually a fan of this style of beer but I thought what the hell, it may pair well with my local mako shark. Man was it a good guess. I didn't take notes it was my gf's b day.

Appearance: The beer was clear and straw colored with a nice pillowy white head, about a fingers thickness.
Smell: The smell was light and had a malty sweet fragrance, possibly honey, low hop aroma.
Taste: Wonderful malty sweet, but not too sweet like most blondes I've had. Nice crisp dry finish and although the hops don't stand out and say hi, the hops balance the malt wonderfully.
Mouthfeel: Nice light body, with good carbonation and a clean finish.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable beer that paired wonderfully with my meal (grilled mako, smoked yukon gold mash, grilled zucchini, all drizzled with vanilla oil). The vanilla oil may have made the match. I really have never liked blondes before, but this is an amazing beer. I went out on a limb because I know Mission makes some great lighter styles and it paid off.

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