Whitetail Ale | Rock Art Brewery

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Whitetail AleWhitetail Ale

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our golden American ale has a crisp body and slightly dry, hoppy finish. This is a real treat for the beer lover. Pale, wheat and torrified wheat malts are used with Northern Brewer and Mt. Hood hops.

Added by UnionMade on 07-21-2002

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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 83
Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice golden color with a white head that fades to lacing... little bitas clinging to the glass, but not overly so. the aroma is reminds me of a german pilsner wjth an extra bit of hops in the back. the taste follows with a nice malt flavor and some sort of barely there sort of citrus hop flavor.... the light flavors finish dry and with the carbonation and the light body that makes this a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer from Scott V at Captain Lawrence, confusing notches on the label attempt to inform me when this was bottled. Pours dull, hazy orangy, golden amber. Minor, also dull white head, that leaves fine, but just minor lacing. Peppery nose gets me interested, but the is a bit dissapointing, just some minor peppery spice, rather thin malt wise and a non-descript, grainy finish. Light, dry and refreshing, but nothing too exciting. Almost decent hot weather swiller, but not much else.

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Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, clear, orange brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and a hint of orange

Taste: toasted malt, orange and a small hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet start with slightly bitter end, medium bodied, morderate carbonation

Drinkability: An average blonde ale that was my least favorite in the variety pack. Nothing really jumped out to me with this one. I will finish what is in the pack, but not seek it out.

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Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of doremite
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dacrza1
2.23/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"A real treat for the beer lover." Hmm.... Pours a sallow shade of gold, mellow with constant effervescence and a crisp white head that bubbles and etches unevenly... fruity and lagerish--an American style indeed--a bit of banana and straw... thin and crisp on the tongue--lingering aftertaste that holds like a pilsner... an odd mix of wheat and malts--not offensive, yet not astounding--just ODD--not sure this could compliment food... this could transition to Miller Lite quite easily--not a compliment or a complaint, but oh well....

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rock Art- Whitetail Golden Ale

Appearance- Bright yellow with alot of floaters! Small head and no lacing.
Smell- Sweet lemon and sugary wheat.
Taste- Very light wheat with a touch of sugar. Lemon, sunflower, and apricot also detected.
Mouthfeel- Once again, LIGHT!! Mild flavor up front, watery in the end.

Overall- This Golden Ale was an easy drinker. I could easily drink several of these during a hot summer day. Nothing mind blowing here but a mild, kid friendly- mother approved BBQ beer.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale and clear, with a fizzy white head. Ok ring of retention but no lacing. Not much to look at but it is refreshing at least. Smells mostly of light malts with maybe some cream and hidden fruity esters. Tastes thoroughly malty with mild fruit and a light bitterness that gives it some character. Slight dryness in the mouthfeel with nice sharp carbonation. Overall it has a lager feel and clarity to it.

This beer is good because its very easy to drink and its refreshing. It leaves the palate clear and ready for something far more intense to follow.

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Photo of Varkias41
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a straw yellow with a large white head,not bad, but alittle on the "too yellow" side. The smell is really very light, almost no scent at all. The only smell at all is malt and lemon,but that's a real stretch. The taste is light,crisp, and malty. There are some floral and lemon flavors,but not much. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is an OK blonde,but let's face it, with a blonde you're not getting much and this beer lives up to that.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear light gold/straw color fills the glass with little head action or retention. The aroma is sweet of flowers and malt and salt water taffy. The taste is smooth and sweet, slightly sticky, if that makes any sense. Finishes with a touch of hops just to balance then a kick of sweet again.

I like this beer, alot. The sweetness is not cloying or too much, which is a surprise for me since I like hops. It reminds me alot of a homebrew I once made called C-3PO Golden Ale that I have since played with the recipe too much to know what the original was. But I do remember I liked it. This is a craft beer that will go well in hot summer weather and with all my friends, beer geeks or not. Enjoy!

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Photo of DarthTremens
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of krantul
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprisingly crisp golden ale, with a dry finish. Actually, it might be the dryest finish I've ever come across in an ale; this isn't bad in and of itself, but it was a little surprising. Fairly light in body, not a tremendous amount of either malt or hop character, perhaps a smidge of honey in the flavor. I'm not generally a big fan of blonde ales, but this one lacked some of the cloying flavors that have turned me off of the style in the past.

Not a beer I'd go out of my way for, but it has some unique characteristics.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sadly so much diacetyl flavor its a real miss for me

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Photo of Franchise
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange tea color that leaves a white head that is pretty thick. The nose is fruity, syrup, honey, citrus, pretty nice. The taste starts watery on the palate bitterness starts this brew which has a bready tartness to it. It is then followed by a weak maltiness that reminds me of bland punch. A watery fruit body is all this brew is about pretty lackluster offering from Rock Art.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle when I was up in Vermont at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury. The beer has a lightly murky golden color with a thin head and good lacing on the sides. Aromas include a spiced, buttery grain smell; could sense maybe a bit of vanilla too. Taste was not too bad; the beer is sweet and grainy. Mouthfeel really helps the beer and flavor. The carbonation is quite good and the medium body makes the beer nice, watery, and refreshing. Overall, I really enjoyed the appearance and mouthfeel to this beer.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Barely hazy, warm golden with a medium size white head. Okay retention and pretty alright for lace.

S: Fresh milled grain with a honey sweetness. Light fruit esters in the background. Perhaps a ghostly hint of diacetyl? A bit of leafy hops. But mostly the fresh milled malted barley with a honey sweetness. Quite inviting.

T: Leafy, grassy, herbal hops that are a fair bit stronger than in the nose, but it is still balanced to the malts. Very nice fresh milled malted grain is the backbone and highlight. Rounded honey sweetness, hints of fruity esters, a very faint touch of diacetyl, and a background doughy yeast note fill out the flavor.

M: Medium body with matched carbonation. Smooth with a balanced finish. Normal, to-style, and a solid mouthfeel.

D: A nice Blonde that leans a bit into Kolsch territory. A light honey sweetness, soft fruity esters, balancing and mildly charactered hops – but above all, the super nice fresh milled grain. It won’t beat you over the head with anything, but this is a really nice beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a tight white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of grainy malt with a bit of an herbal note. Nose is very faint.

Tastes of grainy malts with some hops. Malts lead off with bread and some sweetness. This gives way to a bit of fruits and some tartness. Slight hop notes show up and add some herbal qualities. Everything feels underdone and too light to me.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite the disappointment from a brewery that is capable of more.

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Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of u2carew
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Long neck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head - white, bubbly. Settles quickly to a thin lacing on top and semi-sticky on the sides. Clear body. Golden in color.
S) Light notes of citrus fruit and nuts. Floral aromas linger in the mix.
T) Grainy with sharp hops tones initially, but once then the palette mellows and allows the malt to come through. The malt is subtle, but still in the mix. Finishes dry and with a hop bite.
M) Light bodied. Crisp. Fizzy. Dry.
D) A decent brew. Nice for a hot summer day like today.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear gold with minimal head and no lace. It's aroma is of citrus, some apple, dough, and hints of grapes. The flavor leads off with caramel apple followed by lemon and a bit of Mt. Dew with a dry and smooth finish. The mouthfeel is light and drinkable. Rock Art Whitetail Golden Ale is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, clean faded gold - thin bleached white head. Airy sweet malt aroma with some grassy hops and musty grain. Tastes of sweet wheaty malts, grains, and dry earthy hops. Lingering muffled citrus tartness and a dry, mild bitterness.

Easy to drink and unobjectionable. This would be good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle acquired recently in a trade. Served right out of the fridge into a pint glass. Consumed on 07/09/2008

I grabbed this one out of the fridge and immediately poured it into the pint glass. A very nice light, golden yellow ale was then presented in front of me. Very clear with a good carbonation profile. A three finger head of white fizz then came up over the top and settled down gracefully, but quickly into a broken crown that provided minimal side glass lace.

The aroma was very light, too light for me, with really no depth to it at all. Light spice perhaps, a touch of banana and a light hint of hay or grass was about it. The flavor was more of the same. Light grain notes, a hint of spice were about all there was to be found here. Dry finish led to me wanting something more to drink, but unfortunately this did little more then serves as a refreshment. Decent Mouthfeel with a good carbonation profile and a nice light touch to it. No abv concerns get this one in and down quite fast.

Overall it was an ok beer, for the style it was good, but the style leaves a lot to be desired. I don't know I would pay for this one as it really just does not seem to have enough creativity for me. Though it was not terrible by any means.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've sampled 3 or 4 brews from Rock Art and have enjoyed them all until the Whitetail, which isn't bad, but very average and fairly bland.

It pours a crisp golden colour with a minimal head that dissolves rather quickly for an apperance that is fairly typical for the style overall.

The aroma is a nice, but basic, mix of a chalky sweetness and malt with a touch of hops throughout.

Flavour here consists of a touch of caramel and a touch of butter with some hop flavouring at the finish. There is a nice malt backbone throughout that holds the balance well. Mouthfeel is average, being light to medium bodied and somewhat crisp.

Overall...eh. I wouldn't turn one down, but am probably picking up something else at the store if the selection is even somewhat decent.

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Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 154 ratings