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Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
Ranked #617
Ranked #17,357
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Sep 17, 2022
May 14, 2016
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Notes: Brewed with rice and designed to mimic the subtle and drinkable flavors of sake, this low alcohol saison is the softer side of Stillwater. Brewed with Citra, Hallertau Blanc and Sterling.
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Rated: 3.72 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by naikwot

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Flower, clove, lemon peel, hop, rice/rice wine/sake. Light body, low acidity, the graceful sweetness makes it super easy-going. Delicate and inviting.
Sep 15, 2022
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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16oz can

Pours nearly three fingers of white head into my Willi glass. Retention is average and the head mostly fades within a couple minutes, though a small piece lingers for a while longer. Lacing is solid. Body is a cloudy straw yellow, with what seems to be a healthy amount of bubbles coming up. Looks very nice

Nose has some lemony hops and a subtle yeasty clove that comes out more with time. Smells very dry indeed. Not super complex, but it’s nice and seems refreshing.

You definitely get that clove on the flavor, underlying noble hops, not really any lemon. The flavors come through very clear, with a good amount of weight to them. Overall it’s very clean and tasty.

Carbonation is on the higher side. Lighter bodied, but not thin at all. Not super dry by any means, the esters certainly pad that a little bit, but it finishes crisp and well attenuated. Bitterness is low, but shows up briefly in the finish and then subtly lingers. Overall a great mouthfeel that ties things together very well.

Drinkability is wonderful, very refreshing.

Overall the beer comes together very nicely and it’s quite enjoyable.
Sep 13, 2022
Rated: 3.86 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Aug 13, 2022
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Rated by Comradepayne420 from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
As with all my beer gradings, “look” is a reflection of how much I enjoy the beers graphic design + packaging :)
Jul 17, 2022
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Rated by saulweinstien

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
It's like drinking hot dogs. Delicious.
Mar 20, 2022
Rated: 3.72 by 22Blue from Kansas

Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Nov 09, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Aug 31, 2021
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
16oz can stamped BATCH #031 poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 4.2% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and few scattered bubbles. The aroma is mild with floral, grassy and hay notes and a bit of sake. The taste is similar with grass, hay, lemon and rice all mingled together with mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with average plus carbonation and a bone dry finish. Overall, good. Less saison than rice beer to me, but it's different and interesting.
Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 3.37 by mcbraxt from Michigan

Jul 27, 2021
Rated: 3.58 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania

Jun 17, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by eljabak from Michigan

Jun 05, 2021
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Reviewed by simonrgilbert57 from California

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very subtle drink, but also underwhelming at points. Look is fairly standard, a light golden color with a fairly bubbly head. Not much smellwise except for the expected barly smell. Taste is also simple: the classic dry flavor found in a Japanese style beer with a bit of that rice flavor. Feel is decent: a bit watery at the end and a bit overcarbonated but still very refreshing overall.
May 21, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by bret27 from California

Apr 29, 2021
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
16 oz can. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt, spicy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, spices, pale malt and citrus fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Nice session brew.
Apr 19, 2021
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Reviewed by DDiFran from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Batch 31. Crisp but a little bland. Not much nose for a saison. Good on a summer day perhaps. Not so much on a dreary spring evening. Improves as it warms. Can art is great. Subtle, simple understated fits the beer well. Glad I tried it.
Apr 17, 2021
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Rated by HyggjaLand from Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Amazing and clean !!! Sake style saison
Mar 01, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
This was one of those weird 4 packs that showed up in Reno once, and then disappeared never to be seen again. Kind of a bummer too, because there was some truth in the name, this was extra dry.

Pours a light yellow color, a little bit cloudy, flimsy bubbles that aren't all that tight, but still make 1/3" white head. Aroma was grain-ish, I mean, rice is a grain. Wouldn't say there was a discernable saison yeast noticeable in the nose. A bit of lemon/lemongrass to it. Hay. Straw. Hat. Pizza. I mean, I get the sake inspired part of it here.

Taste wise nice, light but flavorful is a decent synopsis. The citrus note gets more diverse than just lemon and grapefruit here. The mouth feel is where this really excels, so crushable, so easy, such levity, its about as challenging of a drink as water is. Carbonation on point. The hops seem to only help with the citrus aspect, offers virtually no bitterness, finishes super dry. Would never turn this down in summer.
Feb 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Giantspace from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Batch 28, I did enjoy batch 30 more. 4x16 from Whole foods for $11.49 incl tax. My first experience with this beer was on tap at Monks October 2017. Found this around new years in cans and this is my third pack. the other two were batch 30, a bit more flavor and dryness.

From a 19oz Nonic

L...Mild Hazy golden color, huge pillowy head that sticks to the glass all the way down. Gushers of bubbles pouring up from the bottom.

S..Mild lemon, yeast and some citrus

T...follows the smell with a bit more citrus, nice dry finish.

F...a tad thin but for this ABV it will do.

Overall a really nice beer. Priced right. I would love to find 24 cans in the warm weather months. On tap this had a more crisp and dry taste. Seek this out if you like Saison.
Feb 16, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 5 by Toastwizard from Washington

Jan 09, 2021
Rated: 3.61 by untitledeuphoria from New York

Oct 21, 2020
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16oz can purchased off the shelf as a 4-pack for $11.49. "Batch #027 16:24" No clue how fresh this is and I don't think it matters too much if it's got some age on it because I think that it's a pretty shelf-stable beer.

Look: Slightly hazy, bright golden straw color. A rocky white head upon pour, but completely dissipated quickly. Lots of bubbles rising. Looks pretty and appetizing.

Smell: Very nice nose full of lemon - lemon zest, lemon oil, lemongrass. Also quite a bit of funk, yeastiness, sweetness, and grassy notes. For some reason, the nose reminds me a bit of ginger ale, yet I don't detect a ginger note per se. I guess that ginger and lemongrass have a lot of similarities in terms of flavor profile. Smells like a truly delicious and refreshing Saison.

Taste: Super refreshing and tasty. Very easy-drinking and an excellent beer to drink with food. Up front, there is a mild acidity and lemony citrus flavor along with some sweetness. The mid palate expresses some more sweetness and lemongrass, yeast. The finish has some soft bitterness from the hops that linger long and remind me of other Saisons or pilsners. There is a really nice balance with the grassy hop bitterness and some sweetness from the malts and the aromatic lemon and lemongrass flavors. The finish is super dry and crisp.

Feel: Light yet full mouthfeel for its weight, relatively high carbonation. Very crisp, dry, and refreshing.

Overall: There's something about this beer that is so simple, so subtle, and so enjoyable. It's reserved and also strongly expressive in its strengths. For me, it just fires on all cylinders and is a top rated beer. I don't even know how much it mimics sake, since I could probably count the number of times that I have had sake on one hand, and it doesn't really matter because this beer is just a quality beer and can stand on its own merits. It is cool that this is a sake-inspired beer and uses sake rice as an adjunct. I am also super impressed that a beer with such a low ABV of 4.2% is able to deliver so much flavor and fullness. The fact that this is available off the shelf at the grocery store at this price point is awesome. A perfect warm weather beer, and pretty darn good for all weather too!

Brewed and canned by Stillwater Arisanal, Stratford, CT
Oct 16, 2020
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 19, 2020
Rated: 4.57 by NikkiCS from New York

Jun 02, 2020
Rated: 3.46 by Allurex from Kansas

May 22, 2020
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Presentation: 16 oz. can with a batch number on the bottom and no dates. Served in a tulip shaped tumbler. 

Appearance: The loose, bubbly, one finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a tiny amount of lacing in small spots. It's a clear, pale straw color.

Smell: It's very aromatic and pleasant with notes of lemongrass, grapefruit and peach. There's also a grainy, washed rice scent in the background.

Taste: There's a lot of soft flavors that work very well with each other; starting with fruity lemon and a touch of peach. That's followed up by some flowery notes and herbal lemongrass in the background. There's no bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: It's extremely light, very refreshing and dry with a crisp, high carbonation bite.

Overall: An awesome beer that's not "in your face" but brings a lot to the nose and palate in its own subtle way.
May 17, 2020
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Rated by Helmick2003 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Tastes a little hoppy. But very crisp drinkable beer. Not sour at all.
Apr 24, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Apr 03, 2020
Rated: 3.44 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Feb 28, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Feb 28, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 03, 2019
Rated: 3.97 by grittybrews from Washington

Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Miller-Time

1.2/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1
poured with a huge head that took a quite a few seconds to retreat. Slightly cloudy straw color appearance. Absolutely vile back of a taxi vomitty nose. Braved it and took a mouthful. Fair amount of carbonation. Vomit taste and smell. Spat it out. Truly the worst beer I’ve ever attempted to drink. But not the worst I’ve drank, because I didn’t not swallow this repulsive brew. Maybe it was a bad batch or skunked in transit. Nothing to do with sake. Dry, sure, but the vomit. How could you?
Oct 11, 2019
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Reviewed by SB2017 from Iowa

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A refreshing, albeit slightly watery saison ale. The sake doesn't seem to add any unnecessary weight and adds an interesting and unexpected grassy flavor which complements the light, crisp notes of the beer.
Sep 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
light, airy, lemon, lychee, very interesting grain quality, touch of herbal hop character, bubblegum yeast dancing in the background, very mellow funk/straw thing. perhaps a touch over the top in terms of carbonation. interesting stuff!
Sep 05, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Aug 18, 2019
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