Extra Dry | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with rice and designed to mimic the subtle and drinkable flavors of sake, this low alcohol saison is the softer side of Stillwater.

Added by ConradKenney on 05-14-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
144
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
25
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Photo of dcotom
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16-ounce can into a tulip glass. Pretty golden yellow in color, slightly hazy, with a snow white one-finger head that settles into a thin ring. Not much aroma until the beer reaches cellar temperature, when faint notes of banana, coriander, and bitter lemon begin to come through. These are present on the palate as well, although quite subdued. Very pleasant bitterness on the back of the tongue. The finish is very crisp and dry, as advertised. This is a pleasure to drink, and makes an absolutely perfect pairing with sushi. Kanpai!

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Stillwater's Extra Dry for $2.39 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to try this one, so let see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a stemless tulip.

A- The can looks good, it's got a good design and it's eye catching. It poured a hazy golden yellow color that took on more a pale yellow color when held to the light and it had a little over a two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had some better lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with a nice stone fruit like aroma being the first to show up with some pears seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by the saison yeast which imparts a typical estery and slightly spicy saison yeast like aroma with some citrus rind aromas also showing up. Up next comes the malts which are on the lighter side and impart some light grainy, biscuit, cracker and rice like aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it lives up to it's description.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the stone fruits being the first to show up, but they are much lighter than they were in the aroma and it just imparts a generic stone fruit like taste this time and it's followed by the yeast which is noticeable and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but it's also lighter than it was in the aroma. Towards the end comes the malts which imparts all the same aspects and they show up just about as much as they did in the aroma, On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a bitter and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, they pretty much nail what they are going for.

M- Fairly Smooth, crisp, very dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it was a nice and unique example of the style, it was pretty much just as described and they weren't playing around when they call this beer extra dry. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, it's almost too dry for me to drink more than one. What I like the most about this beer is that it lives up to it's name and description, it's just as described. What I like the least about this beer is the drinkability, I wish it was a little more drinkable. I'm not sure I would buy this beer again since, I don't normally like my beers this dry and I would only recommend it to someone who wants a beer that's pretty dry. All in all Liked this beer, but i didn't love, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Stillwater nailed what they were going for. It's not a favorite Stillwater beer and it's a nice and unique example of the style. Nice job guys, this is one unique take on a saison, keep it up.

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Photo of tommy5
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ontic
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a splotchy cap; little lacing;

S: citrus with Belgian yeast in the background;

T: lemon up front; lightly tart in the middle; slight herbal note on the finish; mildly bitter in the middle - a little less bitter on the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate prickly carbonation; moderately dry from the middle through the finish;

O: not my style, but a very interesting concept; well made;

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Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Bierkraft. In Goose Island glass. Playing 12 Labours of Hercules 4. Great combination of light saison funkiness with very refresghing citrusy / lemongrass notes and a nicely zesty carbonation, all packed in a low abv

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Slightly Hazy straw gold color with a medium white head and some fingers of lacing on glass.

S: Lemon grass and citrus, a little funk, some pepper and slight rice in the nose.

T: Tart citrus, peppery and spicy, some funk, and a slight bit of rice. Finishes very dry. Not an overly strong taste, very restrained.

F: Very light body, higher carbonation.

O: This is a nice summer beer, very restrained but nice and drinkable.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IpeeA
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Peaches13
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dhammar
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ebwang
2.42/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of festizio
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMV
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Mostly clear light golden pour. 3 fingers of foamy white head. Falls quickly. Moderate lacing.

S: Citrus and lemongrass... a bit herbal.

T/F: Not much in the way of malt character. Dry and citrusy. Lemon and orangepeel. Peppery... some herbal notes... a bit mineral and medicinal. Not a lot of yeast complexity for a saison. Thin in body... zesty carbonation. Finish is lemon/citrus.

O: A citrusy session level saison. Not a ton of yeast character but not terrible. Would be great for a hot summer day/yardwork. Not much reason to reach for this when you're craving something really flavorful.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Very pale straw color - light pilsner like. Started off with a 2 finger head out of a 16oz can. The head increased and it gets very active. It looked like it was raining upwards. Head recedes quicker than expected, but leaves some active lacing and a ring around the glass.

Smell: Very hoppy. Sweet and fruity - apple/peach/pineapple. Some cracker and malt.

Taste: A blast of bitterness and only a quick passing of sweet malt and bread. Hop flavors are very prominent. Dries out quickly and continues to dry out throughout. Some tart fruit flavors and slight funk. Nice Saison/Belgian yeast spice and other flavors. Nice biscuit, cracker, and citrus aftertaste.

Feel: Light bodied and thinner than I had hoped for. It does stay effervescent and there is still some interest.

Overall: Decent beer. I expected it to be more like Sake and more like a Saison. It is Belgian-like, but to me just tastes like a Belgian IPA / White IPA. It is a low ABV beer and would be very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sellen
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours a light golden, clear with visible streams of bubbles. Head is full, and provides a cloud-cover ring at the top of the glass (spotty beneath.

The nose is light, with impressions being all I get: peach or apricot, a little watermelon, and a rice sweetness (thinking of the nose of the container opening from take-out).

Taste has a little grainy opening, but not exactly. I am guessing the rice is the difference, but couldn't say I can tell. I have had sake before, and this note reminds my slightly of it.

Beyond that opening is a dry grass note with a light squeeze of lemon, lightly bitter, on a crisp, very clean feel. Body is light as expected. A little sweetness, like that of orange zest or a kumquat (without the sour) peaks just past mid-taste and disappears. The end is fairly dry with very light peppery tingle.

Appreciated this beer more for analyzing it. Not complex, but nuanced is how it came across to me. A light beer you could drink fast, or one you can sip an think about and enjoy.

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Photo of brutalist
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeer40
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Extra Dry from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.93 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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