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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #918
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,735
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
225
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  39
SCORE
87
Very Good
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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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jkblr from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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
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simonrgilbert57 from California

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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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DDiFran from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Giantspace from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Miller-Time

1.2/5  rDev -69.2%
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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SB2017 from Iowa

3.94/5  rDev +1%
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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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
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
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Das Beer Garden. Very pale clear yellow. Smells of fruity and sweet grain and slight yeasty funk. Tastes of more yeastiness in the form of earthy and spicy notes, a faint bit of citrus, and the slightest bit of grain. Very light and well carbonated. Seltzery feel to it. It's a very drinkable beer, but almost no grain presence, so it's hard to say it's all that good.

Jul 01, 2019
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mactrail from Washington

2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Hazy pale amber with a dissipating wisp of foam in the Kasteel chalice. Moderate fizz on the tongue. Mineral taste followed by a bitter, yeasty, and very long aftertaste. Aroma is something like a little cucumber.

There are just the slightest wheaty or malt flavors. Other than that, the taste is mostly just bitterish yeast. It seems more bitter with the lack of any sweetness. You could gulp this down on a hot day, for sure, but then you'd want potato chips or something to take the taste away. From the can purchased on the West Coast.

Apr 30, 2019
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NYRunner from New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a can into a pint glass.

Light apricot-yellow with nice head retention. Not much odor: slightly malty-citrus.

The taste is slightly hoppy with a citrus-mango undertaste, rather thin mouth feel with either a hop bite or perhaps it’s the carbonation.

Not a bad session ale, though I don’t know if I’ll seek it out.

Mar 07, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy platinum; cucumber, lemon-pepper, and Sorachi-type herb; oyster cracker, light lemon, some saltwater, herb + grassy end; snappy, light + dry.

4 4.25 4.5 4 4.25

Bright, oily nose. Fluttery flowers with some novel notes - never had anything quite like it. I like this one.

Feb 24, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(13 oz draft pour)

Is this just a variation on Beer Table Table Beer, or whatever twas called?... yes, its dryness is immediately apparent... the funk of it stands out ahead, and that's about it... bit of a musty, sweaty gym sock soaked in pils malt slurry... the 'sake' element news to me as the bar only advertised this as 'Stillwater Extra Dry', no description on the menu (sorry, don't have phone to check untappd or beer menus description)... not off-putting, not unique, not something I would get again at that price

Jan 27, 2019
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GpompsMadomps from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great hop aroma and dry crisp finish. Great table saison type beer. Hazy hoppy light saison that is great for drinking lots of or sipping with a nice meal. Great everyday beer to keep in stock. Stillwater really excels with these types of beers.

Oct 10, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy translucent straw with a big soapy white head. Medium-poor retention. The head fizzles away rather quickly, but leaves a thin film that leaves splotchy lacing.

S: Pear, lychee, pineapple, white grape, lemon, apple, oats, cracker malt, vanilla, clover.

T: Big pear, lychee, lemon, pineapple, and white grape/wine. Soft cracker/white bread malt. Soapy floral notes. Crisp, clean, and lightly dry finish with a light grassy bitterness.

F: Light, but not watery. Well-carbonated. Super clean and refreshing.

O: A really nice, flavorful, low-abv saison. Unique, and super refreshing.

Jun 29, 2018
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This sake style saison pours a slightly opaque straw yellow color with a medium fizzy white head. The smell is surprisingly fruity with citrus notes including orange and lemon. There is also a faint grain scent. The citrus translates into the flavor and melds with pear, white wine, a bit of pepper, and yeast. As advertised there is a crisp, extra dry snap in the finish. The body is light. The carbonation is quite high. Though dry, crisp saisons are definitely an established subset of this category, this is still unique among those. It is not my favorite style of saison, but it is fairly complex and quite tasty. It would be terrific in summer.

Apr 16, 2018
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can with a best by date of 7/29/18; into a tulip.
Appearance- very cloudy yellow with scattered champagne bubbles; medium thick, soapy white head that doesn’t recede and leaves decent lacing!
Smell - pear and champagne are the notes I pick up the most.
Taste - mirrors the nose, but with more profound pear flavors and more mildly sweet champagne; I’ll definitely have a few of these!
Feel - light, highly carbonated with a dry finish; just a touch of sweetness that makes this an easy drinker!
Overall- a fun light beer to kick back with and not have to worry about having too many!

Mar 17, 2018
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Bierliebhaber7 from Maryland

3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I wanted to like this one. The words "Dry Beer" in katakana on the can was an eye catcher. For the style, I believe it's not too bad, but it wasn't quite what I expected. Straw yellow (slightly hazy) in the glass, with some foam; a bit bubbly for my liking. Bright sour highlights in the nose with a fairly pronounced sour taste that didn't soften much as the glass emptied. I'd like to have tasted some hops bitterness and a bit more malt, but the sourness was a tad bit cloying; and I found myself liking the beer less and less as it went down. Definitely worth a try. It's different and, perhaps, something for the right palate. For me, however, likely a one and done.

Mar 05, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a fairly clear golden color, with a rich, frothy, three finger head, well attenuated.
S: Very clean, with estery notes, hints of lemon and pepper, something zesty that borders on cucumber without quite being cucumber.
T: Wonderfully clean with an understated bitteress. It's definitely a saison, the classic saison yeast profile is here albeit in a reserved manner that chooses its expressions very carefully. Citrus and a touch of pear, the bitterness marries perfectly with the peppery notes of the saison yeast.
M: Extra, dry.
O: By far the best Stillwater beer I have had. Damn fine beer.

Feb 05, 2018
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amano_h from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm still yet undecided as to how I feel about the genre of "Experimental Beer." Whereas I do enjoy a variation from the old routine, or a curveball in between three-seam fastballs every now and then, it's somewhat hard to get behind something when all it does is try to stand out, or if the tried and true mantra craft brewer maxim were to be applied and paraphrased, something which claims: "we only brew beers that we like to drink, and your palate isn't refined enough to appreciate it."
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Save for the now cult classic Gose Gone Wild and its many debatably unsuccessful variants, Stillwater never quite left an impression with me as a company whose products I particularly wanted to try; that is until I started seeing pictures of a can with the letters ドライ inscribed on a white and cyan surface popping up every now and then on instagram, which admittedly only caught my eye because I initially thought it was an Oxbow brew.

Nevertheless, a "sake-inspired saison" at its core to me is both insulting and intriguing. I know I ramble on about nomenclature and taxonomy ad nauseum, but more-than-a-small part of me dies every time someone refers to the alcoholic beverage produced primarily on the Japanese Archipelago, brewed with polished rice, Aspergillus oryzae, water, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae as "Sak[é]," which literally just means "alcohol" in its native language. An even bigger part of me dies when people around me pronounce it as "Saki" and corral me to take "Saki Bombs" with them while eating "California Rolls" at an "Authentic Japanese Restaurant" but that's a rant for a different time and place.

I'm assuming when Brian Strumke calls something as being inspired by dry nihonshū, that he means he modelled it after some cheap Gohyakumangoku honjōzō karakuchi he must have drunk by accident in Golden Gai somewhere, because the current trend in Japan is heavily gravitating toward nihonshū brewed with high quality rice (e.g. Yamadanishiki) with insane polishing ratios that smell like it's half-way in between báijiǔ and white wine, and this is as far a departure as you can get from it.

Insulting/confusing classification and semantic nuances aside, the brew is actually not half bad and pretty much lives up to the name it contestedly takes up after. Cheap grainy sakamai, lemon pledge, coriander, orange peel, wheat, and hints of white pepper comprise the aromatic fabric of this brew. For clarification on what "cheap and grainy sakamai" smells like, find a paper carton of nihonshū nearest you, (it'll usually be either Ozeki, Gekkeikan, or Ganbare Otōsan) pour out the entirety of its contents, and smell the inside of the paper carton.

The taste matches the aroma pretty well, with subdued orange peel and coriander composing the main body, decorated by a pinch of lemon, a dash of wheat, and dat cheap sakamai stank. Actually, the grainy sakamai flavor begrudgingly blends well with the other subtle spice-heavy, yeast-derived flavors, which all together imbue the palate with a gentle wave of flavor that seemingly evaporates into thin air within mere seconds of its occupation of the mouth. It's actually not all that different from drinking cheap honjōzō karakuchi, except this one doesn't have that odd fusel alcohol "burn" you experience at the end from all the added brewer's alcohol.

Light-ish body, with a smooth crisp overall mouthfeel. The carbonation presents itself vibrantly at first, but fizzles down to a more manageable level throughout the drinking experience. The finish is pretty much as dry as it can get.
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All in all, an interesting experiment/thought process executed fairly well that both gets you drunk and promulgates an ignorant misnomer of a celebrated Japanese traditional beverage. What more could you possibly ask for in a beer?

Dec 16, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am now working on my CAN backlog as the Bottle Backlog has been greatly reduced to the point of manageability. New Beer Sunday remains a CANsideration, but if I do not have enough of a backlog/stash to perform a brewery horizontal, I will just chip away like I am doing now.

From the CAN: "Extra Dry Sake Style Saison Ale"; "Vatten, Mältat Korn, Skull Ris, Humle, Jäst (Water, Malted Barley, Sake Rice, Hops, Yeast)"; "Beer/Birra/Starköl/Øl/Cervesa/Øl".

I see that my local, in-person CANtrader, tone77, has reviewed his, so now it is my turn. A couple of CANsiderations went into my Crack! & Glug of this beer: 1) CANflicting reports in reviews as to its clarity & 2) it came in a pint CAN, which usually spells trouble if I try to CANduct an Inverted Glug. I went with a nice, gentle Glug which produced two fingers of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention all on its own. No in-glass swirl required. The color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), suggesting that I might have been able to do a little better, but not by much. It also tells me that this may be unfiltered, so if you like a hazy, or even cloudy, beer, you could be more aggressive in your pour. Nose had a slight, not overly pronounced funkiness, which was fine by me. The funk is one of the main reasons that I am not a huge fan of Saisons. Mouthfeel was full of carbonation, making it kind of creamy, but also a little prickly on the tongue. Hmm. The taste was tending towards tart, kind of lemony, but also sort of restrained. My initial thought was lemon biscotti, but that would be imprecise. The tart funkiness only told part of the overall story as there was also a light, drying hay-like quality also, along with a lemon zestiness. Finish? When they say "Extra Dry", you had best believe them! It was as though I had sprinkled powdered alum in my mouth! 8=* Mymymy.

Dec 16, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a shade of light gold, with very little in terms of head and head retention. The aroma is yeasty with notes of sake. The flavor is similar but overall very mild. Light carbonation. A nice sessionable Saison.

Dec 12, 2017
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 225 ratings