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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #157
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,397
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
152
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Steel Toe Brewing
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a nice hazy amber color with a big head, slowly diminishing as you enjoy it. A bit of malt in the nose. In the mouth, it is lightly hoppy and malty. Nice!

Jan 26, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is white, frothy, 2 finger. The retention is kinda poor. Minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose is somewhat week. There's a slight malt to it, but not much else.
Taste - is interesting. Sight hop bite up front. The malt is on the backside. I wasn't expecting that.
Mouthfeel is a bit light, but expected from this style.
I was expecting just a run of the mill of this style from this beer. This isn't. It's got a decent, complex, surprising flavor profile. I could pop a few of these on a hot summer day easily.

Feb 26, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

you have to love a brewery who tries to make something simple and easy drinking for the masses amidst a bunch of heady recipes but it still ends up being kind of dank and awesome despite their best efforts to make it approachable. thats what we have here, a hazy blonde beer with a hundred right jabs of character. hops are grassy and old world, but also sort of citric, its also one of the yeastier beers dubbed "blonde" i have seen in public, and i respect the heck out of it for that. maybe a pinch of white crystalline sugar, but its light still too, its not a distraction from the original purpose i dont think. it helps that carbonation is boosty and happening, and it also is cool that there is some body here, none of the generic blonde ale wash here. havent had enough beer from steel toe, but the few i have had really lean in the aggressive and confident direction, and i like that. in a crowded beer market like the twin cities, a basic and dumbed down blonde ale isnt going to cut it, and these guys seem well aware of that. sessionable but interesting. great work

Jun 17, 2016
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MinnBrewer from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a blonde ale...a good one. Great session beer. Not too bitter and malty enough. I can't say it's "slightly sweet malt" as they describe, but I am glad. Will definitely look to drink this beer again.

Jan 09, 2016
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frasergrove from California

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big billowing white head, light tinge of haziness, purely pale body. Interesting nose of toasted malt, breadiness and yeast, some herbal and peppery characters. Body is light, crisp almost bright acidic like finish. Crisp and refreshing beer!

Nov 21, 2015
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow, with a good head and lots of wet lacing.

Smell is yeast and floral, with a hint of spice. Nothing really stand out in terms of taste, but it's good. Innocuous.

Mouthfeel is clean but a little watery.

Not a standard, but true to the style.

Oct 01, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy straw from a 22 oz. bomber into a 19 oz Spiegelau IPA glass crowned by a clingy 2” off-white foam collar that recedes to a thick film. S: Citrusy fresh laundry, floral and earthy hops T: A little white bread backed by a moderate hop bitterness. F: Light but creamy, medium high carbonation O: Nothing too overpowering, well balanced, refreshing and drinkable.

Aug 10, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice fluffy and bleach white head. Barely makes about three fingers tall, but seems to slow sink into a soapy retention puck. Body is a golden light brass yellow, slightly hazy a bit, with some fine carbonation.

The nose provides a little mellow bread, but not much else. Non existent or very subuded hop aroma. A little bit of pastry like sweetness slightly, but otherwise kind of basic if fine. Not much else to say here or going on.

For an otherwise boring start, things improve a bit. A good chewy body of wheat denisty with some surprisng fruit tones in the mid palate. Faint juiced lemon and mushy orange flavor a bit. Finishes quite clean with a good chewy coating to match. Has some creamy tones, almost in a sort of Blue Moon oats way perhaps, but with a much less sweeter finish.

Overall while not a fav style, and one that I seem to randomly fall into from time to time and don't seek out, this one is a decent if not one of the better American blonde ales I've had.

Aug 25, 2014
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MTBrewr from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very light gold in color, a little darker than a Pilsner, but still very clear. Very white head that quickly recedes.

S: Aren't any overpowering aromas. There are some faint floral scents backed by the scent of a bready malt.

T: Taste is very crisp and refreshing. There is a bit of tartness/sourness and hints of lemon are apparent. Without the added complexity that the lemon offers this would be a very boring, but smooth beer. With the lemon, it is an extremely refreshing summer beer that has just enough flavor to keep you intrigued while not being too heavy or high in the abv department at 5.0%.

M: In my opinion, the most attractive part of this beer is its mouth feel. It first hits the mouth with an extremely smooth texture, and as it lingers it starts to develop a stronger and stronger acidity due to the carbonation combined with the acidic characteristics of a lemon. Once swallowed this acidity quickly fades away intro a nice refreshing sensation.

There is nothing overpowering about this beer, but I believe that is exactly what Steel Toe was going for with this release. It's a beer you can just kick back with after a day out in the hot sun and just enjoy summer. Cheers!

Jun 01, 2014
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle with no date

look is pale gold with orange highlights. bonus points for being unfiltered, smells corny. creamy with perfect carbonation, but the flavor disappears sometimes. subdued lemon hops, grain, sweet bread, bitter effervescent finish. more sweet bread comes out as it warms.

too expensive to be a favorite

Mar 16, 2014
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A slightly cloudy golden pour with a finger I head which quickly diminished. Aroma is very tea like, lots of honey and pilsner/wheat smells. Light citrus on the nose.
The flavor profile is slightly citrusy up front and then lots of bready character. Sweet malt kicks in halfway and rounds this beer off nicely.
A crisp refreshing light bodies beer with medium carbonation.
Overall this is a nice blonde ale, just right for the hot summer weather. As far as this brewery goes, I expected a little more creativity for the style.

Jul 29, 2013
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Mdog from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear yellow, slight haze, good head.

Smell: Nice floral aroma, crackers, seltzer.

Taste: Mild sweetness, grassy hops, bit of floral (rose water?) mixed in with malty sweetness.

Overall: I liked the floral aroma, and was happy I could pick it out since my nose is pretty bad. This is a nice easy drinker for the hot summer days, does what a blonde ale is supposed to do--refresh while giving some interesting flavor.

Jul 27, 2013
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John_M from Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bryant's Lake Bowl the other day.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I really am not picking up very much on the nose. There's a slight grain aroma, and then some very light dry citrus, and that's about it. On the palate, this beer is surprisingly tasty for an american blond. It has some qualitites to is that sort of remind me of a wit beer (light clove, some wheat and some light spice), that blends well with the light honey and dry bitterness I'm getting. A lot american blonds just don't deliver enough flavor for me, but this one is pretty good. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable.

Not bad at all. This would make a nice summer beer, and would be an interesting change from some of the wits and pils I like to drink in the warmer months.

Mar 31, 2013
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a clear, golden look to it with virtually no head. There is not much to the smell... grains, yeast, and faintly hoppy. The taste is very refreshing. It has a slightly hop taste with no bitterness. It tastes like a nice lager.

Jan 26, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very citrusy and floral. Some grassiness.

T - It tasted very fruity with a slight grassy bitterness. A sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a nice blonde ale. My first and only Steel Toe brew.

Jan 07, 2013
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NuclearDolphin from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Wet Yellow with strong haze and quite a bit of carbonation. Head is around 2 fingers in width and rather soapy.

Smell - Floral Hops, Grassiness, Yeasts, Cloves and a slight malty scent. It's got a bit of an earthy-pils smell it without being too strong

Taste - Floral Hops, Yeasts, Barley, Cloves and Malts. The earthy scent is nowhere to be found in the flavor and in it's place is a malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - For a blonde ale, quite heavy bodied. Carbonation is thankfully quite light, tolerable and adds some character to the flavor

Overall - Another Solid Brew from Steel Toe. I enjoyed their Rainmaker and commented that I look forward to more offerings from them. The same can be said now as I will eagarly look forward to more of their offerings in the future

Nov 30, 2012
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Greggy from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crisp white head over a slightly hazed golden body. Some sparse lacing is present on the beer clean glass. A thin cap remains after some time.

S- Fresh lemon zest, floral hop, grassy. Very vibrant and inviting!

T- Starts off grainy with cereal breadiness and transitions into fresh lemon zest and some grassiness in the mid palette. The finish very vibrant and feels slightly hoppy.

M- Right on the mark here. Good feel and great finish

O- I thought, golden ale... I'll make that the last Steel Toe I try... How good could it be? Great job, Jason. This is an extremely well executed blonde ale. Definitely will have again!!

Aug 22, 2012
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale straw golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A light but crisp and refreshing smelling aroma. Bready pale malts and wheat cereal grains with good hints of crackers and yeast. Nice hints of citrus lemon zest and orange. Some floral hops. Light hint of honey like sweetness. A laid back but solid smell.

Taste: Again, light and easy drinking as expected, but with some really nice subtle flavors. Pale malts and wheat grains with solid hints of bread, yeast, hay, and crackers. Good citrus fruit taste of lemon zest and orange. Light hint of honey. Floral hops add a light bitterness and earthy quality. Hop presence is actually fairly vibrant considering the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and somewhat tart and juicy. Very easy drinking.

Overall: A very solid summer beer. One of the fuller tasting examples of the Blonde style. Nice citrus taste.

Aug 02, 2012
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lurpy1 from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You gotta hand it to Steel Toe. While so many new breweries are charging butt-rape prices for their bombers despite lack of pedigree, Steel Toe's bombers are priced to move, despite their growing positive street cred. Bomber of Provider, split. Not looking for an earth-changer, just a good summer beer on a scorching, repressive night at the cabin.

Pour is dishwater blonde, with a head that rises and falls as quickly as the third reich.

Smell: Granary, lemon, flour

Citrus takes a bigger role in the flavor. As to be expected, not a real hop presence. Not a real strong presence for much of anything. This is a beer meant to be easy.

Mouthfeel: Thin and easy, light alcohol, spot-on carbonation. For a summer beer, Steel Toe nailed it.

This is a candidate for a go - to summer beer, but it is hampered by not being available in 12 oz bottles.

Jul 11, 2012
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden hued, under lace-leaving pure white head.

Soft, floral nose. Wheat and hops at work. Citrus notes. Delicate and delightful.

Taste: Spank of hops up front, the sharp, citric twang of wheat malt, a little extra spritz of something else. That all comes on the first sip, and it gets mellower from the very next moment. Smooth and creamy. Light bodied to the point of medium. Plenty of flavor in this very quaffable brew. Lots of action on the tongue here, in an ale that doesn't seem to easily fall into any one slot. Definitely wheat based, definitely hoppy. Exceedingly easy drinking.

Great sessioner, appropriate summer drinker. "Provider" may mean how well this brew's profits will fill Steel Toe's coffers. The IPA will hear the hosannas from the beer geek crowd, but this one will suit everyone else.

I put this growler down easily in one sitting. I wish it were on the lakeside, in the heat of the sun, that's the only thing that would make this better.

Jun 25, 2012
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herman77 from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, bright deep yellow with a fluffy white head. Awesome lacing.

S: Lemon zest and bready malts dominate. Some sweet cereal malts in the mix too.

T: Light and refreshing, but still has a lot of flavor. Some light lemon and floral hops up front with a nice slightly sweet malt backbone. Finishes crisp and makes you go back for more.

M: Light body. Carbonation is a bit on the high side, but spot on.

O: Very drinkable. I think Steel Toe is the best out of all the new breweries popping up and this beer is a perfect example of why. Anyone who likes beer would love this. Could be a great gateway beer into the world of craft.

Jun 13, 2012
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Took home a Provider because the sample impressed me. And, the guy ahead of me bought the last Dissent. A bit light for my normal drinking, but I thought a growler for week night drinking would be a good test for this golden ale.

Stark white head falls rather quickly in spite of an assertive pour. Hazy sunflower gold ale that's translucent with waves of old gold. Floral scented nose with a slight spice and fresh biscuity malt underneath. Sweet beer that has a full and filling mouthfeel, which is what really attracted me initially. In spite of taking up the light, psuedo-macro, lawnmower, everyman spot in the Steel Toe line up, hearty mouthfeel belies its light appearance. It even warms nicely, again a contradiction to its assumed visual character. The 5% ABV points to a stronger malt bill, which may explain the perceptual gap.

Overall, a very nice beer and one that I would try a draft, bottle or growler again. I'm looking for a growler to share at the end of the year teacher party and Provider seems like it would be palatable for a wide range of drinkers.

Jun 04, 2012
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bsp77 from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with nice, brilliant white cap and minor lacing.

Smell: Lemon, grass and citrus. Pretty floral and dry smelling.

Taste: Bread, lemon and a light grassiness. Finish is floral, not bitter. Unfortunately, there is an aftertaste that I would almost say is medicinal, despite not having any cherry flavor.

Feel: Light but firm body. Lively carbonation. Finish is almost nicely dry, but the lingering aftertaste has some residual sweetness.

Overall: If not for the aftertaste, this would have been a top notch Blonde Ale.

May 10, 2012
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GeezLynn from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright shade of goldenrod, with a light white head and decent retention.
Husky/grainy aroma with very light floral hops. Lacking staleness I associate the with this style.
Flavor is leans heavily toward malty (pilsner?) with hops barely discernible. Still there is a good balance between sweet and bitter. Finish is dry and pretty clean.
Feel is far from flat, but carbonation is fine and overall feel is pretty smooth as opposed to crisp, although it does finish with a nice dryness.

It’s hard to get excited about this style, but this was a well made beer.

Feb 22, 2012
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BMoney575 from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-28-12

Pours a light golden color, slightly cloudy, with a sizable white head that fizzes on top. Bubbles coat the sides of the glass as the beer level recedes.

Smell is light, a little beery, with a very pleasant clean hop aroma at the end. Simple and straight forward, but very enjoyable.

Taste is sweet and light, with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance things out. Not overly complex, but tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is great, a nice thickness accents the flavors, and the tart carbonation keeps things light.

Drinkability is outstanding. Well made and extremely balanced, you could easily drink these all night.

Overall, a simple beer that serves its purpose.

Jan 28, 2012
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