Provider | Steel Toe Brewing

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Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States
steeltoebrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KarlHungus on 09-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
145
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
21
For Trade:
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at the Four Firkins for $5. I should have bought another. It's a simple, but very tasty and well-made blonde ale that borders on the lighter side of a pale ale. The aroma is a mix of lightly toasted pale malt and mild, floral tangerine hops. These carry through to the flavor, where the gentle, floral hops character picks up, reminding me of a for subtle Surly Bitter Brewer. It's smooth, very drinkable and finished with a little kick of pale malt grain instead of hops. Wow, this is a great session beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of BDeibs
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of maximum12
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber at the 4F, evidently they're only getting out to a few places around the brewery. Had a few sips out of a growler a while back & liked it, so, here we are.

Split into two pint glasses on a quiet Wednesday evening. Looks watery golden. Smells like a field of damp grains - with a bad case of mold. Something off in the nose; like unidentified leftovers gone bad in the fridge. Definitely don't recall that from the first time.

Provider's flawed nose doesn't carry over to the taste, which is better. Again with the grains, hazed wet hops, white bread, sliver of orange. All subtle, all quiet, subdued. But the taste takes a hit from the nose which has to be endured with each sip.

Not sure if this is an off-bottle or not, but the nose really brings this down. Fix that & this would be a solid ale.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to LaCoursiere for this bottle.

A: Pours a slight cloudy, but mainly translucent, yellowish-orange. There is about 1/2 finger of pure white head. There is little to no lacing as it drinks.

S: This brew smells sweet, and a bit on the malty side. I'm picking up scents of rose hips, bubblegum, banana, clove, and just a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is nice. It starts off with some malty sweetness and fresh cut grass. The floral notes come through a little later. The finish has a nice little citrus note to it. This beer reminds me of Ellicottville's Mowmaster's Ultra Pale Ale.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts off a bit wet with light carbonation and finishes dry.

O: This beer is pretty good. It's not amazing, but it's totally drinkable. I almost feel like this beer would serve well as a summer seasonal. It's the perfect brew on a hot summer day. It's very refreshing, and tastier than your average lighter styled beers.

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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recede quickly into nice lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, tangerines, and floral hops. The taste is very floral with a nice bready finish. This is balanced, refreshing taste. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really good beer. If this were is six pack form I could see myself drinking this regularly.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color with a slight haze. A solid two fingers of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet, bready malt. Not picking up much of the advertised floral hops.

Not picking up much hops in the flavor either. Not overly sweet thankfully. The malt has some bready, grainy qualities. It has a clean flavor but falling short of being a crisp beer.

I really dig the mouthfeel. Great texture for a light beer with the carbonation nearing perfection.

A good blonde ale. However it is ridiculously expensive. I would never buy another bottle again at the current bomber price.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Provider from Steel Toe Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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