Blonde Ale
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
Ranked #220
Ranked #28,860
3.52 | pDev: 14.2%
Jul 30, 2021
Apr 25, 2013
Blonde AleBlonde Ale
Notes: Modeled after the bright, beautiful ales of Koln, our interpretation has a clean, crisp malt character similar to a Pilsner. The authentic Kolsch yeast strain pairs perfectly with our unique blend of aromatic Noble hops from Germany.
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4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Drank from a 12 oz can purchased from a gas station in Pine Valley, CA. This is a re-visit beer from me - had several years ago and didn't appreciate. However, upon revisiting and maturing palate found this light and refreshing with a subtle hint of hops and honey. Pretty good for the style.

Jul 30, 2021
3.75 by hester7 from Texas on Mar 01, 2021
3.77 by BaconFingers from Washington on Aug 26, 2020
3 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 17, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

From can. Illegible date.
L: deep clear golden. Fluffy white head with lace.
S: Honey, grassy noble hops.
T: Honey, malt, white bread, hint of grassy bitter on the finish.
F: kind of slick. Not too think or thick. Goes down ez.
Overall: if you’re a beer snob, make sure you’re thirsty on a hot day before drinking this. It is surprisingly pretty good and I nailed it as a kolsch before I saw the beeradvocate category. I feel it is appropriate to style.

May 25, 2020
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 08, 2020
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2.06/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by CC93 from California

Poured in a pint-sized shaker on draft. Limited lighting as per restaurant's preferred atmosphere.

Look: Heavily translucent light gold colour with a pretty thick foamy white head; at least above one and a half fingers tall. Constant mild carbonation present. Exceptional lacing.

Smell: Unpleasant, sweet and murkyish odour that resembles the cheapest of beers, such as Stella Artois, somewhat of Budweiser (which despite a lack of head, it would actually trounce this ale by far based on overall composition, and that is making a *huge* statement), and maybe either Miller Lite or Bud Light; the flavour is comparable to Michelob Ultra and maybe Zhigulevskoye--another two of which I personally do not recommend. It is a bit too sweet for my taste, especially speaking as a blonde ale.

Taste: An unexpected tinge of sweetness is the most prevalent flavour in this brew. It does mildly add up with the aroma. After a few more sips, it was interpreted to be a less offensive taste.

Feel: Very thick aftertaste and overall mouthfeel. It doesn't remind me of a refreshing light beer, and it being paired with a torpedo sandwich and a pizza did my dining experience a great disservice. (The food was numerically much better compared to this drink.)

Overall: It is not for me; it disappointed me. The fact that it is a local brew within the City made me feel ashamed that I either should have taken Shock Top (as it was another option that would have been OKAY), or tried an amber ale that was available at the time--or no beer, at all. Maybe it would have been considered with a chicken salad instead of the usual Italian goods. I found it wasn't exactly the most balanced beverage to date, making me question on why this has a 81/100 rating.

Feb 01, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Mister_Faucher from Washington

19oz can purchased at Albertsons in Lake Forest Park, Washington.
Dated 120219. Poured in to a Sam Smith imperial pint glass.

Look- Very slightly hazy brilliant golden straw color, large pillowy bright white head that slowly recedes to a thin cap, nice lacing. Moderate carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Sweet bready/honey malts, light citrus, some yeasty banana and nutmeg/clove type spice, floral/grassy notes.

Taste- Much like the aroma with a little green grape and orchard fruit thrown in, but somewhat muted and muddled, still fairly tasty though.

Feel- Medium/light bodied, smooth and pretty crisp, fairly dry and heavier carbonation on the tongue, light bitterness there.

O- A little like a kolsch, a little like a pilsner, a little like a Belgian, a hybrid if you will. Not really sure where SA was going with this one, not sure they did either but it's pretty good and worth trying.

Jan 19, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by hophead723 from California

My roommate shared a can of this with me after I gave him a sample of a 2016 bottle of Hugel Classic Riesling. Poured into a pint glass, ice cold.

Look: Lightly hazed straw yellow color of raw Tupelo honey. Soft and foamy white head that settles to a stubborn veil. Delicate and tiny fluttering bubbles of carbonation rise to the top.

Smell: Grainy, slightly peppery aroma with delicate fruity esters.

Taste/Feel: Crackery pale malts and a refreshing lemony aftertaste are further validated by a dry finish. A pleasant pale malt flavor lingers on the tongue long after each drink.

Overall: Delicious and refreshing beer here. I highly recommend this beer and I respect the brewery for their skill and expertise.

Jan 08, 2020
3 by mblakesley from California on Jan 08, 2020
3.1 by Trueprinceofgotham from California on Jan 07, 2020
3.44 by antihero404 from California on Jan 04, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerBobber from Nevada

Pours out a nice golden color. Looks slightly hazy with bubbles of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Head of fairly tight white bubbles slowly settling into the beer.

Smells like a pilsner with that slightly grassy scent. Smells a bit sweet. Maybe a touch of some citrus.

Taste is like a pilsner also. Has a bit of the grassiness from the smell coming through. Clean water taste with just a hint of malts. Also picking up a faint background of hops at the very very far tail end.

Mouth feel is nice bouncy and spritzy with that carbonation pushing things along the tongue. Seems to leave a bit of sticky hop residue on the lips. This part I like. Finish is clean but the beer itself kind of lingers as you try to pick out the flavors you are experiencing.

Overall this beer works for me. I like the reminiscence of a pilsner that makes this a fairly clean drinking beer. And like a good pilsner I would search this out at a bar to have it on tap with some good bar food, pretzels, burger, pizza and that sort. Would pair nicely with a good Schnitzel as well. Yet at that this is a nice clean drinking beer.

Dec 02, 2019
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

I mean, when you drink a Blonde you can’t overthink it. This is not an Ingmar Bergman beer; it’s more like Tarantino - buckle up and enjoy the ride. And right here in Saint Archer Blonde, I’m not trying to make sense of Death and some Swedish knight playing chess; it’s more or less Uma Thurman beating the hell out of a bunch of ninjas. Tasty, but you don’t have to think too much to enjoy it.

Now, this might upset the Russian judges, but I’m giving this fours all down the line!

Jun 05, 2019
1.56 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 09, 2019
3.15 by Peter_M_Morris from California on May 02, 2019
3.93 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland on Feb 14, 2019
3.65 by Genx from Georgia on Jan 31, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Beginner2 from Illinois

A refreshing ale for a warmish day. Looks a bit more blonde than the typical Kolsch, but then this is southern California !
Saint Archer's rendition is largely true to style (modest malty aromas, fruity/hoppy balanced Tastes and a dryish finish.) My only issue is that it might be a bit too dry... but then, I'm too old for this hip market... so don't mind me.

My first from Saint Archer, so I went on their website and they strike me as a classic beach-town brewery. Cool. Witness and instigator to lots of cool goofing-off, Saint Archer's clearly conveys the terroir of beach life !

Nov 22, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a 6-pack cans $8.99 Don Quijote
Hazy golden color
Light mouthfeel
High carbonation
Wheat, peppery taste
Overall just ok. It is refreshing because its light, but no characteristics that would make me want to buy again. Wouldn't say no if it was given to me.

Jul 30, 2018
3.48 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on Apr 25, 2018
3.91 by Antg8989 from New Jersey on Mar 08, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by dave_ackbar from Hawaii

Look is bright yellow, indicative of a good blonde.
Smell is like a pilsner.
taste is crisp and refreshing.
Feel is clean and that of a pilsner.
Overall not bad, I’m a huge fan of their White Ale, so I’d lean towards getting that again before this.

Feb 19, 2018
3.75 by goopy from California on Feb 09, 2018
3.57 by Furlinator from California on Jan 04, 2018
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
3.75 by paulish from New York on Nov 28, 2017
4.03 by ItsTheBeer from California on Nov 26, 2017
3.5 by sokol_1993 from California on Oct 11, 2017
3.77 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Jun 12, 2017
3.71 by Toynk from Illinois on May 25, 2017
3.32 by tomb_ride from California on May 05, 2017
3.76 by EdFed from Illinois on Mar 17, 2017
Photo of BeerTv
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BeerTv from California

St. Archer Blonde
(ABV: 4.8%) (IBU: 22)

This is an American interpretation of the Germanic ale from Köln, known as a Kölsch ale. Traditional German influences of Noble Hops and an authentic Kӧlsch yeast strain are used to brew this American adaptation. Kölsch ales are top-fermenting lagered beers, so these types of ales have certain lager-like characteristics.

AROMA – Bready malt, honey, fresh cut hay, straw, slight floral hoppiness, spicy yeast

APPEARANCE – Hazy golden straw hue, rocky white foamy head, minor lacing, decent head retention, heavy amounts of carbonation bubbles

FLAVOR – Spicy peppered yeast, malt sweetness, honey, lemon, grassy, cracker/biscuit, floral hop, straw

MOUTHFEEL - Clean, crisp powerful carbonation, medium-light bodied, refreshing, dry finish

OVERALL – Easy drinking lawnmower beer for a hot afternoon; delightfully simple allowing oneself to be refreshed after a long day’s work; a nice example of an American inspired Kölsch

Sep 01, 2016
3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Aug 10, 2016
3.53 by Donkster46 from Washington on Jul 26, 2016
3.75 by brianmandell from California on Jul 20, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mobrado from California

Criminally underrated and immensely drinkable. Pretty much the first Kölsch I've had this side of the pond that nails the style. And of course they don't call it a Kölsch on the label... Go figure.

Jul 17, 2016
3.02 by Mkaram from California on Jun 23, 2016
3.17 by PaulWaters from California on Jun 22, 2016
Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 181 ratings