Blonde Ale
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #351
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,566
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 14.04%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
179
From:
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  71
SCORE
81
Good
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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bret27 from California

4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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CC93 from California

2.06/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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hophead723 from California

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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BeerTv from California

4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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mobrado from California

4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a clear, light golden color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. The scent is fresh barley and faintly alcoholic. By appearance and scent alone this could easily pass for a mass produced light beer. The taste is wheat malt and a little alcohol, not much else. The finish is crisp and drier even than most blondes though not as dry as something like an Asahi. It’s definitely a little hoppier also. There’s not really a lot going on here. It’s definitely more drinkable and pleasant than a mass produced light beer, but it’s also more expensive and you’re not really getting anything that special for your extra money.

Jun 10, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, straw color with white head. Aroma has bready malt and a bit of honey sweetness. Taste follows with the same notes, clean, slightly malty and just some hops to balance it out. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Body is on the light side, crisp and refreshing. Overall it's a nice, easy drinking session ale.

Dec 22, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of eggshell white on top. I smell light malt,, sourdough bread, and notes of lemon. I taste a gentle dose of bittering hops and a touch of lemon. The mouth is light, crisp, and smooth.

Sep 24, 2015
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LennyOvies from Mexico

2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L- Very clear yellow body with white head.
S- Malts and grains.
T- Fresh malt with a very light hop touch.
F- Fresh, light, watery.
O- Good beer, nothing special at all.

Aug 04, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color. Clear in appearance. Light, crisp and easy drinking blonde. Nothing offensive about it, but nothing that screams out this is amazing either.

Jul 27, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to aViewFromTheHOP for this one! 12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky straw color. The lack of clarity is slightly disappointing for the style. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Quick to fade, it doesn't leave significant lacing on the glass. (2.75)

Smell: At first, I only get a light touch of noble hops. As it warms up, though, the fruit esters (lemon and peach) and malt sweetness appear vigorously. This has a nice bread vibe, while cereal grain notes are surprisingly subdued. I really enjoy a good kolsch, and - judging by the nose - this is just that. (3.75)

Taste: The initial flavors are heavy with lemon. After I taste this, it grows bready, and then slightly grassy. Vague suggestions of fruit punch lie in the background. I like it: this is a bit deeper than you would expect, without being ridiculously scattershot. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: This seems a touch bulky for the style. Just a touch. By no means does it traverse the palate sluggishly, though - this is as crisp and dry as the style needs be. Of course, the powerful carbonation also has a say in it. It drinks easily, enough said. (3.5)

Overall: Second can from Saint Archer, and I have to say: I like this better than their IPA. While it's a tad heavy for the style, it's also a bit more interesting than many others. I certainly wouldn't mind downing a few pints of this if I ever visit San Diego. (3.5)

3.52/5: Nothing groundbreaking, just a nice kolsch

Jul 02, 2015
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breadwinner from California

4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar to Ballast Point's Pale Ale with the misleading naming convention, this is, apparently, a riff on a kolsch-style beer. A couple sips of the beer quickly made that clear, as both pils malt and noble hops are readily apparent, and they're really done quite well. Brews like this and BP's version are, to me, the epitome of easy-drinking, summer-ish ales that don't get near the credit they should.

May 12, 2015
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neurobot01 from California

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Completely inoffensive, and actually slightly interesting. This rating isn't really to style, I guess, because I don't know if I can imagine anything this beer could do to be better.

Apr 23, 2015
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leaddog from Canada

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours a gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - noble hops, grass, hay, slight adjunct notes, grains.

Taste - Starts off with the grains then goes into the adjunct notes then bitter grassy noble hops. Flavours are atypical of the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - A brew that is not sure what it is trying to be (a kölsch, a pilsner, a blonde?). This one needs to go back to the drawing board.

Mar 21, 2015
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An exquisite example of a Blonde ale. Straw golden and transparent with a white frothy head. Very clean with a hint of Vienna malt. Just enough flavor to not be distracting and leave you wanting to quaff more.

Feb 26, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, poured into pint glass

A- pours a clear bright yellow-straw color with a massive foamy and rocky white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind, lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top

S- lots of grain up front with some grape skin, spicy yeast, straw, biscuit, and a hint of floral hop

T- honey sweetness up front with some spicy German yeast, floral hop mid-palate, big grainy/crackery malty backbone finishes it out with some vinous grape skin flavors on the close

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry, crisp finish

O- one of the more flavorful kolsch's that I've had and seems to follow the style, very good session option

Jan 30, 2015
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BigBry from Canada

3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft.
Pours slightly hazy, yellow with a foamy white head that fades to nothing. Thinnest spider web line of lace.
Smells of grain and grassy aromas.
Taste is the same, grain and grassy flavors, mild hop bitterness at the end.
This beer has a pretty high level of carbonation, crisp and tingly mouth feel fits the style.
Overall, good beer, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

Jan 21, 2015
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SensorySupernova from California

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with a white head, leaving just a little lace.

Smell: Light wheat and yeast.

Taste: Sweet malts up front, with some bitterness to balance kicking in quickly.

Vaguely fruity, like grapes or apples. Ended on a slightly bitter hop note.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: It may not be big, but it has plenty of subtler flavors mixed in that go very well together.

Jan 15, 2015
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largadeer from California

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean crisp and dry kolsch, nicely done for an American brewery. Finishes a touch more astringent than some of the finer German kolsch, but quite drinkable.

Dec 18, 2014
Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 179 ratings