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Blonde Ale | Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
saintarcherbrewery.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mactrail on 04-25-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
148
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
31.25%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
56
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 148
Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A single 12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine. It's labeled as a Blonde Ale, however in its description it admits to being styled after the kolsch. Why not "Kolsch-style Ale" instead? They're missing a good opportunity I think. On to the beer:

The beer is light golden colored and topped with a small white head with okay retention and a few strings of lacing. The aroma smells like a fresh kolsch, with hay, fruitiness, and a mineral note. A good start, which only continues into the taste. The taste is a little stronger per style with a brush of fruitness, pleasing hay, whispers of malt, complemented with a light body and gentle carbonation. For a beer lover who has had fresh kolsch in Cologne itself, Saint Archer has hit the target very well. Well worth the purchase, and a better option than Yellowtail Pale Ale among San Diego made kolsch-styled beers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of neurobot01
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerswag
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of aquazr1
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Dinkel
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beersilio
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of pgregoryCA
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of samtrillo
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of PaulWaters
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breadwinner
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Taylor_Boggio
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of rhino54
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mscudder
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of Quinnspub1
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of g_jenkins
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Sazz9
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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