Blonde Ale | Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Blonde AleBlonde Ale
BA SCORE
44.7%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 152 ratings
Blonde AleBlonde Ale
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
Ranking:
#38,381
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
152
Liked:
68
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
13.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
59
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The brewer calls this a Blonde, with Kölsch in parentheses, but it's actually a well-hopped and nicely balanced Kölsch in the German style. Fizzy and perfumey with a crisp mouthfeel. Some warm malt along with the resiny flavors and plenty of hops.

A little sharp, quite light bodied, with that distinctive perfumey flavor. Quite drinkable with a hoppiness that seems to grow as you sip. Perhaps more hoppy than some examples of the style, but so much better than many American examples. Pleasingly bitter and it's mellowed by something like graham crackers, though not sweet at all. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego at a price I'd like to see more of: $4.15.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of neurobot01
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of aquazr1
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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 -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beersilio
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of pgregoryCA
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of samtrillo
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WickedBeer
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breadwinner
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Taylor_Boggio
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of tomb_ride
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rhino54
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mscudder
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +14.4%

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 44.7% out of 100 with 152 ratings
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