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
Ratings:
152
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.86%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
59
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BLFROMHELL
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of mobrado
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of cdean801
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of jjh19
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Terrific, subtle flavor profile. Very drinkable and refreshing. Glad I tried this!

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Photo of goldenbear
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Clean, true and what is expected of a Kolsch. Balanced and session able. I don't typically drink this style and have been handed many different things across the "blonde" lable. It is nice to order a Blonde and get this. "goes down easy, just how I like my Blondes"

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

Photo of BeerTv
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Quinnspub1
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Photo of TheBoog013
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

I had this beer at an Oceanside sports bar and grill. Happy hour price was $4/pint.

This beer came in a standard pint glass; it was filled to the top. Appearance was a crystal clear light yellow. Despite the full pour (...and I'm not complaining!), there was a very light white foam head on top that lasted throughout the drink.

The aroma was a combination of nice light malt coupled with a light fruity hop aroma.

The mouth feel was medium light, with good carbonation.

The taste was very clean, with light malt balanced by a nice light hop bitterness.

Overall, this is one of the best Kolsch beers I've had. It was very drinkable and refreshing. Would definitely have again and recommend. If you have someone that doesn't like craft beer, or is stuck on BMC, this is a great beer to have them try.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Photo of sohj
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LADYBEAST
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dbarny76
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

12 fl. Oz. bottle poured into an Eggenberg glass that sort of doubles as a pilsner/stange glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw yellow with a generous, foamy white head. Nice lacing that quickly dissipates during the tasting.

Smell: Smells of malt, grain, yeast, and freshly mown grass.

Taste: You can taste the malts and grains. Also, grassy hops in the taste with a touch of white wine spritzer. A crisp taste with no true alcoholic character.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Boldly refreshing as it rolls over the palate.

Overall: A beer of the month club selection. A very drinkable and refreshing Kolsch beer.

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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 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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Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
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