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%
 
 
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4
Gots:
59
For Trade:
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 30
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of largadeer
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Haybeerman
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Donkster46
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucnifter
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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Blonde Ale from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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