Mississippi Blonde Ale
Bent River Brewing Company

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #772
Ranked #47,801
3.21 | pDev: 15.58%
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 114 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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CaptainHate from Ohio

3.04/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I won a basket of beer at a benefit dinner for someone donating a kidney to his father. When they were delivered I pretty much rolled my eyes because they were all like this except for some Acadia Scottish Ale which might be a step up. Anyway, I'd had a Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest collab tonight and still was thirsty so this filled the bill ok for that purpose. If it's hot or warm and you're thirsty for something nondescript, this is fine. If you're looking for something to knock your socks off, this ain't it.

Oct 07, 2018
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nickles from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice golden straw color with a head that slowly builds due to the high amounts of carbonation. smell is very grainy with a hoppy background. taste is of a cornish grain with a slight malty profile that gives way to a subtle hoppy aftertaste. this taste isnt for everyone but it fits right up my alley. almost like a watered down hefe weissen. would purchase again.

Sep 18, 2018
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pale and light yellow that is quite clear. minimal head and minimal lacing

S- light sweet malt.

F- slight hops but the malt dominates. it is almost salty malty. almost like a german lager beer

M- sweet and light bodied, it goes down fairly smooth.

O- its ok but the malt dominates too much and there isnt much hop there.

Apr 11, 2018
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GoatmanBrewsMD from Maryland

2.41/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

copper color with minimal head after the pour. Sweet aroma. Mild sweetness almost bland on the taste. very thin on the mouthfeel. Meh I suppose okay for the style but nothing to seek out.

Mar 10, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mississippi blonde pours a copper color with almost no head. Light aroma, sweet and crisp. Flavor is light sweet and crisp but barely noticeable. Watery body. Overall it's not bad, but too light even for a light style.

Feb 11, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, lemon color with a haze. Okay starting head which settles to a film of bubbles on the glass. Little lace--a couple of streaks here and there.

The smell contains some obvious adjuncts, most likely corn. Raw grain dominates and I cannot tease out any hop notes. Very much like a Bud or Miller Lite.

The taste is a marked improvement to the smell. First, I do get some definitive hop bitterness. While not complex, the hop does provide a nice balance. The malt base still dominates, but it is less grainy and provides a richer body (for a pale lager). This indicates to me the adjuncts are less of a presence than I felt the smell suggested. The carbonation is quite high.

Overall, if one can get by the pedestrian smell, this isn't a terrible beer--certainly refreshing

Jan 26, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of wheat, slight citrus hops, and floral hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Taste of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of wheat, slight citrus hops, and floral hops. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and blend.

Nov 30, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste: subtle sweet caramel malt. nut bread notes. grainy nose. Bright gold, clear, average head with some lace. Lite body. thin like a "Boating beer" at 3.6% ABV. 17 IBUs

May 23, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow with a fair amount of head.
Smell is slightly sweet with a hint of citrus.
Taste is grassy with some lemon/grapefruit citrus.

Jan 15, 2017
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


From the new beer club shipment. We don't get this Illinois brewery's products in my state.

a: Translucent gold with clear highlights at the bottom, a three inch thick white head receded quickly to thin surface foam and a few spots of lacing.

s: Slight light fruit.

t; Follows the nose with more pronounced fruit such as pear and grapefruit, medium hop bite on a slightly sour finish.

m Light to medium, ok body and good carbonation tingle.

o; An ok blonde, although the fruit notes are strong enough to suggest a Kolsch or even a citrus IPA and leave a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Pretty good summer refresher, unfortunately this is late fall.

Nov 26, 2016
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, soapy white head. A soft malt nose. Straw gold color. A surprisingly bitter front; hop bitterness and spices (coriander/orange peel flavors). But then a really nice maltiness comes through. The finish is lots and lots of malt with a touch of spice.

This is pretty nice. The front is a little too bitter, but that malt finish is really nice.

Sep 20, 2016
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Gobearswalter34 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon-orange with a thin white head. Smells of bready/malt with a lemongrass touch. Taste of bready cracker that finishes with the lemon custard pie. Has a slight hop bite in the end. A light mouthfeel and finish. A very nice blood as I am big on the bready ness that some put in. I am not big on Bent River, but this one is good for a local choice.

Sep 30, 2015
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matjack85 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My roommate brought these home and shared, so thanks Tom. My 1st beer ever from this brewery located along the shores of the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, so it takes its name from the river, not the state. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Not much information on the label and the website is useless, so no way to look up anything about this brew.

The beer poured a hazy pale golden color with just a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in about 15 seconds. There was a lot of small spotty lacing, but that too faded fast.

There was a bit of lemon smell along with herbal hops, and then something of a barnyard odor which is usually not found in blonde ales.

Decent sweet malty background and lots of herbal hop flavors as well as a touch of lemon. It's not very bitter at just 14.2 IBUs which is par for the course in blonde ales, but what was not par for the course was its total lack of fruitiness outside the touch of lemon. It's a very strange blonde ale.

Can't believe how light bodied this is. A very thin thirst quencher with moderate carbonation. Just 4.2% alcohol.

I prefer fruitier blonde ales, but that doesn't mean this one is all bad. It's not typical, but it is very drinkable.

Apr 30, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Mississippi Blonde doesn’t fall short, as some may think. The style is a tough one to crack, but Bent River prevailed here. Not the cleanest brew, but with a bit of complexity and even drinkability, it makes due and keeps our palates happy, if not content.

STYLE: American Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.3%

LOOK: Clear pale golden, lots of lace

SMELL: Nutty, doughy, dried grass, lemon pith, herbal, clean

TASTE: Very crisp, light bodied, wet, grassy, faint hoppiness, animal feed, mild bitterness, mineral, yeast, very dry, grainy finish

Mar 07, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque deep straw/pale gold, producing just over 1.5 fingers of frothy, white, shortlived head that leaves only a hint of lace. Aroma is light cracker malt with notes of grass, apples & yeast. Taste is bready, grain & biscuit malt, apple sauce & lemon hints, prickly pepper, grass & yeast hints in a dry finish that yields a pale malt, spicy, hop bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated, pepper prickle, astringent & dry.

Mar 07, 2015
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ThaneMcC from Germany

3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw colored gold with copious effervescence and minimal head which recedes quickly.
Smells of light malts, a bit of yeasty mustiness, light non specific esters and a bit flowery a la honeysuckle. Tastes light, sweet malts with minimal hops at the mid and end note and fairly clean finish. Carbonation tempers the sweetness of the malt and provides fairly good mouthfeel, though overall a very light bodied beverage with clean finish.
Overall, pretty good beer, like a malty lager and highly quaffable (not particularly complex) while at a bbq or while working in the yard on a hot day. (It brought to mind Yuengling or Shiner Bock with similar flavor profile)

Feb 16, 2015
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jpro from Colorado

3.24/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: hazy, straw gold; cream white head; about a thumb of head forms on the pour; no lacing.

S: wheat malt; cracker; light grain aroma.

T: light grain and wheat; aspirin / light chalk on the finish.

M: light; high carbonation.

O: not a bad lawnmower beer.

Jun 06, 2014
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

2.43/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sampled last night on 10/3/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a 1-finger white head. Leaves some lacing when sipped. The aroma is very average with a slight 'skunky' smell. The taste is pretty much the same and wasn't that great.

Oct 05, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, khaki colored head. It smelled of citrus notes with touches of pine and caramel. Sweet caramel taste with a light piney bitterness. A light to medium bodied ale.

Jul 10, 2013
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no date

look is a cloudy straw yellow, minimal head. smell is dry malts and English hops. feel is crisp and carbonated, effervescent wheat, skunky malts, metallic-butter finish.

light, grainy, almost a solid beer but seems watered down. makes sense that this is considered their 'light' beer.

Jul 04, 2013
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Reneejane from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Mississippi blonde ale is the "light beer" for the Bent River Brewing Company. It poured a pale yellow with a white head. It had a slightly hoppy aroma. It was well enough carbonated to have a pallet cleansing feeling. But the only taste I could detect was just a subtle hop flavor. It didn't have much body or other character besides slight hop flavor. This is the kind of beer that would go well on a hot day as a thirst quencher.

Mar 01, 2004
Mississippi Blonde Ale from Bent River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 114 ratings