Mission St. Blonde Ale
Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. Blonde AleMission St. Blonde Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #747
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
75
Ranked #46,551
Avg:
3.25 | pDev: 17.23%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
141
From:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
75
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Reviews by kneeland:
Photo of kneeland
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours almost a straw yellow, with thin laced head. Nothing fancy.

This may probably be the best blonde ale I've tried. A great summer time beer. It's light, crisp, and wheaty. A wonderful combination. Hints of citrus and floral flavors also.

It's definitely worth a try. Pick some up at Trader Joe's.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of marcobrau
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours yellow (blonde) with plenty of foam that settles to a collar and thin layer of bubbles with little bits of lace. Smells of lemon and spongecake. Tastes fresh, a bit sweet and bready up front with sweet malt and a balanced, slightly dry finish. Extremely drinkable, albeit a touch sweet; but that's a blonde ale for you -- they're usually not bitter. I like the fact that it's very sessionable at 4.4 percent ABV compared to some other blonde ales I have had that are nearly 6 percent. Definitely a beer to drink as fresh as possible.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling honeycomb with butternut edges and an attractive crown of fresh parchment colored foam that speaks of quality brewing. Persistence and stickiness are both worthy of praise.

American blonde ales often struggle to impress in the olfactory department. This one smells like sugary breakfast cereal, although it may not be sweet on the palate. A mild muskiness indicates a modest contribution from hops.

Mission St. Blonde Ale is slightly sweeter than the style average, which is perfectly fine with me. This is actually pretty decent beer whose flavor doesn't run away and hide on contact. It also has a good bit of malt for the ABV. Brewed by Firestone Walker? Hmmm.

Lightly sugar-crusted cereal grains lead the way, followed by a barely balancing nip of non-citric hoppiness that lead into a surprisingly long finish. While nothing really stands out, this is an enjoyable little ale that is flavorful enough to stand on its own. Should be great with a burger and fries too.

The body/mouthfeel lives on the light side of light-medium, which is all that one should reasonably expect at only 4.4%. At no time does it descend into wateriness and the bubble feel is right where it should be.

Mission St. Blonde Ale is not world-class beer that will make the drinker 'ooh' and 'aah'. It is, however, a solid little malty all-rounder that is well worth the asking price of $1 per bottle. Trader Joe's... if you're interested.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear and pale orange in color with a medium sized off white head. Darker than I'd expect for a Blonde...

S: Aromas of sweet malt, white bread dough, some spice, apples and peaches. Straight forward, simple, and to the point. Nicely balanced.

T: Flavors are very similar. Fruity and brightly hopped with sweet doughy malts. Some tart lemon in the mix.

M: Slick, well carbonated, and dry through the finish. Light body.

O: This appears to be solid across the board. A decent, fairly simple, refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed golden color with a small, bubbly head. Sweet, somewhat toasty aroma...honey, dough, and lemon. Mild citrus and fruit hop flavor balanced with honey and slight bready/crackery malt notes. Medium-light with a certain slickness to it. Not bad and certainly easy to pound down on a warm day.

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Photo of DrJay
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light amber with a thin skim of whitish bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Decent retention, a bit of spotty lacing. Sweet, candyish aroma with a hint of grain and lemons. Fruity flavour, sort of lemony, with some dry malt sweetness. Light bodied and dry, lowish carbonation. It was alright, but the flavour was a little thin, even for the style, but it was fairly refreshing.

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Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Trader Joes. I heard this is contract brewed at Firestone Walker. Can't get there beers in Chicago.

Pour is nice clean dark yellow to golden color. Simple honey malt nose. Some what floral and sweet.

Nice smooth entry on palate. A rich maltiness (for style) and balanced quite well. Clean and crisp finish. Cleans out nicely.

A nice flavor profile for style. Some blonde ales lean to pale ale style labeled as blonde - this represents the name well...blonde in color. Not overly hoppy, but flavorful and crisp. Perfect summer quaffer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.17 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-orange body with a sudsy, white head.

Smell: Modest, understated aroma of honey, bready barley, and spice-minded hops.

Taste: Light taste of malted barley suggestive of sliced white bread brushed with a thin, sweet layer of honey. Small hint of fruitiness. Faintly floral, spicy hops. Light bitterness. Smooth, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A light, simple albeit tasty blonde that's easy on the alcohol and, more importantly, easy on the ole wallet.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a decent sized white head that retains OK. The aroma has some hay and biscuit upfront, along with some lemon and citrus zest, fruity esters and a little mineral character. The flavor is pretty similar to the aroma with biscuit and hay initially, some citrus zest, fruity esters, floral hops, and a mineral like flavor. Moutheel is light and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Solid, if unspectacular blonde ale, could use a little more in the hops department, but extremely quaffable,

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Photo of droomyster
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright gold whose body color is a thing of beauty but whose head is small and soapy in appearance. Aromas are strongly reminiscent of plain doughnuts. Neither the nose nor the tastes are particularly complex or interesting. Flavors are mostly grainy; hops are light. Tastes something like an untoasted English muffin. It's one of those odd beers whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts and makes it sessionable and enjoyable to all but the most critical among us..

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Trader Joes. The beer label says StIEnhaus not StEInhaus.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear golden color with a very small white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing at all.

SMELL: Moderate doughy malts with a little burnt sugar and hint of vanilla.

TASTE: Similar to smell, doughy malts with a hint of roasted flavor. The sweetness tastes a little like apple juice. Finish is short and slightly bitter (I guess there are a few hops in there).

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium bodied dry beer with lively carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Goes down easy but would like to have a little more flavor.

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Photo of matjack85
2.46/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I picked this up at Trader Joe's where they let you buy one bottle at a time instead of the whole 6 pack. $1.17 for a single 12oz bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a crystal clear pale gold color with a half finger of white head that lasted about a minute. Absolutely zero lacing.

There's not much smell to this. Mostly getting apple with some sweet malt and grassy hops.

This should be called a bland ale instead of a blonde ale. It's barely more than carbonated water. Very little flavor here. It has a slight apple taste with a small kiss of honey. Hops are flavorless and don't provide much bitterness, which is OK for a blonde ale, but there's no excuse for the lack of malt.

Light and crisp from the high carbonation. Almost seltzer waterish.

Glad I only bought one of these.

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Photo of esv
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) 1/3" Head. White. Lighter golden with a twinge of orange. Clear. Little lacing.

S) Some kind of cotton candy, caramel. Sweet bread and light biscuity-ness.

T) Sweetish bread-malt. Some candy.

M) Light-medium

D) Not hard to drink. I usually find sweetish, bready beers to be hard to drink but this is more balanced. I'm surprised how un-offended I am.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not an extremely complex beer but pleasant none the less.

Pours a crystal clear golden to amber yellow with a fluffy white head that quickly melts to 1/4".

Aromas are faint but distinctively biscuit/bread, caramel, and a touch of citrus,

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.
Flavors are much like the smell...biscuit dough, lightly citrus, and a slightly overpowering sweetness from the caramel malts, which is actually fairly true to the style of a blonde.

Aftertaste is surprisingly clean; not like a pale ale or pils but clean without the typical cloying sweetness I normally experience with this style which would make it very suitable as a summer cooler or beach beer.

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Photo of david18
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A new Trader Joes opened up in my neighborhood on 72nd Street on Broadway on Manhattan's upper west side. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers. They seem to have a number of brands: The basic "made in mexico" brand. The Mission Street, which is a collaboration with Firestone Walker, which this is a part of. And the "german" series, which is Gordon Biersch.

I was not crazy about the blonde. It was very light in character with too much something, maybe carbonation or some other element. Color was a very light straw with a great deal of carbonation. Aroma was mostly CO2. Flavor was off, not sure what it was but kinda off. I'll give the beer another chance but my first impression was not great. .

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Photo of jak
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Poured out a golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled spicy with citrus aromas and toasted caramel. Mostly sweet caramel with some spicy hop bitterness and a touch of orange.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden clear body with a wispy white head. Nose is biscuity and faint. Slightly fruity. The flavor is more dramatic, with a tangy hop smack and a faint spiciness. Mouthfeel is medium- full for a blonde, and pretty good overall. Easy drinking but not interesting enough for another go-round.

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Photo of rodney45
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow gold with a quickly disipating cream colored head that leaves little to no lacing.

S: Sweet malt aroma, with notes of banana and whole wheat bread.

T: Sweet and tangy citrus note at first, replaced by solid malt profile. Hops are not very prevalent, but leave more of a whisper on the tounge of a slight bitterness.

M: Very smooth, low carbonation, very easy to drink.

O: This is a very sessionable blond ale, by far the best ive had from stenhaus, which i think is owned, or brewed by lease by trader joes. I will keep a few of these in the fridge for corona and non beer fans. For a buck a bottle, this beer is absolutely worth it, and great to keep around if you're looking for a low abv refresher of a beer.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden amber color. Sort of a dirty blonde. Big fluffy white head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Smells of malt, and a hint of yeast. Some bread notes in the background, but all very faint.

Tastes of malt and bread, a little citrus tang in the finish. Some sweet grass notes, and a mild citrus/bread after taste.

Mouthfeel is lite, with some yeasty bread notes. A somewhat dry finish.

Picked this up at Trader Joe’s. Not a bad ale, but frankly, will buy SN any day over this.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

straight up this is my least favorite style in the world. i make no bones about that, but again locked in house had to do something. served cold and poured into a pint glass.

pours a nice looking medium golden amber with a touch of light haze that settles out quickly. large head of white leaves a little side lacing but not much as it settles itself out. aroma is light grains and grasses, a touch of bready malts and a bit of a lingering hop note that is soo faint i dont know how i picked it up. clean, crisp, and light feel and flavor, there is really not much to it, a touch of peach perhaps on the tongue but that was all, nothing to write home about.

overall it was bland and underwhelming but not terrible, i have had worse for sure.

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Photo of allrizz
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, left a thin white head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring around the glass.

A: cloudy yellowish amber color.

S: fruity/doughy/spicy

T: citris flavor with some spice and a hint of bread. Mild hops flavor.

I liked this beer though it is not on the top of my list of favorites. I would drink it again and recommend it for summer beach parties.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thinned out leaving specks of lacing.

S - grassy hops and light fruit aroma.

T - light flavors of pear and apple with some bitterness on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a decent beer to drink in the warmer weather.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Mission St. Blonde Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 141 ratings