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Mission St. Blonde Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cswhitehorse on 06-06-2008

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79
Ratings:
140
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
23.17%
 
 
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 140
Photo of seanbhudson
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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 avaldivia
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice hazy, golden blonde color. Good head but no retention and no lacing.

S: Floral and malty. A bit of honey on the end.

T: Still get honey on the end, but all other flavors are muted. Can't really distinguish any other flavors.

M: Light and crisp. No real substance. Good carbonation.

O: I have been proven wring about Trader Joe's brand beers. They are better than I expected. This one, is not my favorite. For the price, it is hard to beat, but odds are I will only pick this up when strapped for cash.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light bready malt and hops with a sharp citrus component. Flavor follows, light, sweet bready malt with a hint of citrus and a light, sweet hop finish. Flavor is pleasant, slightly sweet, but not memorable. An adequate light blonde ale.

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Photo of GMB
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A standard pour of Mission St.'s Blonde Ale yields a blonde-amber body and head with very little staying power. No more than three slim strings of bubbles lazily wind their way to the top. This should be a pleasant, relaxing beer to drink.

The nose is light. Toasted grain and bit of pineapple suggest themselves immediately. Thereafter appears a bit of raisin bread gently warming in an oven.

The taste follows the nose at first, but is let down in the end by an overuse of bittering hops. There are some nice candied fruit tones here. The brewers ought to have let them sing a bit more.

The feel of the brew is slightly more astringent and watery than expected (or desired!). Hmm.

I won't pick up a Mission St. Blonde the next time I'm at Trader Joe's. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to drink one if it were offered at a party.

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Photo of esv
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
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 GrandeDrip
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like the color for a light-bodied style. Red hues. Real disappointing head though.

Not much nose, either. Hint of clean hops - reminiscent of their pale, but with about 5% of the presence.

Taste is very unobtrusive. Probably better with food. Some hops, hard water taste, and a bit of earthiness, but it's all just kind of blended into an indistinct "beer" taste. Finishes dry, maybe even sandy?

Mouthfeel is watery, highly carbonated, with that dry finish lingering.

Drinkability is high. No offensive flavors, no funny sensations, just an average brew. I'd highly recommend picking up their Pale instead.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
3.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not great, but definitely good and a great deal for the price. This beer is light and refreshing with no major flavor domination. Great to pair with something you do not want to be diminished by the beer. Sometimes it is not just what the beer has, but what it does not have. This beer does not have any bitter or hoppy flavor, and simply clean and refreshing. Add a slice of citrus for a small flavor boost!

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Photo of BostonHops
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear yellow/light amber tone with a finger of off-white foamy head that soon dissipates into a thin collar around the glass; spotty lacing.

nose is pretty tame... i get subdued notes of breadiness and floral hops. flavor opens with a bready/biscuity presence which is followed by some mild hop characters... clean, crisp finish. again, fairly muted all around; by and large an unexiting, inoffensive beer.

light/medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. 'average' i think suits this entry across the board; the sort of light, easy drinking beer one might be inclined to session at the beach. even at that, i think i'd be inclined to look elsewhere.

originally reviewed: 11-03-2010

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Photo of Offa
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer, a simple bland ale that is rather like a basic, but decent, pale lager.

Dark gold, it has a medium white head soon thinning to foamy ring.

Aroma is nice grain, hay, hint of honeyed bread, overripe apples. It's fairly simple but good.

Taste is not as good, being lightly sweet faint grain, faint grassy-peppery bitterness, faint honey with biscuit finish. It ends up rather simple and rough.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -7.6%
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 DrJay
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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 OleJohnnieAle
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark gold with a medium white head. Nice retention, very light lace.

S: grainy quality with orange and lemon peels.

T: Upfront slightly sweet malt character with a bit of orange peel. Not much complexity.

M: Light-bodied, with a creamy quality.

O: Not horrible, a good blonde. Not much complexity...was looking for more.

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Photo of mactrail
3.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First couple of sips are good, but eventually turns to a wet cardboard aftertaste. Sweetish and simple, with a faint hint of hops. Decently carbonated with a nice head. A more golden amber than the usual paler colors of this style. Even a little more body, it's certainly not as watery as lots of light beers.

Plain beery sort of stuff, drinkable but forgettable. I guess it does what the style is intended for. Good for topping off with that crazy double IPA to give it a decent hop flavor. 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Light copper hue with a small, white, short-lived head. Aroma of grassy, piney hops, some biscuit malt and hints of caramel. Light, smooth body. Not much is going on in term of flavors: some light hops, light caramel malt and hints of citrus. Short, earthy finish. This brew is inexpensive one step up from macros.

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Photo of FVTraina
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Similar to the other Mission St ales, this blonde has minimal head (started w/ about a finger+), and didn't stick around too long. Dark yellow in color, looks like a cider. Only a slight bit of lacing down the glass, and a slight haze.

S: Mild smell of sweet malt and of an ale yeast.

T: Tastes exactly as it smells. No complex flavors, pretty average, easy drinking. No off aftertastes. Low-no bitterness, caramel/grain flavor.

M: Watery feel in the mouth.

Overall: A "good" blonde. If served ice cold on a hot summer day, would be refreshing. I may even want to put a lemon in this beer to bring out citrus undertones and work with the sweetness.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden colored body with a small white bumpy head

S: yeasty with pale and sweet malts, sugary corn

T: sweet and watery

M: light to medium, some harshness on the tongue, sessionable, no aftertaste, sticky finish

O: I don't think this is something I need to have again, but could tolerate if served and this is all there is

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Photo of LuthersMug
2.97/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow with a foamy head, just didn't look that appetizing. Lacing was okay.

S - Slight hints of citrus, but not that strong.

T - Not malty enough, and hops didn't match.

M - Average at best.

O - Just an okay beer, not much to write about.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Trader Joe's concoction here. The beer is crystal clear and golden. The head is wispy, but did manage to leave some lacing down the glass. The aroma tells the whole story: faint hints of husky grain. The beer rolls on by without much to contribute. Nothing bad, just not much of anything.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, dark golden body, with white fluffy head and small patchy lacing. The overall clearness is a bit much, see that I can see right through it.
S: A subtle blonde note, with a hint of bready aromas and a lead on of clove.
T/M: The mouthfeel is a short waxy one, that does not last long. A strange off taste, that is not too pleasant. Notes of cardboard and subtle lemon. meh the worst part of this brew is the taste and for beer that is not good. Mouthfeel of water and shows no body on the palate.
D: Not by me, but I feel that others could find this a good beer to get into other Hefe's and lighter craft brews.

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Photo of tang3nt
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow color with a large white head.
Smells like citrus and malt.
Tastes a bit of citrus and honey. Pretty unimpressive.
Carbonation on the lighter side, light bodied fairly drinkable.
Admittedly I am not the biggest Blonde fan, but this one was really just plain boring. Overall I probably wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served into a Port Brewing sampler glass at me friend's house in Orange, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Trader Joe's for 50 cents.

A: Pours a half finger head of white colour, decent cream, fair thickness, and awful retention. Colour is a clear blonde.

Sm: Clean barley and malts. A moderate strength aroma. Bland and simple.

T: Hints of honey. Clean barley and malts. Straw. Very bland and boring. Not really balanced. Built blandly. Not full bodied.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit thin. A bit watery. Adequately carbonated. Complements the flavour decently.

Dr: Very drinkable, but rather boring and bland. I'd prefer more of the honey flavour. It's okay. I wouldn't get it again. A great budget beer if you're shopping at Trader Joe's.

Low C

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Photo of david18
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
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 secondtooth
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean, golden in appearance. Rich head of carbonation, but no retention/lace.

Curious aroma. I get grains, toast, and a little hops.

Taste seems flat and grainy, with a faint citrus hops note towards the finish. The aftertaste here seems dirty, somehow, too.

This one seems to have no complexity or character, and to me is like a cross between a Fat Tire and a PBR. Didn't like.

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Photo of matjack85
2.46/5  rDev -25%
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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Mission St. Blonde Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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