Deschutes River Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes River AleDeschutes River Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of love2ride
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

just picked this up at HyVee. it's delicious. not sure if there's a hint of mint or ginger or what's going on. or is it fruit or something I can't place? it is truly a beer with a great taste, thus compelling me to write my first beer review on any site. I even bookmarked this website a year ago and finally today I leave ths review.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Hops: Cascade, Crystal, Nugget.
Malt: Pale, Munich, Carapils, Crystal.

28 IBU.

Best by date: 02.25.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.20.14.

A: Nice lacing. Orange/yellow. Some opaqueness.

S: Orange, spice.

T: Flower, lemon, biscuit. Citrusy.

M: Crisp. Nicely carbonated.

O: This is super easy to drink and it has excellent balance. It's much more complex than other blondes probably because it's so hop forward. I liked it.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I bought a six-pack of Deschutes River Ale, "A Session Beer with Craft Soul" in a gorcwry store, poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny gold color, clear with a plain white foamy head. Torrents of bubbles are wirling upward in the glass

Smell si a sweet beard aroma, with hints of fruit scents.

Taste is a well balanced. with a malt presence up front and a mild citrus flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and dry.

Overall a very nice light, drinkable seasonable beer.

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Photo of Algebrew
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a clear yellowish copper with a fluffy one finger head that moderately dissipated into a white crown.

Smell: A sweet citrus hop smell with a sturdy backing of malts.

Taste: The beginning, middle, and end give a crisp orange juice tone with a steady hop throughout.

Mouthfeel: A tad bit thicker than I was expecting, creamy.

Overall: A solid Deschutes brew, but it is light on the ABV.

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Photo of bum732
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Very melon and gooseberry smelling. Some apple blossoms along with some grape leaves.

L: Light burnt orange, creamy white head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Light malt with some soft melon and gooseberry. Medium low fruity bitterness with a very husk grain taste in the finish. Finishes grainy and semi dry. Some fruit in the finish.

M: Medium light body, medium carbonation. Fairly refreshing.

Delicious, could've sworn there were "new world" hops in this beer. One of the best sub 5% beers i've had. Wouldn't expect anything less from Deschutes.

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at the Bryant Lake bowl on tap.
A: Brilliant straw gold with a ½” creamy white foam collar that leaves thick lace.
S: Citrus and light grains
T: The palate starts with light fruit and light grains and then it dries out with a slight grapefruit rind bitterness, fairly light.
M: medium body and carbonation.
O: A refreshing, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pours a little dark for a blonde ale but great smell. good taste but nothing fantastic.

i would not have guessed this at only 4%. i would have guessed higher, i've had much more refreshing blonde ales but this is pretty solid.

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Photo of Briancaldel
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(Stay a little longer)
Golden straw color with thin white head. Smell of hops and light floral. Light carbonation, balanced beer with malt taste and a bitter finish.

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Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a deep gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - toasted grains, slight grassy malts, noble hops, hint of citrus peel.

Taste - Starts off with the toasted grains then goes into the grassy malts, noble hops, and citrus peel.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a pleasant malty finish.

Overall - A refreshing and sessionable blonde. This would be perfect for the hot "dog days" of summer.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color.

Overall: This is a clean refreshing beer. It is fully graced with a hop aroma but has a lot of malt too. The combination makes a crisp sessionable beer. Very Good.

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Photo of mjurney
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden color, some amber highlight, clear. Lots of fine bubbles rising up. Thick rocky head.

Very clean and crisp, citrusy, fruity, bready.

Clean malts, white bread, cracker, biscuity. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly spicy-citrus. Some fruit, green apple. Finish is tart, very crisp. Body is light-medium, super clean, crisp, a little dry.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of wes123
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy light caramel color. Small head with sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, a bit of caramelized sugar.

Nice bready flavor, sweet candy malt with a crisp bitterness on the back end.

Robust mouthfeel with small bubbles.

Overall for 4%abv, the beer has amazing body and complex flavors.

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Photo of UncleEmu
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes River Ale (American Blonde Ale)
serving type: 6 pack bottles from Tamura's, Honolulu, drank in pint glass with ridge (March 2014)

A: Light orange amber, much more yellow than brown, slightly hazy with an extremely crisp and pleasant white head

S: Toasty malt, biscuits, straw, maybe some citrus

M: starts off heavy, oily, a bit sticky, really lightens up as it goes down your throat, astonishingly smooth

T: off-beat citrusy hops that are just bitter enough, a nice complex grainy biscuity malt. This might sound silly, but I can't help but think of river water running over mossy rocks

O: An outstanding brew. So refreshing, you can sip it and ponder away or just pound a six pack. Complex if you want it to be, Deschutes has put out yet another excellent and extremely drinkable beer. Every time I have another bottle I like it more.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It’s nice to see a golden ale with character, the Deschutes River Ale named for the Deschutes River which runs through Bend, OR. Big slightly hazed golden body with a billowing white head appears in my new Roundabout brewery imperial pint glass. Fine speckled lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has citrus hops mellow but there, with a grassy hay fresh cut grass character as well. Nice full on lighter biscuit malts in there extremely limited simple ingredients can create a clean dead on sessional ale as proved with this is beer from Deschutes.

Flavor is liquid bread with some citrus earthy dank hops assertive bitterness mellows as the bread like malt sweetness arises on the sides of the palate to finish pretty clean, blind tasted you may think this was a lager. I love the low alcohol, 4% abv and packed with flavor we need more of this style.

Mouthfeel rich malt layers provided a nice body with some girth to it, mellow to moderate carbonation level goes down smooth nice crisp dry finish very much feels like a lager with more body.

Overall, incredibly impressive golden ale as they describe it on the label, I know I could drink this as a dessert island beer for sustainability.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a dimpled beer mug from a 12 oz. bottle.

A-Poured a solid gold, almost honey color. A nice fluffy white 2 finger bubbly head rested atop the effervescent liquid gold for 4-5 minutes. Good retention. Some lacing left on the glass. Pretty good looking beer.

S-American hops were pretty dominant in the nose. Light honey malt, bready, and some cracker crumbs. Perhaps some sweet floral notes, too.

T-Going in was light and bready with hints of peach, honey, herbs, cracker malt, and slight citrus. The backbone was dominated by pure hops, which left a pleasantly dry, bitter aftertaste which was balanced by the honey malt present in the initial sip. Great taste for a light American blonde ale! No alcohol taste present because of the low ABV.

M-Light, smooth, and a certain crispness that reminded me of a spring seasonal. Borderline moderate/high carbonation, quite a light body, wet, and very drinkable. Thirst quenching!

Overall, a great ale to drink at this time of year and well into the summer. It's light, crisp, and smooth. A nice light ale that goes down like a lager, but packs enough flavor to have you cravin' for more than just one! And with the light ABV, it's easy to drink a few, no problem. Not bad for a light beer.


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Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber color with one finger of head that settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Impressive aroma for a blond ale. I get tropical fruit, grain, and cut grass.

Packs a lot of hop flavor into a low ABV, and it is not that bitter. The hop reminds me of the one Deschutes uses in their Inversion IPA. I get some Juicy Fruit flavor that I find appealing. Which after reading the brewers description, shares only Cascade with Inversion. The malt adds a touch of sweetness and bready flavor. Nicely balanced.

Not the most spirited carbonated. I would of liked it to be more lively and make the beer more crisp and clean. Light body which is not surprising.

Very easy drinking beer with low ABV and nice hop flavor without a lot of bitterness.

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Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: (3.5)
- Clear, simple, and pretty basic looking. Light copper to straw yellow, but not as yellow as I would expect from a golden ale. This looks more like an IPA in appearance. Bubbly carbonation leaves a spotty thin layer of foam resting above.

Smell: (3.25)
- Certainly some bready malty esters going on. Almost as if a touch of Belgian yeast was used. Light fruity aromas mix with a very bready and lightly sweet grain. Perhaps a touch of herbal and grassy hops show.

Taste: (4.5)
- Wonderfully clean and drinkable session ale for sure. Light bready and biscuity grain with only a touch of sweetness. Hops? Perhaps the hops were used really to finely balance this beer. Because it is balanced. Almost a zesty citrus and spice. I kind of was seeking more of a dry-hopped flavor in the finish, but that would change the entire beer overall which I don't think is necessary.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- There is actually some body to this light sessionable number. Medium body with the perfect drinking carbonation. It's a touch chewy even and a touch dry in the finish which must be from the bittering.

Overall: (4.25)
- One of the better 4.0% ABV session ales I have had. Perfect for the daytime, and perfect for avoiding the side effects of stronger beers. It is mighty well balanced, and is clean and crisp. It has flavors and body of a stronger beers as well.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled also last night on 9/5/15 while watching college football. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle and chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "OMAHA-BUD LIGHT" pilsner glass.

Brew pours a medium-honey amber in color with close to a 2-finger creamy off-white head that stayed around for a bit, like a good German brew. The lacing was moderate and stuck to the sides of the glass, like a good German brew does as well. Very surprised by this one. Aroma is of malts with a hint of some fruit and yeast. More going on with the taste as there is some grass/hay with a hint of the citrus zest right near the finish. Goes down easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Once again very surprised by this one as I have only liked a few brews of this style so far. Lighter-to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a very tasty brew.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

All I can think when I drink this is how crisp it is. The flavors are mild and I get plenty of piney notes, but oh my god is it crisp. Seriously, try it and you'll see what I mean.

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep yet pale yellow body; two-finger white head, sticky and creamy. Light, grainy aroma with a wet grass undertone. Honey and cereal malt flavors; toasty sweet with a touch of hop bitterness. Light-bodied, soft and gentle on the palate with a crisp, dry finish.

This turns out to be a very flavorful light ale, loaded nice grain and malt complexity with a nice, low ABV; so very session-able. A nice, gentle warming delight on a late winter early evening...

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Photo of T100Mark
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Great butterscotch color. A little hazy. Good stickage. A very handsome beer.

Smell - A touch of citrus aroma. A whiff of malt. Faint pepper.

Taste - The citrus hop flavor and the moderate malt foundation make for a very pleasant and balanced ale . Slightly spicy. A bit tart. A little toasty. Nice.

Mouth - Fizzy. Oily.

Overall - Imagine a nice West Coast Pale Ale, only a little less so. Subtle yet tasty! At 4% abv, this ale is very chugable (I could knock down a few of these in quick succession). A very nice ale but I prefer the Deschutes Mirror Pond.

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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Bright gold with foamy white head that is fairly persistent with some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus, biscuit and toast, light spiciness. Aromatic at first but fades.

Taste: Very delicate malt backbone of toast and biscuit. Nice hop balance, which includes notes of citrus, tropical fruits and even berry. I am surprised at the traditional hop makeup of this, I would have guessed new hops such as mosaic. Slightly spicy on the finish, but not bitter at all. Just balanced and easy drinking.

Feel: Smooth and creamy light body with low carbonation. Crisp, dry and a little tingly.

Overall: Both subtle and complex, which is not each to do. Supremely drinkable.

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Photo of Catholic_Beer_Guild
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes and smells like a Northwest beer. Probably a bit heavy for some taste buds, but if your a fan of beer from Washington and Oregon this will rank high with your favorite Ale's.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light toasted-brown golden color with gentle foaming.

It lacks a pronounced aroma although I caught some light lemony notes as it opened but nothing struck me.

There’s a light, lemony and toasted biscuit character to the flavor with a slight mineral note. Not hoppy in the least—a good gateway beer, perhaps? Terrifically refreshing.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - golden color with slight head and good lacing
Smell - slight yeast smell
Taste - solid ale. Slight toasty with some yeast.
Fell - medium body and carb
Overall - pretty good ale

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