Frank (3102) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’d call this a Belgian blonde or maybe a saison or something. It’s cloudy yellow with a fairly long lasting head of white foam. Its nose is quite yeasty, floral with some lemon zest which implies tartness. This is light but creamy on the palate and this texture brings out a banana note from the yeast. This is a light and refreshing but full flavored beer that finishes with some lingering fruit and earthy bitterness. If you like light hoppy Belgian beers, this will be right up your alley, really a great beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town during the Stillwater tap takeover event. Pours a somewhat cloudy pale yellow color. Nice nose with a bit of corn and wheat alongside a mild take of saison spice. Floral, spicy, hay. Flavor is similar with a smooth bitterness. Tastes like young Premium. Really nice and will be an amazing warm weather beer.
GT2 (8831) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Churchkey for CBC. Pours glowing, full haze bright straw almost neon. Medium meringue head. Swathes of lace. Nose is fresh kiwi, cantaloupe, banana, some stickier esters, light mango and papaya. Just a tad estery. Taste is boss: fresh kiwi, fresh tangerine juice. Huge grassy bitterness, herbal, snappy, ultra refreshing. Long pilsner finish- cracker, sourdough, grassy hops. Could go under any pilsner category.
SrSilliGose (3278) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2013 Canned brew consumed from can via pepsican courtesy toss. This beer benches. Tight pear skin fruit. Bitter herbal wet grass. Quite complex aroma is has a gritty earthy rustic grass quality. But reps some neat soft foggy hay. Pear skin. Lotta carbonation offered. Nicely dried out. Complex rustic hoppy light Belgian ale brew. Chuggable. Iso more of this brew. Ft stLinc@e.
jeremyh70 (795) - Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy yellow with a big bone white head with great lacing. Aroma is lemon and lime with some apple and a hint of juicy fruit. Taste is lemon zest, apple and hay. Some minerality mid palate with some pepper and grassy hop flavor. Finishes amazingly dry and clean, inviting you to take another sip. Mouthfeel is crisp and light medium bodied with high carbonation that scrubs your palate. Very drinkable and refreshing with complimentary flavors that work well with the dryness and aren't overwhelmed by the carbonation. I can definitely see myself buying a six pack to enjoy during warmer months or drinking this as a table beer.
b79turner (237) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz can poured into a tulip glass. Golden color with a 2" fluffy white head. Nose is Belgian yeast, very similar to a duvel...just not as strong. There is a slight citrus aroma as well. Taste great, medium high carbonation. I could definitely have a few of these.
craftbeertours (1) - South Launceston, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As this is my first official rating one should probably hold back a little praise for the next ale. However I must say I thoroughly enjoy all Stillwater beers. This was purchased from my local, Saint John Craft Beer, in a can.
Poured well, good head retention. Left me with a lovely sour refreshing finish. Consumed whilst prepping Sunday Lunch with a friend so I did not have to give it too much focus, because friends are important too are they not?
Chad9976 (1270) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz can into a mug. It was canned on 6/16/14 and cost $3.20 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright lemon skin yellow hue over a hazy body. Plenty of spastic carbonation can be seen. Pours to a large, bright white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.
Smell: Lemon fruit/peel/grass/pith, etc. A hint of hay or grass.
Taste: Stillwater Classique is one of the most unique beers I’ve ever drank. A lot of breweries are doing ale styles as lagers, but this is just the opposite. According to my sources it was modeled after the old “National Bohemian” adjunct lager recipe, but fermented with saison yeast. That makes it difficult to classify, style-wise. Saison? Cream Ale? Specialty Grain? Premium Lager? Beers like this prove that styles really don’t matter anymore.
As for the taste, it definitely has a lot of saison-like qualities. There’s a strong lemony presence from beginning to end, though some of that has to do with the hops I’m sure. Citrusy sweetness and tartness are present right away, immediately followed by a classic saison-like flavor of crushed black pepper seasoning. Mild bitterness towards the end, though it’s more of an herb-like seasoning taste. No corn presence in the taste, which is fine by me (a lot of craft breweries use corn in their saisons, actually). Overall, a really interesting palette that could probably be enjoyed by anyone.
Drinkability: Beers of this style (macro lager or traditional farmhouse ale) were always meant for their performance value, and this one continues that trend in two great ways. Firstly, it’s ridiculously easy to drink as the mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but never watery. It’s genuinely refreshing while in the mouth and leaves just a slightly dry aftertaste. Secondly, this beer is only 4.5% ABV, but has the flavor of a much stronger beer. It’s difficult for me to find a beer this light in weight that doesn’t grow old quickly, but in the case of Stillwater Classique I would want to bring a lot of it on an outing.
Reynolds314 (2487) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome complex little session ale. Light floral and herbal hops with a doughy bready malt and earthy spicy farmhouse style yeast. Light sweetness and very crisp.
Huhzubendah (2738) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town Alexandria yesterday for the Stillwater event. The beer is light straw colored and hazy with an inch of pure white head. Aroma of saison, funk, light spice, lemons, assorted citrus, floral notes. Easy drinking and full of nice flavors. A touch of floral hops gracefully compliments a light hop biterness amid a healthy dose of herbal, earthy, and mild funk notes. Pretty light in body. I look forward to drinking this again. Good stuff.