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Carolina Blonde - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 16.29%


Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WoodBrew on 11-17-2011)
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, bright, yellow-gold coloring with a halo of white head. Nose of toasted grains and a subtle cream highlight. Flavors are cream forward, with a bitter hops undertone. Fairly well balanced and clean. Cream and butter aftertaste on a smooth, light body. The finish is smooth and clean. Very drinkable, very light.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 01:41:50 | More by GarthDanielson
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Mojo

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

A - pale straw with a small head which dissipates quickly, leaving only a small ring, but with some lacing.

S - all I got on the nose was a bready smell....but it was faint.

T - kind of a one dimensional flavor sort of piney with a dry metallic finish.

M - thin and watery.

O - easy to drink, but completely unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:57:16 | More by Mojo
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. The brew pours a pale yellow with a white fizzy bubbly cap that doesnt hold long. It looks fine and plays the part of a blonde/cream ale.

The aroma of this brew starts off sweet with a scent of something like corn and then directly changes to mineral character with a faint herbal hop aspect.

The flavor profile is filled with aluminum...nothing but metallic aspect which is off-putting. The bottle lists this as 15 ibus but it seems to have a bit more hop flavor than you might imagine. Perhaps that is from the bad mineral/metallic flavor playing tricks on the pallet.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a pretty bad offering and not just by blonde or cream ale standards. I hope this is just a case of a bad batch because they cant possibly have intended the brew to turn out like this. If it wasnt 95+ degrees and the only cold thing available, it would have been a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 14:46:09 | More by stakem
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: light golden with a large foamy white head, clear

S:vague grassy hops, slight malt, grain, light and crisp, mineral water

T: crisp and refreshing, lightly flavored, grain, mineral water

M: slightly creamy but still thin

O: drinkable but nit remarkable, light and refreshing, good for a hot day

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 22:18:25 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.49/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Foothills

Pale yellow pour, clear, with bubbly carbonation, and a small white head; minimal retention and lacing. Light aroma, toasted grains and not much else. Sweet pale malt flavor, toasted grains, light citrusy hops bringing a slight bitterness. Light body, drinks easy enough, but lacks character (aka flavor).

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 22:52:03 | More by Rifugium
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by the brewpub for a beer after work last week. Wanted something light with my pub fries, so I went with this. Came out a crystal clear pale gold, with a thin white head atop. Simple grain-like scents - husk, mild pale citrus tones. Easy drinking, crisp body. Mild flavors of corn, bread, very faint and fleeting hop presence, which was expected. All-in-all, this is a nice beer. An approachable beer for the masses, and a good one to pair with some barbecue fare for the upcoming warm months.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 19:02:50 | More by Onenote81
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TWM

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of dark beers, I seldom find a light ale that makes me happy. This one does. Definitely has a lot of blond ale characteristics, but in a way that I actually like!

Appearance- pale, semi-transparent. 1 finger head, moderate lacing.

Smell- as neutrally beer as can be. Not the sharp lager smell, not the bitter of stouts, just "beer."

Taste- surprisingly pleasant. Not strong, but definitely flavorful. No single flavor predominates (thank heavens that Foothills didn't use cascade hops- those suckers would have overwhelmed everything in the brew) but the slight yeast, mild malt, and fairly smooth hop flavor all go well with the gentle but consistent carbonation. Given my aversion to light beers, I am shocked how much I am enjoying this one!

Mouthfeel- not too thick, and definitely not too thin. The "cream" comes through in the feel. I wish more porters and stouts hit this perfect balance of lingering flavor and taste. The aroma definitely fills the nose with every sip.

Overall- I don't even need to factor out my preference for dark beers. This is darn good. If you are looking for a "unique" beer, keep looking. This is one of those that takes a known set of characteristics and just does them well. I'll definitely come back to this one in the warm weather!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 23:50:30 | More by TWM
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William295

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Carolina Blonde,
I have had this beer several times at Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, on tap and via a growler.
The appearance is a pleasant clear blonde.
The smell is very fresh. Not too hoppy or malty.
The taste is wonderful; a very traditional tasting beer.
The mouth feel is slightly creamy but not much so.
Overall it is a beer one can consume many of in one sitting and not feel bloated.
This beer simply tastes very good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 07:07:24 | More by William295
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice hazy light yellow color with a little thin white head on it that holds a little retention and lacing is present.

S= The smell is actually pungent for being a cream ale. It's got a little bit of a skunkyness to it and a little hop bite. There is a bit of a poopy wheat character to it as well. For a cream it actually has a nice interesting smell that isn't just "beer".

T= The taste is a little more what you would expect from a cream. A nice light hop character that just barely makes itself known with a little bit of a poopy wheat character. Not quite macro lager light but the flavors are subtle. It actually is quite nice to me.

M= Smooth and creamy.

O= This is prolly the best cream ale I've ever had. Spotted Cow sort of holds the standard for me but this is better I think. The notes are subtle but they are there. It makes it both an easy drinking summer beer and a beer that is worth trying for the biggest beer geek.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:09:50 | More by jjanega08
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rlshep

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma: Light tartness, corn sweetness, slight flowerly hop aroma. Grainy malt aroma. Wheat aroma evident. Carbonic minerally character.

Appearance: Huge fluffy white head. Head slow to dissipate. Lots of bubbles, appears to be overcarbonated. Pale straw yellow color. Clarity is very clear with exception of lots of floaties.

Flavor: Apple cider flavor dominates. Touch of sourness and tartness. Bready wheat malt and corn flavor make up the backbone. Medium high bitterness for style. Spicy floral hop flavor comes through from aroma. Slight wet cardboard in aftertaste. Finishes dry with slight sweetness. Balance seems toward bitterness, but malt still evident.

Mouthfeel: Thin but dry mouthfeel. Very prickly from carbonation. Slight astringency from graininess.

Overall: Unfortunately there are some problems with this beer. It was given to me from a friend so not sure the age or how it was stored. Other than the problems listed above, if fresh this could be an easy drinking refreshing beer. Would give another try with a fresher bottle again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 23:30:48 | More by rlshep
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine somehow scored some of these and was kind enough to pass on along to me. Yeah, it may not come in a CAN, but I am not totally averse to bottled beer.

From the bottle: "Two row barley, a hint of wheat and noble hops make Carolina Blonde exactly what a craft brew American Cream Ale should be. Clean, refreshing flavor. Rich, golden color. Unmistakable smoothness. Brewed right here in NC."

My pour got me a finger of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a pale, light, lemon-yellow with a slight haze. Nose smelled strongly of grassy "noble hops". I love truth in advertising! Mouthfeel was soft, not really thin, nor medium, but more like softened water. I was really feeling the grassy hops on the tongue and wishing that more Cream Ales, especially those of my childhood, could have been/be like this. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. This would be a wonderful summer beer or a nice break on a day of heavy drinking. If only they would put this in CANs ...

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 21:43:28 | More by woodychandler
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pale golden yellow color with a two finger fluffy head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: some malt sweetness and a bit of lemon zest.

Taste: grainy malt profile with some mild lemon citrus, light fruity tones, and a mild bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is fairly clean.

Overall: a very easy to drink beer. This is a well done version of the style and anyone who wants to enjoy a cream ale this one will satisfy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 18:47:02 | More by Gavage
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BrianBoruma

California

3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale blonde in color with thin white head that lingers briefly.

S: Malt primarily with faint hop aromas

T: Malt sweetness balanced with hop bitterness. No hop taste though, which is appropriate to the style (I think so anyway)

M: Thin with medium carbonation

O: Easy drinking beer. Very crisp and clean but not overly impressive. Would definitely drink it again, yet would want something with more flavor if I'm sharing. Good grilling beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 05:25:57 | More by BrianBoruma
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scvance

South Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale golden color with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was very subtle, not much there at all, smell was mostly malty sweetness. Taste was balanced, nice hop flavor with a little malt flavor. highly carbonated, but pretty smooth, very light body. It could make a good thirst quenching session beer, but it's still just average.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 21:01:09 | More by scvance
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fields336

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cream ale
A: pale yellow, slight gold. Little to No head, clarity is nice
S: some grain, malt sweetness
t: clean, sweet, refreshing, smooth, 
M: light bodied and nice carbonation, the wheat gives it a nice smooth feel

O: overall a nice beer, would go down great at the pool

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 22:12:54 | More by fields336
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UnknownKoger

California

3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Great Divide pint glass. Appearance is a straw yellow color. Not very well carbonated. Quickly dies off.

Smells grainy and slightly adjuncty. Taste is crisp. The grains definitely stand out. As is typical with the style, there is very little hop character going out.

Mouthfeel is decent. The carbonation tastes better in the mouth than it appears in the glass.

Overall, it's an average beer. Nothing amazing, but it's certainly not a bad beer. If I wanted something to quench my thirst and was offered this, I would not turn it down. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 05:19:06 | More by UnknownKoger
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: light and bubbly. Like a lemon color.

S: Light... yeasty... musty.

T: light... yeasty.... musty.... a little citrus.

M: Not bad. Light medium body.

Overall the most solidly average beer I have ever had. Better than a macro but doesn't really bring much of anything to the table.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 21:24:43 | More by Jamesthebrit
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
4.3% ABV, 3 SRM, 15 IBUs.

Thanks for another NC beer Onenote81!

A - Small bubbles float lazily through the crystal clear pale straw yellow beer to a tall stark white head. Great retention leads to slow, sticky-forming rings of dense lacing. A gorgeous and refreshing-looking beer!

S - Husky, grainy pale malt holds down the fort while moderate notes of sweet corn emerge as an adjunct. It's also not insulting to say that this reminds of dumping dry malt extract into boiling wort. Not overly malty by any stretch of the imagination, but also not hoppy. Very light floral notes fall towards the back end.

T - The malt profile seems subsided, allowing spicy and floral noble hop attributes to emerge. That wort-like aroma carries through to the flavor where wheat dry malt extract meets grainy pale malt for a sweet finish kissed by a drop of honey.

M - High carbonation sparkles through the medium-light body as this soft cream ale finishes somewhat dry with just a hint of bitterness, intended more so to balance the sweetness.

O - Carolina Blonde is certainly not a terrible beer, but the smell and aroma keep bringing me back to feeling like I'm drinking an unfermented, carbonated bottle of light wort. Maybe it's aimed to the masses, maybe it's their every day lawnmower beer. All I know is in the end, Foothills' Carolina Blonde is a refreshing beer to kick back with.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 02:19:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
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mralphabet

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber Poured in to pint glass

A: Poured a pale yellow, very clear with visible carbonation. Good fingers worth of head with good lacing.

S: I'm getting a little sweet malt, little grain and just a touch of hops.

T: Little malt, little citrus and a little hops.... Sadly everything is little... Pretty thin.

M: Light bodied with good amount of carbonation, with a smooth finish.

O: I was really hoping for more here, but over all pretty flat. Not bad on a hot day, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 03:09:49 | More by mralphabet
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bum732

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

S: Clean, malty, grainy character, earthy. Slight plastic taste

L: Hazy, straw yellow, big creamy white head with good retention and lacing.

T: Very clean, light malt with a touch of spiciness. Low bitterness, slightly earthy. Malt character is extremely low.

M: Medium high carbonation, light bodied, effervescent.

Not good, almost an off flavor in the aroma. I expected a little more malt character for a cream ale. Could easily pass off as a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 02:49:13 | More by bum732
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light gold with a tiny head that quickly faded away.

Aroma of hay, grass, and some bready malt. A touch of corn thrown in there too.

The flavor has some corn and cereal grain up front with a bed of breadyness underneath. Grass and hay hops are in there along with a light bitterness and a dry finish.

Overall, a tasty if not slightly boring blonde ale. Although not a lot is going on I couldn't really detect any off flavors and it is quite refreshing. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 23:45:11 | More by rangerred
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TheDinger

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Nice looking beer with a golden straw, hazy look. Apple cider quality with a nice 2 finger pillow off white head. Nose was of orange peel, citrus, biscuits and honey. Not overpowering, but adequate. Taste was similar to the nose with a nice straw, citrus hit on the front and the noble hops add a punch to the end. Not over the top hops, but a good balance. A bit on the sweet side, but again not overpowering. Feel is a bit on the watery side on the front with a good bit of carbonation to add to the dry finish. Overall- A decent Blonde with nice character and very sessionable. A bit on the sweet side which was a distraction for me. Good blend of hops and citrus notes. Not a bad beer, but nothing that stands out as spectacular. Wouldn't turn one down and the low price helps-

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 03:03:49 | More by TheDinger
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KajII

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear light yellow with a small (1 finger or less) white frothy head that diminished down to a very thin film and tiny collar creating some fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, a grassy hop and a musty cobweb yeast with a hint of corn and not much else.

The taste was a bitter acidic with a pronounced grainy feel from the beginning and finished mildly hoppy with a slight metallic presence at the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a slight bitterness and a mild metallic taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was very light in body with a watery yet mildly dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall a pretty basic brew that was more like a light beer than a Cream Ale, although it did have a decent bitter undertone to it...

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 12:26:12 | More by KajII
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in what appeared to be a weizen glass at the Charlotte airport (long layover). Pours a straw gold with a translucent clarity. Head was half inch, rocky and bright white and eventually settled into a solid skim. Nose is clean and somewhat subdued - primarily biscuity malts and perhaps some citric acid. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is more of a cereal grain presence in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a clean finish. Overall, not a bad American Blonde. A decent, easy drinking session beer that pairs well with food, but there's nothing overly distinctive about this offering in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 23:35:32 | More by Jwale73
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avalon07

South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Not a whole lot of aroma here, but there were traces of malt and grain.

T: Tasted of light hops, a fair amount of malt, a little citrus, and that grainy component. The flavor with this beer is pretty thin, watery and without character. Pretty forgettable.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not an offensively bad beer, but certainly unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 13:03:32 | More by avalon07
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Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.