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Carolina Blonde - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 242
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WoodBrew on 11-17-2011

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Photo of jjanega08
4.09/5  rDev +27.4%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.01/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear light straw gold with a sugar white head at about a quarter inch, retains indefinitely.

Smells of bright barley malts with hints of citrus and corn.

Crisp barley malt flavor with a dry biscuit undertone, finishes with faint dry hops.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is just a very standard, flavorful lagery cream ale, and as that it is the best I've ever had. As a beer overall it's somewhat boring and isn't going to compete with any great beers out there, but for what it is, I honestly don't think you can do better. It's very sessionable, goes down incredibly easily, and would pair well with a wide range of foods while also tasting good enough to drink on its own. This is something I'd want to have a case of at the beach. Based on those observations, I would consider this beer to be very underrated. (880 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Poured a very bright almost straw color golden yellow with a nice two finger high head of fizzy white lace that had a little bit of retention power to it, letting it stay around for a few moments before nestling down to just a thin film of froth across the top. Very nice apparent carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass to replenish what was there. Side glass lace was apparently not an issue and pretty much non existent throughout the session.

S – The aroma was very light. A nice base of light cereal grains and grass like aromas dominated the smell and was mixed in very nicely with a good amount of light yeasty smells. Hints of peach, pear, and especially banana were clearly evident here and all blended together very nicely to create a nice light, and bright aroma profile very befitting of the style.

T – The flavor was again very light and grainy with a very nice profile. The initial taste was of fresh cut grasses mixed with a good amount of light wheat flavors. There was a great little yeast profile added into this as well giving it a nice banana like flavor and swirling around with hints of peach and fig possibly, but very light. There was a touch of hoppiness to the finish, nothing extreme but just enough to dry it out and let it have a more then decent finish to it.

M – Very light bodied ale; this would almost come off as too thin if not for the large amounts of carbonation and the nice flavor profile. It had a very crisp and clean like quality to it, offering a sharp cut off while drinking. The carbonation was very good giving it almost a sparkling like quality at times, but mostly serving to keep it from feeling too thin.

D – Very highly sessionable ale here. I am not sure what the ABV here is, but it cannot be high as there was no hint of anything in this at all. A very light bodied ale that offered no signs of being filling in any way or of being anything but purely refreshing to drink. This would have been very easy to put down more then a few of without much difficulty at all.

Overall I thought this was rather nice for a nice sessionable blond ale. I had not ever had anything from Carolina before but it was nice to see that they obviously put some effort into what they do. This was definitely a quality ale and something I would like to enjoy again, especially on a warm day. (2,365 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.96/5  rDev +23.4%
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. (1,422 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +22.4%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +21.2%
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 ... (996 characters)

Photo of William295
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of TWM
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
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!!! (1,287 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of BrianBoruma
3.61/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of fields336
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (275 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours golden-straw colored with a semi-durable white head.
Light malty and yeasty aroma with a touch of citrus. Flavor follows. Clean and refreshing.

Feel: light body but not watery; crisp, medium carbonation; semi-dry finish. (268 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with a two foamy finger white head that has great retention. There is significant lacing on the glass.

S: Light aromas of grains, mostly cereal, as well as grassy hops and pale malts.

T: Flavors of bready/grainy malts with the grassy hops present. There is a very good balance to the beer and an overall lightness in the flavors. A touch of bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation - fairly smooth.

O: Very sessionable but nothing outstanding - have had several other beers from Foothills that I have enjoyed more than this one. Seems like the ABV for this beer is either very low or very well hidden. (658 characters)

Photo of TheDinger
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
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- (819 characters)

Photo of Brams17
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is good for what it is; a light easy drinking cream ale. It stays firmly within the style, so anyone expecting anything other than a lawnmower beer should look elsewhere, but this beer accomplishes what it sets out to do.

The beer is crystal clear with good carbonation, not much nose, and a slightly bready clean malt flavor. (340 characters)

Photo of BastardFromABasket
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ridiculous four inch fluffy white foamy head that hung around forever. Super clear light straw color. Slight sweetness with slight hop bitterness. Almost like a homeopathic ale or something. Very light and refreshing, though. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent. Nice on a hot summer day. (289 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.22/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (300 characters)

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (562 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Fox and Hounds, Raleigh.
Pours a pale golden yellow color, with an inch of white foam. Head fades to a thin cap, leaving a spider web of lace.
Smells of some malt sweetness, and a bit lemony, minimal hops.
Grainy malt taste, with some mild lemon at the end. Mild bitterness at the end.
Mouth feel is on the lighter side, medium body, crisp and clean aftertaste.
Overall, well balanced and easy to drink beer, fits the style. (436 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes 8/27/11

Pours a golden copper with ¼” of head that fades quickly to a thin lacing. Smells a bit musty with faint wheat notes and a little faint yeasty spice coming through. Taste is faint wheat, slightly yeasty, and just a hint of metal. Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and light.

A very sessionable beer, but a forgettable beer overall. (349 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 ounce bottle into a plastic cup at an airport sushi bar. Hazy golden color no precipitating carbonation thin white collar decent retention. Bready citrus nose. In the mouth slightly hop forward bready crisp citrusy. Mouth wet and quenching with correct level of carbonation. Overall satisfying sessionable easygoing pairs well with sushi. (351 characters)

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Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.