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Blonde - Goose Island Beer Co.

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Straw color, light tangerine aroma, pear flavor, light body.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-08-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Clybourn location.

A: thin head on a cloudy blond body and nice lacing.

S: orange peel and sweet lemon custard with some pale malts and breads.

T: the flavor had mor of and orange peel and pineapple citrus flavor differing a little from the aroma. Breads and biscuit with a grainy base.

M: light body and moderate carbonation. Definitley drier than I like.

Overall: true to the style but I think this one would be more enjoyable if it wasnt as dry.

kylehay2004, Aug 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Gotta start out the drinking day somehow, so why not a GI Blonde, right? It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger-and-a-half of white froth. The nose comprises light mandarin orange, lemon rind, and some light wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a touch of tangerine. The body is fairly light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick, smooth, easygoing feel. Overall, a nice, mostly inoffensive bit o' summery goodness. Good start...

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

A: Deep yellow color with a thin head

Smell: Hops apparent, but not pronounced, slight fruit

Taste: Not sure, ale, lager, altbier? bitterness is light, and malt is more prevalent

Mouthfeel: Like an Old Style draft. finish is crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially when chowing some bratwurst. and sauerkraut...mmm.

Serving type: on-tap

Stygr, Jan 05, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub on 1/8/08

Pale, golden color that was rather cloudy with gold accents streaming throughout it. A rather light and quickly disintegrating white head.

The smell was there but not much. It was pretty fruity and a thought it seemed like a mix of black cherry and a lgiht citrus, especially lemon and orange smell.

At first the mouth and tongue are hit with a light bitter hops taste that slowly fades away into the fruity, cherry citrus mix that I could smell in the nose of this beer. It kinda reminded me of the Honker's ale but had a smaller hop profile and a bit more sweet fruit taste to it than the honkers. That was the main thing that I could keep thinking was that this was a lighter and sweeter Honker's Ale.

The mouthfeel was rather depressing compared to the rest of this beer. There was really nothing at all there and it was all very light bodied. I felt in terms of the mouth feel that there was nothing different from a BMC and this brew.

It was rather drinkable for the sole fact that it was so light. It did go very well with the salmon salad that I drank it with and I do have to commend the bartender for recommending this beer to go with the salad. It was rather smooth and not too challenging of a beer but it was more hoppy than your normal smooth BMC. I could definitely see this being an entry beer for a BA to introduce a BMC drinker to since it was like the normal BMC but a bit hoppier than the normal BMC since it actually had some bitter flavors to it. Could drink a lot of this for the sole fact that it was light and could be happy because complex enough to make me feel like i'm drinking beer without being bored.

jeonseh, Jan 08, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this at the clybourn brewpub.
Light, slightly cloudy lemony gold color with thin, whitish head.
The scent is mildly fruity, with very slight plum, grape and peach.
The taste is basically a slight, slight hoppiness with a little bit of fruitiness (same as in the scent), with a nice little sweetness in the finish.
Not my favorite, but was quite nice on a very hot day, and was very, very drinkable.

Lexx, May 29, 2007
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4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on cask at the Wrigley outpost. I was hoping for something a little more adventurous, but was pleasantly surprised by how good this one was.

The beer was a hazy gold with a tight eggshell colored head. Nice lace patterns.

The nose was of malts, a bit of lemon peel and fresh bread.

The taste was surprisingly complex. Sweet malts complimented by an underpinning of citrus hops. I don’t think it was my imagination, but I picked–up a bit of a woody taste in the background. Is this due to the cask, or the beer its self? Regardless, it was a nice subtle addition to the taste.

The mouth as expected was incredibly soft with gentle carbonation. This is a near perfect session beer. It’s complex enough to keep your interest and smooth enough to drink the entire day. I know Goose promotes this beer as a gateway offering, but this one blew away my expectations.

Redrover, Apr 10, 2006
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3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Appearance: Deep yellow color with a thin head that disappeared after about a minute.

Smell: Very little noticeable smell.

Taste: Hmmm..is this an ale or a lager? Hop bitterness is light to non-existent, while the malt character is quite robust. It's kind of bready, and I can't stop thinking that the term "ale" to describe this beer might be a misnomer.

Mouthfeel: Substantial but not overbearing. The finish is crisp and dry.

Drinkability: While this would make a great session beer, I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't more "ale"-like. This was, however, my first beer in this particular style, and I guess I could say that my curiosity has been piqued.

styrene, Mar 31, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's basically a weak pale ale. Looks medium straw, which is better than most Blondes I've had. Frothy white head that stands above over active carbonation, but then fades to a lace. Smells slightly malty, sour, and bitter. Clean to the nose. Light malt, and powdered sugar flavors. Obvious use of cereal grains as adjuncts creates a complex grain flavor, albeit light. Low hopping helps with the crispness, offsetting sweetness, and added flavor. Nice creaminess and viscocity for a Blonde, maybe becase of use of wheat. It's a good clean beer. No errors, but not very exciting either.

BEERchitect, Aug 11, 2005
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Blonde from Goose Island Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.