Blonde - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 2
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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-08-2001

Straw color, light tangerine aroma, pear flavor, light body.
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Photo of skybluewater
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color. Smells a bit lemony, which is nice. Lemon comes through in the taste as well, which again is nice, but not really what I'm looking for in a beer during a howling winters eve.

Nevertheless, this is an easy drinking brew. Not the best GI offering, but you could do a lot worse than this one.

Photo of jeonseh
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Hobbz
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden-yellow color with natural cloudiness providing its blonde nature. Aroma was an initial hoppy edge which lessened a bit with a malty nose. Its taste followed the "rule of opposites" to its smell in that its maltiness lingered first on the tongue and was followed by the perception of the bitterness hops. Nice carbonation and balance; this is a drinkable American blonde ale and a nice offering from Goose Island (my friend has brought back a couple other styles I am keen to sample).

Photo of EagleTalon
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good choice. Clingy tight head, clear golden color. nice dry bitterness, refreshing light ale aroma. Leaves a pleasant bitterness on the tongue. Not a typical "fizzy yellow beer" in my opinion. If you find yourself in Goose Island territory and you either want a nice blonde ale or want to introduce your macro-swill drinking friends to a better beer, try this one.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate body and hops bittering with a faintly floral character. The hops struck me as a toned-down version of this brewery's IPA. Bittering was a tad heavy at the finish, but overall a very solid and enjoyable ale.

Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a mildly clouded yellow brew, looks sort of like a macro.

Smell is not much faint biscuit malt and a faint whiff of citrus hops.

Taste is mildly sweet with a fairly stiff hop bitterness for the sweetness level. There is a faint biscuit malt flavor to this but it isn't much.

Mouthfeel is thin, like a Bud Light.

Drinkability is like a light beer; it is drinkable like water but not much better than a Budweiser or any other macrobrew. I can't recommend this.

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" bright white head over the sparkly golden brew. Head lasts well, and lacing is very nice. Aroma is lightly of pale malt sweetness, with a slight citrus tinge. Taste shadows the nose, with the hops sedate and more or less overpowered by the malts. Closes crisply, though. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, and drinkability is great. An easy going down blonde, which is pretty much their purpose in life, I think.

Photo of Reidrover
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle, with the Goose on front.
The appearance is above average for a Blonde Ale nice golden colour very small head leaves a ring around the glass.
This beer has a strange aroma which though weird is enjoyable..i smell sweet malts and some honey..a little caramel too..very nice.Taste however is too sweet for my tastes..cant taste much malt or hops
Mouthfeel is pretty ordinary for a blonde..ok.
Its pretty drinkable but I wont go out of my way to buy again.
Maybe the sugary taste is because my bottle is past its "Best by date?

Photo of granger10
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden hazy color with a small head. This one seems to be a little lifeless. Smell and taste seem to go hand in hand with a bready sweetness, residual honey flavors, and lightly spiced hops in the finish. The flavors go well and are refreshing, but nothing really excites me here. Definitely a beer to introduce your MBC beer friend. Good for its style. Thanks Craig.

Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale yellow with a low white head. Light fruity aroma and taste. Nice malt graininess with a light hop character. Medium bodied (leans light) and smooth.

One of my favorite beers of this past summer.

Best by: 05/14/02 Tasted: 12/28/02

Photo of mobyfann
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $10.99 for the Pub Pack...

The beer pours a semi-clear golden base with a medium white head, average head rentention and some notes of lacing on the edges. The aromas were a bit faint of malt and some other grain product.

The taste is pretty good, very grainy taste, one-dimensional beer. The mouthfeel is good, it's a smooth beer from start to finish, not too bad on the palette either. The drinkability I must give a 3, I could have another, but probably wouldn't like it so much.

Final Thought: I think this is the weakest link from the Goose Island collection; still, not too shabby of a beer.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Clyborne location.

Now I've not had this bottled or on standard tap, but it was very impressive on cask, very smooth and understated but highly refreshing. Pours a medium golden yellow with a thick and substantial creamy head to match, beautiful. Nose is understated, a bit bready. Taste is very nice indeed, smooth and very well balanced, neither stealing the show. There is a light fruitiness here coupled with a bready quality, very nice.


Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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...

Photo of Stygr
3.52/5  rDev +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

Photo of Redrover
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this blond ale. A nice fruity quality to the aroma surrounded by the maltiness. Pretty golden color. Small and quick head. Light overall taste, as might be expected. Nice soft quality overall. Good mix of malt and hops with a noticable dryness that is probably more than most for style. Has almost a lager quenching quality to it, yet the smoothness of the ales. Rather full mouthfeel, a combination of carbonation and body.

Photo of jahred
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this on tap for the first time - much better than the bottled version. Looks like a typical light-colored ale. Initial taste is fairly sweet and peachy with a hint of apples. Not necessarily a bad thing - just unexpected. A bit of a wheaty taste for a golden ale. Lingering hoppy aftertaste.

I don't think I can drink the bottled version anymore after the much better tap version.

Photo of beerguy101
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color that is slightly cloudy, medium foamy white head. Aroma is grainy and a touch sweet. A lightly malted, lightly hopped golden ale. Medium bodied with a clean and mild flavor. Nice flavor. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of Winter
2.16/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Goose Island "Blande" Ale? Clear yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is somewhat boring with hints of corn or grain. Taste was very crisp and clean, but nothing really stood out in the flavor or body of the beer. Very refreshing to drink when cold, not a lot going on here.

Photo of Jordan
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation is clear, pale straw yellow hue, with a quick to dissipate head. The look, flavor, and feel of this brew is very mediocre. It is as if it's saying "I was rushed, mass produced, and was crafted without quality ingrediants or attention." The flavors seem chaotic and random. There is no foundation from which other characteristics would present themselves.

Photo of kaszeta
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours, well, blonde---dark gold body with a thin wisp of a head.
It's got a nice floral hops aroma with some light fruitiness to it. More of a malty taste than most ales, but enough hops to give it a well-rounded flavor. Nice light and wet mouthfeel, perfect for a warm day after a game at Wrigley.

Photo of budgood1
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark gold in color, thin and wispy head. light crisp lemony aroma. clean crisp light malty taste with some hops to provide balance and slight bitterness. definite lager characteristics with enough ale body to make this really tasty. solid summer or any time brew.

Photo of Bighuge
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy light straw with a thin white head that has some retention. A nice lemon tanginess in the aroma and a bit of spicy hops on the nose as well. Light bodied and easy drinking. Has some refined maltiness and a very small hop character. Very little aftertaste. No bad off flavors. For a blonde ale, this isn't all bad, although I've had better.

Photo of Kwak
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This sharp fruity crisp beer has toasted malt flavor and spicy hop aroma. Clearly refreshing and clensing to My palate. Greate with spicy food or salty snack. Goose Island makes greate beers and this is tops on my list!

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Blonde from Goose Island Beer Co.
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