Oval Beach Blonde Ale - Saugatuck Brewing Company
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
3.8/5 rDev +11.8%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/3/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, straw, floral, grass, slight pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale/bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, straw, floral, grass, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, straw, floral, grass, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale/bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast fruitiness; with a crisp and balanced finish with no cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good American blonde ale. All around good robustness and balance of pale/bready malt, earthy hop, and light yeast fruitiness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
08-02-2014 03:14:08 | More by superspak
3.48/5 rDev +2.4%
The brew itself is a dark gold color, bright and polished. The head, pure white, is too spritzy to keep up for long. It makes the effort, but fades fast, leaves just a little, and deposits light spotting.
Malts are dry in the nose, crackery and wheat-like, with a musty earth quality and fruity sort of sweetness. A faint hint of leaf offers a light counter.
The taste still has the dry malts, which go grainy into the middle, the dusty earth filling in from front to back, and the sweetness going more like honey. A little bitterness eases into the finish.
The body is light but crispness keeps up the impression of firmness. It comes to feel a little thinner in the middle, but finishes well with a lingering semi-dryness and light bitterness following through with the sweetness.
06-14-2014 13:17:13 | More by Brenden
3/5 rDev -11.8%
Nothing to run home about in this beer. Was told it was bitter but was disappointed in said bitterness.
Look is clear, average, watery.
Smells of a typical cheap lager.
Taste is full for a moment of wheat and barley but quickly goes to a dull taste.
Overall it is barely a step up of a regular macro lager in my opinion.
02-22-2014 23:45:09 | More by importedfromdet
3.18/5 rDev -6.5%
poured from a bottle into a pint glass...
a: two finger bright white head. quickly dissipates. crystal clear light straw color.
s: bready, light toast. fresh pale malt. spicy yeast character. very light hop notes.
t: light caramel, pale malt. grainy. light earthy hop taste. short spiciness.
m: medium carbonation. more body from a lighter style than i was expecting. hop bitterness lightly lingers.
o: not an overly exciting beer. i wouldn't turn it down but i certainly wouldn't seek this one out.
02-13-2014 02:30:06 | More by deadchef
3.48/5 rDev +2.4%
Got this one in a mixed sixer for a Christmas gift
A- hazy gold yellow with moderate carbonation and little to no lacing. Appears pretty mediocre.
S- It honestly smells like an adjunct lager. Has a metallic smell with traces of corn and a hint of orange zest. Nothing worth remembering
T/M- Has a sweet light malt body with a hint of orange zest barely coming through. A corn like adjunct flavor is present. The mouthfeel is light in the body ending with a sweet, dry ending.
Overall- This is my second time having this beer. The first time I had it on tap it was awful, this time I found it much more enjoyable. Don't get me wrong it is a very mediocre beer that does little to make me want to seek it out. However, it is surprisingly drinkable and would make a descent summer/lawnmower beer.
01-21-2014 22:46:54 | More by king75
Oval Beach Blonde Ale from Saugatuck Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.