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Oval Beach Blonde Ale - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Oval Beach Blonde Ale
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mcallister on 02-27-2007

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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 120
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label is printed "130115 693" in the upper right corner, possibly a best by date of "01-15-13".

Pours a hazed bright orange that reflects a good amount of light. Initial head of a fingers width or so, that rises and falls quickly before the first sip. Not much coverage, a bare thread of skim around the edge is all that's left after the first couple sips.

Smell is yeasty and sulfuric at first, becoming sweet and grainy afterward with a light hint of apple.

Flavor is straightforward and simple, crackers from the malt, apples from the yeast, dry floral note from the hop addition. Body is lightly astringent with medium carbonation and a slight slickness to it. Overall a passable beer for a summer bbq, but a rainy November afternoon calls for something different. (774 characters)

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brilliant gold with 1” white foam cap that dissipates to film A touch of skunk on the nose but after a few swirls most of the skunk goes away and you pick up some malt. It’s actually rich and malty with a fruit touch sweetened by light caramel. Barely discernable mild hop bitterness. Medium light body and medium carbonation. Nothing special. (353 characters)

Photo of Kerry1
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (782 characters)

Photo of king75
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (796 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of slasich
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a very ordinary blonde ale. (35 characters)

Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of DougT
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MooseWiersma
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Rostie
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of CortexBomb
4.89/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'd never heard of Saugatuck Brewing Company before running into this bottle randomly at Goodrich's. Bomber. Blonde Ale...why not?

Suffice to say, I'm extremely impressed by this offering and I'm going to be looking for more by these folks in the future. Beautiful beer all the way around: straw yellow pour with plenty of carbonation. The beer and the aroma are both smoothly malty with a tang that I think is either paradise seed or lemon (possibly both) and a slight woody sour tang at the finish. Fairly complex but not overly so; enough interesting elements to result in a real winner, particularly for the style (which I always keep in mind when I'm rating).

For the style of beer this is about tops of my list. It has enough character to draw you in, but is still smooth drinking, and I could easily see throwing back a few of these sitting on the beach in June. (871 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise. ABV is printed on the label as being 5%. Gushed out of the bottle and sprayed my computer when I opened it. WAY overcarbonated!

Appearance: Solid layer of white foam. Slightly hazy amber body with good carbonation. Good head retention.

Smell: Spicy yeast and actually some alcohol. I'm surprised I got alcohol in the aroma considering it's supposedly only 5%abv.

Taste: Pretty good, but bland. The taste is mainly comprised of the yeast. Some hop bitterness. (509 characters)

Photo of DCdevyl78
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of tschultz
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pb9613
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is pure gold with moderate carbonation that produces a thick white head that quickly dies down leaving a trace of lace.

Smell: Clean malt with a slight perfume of berries..

Taste: A clean malty flavor with a slight bitterness of the hops. There is also a sweet floral note that hits in the middle.

Mouthfeel: The heavy carbonation gives this beer body that most blonde ales miss.

Overall: A very refreshing and full flavored beer. Most beers in this style lack anything of interest but the brewers at Saugatuck kept this on interesting. (561 characters)

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Rohkey
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of oline73
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades quite quickly.

Smell: Very mild smell, but what I am picking up is some malt.

Taste: Mild malt, not very sweet but there is a hint of grape. The finish has a very mild bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. The finish isn't really remarkable.

Overall: There isn't anything bad about this beer, but it isn't really remarkable in any way either. A bit boring. (523 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Straight up golden yellow with a big old white foamy head that fizzes away pretty quick. nose is pretty malty but the same malt character gives way to some bitterness. I'm a little surprised that this beer has as much body as it does. Fairly decent finish for a good yet utilitarian beer. (288 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Saugatuck's Oval Beach Blonde Ale last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. This is the last of the bottled beers from Saugatuck that I have yet to try so when I saw this on the shelf I figured I better give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good and has nice old school beach scene on it, looks good to me. It poured a nice golden yellow color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of lacing. This is a proper looking American Blonde Ale.

S- The aroma of this beer starts out with a good amount of malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness and impart a very grainy and sweet bread like aroma along with a little bit of cereal thrown in for good measure. There was also a slight honey and flower aroma. The hops show up toward the end and are a half and half mixture of grassy and spicy hops that was pretty light. The aroma is balanced and slightly above average for the style.

T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma. The first thing I notice is the large amount of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart some, grainy, sweet bread, and biscuit flavors. There is a real slight flower and honey like flavor in the middle that is a little mead like. The hops show up towards the end, they are light and impart some light grassy and spicy hop flavors that help balance out all the malts. The finish is sweet with no bitterness and a mixture of biscuit malts and spicy hops on the aftertaste. This is a proper tasting American Blonde Ale, with just enough hops to stay true to the style and a pretty flavorful malt base.

M- Smooth, very crisp, medium light bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. One of the more crisp American Blonde Ales that I have had and it had pretty appropriate mouthfeel.

Overall I thought that this was a good American Blonde Ale that was very true to style with the malt base and the low amount of hops. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down very smooth and it was very crisp, I could see drinking a six pack of this on the beach in the summer, it seems like this would be a good beer to quench your thirst, but I might become bored with the flavor after a few. What I liked most about this beer was the flavor and mouthfeel, the flavor wasn't mind blowing but it was pretty much what a good American Blonde Ale should taste like and the mouthfeel was also good and true to style. There wasn't anything that I didn't like about this beer but I would have liked to see a little bit more of those floral and hoppy aspects in the flavor and aroma, but that would make this beer stray from it's traditional take on the style. I would buy this beer again, especially in the summer, it seems like it would make a good beer to enjoy on the beach or to have during a barbecue. I recommend giving this beer a shot, if American Blondes Ales are your thing then they don't get much more truer to style then this beer. This was a pretty solid American Blonde Ale from people at Saugatuck, it was very true to style and drinkable. This is one of the better American Blonde Ales that I have had but Cass River Blonde is still my favorite, even though it isn't as true to style as this beer but I still think it is tastier. This was a straight forward solid American Blonde Ale that I will make sure to revisit once it gets warmer. (3,510 characters)

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Oval Beach Blonde Ale from Saugatuck Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.