Pete's Wicked Strawberry Blonde - Pete's Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev +3.4%
Strawberry Blonde is neither strawberry nor blonde in color; not that I expected it to be. It's much closer to orange than amber with a tangerine-tinted ivory cap. The foam is substantial enough to last and sticky enough to leave a decent amount of lace. Not a bad look.
Ordinarily I'd say that the strawberriness of the nose is just right, that it compliments the base beer rather than overpowering it. In this case, I wish it was a little more prominent because the base beer is nothing special. Despite the label's claim of 'natural strawberry flavor', the nose smells like strawberry breakfast cereal to me. Franken Berry, I think it's called. Hey, maybe these guys can brew up some beer that uses Boo Berry and Count Chocula as inspiration too.
The exact same problems are present on the palate. The somewhat harsh graininess of the beer will probably become even harder to tolerate as it warms. I'm still okay with the relative amount of strawberry flavor and I'm still not thrilled with its quality. It just tastes fake to me.
While I can't say that I appreciate the flavor provided by the Cluster and Tettnang hops, their bitterness is front and center, especially on the finish. It may be nothing more than personal preference, but I think beer of this general style would do better to favor slightly sweet. As expected, I like Strawberry Blonde less and less as it loses its chill.
The mouthfeel favors the light end of the spectrum and could be more vigorously carbonated. I don't need a lot of bubbles, but a little more excitement wouldn't be such a bad thing.
Pete's Wicked Strawberry Blonde, like the rest of their lineup, isn't wicked in the least. Wicked bad or wicked good. It's a stunningly average fruit beer whose packaging is the highlight of the entire experience. I'm disappointed, but not surprised, that it's all downhill from there.
03-06-2007 13:46:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.05/5 rDev +4.1%
This strawberry blonde is a mediocre blonde ale with surprisingly aromatic strawberry notes, but sadly this doesn't transfer to flavor very well.
No signs of strawberry in the color. A very pilsner-looking beer with a solid white head that may fall more on the fizzy side than malty. Light lacing.
Bright aromas of strawberry hit the nose early but does seem fleeting, as the strawberry couldn't keep up late in the session. Sulury notes also abound and make the beer a bit less appealing. Otherwise and part-grain/part-malt aroma gives a crisp light bread base. No real hops
Flavors of the malt/grain come into play first with a shallow flavor of strawberry (still, the olfactory senses make the beer seem more fruitful than do the tastebuds). Otherwise the beer has little to offer- think Redhook Blonde.
The body also leaves me wanting more. A bit grainy with carbonic bite and light bitterness. Sulfur character make the beer seem rough, while the lack of maliness keeps the beer thin.
Ultimately the base beer struggles for average scores while the strawberry character seems artificial at times. But the arom bails this beer out.
03-24-2010 11:50:34 | More by BEERchitect
3.13/5 rDev +6.8%
i really did not mind this one terribly at all. served cold and poured into a pint glass and consumed on 11/04/2010.
decent pour i have to admit i have seen worse, but the head faded rather quickly. aroma is artificial strawberry and grainy, corn like aromas but that is to be expected. it is not bad really just rather light and fairly uninteresting. very light body and flavor, almost fizzy water like at time, but again in the contet of what it is it works. light strawberry and grainy flavor offers really no finish and is as light as could be with no aftertaste.
overall not a terrible beer and really not one of the worst i have had by any means.
11-06-2010 18:38:25 | More by mikesgroove
3/5 rDev +2.4%
12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly golden body with a full, white head.
Smell: Strong, though obviously artificial strawberry extract accents set against a tired, weak malt backing.
Taste: Light, basic maltiness for a lager sets up shop for the sweet, though still artificial strawberry flavoring which, thankfully, isn't terribly overpowering. Some slight wheat hints. Subtle touch of hop bitterness. Science-based strawberries leads you to the candyish, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Honestly, it's not a horrendous fruit beer, though it's nothing to stand on a table topless shouting about. Tolerable for a single bottle, but heaven help those who purchased an entire six-pack.
06-04-2009 01:54:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.78/5 rDev -5.1%
This beer pours out as a as a hazy yellowish beer, it had a pretty big foamy head that settled down pretty quickly. The beers aroma doesn't really have a whole lot of strawberry in it. It's got a little bit but could use more maybe. The taste is pretty bland too. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. This brew is kind of disappointing, I was hoping for more flavor and just some complexity or something.
04-25-2011 23:59:25 | More by Knapp85
3.05/5 rDev +4.1%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
I got a bit morbidly curious at the store, so this ended up in my fridge. It pours a lightly hazy golden amber, with a light rusty pall, topped by about a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises fake strawberry (not unlike the Runt), light lemonade, cracked wheat, and a touch of buttery toffee. Surprisingly (I think...), the wheat and toffee dominate the proceedings a bit. The taste focuses more on the fake strawberry to begin with, but then moves back into the toffee, which is now even more buttery, more biscuity, than before. This is a sorta strange combination on my tongue. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, this beer doesn't quite do it for me, as the strawberry is mostly kinda muted, and when it isn't it's overtly fake-tasting. Other than that, it's not offensive, just not something I feel I'm gonna wanna have again.
09-27-2011 16:14:27 | More by TMoney2591
2.85/5 rDev -2.7%
A - Pours out a gold color. No head and not very much carbonation.
S - It smelled very sweet and fruity. It had a malty scent, too.
T - It really only tasted like malt with a hint of strawberry.
M - Crisp and smooth. Light-bodied.
D - It was an okay beer but I just didn't find anything special about it. It wasn't bad. But blah.
10-13-2006 03:43:22 | More by zeff80
2.38/5 rDev -18.8%
Appearance: Pink with a fizzy soda pop head that pops and crackles. What the hell?
Smell: Utterly consuming artificial strawberry with no actual beer aromas to be found.
Taste & mouthfeel: Less offensive than the nose, thankfully. Light malty sweetness, a bit of cereal grain and tangy strawberry. Body is ultra-light and fizzy. Dry in the finish with faint hops and more of that delicious artificial strawberry flavor.
Drinkability: Drinkable but really quite bad - I'd rather have some water.
05-19-2008 20:23:05 | More by largadeer
3.48/5 rDev +18.8%
Pours a crystal clear gold body that displays tiny rising bubbles. The creamy white head holds OK before dropping to a thin collar; and it leaves some spotty lace. The nose exudes candyish strawberry above some mild malt. The body is light, and its fine and moderate carbonation leaves it quite smooth across the palate. The strawberry extract dominates the flavor as it does in the aroma, but the gently bready and somewhat wheat-ish malt gets more play. Hops are not to be found in the flavor, as might be expected, and the bitterness is quite subdued. It's sweet, but not cloying (there's not enough residual malt for that); and I think it works here. (Interestingly enough, the label advertises that it uses Cluster hops - the workhorse hop of America's regional brewers)! It's drinkability is limited only by it's lack of complexity; and it's a refreshing, light lager that might be just the right thing on a lazy summer afternoon.
03-06-2003 18:26:51 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +33.1%
Pours a clear gold that looks like it has a slightly reddish tint to it (no doubt from the berries). Decent amount of head with some lacing on the way down. Nose is sweet with obvious strawberry influence and the taste is smooth and bubbly with a noticeable, thought not over-pronounced strawberry flavor on the palate. Definitely drinkable, and definitely a clean brew.
12-30-2007 03:46:04 | More by RblWthACoz
3.5/5 rDev +19.5%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is mostly of strawberries along with some light malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is fruity up front with a strong strawberry flavor backed up with a hearty grain breadiness. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling but it's not as light as you would think, mild kick, this is one of the better fruit beers that I've had but I don't like it enough to drink it consistently.
02-18-2009 02:49:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.35/5 rDev -19.8%
Presentation: 12 oz brown logn neck bottle. No freshness date.
Appearance: Clear, golden straw color with a thin pure white head.
Smell: Smell of unsweetened strawberry store brand jam, some dextrin sweetness is a bit cloying. Other than that it has a clean nose.
Taste: Light to medium body with an up front crisp carbonation, thin malt palate with some left over dextrin floating around. Hops are there just to balance the dextrin and strawberry flavour so it does not seem to close to a wine cooler. Thankfully a handful of grain comes through and shows off some beer character, alcohol is slightly noticeable with a touch or warmth. The fruit (strawberry) flavour is not too over done and seems withdrawn compared to the old “Pete’s” version. This brew end towards dryness though it wants to be sweet.
Notes: A fruit beer is a fruit beer, at least this is not a wine cooler. Aimed at the chick beer drinking crowd or the guy who is a girl drink drunk.
12-11-2001 23:50:21 | More by Jason
1.85/5 rDev -36.9%
Bad Beer Thursdays makes a return this week. Not on the "Bottom of Barrel" list anymore but it was. $1.39 a bottle. Worth a shot, unfortunately this turned out to be a case study in diacetyl character. Drain pour. This beer is fucking gross. I suppose this is what bad beer Thursdays are all about.
Beer is dark yellow / orange and hazy with nearly no head of white small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation.
Aroma is full of strawberries and kind of a toffeeness that I can't really describe. At least the strawberries come through, maybe it will be OK.
Nope...creamy butter mess of a drain pour of a beer. This was gross. I drank about half of it. There is a midpalate fruit sweetness that I thought would help overcome the nastiness of everything else that was happening, but after four sips I thought, "What the fuck am I doing?" One of the worst tasting beers I've ever had.
I've had a lot of bad beers, Thursday nights are reserved for trying a "bad beer" -- but most of the American Adjunct lagers or Malt Liquors are drinkable. This beer was intolerably bad, horrid even. A rough road start to finish with nothing but misery in-between. I will never drink this beer again and if the rumors that this place is finally closing, good riddance.
02-18-2011 04:54:29 | More by drabmuh
3.75/5 rDev +28%
The beer pours a golden color with a slight pink tint that is hardly noticable. The head is white and thin. It laces the glass nicely. The nose is pleasant. Fresh smelling strawberries all the way. The taste is good. It is light with a decent strawberry flavor. The mouthfeel was good; a light body. It drinks great on a hot summer day, but not the best fruit beer I've had for sure.
07-15-2003 16:00:19 | More by WesWes
1.35/5 rDev -53.9%
First had: bottle in my fridge, thanks to KRoc
Dammit, Katherine, why did you leave this in my fridge?
Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head that recedes pretty quickly. Pale malts and strawberries in the aroma. Grainy taste with strawberry flavoring in the background and a bunch of stale funk going on. Light body, thin, and not very drinkable at all. ... Unless you're a girl perhaps.
05-27-2011 18:37:59 | More by Rifugium
3/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours golden yellow with a white fluffy head that soon descends to a vanishing patch.
It smells like a strawberry patch - expected. Not much in the way of beer aroma.
Tastes like strawberries, though restrained to a degree. Slight nod from malt and non-descript hops. Not offensive, but not much to it.
Light-bodied, not too watery or fizzy. Fairly smooth.
Rated in style, this is a mediocre fruit beer. It is what it is...
08-19-2007 14:57:22 | More by jwc215
2/5 rDev -31.7%
Appearance: a slightly hazy yellowish orange color with a one finger head that lingers a bit.
Smell: cheap fruity perfume aroma just does not cut it.
Taste: weak malt profile. Strawberry flavor is artificial and unpleasant on the tastebuds. There is a dryness throughout and little bitterness make this a one dimensional fake fruit mess.
Mouthfeel: smooth and dry from start to finish. Light in body. Aftertaste is short and unpleasant as the strawberry artificial flavors stick around the mouth for a while.
Drinkability: awful. I drank about 8 oz of the glass of beer and tossed the rest. Avoid this one.
12-13-2007 22:54:44 | More by Gavage
2.65/5 rDev -9.6%
Pours a clear orange color with just a trace of white head after the initial pour but it fades too fast to ever get a chance to try and lace upon the glass.
Strawberry flavoring dominates both the nose and the taste. Feel is quite thin and overly carbed. No hops or malt detected. Finish is crisp but overall this beer seems watered down and not really that eventful.
I am sure my wife would enjoy this beer but its not a beer I would try again. Once was enough for me.
11-01-2009 21:50:38 | More by stakem
Pete's Wicked Strawberry Blonde from Pete's Brewing Company
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