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Sheet Metal Blonde - Barley Island Brewing Company

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Sheet Metal BlondeSheet Metal Blonde

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 67
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 07-02-2004

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 67
Photo of maxwelldeux
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a rather hazy golden color with a moderate white head on it. Nose has a decent amount of wheat in there with a moderate amount of coriander and spice. Taste has a little bit of citrus to it, but with a sweet finish to it that was unexpected. OK.

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Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most carbonated beverage I've ever seen. The bottle cap practically popped itself and before I had less than an ounce of beer in the glass, the head was overflowing. Seriously. I've never seen anything so ridiculous.

When all is said and done, it looks the part of a wit. Lemonade yellow, cloudy, and bubbles forming non-stop from the bottom. As mentioned, the head is really over the top. Bright white, bubbles of all shapes and sizes, major retention and an agent orange sticky lace.

Scents of straw, cut grass, spices, honey and citrus fruits emanate from the head.

Tastes like a hybrid. It's got some wit characteristics, but also tastes like a shandy. A lot of lemon and wheat, and lots of carbonation.

While the feel was ok with me, it's a bit carbonated for a wit, which I normally associate with having a smooth wheat feel. This has a bit from the carbonation and citrus from beginning to end. Very acidic. Medium bodied. Some spice. Not much from the hops.

If you can get past the ridiculous head and carbonation, it's a really good beer, that's easy to drink (once the head falls) and has only moderate alcohol so you can enjoy lots of them.

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Photo of secondtooth
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This over-carbonated Belgian-style wheat beer almost overflowed the glass at first, but that's a minor complaint. Anyhow, the thick, massive white foam quickly dissipated into a pale, cloudy gold. No lace here.

Nose is spicy, with a little hint of citrus. Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

Upon initial tasting, I get a blast of sweet -- actually overpowering the wheat up front. Finishes with some wheat, yeast, and lemon hints. Not bad, but overall pretty average.

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Photo of flyingspatula
2.16/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer was all head! I have never seen one like it. One time I got an Upland amber that was pretty foamy, but this is ridiculous! I took a picture after pouring (and yes I poured it slowly like I would any beer), and the whole glass is foam. Definitely a visible lattice (only 4 and a half inches tall). Once the foam subsided I was left with a nicely colored white yellow beer, almost like lemonade. Weird. The taste is so-so. It is pretty carbonated and I think it helps for this brew. Hops aroma and taste evident, but not much malt. I would not buy a six-pack of this!

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Photo of mpcrump
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nice hazy orange/gold with a good size soft head that dissipated quickly. Lots of carbonated action.

S: Spices (coriander, nutmeg) and wheat outweigh the citrus.

T: Started out ever so slightly bitter but finished with some good citrus and wheat.

M: Very light. Suprisingly the carbonation action I saw didn't play as strong as I thought it would.

D: Good and light. Easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caught somewhere between a Witbier, an American Pale Wheat, and an American Blonde Ale, this beer makes for an easy drinking summer refresher and shouldn't offend even the lightest of beer drinkers.

Pouring a hazy pale straw color, the beer carries a stark-white head with good retainage and mild lacing. The beer certainly fits the Witbier look.

Lightly acidic lemons/lemon zest and corriander set the tone for this spicy ale; of which stands well above lightly kilned malts and wheaty breads. Mild orange zest and lemony/minty hops take the beer from the corriander-rich upstart towards the clean and crisp finish.

Mild creaminess early makes a quick transition to dryness and bitterness in the end. Minty flavors and feel makes me think the beer is drier than it actually is, while it's probably more clean than dry.

Though it's no Hoegaarden, the beer is a standout among the Blue Moons and Oberons out there.

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Photo of cpolking
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Belgian style wheat ale brewed with herb and spices. Pours pure golden with a massive head. The aroma is yeasty, a bit fruity, metallic like grain in a cold metal bucket on a late fall day. It tastes like honey and fruit, with a hint of spice, and a very crisp, fizzy mouthfeel.

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Photo of harlanhu28
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from a Indiana craft beer sampler pack Thanks seth curtis.

Pour a very cloudy yellow and highly carbonated.. Head of egg whites that reduced slowly and left lacing clinging.. The aroma was very potent of banana and orange peel and coriander..
Taste was very good, but the mouth feel was the only thing that was not par with the rest.. Overall A very good beer for the style..

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Photo of urwithdave
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brian, thanks for sharing! Poured into an over sized wine glass.

A- Pours a pale yellow color. Two fingers of a white head that has pretty good retention. There is some decent lacing left on my glass.

A- Yeast and wheat. Not a whole lot going on in the nose.

T- The wheat and yeast really stand out. There are hints of banana and some spices also. A biscuit taste is very forward also. The banana that is somewhat muted at first stands out more as times passes.

M- Thinner side of medium. Very smooth and a tad bit creamy. The finish is very clean and crisp.

D- I found this to be very simple but nonetheless very refreshing.

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Photo of mynie
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank at the Broad Ripple BP. House pints are only 2.50 on Sun-Mon and that's a really fine deal.

Anyhow, this is billed as a Belgian Wit, and while there's nothing wrong with the beer it is far too timid for the style. It pours like a filtered hefe, more gold than white, but there's a nice enough head on it.

Smells like grain. Normally when I say a beer smells like wheatmalt I mean it smells strongly spicy, which is how wheat smells once it's been turned into beer. This just smells like raw wheat. Like cereal. It's okay, but lacks any of the fruit/spice complexities I look for in the style.

Tastes a bit more like a hefe, but it's bereft of any aggressive yeastiness or spicy wheatiness that you'd expect from a Belgian Wit. Actually, it's not even up to hefe standards so much as it's like a minimally hopped APW.

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Photo of matjack85
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. No freshness date on the bottle, but as this is a spring/summer brew and I am buying this in January, I assume this bottle is a leftover from last year's batch.

The beer poured a cloudy pear yellow color and made a 1-finger white head that dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing.

The smell was really fruity. Banana, lemon, and orange smells dominated the wheat and coriander spice smells that were also present.

Fruit also dominates the taste. Lemony/orange flavors mix with Belgian yeast and wheat flavors, with a nice dose of coriander spice as well. There is even a faint hop bitterness in the finish, but fruit flavor remains dominant throughout.

This beer has a nice light to medium bodoed mouthfeel to it with plenty of carbonation to keep it crisp and refreshing.

This was a really nice wit. I wish I had a fresher bottle to see how much better this could have been, but as is, I could down a bunch of these. The low 5.0% abv would make this a very sessionable beer.

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

Pours a cloudy, yet bright sunshine yellow. Two finger head after the initial pour recedes to thick ring of foam. The aroma is full of dry bananas, coriander, citrus zest, and wheat. The taste starts with wheat and some watery oj. The middle is more of a dried out, light toasted malts. The finish is some malty bananas and some herbal coriander and grains of paradise flavors. Dry palate from middle to the finish, but good mix up of flavors throughout. Great Summer session brew.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very hazy golden-orange color with a dense, one-finger white head. The smell is a mix of the wheat, coriander and orange peel - slightly sweet. The taste is similar, very refreshing citrus zing and a sweet spiciness to complement. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a frothy, creamy carbonation. A very drinkable beer, excellent for the summer. Overall, a well done wit.

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Photo of JamesS
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came to the table a nice cloudy yellow color (sunny), with great head and excellent lacing. It has a sweet and aromatic scent, with slight hints of banana and clove. Very heavy banana flavor, with a sweet start and a nice slightly hoppy finish. Goes down fine, this is a great Belgian White.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy lemon yellow. Quite a layer of sediment in the bottle, I'm happy to let is stay there. A spritzy white cap bubbles down to a thin layer quickly but has some good hold.

Aroma - some grain, yeast, and pleasant spicing. Smells like a Belgian wheat at first, but as it warms up it smells a lot like gunpowder, like at July 4th. Weird but I kinda like it.

Taste - doughy, wheaty, some good floral/citrus. A light sourness on the swallow and more of the citrus coming through. Ends flowery, some fading citrus.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, a noticeable bit of smoothness. A bit lighter than average.

Drinkability - a refreshing wheat, I like.

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Photo of bradley0114
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pale, but clear...no cloudy residue like most beers this style. It also has a two finger head that disappears and leaves no clinging within a minute.

Smell - Very clean...the typical witbier smell.

Taste - Average, all of the flavor comes at the backend of the swallow.

Mouthfell - clean....light.

Drinkability - It's ok, not enough to it for me.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jpm30 for this one.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, small white creamy head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is yeasty, spicy, and grassy. The taste follows the nose pretty much. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Witbier. Recommended. This is my first Barley Island brew.

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking, hazy pale yellow body with a small, but sturdy, white head. Some sheet lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is coriander, yeasty bread dough, banana and lemon. Light bodied and well carbonated. Taste is sweet orange and creamy banana with a hint of lemon. Overly spicy, with orange peel and coriander dominant. A bit pretentious, but a worthy effort and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a lemon yellow body with a very slight haze has a good carbonation of big bubbles. There is a creamy snow white pure head that last a good bit then fades to a thick ring.

S- The big smell of yeasty wheat bread starter with a smooth but bright note of clove and some softer banana notes. As the beer warms there are notes of lemon.

T- This beer has a light taste of white wheat bread with a spicy note and bananas in cream hint. As the beer warms there is a taste of light club soda and red apples.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- This beer has some nice flavors and good complexity and is really a much better sample of this style than most American made Blondes. The wheat has a good presents and the cloves have a nice fresh ground flavor instead of the “back of your grandma’s spice rack” taste. The banana note is soft but adds another layer of complexity without overpowering the other flavors.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle poured to a tall octagonal glass. No dating on label, but the brewery's website lists April 2007. Thanks to jpm30 for sending.

A: Milky/cloudy golden with a fizzy 1/2 finger of whiteness. Fades quickly to a ring of cream and a swirling film, constantly replenished by the abundance of rising carbonation. A dusting of brownish funk settling on the bottom of the glass, but to be expected from an unpasteurized/unfiltered Belgian style Wheat/Wit.

S: A nice but fleeting aroma of spiced (coriander, cinnamon powder and a dash of nutmeg) yeast and bready wheat. Sweet citrus, pretty true to the style but not-strong enough to retain its complexity for more than a minute or two.

T: A spicier and slightly sweeter flavor than I'd expected. Really liked this initially until a dry herbal/bitterness that was more chalky, even soapy-tasting, kicked in. Finished with some lemon zest and a malty/wheat sweetness, so the 'taste' score was salvaged for me.

M: Crisp and heavily carbonated with the first few sips; tingly/ effervescent spice and a zesty mouthfeel. Then mellows and a noticeable thinness can be picked out from what before had been a concealingly bubbly mouthful. A bit gummy or sticky.

D: Overall, a likable beer, easy to drink. A bit above average in terms of American made witbiers, fairly deftly bridging between the real-deal Belgian version and the pale wheats/blonds often proffered by American brewers as true wits. Good enough to have again. Watch out, however, for the blond on the label - she may look hot from afar but there's something crazy goin' on behind those eyes...

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Photo of Vancer
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good grief, poured this lite blonde ale out, the amount of yeasties on the bottle bottom was staggering. Turned clear lemon yellow to hazy in a quick swirl. Still was topped off with a pillow top of white egg foam, very lacey.

Just some subtle hints of malty wheat in the aroma, taste was a basic plain jane wheat brew, fairly disappointing. Soapy and bland, this will not be a staple in my beer drinking diet. Not at the $9 a sixer range, might as well get the Hoegarden.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy gold brew with a nice two finger white head and a decent amount of lace left on the glass.

S - Dusty yeast, lemon zest, clove, and orange blossom. Crisp and summer in the nose....I like it! Also, this is very true to the Belgian Wit style....I might have mistaken this for Hoegaarden in a smell-off.

T - Tangy lemon rind, white pepper, sweet mandarin orange juice, with some twangy wheat flavors. Peppery and subtly dark behind the summery lemon rind flavors. Much more complex than I thought it would be...I was expecting an "American wheat beer" wit knock-off, but this is very true to the Wit style...major props to Barley Island (which I keep spelling "barely island")!

M - Twangy, thirst quenching, tart, and sharp. Light in body, but hard and crisp on the palate. An excellent summer brew!

D - Outstandingly thirst quenching after a hot day of geocaching! This is a very nice Belgian-style Wit!

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Photo of schoolcb
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack while visiting fam in IN. Pours a pale yellow, slightly cloudy, almost no head whatsoever but a thin white ring of bubbles keeps up around the ring of my pint glass. Sweet malt, orange peel, and coriander in the nose. More in the flavor. Also has the ester characteristic you'd expect in a wit. This one is a little fruiter than others I've had but overall a very nice beer. Great on a hot muggy day like today!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from jpm30, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color with a medium foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick and even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but is mostly of Belgian yeast & wheat with a little bit of spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very bready and just like the smell, it mostly consists of Belgian yeast and wheat. There are very mild flavors of spice & lemon in the background. The malt character is thin but slightly heavier that most beers in the style. The hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty but only if you’re not looking for a lot of flavor, goes down easily, not too filling, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer, but there are several more flavorful beers within the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of Duster72
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

4 oz draft serving at brewpub. Pours a pale yellow with a small head. Aroma is very mild wheat and barely detectable citrus and spices. Taste is below average generic wheat. Very generic wheat beer flavor. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for a wheat. Not anything I would like to drink on a regular basis.

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Sheet Metal Blonde from Barley Island Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.