Arbor Brewing Strawberry Blonde - Arbor Brewing Company
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Reviews by Beric:
3.54/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Serving: On tap, 5oz sampler at Corner Brewery (ABC's Ypsilanti branch)
Served: 17 June 2013
Appearance: Looks like a nice amber color- a light copper/red-gold color with some nice small white bubbles on top. Not much head to speak of, but this could have been adversely affected by the sampler size. Looks very nice and welcoming.
Smell: This beer is called the "strawberry" blonde, but you can't really get any fruit notes in the nose- it just tastes rather 'beer-y'. Pretty nondescript, and certainly one area in which this beer could improve.
Taste: Unlike the head, you certainly get just a hint of strawberry flavor on the back end. Not sweet strawberry, though, but more like those freeze dried strawberries you used to think were the coolest thing in about 4th grade. The overall strawberry presence, I think, could be improved by using slightly riper (sweeter) strawberries, to provide just a bit more assertive strawberry flavor. However, the amount of strawberry in the beer very nicely compliments the overall body of the blonde beer backbone.
Mouthfeel: Feels nice and spritzy, and very refreshing.
Overall: This is a decent beer, but by no means the best from ABC (Corner Brewery). I would probably not buy this in any size bigger than their small, if I were to buy it again at all.
Serving type: on-tap
06-18-2013 02:58:37 | More by Beric
More User Reviews:
2.73/5 rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
This beer wasnt exactly what I was expecting. I was thinking a strawberry blond beer would have high notes of strawberry and a lighter feel to the beer. The actual taste of the strawberry flavor was not very full, tasted just a hint of strawberry and it wasn't all that pleasant. I probably wont be ordering this one again.
Serving type: on-tap
04-27-2014 19:08:23 | More by Tylergross1
3.44/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Strawberry? Maybe. Blonde? It may or may not be the attempted base beer, but this one is a heavy and extremely clouded orange-red in the glass. The dusty tan head begins at one finger's height, moderate retention showing as it ends up a thick layer of foam. Left clinging to the glass is just more than a modicum of patching.
Strawberry is as tangy as anything else, more so than sweet but with some of that. It ends up being more like unripened strawberry, a sharp bite on the nose. Malts are both dusty and crackery, and the yeast makes something of a gently spicy, earthy presence while some herb backs it up.
Sweetness come out on the tongue but ends up tasting a bit saccharine, somewhat heavy and cloying. It's a little too much like the strawberry syrup that's naturally derived but is loaded with corn syrup. Malts are still there, and backup from very light, grassy and herbal hops, but the sweetness threatens to overcome it. It may be my imagination, but somehow I get something like clove in here as well.
The feel begins a little cloying, but some crispness and the steady, firm carbonation cut through it. There's an interesting phenolic sort of bite that translates to the feel, too, and carries into the finish.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 21:00:43 | More by Brenden
Arbor Brewing Strawberry Blonde from Arbor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.