Redhook Blonde - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook BlondeRedhook Blonde

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76
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314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-1998

Redhook Blonde combines the best attributes of a flavorful golden ale with the refreshing qualities of a lager. The ale is brewed with three different malts and two hop varietals. Lightly roasted barley and a touch of wheat, combined with an ample portion of hops, creates a truly crowd pleasing beer.

24 IBU
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Ratings: 314 | Reviews: 210
Reviews by TinusTime:
Photo of TinusTime
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty pale gold with just a hint of amber. Not much of a head, but as it was on tap and I was not sitting at the bar I wont subtract as it could have sat for a bit.

Aroma is a touch sweet. A bit of butter also comes through. Really not much to write home about no real hop aromas to speak of.

Taste is pleasant enough. A touch of honey, a little butter, malty sweetness. Enough hops to keep it from becoming too sweet, but not enough to really notice.

Mouthfeel is average decent carbonation and fairly light bodied. Drinkability is a touch above average. One could session this beer as it is an inoffensive, medium flavourful ale. I would not rush out and buy this, but it was a decent fall back when the other choices were beers I dont like or refuse to drink ( Stella)

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light orange in color and clear. The head foamed up nicely but JB’ed on me in less than ten seconds.

Smell – Very light malt undertones give way to a cheap, fruity sweetness.

Taste – The cheap Gummi-Bear sugars come out in the taste as well. The malt is almost undetectable. There’s a very light citrus hop balance but you really have to look for it.

Mouthfeel – Crisp and kind of refreshing. This light-bodied ale might do alright on a hot summer day, but I’m in Seattle in late October and it’s frickin’ cold.

Drinkability – It almost crossed the line from “drinkable” to “sinkable,” but I think I’ll stick with it.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Nice distinct label on a 12oz short twist-off bottle. Description of the style and "A compelling endorsement may convince us to feature you in an ad." adorns the label. How bloody cheesy.

Appearance: Light golden with a healthy head that appears to retain. Odd that it does so more than their Hefe?

Smell: Slightly lagerish in aroma with mild aged hops in the back.

Taste: Loads of malt flavour for a light ale, some citrus and a heavy dose of diacetyl (like butter, and there is a bit of cooked veggies as well). The small use of wheat is apparent and helps to lighten and dry it up at the end.

Notes: Quite complex for a light beer. Much different from our bright tank samples at the brewery which were less stripped and fuller -- none the less very enjoyable.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 12pack.
Bottled 060910
In a pint glass it was a bright gold color with barely a head.
It had a sweet malt aroma, with a hint of flowers.
Mostly malt flavor, a little bit of hops showed up late.
Decent enough mouthfeel. A beer to drink after you've mowed the lawn and you want something to drink.

Photo of Todd
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time in a long time @ The Times, downtown Boston. It was okay. Quite the drinkable and clean product, but it also had quite a bit of diacetyl, which is not cool for the style.

Photo of muffguy4beer
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden blond in color with thin white head.

Smell: I think it is fair to say that this beer lacks in the smell department. I caught a little malt but that is about all.

Taste: An agreeable taste/flavor which is fairly mild. This beer is pretty much dominated by a sweet fruity flavor with very little hop flavor. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Creamy and refreshing.

Drinkability: Another middle of the road offering from redhook which I think would be great for the non-craft beer drinker and also occasionally for the craft beer drinker who is looking for something basic or for a change of pace.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-ish blonde yellow color with a fair, white head. Lots of bubbles. Smell is of light graininess, maybe a hint of fruitiness. Taste is more of the very light matly/grainy flavors with a slight noble hop-like bitterness. Balanced but yet not much character to speak of. Easy drinking. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light bodied. Fairly drinkable if you are looking for something light.

Photo of Jason
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale in appearance with a basic lacing, clarity is fine. Faint aroma of malt and very clean with not much going on. Big on crispness with a tight but light pale malt body. Quick bitter kiss of hops keeps the brew in balance, hints of dough biscuits and husky grain in the finish. A decent extra pale ale, nothing to go crazy over.

Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, "Bottled" dating etched onto label of 08 07 06, pours light, yellow and clear, with a white head, grassy and slightly skunky nose leads things off. Light brew, more moldy grass notes. sort of a cloying, oily, over dry mouthfee. Drink this one super cold and you should be fine, semi-micro lawn mower beer, not the best one in the sampler box it came in. The last 1/3 of this was a drain pour, not worth the calories and alcohol...

Photo of jakester
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from a sampler case I bought at The Beer Mart in Reading, Pa. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Expiry date clearly marked on the case, and born on date clearly marked on the bottle. YAY!

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a light orange tint. A 1/2 finger head of just off-white bubbles forms, then quickly drops to islands and a ring, with minimal splotches of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is thin, light, pale malt, a very slight hint of caramel, a nice little touch of spicy hops, and very muted fruitiness. For what it is, it's pretty good.

First flavor is maltiness, a little on the thin side, but to style. There is a decent level of hop bitterness to match the malt, and a definitely there spicy hop flavor. Granted, everything's muted, but it is very clean and to style. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and pleasant, with a detectable zing from hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body, with soft carbonation. Finish is surprisingly long and nice.

I really wonder how people would review this beer if they didn't know AB was involved. If one reviews this beer objectively and according to style, you should find it pretty good. It's a blonde ale, and well made. I would have this again, if offered.

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very refreshing beer. Clear gold pour with a little white head. Fresh grassy aroma with lemon. Taste is wheaty, and little sweet and lemony, kind of like a hefe-light. A good beer for a hot day, but nothing spectacular. A better alternative to Bud Light.

Photo of sammy44
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More a less a unobtrusive yellow ale. Maybe what Budweiser would be like if they made ales. Bottled on date of 1/30/06.

Poured a clear yellow to orange color with a thin head that did not hold well. Smelled of malt and a little bit of citrusy hops.

Tasted of crackers (I notice that what some people refer to as a biscuit taste I refer to as a cracker taste. My Mama's Alabama biscuits are better than this ;-). A little bit of lemon from the hops and a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. Overall pretty refreshin taste.

Malty beers like this seem to coat my mouth and this one does the same. A little hop dryness in the aftertaste. Easy to drink.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy looking yellow. Aroma was the faintest sweetness.

Taste, middle of the road, minimal hopping, but a tang, that faint sweetness again, very little malt heft, but enough to separate it from a lesser classification. This is a decently built beer for a summer day or girlfriend. Good enough for me around the pool.

Photo of ADR
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale, sub-amber appearance. Frothy head, bumpy on the inside of the pint glass. Subtle aroma, slightly yeasty/bready. Light-bodied mouthfeel, just a hint of maple/honey to the malty tastes. Hops are hardly present but the mild malts don't throw the beer remarkably out of balance. Flavor is almost gone by the swallow. Blondes are blondes in the world of beer, I'll always take one over a detergent-tasting macro but not too much interesting here. Certainly is easy on the tongue and drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honey golden hue off white cream tinted frothy head leaves sporadic specks of lacing. Aroma: Biscuit malts plus 2 row pale malts, touch of honey and fruit character, hint of alcohol and wheat not bad. Taste: A clean semi flavorful Bud-Hook product nice for sipping on in session flavor is reserved mild hops semi sweet with a touch of honey for the malt profile relatively clean and nonofffensive. Mouthfeel: Lighter body easy carbonation nothing too special to note. Drinkability: Not a bad chill and watch the game type of beer, light crisp decent flavored blonde ale.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a thin film of white head a few big bubbles launching from the bottom of the glass.

S- The smell of pale malt has a light noble hop aroma that is almost chemical without any depth. There is a faint dry grain and corn note in the background.

T- The taste of hop bitterness is all I get from the first sip. That flavor of dry corn hangs on the breath when I exhale. As it warms a bit there is a very light note of pale malt but it is hidden by the hops. The finish is pretty dry and crisp.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizz finish.

D- This beer his light and crisp and has many lager qualities but it doesn't have the nice depth of malt and the hops are punch and bland.

Photo of zjungleist
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold colored with a fairly weak, white head. Smells like cheap, sweet malt. Taste is generic and malty, with some scarecly detectable hops, a faint creamy taste, and a slightly rusty/metalic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly crisp. Somehow, drinkability is not suffering too bad... I must be thirsty. Overall I don't hate this beer because it is cold and refreshing, but I'm not going to pretend that it's better than it is.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

AP: clear golden ale, major carbonation, big bubbles streaming to the top to create a thin milky head that was about 1" deep and receeded to a 1/8" cap.

Nose: Burnt malted wheat, rye, grains, and a earthy hop but very subtle.

flavor: An earthy, wheat, rye,grains and avery light herbal hop, overall think...barnyard.

Feel: Light, crisp and refreshing, decent bite with a smooth finish.

Da: not too bad.

Photo of BrewMaven
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Contestant number 3 in the Redhook sampler.

This looked like it might be good in a frosted mug so that what I poured it into. Surprisingly, it didn't pour blonde but a nice amber sporting a bleach blonde head that laced nicely. Has a distinctive nose but my subpar honker could not get a good read on it...Wheaty maybe?
This is one of the more "mild" beers I've had recently in terms of flavor. Not that it was lacking, just that nothing really stood out.
Not as light bodied as I thought it might be and had a proper amount of carbonation
Finished smooth and easy. I'll have this again next spring when the BBQ season starts. Good.

Photo of Magpie14
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: coarse bubbly bone white cap. Fizzy straw blonde colored body with a hint of tangerine. One long snake trail of lace and that was about it

S: this has a soft pale malt nose and unique spicy sweetness. Maybe some honey coated oranges and faint metallic whiff with hops

T: soft fruits, grains, biscuits malts, and yeast notes. Plenty of zest in the body, very fizzy. Light acidic notes show through and hops are super subtle. Malts are focused with reasonable strength and yet I find myself saying after every sip "now what?" I also get a like soapy vibe from the hops, maybe? I still get a buttery metallic residue at the roof of my mouth

M: light body, fizzy, crisp, and in some regards could be categorized as refreshing

D: this brew lacks in overall complexity and has that, as I saw on another post, lawnmower type of vibe. On a hot day this might turn out to be the cats meow, otherwise it misses the mark

Photo of Rootdog316
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from one of the brown bottles, Redhook Blonde Ale is very clear with a golden color that has a tinge of brown/tan. There isn’t much foam and what little there is fades away faster than you can take a few sips. The aroma of the beer is a little bit herbal, a little bit malty, and with a hint of diacetyl and grassiness.

The flavor of this product emphasizes the roasted malt and the hops. The hop flavor is not as pronounced as I first thought (judging by the aroma), but it is definitely present and the hop flavor kicks in almost instantly (not just in the finish). I could also detect a little bit of fruit taste- citrus, banana, and maybe some lemon. The finish was slightly bitter.

In summary, I think that Redhook Blonde Ale is an above average beer product. I think it will appeal to most drinkers, at least as an occasional summertime quaff. It’s nothing exceptional, but it’s good enough to throw back a few on a warm day to quench your thirst while you anticipate something a little better.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

During a visit to Portsmouth we took the opportunity to visit Redhook Brewery. Tried the Golden Blonde. The color was golden clear with nice carbonation that gave way to a thin white head and lacing. The nose was a very faint citrus, if any. The taste was good, nice crisp, clean with maybe a hint of lemon. The mouthfeel was good and I certainly could do a Session with this beer.

Photo of cjgator3
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 021108. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet grainy malt with just a touch of hops. The taste mirrors the smell with some malt and a touch of hops in the finish. This is really not an overly complex beer, but is decent for what it is. All in all, this is an easy drinking blonde that just doesn't possess enough character to buy again.

Photo of bditty187
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Translucent golden hue, served with a small white head. Decent retention… it produced some specks of lace. Crisp nose with buttery hints… odd, and not very inviting. The invitation of the bouquet matched the palate perfectly (unfortunately), it had almost uncontrollable buttery diacetyl flavor. Distant hops, wheat-like malt backbone. Lackluster and almost offensive. Medium-light body, creamy mouthfeel. Did I get a bad sample? I’d like to try it out of a bottle, maybe. This wasn’t enjoyable at all…

Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Doughy malt, slight fruitiness, some melon.

L: Brilliant straw yellow, white head that dissipates.

T: Melon like fruitiness followed by a sweet honey like taste. Medium-low bitterness (slight citrus) leading to some clean maltiness.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

Ok blond, fairly one noted with the exception of a nice clean honey taste.

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Redhook Blonde from Redhook Ale Brewery
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