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Redhook Blonde - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook BlondeRedhook Blonde

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288 Ratings

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.64%

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-1998)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a sweet and slightly fruity finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable and pretty tasty for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 00:51:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of WoodBrew


3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 02:15:14 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Had this on tap at a local restaurant. Served in a cold Redhook pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color. No haze at all. A decent bit of carbonation running to the top. No head at all. Nothing special.

Aroma: Some biscuit and pale malt notes. A touch of fruity esters. Pretty light on the nose, but not unenjoyable.

Taste: The pale malt and biscuit notes come through. Really light, even as it warms. A touch of fruity esters. As it warms, a slight, bitter hop bite near the end becomes noticable. Overall, a bit bland.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated. Moderate to light mouthfeel. The bite of the carbonation is a bit refreshing.

Drinkability: The low ABV and crisp mouthfeel make this really sessionable. The only reason I cannot see myself drinking a lot of this is that its rather uninteresting and one-note.

Overall, a decent, crisp ale that is refreshing. Nothing too special or interesting here at all though. I wouldn't turn one, but I don't see myself seeking this one out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 19:12:17 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of RedDiamond


4.38/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, I wasn't expecting to like this beer. I'm not a big fan of blondes in general (the beer, that is) and my low expectations for Redhook's Slim Chance Light Ale were borne out in tragic abundance. But Redhook's Blonde is a delightfully simple yellow-gold ale of crystalline clarity with a sensual aroma of biscuit dough. There is a wisdom to its uncluttered taste and clean finish that is too often absent in beers of similar design. Yet despite its visual clarity and clean drinking lines, the beer does not lack for flavor. It delivers a simple yet pleasing balance of bready malts and targeted bittering that works far better than most beers of this sort, making it absolutely perfect for casual outdoors recreation.

I drank a pint of Blonde on the patio at Redhook's Woodinville brewery where the beer may have enjoyed a greater presentation than it does in its ubiquitous six-pack form. But it's tragic that Redhook is now phasing out the Blonde in favor of the poorly conceived Slim Chance Light Ale. That's a big mistake in my view.

Low intensity, high refreshment, and unexpected character.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2009 05:50:52 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/28/2006 (Pint @ the Brewery, Woodinville, WA):

Pours a body that is clear yellow in color, with a frothy head, small, malty, and effervescent. Light, watery, malty taste, light. Similar in many aspects to big brother beer. Not much else to say, kinda bland.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 03:57:59 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of RodBurg


2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden in color with decent white head and lacing as it went down.

Bready malt smell with light hops.

Tastes kinda like a lager. Biscuit and bread malt flavor with some hops in the mix. Finishes with a dough-like malt flavor.

Not bad, nothing to write home about either.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2008 16:04:07 | More by RodBurg
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice straw yellow color, good carbonation with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head. Taste was typical of most of them, lighlty hoppy, smooth not much body, character or love in this one. A drinkable beer but not one I would have over and over again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2008 02:20:30 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of PlaywrightSam

New York

3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden/yellow with decent head retention. Some lacing. S: Some lighter malts, a distant hop aroma. Nothing huge. T: Huge presence of strawberries. maybe it was just this cask, but I'm having hard differentiating anything else. There's a slightly hop dry finish, but not much to speak of. M: Coarse, light, refreshing. D: The balance is a bit off, the fruit taste is a bit overpowering, but overall it's a nice light beer for a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2007 02:37:10 | More by PlaywrightSam
Photo of mhaugan


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

First time I have ever had this on tap. It was just added to the Boston's Pizza near my house.

Served with nearly no head in a 32 oz glass mug. Pale yellow in color and nearly clear. Very little aroma. Taste is light with just a hint of hops. Slight wheat flavor.not bad for a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2007 20:22:51 | More by mhaugan
Photo of supercolter


4.3/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is decent some good head, but fades quickly. Smell is delicious some pear and banana, sweet malt, and candy.
Taste is really similar to the smell, with a bit more malt backbone, very sweet though.
Mouthfeel is very good, thicker than expected.
Drinkability is only slighty inhibitied by the over sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2006 17:41:15 | More by supercolter
Photo of eballard


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

This beer poured a golden color with little to no head. There was a light lacing on the glass however. The beer has a sweet mellow smell but not much else. The taste is crisp and malty like you would expect with a hint of a wheat grainy quality. It does have a little bit of an aftertaste that is slightly on the bitter side. Almost a soapy flavor. The beer had a crisp feel with an over all light body. In all not a bad blonde. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 17:37:20 | More by eballard
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a straw colored hue with a finger and a half of foamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle. Mild aroma of malt and hop with a touch of spiciness, perhaps coriander.

The taste was clean and, like the smell, very subtle. The light taste made the beer very refreshing and the touch of hop and spice gave it a bit of character.

The mouthfeel was clean as well. Went down nice and smooth.

A nice drinkable ale. Would be a nice first ale for lager drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2006 17:29:46 | More by plaid75
Photo of bignick


3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kegerator at a buddy's house while playing poker.

At first I didn't know what I was drinking, so it was a guessing game. I figured it was something light, and guessed a summer beer. When I finally looked at the keg, I realized that I was essentially right. Redhook Blonde is not the most flavorful beer, but what is there is very pleasant. There is a slight wheat taste with a hint of lemon, that makes it a very drinkable beer to have several of. The freshness of the keg was a big positive, for this beer was crisp and enjoyable. I can picture myself sitting outside during the disgustingly humid months of Boston drinking one after an another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2006 06:33:38 | More by bignick
Photo of maddamish


4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at buffalo wild wings in knoxville.

Golden color with no head and minimal lacing. Strawberry and hop notes in the nose as well as in the tasting. Strawberries were the main feature of this brew and it was a bit of a suprise of how well it blended in with the rest of the beer. Although it is tasty it is a bit one noted as well but the flavor never tastes artificial like some flavored blondes.

My friend who normally does not like beer was estatic about this one. This is a good cross over beer. Give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2006 15:04:55 | More by maddamish
Photo of RBorsato


3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On-Tap 07/06/05 at Bungalow Billiards in Chantilly, VA.

Light golden color with a decent white head. A decent malt grain aroma with ale yeast fruitiness evident. A nicely balanced ale with soft maltiness and nice fruit character. Light-Medium bodied and smooth.

Per Redhook website:
Grain Variety: 2-row, wheat malt, several lighter caramel malts from Belgium
Hop Variety: Czech Saaz
Color: Straw (7.0 SRM)
Bitterness Units: 18.3 IBU
Alcohol % Weight: 4.24
Alcohol % Volume: 5.41
Original Gravity: 1.05075
Calories / 12 oz.: 166
Carbohydrates / 12 oz.: 13.1 g.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2005 19:41:21 | More by RBorsato
Photo of TinusTime


3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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)

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2005 18:05:13 | More by TinusTime
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an orange yellow color and is super clear. seeing the world through a pissy filter as i stare through the glass. cool. bubbly. crisp. flowery sweet smell. what a fresh taste.. honey notes are obvious and vanilla a little less so. hop kick in the back end.. surprising but welcome. mild though, no complaints here. finishes dry.. overall refreshing. puts hooker blonde to the test, fo real.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2005 03:15:29 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden, clear with a small amount of carbonation and a thin head. Aroma is semi-sweet, bready-yeasty. Plain, inoffensive, generally nice without a lot more to say. Flavor is slightly sweet, creamy and a hint of citrus. Minimal hops. Mouthfeel is moderate, generally pleasant. This beer is a nice drinker- nothing amazing going on, but hey, it sure beat the other selections on tap!!!! Enjoy it when you aren't looking for anything complex, just a nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2004 19:21:31 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the "ren fest," one really hot day. This beer poured nice into my plastic cup, the head was thick and tasty much thicker than I am use to with this style.
Very nice smell of tiny hops and a little malt. Very smooth taste almost buttery like a wheat but only a little. Good bold flavor more than I expected in the finish a little sweet!!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2003 04:41:43 | More by Kwak
Photo of UnionMade


2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at a local pizza joint. Seeing as my other alcoholic selections were bud, bud light and Mikes hard lemonade, I was very grateful.
The glass (which happened to be a Bud "retro" pint) came filled with a bubbly straw golden liquid, topped with an ample white head. The grease from my grinder quickly took care of that. Good lacing, when I had this again a couple months later
Taking a moment to waft the beer under my nose, I gathered a light maltiness, with just a touch of grassiness. Somewhat herbal hopping, with a touch of diacetyl and the barest hint of pear. Pretty clean
Flavor is sweetly malty, light, with mild unassuming hoppiness rounding out the end. A light floral fruitiness, with some lemon and pear. A bit of buttery diacetyl flavor in the middle. Clean flavors, well balanced. Light body, with a crisp carbonation. A bit more carbonated than I'd like, leaving me pretty burpy. Not terrible by any means, but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2003 16:25:42 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Jason


3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2003 03:44:34 | More by Jason
Photo of bditty187


2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
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…

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2003 07:23:09 | More by bditty187
Photo of Dogbrick


3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught version. Golden colored with a medium head that lasted fairly long, also lively carbonation. Sweet yeasty/citrusy aroma that bordered on a German Wheat. Light and refreshing if a little on the sweet side. I did enjoy this one somewhat, but mostly because I got it on tap. I'm not sure how well this would translate to a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2002 10:24:57 | More by Dogbrick
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2001 09:29:39 | More by Todd
Photo of TMoney2591


2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I've passed this one so many times... Thankfully, a single made itself available recently, so I finally decided to give it a shot. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose is a blast of buttery biscuit, with little else getting in the way. The taste changes things up a bit (thankfully), with notes of orange zest, light lemon peel, caramel, and light buttery toffee coming through. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, nothing too interesting going on here, but nothing all that offensive, either. Just another blah beer that's gonna be passed over by me in the future...

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 05:59:52 | More by TMoney2591
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Redhook Blonde from Redhook Ale Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.