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Redhook Blonde - Redhook Ale Brewery

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311 Ratings

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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:
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 ReebShorts
2.08/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color, looks like a pils. Decent white head on pour, with some retention even after a couple of minutes.

Smells grainy, and slightly medicinal.

Not much here in the way of flavor, just an astriget, medicinal, buttery, mildewish grain taste. The one redeeming quality is the bite at the finish. It does finish crisp, and not much aftertaste.

This is very watery going down. Not Good, not recommended

Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/26/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Light blonde colored brew with a large foamy white head and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Slight yeasty must scent, a bit citrus rind as well.

Taste- Light hoppy kick, sweeter pale malt base, nice amount of lemon and other citrus flavors. Pretty grainy. Almost like a pale ale-pils combo.

Mouthfeel- Fairly creamy, fuller mouthfeel and average carbonation.

Drinkability- Very drinkable blonde ale. Had this one right before bed. Cooled me down with this hot weather we are having. Smooth, crisp and tasty. Very much a nice session ale.

Photo of palliko
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance pale yellow/gold with a foamy head that produces a little lace. Aroma is of cooked corn, and hops. Initial taste starts with malt, citrus, yeasty, buttery diacetyl, and wheat. Finish is dry and clean. I have tried it on tap, and it is better. A so – so blonde ale – there are better examples out there.

Photo of Hibernator
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Redhook Blonde Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz pint glass
Bottled on date for 05/09/05

This beer pours a golden yellow color with an orange tint. Small head on top that vanishes to a thin white lacing.

Dull nose. Some whiffs of grain and wheat. Faint scent of flowers in the background.

Pretty average tasting beer on all accounts. I taste some grains and wheat flavors. A dryness and sweetness clash at the same time on your palate. Some sips are a struggle to put down in all honesty. This beer is not balanced. It tastes like a beer that was crafted with cheap malts and hops. Not the worst option out there, but not as good as I remember this Redhook offering once being.

ending up pouring the rest of this beer down the drain. This is a very rare situation. I think only the 2nd time since I began reviewing on Beer Advocate.

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.

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)

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.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a medium gold color with one finger of head. A little bit of lacing going on. The aroma is grassy, with a slight amount of pale maltiness and just a touch of hops. It almost smells like a pilsener. The taste is about the same. Light grassy and malty flavors with just a little bit of hops. The mouthfeel is decent for a blonde ale, and the drinkability is ok as well. It's there.

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

Well, mine is obviously from a different lot as the one pictured, as my label is yellow instead of black around the border. The bottled on date is 12-30-04, so it's pretty damn fresh.


It's a clear yellow brew, with almost no head. What little head there was died away in less than a minute, leaving just a tiny ring.

The aroma is of lightly spicy hops and light malts... nothing spectacular, and somewhat subdued. I wanted a bit more presence.

And the taste was also subdued... the barest touch of hops, some graininess, a bit of wheat, some breadiness, but overall quite wimpy.
Almost like a macro, but with maybe 1½ times the flavor of a Bud.

What the hell, I got a couple for free from a neighbor... who am I to say no to free beer? It wasn't that bad for the price *L*

Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light and unimpressive. No head. Nothing. By "blonde" they mean *blonde*.

Odor: diacetyl diacetyl diacetyl. How much yeast can you fit into an odor? A lot, actually, and when balanced by a hint of malt it's actually quite nice.

Tastes sweet like bread yeast, nice but not complicated. There's a slight chemical aftertaste that some might not like all that much, but it grows on you after a few sips.

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

Presentation: Dark Bottle, black label.

Pour: very small head on this beer, amoung the smallest I have every scene. Very little Carbonation

Color: Pours a medium gold.

Taste: semi-sweet and creamy.

Drinkability: Sure is easy to drink. Taste is easy and smooth with very little aftertaste. Look for this during summer!


Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale and carapils malt scent with a fruity yeast finish; refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a dry pale malt flavor with a slightly fruity and grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good drinking American blonde despite it's flaws.

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.

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

Looks great: deep gold color with a blanket-like foam, leaving bits of white lace everywhere. Faint flowery aromas, grassy, grainy, with hints of citrus. Foretaste moderately is doughy and bread-like. Moderate to high carbonation, with exceedingly small bubbles. Crisp finish. The brew has a somewhat thin in the heft department, and in on the sweet side. Middle of the road.

Photo of karengarys
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says "refreshing", and, well, it is. Not much of a red hook fan, I was pleasently surprised by this one.

This came straight from the 'fridge, opened cold. It pours crystal clear amber, with fairly large bubbles that leaves no head. Though it does not look bad, it doesn't have much character sitting here in my glass viewing it across the table either, as would a fountian soda.

The smell is somewhat sweet, and it does attract me.

The flavor is quite good - the hops are not overpowering as I would have expected, and it has a balanced sweetness that makes this a very very drinkable beer.

It has a somewhat thin body, which is fine in the summer.

I can't name the spice flavor it has on the way out, but it has a nice enjoyable finish, that dissapears nicely. There is very very litte bitter aftertaste with this - almost none at all.

It seems best to drink this beer fairly fast for as it warms it loses the mouthfeel and flavor and drinkability. That should be no problem though - I usually savor a beer but with this I noticed the glass was empty before I knew it.

If you are looking for "refreshing", then I'd recommend giving this a try. It doesn't have tons of character, but that is probably part of what makes it so easy to drink it - it just goes down.

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

Beer pours a nice light copper color, topped by a pillowy white head that makes a decent show of longevity.

Wheat in the nose, light hops. Seems to take on notes of candi sugar but it recedes when you try to isolate it.

The taste is light and crisp, with hops, wheat, and grassy tones. This is a nice light brew, some distinctiveness to separate it from the herd but nothing offensive.

Photo of kbub6f
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One inch of bubbly, coarse foam dies fast. A dark gold, mostly clear beer has tons of carbonation. The smell is buttery, dusty and a bit sour with some fruit. Front is fruity, grainsy, leading to a tangy middle showing light caramel and some butter. The nutty finish is very fruity, bitter. There seems to be a touch of metal and a little chemical. Not bad. A grainsy, fruity blonde.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Clear gold color, medium, fast falling head. Lemon citrus hops in the nose. Taste is dominated by a strong malt presence, with some sour hops accompaniament, A fairly big beer, for being a redhook. Wheat graininess present. Well carbonated, and refreshing, just like the bottle says.

Photo of NEhophead
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Light, creamy white head that quickly fades leaving some sporadic lacing; only some of which really holds. Pale straw in color; bright and clear.

Honey malt sweetness with some very faint fruity esters. Not much else going on here.

Initial honey cream sweetness that gives way to biscuit and wheat flavors. A nice dryness in the aftertaste. The flavors are all very subtle; no overpowering flavors, but the hints of honey are pleasant.

Light on the palate. A bit grainy, but balanced well regarding the sweetness of the malt and the wheat.

Very drinkable; refreshing and light. I'd probably get tired of drinking this all night, but it's a decent tasting blonde.

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

The Redhook Blonde pours out of the bottle a golden, nearly orange, yellow color. There are small wisps of bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass. Head is slight and quickly diminishes. I detected a hint of fruitiness and possibly wet straw in the smell.

Taste is light and refreshing. If you concentrate you'll be able to detect the touch of wheat in this beer. Mouthfeel is not overbearing, but is, again, light and pleasant. Aftertaste initially a bit fruity, but lingers on the tongue like bread and butter. I'm not sure what to make of this sensation yet.

Overall, however, a refreshing ale for summer!

Photo of Mitchster
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row pale, wheat malt, and "several lighter caramel malts from Belgium". Hopped with Saaz.
7.0 SRM, 18.3 IBU, 5.41% ABV, OG=1.050.

Very lightly hazy dark golden with yellow accents, forming a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma of Europils...some grassy pale malts, weak grassy hops, some hay...not much there...clean ferment. Mouthfeel is bright with a medium-light smooth body. Taste begins with some mildly spicy distinctly Saaz hops, followed by a touch of butter, some grass and freshly mown hay, and ending in a mild herbal bitterness with touches of vanilla. Aftertaste is watery and clean with a very light wheat husk astringency. No off flavors, no perceptable alcohol.

Actually, this is pretty good for the style. Easy to drink with enough substance to maintain my interest...better than most blondes at brewpubs. This would be a good session brew for hanging with friends and shooting the shit.

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

Little head with an aggressive pour, but leaves attractive creamy lacing, on top of a fairly clear light orange-gold body. The aroma is malt with sweetness, pretty faint. Gentle carbonation on the tongue and a light body accompanies a nonchalant malty flavor with a hint of hops. It picks up on the way down as wheat emerges, finishing fruity on the citrus side. Boring, except for the finish, which is a little too strong. It is refreshing and easy-going but not commendable in any other way.

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

Pours a nice pale, but dark, straw color. Quite true to the "blonde" category. A two-finger head that laces like it should.

Malty, biscuity flavors, with a hint of honey. There is a slight creamy quality, a subtle richness that carries into the aftertaste, which is a bit on the sweet side. The finish is a bit fizzy, but doesn't totally lack in smoothness. The hops can be picked up on in the scent; a mild, citrusy note with a hint of a "grassy" note.

Not a bad summer sipper (or should I say guzzler...?) I drank mine rather quick, without realizing it. I'd say burgers with garlic toasted buns and homemade macaroni salad is in order.

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

Light Gold with a decent head this is an easydrinking ale with just enough hops to let you know that this isn't Henry Weinhards. Give this to your Bud drinking friend and hope that he or she likes this better as we all need to start our beer journey somewhere.

Redhook Blonde from Redhook Ale Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.