Bayside Blonde - Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn

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Bayside BlondeBayside Blonde

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 20.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-15-2003

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by nsmartell:
Photo of nsmartell
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer out of a little plastic cup as part of the sampler at the brewpub. Therefore, this won't be the best review and is mainly for my own recollection.

Appearance: golden appearance - nothing out of the ordinary for this type of ale. Very little head. Don't believe the bar tender knew why the head was important.

Smell: Again, nothing out of the ordinary. Wasn't bad, but wasn't particularly good. Hard to judge w/ such a small sample and out of a plastic cup.

Taste: OK taste. One of their few beers I would order again.

Mouthfeel: smooth

Drinkability: Nice session beer. Good on a warm, summer day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into the new Sam Adams glass, this beer had a pale golden body with a white head of foam. Aroma is a light offering of pale malts. Light bodied with a cool, crisp flavor and a light sweetness in the finish. No bitterness to speak of. This is a nice summer beer, but nothing too extrodinary.

Photo of KTCamm
3.47/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted as part of the six beer sampler offered at the Shipwrecked restaurant. Pours into a small plastic cup, which in of itself is disappointing.

Beer is light colored - a golden pale yellow color. Taste is clean and crisp, slight creamy, with a mild hop character to keep it in balance. Slightly sweet with a hop at the close.

A decent enough brew - not groundbreaking, but a good choice here.

Photo of emerge077
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a tapered pub pint. No visible freshness dating... oh wait. Bottom of the bottle: "232 11" is roughly July/August 2011 if julian dated. 2-3 months old by that rationale.

Murky, dirty brass color, orange gold shot through with some haze, a few random bits of suspended sediment.

I smell some vague hops, citrus with a bit of sweetness. Not bad not good, fairly nondescript.

Buttery. Diacetyl buttered biscuits. Aftertaste of butter. Some chalky vegetal notes float in and out on a buttery biscuit raft, floating in a pool of melted butter. Once you taste it, it tastes like nothing but... that's right, amber waves of butter.

Body is flabby, and quickly expels almost all of its carbonation. This beer is tolerable in a way, if you're craving a buttered biscuit like I am right now.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info.

A - Bayside is a clear golden yellow beer with a few lazy carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. A thin but decently retained white pile of sudsy foam lingers with a small arch of lace on the glass.

S - Smooth, soft malts blanket any sort of hop presence and give off a small diacetyl buttery, butterscotch aroma. While it's not off-putting it's rather off in general. A hint of yeast and a small graininess comes through in the back.

T - Off flavors really come out with strength in the flavor of this blonde. A lot of it comes from the buttery diacetyl but behind it seems to be an alright beer that's just overshadowed. Eliminate the diacetyl and it'll get somewhere.

M - Again, the "off" problem with this blonde effects it, this time with a slick, oily mouthfeel. It's near medium in body.

D - The Bayside Blonde isn't off-putting, rather, it's noticeably off which could be just as bad. I won't be drainpouring this due to it's "lack" of drinkability as much as the fact that I'd rather move on to something better.

Photo of scaliasux
2.24/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Yellow. Pretty cloudy. Noticeably bubbly. Short soapy white head that soon disappears into a thin film.

Smell - Light sweet grainy aroma.

Taste - Begins with a pretty sharp graininess. Sweetness of malt is recognizable but overshadowed by bitter/sour flavor. Not noticing much in the way of hops, though the finish is a bit sour.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - You might want to get this if you're in Door County and haven't much selection. Then again you might not.

Photo of lester619
3.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a bubbly head that does not hang around long. Clean grassy malts with slight lemon smell. Straight forward crisp clean flavor. A little malty and a little hoppy, but neither stands out very much. Tightly carbonated, somewhat creamy refreshing mouthfeel. Unoffensive and easy to drink, but not much more. It's a good thirst quenching summer brew.

Photo of crossovert
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into the Duvel glass with a bronze amber and tons of bubbles lining the glass. A nice bright white head adorns the top.

Smell is of apples and pears, maybe a hint of grapefruit as well.

The taste is kind of all over the place. It starts off with a fruity lemon flavor and goes into buttery biscuit. It's pretty malty. The carbonation is there but there is a slighty wateriness to this that reminds me of a light macro.

Overall its average, it is worth it as a sessionable summer beer if you happen to see it somewhere in Door County and are planning on camping or something.

Photo of brewmudgeon
2.3/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

shipwrecked Door County bayside blonde ale. 12oz bottle with no dates.

a 2 a golden beer, clear but for a multitude of little (yeast?) particles. there is no head at all, quite oddly for the style, though some bubbles squirm up from the bottom and there is a partial cap. not a promising start.

s 2 very little aroma at all, struggling i discover a little sweet pale malt and some raw grainyness.

t 3 not much at all going on, but the finish is actually somewhat pleasant in a mild pilsner sort of way.

m 2 watery and flat.

d 1.5 unless this bottle is off, this is a beer i have no desire to return to. didn't even get through half the bottle.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Wasn't some crappy TGIF-wannabe teen sitcom set in Bayside High? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises hay, light lemon zest, and stale biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a large contingent of funky wheat and hard water. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is an okay blonde at best, one that isn't necessarily offensive, but one that really doesn't endear itself to the tongue very much, either. Pass.

Photo of Lemke10
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $7.79 in Winter 2011.

Pours a light yellowish color with a very slight head due to the lack of carbonation. Scent is that of summertime wheats and citrus. Taste is rather grainy. Drinks rather smooth, but has an awkward malty, dry after taste that I really don't care for. You could definitely pass on this one.

Photo of jimbotrost
3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled out of a plastic cup on the sampler menu at the brewpub. Poured a clear gold on this visit with a compact white head and medium carbonation. Nose has aromas of soap and grains. Mouthfeel is dry, flavor is cracker like and grassy. The finish is very long and inviting to drink more.

Photo of ferrari29
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer poured from bottle into Hefeweizen glass

A - Beer poured with dark golden clear body; one finger white foam and held well; plenty of carbonation; moderate amount of lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - Nice scent; moderate grain smell; very light malt; straw; light sweet fruit, subtle floral notes

T - Beer has a light malt flavor and finishes off with a nice slight hop dry aftertaste; extremely light touch of hops

M - Light creamy feel; some bubbly feeling over the tongue; overall smooth

D - Nice blend of malts and hops to give it a good floral blonde taste; smooth and refreshing beer; I could have another one

Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light golden color, decent white head and retention, minimal lacing.
It feels thin on the palate, and both flavor and aroma are nice, but not complex or special in any way. Biscuit, lemony hoppiness.
Refreshing, easy to drink, but nothing beyond that.

Photo of Winter
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale amber in appearance with a white head. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Light malty aroma. Taste consists of feint biscuit, malt and barley along with a citrusy lemon flavor. Finishes with a crisp hop bitterness. Fairly easy drinking, but not to exciting.

Photo of WastingFreetime
1.86/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a fairly clouded golden color with quite a lot of sediment swirlies and a receding foam collar for a head without any lacing of significance left behind in the glass. Smell is a simple husky grain aroma and that's all. Taste is unfortunately mostly diacetyl butter up front almost completely obscuring a pale malt sweetness with cereal tones and light garnishes of muddled hops. Body is light and somewhat greasy in texture.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden yellow, half finger head.

S- Lots fruit in the nose, apple and pear.

T- Sweet malt and fruity esters lend way to a slightly dry neutral lightly hopped finish.

M- Light and smooth, nicely carbonated.

D- The drinkability is directly proportional to the current temperature, so right now its pretty good.

Nothing fantastic, but I couldn't find a reason to not like this beer either. A great lawnmower beer.

Photo of monkeyonmaibock
4.04/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer right down the middle of a shaker pint which resulted in a loose, white head. I detected a light hop aroma with an almost hidden scent of cloves or other pumpkin spice.

Light hoppiness flavor with a subtle, almost fruity sweetness at the finish. No strong aftertaste and drinkability was good. Not a bad session beer but nothing that sticks out either.

Photo of kbutler1
2.33/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Draft. Dry light gold color. Little aroma. Clean and crisp but that's about it. Not a lot going on here. Off tasting end. I think they must use the same base for everything they make and the base beer is ont good. This brewery makes the claim that they are the only craft brewer in Door County, which is probably true, but it doesn't make their beer any good. It was served in a plastic cup too, fyi. Thx Shipwrecked!

Photo of botham
2.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a half finger of loose white head that remains for less than a minute. light lacings.

aroma is malty and grainy, with a bit of caramel malt and a subtle fruity character from the yeast. no hop presence.

taste is malty as well, with light pale and a bit of caramel malt present, with a lightly stale grain that acts as a base. the brew itself is rather flabby, without any single component taking the focus.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a light bite from CO2 and a semi-dry finish of residual pale malt and light bittering hops.

drinkability is decent. this is a flabby blonde ale. the flavors do not make a single composition and do not compliment each other. the caramel malt addition seems to be a theme with Shipwrecked brews, which works well in some styles and not well in others.

Photo of woosterbill
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: An extremely vigorous pour is required to get an inch of fine white foam. Once the head shows up, though, it displays reasonably good retention and leaves some nice lacing. The body is clear and appropriately blond. Not bad.

S: Direct, straightforward grainy malt aroma. Mildly sweet, with no real hop presence. Not bad, but pretty boring.

T: Grainy and rather harsh, with a distinctly lager-like finish. The bottle calls this a blond ale, but it tastes like an all-malt pale lager - a pretty good one, but not the ale I was expecting.

M: Thin, watery, and nearly flat. Weak.

D: It's lightly-enough flavored to go down quickly; I won't miss it when it's gone, though.

Notes: Not bad, just boring. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, really - too much flavor for macro fans, but the flavors are too macro-esque for a craft beer drinker. I'm glad I just got a single.


Photo of ChadQuest
2.45/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gold with a small head, and a ton of suspended yeast and floaties.
The aroma smells, well, yeasty, makes sense given the presentation.
Bready and yeasty with some buttered white toast, some malts. This need to be lighter and crisper, beers this style need to scream refreshing, and this one is near flat and just short of oily.

not worth the purchase.

Bayside Blonde from Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn
74 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.