NOLA Blonde Ale - New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA) visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beerbuddha on 12-30-2008

A great introductory craft beer, NOLA Blonde is a medium-bodied traditional American blonde ale - golden in color with floral and citrus hop aromas.
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Reviews by TeeCee:
Photo of TeeCee
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick review - nice, refreshing, very sessionable.

I had it at The Bulldog and they don't pour like I do, so I had to have some fun with cups to observe the head and so forth. The color is a beautiful medium amber - no yellow beer here. The head started heavy but dissipated quickly to minimal foam, leaving spots as I drank, but no heavy lines or webbing.

Smelling it, I can tell it's not the same beer I first had. I noticed that at Martin's beer tasting a week back. The smell is almost a fruity hop scent. I don't know if there is a fruity hop, or if the malt and yeast have given it this scent, but that's what I smell (rather difficult over the smoky bar smell - need to rethink this on a slow day rather than a busy Friday night)

to taste it, the nose tells no lies. The same slightly fruity, hoppiness, with some malt underneath. After smelling it, neither a surprise or a disappointment.

I didn't take to this beer the first time I had it, but I think the minimal changes to this beer have made a big difference.

This would be a great summertime beer for a party. Hmmm.

Note: the light of the bar and the smoke may have affected my review.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste is pils like --grassy, clean with slight hop presence. Good for the style. A nice warm weather beer.

Photo of secondtooth
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can a cloudy golden with substantial head of off-white bubbles. Thin wisp of lace.

Aroma is a little caramel, a little toasty grain, and a hint of citrus hops falling behind. Pretty solid.

Taste is mild and malty, but balanced nonetheless. A very engaging session ale here, though it certainly won’t impress hop-heads or most beer nerds. I can imagine this being quite refreshing on a hot summer day. Overall, not a complicated brew, but certainly an enjoyable one.

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkipple for the can!

Blonde Ale pours a light gold color. There’s a bit of haze clouding the scene. Backlighting gives it some nice gold and a few orange highlights. A nice white crown covers it. It rises to about two and a half fingers in heights before falling back quickly to a surface covering. Not bad.

The nose is a little on the weak side. Needs more muscle. It does feature sweet, malty notes up front. They’re quickly complemented by some light, grassy hop notes. Light fruit notes are secondary. Smells like lemon and orange. Very subtle, but nice. Smells a bit yeasty throughout. Alcohol is very light and mostly unnoticeable. It smells alright. A bit more in terms of aromatics would be even better.

The flavor is good. I like it. It starts out with nice fruit flavors of orange and lemon. They’re stronger here. Sweet malty notes follow. It is rather sweet, but isn’t offensive. Yeast is rather prominent throughout, but adds a nice dimension to the flavor. Hops are grassy and earthy. They complement the other flavors very well. Alcohol is buried and isn’t noticeable. Finishes sweet, fruity, grassy, and a tad dry. Good stuff.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is very light and soft. I honestly wouldn’t mind a few more bubbles. It’s not bad though. Definitely goes down smooth and easy. I could easily (and happily) handle a few cans of this stuff. It’s surprisingly tasty and is quite drinkable.

I’ve never been a huge fan of American Blonde Ales. NOLA Brewing Company has done a nice job with this one. The nice fruit and hop flavors really make things tick. It’s not very deep or complex, but it is tasty nonetheless. As far as American Blondes go, it’s a pretty good option. Check it out.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at the Blue Nile on Frenchmen. This reminds me of Chelsea's Checker Cab Blond, though this was a bit more mild. The spicy hop finish was subtle, but tasty, as was the light pale malt backing. The barley was a fairly plain white toast flavor, but it was all appropriate for the blonde ale style.

Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one while out sightseeing in New Orleans! Served from tap into an Abita shaker. Poured golden with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, musty, skunk, wheat, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, wheat, earth, and metallic. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. Unfortunately nothing on this one really stood out for me for this style. It seemed to be a pretty average example of the style with the earthy and wheat flavors going on. I really wish it could have had a just a little more going on to make my palate jump up and down with joy. They do good beers, but this isn’t one of my favorites.

Photo of kbuzz
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with Wyatt down in N'awlins...a local throw in - thanks again!!

Poured from the can into my trusty snifter (wrong glass but I don't care) canning date visible.

A: Pretty good looking blonde (heh). A golden copper color. Fairly clear. Tons of carbonation - not uncommon for this style. A one finger head fades but leaves some really solid lacing.

S: I get mostly a bready yeast dominance on the nose. Some floral and even earthy/spicy hop notes in there as well. Hints of lemongrass and citrus peel. None of the above descriptions are at all overwhelming.

T: Nice. Very well balanced. Some very basic tastes here, but all done very well. Mostly base 2-row and yeast in the flavor with enough of a hop presence to balance it. Leaves just a slight metallic taste on the back of the palate. Doesn't detract from it at all. Smooth, clean and crisp.

M: This is heavier than most blondes I've had (heh)...but that's a good thing...I'd say medium bodied. Plenty of refreshing carbonation.

O: This is an easy-drinking lawnmower ale if I've ever had one. Simple, yet not at all boring. There certainly isn't focus on any one particular flavor - but I'm enjoying the final product nonetheless. This is a fun beer.

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very light, a touch of malts. Taste is malty, bready, some sweetness, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Billy Ross for this 12 oz can. When I received it, I misread it as Black Ale, so imagine my surprise when it didn't pour black…

A: The blonde ale is appropriate, light and golden with a general haziness. Not quite transparent, the ale sits still but full in my glass. The two pours didn't generate much head, a thin web of white foam.

S: The aromas are very citrusy, sweet as opposed to hoppy. The yeast adds fruitiness, think lime and lemon without the hop bitterness. Very mild scent-wise.

T: The citrus flavors are sweet and approachable, nothing fancy though. Sweet citrus, including lime, lemon and orange, is a lively aspect; the yeast does well here. The ale is under carbonated, bringing the citrus and allowing it to stay. The lightness is a reminder that the ale isn't anything fancy, just a drinkable blonde ale. A good way to start our session.

M: Lively and fruity, the citrus lasts throughout with just a bit of hop bitterness. Nothing fancy but a good tasting ale.

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MasterSki for sharing the growler!
Review from notes...

Brilliant gold, slow trails of visible carbonation. About a half-finger width of foam, a scalloped ring of lace decorates the glass. Foam dwindles to a wispy skim after a bit.

Very mild yet clean aroma, a little grainy/malty.

Crisp and mildly bitter with a trace amount of noble hops present in the aftertaste. Clean with a vaguely fruity yeast presence. Fairly simple yet it hits the spot nicely. Well carbed, crisp and refreshing. Good session candidate for warm weather.

Photo of theghost3
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a 1-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is nice--fruit (mainly peach & berries) with yeast, wheat & some hops. The taste is nice--bitter hops with fruit & wheat. It's a little more bitter than I expected. Mouthfeel is crisp, not too light or watery.

This is a very drinkable beer; quite sessionable. Perfect on a hot day. I reminds me a lot of a Pale Wheat Ale but more fruity.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and sunny, with a bone white head. Aroma of nutty, biscuity malts and a slight floral hop presence. More biscuity malts in the taste with some of those floral hop notes. Light bodied, light carbonation. Drinkability is very high and it's rather refreshing.

Sessionable, tasty as far as blonde ales...cans are always a plus.

Photo of Immortale25
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Bottom of can says Best By 11/21/13

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that soon fizzes away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick jagged ring behind on the glass.

S- Sweet, bready aroma with notes of apple, slight caramel and a hint of glass.

T- Cracker-like graininess comes on and fades into a faintly malty sweetness. Incredibly easy to drink without being too flavorless.

M- Kind of watery with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Nothing to scream about, but there are definitely worse blonde ales out there. I don't regret the purchase of a six-pack since I and my friends will enjoy every one.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the tap, fresh at the NOLA brewery. I pours clear and yellow, with a medium head. It is pretty well carbonated and very clear. Aroma is grainy and sharp. NOLA blonde tastes very good, with a sharp, somewhat hoppy accent. Mouthfeel is light and medium heavy. Overall, a top-notch beer from NOLA.


Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/13/12

Appearance: Pale orange/golden color, pours with some chill haze, small white head that fades quickly

Smell: Actually pretty interesting for a blonde ale - very grainy, with some malty sweetness - some spicy, yet mild hops - some grass - some kind of funkiness, kind of smells like wheat, not sure if intentional but it works

Taste: Screams "American Blonde Ale" - grainy, bready, and mild - slightly grassy, slightly bitter - a nice undercurrent of malty sweetness, with a touch of biscuit and toffee - some light fruits here, too

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, adequate carbonation, crisp, very drinkable

Overall: Surprisingly good

In general, I do not particularly love the American Blonde Style. I cannot deny this. That being said, this is pretty remarkable. It's much less boring than I anticipated. This is not only better than the typical blonde ale, it's simply a good beer.

Photo of Brent
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much to write home about on this one. Awkwardly put together, with a grainy malt character on par with most mainstream macro offerings. Indifferent hopping and a bit watery at the finish - not really even interesting enough to throw in the "refreshing lawnmower beer" category. I tossed the last of my beer simply because I got bored with it.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into tulip flute glass at a restaurant in the French Quarter. Poured golden color with slight head. Very mild malty macro aroma but slight crisp hop. Taste is good for a blonde...crisp, mild, slightly sweet citrus. Its ok, but there are much better brews out there...but, yes; it is a good "intro to craft beer"...but there is about a billion miles between this and something like a Firestone walker Anniversary brew...

Photo of megahurts4
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NOLA Blonde Ale
On tap at the Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: clear amber, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: fruity, malts, and slight hop.

Taste: malty grains, hops, and fruits.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Good brew. I love the warm malts and the way they sit with the fruits.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden with a one-finger head of pure white foam and tons of visible carbonation release.

There are sweet grainy aromas, as well as a faint hint of floral hops and a bit of grassiness in the background.

The taste is predominantly of freshly malted barley, with a bit of the grassiness carrying over. There is a gentle hop bitterness--balanced towards drinkability. The body is light/medium, with a grainy texture overall.

A solid blonde ale.

Photo of JayS2629
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful light gold with great clarity, a huge white cap that fades slow and leaves rings of lace.

The aroma is of biscuit, toast, and a touch of caramel. Floral hints and fruity notes.

Light and toasty with nutty notes and bready tones. A touch of caramel sweetness and light fruit, peaches and pear.

Very nice, light, crisp and refreshing.

A great summer beer. Easy to drink.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer is a nice golden pale straw color with a huge, fluffy white head.

Smell- Nice fruity aroma with hints of hops.

Taste- Crisp and clean with a nice balance of hops and malts. Nice fruit flavors are present along with a slight peppery taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall- A great beer from a new New Orleans brewery. This is a perfect beer for the heat and humidity of New Orleans.

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed light golden yellow, good cap of white froth, okay retention. Scent leads with a blend of light citrus and light doughy bread, not much else. Taste is light as expected, light fresh citrus and a splash of fruity and sweet esters, some faint kisses of doughy bread again. Medium bodied, good moderate carbonation. Nice intro to the brewery and one that I would love to share with some craft beer noobs.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this can!

Dammit, I should be watching the Saints with this beer, rather than the Broncos. Oh well, I guess God's in there somehow either way, right? It pours a lightly hazy gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light coriander, lemon peel, and a sort of Brett-like funk that seems rather out of place here. The taste brings in more of the same, with a light pinch of black pepper and a bit more lemon zest than before. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a more-than-ordinary brew, one I'm glad to have tried for the sake of it, but nothing I'd ever really look to have again.

Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1523rd Review on BA
Can to Goblet

No canning date
Thanks to Egadbananas for this extra

App- A good yellow color in the glass with some clarity but looked more like a good pale ale to me, minus the head. It was a bit of a small 1/4" head with no cling or lace even with an agressive pour. Glass might have been wrong.

Smell- It was still a blonde ale on the nose for me and thats okay, Im not bashing the nose, just saying nothing jumped out or excited me. A little sweetness and a little floral notes from the choice of hops. Good malt backbone as well.

Taste- I liked this actually. It was a blonde with a twist and the kicker was the additional choice to add a couple different hops to give it a nice kick with a little spice. The blonde notes fade away a touch but are still there most of the time. Was an easy quick drinker.

Mouth- It was a pretty light body with a fairly crisp carbonation. A good residual hop feel like a small Pale was there but nothing exciting. Solid and average.

Drink- It was tasty, probably the 1st blonde ale ive really enjoyed. Would have this one again on a hot day while drinking from a can.

Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Walk On's in Lafayette.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: A big bready malt aroma. Toasted, biscuit, cereal grains. A light fruitiness with a lingering bitterness. Very nice.
T: Again a big bready malty flavor that follows the nose. Toast, biscuit, cereal grains. Lightly sweet as well. Some fruity flavors and a nice lingering bitterness that brings everything together.
M/D: A light to medium body that is well carbonated. So crisp, clean, and dry. Smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

An excellent lighter bodied beer. Plenty of flavor, a great crisp body, and goes down like water. Something that is great for the hotter months or general everyday drinking. Highly recommended.

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NOLA Blonde Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
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