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

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by TeeCee:
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of secondtooth
3.51/5  rDev 0%
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 +8.3%
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 +4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of kbuzz
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
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)...no 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 -2.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Basoos1
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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