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Spring Blonde - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
okay

297 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 297
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.93%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tbryan5 on 01-03-2014)
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BeerWizard

Colorado

3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a glass, has a nice billowy white head, and a pale, straw colored appearance, completely clarified. When I first poured it I was getting some aromas like that of NB's Trippel, which is one of my go-to's, and I wondered if it was going to be something like a Trippel Lite. Closer inspection revealed a weakish lemony aroma, and some corn-like malts - not bad but not what I would call stellar. First taste, to be honest, I could barely taste anything. I had my wife taste it and she called out the lemony, tart front end and the bitter finish, which is pretty much how the label describes it. As I got through the glass, the tartness up front and bitter back end became more apparent, but the mouthfeel is pretty light and watery. I compared it to a Coors Light, which I have nothing against, just not something I drink/buy/think about with any regularity. It does have a little more going on than a CL, and the airy mouthfeel could be considered refreshing. The abv is low enough that you can have a few without getting totally smashed, but do you want a few? Just a question to ask yourself. JSYK, I am really hard on Belgian pales in general, but this beer did not stand out to me whatsoever, and my wife used the word "pointless" to describe it. I actually do like New Belgium and buy their products quite a bit, but don't need to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:24:30 | More by BeerWizard
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Sebas

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.8%

04-16-2014 02:15:05 | More by Sebas
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TwoLips

Colorado

2.3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

This "Blonde" tastes like a Pilsner with a higher ABV. Strange - I had it on tap initially and enjoyed it, in that form the alcohol was evident but it was refreshing and sweet. In the bottle, Pilsner sneak attack. Blech. A real swing and a miss from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:11:08 | More by TwoLips
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BrandonLBC

Utah

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A--Very pale yellow. Thin head that disappears rather quickly. Leaves light lacing on the glass.

S--Not much here, honestly. Lemon, a hint of hops. A little grassy.

T--Good, but not remarkable really. The lemon is there right off the bat, slight malt type taste in the middle, and a light bitterness to finish up. Refreshing and quick drinking, but not a standout.

M--Very light, which suites the style I guess. Lightly carbonated.

O--A solid effort, and a good, easy drinker for the spring/summer months. Certainly not New Belgium's best beer, but again, solid. I like Fat Tire better. I'd drink it if it were available at a party, or serve it to non-craft beer drinking friends, but I probably won't buy it again for myself.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by May 18, 2014.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 05:09:30 | More by BrandonLBC
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burntoutphilosopher

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear, pale yellow. could be a blue moon, or any cheap budget filtered beer (that's where the similarity ends)

S - almost none

T - Beautiful. a mild taste that you have to 'listen' to appreciate. sweet with the mildest of bitter. multi-layered. extreme clean and thirst quenching. i could sit back and happily have six of these.

M - Very thin in texture. watery with no after taste at all. clean, delicious, and instantly over.

Overall:
I'm impressed. for a bargain beer, this has multi-layered flavor of sweet and bitter married perfectly together. it's a summer beer, and i appreciate it's lightness. no noticeable presence of alcohol. at this price point, it's a top notch choice. that said, it's a overly filtered yellow beer, which could serve as an acceptable water substitute on a hot day.

for what it is, it's one of the best you're ever gonna find under 1.50$ a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:43:44 | More by burntoutphilosopher
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brejohns

Montana

1.5/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am a huge fan of Belgian style ales. This beer intrigued me and I was excited to try it...I have had great experiences with New Belgium in the past.

The smell and appearance of Spring Blonde excited me, everything was great...until my first sip!

The taste of Spring Blonde was overwhelming...and not in a good way! I struggled through the first bottle of the six pack, hoping it would grow on me, and then dumped the rest down the drain. What a disappointment...I would highly recommend that you DO NOT try this beer! I have been extremely happy with all other New Belgium beers that I have purchased but this one seems to miss the target...so disappointing! :(

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 03:56:18 | More by brejohns
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Spring Blonde from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.