Spring Blonde - New Belgium Brewing

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79
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420 Ratings
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tbryan5 on 01-03-2014

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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 69
Reviews by yuenglingfan101:
Photo of yuenglingfan101
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Average blonde looking beer with little head. This beer is average at best and i was kinda disappointed with this beer. Usually New Belgium doesnt disappoint me but this one dead. Taste is week as well as the mouthful and the smell is again average not something i havent had the nose for before

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerBob
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New Belgium Spring Blonde pours a light crystal clear blonde from a dark brown 12 oz glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to over 2 fingers and has diminished to a broken carpet of foam with good lacing along my glass wall.

Nose is of sweet malted barley and Belgium strains of yeast. Hints of light floral hops dance around, masking the 6.0 % ABV well.

Palate is an absolutely brilliant balance of barley malts, hops, and Belgium yeast.

Aftertaste is clean, dry, and refreshing. I can find no faults with this offering from New Belgium Brewing.

Perfectly done, and distinctly Belgium, Well done New Belgium, Well done indeed!

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by June, 15, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One finger of white head which slowly settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and yeasty blonde style aroma with hints of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and black pepper. Bready pale malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, and dough. Fruit hints of lemon, orange, apple, and pear. Also some hints of floral and grassy hops. A pretty solid and balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and grainy Belgian style taste with notes of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some black pepper and clove. Pale malt with bready notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, straw, and dough. Fruity notes of lemon zest, apple, pear, and orange. Decent hop background with some floral and grassy hops. Starts sweet but finishes fairly bitter. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and fairly tangy with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style ale. Good pilsner like biscuity notes with some fruit presence.

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan. 2014 review of this on tap, confirmed with an April 2014 bottle.
Large, semi-durable white head that leaves plenty of foamy lacing. Excellent clarity.

More hoppy than malty and with only a faint trace of Belgian yeast, this tastes about as much like an APA as a blonde. Lemony. Mildly bitter finsih.

F: medium-light body with medium, high carbonation.

O: a good if hoppy version of the style.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a pale gold, completely clear. In fact, it has a glassiness that almost makes it clearer than even the lightness of color makes possible. The head is just over one finger tall, almost pure white, with a dense fluffiness and good stick.
This beer is an interesting blend of sweetness, soft not-quite-raw, not-quite-earthy elements, and a variety of fruit notes as well as grains. It showcases pale malts, almost crackery but soft, maybe slightly doughy. Mild grassiness shows a light hops addition along with a hint of herb that comes in and out. A mild but high sweetness is on the nose and the tongue from beginning to finish. The sweeter notes include citrus (like lemon and/or orange Italian soda), something like honey, banana and soft white flesh notes of apple and pear. The herbal notes become a little more prominent as it goes, not overtaking the sweetness but putting up a good show alongside it. From middle to finish, more graininess pulls into the flavor. The finish is comprised mostly of that mingling of herb and sweetness.
It's crisp and light on the palate with a crisp bite accompanied by a soft fluffiness even into a slightly slick but gently nipping finish.

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at the New Belgium tap takeover at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, in conjunction with their arrival in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a thin cap of fizzy, weakly foamy ecru head, which leaves some bleeding snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly abates.

It smells of lightly yeasty, pale grainy malt, acrid lemon pith, a hard water minerality, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt, a touch of brewing sugar, muted lemon pith, a strange bar-floor stale skank, and bland earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is low-key and most plainly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly tacky in it smoothness. It finishes more or less dry, the ethereal yeast lingering for a spell, and the grainy malt holding firm.

Definitely an adequate blonde ale, and well enough rendered at that - however, this, like Fat Tire, is only tangentially Belgian. A small point, sure, and a hard one to refute for this broad style, I know. Worthy of giving a go as the weather starts to warm the hell up.

Photo of Capperryone
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color and has a pretty solid taste. For me it was especially tasty on a recent hot day. It is very refreshing and I would encourage those that enjoy Belgian blonde ales to give this one a try because it is one of the better ones that I have had. New Belgium does good stuff and this one does not disappoint.

Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden, with a rich, thick head of fine white suds. Beautiful and stunning lace.

Nose is floral hops and a touch of spice. Interesting.

Taste is a distinctively Belgian pale ale style, with a sweet malty and slightly spicy presence up front, and a tinge of floral hops just below. This is a lovely and well-balanced ale that remains faithful to the New Belgium name and the company's more distinctive label "re-invention". Liked it!

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't quite figure out the dating, but I'm not concerned based on what I know

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent through out. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, pears, grape skins, & lemon zest, apple skins show late

T: Follows the nose, a little biscuitty malt up front. More lemon zest, white grapes, pears, a touch of lemongrass & wheat tartness as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation up front, a little bit of biscuitty malt, lovely balance, a bit of graininess as well

Drinks super easy, not sure how Belgian this is, but if this was a summer release & in cans, I would buy it again

Doesn't drive in the lanes of the style completely, but a nice beer none the less; a nod to subtle

Photo of zimm421
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a hazy, bright yellow color with a oddly small white head that leaves great lacing.

The nose has soft yeasty characters, with breadiness, a touch of spiciness and sweetness. Beyond that, it's lacking in character. The taste is along those lines, but the spiciness is shown off more. Again, pretty laid-back and not something you want to go back for again. I expected a bit more yeast here, and a touch more malt character.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, with a slightly sticky finish. High levels of carbonation finish this off. Overall, it's a decent brew but not something I'd reach out for again. Fairly laid-back and one dimensional, but refreshing.

Photo of n2185
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear golden-yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: lot of crystal malt and biscuity aromas here with light Belgian spices and candy sugar notes following.

T: similar to the aroma, crystal malts and biscuit flavors with light spice notes and candy sugar. The finish is light and clean.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light and crisp, making it very drinkable.

O: a solid beer overall. More like a pilsner than a Belgian pale ale, but still enjoyable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
6% ABV, Enjoy By: 08JUN14

A - Above the crystal clear pale yellow beer rests a rocky white head, fed by persistent carbonation, that leaves heavy lace on the glass for a feast for the eyes that makes the mouth water!

S - Light floral aromatics waft into the nostrils, followed by suggestions of candied lemon peel and a subtle backbone of grainy pale malted barley. Sure, the aroma is distant but its also bright and refreshing opening up with soft earthy Belgian yeast characteristics as the beer warms.

T - Simplistic pale malt offers a grainy intro that perfectly bows out to light floral hops, a touch of fresh-squeezed lemony tartness, and aromatically similar touch of soft Belgian yeast.

M - Bright and refreshing, it's hard to ask for a more crisp, clean beer than New Belgium's Spring Blonde. The slightly grainy initial feel washes away with perfect carbonation, only to fade out with just a touch of dry bitterness for the ultimate refreshing balance.

O - New Belgium's Spring Blonde might not have a ton of malt flavor. Its also light on the hoppiness, though floral aspects emerge. It doesn't even come straightforward with its Belgian yeast nuances but, what Spring Blonde does have is exceptional balance among these attributes. The finished product has just enough flavor to command interest but not enough to make multiple beers a chore - this one is a crisp and refreshing for an easy drinking, well-crafted experience.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Spring Blonde has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly (etched glass), straw appearance, and fairly heavy lacing left on the glass (it looks like Budweiser!). The aroma is of sweet, white bread and some sort of fruit (cantaloupe?). Taste is of mild, sweet, white bread, with a pleasant, straight-forward hop bitterness coming through in mid-sip. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and New Belgium Spring Blonde finishes crisp, refreshing, easy going, and mellow. It reminds me of a kolsch, in some ways. Overall, this is delicious, and I recommend it.

RJT

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Wheat, straw. Not much else, very bland.

T-Very similar to the nose. A bland straw-wheat note. Nothing like a Belgian Pale Ale. No grass or spice. More like a boring old lager in terms of flavor profile.

M-Lighter, watery not much carbonation.

O-A boring bland beer. Not much good. I guess not being awful is a good thing.

Photo of LuckyStrikes
4.62/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding beer from New Belgium, even though I am a fan of their whole lineup.

The aroma is slightly sweet, with hints of lemony citrus and sweet barley. Once poured, the beer is a beautiful golden color with a thick head. The first taste explodes with sweet barley and subtle yeast flavors that are quickly drawn back by an inviting bitterness. The after taste lingers in the back of the mouth with a refreshing feel. The body is perfect for this style of beer. This is definitely a go-to beer for me.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good representation of the style.

Photo of Kahless
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Pours a nice clear straw color with a rocky one-finger head. Smell is mostly bready malt.

Up front the taste is a mixture of banana and citrus. It's not really a typical Belgian PA taste and I'd probably compare it more to a Koelsch. By that standard it's pretty full-flavored, with quite a lot of citrus and caramel flavor. The finish is bready with a slight hop bite.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Photo of Chiefy770
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. "Enjoy By" date: June 15th, 2014.

Clear golden body with a slightly weak white head. Lacing was about average.

Very grainy nose. Subtle notes of citrus and apple.

Sweet notes of citrus, apples, and pears up front. Decent hit of tangy hops. This one has a pretty strong grainy backbone.

Moderate-high carbonation. Finishes semi-dry. Light-medium bodied.

Overall this was a pretty average Belgian Pale Ale. It really tasted more like a solid Pilsner. Whichever way you would classify it, New Belgium put out a fairly light and refreshing beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was pleased to find out this was a Belgium pale ale. Love those.

A - Pours pretty bright yellow like a pale ale should. Has a 1/2 inch of sticky white foam. Great lacing.
S - Smells of tart lemon, slight herbal hops, and some bready malts.
T - It was good very light in taste like a balanced Pilsner with mild hops and tasty malts. Nothing really stands out.
M - Light to medium in body. Downright session able.

Overall I found this and a few other "New Belgium" ales at Vintage Estate. This one was good but not as good at Fat Tire or that "Lips of Faith" beer I had.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very surprisingly good beer. I am always wary of beers that are bitter, such as IPAs, as this one claims to be bitter. Well, it was just the right amount of bitter and everything else. Great golden color with perfectly white head. The head goes away, but it has very nice lacing all the way down. The only disappointment was the smell - there wasn't much there to distinguish it from other beers. The rest though, taste and mouthfeel was terrific. A very bold, crisp feel over the tongue to go along with the bold, crisp taste. Very nice offering from New Belgium.

Photo of Zorro
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells a little sweet and quite yeasty. Mildly spicy with a very slight coriander scent.

Starts out sweet like it smells. Some burnt sugar and grass in the flavor. Not as spicy as the smell with a slightly higher than expected bitterness. Otherwise this is fairly refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is a mild easy to drink ale. Just don't expect it to be Duvel.

Photo of WithinTheGlass
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up because it was "new" and seasonal... Glad I did!

A- This beer looks just like you'd expect from something with "blonde" in the name. A fluffy white head quickly dissipates, leaving a bubbly/iridescent liquid in the glass. The appearance is pilsner-like.

S- Very nice. This beer exudes a clean, fresh smell with overtones of cardamom and belgian yeast.

T- Very similar to the smell. This beer tastes like a pilsner brewed with belgian yeast(!?) Very unique, and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Carbonation is noticeable on the tongue, but fits in perfectly with the refreshing profile of the beer.

M- Nice medium body on this one.... Nothing to write home about, but it's perfectly appropriate for the style. As I mentioned, there is a high amount of carbonation, but it works.

O- This is an unusual, and uncharacteristically pedestrian outing for New Belgium. Due to buzzwords like "Belgian" and "Ale" I expected something very different... but I wasn't disappointed at all. If you like biscuity beers, and don't turn your nose up at the occasional pint of lager, then I would certainly give this a try!

Photo of gatornation
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle BB 060114
A= pour a clear yellow color with a thin white head that dissapears fast very little lacing
S- lemon citrus bread and malt
T- faint lemon peel with pale malts slight grassy hops baked bread finish
M- crisp with moderate carbonation finishes on the dry side
O- no where close to anything Belgian tasted more like a Kolsch or a pilsener

Photo of WAbeerfiend
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07.13.14 Best by date.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 04.10.14.

A: 1 finger head with an aggressive pour. Very light see through yellow.

S: Hops. Some sourness.

T: Lemon and honey dominate. It also has slight malt, some bitter hops.

M: Crisp.

O: This was ok. It was easy to drink and very light. It had a nice balance. There wasn't much else. There are much better Belgian Pale Ales out there.

Rating: C

Photo of ZoomanCru
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Spring Blonde – Belgian Style Ale (6%) - New Belgium Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆

App: Pours a true gold that is crystal clear. Nice one and a half finger stark white head settles quickly but leaves steady ring of bubbles and a lot of intertwined lacing.

Smell: Nose is primarily grain with a slight bready sweetness. Gentle malt notes with almost no hops presence and just a hint of fruity esters.

Taste: Bready and sweet on the foretaste with ample bitterness that complements the light sweetness well. To me it tastes more like a Kolsch than any belgian ale I've had. There's almost none of the fruitiness I've come to associate with belgian styles. Also has a slight metallic taste after swallowed. Perfectly sessionable, not particularly engaging.

Mouth: Pretty heavily carbonated and not without a noticeable dryness and acidity. Easy drinking.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 1/21/14.

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Spring Blonde from New Belgium Brewing
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