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Spring Blonde - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 423
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tbryan5 on 01-03-2014

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Photo of IPA1978
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So, I may be a bit biased because I got twelve packs of this stuff for $9.99 on clearance in early summer of 2014. Didn't expect much but really hit the spot, typical belgo pale flavors nothing stood out but a good warm weather quaff. (236 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 (423 characters)

Photo of zimm421
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer is impeccably clear. Light pale yellow blonde so clean you can read the newspaper through it. White crisp foam on top gives way to some clingy lace. But what really stands out above all is the clarity.

S- Light, ale aroma, citrus. Nothing over powering. Just solid enough.

T- Tart citrus up front, Belgian ale bitterness on the finish. Just a crisp flavor.

M- Everything seems spot on with this one. Easy and again, crisp. Just feels real sharp on the tongue but doesn't overdo it.

O- Pleasant light summer ale. Good working in the yard kind of beer. Nothing crazy about it, but just a good kick back after work and relax kind of brew. (654 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge, dense white foam head, like three fingers, but fades quickly. Bright and lively in the glass, surprisingly clear for a Blegian-style. Golden straw with tangerine highlights. Smell is a creamy doughiness, grassiness, hoppy florals. Quite aromatic and appetizing. Taste is right up there with what you might want in a spring-seaon ale; crisp, clean and simple. Pale malt bill right upfront with a not-to-bitter hop finish. Not much else, but quite good. A nice reminder that simple beers can be great, too. (510 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +17%
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. (1,488 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a free bottle of this one from my beer guy, not something I'd normally try. This offering pours a very clear golden hue with a foamy white head that leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is that of sweet belgian yeast, lemon juice, and biscuit malts. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Flavors follow the nose with Belgian yeast and lemon upfront. It is a very light and refreshing pour, especially for the adv. Drinks like a light beer at best. This is a refreshing enjoyable summertime beer but lacks complexity or depth. Good but overly simple. (587 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear medium golden amber color with a two finger head of white billowy foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is very light overall with just a bit of a citrus smell of lemon and some candied sugar, toasted malt, and some yeasty smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly yeasty flavor. Some lightly toasted Belgian malt flavors quickly come to the tongue along with some sweeter flavors of fruit with them being of a pear and a bit of apple. A little bit of a candied sugar taste later comes to the tongue with some lemongrass coming as well. All the while, the bready flavors convert more toward a doughy flavor as the taste advances to the end. Some hay comes to the tongue at the end as well, leaving a somewhat crisp but lightly sweetened malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are rather nice for the mix of Belgian malt flavors and candied sugar/fruit flavors all while the higher carbonation level really does a nice job of keeping the brew crisp and refreshing.

Overall –While a bit light in the Belgian spice, the Belgian malt was quite nice and made for an interesting and overall nice drinking brew. (1,478 characters)

Photo of Capperryone
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy By: 18 May 14

Pours a nice clean/clear golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice little one-finger creamy white head, leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes. The taste is also yeasty and malty. Medium body, with a slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall a nice summer brew. (336 characters)

Photo of TwoLips
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of BrandonLBC
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of brejohns
1.6/5  rDev -54.7%
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! :( (665 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear straw yellow with less than 1 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles with a moderate amount of lacing, the carbonation is slightly above average.

SMELL: citrus, flowers, sweet caramel, bread, subtle and understated.

TASTE: the taste mostly followed the nose, initially sweet like a pilsner with lemon as noted on bottle, a mild hop profile, the 6% alcohol is imperceptible.

PALATE: this is a lighter bodied ale with slightly higher carbonation.

OVERALL: a very drinkable beer, a good Fourth of July beer, I could serve this to any beer drinker and it would not offend anyone, solid but not spectacular. (718 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a bright yellow with a hint of orange, good finger and a 1/2 of head that settles to a thin layer with spotty lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting lemons, a bready malt and a little herbal hops.

T: OK, I'm getting a little lemon and hops upfront with bready malt and yeast midway thru, then ending with a lemon finish with a touch of bitterness.

M: Pretty light bodied, little more light bodied than I was hoping for, nice and crisp yet smooth.e.

O: Another good brew from New Belgium.... Good ABV and great flavors makes this a beer worth looking for. (610 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw yellow with an awesome thick ass white head larger than anything. It hung around forever and laced like a mother fucker.

Smell: Didn't smell like anything other than a little sweet. WTF?

Taste: Super nice hop I can't describe. A little coppery but unbelievably pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Not enough carbonation which pissed me off. Otherwise a nice medium body.

This beer is really a great beer. Although it lacks super strong flavor, what it does have is better than average flavor that I love. It's like Samuel Adams Boston Lager a little watery. It's the perfect beer to introduce your idiot friends to so they know what real beer should taste like. (669 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 03-30-2014
Freshness: Best by 07-13-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Appearance is a clear golden beer with lots of bubbles in the glass. The white head is very tall and has excellent retention and very good lacing.

Smells are mostly of lemon and other fruits, with some light breads.

Taste has the same lemon character as noted for aroma and gives the beer some light tartness. The malts and hops remind me of a pilsner.

The high carbonation and light body make for a crisp mouthfeel, with a finish that is moderately bitter and dry.

Overall a pleasant little spring/summer brew. I would gladly have a second one.

Thanks for the brew, Kirk! (727 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a FW Imperial nonic glass
Notes from 03/16/14

A: Light blonde caramel color with a perfected clarity. Think honey in color with a bright white head made up of lively froth. Good retention efforts with light specks of lace are left sticking to the glass.

S: Smells of dusty minerals, sourdough bread, dry lemon peel, coriander, and yeast. Slightly tart, grainy, and earthy. The aroma here is very timid and takes some coaxing. Seems to be yeast and malt making most of the efforts here.

T: Simple grainy malt profile. Bready with some tart yeast, lemon peel, and coriander. Light peppery bitterness on the back end. Fairly smooth with a dry finish and no alcohol coming into play. Nice refreshing and crisp but fairly uninspiring.

M: Medium bodied on account of the malt bill. Otherwise fairly light smooth and with ample carb. The finish is dry and crisp with a very clean retreat.

D: Not a bad beer but pretty simple and uninteresting. Its burpy and can satisfy on a hot day in that this is refreshingly crisp. (1,036 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz : tulip

Clear, golden yellow with a foamy white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Lightly spicy, lemony with a solid doughy, bread, malt backbone.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A decent beer, pleasant taste but the flavors seemed a bit muted, and had nothing particularly memorable. (293 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 3/18/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass. Brand brew new for 2014.

Pours close to a straw-yellow with about a half finger white head. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of grains with a hint of lemon peel. The taste is a bit more bold than the aroma with lots going on but easy to drink with a good taste. Goes down easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. A great new spring brew introduced this year. (505 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light clear gold with a thick pillowy white head. The head has great retention and last throughout the beer leaving nice lacing. The aroma is mild, with some light notes of grass and green apples. The taste is also mild, but a little more forthright than the aroma, with a pleasant biscuit flavor balanced against some fruity sweetness and a slight earthy hops lingering in the background. A little thinner on the palate, this is an easy-drinking but nicely flavored spring ale. (496 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear straw yellow with barely any resemblance of a white head. Just a few splotches on the surface of the beer.

Aroma of hay and a bit of caramel along with a touch of clove and grass. It is nice but pretty weak overall. I was hoping for something with a little more punch.

The flavor is a little more bold than the aroma. Notes of clove and grass/hay with maybe a little bit of skunk? The caramel is less prominent and there is a little more in the way of yeasty spice. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with just the slightest bit of residual sweetness in the finish.

Overall, a decent thirst quencher but this beer is severely lacking in aroma and flavor. It just isn't that interesting. (735 characters)

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Spring Blonde from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.