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Spring Blonde - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
okay

406 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tbryan5 on 01-03-2014)
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Photo of wilfonzo
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

wilfonzo, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

mcrawford, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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

gatornation, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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

russpowell, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Hoganlaw
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Hoganlaw, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of PalatePilot
3/5  rDev -13.3%

PalatePilot, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of bottle with best buy date of June 1st, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a light pale yellow, with a nice thick, completely white, bumpy head. Tons of carbonation bubbles are frantically rising to the top. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass as the beer goes down.

Smell: Lemon, wheat, sweet frosting.

Taste: faint lemon, sweet malts, slightly metallic, light bite of grassy hops. The slight hop bite works well with the lemon, some grainy flavors as well. Towards the end of the beer I start picking up some fruity flavors that make this beer quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Tons of carbonation with this light bodied beer, which works well with the lightness of the flavor. Does feel just a tad watered down and slick towards the end of the beer.

Perfectly sessionable. Easy drinking but not very complex. Beer does pick up quite a bit as it warms. Just an easy drinker that would be great on a hot day at a ballgame.

bennett_loves_good_beer, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

KevinGordon, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of ZoomanCru
2.94/5  rDev -15%
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.

ZoomanCru, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Falcone, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of sparx1100
3/5  rDev -13.3%

sparx1100, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

avisong, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

secondtooth, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Kips
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Kips, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of olsontl
2.28/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not certain if I received a bad batch based on the reviews of this beer, but my experience was not good.

Appearance:
Looks a bit light for a Belgian ale, deep blonde color, filtered and clear.

Smell:
Smells a bit like something you'd find at a frat party with a bit more of a zesty note.

Taste:
Starts with a crisp refreshing light blonde feel, then quickly reverts to a somewhat skunky flavor like that of a very poor beer. Reminds me deeply of what you'd find at a frat party (Rolling Rock, PBR), though the aftertaste lasts even longer.

Feel:
Feels a bit bubbly in the mouth though smooth going down (aside from flavor)

Overall:
I was ecstatic to see a new Belgian/Blonde ale from NB and picked it up immediately. I have loved everything I've ever tasted from New Belgium until today. As I said, I'm not certain if I received a poor batch, but I'm incredibly disappointed with the quality of this beer. I'm amazed that a craft brewery (and such a good one too) could have brewed what I just drank.

olsontl, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a straw yellow that is almost blindingly bright and clear, with over a 1 finger head of foam. Lacing is great as per NB usual.

The smell is kind of earthy, has some distinct lemon thing going on, light aroma of yeast.

I have to say the smell translates to the taste and is nice. I think the lemon flavour does a good job of making this interesting. A bit earthy, light hint of pepper, kind of bitter in the finish.

Medium bodied though in the finish, it does get very light, almost watery.

A good brew here. I'll enjoy the other 5 bottles.

Bitterbill, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Cris4545, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

MPSTARR, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

VAcrossr, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of VinsanityDiesel
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

VinsanityDiesel, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

zeff80, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours translucent light golden with a white head and effervescence bubbles rising to surface. Aroma is lemon poppysead bread, a little pepper, and apple. Flavor is similar with a grassy mildy bitter finish. This one definitely leans to the sweet malty side of things for me. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, meh. What I generally have come to think of most NB offerings. Not bad but not one I will bother with again.

denver10, Jan 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

ben4unc, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

beerforpresident, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

tbryan5, Jan 12, 2014
Spring Blonde from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.