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Spring Blonde - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
okay

416 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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 BarryMFBurton
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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 brauseboof
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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 AnthemOfTheSun
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of skelton00
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Kahless
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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 tedho21
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Doerrijustmether
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden see thru

Thick white head, about a finger. Head stays for a while, half beer gong still about half a finger

Smell - definitely get graps, almost a wine scent. Hops up front, citrus background.

First taste was a scant. I let the beer sit for a minute. Secont sip I get citrus and grapes for sure, a crisp pilsner feel, good body, nice aftertaste.

Overall I rate this beer good Would definitely buy again but in the spring. Not really the season for it, once the snow goes, good beer.

Photo of wilfonzo
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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

Photo of Hoganlaw
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of PalatePilot
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of sparx1100
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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!

Photo of Kips
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Spring Blonde from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.