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Spring Blonde - New Belgium Brewing

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 422
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 422
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 6/8/14.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and lemon aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, grass, and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is crisp and refreshing. (519 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very pale gold with a decent head and lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: Yeast, barley, yeast, lemon, and yeast.

Taste: Barley, lemon, yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, and dry, with the barest of bitterness in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Very well balanced and quite refreshing. I wouldn’t mind making it a regular session beer this spring. (390 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I always like to try these lighter brews from New Belgium. This one compares unfavorably to Rolle Bolle. This stuff is so sweet and lacking in any kind of edge. It seems a bit tangy, even with a touch of vinegar, but that doesn't do much to counteract the simple sweetness.

The dry yeastiness finally takes over the taste buds but it's still an odd sweet and sourish combination. Rather bitter aftertaste with the candy hints. Attractive golden color with a very persistent foam in the glass. Faint aroma of cornmeal. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at a Von's supermarket. (575 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 (565 characters)

Photo of Kahless
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Doerrijustmether
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
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 (358 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (773 characters)

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
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! (454 characters)

Photo of olsontl
2.33/5  rDev -34%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -15%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of LuckyStrikes
4.62/5  rDev +30.9%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
5/5  rDev +41.6%
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! (637 characters)

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