Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Griffon Extra Blonde - McAuslan Brewing

Not Rated.
Griffon Extra BlondeGriffon Extra Blonde

Educational use only; do not reuse.

62 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 62
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 62 | Hads: 96
Photo of CanadianBacon
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - pours a clear gold with 2 fingers white head moderate carbonation.

Aroma - breadyness followed by light fruit like apple and pear and finished with the smell of wheat zest.

taste - wheat zest is predominant here followed by apple pear some citrusy zest and fresh white bread.

Feel - watery with moderate carbonation dry finish.

Overall - not a bad extra pale light and easy drinking. I'm not sure id buy it again but its smooth enough to enjoy if offered to on a sunny summer day.

 499 characters

Photo of kevofficiel
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Griffon Extra Blonde from Montreal Quebec
The look of the beer is a yellow golden beer. Very light. Nice carbonation with 1 finger of head that disappear slowly.
The smell is nice also. Interesting smell that you just wanna start drink it.
The taste of it is pretty damn good. For a blonde this is much better that those Molson dry, Coors or Budweiser.But for me the finish is not quite good because you have that corn taste.
So overall would I recommend it ? For sure. This is a nice Blonde Ale. A bit expensive but the quality is there and you won t be disappointed. You have a nice smell, a nice taste, less on the finish but overall this is a good beer.

 658 characters

Photo of VbolieuV
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good, nice carbonation but not a big head that disappear quickly. There's a big caramel smell for a blond ale but I don't really mind it smells good. The caramel is still there in the mouth but not as present as in the smell. Not really bitter, there's a lack of hops in my opinion. A good blond ale for what it is, nothing impressive but to drink a few beer beers it's not a bad choice. It may be a good beer to get people into craft brews.

 447 characters

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 341ml bottle to a tumbler

A: The generic beer color. A golden hue topped with roughly a finger of white head that retained quiet nicely and left some decent lacing as well.

S: Not to much on the aroma honestly. Maltiness is made evident as is a slight bit of pale fruit.

T: Very mild in flavor and good in balance. Caramel malts lead the beer but are balanced appropriately. The beer is not overly sweet or bitter and finds a nice mix between the two. A tad of fruity esters are also available, more so as the beer begins to warm. Hops are really not that present in flavor and just provide a balancing bitterness. Perhaps a tad grassy and herbal but really not all that detectable.

M: Smooth and creamy. Carbonation is done well and makes for an easy drinking experience. Body is medium.

O: Its okay but nothing really special. Decent to sit and drink 2 or 3 on the porch but for anything more then that you should look into a better beer.

 960 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

total let down for me, this was a watery blonde ale without much to write home about. it pours pale and clear straw color with almost no head, just some snow white frothing for a few seconds. it smells like watered down pale malt with little else. dull and majorly uninspired. the flavor is that of a standard blonde, its moderately refreshing, but that may be its only redeeming factor. it sort of has a grassy outdoorsy aftertaste, which is its most interesting component. this is a beer for non beer drinkers, or for those who dont really pay much attention to whats in their glass. light body, little carbonation, blah blah blah. mcauslin makes some wonderful beer, i imagine these griffon brews are their line of average joe stuff, because frankly they just arent very good. still i would much prefer these offerings to their american counterparts.

 853 characters

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves nice rings of lace on the glass.

S - Rich, sweet malt and just a hint of grassy hops.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with some grainy flavor. More malt and some herbal hops in the middle. The beer finishes with a hint of honey, herbal hop flavors and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Light, but flavorful and very drinkable. This is much better than the average American blonde ale.

 573 characters

Photo of Kloug
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Griffon Extra Blonde : The first time I drinked it, I thought that it smelled like white wine "Sauvignon Blanc".

The smell is amazing! Fruity and hoppy like no other! This is one of the best smelling beer I know of.

Taste is very hop oriented, very similar to the Ste-Ambroise but less hoppy. However, the hops is prominent and I really like that kind of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fresh and tangy, in a smooth but hoppy way.

I think this is one of the very best Blonde beer from Quebec.

 489 characters

Photo of SebD
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready/grainy malts with grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant grainy malt taste to it with a slight grassy hop bitterness and a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice light balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavours and aromas.

 496 characters

Photo of Noxious26
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap. Part of a taster 12 pack. Poured in a pint glass.

Clear, golden in colour. Lots of carbonation streams lead to a 1/4 inch white head on the pour. Head recedes to some thin patchy islands of foam and a ring around the edge.

Aroma reminds me of a euro-lager. Clean grains with herbal and grassy hops notes.

Herbal and floral hops off the start are joined by a light toasted malt and grains in the middle before flashing back to a herbal/floral hop mildly bitter finish. Hints of light sweetness/fruityness in the middle to finish. As it warms it gets a slightly caustic feeling in the finish. Aftertaste is mostly floral.

Light bodied with lots of carbonation. A bit of a caustic mouthfeel in the finish as it warms.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Although it says American Blonde Ale, it reminds me more of a European Lager. The floral finish is a bit of a turn-off for me personally, but it's worth a try.

 950 characters

Photo of fostachild
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a light clear golden yellow. tons of foamy white head that turns into a even film of lacing.

smell is mostly malty, some wheat.

taste is light, malty, sweet, slight bitterness.

overall okay carbonation, okay drinkability. not bad for a night where you're having a few.

 277 characters

Photo of TheDeuce
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Griffon Extra Blonde....in a bottle....at Brasserie T! in Montreal Quebec Canada.

Appearance-served in a pint, bright golden color with a medium sized neat head. Radiant color, heavy carbonation. Looks nice here.

Smell-fairly strong aroma of light fruit, balanced hop and toasted malt. Straw and hay as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel, balanced flavors work well thought they may be a little weak. Finish is fairly clean but the taste is typical of a blonde, the light balance is refreshing. Decent job.

Overall-nice beer, tasted great on a hot day, can stand with others of the same style.

 612 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, satanic rendition of the eponymous beast on the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of thin foamy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy streaks of lace around the glass in its short wake. It smells of sweet pale malt, pears in syrup, and a mild grassy hoppiness. The taste is sweet, with a bready and wheaty malt, some mild lemon tartness, and leafy, weedy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium-light, a little acerbic, and not quite smooth. It finishes a bit off-dry, the alcohol coming more into play, enlivening and cutting into those round malty edges.

Not a bad example of the style, with the caveat being that the style is generally not that impressive in the first place. Just a little too blah overall.

 797 characters

Photo of maddmaxstar
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

McAuslan Griffon Blonde, Extra Pale Ale

A - Golden straw colour, slight amber hue. 2 finger head when poured into a Sam Adams Pint glass, dies quick.

S - Faint touches of hops, not much smell to speak of.

T - Mild bitterness carries to the back of the throat, slight sweetness on the back of the tongue, slight cream flavour, very nice.

M - Very smooth, crisp, mild carbonation is just right. Refreshing.

D - I've had other pale ales before, this one is very nice and refreshing with a good somewhat creamy taste that's very pleasant. Another winner from McAuslan.

Rating 4/5 (B+)

 586 characters

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with an ample, bright white head that laces like a machine. This is quite the looker.

Aroma of tinned pears, lemon zest, pale malts and grains. Now, imagine all that and then reduce it down by 98%.

The taste is all kinds of meh. Not bad. It's actually good, or as good as boring gets. Sort of a sweet soft lemony flavour. Grainy. Pale malts and grassy bitterness act as bit players here.

Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

In a word: Pleasant. But so subdued that it's hard to find much to say about it. I think I'd have an easier time reviewing a rice cake.

 595 characters

Photo of Genuine
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle. It had a filtered golden color to it, not bad, a lot of bubbles are noticed right away.

Smell - Very sweet, grassy. It has a boozy note once this one warms.

Taste - Sweet from the get-go. Not much of a hop presence, if any, very crisp citrus and lemon is easily picked up. More and more flavors emerge as it warms.

Mouthfeel - this one had a lot of carbonation, but the bubbles were still soft, nothing unpleasant. light to medium in body.

Drinkability - I can see this one going very well with food, and having it on a hot summer day. The sweetness, became a bit cloying to me, but otherwise, it's a decent brew!

 645 characters

Photo of bryehn
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden blonde colour, with a small, or almost no head nor lacing in my experience. Kind of of plain-looking. Deceivingly so.

Toasty aroma with strong butterscotch notes. It really takes on a sweet, boozy aroma as it warms.

The mouthfeel is very full, but smooth. It has both creamy and bitter properties that make it very appealing to me.

The taste is also very creamy, with a buttery sweetness and crisp citrus balance. Like honey roasted popcorn and lemon. An odd combination that works oddly well.

I could drink this on any occasion at any time of day at any time of year. It reminds me of something my grandfather would drink after a hard day's work when he was my age.

 690 characters

Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light golden colour, finger of fluffy white head with little retention and some random laciing.

S - Scent is mild but is dominated by corn and bready malts and the slightest grassy hops on the finish.

T - The flavours are much like the scent with sweet corn and bready malts dominating the flavour. The bitter grassy hops linger a bit on the tongue, but a decently balanced offering.

M - I found it a tad on the watery side, but it wasn't a total turnoff. It finished a bit dry as well. The body is medium, but it does goes down relatively smooth.

D - This is a tasty beverage, but it is by no means mind blowing. The flavours are present but a little weak. McAuslan has several better offerings and I would recommend those over this one any day, however, I would never turn down a pint of this!

 811 characters

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden, one finger white head dissipated quickly leaving decent lacing
S - very toasty grainy malt, light grassiness, slight buttery scent
T - still very toasty grainy flavour, grassy and spicy hop notes, slightly metallic
M - generously carbonation bite, drys out very quickly with a bitterness and spiciness that really lingers along with some metallic quality
D - the flavours are nice but a little basic, the overall feel is very dry, almost too much so, but still enjoyable, I wouldn't turn one down

 514 characters

Photo of Otterburn
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a golden clear filtred brew
lots of carbonation, fine bubbles
nice white head that sticl to the glass

smell malty, little bit of wheat

taste is clean and quite crisp, however it has a good body, its not watery and theres a fine hop final wich last just enought to appreciate until the next sip.

mouthfeel is alright, fine carbonation presence
not watery

drinkability is good, old school blond..

 398 characters

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

342ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A - golden dark yellow colour, small white head that hangs around for a while

S - smells of hops, bready, distinctive smell.. notes of corn, and a hint of fruit

T&M - average carbonation, somewhat bitter taste. The hops really come through. Slightly creamy..

D - I find this beer to be quite similar to the St Ambroise pale ale. A decent beer that I would definitely drink again.

 423 characters

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ye Olde Orchard in Montreal. Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass. Clear, light golden in color. Mildly biscuity, mildly hoppy, mildly creamy. Little to no head or lacing. Easy to drink but not very flavorful, but not bad. Lots of sweetness noted upon warming.

 276 characters

Photo of franktheman
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer in a restaurant on tap, the 1/2 pint. It has a 1 finger head, nice brownish color, clear. Smell is average. It ressembles the Sleeman Brown. The taste is good, not exeptional, it's rich, and decent. I would recommand this beer to a friend!

 253 characters

Photo of berley31
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark blonde color, completely clear. Average-sized, white head sits on top and slowly fades to 1/4-finger or so.

S: There's a bit of bitterness coming through in the aroma, but I mostly smell cooked corn. Not good.

T: Luckily, the taste of cooked corn isn't quite as apparent as I would have guessed from the smell, but it IS still there. Finishes lightly bitter and dry.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Well, not terrible, but a real disappointment coming from McAuslan Brewing... I guess this is their attempt at making a beer for the masses?

 590 characters

Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec9 2009

A clear golden yellow with a thumbs width of head that quickly falls to a 1/4inch film leaving a fair amount of lace

S peachy hops and malt

T tropical fruits and a little malt and hops not far off the smell really only with a mild metallic taste

M decent carbonation but nothing special

D no real problems but nothing worth bragging about

not the best beer by this brewer but nothing offensive by any means, far as I know only available in Alberta in the mixer packs (that doesn't have their awesome oatmeal stout) so I may not be drinking this again anytime soon

 617 characters

Photo of TheHammer
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another mix pack that needs polishing off, so lets get to it.

Appearance: Very generic Lager like, with perhaps a bit deeper a golden color. A single finger of head that did not retain or sustain leaves it a bit disappointing. It makes up for it though with exceptional clarity and carbonation in the body.

Smell: Even after a good deal of warming, I'm picking up only the barest scent of light malt mixed with grassy hops. Nothing bad, just lacking.

Taste: Tastes more like a blonde ale then a pale ale, that is for sure as there is not much of a hop or mineral presence. Starts with a refreshing light malt taste with a hint of honey that shifts to mixture of grassy, herbal and floral hops. Nothing to write home about, but slightly better then a decent macro Lager.

Mouthfeel: Quite good all around, carbonation comes forward at the right places and transitions decently enough. However the hops linger a bit to much, leaving a cloying aftertaste that builds over time.

Drinkability: Refreshing enough, and decently smooth going down. However it seems to sit a bit heavier in the stomach then I would expect it to be.

Final Thoughts: I'm not really sure how I feel about this beer. It tastes like someone who had a wealth of beer knowledge, decided they wanted to make beer similar to a mass produced lager to make some cash. However, it's not quite drinkable enough for the general public and not quite exceptional enough for a beer pursuant. Worth a shot, but not much else.

 1,488 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Griffon Extra Blonde from McAuslan Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.