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Blonde Ale - Seasonal - Mendocino Brewing Company

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 21.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GDBEERMAN on 06-08-2010)
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Reviews by dfernandez77:
Photo of dfernandez77
2.08/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma: Faint aromas of corrugated cardboard dipped in butterscotch are most prominent. Behind the first impression it is very lightly malty. Very light noble hop bittering aroma - barely distinguishable.

Appearance: Warm pale yellow color. Very clear. A little bit of white fine bubbled head that dissipates quickly and has negligible lacing.

Flavor: Very light and malt profile like Pale or Pilsner malts. Hop bittering is fairly light - a bit of indistinguishable noble hop character. Very slight carbonate profile, like mineral water - though it could be partly from the carbonation. Balances and nothing stands out in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body and carbonation. A little bit slick in the finish. And slightly dry. Doesn't change in the finish.

Overall Impression: Lands somewhere between Budweiser and Samuel Adams Boston Lager - just a little more ale fruitiness and body. It was drinkable enough to finish the 12oz, but I wouldn't be interested in another.

dfernandez77, Oct 22, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have had this bottle for 3 months without even knowing it until today.Poured into a standard pint glass a pale light golden with a thin wispy white head that was gone in a hurry.some butteriness and light toast in the nose and thats about it,pretty ho hum.Watery and sharp in the mouth,kinda unpleasant in that aspect.Slightly buttery flavors along with some toasted cereal grain,pretty much thats it.I wish I wouldnt have found it really,just a bland beer,the butteriness doesnt help the drinkablility,I dont think it would be all that good on a hot day either.

oberon, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Truckee brew fest. A standard easy yellow dark yellow look, good carbonation, minimal head. Smell was a little spicy, almost as if rye.

Taste, still had a tiny hop spice, but largely the beer is an intro level, recommend to your girlfriend kind of beer. Not bad. Doesn't evolve or do anything mouthfeel wise. Enjoy the nuanced spice, its all this one gots to separate it from anything else. This is the beer your friend drinks while you rock the black eye, eye of the hawk, blackhawk, whitetail, blue heron etc. . .

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Pours a slight hazy golden-yellow; bubbly with a short, and short-lived near white head.

Weak but nice aroma. Mainly light toasted grain with some fruitiness.

The taste largely follows the aroma; again, decent quality

M - good body for style. Slightly dry finish.

O - a decent but undistinguished summer ale.

chinchill, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy straw yellow with a finger width head, decent retention, results in a thin, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Malted grain, earthy, grassy hops.

Taste - Grassy hop forward, with a bit of malted grain. Subtle hints of lemon or lime. Finishes with a fair amount of balance.

Mouthfeel - Light body, decently carbonated. Goes down with a nice smoothness.

Overall - Decent blonde ale. Not big on the style, and this one drinks about for par. Drinkable, but probably wouldn't buy again.

TheSixthRing, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of GDBEERMAN
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Short to little, and completely no head retention. A light blonde, whiskey color.

S: A minimal aroma that takes much searching for the smell. A bland flat aroma.

T: A tart, off taste for a blonde. Slight spice on the front , with a semi-lingering taste on the finish that shows hints of orange. Sort of spicy, that of many other blondes.

M: A mouthfeel of water, this is a beer that could be chugged, and very well hidden the 5.0% ABV. Extra light body.

D: Easy to drink, but not one that has a stellar flavor that calls the senses back for more.

Notes: Slightly disappointed, compared to many of the other Mendocino brew I have had.

GDBEERMAN, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of g00dness
2.33/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack on sale at safeway.

look: nice copper color but no head at all. I mean there were like 5 bubbles in this guy.

nose: "smells like cheap lager" barley malt, "noble" hops & sad old yeast

taste: barley soup, mineral water, no hop presence at all kind of reminded me of miller high life

mouthfeel: lifelessly flat, but smoothish

drinkability: found myself drinking it fairly quickly -- reminds me of the gourmet trope: you eat less when there's more flavor.

g00dness, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orangish yellow color with an off-white head that disappears into a thin ring of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is fruity and malty and slightly buttery wild mild hops.

T- The taste like the aroma has a some sweet malt up front with a good amount of fruitiness as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid summer seasonal. It is light bodied with a good amount of flavor. Definitely worth a try.

cjgator3, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of u2carew
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head that sticks around - great retention. Clear golden body. Upward carbonation.
S) Grainy. Subtle floral notes. Not very aromatic and quite dull.
T) Astringent taste. Grainy with slight malty sweetness.
M) Fizzy. Light body. Dry finish.
O) Not a very good beer. I will not be having another one of these. The initial astringency was unappealing.

u2carew, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +33.8%

matjack85, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of MikalMick
4/5  rDev +33.8%

MikalMick, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev +0.3%

civicm87, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer wasn't too bad. It had rich malty aroma with some hop spice. It poured a nice copper color with a bit above average head and lace. The flavor started off somewhat like a wheat beer with some clove and spiciness and mellowed out with some malt characteristics. There was a bit of corniness at the end. It had an alright mouthfeel and was very drinkable.

MTNboy, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored ale with a small white head.

Aromatic ale with strong honey and grain aroma. Caramel scent and not much hop aroma.

Starts out really neutral in flavor. Just malt with a stronger grain flavor and a little caramel. Little bit of noble hop but far from a bitter ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Good drinkability. These mostly flavor free beers are the hardest to review. There is nothing offensive at all here, but nothing exciting either. A perfectly innocuous beer that is also pretty boring. Been here and tasted that won't need another one.

Zorro, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of bubseymour
3.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beuatiful frothy head. Very nice smell and a decent easy to drink taste. This is an easy drinker and has some flavoring to go with it. I found this a decent beer from a little know brewer. Respectable and well crafted. A good summer beer. I just wish their others were this good.

bubseymour, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of sweethome
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is very light golden. Yellow like an american lager. Nose is of corn...like an american lager.

Entry is rather fruity and slight hop backing. Doesn't need much hop to back this malt profile. Again, flavors of corn. A cardboard... blah, flavor.

It seems that they are trying to make an entry ber for macro drinkers. Does little for me.

I tasted opposite Mission Street Blonde Ale from Trader Joes - Firestone Walker which blew this away.

sweethome, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of NODAK
1.3/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Aroma is faint...some citrus is there, but that's it.

Taste is pretty bad. It basically consists of some off-putting weak lemon and an odd sour taste...kind of like sour cheese. Not good. Carbonation seems low too. Also, there aren't any hops in this, so it seems. Just boring.

Definitely won't get this again.

NODAK, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of BilbosNuts
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color with virtually no head. It looks pretty dull and has minimal carbonation.

S: Grassy corn aromas come through along with some malts and a subtle lemony citrus. However, there is also a skunky quality to the smell that hinders most other aromas.

T: The taste is comprised of tangy citrus with some malts and a light bitterness. Unfortunately, the taste also has that skunk-like sensation. It isn't terribly unpleasant, but it does block other qualities.

M: It is medium bodied, has minimal carbonation and is thin with an almost watery feel.

O: This isn't really my favorite style to begin with, but I have certainly had better offerings. I usually enjoy Mendocino's beers, but I think I will pass on this one in the future.

BilbosNuts, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle bubbles over, not a good start. Makes a good head, but it dies quickly. There's a decent amount of spotty and ring lace. The liquid is dirty gold with a definitive chill haze.

Smells sweet like freshly made, light-colored caramels. No notable hop.

Pleasant "fluffy" flavor--lightly sweet with a raw, pale grain flavor. The hop is mild but present. The body is more full than I would expect; I like that. The carbonation adds to this (it's low). For a Blonde, I think this is a pretty beer. In fact, I'm a little surprised at the other reviews. It makes me wonder if I'm missing something.

smcolw, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev +0.3%

ROGUE16, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, wheat, slight yeast, slight floral, slight citrus, spice, and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight spice, slight wheat, slight yeast, slight citrus, grain, and slight metallic. Overall, good appearance, good aroma, and blend. Body is lacking though, the grain and metallic flavors hurt.

Tone, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of coz
4/5  rDev +33.8%

coz, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of IPAnoah
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

IPAnoah, Dec 19, 2011
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Blonde Ale - Seasonal from Mendocino Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.