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Blonde Ale - Seasonal - Mendocino Brewing Company

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72
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GDBEERMAN on 06-08-2010)
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Photo of oberon
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%

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 smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +28.1%

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 Zorro
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%

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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +33.8%

wrightst, Thursday at 02:39 AM
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev +2%

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev +2%

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 Tone
3.63/5  rDev +21.4%

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 scruffwhor
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a slightly hazey caramel colored blonde. Quick head that doesn't last and barely any visible carbonation.

The aroma is creamy lactose and sweet kaiser rolls. Can't detect any hops.

The taste is a thin, creamy vanilla and mildly toasted malt. The hops add some dryness to the texture or maybe this was brewed with hard water. The texture is nice, but the flavors leaves you wanting more.

scruffwhor, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
2.75/5  rDev -8%

A: Pale straw color. Poured a 2 finger stark white head that dissipated to a thin skim thicker on the edges. Decanted lazily. Broken lacing.

S: Pale malt. Faint light-colored fruit; white grape and pear. Even fainter spices.

T: Same as the nose; sweeter. Fruit more like lemon and orange. For a relatively low ABV beer, a fairly distinct alcohol taste. Finish stays a little sweet.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and sweet with a finish that turns dry.

O: Doesn't carry-off the balance very well.

Haybeerman, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev +18.7%

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 ROGUE16
3/5  rDev +0.3%

ROGUE16, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +33.8%

matjack85, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

OldTime, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
3.88/5  rDev +29.8%

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 LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%

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 schoolboy
2.4/5  rDev -19.7%

This was given to me in a summer sampler as a gift from my neighbors (for letting them use the pool this summer). The thought was nice, and there was also a 12 of GReat LAkes in there, but this one was pretty foul.

There are aftertastes of rotten fruit and just plain nasty things. This one may be bolder than others of the style, but it quickly tastes bad.

In the end I just rushed through it to get rid of the beer, but it was not a good experience.

schoolboy, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev +0.3%

civicm87, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

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 Seanibus
2.48/5  rDev -17.1%

Not good, a real disappointment.

Pours pale golden with no head to speak of. The aroma is sour and butterscotchy. The flavor is butterscotchy and grainy,
round and flabby. thick and toffeelike with a sour bitterness on the finish. Neither appealing nor pleasant.

Seanibus, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of u2carew
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%

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 coz
4/5  rDev +33.8%

coz, Nov 17, 2011
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Blonde Ale - Seasonal from Mendocino Brewing Company
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