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Blonde Ale - Seasonal - Mendocino Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
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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oberon

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 20:13:31 | More by oberon
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 21:53:09 | More by smcolw
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Zorro

California

3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 03:54:31 | More by Zorro
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +1.4%

05-23-2014 21:00:10 | More by Latarnik
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.05/5  rDev +3%
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. . .

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 17:22:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Tone

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 14:41:16 | More by Tone
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:44:16 | More by chinchill
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 18:24:26 | More by scruffwhor
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Haybeerman

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 17:10:34 | More by Haybeerman
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cjgator3

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 01:47:31 | More by cjgator3
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev +1.4%

12-14-2011 23:29:47 | More by ROGUE16
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev +1.4%

04-25-2013 14:20:52 | More by Whiskeydeez
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matjack85

Illinois

4/5  rDev +35.1%

01-26-2013 16:36:08 | More by matjack85
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bonbini26

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-10-2012 17:38:42 | More by bonbini26
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OldTime

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-09-2012 21:11:04 | More by OldTime
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LJWalker

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-08-2012 04:11:42 | More by LJWalker
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 19:21:31 | More by bubseymour
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MTNboy

Germany

3.53/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 10:33:07 | More by MTNboy
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schoolboy

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 17:41:03 | More by schoolboy
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Seanibus

California

2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 15:39:02 | More by Seanibus
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TheSixthRing

California

3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 03:00:32 | More by TheSixthRing
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civicm87

New York

3/5  rDev +1.4%

07-10-2013 19:26:58 | More by civicm87
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u2carew

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 00:39:22 | More by u2carew
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coz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +35.1%

11-17-2011 03:57:12 | More by coz
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

1.53/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this one on a whim. Haven't tried much else in the stlye. Let's see.

A: Golden yellow with a small 1 inch white head that quickly fades. Decent.

S: Hmm, just kind of smells like urine. Gross...

T: Man, tastes like a mix of dirty water and trash. Oh man. Kind of like puke! Disgusting. The flavors are a horrible blend! I get a little beef stew flavor blended in. Gross...

M: Does not leave much on the palate. Ok.

D: Goes down a little harder than I would have liked. This one is just gross.

All in all, nope, nope, nope! This brew is pretty disgusting. I do not say that about many. The flavors bouncing around in this brew just are not complex at all and do not compliment each other in any good ways. Avoid, at all costs!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 04:29:28 | More by steve8robin
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Blonde Ale - Seasonal from Mendocino Brewing Company
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