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Strawberry Blonde Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Strawberry Blonde AleStrawberry Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
75
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 20.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrDemento456 on 07-12-2012)
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-02-2014 15:24:00 | More by atlbravsrno1
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thufflife

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

08-26-2014 13:05:08 | More by thufflife
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ST444

Indiana

4/5  rDev +24.6%

08-04-2014 22:54:38 | More by ST444
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +5.9%

Picked this up a few weeks back at Total Wine in West Orange, having never had this before and not drinking anything from Buffalo Bill's in quite a long time. I wanted something light for the season but not the same as the "lawnmower beers" that are still on the shelf for the time being. In it's own way, this was another example of that aforementioned style but there just a bit of distinction to this to make it stand out, even though there wasn't anything particularly memorable about this beer.

The pour to this was this brew's best aspect, by far. A nice golden waxy hue, frothy head, solid lacing, and sufficient carbonation combined for a pleasing appearance. Then I took a whiff. Syrup. Ginger. A hint of wheat. None of them seemed to really mesh with each other and that was the case when it came to the taste as well. The strawberry felt artificial and the ginger only came through in the aftertaste, once the slickness of this went down my throat. The wheat felt grassy in tone and wasn't strong enough to help the mouthfeel of this beer out. That felt weak and somewhat watered-down, but not as much as would be found in a Macro Lager. Lots of suds here but in this case, they detracted from the taste and lack of flavors to scrub away.

Thankfully, the alcohol was light in this and I couldn't even taste it during my session. I'm not a huge fan of Blonde Ales - especially those that verge on the border of a Fruit of Vegetable beer. This is a change from other summer seasonal beers that are currently still out but only in the sense that none have ginger in them or feel as contrived as this. Worth a go once just for a change but this is one beer that I probably wouldn't get again.

08-04-2014 09:08:26 | More by JerzDevl2000
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apurpura214

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

07-30-2014 01:12:42 | More by apurpura214
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antichuckmoore

Iowa

2/5  rDev -37.7%

07-21-2014 04:24:27 | More by antichuckmoore
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f_raud

California

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

07-20-2014 22:56:27 | More by f_raud
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Lare453

Florida

3/5  rDev -6.5%

07-19-2014 22:39:12 | More by Lare453
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2-star

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -53.3%

07-15-2014 00:35:39 | More by 2-star
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +31.8%

I had a chance to review their Blueberry Stout the other morning, so now I am (kind of) following it up with this one. It is interesting that it is a "Strawberry Blonde with Ginger" since strawberry blondes are a subset of redheads who are often referred to as "gingers". I am a big fan of redheads, being one myself and I look forward to this beer.

From the bottle: "a Refreshing Summer Brew".

I went with an aggro pour as I like to watch the pseudo-cascade take place, plus I do not mind massive amounts of head or the esters that it releases in its creation. It settled into two fingers of rocky, foaming, off-white head with decent retention. The nose was very sweet, initially, like strawberry candy, but when I leaned in, I got a solid whiff of ginger. Color was a solid golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and as my old nemeses, Croesus, Midas and Mammon appeared, I snatched it away to convey that this one was mine, all mine! Great lacing had begun to form as the head fell and I lifted the glass for my first sip. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was extremely pleasant! The strawberry flavor was nowhere near as sweet as I had expected from the nose and the ginger was understated enough that I could taste it, but without overwhelming the strawberry. Finish was semi-sweet and about as perfect a Summer beer as I can imagine.

07-08-2014 03:07:00 | More by woodychandler
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cosgrovekatie

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

07-07-2014 00:49:01 | More by cosgrovekatie
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Boatly


2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

06-29-2014 02:28:44 | More by Boatly
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jolah6

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-27-2014 19:04:09 | More by jolah6
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g1lgamesh

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +9%

05-06-2014 00:40:04 | More by g1lgamesh
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DM1293

California

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

11-30-2013 22:45:05 | More by DM1293
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closisinthehouse

Florida

3/5  rDev -6.5%

11-17-2013 23:20:35 | More by closisinthehouse
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jmccullough108

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

10-26-2013 00:09:48 | More by jmccullough108
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Zach122

Washington

3/5  rDev -6.5%

10-05-2013 04:16:50 | More by Zach122
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.96/5  rDev -7.8%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'm not sure about this beer, but I tend to like a bit more strawberry than blonde, if you catch my drift... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy bronze-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises strawberry syrup backed by a firm contingent of bland wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with the wheat taking the lead now, which, in turn, somehow makes the strawberry seem even more artificial than before. I'm not sure I'm getting any of the ginger they tell me is in there... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an okay beer at best, one that just seems too artificial and uncooperative for its own good.

09-08-2013 06:14:07 | More by TMoney2591
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TruePerception

California

3.65/5  rDev +13.7%

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Buffalo Bill's Strawberry Blonde with Ginger: Smell: light strawberry and wheat; Taste/Mouthfeel: very light strawberry, wheat, crisp ginger "burn", refreshing; good/pretty good

Had at the restaurant, poured into a pilsner glass

08-30-2013 08:44:21 | More by TruePerception
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-29-2013 23:08:31 | More by mpalestino
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-28-2013 19:07:03 | More by Hellpop65
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trocketsauced

New York

3.5/5  rDev +9%

07-26-2013 01:08:00 | More by trocketsauced
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6.5%

07-24-2013 03:17:25 | More by timjim1327
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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -6.5%

06-24-2013 17:19:57 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Strawberry Blonde Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.