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Strawberry Blonde Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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cosgrovekatie

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

07-07-2014 00:49:01 | More by cosgrovekatie
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beerme626

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

02-26-2013 00:10:49 | More by beerme626
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mrmitsui29

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

12-13-2012 06:52:17 | More by mrmitsui29
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 03:07:00 | More by woodychandler
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bnes09

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent urine colored brew. Descent head on the pour but weak retention and no lacing.

Sweet smelling with hints of tart strawberries. Grainy and smooth.

Bready malt backbone with a smooth texture. Semi-tart strawberries add a crisp, drying quality. Ginger compliements a mildly bitter herbal hop character. Good balance.

Light body. Highly carbonated. Crisp, dry finish from the tart strawberries and ginger.

Good blonde ale/fruit beer/spiced beer. Whatever you want to call it, it has good flavor and balance. An interesting combination of fruit and spice.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 14:53:00 | More by bnes09
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Aaron_Ramson

California

4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer much more than I expected to! While the color was very standard for a blonde, it was slightly cloudy; I suspect that American wheat yeast is used (somewhat typical of an American fruit beer) and that would account for the cloudiness. The nose was very pleasant and fruity with apples, pear, strawberry and grapes coming to mind. The taste followed the nose with lightly tart fruit being predominant. Strawberries, apple and grape; the wheat and grains shine through, and a clean finish is obtained thanks to the subtle ginger. Mouthfeel is thin side of medium and the carbonation seems a little heavy but is appropriate for a fruit beer I suppose. This was very easy to drink and would be a great warm weather session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 19:35:53 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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elBecko

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +23.5%

08-31-2012 21:25:52 | More by elBecko
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I liked the Blueberry stout so I picked this one up in my mixed six. I guess it's like Pete's Wicked ale but with ginger.

Ow and another site said Brewed by Pyramid brewing? Not sure.

A - A hard pour produced a 1/4 inch of white head that quickly fizzes to a lace ring. Color is a bright golden yellow.

S - The Strawberries smell kind of candy like so I hope they have some level of tartness. Ginger is also picked up mixed in there. I smell little overall hops.

T - Well it's not bad I can't tell if the strawberries are real but they are not very distracting. Ginger gives it a snap mid palate providing a good balance with the wheat. Overall enjoyable.

M - Light to medium its easy to drink.

Overall it's a beer with mostly crisp ginger taste, wheat, and a mild body of Strawberries. Not bad in my book.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:01:53 | More by DrDemento456
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PaperWizard

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

11-16-2012 02:02:42 | More by PaperWizard
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onestoploser

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

08-23-2012 20:21:54 | More by onestoploser
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

11-26-2012 02:43:17 | More by BigGingDrinker
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anvilx

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

06-01-2013 18:36:30 | More by anvilx
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DM1293

California

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

11-30-2013 22:45:05 | More by DM1293
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durwood64

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

07-13-2012 22:41:18 | More by durwood64
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TruePerception

California

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(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

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 08:44:21 | More by TruePerception
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, gold in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: strawberry, English malt, and ginger

Taste: strawberry, English malt, touch of rhubarb--maybe, and ginger

Mouthfeel: sweet and spicy, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall:Very interesting brew--complex sorta of like Brooklyn's the Concoction, but not as deep a flavor. You have to like ginger to like this one. I could probably do three or four on a hot summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 17:00:06 | More by tigg924
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up tonight at Brewforia Meridian on the way home from work... Paid a pricey $2ish... but I am a sucker for strawberry brews. Poured into my slim tulip ... A decent white head dies pretty quickly... the brew is a slightly hazed light golden.

On the nose, the ginger sorta beats out the strawberry quite badly... the fruit is there, but is not nearly enough... some background pale maltiness helps carry the aromas.

Flavor is better than the aroma... decent fruitiness comes out mid palate... ginger is now the 2nd fiddle... again, a light maltiness delivers the flavors and makes for a fairly decent brew.

Body is light/medium... carbonation is fairly abundant and prickly..

I am surprised I like this one as much as I do... refreshing... expensive, but refreshing... I would certainly buy again as long as it is fresh.

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 06:32:02 | More by JohnGalt1
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trocketsauced

New York

3.5/5  rDev +8%

07-26-2013 01:08:00 | More by trocketsauced
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g1lgamesh

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8%

05-06-2014 00:40:04 | More by g1lgamesh
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baconman91

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +8%

10-13-2012 12:31:31 | More by baconman91
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 08-01-13.

Pours a honey-copper color. Thin white head only reaches a quarter-inch. Lacing is a pipe dream.

Syrupy berry aroma. Notes of artificial blueberry and strawberry jam. Maybe a whisp of this so-called ginger additive. Very sweet and fruity.

Sweet grain, strawberry pie filling, artificial blueberry, artificial blue raspberry, and finishing sweet ginger. Doesn't taste awful, nor unlike a beer. It is a bit sweet and overly contrived. Fruitiness is nectary and burdening. Could use more hop bitterness (there is some).

Fantastically easy to imbibe. Carb balances out a slick, medium body. Easily crushable.

A fairly unexceptional fruity blonde. No finesse. No evidence of fresh fruit. No harm, no real foul. The six-pack will be drunk up, no problem. But, I won't miss it when it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 20:24:47 | More by thecheapies
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RickS95

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I was expecting a mostly clear beer, I was surprised to find a wheaty, wit-looking beer with a milky golden color. Fairly opaque. The only drawback was the lack of much head. It's thin to begin with and doesn't last long.

The smell is a nice combination of strawberry and wheat with a splash of ginger thrown in. It doesn't really smell like beer, smells more like candy but none of the scents are overpowering, they just work well together.

I generally don't care for the taste of ginger and in this beer it was no exception. While the smells worked well, the flavors didn't. The strawberry flavor is more an afterthought as the ginger steals its thunder. No hop presence.

For what it is, the feel is ok. Not necessarily a cold weather beer, but crisp and refreshing in a drink that would be suited for the warmer months. Lots of acid, but not terribly beer-like.

It's not a bad beer by any means, just has some characteristics that I don't care for. I'd like to try this again maybe in the summer and see if I liked it any more. A bit more alcohol would be appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 03:35:17 | More by RickS95
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

01-20-2013 23:19:08 | More by Janeinma
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

07-28-2013 19:07:03 | More by Hellpop65
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Strawberry Blonde Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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