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805 Blonde Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 707
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 50.29%
Wants: 34
Gots: 248 | FT: 1
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale | 4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Zorro on 05-22-2012

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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 707
Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated 01/27/16
A - fluffy white head holds good retention atop a crystal clear golden colored body
S - light pale malt, earthy hops, slightly vegetal
T - very light flavors: pale malt, some white wine-like fruitiness, earthy hops, slight nuttiness
M - light and refreshing, finishes dry and fairly crisp, enticing frequent sips while being excellently drinkable
O - nice to see someone brewing a blonde ale. It seems like a long time since I've had one. This one doesn't have anything special about it, but I'd drink it again if given the chance.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from 03/15, 10 months old. Pours crystal clear, light golden color. Highly carbonated.

Aroma of light malts, very crisp. Thin body, taste is crisp and malty with some sneaky bitterness to balance this out.

Overall, there is nothing remarkable, but its a crisp and refreshing blonde that goes well with a hot day.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't know why I've waited so long to review this beer since out here on the west coast this is the go to blond ale. Pours a nice amber/yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Smells slightly fruity and tastes of very light hops, more pleasant malts with slight citrus flavours. Goes down way too smooth. Prost!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty yellow beer, virgin white head. Aroma was grain. Mild.

Taste was again a very mild grain presence, easy drinking, hydrating beer. Its a solid alternative to a bmc lager. Not exactly flavor country, order it for your friend who isn't a beer drinker.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Faint malt that has a lightly sweet aroma with light floral hops.

A: Golden yellow color, totally clear, with a moderate white head that settles into a thin film over the glass.

T: Clean, moderate malty and sweet, with light floral hops. There is a light hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is well attenuated and easy to drink.

O: Solid; pretty straight forward blonde that’s sessionable and certainly easy to drink.

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Photo of s4s
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the few American beers I've found which has flavor, yet is not overly hopped. The ABV is much lower than my norm, which is probably a good thing except I would probably just have another. At first I didn't notice citrus, but now it's more noticeable. I wish Optimator was still available at Trader Joe's!
-Let's string up the marketing bozos who think citrus belongs in beer.

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Photo of Voldigar
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a friend's fridge in Irvine, CA.

Look: Amber (like a gemstone), but leaning toward pale yellow. No haze, very little head, minimal visible carbonation.
Smell: Light fruit tone, pears, cucumbers, refreshing and simply smell.
Taste: Mildly sweet, very lager-like, pear hints match the smell. It's a little bit soapy. Not instantly impressive, but not bad.
Feel: Surprisingly thick, pleasing balance of carbonation and slide.

Overall: This is a good American Blonde that desires more complexity than it has. It's an easy drinker and pushes you to have a little more.

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Photo of SSS
2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A-Super clear golden yellow, head disappears very quickly
S-Maybe a brief malt aroma, nothing to note...
M-Quite light and watery, carbonation low as well
T-This tastes like a standard commercial beer
O-I suppose I can understand the necessity for something to appeal to muted palates but this is a huge disappointment.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: mostly pale, light golden hue. Minimal bubbles which fade relatively quickly

S: light bready yeastiness, brief hints of earthy/peppery noble hops

T: smooth and a touch of sweetness, quite bite of bitter up front which fades quickly

F: Smallest amount of lingering bitterness, creamy throughout and a crisp finish

O: Very sessionable golden ale, definitely perfect for a summer beer, hiking, etc.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quick Take: This is an interesting balance of light, malty citrus taste, with a little sharp carbonation to support some fruitiness in the beer. It tastes like an ale version of Asahi beer!

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Photo of Reedbrew
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very good low abv standby. For the style of beer it's a great one, bready, light, minimal hops flavor -- quite different from other FW offerings (especially the "brown box" ones) so you cannot really compare them to those. But for a light everyday, low abv option that's a change of pace from the hop-heavy offerings that fill the shelves, it's a nice choice.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light crisp easy drinking with just a kiss of hopping. It's an exceptionally well made blonde ale from folks whose beers tend to be exceptionally well made. But it’s still a blonde ale, so, eh?

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Photo of rand
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a mug

Through the glass the brew is a clear, effervescent yellow with a grainy, red hue. A foamy head recedes quickly leaving no trace of lacing.

The nose is what you'd expect from a light, clear ale - dry, dusty grains, semi-sweet bread and a pinch of citrus. There is a touch more hop-presence on the palate, slightly floral and snappy. Light bodied, as notes of lemon-pepper and whole grain crackers combine to make this an easy one to throw back.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Better than pivo pils IMHO as far as FW lagers go. Light, smooth, just a touch of malt and hops, but mostly just easy drinking goodness. No off flavors at all, which is key for such a light style. Can't understand why some of the reviews are so low. If you don't like the style, don't rate the beer. Great beach, lawnmowing, etc beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.25 A: Clear dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is about average and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Jasmine, orange, melon. Herbal hoppiness with notes of grassy straw.

3.5 T: Taste per above. Pleasant grainy sweetness, herbal hops, hay and straw. Orange, a touch of apricot, and some big melon.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Good enough here.

3.5 D: Pretty good all around.

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Photo of TheFactorsEqual
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Legit. Kinda my go to if I'm having people over for a bbq or party. Hard to buy the right beer for everyone and you end getting stuck with the beer you don't like.

Anyway, the beer is smooth, zero after taste for me, and I can drink 3-4 and not feel like crap afterwards. If you like a real hoppy beer, then you're in the IPA camp and this doesn't fit the mold. Personally, I'm hoping Lagers make a comeback = always looking.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sides Hardware & Shoes (Los Olivos, CA). Clear, bright blonde gold, with a bubbly head of white foam. Clean, biscuit malt, mild sweetness and crisp, herbal hops. Light, balanced and refreshing - great paired with Sides' bacon burger

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Photo of BeerGirl9-17
4.57/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visual: clear golden amber with a little head (small bubbles forming at the top
of the glass).
Aroma: light grains, caramel, slightly lemony, hint of floral/bouquet.
Taste: hoppy and malty, slightly honey-flavored, hint of citrus.
Mouthfeel: strong carbonation. Light to medium body.
Overall: easily drinkable light blonde ale that pairs well with light foods such
as salads and appetizers.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Golden amber.

Honey, lemon.

Honey, light hops, sweets, banana, breadiness.

Spritsy carbonation. Sharp carbonation.

Somewhat tasteless. Not the most interesting beer in the world.

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Photo of breadwinner
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't even know how to rate this beer. Is it a 3.0 or 5.0? Why the latter? Because this beer, in just a few sips even, is the obvious culmination of whatever good and noble features BMC has ever dared to attain. It drinks as easy as anything I've tried. It has a perceptible, though perfectly restrained, floral (almost noble) hop snap, apparently from Willamette hops. It has enough malt body, certainly a touch of sweetness, but never sickeningly so. I tell you, this is it: this is what BMC has only dreamed to achieve.

You know what, screw it: this is one of the most entertainingly confounding beers I've had in ages. 5.0 it is.

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Photo of lowers87
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Light brown, low carbonation, light in texture, looks pretty standard
Smell: Light wheat, sweet honey, not overpowering
Taste: Honey really comes out, sweet
Feel: Smooth and not very strong
Overall: Pretty standard blonde, nothing special here

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Pristine, orange and clear with a stark white head made up of uniformly-sized (medium) bubbles. The beer is very lively with bubbles bristling towards the top. Hundreds more of those bubbles form tight, lattice structures on the side of the glass then slowly dissipate one bubble at a time. The lacing is much stronger than expected, covering a good 80% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: A very light, citrus-like aroma with a touch of honey. Nothing complex, but good. Although it could be stronger.

TASTE: There is a ton of bread-like flavor from start to finish in this beer. Again, a touch of honey shows up and caramel comes through mid-sip. Also, somewhat surprisingly, the finish takes a nice, hoppy turn.

MOUTHFEEL: Well carbonated with a strong sparkle and very light body, despite a strong malt presence. A slight sweetness hits the palate first, followed by a drying, mild, crisp, citrusy finish.

OVERALL: I have been sad to see some of the earlier reviews of this beer. It certainly is a lighter beer, and by no means, the type of beer Firestone-Walker typically makes, but it is really a well put together, easy-drinking beer; exactly what it was supposed to be.

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Photo of laticiasbear
4.29/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes great on tap but loses points because it has an unappealing sharp flavor when poured from the bottle. The new cans are much closer to the tap.

Great go to beer for when you're looking for some easy drinking. Very filling. Definitely a favorite.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint

A: Yellow, clear, lots of carbonation, head died really quick, looks pretty watery, looks like a lager.

A: Malts, not picking up much else on this, smells like a lager.

T: Malts, slight fruity flavor, a little bitterness on the end.

M: Light mouthfeel, almost adjunct lager like.

O: I would never guess this is a Firestone Walker beer, it's an introduction to craft and I could see adjunct beer drinkers digging this, definitely not for me, I like more in my beer but this would make great lawnmower beer, it's light, easy drinking, nothing overwhelming, balanced. Probably won't buy this again as I think Easy Jack is a better value.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased in Palm Desert. Drank on a 95 (or higher) degree day.
Soft malt aroma. Pretty straight forward. Gold color and mostly clear. Nice white head.
Lighter body with sharp carbonation. Clean ale and not particularly complex malt flavors. Some lingering with a soft bitterness and a touch of dryness.
Bottled on 1/22/15.
An overall straight ahead take on a simple style done simply.

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805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.