805 Blonde Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 26
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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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Photo of furballkazoo
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most surprisingly great beers I have ever tried.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Billybaroo68
4.77/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent Good tasty smooth drinkable

Photo of TheFactorsEqual
5/5  rDev +45.8%
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.

Photo of HipCzech
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Photo of BeerGirl9-17
4.57/5  rDev +33.2%
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.

Photo of Dfaudoa
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice flavor for an everyday beer.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of breadwinner
5/5  rDev +45.8%
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.

Photo of Nesingleton
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can. Good beer for a party.

Photo of barley
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

805 is a great go to beer.

Photo of lowers87
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
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

Photo of StoneTSR
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of spoofer
2.67/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

While it is certainly better than Coors or Budweiser, it's still pretty lousy.

Photo of hollywoodaubie86
1/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Over rated beer. Over priced bud light/coors light

Photo of peraltaspade72
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Easy to drink blond, seems better on tap for some reason. Smooth finish.

Photo of Ry-Dog
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Very refreshing and not bitter. Great color and taste crisp and light.

Photo of laticiasbear
4.29/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of Danicao14
4.74/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious! My favorite beer! Go central California!

Photo of hopsputin
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light and fizzy with some faint malts in the flavor. Grainy

Photo of Catracho5
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Ranger337
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting beer. No bitterness, a slightly sweet taste, with a moderate malty flavor. Very easy drinker.

Photo of garymuchow
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of loubar
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz. bottle from BevMo. Taste is caramel malt forward with little hop bitterness and mild carbonation. Restrained; not too sweet. Not overly complex but tasty, somewhat dry and clean. A satisfying, refreshing, easy drinking American blonde ale. Love the low ABV.

Photo of Mikerea1671
4.78/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent tasting beer. My go-to beer on my west coast visits, just wish I could buy in Ohio.

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805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.