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805 Blonde Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Zorro on 05-22-2012

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at movie theater (poured into plastic cup, may have affected taste, etc.)

L - deep, golden amber with a good inch of bubbly foam, leaves a good even lacing.

S - honey, malt, slight vegetal earthiness, trace of hops, nothing special to take a whiff of.

T - sweet honey, biscuit malt, slight orange zest, dry hop finish that doesn't overpower.

F- medium bodied, sharp carbonation, but a nice balanced blonde.

O - likely wouldn't pay full price for a pint, a little too sticky sweet for my taste, but a decent blonde ale I'd try again at happy hour.

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Photo of Caj1
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface this review by stating that I had no idea what I was getting into with this beer when I bought it. I learned two things from it. First, always check BA if you don't know what it is. And second, don't judge a book by its cover (or a beer by its packaging, in this case.) I want it to be known that I'm not a fan of blonde ale, but I've had a few in my time and I know more or less when I have a stinker or a good one, so I'm going to be as objective as I can be in my ratings.

Anyway, I've gone on long enough. Time for the review.

Poured from a can with a mid-February brewing date into a tulip glass.

Appearance: a good, clean yellow with okay, pillowy head that doesn't overstay its welcome (mine dissipated generally in about two or three minutes) and slight lacing. Looks fairly average for a lighter ale.

Smell: very bready and not in a good way, just grain all around. Barely any smell of hops. Pretty one-note.

Taste: pretty grainy again, like a piece of good bread, but a bit too far on this end of the flavor spectrum. It does have some slight caramel and nut flavors, but not enough to suit me. Hops are an afterthought, maybe a whiff of grass is all I'm getting.

Mouthfeel: probably the best part about this beer, it does well not to be too cloying or sticky. It has decent carbonation and doesn't seem to overstay its welcome after the swallow. Crisp and refreshing, which I suppose a blonde ale should strive to be.

Overall, I think this could be a decent enough beer if you're knocking back the brewskis and trying not to get hammered, but I just feel like it could be a little bit better by rounding out the flavor profile. If I were going to have these flavors in my beer, I'd go for a lager.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of tzieser
4.48/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottles 2/16/16; poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

L- light amber/blonde in color, crystal clear with a fluffy white head that slowly dissipates into a thin lacing. A great looking beer.

S- malt forward aroma with notes of toasted bread, biscuit and grassy hops.

T- malted barley; more notes of bread and biscuit. subtle herbal hop bitterness keeps everything perfectly balanced. Refreshing, quenching and flavorful without being filling. An excellet yet difficult beer to brew. Well done

M- perfect mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish, almost zero aftertaste

O- probably the best "session ale" on the market. I rated this a bit higher to combat some of the moronic reviews here that think all beers should hop bombs. Pathetic that this beer does not get more respect. Recommended if you like beer that tastes like beer, not just hop tea.

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Photo of rontorreon
1.66/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Very disappointed. First bad FW I have had. Bottled on 2/16 so has no reason to be bland. Many alternatives at the same price point and more complete taste. Budweiser category.

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Photo of MikeCat
4.37/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at the Paso Robles Visitor's Center in March 2016.
L-Yellow and clear with tons of carbonation.
S-The usual suspects: biscuits and caramel.
T-Follows aroma with honey notes and a slight hop bite on back end.
M-Crisp, clean, and refreshing with just the right amount of carbonation for a session brew.
O-805 is Firestone-Walker's "Gateway Beer" for craft beer novices. Don't compare it to any other beer style, it is what it is. An excellent session beer for fishing, camping, softball, or any other outdoor activity.

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Photo of mpipe
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Meh, very disappointed. Pale yellow pour, white head with minimum lacing. Taste was mild grain with carbonation, exactly like a macro light beer. I would like to give this higher marks but it really was not good.

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Photo of gee0001
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Would I drink it again?: Yes. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it but I would definitely drink this if available and I wanted a light and refreshing blonde beer. I bought it at the local grocery store in a DIY 6-pack deal and enjoyed it. This beer is refreshingly easy to drink and would go well in any refrigerator for spring or summertime fun. The carbonation gives it a light sparkle and zip that you may enjoy. It isn’t remarkable for taste or drinkability otherwise.
Appearance: clear golden yellow with a white and bubbly head that disappears quickly to a faint lace.
Smell: clean and crisp fruity notes with very light citrus
Taste: This is a light blonde that feels fresh and lively to drink. Good summer beer or daily drinker if it is yoru style.
Mouthfeel: light and smooth easy drinker. Refreshingly easy to sip. Higher carbonation makes it fun.
Finish: Clean, semi-long after taste

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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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805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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