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805 Blonde Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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574 Ratings
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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 19
Gots: 147 | 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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Ratings: 574 | Reviews: 71
Photo of hopsputin
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -7.6%
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 +27.6%
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
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pint, 6 oz. bottle from BevMo. Taste is malt forward with small hop bitterness and mild carbonation. Simple but smooth, dry and clean. No corn or rice which places it miles above the mass brewed standards. I enjoyed this for what it is: a refreshing crisp American Blonde Ale. Love the low ABV.

Photo of Mikerea1671
4.78/5  rDev +40.2%
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.

Photo of Cesarsal4
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer good taste, easy drinking

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An all around easy drinking beer. it's a blonde ale, nothing experimental or crazy... that's why I love it. It's the perfect hot weather beer.

Photo of CMerrill
4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a very drinkable beer. A slight sweet bite at first taste with a sweet aromatic finish. I really enjoyed this beer while visiting Cali this past weekend. A big plus to find a beer that is what it is, Just a decent local beer. It not usually a fan of blonde ales but this one makes me want to try more.

Photo of dodgerz24
4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good but I wish was sold in greater US

Photo of chaseparker9
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special. Decent beer with a light taste

Photo of mbrando33
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok it is what it is...and there's nothing wrong with what it is. It's a blonde ale and that's what it wants to be, so comparing it to something else is like comparing a good pizza to a good steak dinner; it's not fair to either. This is the kind of beer you drink when you're having an impromptu bbq with some friends on a nice summer day. If a refreshing beer is what you seek, this is one of the best in that class.

Photo of Garet
4.58/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's a blonde ale. Anyone expecting something in-your-face spectacular is looking at the wrong style of beer. But, for what it is, it is really great. Crisp, clean tasting, and refreshing to drink.

Photo of jooler
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell and taste is malty and alittle sour. Meh

Photo of Eric1017
1.46/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Quite possibly one of the worst beers I have ever had - I just don't get it.

Photo of Giesch
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Really enjoyable but not unique or memorable as the popularity suggests.

Photo of goldendenizen
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's part of their typical 12 pack and I usually enjoy this one after enjoying darker and hoppier beers. I dont seek it out but it's usually on the cheaper side in NorCal. It's light, flavorful and a much better alternative to the big brewery watered down beers.

Photo of CJNAPS
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wouldn't hunt it down, but its was a good beer.

Photo of JimmyCaprese
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoyable but not unique or memorable.

Photo of jackheart
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

I am not a fan of blonde ales, but for being one, this is a decent beer. A little to sweet for my taste though.

Photo of jbhopkins
2.37/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lite and sharp. A little thin.

Photo of hambone
2.29/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

tastes like miller or something similar

Photo of panoocha
4.68/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good carbonation. Wheat-grainy taste. Nice blond color. One of my faves.

Photo of KccoVaper
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A decent beer with a good taste

Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA. Served in a curved pint glass 12/12/14.

A- Clear straw-yellow blonde body, one finger white frothy head that persists for a good while. Medium collar that leaves traces of lacing as the beer goes down. Looks refreshing as it should, given the style and colour.

S- Clean grainy crackers, bread, slight stone fruit aroma, noble hops that bring a mild grassiness and earth to the nose. Not complex, but it works quite well on the nose. No off-flavours, very clean and pungent.

F- Grainy cereal, bread, crackers, biscuits, grassiness, earth, a bit of citrus and stone fruit. Not complex, but a nice medley of flavours that works quite well to keep things interesting as the glass slowly disappears. The minerals on the finish presumably from the yeast make for a nice change of pace as well.

M- Medium bodied, not watery or thin at all. Nice carbonation, slightly prickly and crisp, very refreshing. Whole wheat crackers dominate the finish. Insanely drinkable, even taking into account the style.

O- Nice malty beer with a solid hop presence that is drinkable on any occasion. It may not rate well, but in my book, it rates higher than it is on here. And that's okay. Keep in mind this was on tap; perhaps this one does not age very well in bottles. If thats the case, Firestone Walker really needs to get a new distributor.

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805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.