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805 Blonde Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 683
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 52.77%
Wants: 32
Gots: 227 | 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 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.

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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.

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Photo of Garet
4.58/5  rDev +33.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of JAeiou
4.47/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a hot day, nothing beats it, period. Great "drinkability" and refreshing. Firestone offers quite a selection of good beers, and 805 is by far my "go to" beer. They also are promoting the hell out of it, so they obviously have faith in this beer as well. Have been to the both breweries (Paso Robles and Buellton), and loved the atmosphere and the food in the restaurants were great.

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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.

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Photo of Jdbateman83
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer seems to be hitting the market by storm. I have been seeing it more and more in restaurants and bars. Well I decided to try it. All I can say is wow. I have no idea why it isn't scoring better on here, maybe my review can help that.

First off, its a honey blonde ale, very dark, but clear amber, it just looks freaking delicious.

2nd, it smells amazing, enough said.

3rd, it taste blows my mind. It is very deep, rich flavor as you would expect from an ale, not to sweat, not bitter, but lots of complex flavor. Very refreshing (a word not usually associated with an ale).

4th, it feels wonderful in my mouth. As such my mouth as asked for additional dates with this beer which it shall get.

Overall, try it, and be honest with yourself for what this beer is trying to accomplish. Great job Firestone!

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Photo of stonefan55
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

not really a Firestone fan at all or a American Blonde Ale drinker but this one deserves a good review, I was handed one at a get together and hit with a new respect for both the style of a balanced blonde ale and Firestone. Small hop bitterness toasty smell of barley and a clean malt backbone, all in all a refreshing crisp ale

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.21/5  rDev +22.7%
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 CMerrill
4.19/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of mbrando33
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow/Golden body with a white lacy head.

S: It has almost no hoppy character to it but has that nice Belgian spiciness that Belgian blondes should have.

T: Avery secessionible beer that has some malt, some Belgian bite, and a decent hop bit to it.

M: It has some viscosity to it and has a very good bite from the carbonation.

O: A very good sessionable beer that should be tried if given the opportunity to.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear gold color with a thick cap of fine-bubbled white head. Not much for lace, but retention is great.

Nose is pretty standard grain and biscuit maltiness for a blonde, but does have a light yeasty fruitiness that sets it apart from others. The depth of the malt aromas is also well done.

Definitely a well crafted blonde ale, the malt is full and rich with a snappy hop bite on the finish. It goes from white bread to biscuits to grainy all in one sip. Its one of the best I have had, but still wont supplant SS Bombshell Blonde as my go to summer blonde ale.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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 elNopalero
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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 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.

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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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated bottle of 10/15/13

Appearance - Pours clear and golden in color with a white, finger width head, quickly dissipates to a near barren surface. Lacing is small and spotty, with fair stick.

Smell - Light bready, grainy notes. Hints of caramel and traces of grassy hop character. Not much else.

Taste - Light, as expected of a blonde. Hits on fruity ester character, touches of bread and caramel, light citrus and grassy hop bitterness, but all come through to deliver great balance in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light, prickly carbonation. Slightly silky, lending to an impeccable smoothness; quite inviting of a quick follow-up drink. If one's not careful, a sixer of this could go down within a matter of minutes.

Overall - All styles are not created equal. So hard to judge a beer like this, when it's good for the style, but doesn't do much to capture the excitement or imagination of your average beer geek, in essence because the style is invariably 'boring'. For a blonde, this is amazing in its overall balance and its drinkability. It's perfect for a summer BBQ or mowing the lawn. It's mid-November, but I think I'll have another!

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Photo of ThatOlBoy
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this both in the bottle and on tap, and it's far superior in the latter style.

Really everything about this beer is boring except for the taste. It looks like beer and smells like beer. No more, no less.

That said, it's damn near unbeatable on a hot day. It's almost as light as a wheat beer. It manages to be crisp and clean, but still pack plenty of flavor. It's nice and malty, and they did a great job in not going overboard with the honey. It will be a staple in my fridge this summer, and my go-to at the pub for my first round on a hot day.

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Photo of rand
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
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 searsclone
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

bottled about 4 mos. ago. poured into a globe glass.

Clear light amber color with lots of carbonation and a quickly gone white head. good lace.

smell is fresh grass and faint sweet fruit

taste is hops followed by a refreshing sweetness of honey. smooth and easy to drink.

mouth feel is sharp at first, then light and watery. not much to it

overall, decent session beer, but not extraordinary

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Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of Oakenator
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber and slightly yellow in color - very healthy looking. Some head at pour disappates to nothing 5 minutes later. Little lacing.

S: Some mild hopping - grassy - and some milt citrus.

T: Good pale ale, especially when very fresh. Slight barrell flavor although this one not indicated so.

M: Medium body.

O: Nice brew, but outclassed by many others at this brewery.

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Photo of Reedbrew
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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 NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Firestone Walker 805
12 oz. bottle, dated "01/21/13 17:41" on the label, and "01/21/13 18:55" on the bottle.
Reviewed in "real time", 24 February 2013

Pulled from the fridge at 38˚F and allowed to sit for 10 min. to warm to about 42˚F. It's an interesting label, black & white with strong graphics. It almost looks like a tribal tattoo or something. And 805? Is that code for something? I'd have expected a stout or a strong beer to be waiting behind that label, but this is just 4.7% ABV.

It pours a crystal-clear deep gold body with a hint of an orange cast to it. The head is a frothy inch and a half or so of bright white foam. It holds well, and leaves some nice lacing about the glass. Average-sized bubbles stream steadily upwards.

The aroma displays some fresh hops and a light, basic malt. There's nothing special about it, it's just a basic beer smell, but it's fresh and clean.

As expected, the flavor follows suit: standard golden malt base with a median amount of gently spicy and floral hops thrown in. Yeasty fruitiness is limited - I'd wonder if this was a lager except that it's labeled "ale". Median bitterness, I'd guess in the 20's range. Nicely balanced. Malt flavor appears more upfront, floral/spicy/grassy hops in the finish. Clean and dry. There's even a very mild hint of pine in the delicately lingering finish.

Light-medium bodied. Gently crisp. Exactly as expected. I'm not sure you could do anything else with it without having to alter the malt / hop profile. More carbonation would make it bristle and stiffen the hops, and less would make it creamier but a slight touch too dull. Perfect as is.

Overall, it's a really well-polished, perfectly balanced but basic golden ale. Well, not exactly completely basic as there are some hops to it (and they're really quite nice), but it's not trying to be anything other than that. Is it any better than an inexpensive American lager??? Probably. Better than a German or Czech pils? Well, that's apples and oranges. I've drank about 4/5th of it. Would I have another? If I was having one, yes, I think so. I wouldn't mind it. Good for warm weather. Any place a pilsner might fit in. Not really worth pairing with food though.

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805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.