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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: 225 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zorro on 05-22-2012

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Photo of t420o
2.21/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

FW 805

They got me with the labeling and the fact that it's FW because this beer is crap. 

A- fizzy, light yellow. No head or lacing 3

S- some floral notes, grainy, a little yeast and some dirty bathwater 2

T- on again with the dirty soap water taste mixed with some grain and light floral hops, some metallic notes, Not good 2

M- good mouthfeel. Good carbonation, lighter body 3.5

O- "why did they release this?" is all I kept thinking. I love FW, but this is a crappy beer no matter what. I feel bad that this is the beer they gave to the 805 proclaiming "local only" on the bottle and 6-pack. Do something to make up for this abomination you've released to the 805 FW! 2


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Photo of SSS
2.42/5  rDev -29.4%
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 FitnessForBeer
2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: nothing to complain
S: bready, light
T: sweet, bready, little bit of bitterness on the end. Kinda disappointing
M: super fizzy, didn't care for it

Overall, tasted more like a lager than an ale. Seemed to be very carbonated, which wasn't something I liked on it. Probably won't purchase again.

Edit: had another one of these, disliked even more. It's just not a good beer.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The color when poured into a pint glass what a light yellow with hardly any foam and not lace. The smell was of a weak lack luster aroma of weak hops and that was it. The taste was of really weak everything in a beer. I should have rated it a 1 all across. Not a good blonde ale. What a disappointment from a very good brewery. One of the worst ales I've tasted from Firestone/Walker.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Bottled 6/25/12.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and some vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with a vegetal and slightly metallic aftertaste. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some weird aromas and flavors.

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Photo of AwYeh
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottled October 15th, 2013.

A: Clear pale golden/yellow color. One finger of frothy white head dissipates quickly.

S: Really faint aroma, picking up some bready malts and hints of floral and grassy hops.

T: Very sweet flavor. Citrusy and floral, with a little breadiness. I'm really surprised at how sweet it is, but I'm having a hard time matching the sweetness to a flavor- it's kind of like apple.

M: Thin-bodied, moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and a little dry despite the low ABV.

O: I'm not digging this one too much; the sweetness is a little too much.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had no background of this beer whatsoever, yet I decided to try a pint of it anyways. After all, it's made by Firestone Walker. On to the beer:

I spend the entire pint trying to understand what this was. There isn't much head, retention, or lace to this one. The nose is weak and offrers some strange fruity notes. And its taste is more of the same. If anything, it tasted like a weak pale ale where the hops weren't worked as much as they could. At least it was easy enough to drink, not terribly offensive, and was bubbly in the mouth. As far as everything else, I'll pass. It's a good thing this is brewed for the local Central Coast market, because I don't think it's necessary to inflict this beer on the people in my area (Orange County).

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Photo of aval89
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

bottled on 10-01-2014

ahh, the beer that is overly hyped in my area. See this thing everywhere. Hear your average Bud drinkers claiming this is the best beer ever!

a: poured medium gold/light amber color. somewhere in between gold and amber. clear body with a slight haze to it. only managed about a finger of head

s: slight caramel malt aroma with a bit of toastiness. slight biscuity as well. touch of hops. slightly metallic.

t: much like the aroma. very mild taste in my opinion. caramel malts, biscuity toastiness. hops on the end but after that its pretty bland. flavor vanishes quickly. easy to quaff i guess.

mf: light-med mouth with crisp carbonation.

o: meh

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Photo of BilbosNuts
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, lightly golden yellow color. A one finger creamy head sits on top and fades slowly to a thin ring around the sides. It appears pretty lively with a moderate amount of carbonation.

S: Light toasted malts, sweet floral notes, and corn and straw-like characteristics make up the aroma.

T: The taste was a bit of a let down. More of the corn and straw came through here than the aroma and it drowns out any other flavors that could be there. It also has a sort of off-putting metallic taste as well.

M: Light bodied and mildly carbonated, pretty much what you'd expect for the style.

O: This had a promising start, but the simple and dull taste proved this one to be average at best and certainly not one of Firestone's better offerings.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

Clear golden with a small off-white head that leaves the glass clean on the way down.

The aroma is of simple grain and some dishrag, unfortunately. Simple, yet not particularly pleasant.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with simple grain, low bitterness, and a bit of earthy yeast character.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Not that good, but completely expected for the given style.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1535th Review on BA
Draft to 6oz Snifter

@Firestone Walker, Paso Robles

App- A very clear yellow. Very similar to the yellow of the Iphone notepad. A very clear beer with a small amount of bubbles. Standard look to it. No lace or cling on it.

Smell- Its a blonde ale at heart with that clean and crisp aroma. This was better than most blondes but still a blonde. The honey adds a unique layer of aroma to this one.

Taste- Its a good blonde. Better than most but just too one dimensional. It has some cracker like bite to it with a little grass and that base malt bill I just dont like.

Mouth- A lighter body on this one with a bit of a crisp/clean carbonation. The feel of the honey adds a layer that just doesnt work on this finish. A bit muddled on the residual flavors.

Drink- It was better than most blondes. Still a blonde though.

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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

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The clear amber color is handsome, but not much foam even when poured vigorously in the chalice. Some prickly carbonation on the tongue, but it dissipates too quickly.

This has a gummy, perfumey taste that is pretty near unique in my experience. Unfortunately it's not a very inspiring beer flavor. Something like cinnamon and cardboard with a spicy finish and bitterish, dishwater finish. Some kind of cough drop candy with a pineapple pork chow mein hint. If this was down to 4% I would be more forgiving.

This is just funny, I didn't like it at first sip and it didn't improve after that. A peculiar release from a great brewery. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Albertson's supermarket in San Diego.

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Photo of 1424IpA
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer has a lot of hype here in the 805 area code and FW sells
alot of 805 merch because of it. smart choice changing its name from honey blonde to 805 as the local 18-26 age group cant get enough of it.

I on the other hand have had enough of it, the beer pours well, has a little head, color is a golden yellow of sorts but the taste definately leaves me wanting more from that department.

This beer is great for a hot summer day at the lake, on a boat fishing or to wet you palate after mowing the lawn but thats about it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Cattlemen’s Lounge in Paso Robles, Calif., on Aug. 9, 2012 for $5.00. Two fingers of head when I got it, pretty foamy on the sides. Beer was honey pale. Good retention on the top and the sides.

Smelled a bit like a saison initially. Then got honey, dark fruits, bread, grain, wheat and malts. Kind of weak overall.

Tasted honey, bread, wheat and a bit bland. Nothing really stood out.

Light body. Thin texture. Below average-to-poor carbonation. Abrupt watery finish, but refreshing. Surprisingly got better as it went down.

Pretty much an average blonde, but great for the summer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 pack while in Paso Robles for the FW invitational. Pours a yellow beer, white head, nothing exceptional going on. Aroma was cereal grain and not much else, barely present hop aroma going on.

Clean taste, mild mouthfeel, grain presence. Easy to drink, slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing that should scare any seasoned beeradvocate. A decent beer, worth having around for other's to drink. You've had lots of iterations of this beer, this is the local brewery easy go to drink for the non beer drinker. It is what it is. You know what kind of beer I'm describing. Its an all barley version of BMC basically. Slightly better, a little more ooomph, but nothing special.

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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. Not the most interesting beer in the world.

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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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black and white colored label on squat brown glass bottle. Brewed on 05/16/12 that makes this bottle of beer just 5 days old.

Clear amber colored ale that turns gold if you hold it up to the light. Not much head formation.

Smell is on the sweet side and fruity with a strong vanilla and banana aroma. Just a guess fruity from an English style beer yeast and the vanilla is from the oak barrels Firestone Walker is famous for using.

Starts out dry with a strong soda cracker malt flavor. Caramel and oak with a little vanilla in the flavor. The fruitiness from the smell does show up in the taste, it just isn't as strong.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a mild tasty low alcohol ale.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle dated 11/12/12 – standard pint glass

A: 805 pours a lighter shade of caramel with fine clarity and a minute cap of fizzy white. Bouncy bubbles knock out much chance of a retaining head. Pretty minimal stick down the glass with just a few light runners and dots.

S: Aromas are real grassy and a touch herbal with a firm grainy malt character. There is a bit of a sharp tangy yeast biting at the nose as well. Nothing great but pleasant overall.

T: Tastes of grassy hay with some sour orange tang and a bit of dried herbals. There is a dominant grainy malt featured with some yeasty bread and a soft caramel sweetness. Pilsner malt with some wheat perhaps? Low moderate bitterness and sessionable by definition with no real alcohol presence. Not quite your typical Blonde Ale but still somewhat pedestrian. Comes off more like a hefe or a pale-wheat even.

M: The mouthfeel is light and frothy with a nice carbonated spritz. There is a slight tart pucker to the palate towards the finish with a great drying and a snappy crisp.

D: Light, crisp, and sessionable. I could see this as being a brew for the masses. I actually thought more of a light hefe or pale-wheat beer when consuming this so it does differentiate from other Blondes on the market. Definitely highlights a grainy malt bill.

I do get how this beer falls into FW’s lineup nicely however I would have appreciated something a bit bolder and hoppier to rep the 805. While well crafted this is fairly mediocre.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a one finger pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall with it consisting mainly of a bready aroma. Along with the bread are some lighter hints of caramel and a bit of a grassy and citrus smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter bready flavor. Along with this taste are also some very light flavors of honey and caramel. As the flavor advances, hops start coming to the tongue with flavors of a grassy and floral nature. These hop remain rather light throughout the taste, and with the light sweeter honey fading ever so slightly and the bready flavors remaining the same, one is left with a somewhat crisp and overall light flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light and thin with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both the lighter body and higher carbonation are decent for the crisper and lighter flavors of the brew and make this one very easy drinking.

Overall – Nothing really too outstanding here. It’s refreshing, but a bit lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: Crystal clear straw color with a huge white head that eventually faded into a thin ring.

Smell: Light malts and grains.

Taste: Crisp grain and malt up front, with a touch of noble hop bitterness on the back. Aftertaste fades after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel: Thin and super carbonated.

Overall: Not super exciting. Still, more flavor than the average lager.

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Photo of Spikester
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice clear deep gold hue with a small white head and spots of lace.
Smell is very minor grains with a hint of floral hops.
Taste is light cereal grains with a tiny kiss of hop bitterness toward the finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly bigger than a macro but not by much.
Overall a passable Blonde Ale. It might convert a macro drinker toward better beers. Probably much tastier on a hot summer day which it is not at this time. I have two more left in a FW variety pack and might tweak my review after drinking those.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Smith nonic.

A: Clear gold, frothy 1 finger of off-white head.

S: Bready malt, chalky yeast, orange peel and faint hops in the background.

T: Lots of bready, malty notes and yeasty undertones. Slight pine and citrus pith hop component, but its secondary; malty and yeasty upfront.

MF: Thinner, medium-light body; dryish finish.

O: Decent blonde, though nothing memorable for me. Sessionable, though I would still prefer more hops.

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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.

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