805 Blonde Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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805 Blonde Ale805 Blonde Ale

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499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 96 | 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 UCLABrewN84
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not amazed by this, but when i drink a blonde ale, i do prefer it to be hoppy, and this one most certainly is. its darker than blonde by a shade or two, honey maybe, with a tall but short lived white head. nose of robust pils malt and european hops with more than balancing bitterness. farmy in taste, with a musty barny funky weirdness that i dont think comes from yeast. not quite tang, but funk for sure. the pale malt is heavy here, old, and rich for a blonde beer. carbonation is high, body is fuller, and there is something distinct about this one, although i dont love it all that much. hard to make a simple pale beer distinct these days, and they succeed at that, but one bottle is plenty for me right now. short of refreshing but exhibiting some of the same characteristics. im glad i was able to grab one of these from lowry liquors, those guys do a nice job.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
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).

Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -11.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
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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805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.