1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

805 Blonde Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
805 Blonde Ale805 Blonde Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

441 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 441
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 05-22-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 441 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Bung, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Rutager
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Rutager, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3/5  rDev -11%

Eriktheipaman, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of beerao
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

beerao, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Ispeakforthetrees, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Lucnifter, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of onepersonriot
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

onepersonriot, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

kscaldef, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Scotchboy, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of justinbrown
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

justinbrown, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of mookihouse
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

mookihouse, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of BWH999
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BWH999, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of topdown
3/5  rDev -11%

topdown, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of fivetime
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

fivetime, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev +16%
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!

TheSixthRing, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of NikD
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

NikD, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of zenithberwyn
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

zenithberwyn, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of OUJayhawk1799
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

OUJayhawk1799, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of dwagner003
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

dwagner003, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of trocketsauced
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

trocketsauced, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of WaterCzar
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

WaterCzar, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Kastler
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Kastler, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Spikester, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of midnitesun11
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

midnitesun11, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of rodlavers
3/5  rDev -11%

rodlavers, Oct 27, 2013
805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.