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805 Blonde Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 05-22-2012)
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Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

04-10-2013 03:12:07 | More by oglmcdgl
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zaptone

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

04-07-2013 10:34:26 | More by zaptone
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Omer4176

California

3.25/5  rDev -3%

03-27-2013 15:54:27 | More by Omer4176
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LuauLarry

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

03-22-2013 03:02:05 | More by LuauLarry
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augustgarage

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

03-18-2013 20:21:47 | More by augustgarage
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

03-18-2013 03:57:15 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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beergirl805

California

4/5  rDev +19.4%

03-11-2013 04:06:21 | More by beergirl805
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PriorDoubleDark

Maine

3/5  rDev -10.4%

03-05-2013 00:12:05 | More by PriorDoubleDark
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev +19.4%

03-02-2013 20:58:02 | More by brotherloco
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles and one-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Okay lacing.

S: Hops, malt. Light fruit banana, apple. Mild overall.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt. Not much hop flavor. Crisp and clean. Subtle apple.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Nice feel.

O: Above average, but nothing special. Refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 01:23:29 | More by SolipsismalCat
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 15:22:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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Kwak78

California

4/5  rDev +19.4%

02-21-2013 07:14:34 | More by Kwak78
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%

02-19-2013 03:21:57 | More by Blanco
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Nightrain87

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

02-12-2013 16:56:22 | More by Nightrain87
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear bright copper with a small bubbly white head.

S - Sweet bready malt, apple, banana, herbal spice, floral hops.

T - Bready cracker-like malt with light citrus hops and a subtle earthiness. A bit grassy. Finish is grainy with some wheat notes and hints of honey.

M - Very light body, smooth and refreshing. Average carbonation and clean finish.

O - A decent blonde ale with high drinkability. Flavor is subtle but nice. A slight saison and wheat character comes through. Nothing really stands out though.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 04:10:29 | More by mooseo
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teraflx

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

02-06-2013 23:56:25 | More by teraflx
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crob3888

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

02-06-2013 04:37:59 | More by crob3888
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jvillefan

California

4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 19:13:40 | More by jvillefan
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rbeechan

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-19-2013 06:19:24 | More by rbeechan
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Fossilhunter

California

4/5  rDev +19.4%

01-12-2013 08:06:20 | More by Fossilhunter
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-11-2013 22:18:06 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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TheMarkE

California

3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Gold-amber shade with a decent head and good lacing. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Grass, malts, and spicy hops.

Taste: Citrus, grain, honey and spice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with a short-lived spicy/hoppy aftertaste followed by honey.

The Verdict: Good beer. A little spicier than most blondes. This is Firestone’s gift to us locals, made with the freshest possible ingredients. I think a case of Sacuba would be a better gift, but I’ll take it. This is the go-to beer in these parts, much like Bud Light in most places. It’s in nearly every restaurant, bar, and convenience store.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2013 23:38:39 | More by TheMarkE
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Nugganooch

California

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 21:22:01 | More by Nugganooch
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-03-2013 00:33:52 | More by acurtis
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-02-2013 02:58:16 | More by djaeon
805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.