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Lonely Blonde - Fulton Beer

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mwagner1018 on 06-08-2010

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Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 36
Photo of ZAP
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice approachable blonde ale. Some breadiness with the malt and a zesty lemon peel spritzyness to the finish. Lighter bodied. Leans heavier on the lemony notes than the bready notes. Would prefer it the otherway around but a nice drinking light bodied beer for the summer.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear straw colored, under a quickly dissipating white head
S: slight sweet malt aroma, some bread with a little floral and fruit.
T: Starts with slightly dry malt flavors then a little hops and a dry hop finish – the hops are more floral than bitter. It has medium body and has a little tartness in the finish – a little lemon. No caramel tastes, the hops are not overly aggressive, medium bitter. No diacetyl.
F: medium light body, medium carbonation, slight creaminess
O: Good balance of bread, fruit, and bitter that finishes more hoppy than malty with lingering hops. Easy drinker.

Photo of Strapperbs
4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My standby lighter craft brew

Photo of sjccmd
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours light and yellow with a fizzy white head that fades gradually.

Smell of indistinct hop character. Somewhat piney and citrusy. Fairly neutral malt character. A bit grainy.

Grainy malt and some citrusy hops, but overall nothing really coming to the fore.

Light body and medium carbonation. On the sweeter side of dry for a blonde.

With light session beers, I like to get a real sense of the ingredients that went into the beer. This seems to have a very neutral yeast, malt, and hop character. Nothing really shines. Not a poorly brewed beer, no off-flavors. I just have had much more interesting blondes where you really get a sense of a nice base malt with complimentary hops.

Photo of Mightymango
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It is hard to rate what I would consider a good "snack" beer average when you have rubbish beers from so many "big box" manufacturers.

This would be what I would consider a local blonde ale that has good smooth favor with little after taste. The smell is light grain with a hint of sweet. The consistency is thin but the flavor is sweet with a slight bit of hops. The color is a light golden color, darker then a typical american ale.

Overall a good summer beer that has more favor then most.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Matt's Bar in south Minneapolis; and it's well-matched to heavy fare: crisp, lightly malty, thin and very consumable, if not necessarily inspired.

Photo of Mdog
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow, huge head.

Smell: Grainy, sweet, a little grass.

Taste: Moderately sweet, maybe a touch of corn, light grass in the finish. Kind of syrupy feel.

Overall: I've had this on tap several times but picked up an on-sale sixer for a review. This is a good starter beer for your BMC drinkers or for a change-up from your big flavored beers. Worth a try.

Photo of enjambed
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Serving: From tap into pilsner glass. Seems fridge temp.

Look: Light Golden yellow. More color than an American lager. Minimal head reduces to thin film. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Light grain, and possibly some earthy hops.

Taste: Similar to the smell, pretty light overall. The malts are not quite doughy, nor are they very toasty. However, they are a bit grainy. Bitterness is somewhat noticeable, but overall low and balances the malt well. The result is relatively neutral, but it has enough flavor to keep it interesting. Finish is smooth and the taste does not linger too long.

Feel: Relatively light and crisp. Finish is dry, but does not linger.

Overall: A good example of the blonde ale style. The flavor is pleasant and interesting, but stays out of the way and doesn't try to make a bold statement. I would have preferred the malts to be a little more toasty or maybe biscuity rather than grainy, but I could be misperceiving that. A solid member of the Fulton lineup, that should not be overlooked just because it doesn't have an overpowering amount of hops or malt.

Photo of Redrover
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fulton Blonde – On tap at the Crooked Pint. It is a light crystal clear gold with a bone white head.

Crackers and a hint of spice in the nose.

Neutral taste. It was mild, a bit grainy with just a whisper of hops. My Juicy Lucy burger overpowered the beer, so only serve this one with the mildest of foods.

Mouth was ok. Very mild even for a crossover beer.

Photo of JamesMN
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Honey golden hue with great clarity and visible effervescence. Thin off-white cap of foam that seems to be sticking around.

Aroma: Lots of straight up grain and some honey-like sweetness. Touch of biscuit.

Taste: Like a fuller bodied Cream Ale. Really nice graininess here that gives not only flavor but a robustness that surpasses the mild 4.8% ABV. The honey character from the aroma comes through nicely in the second half and finish. The hops are hard to place, while there is some very moderate bitterness dancing on the palate, there isn't much for hop flavor. However, it is balanced quite nicely as it is. Aftertaste of slight earthy bitterness with unsweetened malt.

Mouthfeel: Basically medium in body with is quite impressive. Smooth feel and great drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I went into this review having never tried Fulton Lonely Blonde before and with low expectations for a style I consider boring. While it is nothing complex or mind-blowing, Lonely Blonde doesn't need to be, it simply impresses with its good flavor and drinkability at a sessionable ABV. Nice one, especially recommend for any craft beer newbies. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of dhannes
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Last of the 6-pack from 4 months ago poured into a Perfect Pint (scores above represent an average between the last beer that I am drinking now and what I recall of the others, as this last one seems to be more off than the others).

A=Pale straw...a bit of greenish tint, which does not appeal to me...a decent white foamy head.

S=Typical malt/hops...slightly floral (this last one also smelled a bit of uric acid).

T=Very light flavor...this last one had a sourness to it...first sip was very sour, but malt appears later. What flavor there is is not necessarily off putting, just nothing out of the ordinary.

M=Nice body, but heavily carbonated.

O=I am not a huge fan of American Blonde Ales and still have not found one that tastes better than a good amber lager. This beer doesn't offer anything unique--I would not purchase again and would think twice of choosing it on tap at a bar.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fulton Lonely Blonde ale. Got a growler full of it, let's drink it up.

Clear, pale gold coloring, slim white head.

Aroma: soft hops, light maltiness, a little grainy.

Taste: light bodied, bright citric hop flavor, clean and easily drinkable. A session beer, and a chick beer, without being a lite beer or a wheat beer, which is a nice accomplishment. The Dude goes for an IPA, and his Chick can have a Lonely Blonde, even if she's a brunette. (Redheads will want something more.)
Easily sipped, tidily hopped, just enough flavor to satisfy, yet…not quite enough for me. But this isn't meant for me. I don't go for blondes. Send me to a red, a black, or a brown, please.

However, once again, there ain't nothing wrong with it, and it is just as good as a blonde ale should be. In fact, it's nearly perfect for a blonde ale. But, again, I'm not going to grab at one anytime soon.

Photo of Living816
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smells off. Vegetative smell. Not a hoppy smell but a cafeteria smell. Has a skunky smell like a Euro Lager. Looks nice and bright, but a lovely golden color.

The odd cafeteria smell continues into the flavor. Has an unpleasant skunky flavor kind of like a macro lager. Some sweetness in both smell (carmel corny) and taste. Body is decent. Has a flavor that makes me wonder if it is an all malted grain or if this is an adjunct beer. Just doesn't work for a premium beer from a local brewery.

Leaves the mouth with some fleeting bitterness.

Not a fan of this one. Why pay premium price for what could be replaced by a PBR or High Life?

Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of Lonely Blonde after a tour Fulton Brewing. While, normally, I'm not the target audience for blonde ale, I wanted to give all three in growlers a chance.

Almost white head with irregular bubbles over a straw yellow ale with hints of amber. Fresh bread maltiness and a hint of corn in the nose with an elegant spice note and green apple from the 29 IBUs, and maybe from the yeast a bit. Clean malt and spice on the tongue that's supported by a heavier than expected mouthfeel. Almost 5% ABV, I'm guessing a good malt bill contributes to the fullness. Still a light beer, the spice floats above the malt with some impact. Nicely balanced beer that even warms up well for yellow beer.

My first sample of Lonely Blonde was at Autumn Brew Review in 2010, and my impression was far less favorable. My guess is that tough festival conditions and a small sample of a more delicate beer impaired a fair tasting. Fresh and from the brewery, it's a solid beer that's refreshing with a complex taste that explains why a large number of folks are drinking with a Lonely Blonde at the tap room today.

Photo of garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at Longfellow's Grill.
I liked this more than I expected. Had a nice hop streak running through the middle that tasted nicely and faded quickly enough to not impact the food flavor.
Poured with virtually no head. Yellow slightly cloudy body.
Soft malt aroma. Malt flavors were slightly bready and reasonably clean.
On low end of carbonation but still had a little body.
I'd get this again. Nice summer beer or with lighter foods.

Photo of deebo
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Point brewery made for Fulton.

A-Completely clear with a straw, light golden color with a weak white head that quickly breaks down. Not much for lacing.

S-Not a lot going on, reminds of an adjunct lager more than anything. Grainy-corn and barley.

T-Pretty bland, tastes like it smells and looks (pale malt and a bit of corn). A hint of bitterness that cleans up quickly inviting the next drink.

M-I really like the mouthfeel of this beer. The carbonation is rather light but works perfectly with this beer. It also has more body than I expected and a really smooth, almost creamy finish.

D-I could drink this all day.

O-For the price there are better options in my opinion but this is a decent brew. Reminds me a bit of spotted cow but a little heavy on adjunct flavor.

Photo of JackieTH
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden blonde, clear, with a white foam head that dissipates quickl leaving a skein. Spotty lace here and there. Smells of flaky buttery crackers, bread dough, cereal. Taste is cereal grain, crackers reminescent of Triscuits, very lightly sweet. Hop bitterness arrives and cleanses the palate. Nicely balances and a clean finish. Body is medium to light, a little slick, holds together well, decent carbonation. Overall- light but decently balanced favors make for easy drinking.

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for this one!

12 oz. bottle served in a tulip glass. Brilliant golden color, bright clarity, thin layer of creamy whit foam on top. Some wispy lacing here and there.

Light toasty malt aroma, light and simple but clean and pleasant.

Toast and butter, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Simple taste, slightly grainy, papery, and a tad swilly. Light bodied with light carbonation. Overall drinkable and refreshing enough on a hot day, though i'd prefer my local version, Half Acre Gossamer to this.

Photo of Greggy
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Blond color... as the name suggests. White head that transitions to thin cap quickly. Sparse lacing is present.

S- Grainy cereal, a little floral.

T- Starts out with dry grainy notes and finishes quickly with some mineral dryness.

M- Appropriate carbonation and good feel.

O- This is a beer for the masses to enjoy. Hot day, hell yes I'd put this back. Nothing special but it's solid per style.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color, looks decent enough, mild white head that totally disappears. Aroma still had that buttery thing going that the awful Sweet Child of Vine had. Not as intense, but still, enough to put it below average and not enjoyable.

Taste, well, thankfully this was easier to digest. A little toasted vienna malt kind of taste, carbonation is higher in the mouthfeel than it is in the appearance. No hop flavors discernable. Crackery breadiness is very light. The adjetive "thin" comes to mind.

I wasn't going to drink the blonde last night, but after the awful sweet child o vine during the Marquette/Providence game, I was like trying to reset the palate with a clean beer, so I popped this Blonde Ale open. It just didn't get the job done, it was gritty at times, the alcohol seemed bigger than it should have, it just didn't leave me in a position to recommend Fulton at this point.

Photo of zeledonia
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not your typical Minnesota winter beer, but I'm feeling like a change of pace - something lighter. And I've been neglecting this new local brewery.

Pours a very clear light golden color, like slightly watered-down apple juice. One finger or white head, fades fast, little lacing. A tiny stream of bubbles rising up.

Smell is crisp and clean. Noble hops, a bit of spice. It's faint, and at first whiff struck me like an adjunct lager. But what's there is better than that, and rather refreshing.

Taste is simpler than I'd like. Again, some crisp pale malts, a touch of bitterness. No spice here, though. Just not much to hold onto. I want either more flavor or more subtlety.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, which is what I want from it. Finish is half watery, half drying.

Was this beer built to compete with adjunct lagers? It certainly seems so to me. It's light, clean, and crisp, without a ton of flavor. Not bad, but there are better beers like it around that are more worth drinking.

Photo of lurpy1
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pleasant but standard golden orange. Fair amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell is bakery and grain, can't pick up on much else. Very good smell,, borders on great.

Taste is faint, not much hop, malt, tiny bit of spice. Bit of a bakery smell, at the end of the day, tastes a little macrobrewish, with better quality. Ultimately pretty ho hum.

Clean mouthfeel, crisp and sharp, but also a bit thin.

Y'know, certainly not a bad beer, but kinda boring.The same is true for SCoV Squarely a B- beer for me, as was Sweet I am pro-Fulton but more often than not I will find something more interesting to drink. I think Fulton needs to elevate its game and get more daring.

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and grains with a touch of floral notes.

T - It tasted sweet with caramel and grain flavors. It had a light spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was an okay blonde ale. I'd like to try some more beers from Fulton.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Decent three fingers of white head with good retention. Lacing is moderate around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and bready pale malts with some caramel and toffee. Lots of grainy wheat. Some hints of lemon zest and honey. Also some hints of noble hops. Smells crisp and fairly sweet.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a sweet and crisp taste of pale malts with some bready caramel. Big presence of wheat grains throughout. Some hints of lemons and honey. Finishes with a light amount of noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Blonde ale. Tasty and very easy to drink.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours a Clean Wet-Golden color with a half finger head after an aggressive pour. Carbonation starts out strong, but tapers off after a minute or so.

Smell - There's a pungent bread/biscuit/yeast smell in here as well as some graininess, but not in a bad way! There's also a pleasant sweetness aroma in here as well, which gives the smell more appeal

Taste - Very Biscuit-like taste with some very prominent sweet malt notes. There's also a slight earthy hop taste on the back of the palette, which is unusual in a Blonde Ale, but I feel it gives a sort of freshness to the taste

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied and carbonation is fairly mild, so it's fairly smooth. It's a beer that's all around pretty easy to drink.

Overall - This is an example on how to do a Blonde Ale correctly and it's perfect for any occasion. It's not complex in flavor, but it doesn't need to be. It gets the job done as being a beer that doesn't sacrifice it's flavor for simplicity!

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Lonely Blonde from Fulton Beer
77 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.