Lonely Blonde - Fulton Beer

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 205
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- a bubbly golden yeloow with a decent head. little lacing that drops slowly.

S- Malt with a sweet almost honey scent

T- Nice crisp malt flavor with a bit of sweetness mixs in the middle and a nice bite to finish it off.

M- Nice carbonation and nice little bite at the end

O- Good good beer, more flavor than I expected from a blonde beer. Nothing too spectacular though.

Serving type: Bottle (399 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of enjambed
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of mwagner1018
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as the beer of the month (June 2010) at Bunny's in SLP, on tap.

A- Received in an English style pint glass, light golden blond color, sunshine, rising effervescent carbonation, very light white head, little head retention, no noticeable lacing.

S- Light yeast, melon, ripe pear. Mild zest of citrus hops, light floral note.

T- Ripe light fruits present, with a nice crisp clean malt flavor, mostly finishes with a mild honey, light wheat texture, balanced bitterness completes.

M- Crisp, light body, fruit notes are nice, but not overly sweet or overpowering, well balanced, slight creaminess and smooth texture.

D- Very nice summer blond, refreshing, flavorful enough to keep me interested, balanced, clean. Very nice beer from the new kids on the Mpls craft beer block... (797 characters)

Photo of Mightymango
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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! (1,014 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,180 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Light straw-colored gold with a fairly hefty white head and some decent lacing lines.

Smell: Sweet apple and caramel predominantly, with light spicy hoppiness.

Taste: Semi-sweet grainy malts with an emphasis on apple and caramel. Ends with a nice floral and spicy hop kick that is ample for the style.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, creamy medium body (fuller than expected), dry finish.

Drinkability: Comes across as a creamier, fuller bodied, hoppier lager, and that is a-ok with me. (547 characters)

Photo of Greggy
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (156 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light honey golden. Head is virtually nonexistant. And what is there doesnt last.
S- Aroma is sweet fruityness. There is a bready/grainy note.
T- Quite sweet at first. There is a light apple and pear note up front but it finishes with a sweet grainyess, with a honey graham cracker character.
M- Medium light body. More carbonation would have helped.
O- A simple beer and one that is easy drinking. I'd bring this one to a tailgate. (444 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of TCMike
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass it produced a 1 finger, short lived, white head. The beer was a very translucent, light gold color.

The smell was of bread, and light citrus.

The taste was bready, with a slight hop finish. Medium carbonation, and a light mouth-feel.

Decent beer, but isn't much better than a BMC beer. Easy drinking, but lacking depth, and flavor. (354 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ kings in a pint glass

A- a hazy blonde yellow color with a good white head

S- malts and grain faint floral hops

M- follows nose with just average hop taste with german malts and a grain taste

M- crisp and clean with medium carbonation a smooth and creamy taste

O- a good summer beer with a low abv,,easy to drink but flat on the taste..still an allright brew to try (381 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of kdpark
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Pizza Luce Downtown 6.28.10

Appearance: A lovely blonde color and little hazy

Smell: Some malt and german hops

Taste: Nice bready malt, then some wheat that gives it a grainy taste that I don't particularly care for. Hops are spicy at first but then end a bit harsh, not sure but it could be minerals? Finishes sweet, overall good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to Low, again the harsh after taste.

Drinkability: A nice balanced beer, refreshing.

I will try again to reaffirm my impressions, I know that the first time I had Sweet Child of Vine, I did not care for it, but have had it since and enjoyed it. (614 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (686 characters)

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