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Bridge Builder Blonde - Parkway Brewing Co.

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Bridge Builder Blonde
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parkway Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: obywan59 on 07-03-2013)
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

08-12-2013 14:07:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try of this Salem,VA. brewery.Not a style I go to very often but I wanted to give this brewery a try,I was pleased with the results.Poured into a small tulip glass a slightly hazed orange tinged golden with one finger white head that left a full ring of lace as it settled pretty slowly.Vanilla dipped pears,toasted creal grain,and coriander spice in the nose,the vanilla/pear notes stood out nicely.Flavors are yeasty clove spice and the vanilla spiced pears up front with a firm toasted grain flavor all the way thru,a white pepper-like spiciness lingers in the finish.Not bad,not bad at all,I really wanna try this breweries "bigger" stuff when passing thru the area next time.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 21:54:50 | More by oberon
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.08/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

So this blonde beer looks rather...amber. That's odd.

Whoa. This beer is a mess. Too much malt. Way too sickly sweet. Some spices mixed in for good measure. This is supposed to be a witbier? Not even close. A Belgian homebrew, at best. But since it's commercially packaged and sold, it's total crap.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 03:17:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12-01-2013 14:08:48 | More by sendbeer
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-23-2013 19:39:21 | More by Rhettroactive
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

02-23-2014 00:50:49 | More by bubseymour
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-16-2014 01:59:00 | More by brother_kenneth
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-17-2013 06:52:05 | More by bmjivi221
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A friend sent this to me to try. Good looking beer, like the thick appearance and very good smell but nothing great. However very tasty beer that is very easy to drink, sucked it down. Not sure about cost but will certainly revisit if I see it at a store.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 00:44:06 | More by JamieDuncan
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

12-27-2013 21:59:38 | More by qcbrewer
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-14-2013 22:46:17 | More by JMUbrewz
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This bottle was in the fridge for a little while. I don't think it affected the beer.

This beer poured a little darker than expected for a blonde, but given the description, I agree with the style in that this is more of a wheat beer/hefeweizen. The carbonation is a bit low. The smell is light, but as described, banana, pear, and clove, with a sweetness present.

The taste follows suit, a lightly sweet beer with pear being the more up-front, the spice and banana taking a back seat before coming through a bit in the end. The missing carbonation might be nice here, or a drier finish, for my tastes.

Overall, I was initially impressed by this beer, but I altered slightly down on lack of carbonation, which I assume was not due to any extra age I put on it in the fridge. It is still a decent beer, nice to have on a sunny spring or summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 22:12:40 | More by cjgiant
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ZachKelly

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-10-2013 03:31:38 | More by ZachKelly
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

09-27-2013 22:57:44 | More by JasonTaverner
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-28-2014 18:52:33 | More by HuntDaddy540
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-10-2014 14:48:25 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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obywan59

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Available at the Roanoke Kroger store at Brambleton and Colonial.

From the brewery: An easy drinking Belgian-style ale, our Bridge Builder Blonde has a wheat flavored backbone from the malt, tempered with hints of clove, banana and pear. Should come in around 5.9% ABV. The name is an homage to the many immigrants who constructed the unique arched stone bridges all along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Cloudy golden to orange in color, with swirls of sediment (in the second glass) .A hard pour yields a mounding 5 1/2 finger off white head that recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing. Carbonation is evident.

The aroma is of citrusy tart wheat with banana and spice, clove being the most noticeable.

The taste is twangy wheat with banana and clove and light Belgian yeast. There's a light bitterness, whether from hops or orange peel, I'm not sure. The brewery doesn't mention any added spices. Spicy aftertaste.

Medium to medium thick in feel.Light syrup for plenty of flavor retention. The second glass seemed more flat than the first. Lightly drying. Faint heat in the throat. (the third glass regained the peppery carbonation.)

I'm not sure if this strictly qualifies as a witbier, but it seemed closer to a wit than a blonde to me. Nonetheless, it's a superb brew. It's easy drinking and full flavored. A great spring/summer brew in my opinion. This is my second beer review of PBC, and I reiterate my opinion that they are vying with Blue Ridge Barrel House for best brewery in Virginia.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 02:25:25 | More by obywan59
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A decent, light-tasting, easy-drinking brew. Certainly not a powerhouse. Maybe a bit thin in taste but not bad. Probably stacks up ok in the world of blonde ales or witbiers. Could use more spices, more banana, perhaps a bit more hops. Decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 14:52:19 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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blbarnett3

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

10-19-2013 01:56:45 | More by blbarnett3
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GFish

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-27-2013 12:55:05 | More by GFish
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TheRougeBastard

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-11-2013 03:51:24 | More by TheRougeBastard
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riktronics

Virginia

3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-30-2013 00:36:29 | More by riktronics
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beerrat

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13.6%

03-19-2014 00:06:32 | More by beerrat
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danmouer

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Prkway casts this a Blonde ale, but the name seems insppropriate. The brewery's PR describes what I would expect to be a hefeweissbier, but what I find in my glass is something else.

I noticed a distict lack of hiss when I popped the lid on the bottle, and my fears were confirmed by ony a modest crown of foam on pour. As others have noted, the carbonation level is too low, especially since I feel the brew would best be classified as a saison/farmhouse ale. The aroma is muted, but there are spicy notes and distinct fruity tones (apple-pear). Spice and fruit drown out malt or hops in the nose, and that is also true on the palate.

It happens the beer is not as flat as it first seems, but there is no doubt that the all around flavor and mouthfeel would be greatly enhanced if those nice fine bubbles were multiplied three or four times--perhaps even as much as would requirea higher pressure bottle. The finish is pleasantly dry and refreshing with a throat-cleansing touch of bitter that feels to me more like one from spices or bitter orange peel than from hops.

My overall take is this is a good farmhouse ale with a pleasantly rustic quality that is only flawed by inappropriate carbonation, and maybe a bit too heavy hand with either spices or bittering hops (I suspect the former). I hope to revisit this brew again later, from another batch, just to see if the brewery tweaks their recipe just a tad.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 21:26:21 | More by danmouer
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jep2606

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

10-29-2013 02:41:37 | More by jep2606
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Bridge Builder Blonde from Parkway Brewing Co.
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