Nordic Blonde - Bent Brewstillery
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
3.58/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.
Smell: A fairly light, sweet, and bready malt forward aroma with hints of fruit. Pale malt with hints of biscuit, grains, wheat, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Subtle citrus fruit hints of orange and lemon. Slight hint of honey. Hops are very light. A pretty laid back but decent blonde aroma.
Taste: Like it smells, a light and crisp malt driven taste with sweet notes of fruit. Upfront taste of pale malt with crisp notes of biscuit, wheat, grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Subtle citrus fruit notes of orange and lemon. Sweet note of honey as well. Very subtle notes of floral hops. A light but decent taste.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and clean with a fairly drying finish.
Overall: An ok brew for the Blonde Ale style. Very light but whats there is decent.
01-14-2014 07:23:52 | More by MattyG85
3.29/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours out amber/light orange in color with a tiny white head that dissipated very quickly. Smell is pretty subdued and not very strong. I get light caramel malts and some very light fragrance of sweetness and a little TINY bit of sweet tang to balance things out if you could say that. The smell is quite subdued as I mentioned before. Taste is much like the nose but a little more forward. I certainly taste some earthy malts with a tiny bit of tangy sweetness. After swallowing I can taste a tiny bit of bittering hops that stick in the mouth a tad and don't seem to follow in the throat. Mouthfeel is very thin which would seem to be right on for the style. Overall this is a decent beer but not a style I drink often. It seems done OK for the style. It's not something I would seek out again as it's not really one of the styles that I would typically drink but if it's yours I would give it a try. After drinking a little more and being less critical it actually drinks well. Definitely a session beer.
12-26-2013 06:19:45 | More by NeedBeerHere
2.64/5 rDev -19.3%
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Clear golden amber. White head settles quickly.
S: Grainy, caramel. Straw. Metallic. Subtle dig of oily hops.
T: Toasty, straw, caramel. Metallic. Sharp hop bitterness builds and imparts an uneasant steely bitterness. Straw/metallic finish.
M: Medium bodied. Moderately carbonated.
O: Somewhat of a chore to drink. The metallic tastes and unpleasant hop tastes got to me fairly quickly, and I'm a very patient drinker.
04-06-2014 02:12:53 | More by ryan1788a5
2.5/5 rDev -23.5%
I picked this up before hearing about the recently-announced merger of Pour Decisions and Bent. Tasted 18 January 2014.
Pours a very clear pale orange color. Shockingly clear, until I realize that's because there are no bubbles in it. Only a thin layer of whitish head, okay retention, not much lacing.
Smell is a lot like a macro adjunct lager. Super grainy, oddly sweet, and without much to commend it.
Taste is mildly bitter, watery. What else is there to say. There's just not much flavor, other than that dull, rounded bitterness. "Clean", "crisp", and "delicately balanced" - it says all those things on the label, but I'm not finding them. Not very good.
Feel is okay. A little more expansive than I'd like, feels like it's ballooning in my mouth. Despite looking totally flat, it has enough carbonation. Oddly watery and voluminous.
This isn't offensive enough to drain-pour, but it's not good enough for me to ever want to drink it again. And I've had blonde ales that I like, so it's not just a style thing. It's just dull and not very flavorful, and the only flavor is a drab bitterness.
After drinking this, I'm worried about the Pour Decisions / Bent merger. I really hope PDB's beers come through more, as this one's not at all worth drinking.
01-21-2014 03:59:00 | More by zeledonia
2.35/5 rDev -28.1%
First time I've seen a bottle from Bent Brewstillery, & being relatively reasonable priced, I felt compelled to pick it up. $4 or so 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.
Pour is light orange with a pretty low bunch of carbonation for a light, breezy brew. Lovely flower-filled meadow on that breeze, pale/mid-winter MN boy malts, gentle sweetness. Not a bad blonde to pick up.
Nordic Blonde goes from seasoned pro in the nose to rank amateur in taste. The floral hops are backed by the lightest touch of bittering before the thing falls apart. Massive sweetness bowls over the light touch that makes up the nose, & there's a boggy muddiness mucking the beer up. To add to the problem, the carbonation goes down the rabbit hole & poof! joins Pluto in the ranks of the suspiciously vanished. Too heavy, too thick. Warming isn't doing it any favors as the subtle niceties begin to die off en masse.
Eh. This one started out nicely, but the deft touch needed for a good blonde is nowhere to be found. Not a good beer; I hope Dark Fatha is better.
12-27-2013 03:35:59 | More by maximum12
Nordic Blonde from Bent Brewstillery
78 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.