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Organic Blonde | Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd

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Organic BlondeOrganic Blonde

Brewed by:
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-14-2004

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 29
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grassy hops dominate over warming bittersweet malt; foamy head implodes in slow motion leaving gobs of foam. Pale yellow with darker orange glints in light, but very very light ale.

First taste is crisp and refreshing. Then the grainy bready malts make themselves known, finishing with the light grassy hops. Very nicely balanced, light, and wonderfully rich for its weight. Balances lots of flavor atop a fairly light alcohol content.

Don't know if they've changed anything since the 2009 reviews below, but the bottle clearly says Ale. Best by: 0612. Lot 057.

This brewery is creating great beers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hdtrice
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foley67
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Light golden colour. Two fingers white head with very big bubbles than soon recedes to a half finger, nicely persistent surface cover. Moderate lacing

S- Grainy and biscuity malts with some herbal noble hop notes in the back and a grapefruit undernote. Soft and fresh at the same time

T- Sweet biscuity malts with light honey and apple background notes, as well as the slightest hint of earthyness. A bit of a citric rind and some pleasantly refreshing floral notes from the hops. Finishes with a touch of clean, refreshing bitterness

M- Light in body and also quite light in carbonation, which just brings a bit of a soft texturing. Watery but nicely smooth and pleasantly light feel

O- Amazingly drinkable and nicely refreshingly. A quite interesting and satisfying lager

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Photo of mdagnew
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a clear pale golden colour... White head poured quite thick and foamy and a steady stream of carbonation bubbles kept a decent covering throughout... some patchy lacing...

Aroma... Quite floral, summery fruits (apples, pears, light gooseberries), light soapiness, sea salt traces, pale malts, peppery hops, light grassy hops..

Taste - Again quite grassy and floral with some faint honey sweetness coming through, decent fruitiness (sour apples, pears, light limes), some earthiness, faint biscuity malts, salty notes, peppery and citrusy notes..

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... light bodied... pretty refreshing and quaffable at only 4.5%...

Overall - A pretty tasty and flavourful lager - nothing mind blowing but pretty drinkable on a hot summer day... definitely worth a try...

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Photo of GreenCard
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden, good clarity, medium layer of pure white foam with good lasting power

Aroma: cotton candy, delicate malts, light scent of floral hops, pears

Flavor: subtle pale malts, just barely sweet, twinge of apple acidity, grain husks, herbal hop flavor, a bit musty in the background, finishes dry with a malt and husks aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, fine but prickly carbonation, soft texture

Other Comments: I was surprised to learn that it was a lager because I thought it was just a clean, cool-fermented ale. Plus you don't see bottle-conditioned lagers very often. Nevertheless, it says "continental style lager" on the label. It's good, though. Would be a nice summer beer when served cold.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black Isle "Blond Lager." Rated from notes taken in Edinburgh in September 2015.


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Photo of Zimbo
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If a smell can be described as 'smooth' then this must be it. And there's a light whiff of grapefruit as well. Golden sparkle in the glass with some pretty decent desnish head retention.
Smooth to the taste, medium bodies with a degree of fattish malt on the tongue which gives it a rather mundane start until the hops creep up at the end on the end of the palate.
Gentle and nice but the malt dominance diminshes the potential into something more delicate and less challenging than it could be.

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Photo of rredshift
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Schmoog
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of msanborn
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Lot 045. Best before May 2012.

A: Incredibly pale yellow. Very clear, with lots of bubbles and a big, roiling head. It looks a lot like a pilsner. Delicate and charming.

S: Smells sorta like a pils too. Grassy, floral notes. Fresh, pleasant aromas.

T: One of the best lagers I've come across. Crisp without being too drying; carbonated without being fizzy. Loads of flavours -- yeasty, flowery, pungent, and powerful. This, more than anything else, makes for a good beer.

M: Great balance. Lively and quenching.

O: Fabulous, considering style. Absolutely recommended. I would drink again. I think I like this brewery.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

£1.70 from Tesco for 500ml:
Golden colour with a centimetre tall, bubbly white head on top and a clear body. Retention is not bad, it only reduces a fraction in the opening minutes.

Biscuit and grain with a grassy hops aroma and a few malts thrown in as well. It is quite floral and refreshing with a few mild fruits and a little citrus too.

Biscuit malts, grassy hops and some light apple to begin, there is also some grain and grassy hops in there along with some mild fruit and a touch of citrus from the nose.

Medium bodied with carbonation about the same, the beer is refreshing and it feels slightly creamy too with a light bitter finish.

A nice lager taste with some light malts and a few fruits coming through as well that managed to give it a little bit of depth and something slightly different. This was one that went down fairly well and would make a good session lager.

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Photo of crewfan1952
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of louislouis91
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Poupae
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrNo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Dentist666
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours clear light golden beer with decent white head, retention is ok,aroma of pale malts and grassy-floral hops. Taste of biscuit malts, citrus and honey, nice and delicate hop bitterness. Light body and soft carbonation. Excellent organic craft lager.

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Photo of charlatan
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I've got the wrong end of the stick but surely a blonde is an ale rather than a lager and thus this could be wrongly categorised? Looked on their website and even they don't seem to be clear which it is!

One day beyond BBE (bäst före) date (from lot #093). Initially thick head quickly subsided to thick rim with a few attached floaters. The beer is straw coloured and slightly cloudy. The nose is citric (basically lemon) and somewhat yeasty. The beer itself is insubstantial with a light lemony taste and fairly pleasant but rather dry hoppy finish. Fairly decent for a blonde: it would be easy to drink industrial quantities of this but I don't really see the point. That sums up blondes for me, never mind euro pale lagers...

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Organic Blonde from Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
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