Drake's Blonde Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.
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Reviews by fsimcox:
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a cloudy straw color. Somewhat thin, white foamy head dissipates quickly. No lacing al all!
Smells malty, with hints of grass, and citrus.
Clean, crisp taste, some grassy hints and a bit tart up front; a mild sweet finish. Hints of biscuits in the after taste, with a dry finish. No bitterness at all.
Mouthfeel is good. Crisp, not much carbonation.
Not bad. But not what I expected from a Kolsch. Easy drinking, probably best on a hot summer day.
04-17-2011 15:48:26 | More by fsimcox
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4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
On tap at Drake's Barrel House, review from written notes.
Bright straw gold, completely transparent with stray trails of rising carbonation.
Aroma of crackers, shortbread, and trace white grapes from the Kölsch yeast.
Crisp and snappy, sliced apple flavors and firm noble hop bitterness. Very light and refreshing, with an ethereal dry finish. Quintessential summer session beer, 2-3 pints would be no problem with this beer. Simplicity is underrated.
10-15-2011 02:59:02 | More by emerge077
3.35/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours a light gold in color with a nice rocky head that quickly disappears. Wish the head would of stuck around a bit longer, it looked really nice. Smell is the said noble hops and some spice. Taste is crisp and spicy. Wish there was a bit more going on in the flavor, but that's the niceness of this beer, it's simplicity. Very nice. Clean, crisp and refreshing.
02-28-2009 19:01:27 | More by FtownThrowDown
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
This is surprisingly good, actually. Pours a full, but pale gold that catches the light and seems to glow on its own almost. The head is bright white and lingers. The aroma is light, mostly light noble hops. The flavor is bright and crisp, citrusy and straw malt flavors. The hops are very reminiscent of pilsner hops, as is the malt profile. This is light and chuggable but avoids being bland. The quintessential summer beer.
01-14-2004 06:27:00 | More by aracauna
3.43/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).
Poured a lighter and slightly hazy, golden color with a smaller sized white head. Sweet and fruity aromas and tastes with some citrus. Starts of sweet and ends in a spicy and somewhat bitter finish.
Notes from 6/2/05
11-12-2008 14:12:19 | More by hopdog
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
On-tap at Blue Palms for Drakes/Triple Rock Tap Takeover
A: The pour is a clear, pale golden straw color with a fluffy white head.
S: Sort of your generic "blonde" ale aroma here. Corn and pale malts with a touch of cracker malt. Definitely some yeast and a light amount of fruity esters. Some floral hops are also present.
T: The flavor follows the same pattern. Pale malts and corn give the beer a substantial sweetness which is partially offset by some lightly bitter and floral hops. Fruity esters are also present on the palate.
M: Light to medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
O: Decent enough for a blonde/kolsch.
05-07-2011 23:13:39 | More by womencantsail
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
A: Pours a golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.
S: Aroma of fresh grain with mild hops and bit of malt sweetness.
T: Taste starts with a nice crispness the a bit of malt sweetness. Nice bitterness to a clean finish.
F: Light body, crisp and refreshing. Nice clean feel.
O: Nothing fancy, just a good summer beer that goes down easy.
07-17-2012 21:40:55 | More by soju6
2.58/5 rDev -27.5%
Drinking this out of our keg right now... I'm just really not impressed with this beer.
It pours a pale golden color. Nothing outstanding. A little too much head for my liking, even after playing with the pressure.
The smell is slightly yeasty and sour. The taste just about the same as well. To be honest, reminds me of somthing you would drink at a high school kegger just to get drunk. I'm trying to see what the hubby see's in this beer, but i'm really not. I guess I'll be making Snakebites out of this keg.
03-29-2006 00:50:10 | More by Furball
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
A- Clear golden straw hue, head is three fingers of soapy white foam, minimal lacing
S- Mostly light and crisp grain malts, subtle hops
T- Taste is dominated by refreshing pilsner-esque grain malts with a nice accompanying lemon citrus hops, finishes dry
M- Light-bodied, watery texture, high carbonation
D- Pleasantly surprised by this Kolsch style beer, very easy to drink and in the session range, feels like a more balanced and hoppy Heineken, not bad at all
01-08-2008 05:23:19 | More by Stoneman78
3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
Light golden in the big nonic glass. There should be a category for Malt Liquor Honey Blonde. A light perfumey flavor, which I guess is supposed to be the Kölsch style. Modest bitterness with just a touch of flowery hops. Very light body. More of a tangy lager, which I guess is the point of this style. Where is all this honey coming from?
On tap at Tiger Tiger in San Diego. Not quite quite a classic Kölsch, but an interesting and pleasant quaff.
03-10-2012 06:55:33 | More by mactrail
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
Presentation: 12 ounce bottle sealed with a very colorful and nicely decorated crown cap. Simple brown glass bottle is covered in one of those plastic shields where the see through parts lend the impression that the bottle has separate front, back and neck labels, when in fact it does not. Standard Drakes 12oz design is differentiated only with the words Blonde Ale against a brown background. Described as a Kölsch style ale and listed at 4.8% Alc/Vol.
Appearance: Light but shining Golden body, clean presentation with a fascinating almost glowing body. Massive white head on the pour forms a gargantuan cap, rugged and irregular with an appealing Teutonic aspect. Super fine cascading conditioning milks the body on the pour, but soon rises to quickly support the thick cap. Lovely smattered lacing once the deep head collapses, head retention is excellent and the looks are impressive.
Nose: Soft and gentle with a Pilsner like quality to it. Delicate hopping is crisp and refreshing. Light in strength but very nice nonetheless.
Taste: Effervescent start, the conditioning lightens the entrance. Malts start with a gentle lemon hop tickle in the center. Straw-like feel with fresh herb and spices supporting the hop character. Finish is clean and unfettered.
Mouthfeel: The body is light in nature but the depth of flavors and the gorgeously smooth conditioning make for a brew that feels much bigger than its initial impression suggests.
Drinkability: I snaffled a Six-Pack of the Blonde Ale during a recent trip to BevMo and Im finding that I am pouring top-ups from the next bottle in my fridge rather than the one I started with, Im well into the second bottle and a third will follow soon no doubt.
Overall: Ive had some good brews from Drakes recently, and this one is no exception either. Funny how I did not have much expectation from this, yet as it turned out it was a very nice surprise. Dont let the Blonde moniker put you off, this is far from dumb. Subtle, but definitely not boring.
03-19-2006 04:44:20 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Drake's Blonde Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
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