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Drake's Blonde Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerManDan on 02-18-2003)
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Reviews by fsimcox:
Photo of fsimcox
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

fsimcox, Apr 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
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3.27/5  rDev -7.9%

samtrillo, Oct 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

hanlonrn, Jul 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

rowbow, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

NRo, May 29, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

emerge077, Oct 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Beermasterjarrett, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

largadeer, May 08, 2013
Photo of Bubbles
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Bubbles, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Ilovebeer1549, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

rbrefbeerman, May 13, 2012
Photo of aracauna
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

aracauna, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of Chiefmanynames
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Chiefmanynames, May 26, 2013
Photo of hopdog
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

hopdog, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bumchilly25, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

womencantsail, May 08, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

soju6, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Furball
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Furball, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Stoneman78
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Stoneman78, Jan 08, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

justinbrown, Feb 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Robloc303, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mactrail, Mar 10, 2012
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Drake's Blonde Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
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