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

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Drake's Blonde AleDrake's Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerManDan on 02-18-2003

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 23
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 “Drake’s” 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 I’m finding that I am pouring top-ups from the next bottle in my fridge rather than the one I started with, I’m well into the second bottle and a third will follow soon no doubt.

Overall: I’ve had some good brews from Drake’s 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. Don’t let the “Blonde” moniker put you off, this is far from dumb. Subtle, but definitely not boring.

Photo of aracauna
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a light pale golden color. This is a Kolsch style ale and is light and crisp. The smell is of hops, with an herbal and spicy aroma. The taste is pleasant and not overpowering. The taste is mostly a herbal and spicy in the mouth and has no bitterness on the after taste. This beer is different, but pleasant. The print on the bottle says, "A Pint A Day Keeps Scurvy Away".

Drake's Blonde Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.