Curve Ball Blonde Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Curve Ball Blonde AleCurve Ball Blonde Ale

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370 Ratings

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Jason on 08-18-2009

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light blond with a slight head that is gone pretty quickly,a nice light grassy aroma with a note of toasted malt.A light crisp beer with some herbal qualities with a cracker-like malty aftertaste.I could drink many of theses on a hot day for sure.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

You have to wonder what the brewers in Cologne, Ger- many (home of the Kölsch) think when they hear American brewers using the term "Kölsch." Can Americans do the style justice?

Pours a pale-golden straw color. Clarity is great, though the head drops down quickly to a very thin white lace. Shortbread malt aroma mixes with light floral and herbal hop aromas. Faint citric note. Enough crispness to go around and then some; light-bodied with a smooth back end. Bready, husky and dry malt flavors throughout. Ample hop bitterness dropping off a smack of herbal flavor. Clean, dry finish with a touch of husky grain.

This one will work as a decent hot-weather beer; but compare it to its German counterparts, and it doesn't come close at all. Why not just label this as an American Blonde Ale or Extra Pale Ale--or was it that "Curve Ball Kölsch" just sounds good? Let the debate begin. For a pairing, throw this one at some warm pub pretzels.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the stubby bottle a dark golden yellow with a small bubbly white head that quickly falls to next to nothing. Somewhat cloudy. Aroma of light sweet grains with a slight fruitiness and a touch of lemon zest. A touch toasty, crisp and clean aroma.

First sip brings a semi sweet sun dried grainy maltiness. Light citric fruit with stronger notes of lemon. A touch of a toasted flavor that goes down with subtle green, spicy herbal hops. Finishes refreshingly easy.

Mouthfeel is rather light with plenty of bubbles. Pretty thin and refreshing but a bit too bubbly. A bit really doesn't grab my attention in any way. Would make a nice lawn mower beer though.

Photo of shapudding
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No dating on the stubby bottle.
Slightly hazed golden in color with tons of carbination rising to just a bit of head and a slight swirling, dusting and nice ring. Clean, malty aroma that is just nice and crisp. Alot of carbination in the mouthfeel, but not annoying. Tastes a bit lager-like. Balanced, malty, nice and crisp. Good hot day session beer, easy drinker.

Photo of merlin48
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin, yellow body is slightly hazed. White head is small and completely vanishes in ten seconds, without lacing. Aroma has dry, biscuity malt and a faint herbal hops note. Mouthfeel is crisp and light bodied. Taste is very light bodied, with some grainy malt and nice, but faint, herbal hops bitterness for balance. Not very complex, but drinkability is good. I would call this one of those "lawnmower beers", that would be refreshing after mowing the lawn on a hot day, but pretty useless in other settings. I'm not a fan of Kolsch or Kolsch styles, in general, and find them bland. This is not one of the better representations of the style, but it's very drinkable.

Photo of Thrasher
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another lackluster beer from Pyramid although it's certainly not bad by any means. It's a light summer ale with not much in the way of traditional Kolsch characteristics, although the word has become shorthand for an American blonde ale, often available in the summer. The bottle had a disturbing amount of dark sediment, although the best-by date was 100304, and the beer poured with an unfiltered haze which was pleasing but definitely not true to style. Small amount of spidery lace. Some lemon and grass flavors are actually quite pleasing, and a wheaty tartness seemed to be evident. Best served at a cooler temperature and meant to be drunk quickly, although not in big gulps. Perhaps also best in the dead heat of summer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I don't think they've made this for a few years. Anyways, usual yellow appearance having more in common with adjunct lager appearance than different. Maybe a little more haze going for it. Aroma. . . I feel like Mr. Tekagi in the original Die Hard movie: What aroma?

Pretty mild flavor profile, like white bread toasted for about 20 seconds on low. Crackers. Definitely get your fizzy quotient with one of these. Decent enough summer option or a palate cleanser. Dry and watery at the same time.

Wanted to give it a little bump in the score for having a baseball related name, but overall, the beer isn't anything I'd pay much more than $1 per 12oz. at a store.

Photo of ADR
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and medium gold, lots of upcharging carbonation to replenish the 1/4 inch tall white head of very small bubbles. Laces in big spots that drip. Wheat bread aroma, some sense of caraway seeds. Very light bodied and a little too carbonated -- malt is fairly straightforward pale caramel with a vegetal celery sense. Mid to late mouth hop bittering with a watery close somewhat similar to a Miller High Life. Despite what might have been attempted, and fine drinkability, I didn't find a lot to like here.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.41/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

New packaging relabels this old Pyramid offering a face lift. Their summer seasonal Kolsch is labeled as a blonde ale this time around, pours a brilliant golden body with a slight haze cast over it, bright white nicely carbonated head forms a dimpled cloud rising well above the edge of my glass. Chunky scattered lacing forms with each sip and as the head slowly dwindles down. Aroma has some mild citrus components with some cooked veggies and pale biscuit malt sweetness. A touch of herbal spicy hops and mineral water are there as well, let's see how it's tasting. A bit of harshness is present with mild grainy off flavors, the metallic edge seems to overshadow the rest of the flavors. Some nice sweetness with a kiss of citrus fruit are apparent but they become muddled within cooked veggies and that mineral rusty finish. Mouthfeel is thin but carbonation seems a bit unnatural and forced, where the metallic edge really weighs the palate down after just a few sips. Drinkability overall is pretty pour, I will reevaluate next year but so far the Fall seasonal beats the pants of this one.

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

22 oz bottle consumed on the banks of Oregon’s McKenzie River. No date found.
3.5 3.4 3.3 3.3
Appearance: clear medium-light amber with a semi-durable, off-white head. Limited spotty lacing.
Aroma: faint and mild herbal/floral hops with a good bit of biscuit malts.
Flavor: Low hop intensity in this ale. Rather low malt load too. Mild bitterness.
Feel: Lively medium carbonation. Near medium body.
O: decent but unexceptional light pale ale.

Photo of chrisms86
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing I noticed after opening the bottle and taking a whiff was the fruity smell. I'm not a fan of fruity beer so I was bit disappointed, I could swear I smelt bananas in this beer.

The first sip proved me wrong, though. Highly carbonated and slightly sweet, this is a great beer for summer afternoons. If you're hot and sweaty and the air conditioner just broke, reach for this beer. Just a hint of bitterness but you have to focus on it to notice. The aftertaste brings me back to the banana smell. I think kids could drink this beer and think it's soda.

Not Pyramid's best but nothing to be ashamed of. If you're one who doesn't like the beer too bitter, definately give this one a try.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I poured myself a glass of Apple juice by mistake...

Smelled like peaches!...

Tastes light and really crisp...extremely light...This would have been a good Summer beer!...As it is I bought it in December and the kill date is August 8...So what!...She aged a lot better than expected...No taste of skunk or rot whatsoever!...

Smooth and easy light beer...bit of bite...nice aftertaste...mellow and crisp...

Could probably pound way too many of these!...This beer was here in Summer and I chose to ignore it then...For some reason tonite I just had to give her a go...It's a good thing my Summer didn't know what she missed out on!...

Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of two singles available at Churchill's in Toledo. The other is also Pyramid...go figure.

There's a decent appearance to this one. It's a cloudy amber with a decently-retained white head that leaves minimal lacing.
At front on the nose is citrus, backed by a wheat yeast. There's also a light earthiness.
There's a nice gentle hops bite up frontwith very little bitterness. Other than that, it's just the grains, citrus and yeast you get on the nose along with that earthiness. It's pretty simplistic and does lack balance a bit.
The mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Body is light to moderate. Carbonation is also moderate.
This one's generally drinkable and not a bad beer. As a Kolsch, though, there are others I'd pick first.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Enjoy by 7/27/12.

A: Pours a clear golden straw with a 1 finger head that dissipates to a film fairly quick. A little bit of visible carbonation rising to the top. Looks like a beer.

S: Hints of hay and grass. Good light malt aroma. Smell is fairly strong. Sort of a grape smell, some hops in there.

T: Starts off with a light malty taste, a good wheat taste. Has some hops at the end. As it warms up it turns sort of macro-brew tasting.

M: Good refreshing taste. Light on the palate. Crisp finish. Average carbonation.

Overall better than I had anticipated. Would really like this on a warm summer day, just not sure if this beer would like being in the heat. Drink it cold.

Photo of skillerified
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light in color. Golden hues. No head and no cap, possibly due to pour, but no lacing either. Very clear.

Faint fruity (strawberry maybe) and bread like scents. Nothing special here.

Fruity, slightly vinous and bit of sour rasberries. Some citric, lemony flavors as well. Good, sweet malt backbone as well. A little bready.

Light bodied. Easy going down. A bit acidic or sour, but in a good way. Nothing special here, just a little smoothness.

A reasonably drinkable beer, maybe a sessioner, but nothing too exotic. My first Kolsch, so it's hard to judge for style. Served maybe a little too warm too. Felt it might have been a little tastier at a slightly cooler temp. Went pretty well with a light turkey sandwich though.

Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another expensive American import - once again, glad to get the chance to try it as a single...

This beer pours a slightly cloudy light golden colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves very little randomly distributed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mild wheat and banana ester sweetness. The taste is more sweet wheat grain, a bit of clove-ish spice, and no discernible hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit prickly, but mostly smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the thin grainy wheat holding straight and true.

Not exactly a dry, crisp Kolsch. For a blonde ale, it's ok, though the flavour wanes quickly, and it's mellow to start off with. Having had the Crystal Wheat Ale right before this, had I not seen the different bottles, I would have assumed that I was drinking the same beer, due mostly to the plain, simple nature of both beers.

Photo of Blupoet03
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured hazy, with a wheat color and a small fluffy head. The nose was tangy, with citrus, yeast, a bright crispness, and a funkyness that was probably the "spices" described on the label.

The taste was tang, not bitter and not sweet - pretty non-descript, overall. The spices did come through well.

It was rather drinkable and good in hot weather. Smooth and palette-cleansing.

It's not one that I'd go out of the way for, but my wife liked it. Worth a try if you like spiced beers. Also, I thought it was similar to American Wheats - so if you like those, try this. Maybe with a lemon.

Photo of cokes
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Throws a chill-hazed golden. Thin white head retreats to virtually nothing immediately, but leaves some nice lace work down the side of the glass.
Hoppy nose with citric notes. Pleasant, but not alot to speak of.
Taste begins with the hops. Definately herbal. A light, but solid malt base keeps things in check, leaning slightly in the carmel direction. Hops reappearing to mop up at the finish. leaving some tea-like notes and some lemon twang.
Fairly light bodied. Very drinkable and refreshing.
Leaps and bounds better than their hefeweizen. This is a solid offering.

Thanks, Bighuge

Photo of Sammy
2.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted at the Lancaster brewing monthly get-together. Light yellow with bubbly head. Bit of head. Skunky aroma. Not at all a good kolsch, it's hard to nail this style. Acidic.A bit of spiciness. It's drinkable, if nothing better about. Not impressed.Bottle 6 months later just as mediocre.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Baseball players in front of the ancient pyriamids? Whoa. That's pretty bizzarre. This kolsch is lightly golden with a thick white foamy 1 finger head and a crapload of bubbles streaming up from the bottom. When swirled, a wash of white foam coats the glass.

Interesting note: A beer can only be called a Kolsch if it's brewed by a brewery with a view of the Kolner Dom (a famous Cathedral in Cologne). Hence, the bottle advertises this as a "kolsch style ale."

Quickly, the head dissapears 100% and this brew looks like apple juice....not even a damn bubble when aggitated. Now that all of the bubbles are gone, I see that there are quite a few little flakes of something in the beer.

The nose is very light with a hint of green bananas and green apple skin. As the beer warms, I get a hint of canned mixed vegetables. That's kinda gross. Where did my apples and green bananas go? I think they eloped with the head and the flock of tiny bubbles.

This is musty and tart with a solid green apple flavor and tons of carbonation which really adds to the drinkability factor. Mid-sip, the tart sensation becomes more like mouldy sour-dough bread. It's definitley a strange flavor, but it's not overpowering and it's actually very very refreshing! This almost has a sort of rauchbier smoke to it, only here it's more of a dusty or musty stale taste as opposed to pure BBQ smoke.

The finish is dry and full of green apple skin pucker along with some almost undetectible pepper. As the beer warms, the roggenbier-like sour rankness becomes a little too much.

When drinking this, I keep thinking that it is like a subdued roggenbier in that it is very sour, rank, and tart.... and a bit like a very very subdued rauchbier in that it is a little earthy and smokey. It's pretty damn complex, but in a muted way....this one whispers instead of yelling. I would drink this again in the summertime (very sessionable...mine went down in less than ten minutes) as a mildly entertaining thirst quencher, but it's nothing to write home about.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw-gold body with a brass cast. The full and creamy bright white head holds well, bolstered by a solid release of tiny bubbles. And although the head slowly drops in size from an inch or more tall, it maintains a solid 1/4 to 1/2 inch throughout and leaves some nice lace. The fresh and welcoming aroma displays grainy malt amidst a light fruitiness and a touch of citrusy hops. The body is light/medium and the carbonation is only gently crisp at the outset before becoming smooth and creamy across the palate. The flavor offers a delicate but spirited combination of grainy and lightly wheat-ish malt that's well-balanced by firm bitterness. An herbal/floral hop flavor and yeasty fruitiness add the character that gives it life. It finishes dry due to the bitterness, but with a layer of honeyish and fruity malt that sticks in the mouth momentarily. A nice beer, and although it's not very authentic when compared to the beers of Köln, it is a fairly interesting American interpretation.

Photo of Elemental
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice and clear as expected with a larger head that quickly dies into almost nothing. Good crisp flavor with a mellow hop aroma. A little more bitter than I expected for a bitter but thats not a bad thing in my book. Overall not a bad beer, just wish there was a little better head retention.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin white head that doesnt retain. The aroma is a raw barley aroma with a hint of earthy, mineraly hops. Taste begins with a bready malt flavor and a mineraly hops flavor, different but not really good per se, as i've experienced with many of pyramid's beers. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, and the caronbation is moderate to high. Drinkability is pretty good. An interesting but not really exciting brew.

Photo of russpowell
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden honey color with a thin white head. Slighlty hazy and minimal head retention or lacing.

Smell: New mown grass/hay, malt and a wiff of floral hops.

Taste: Honey sweetness mixes with a grainy malty taste and slight fruitiness. I did not shut my eyes and think I was back at the Dom in Koln (maybe a shorter glass than a pint would've helped? No)

Moutfeel. Under carbonated but the balance was almost there even if the taste wasn't

Despite the out whack flavors still pretty quaffable if taken out of context of the style. I did like last years effort quite a bit more

Photo of jackndan
2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pyramid Curve Ball: Seasonal/summer beer in the style of a Kolsch. The problem is the beer had an astringent aroma and taste that was not at all pleasant. Further, had a pure white head that disappeared for good within thirty seconds. The taste reminded me of grass, in a strange way. Not worth the bother.

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Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.