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Curve Ball Blonde Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Curve Ball Blonde AleCurve Ball Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

340 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-18-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 00:17:05 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

12-16-2012 17:10:36 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best by 7/25/13.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but there is nothing too exciting going on here.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:32:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blemish-free dark banana beneath a crown that is a shade darker than pure white and looks too soft and unsticky to result in much lace. I'm not sure what a kolsch is supposed to smell like, but Curve Ball smells like a garden-variety wheat beer. The nose is wheat malty with a little accessory fruitiness (if I use my imagination).

The flavor is good, but doesn't bowl me over with its magnificence. There's an acceptable amount of sweetish malt with a balancing quantity of hop bitterness. The hops are more herbal-spicy than they are floral-citrusy and the finish is dry without being crisp. The body is appropriately light for a summer seasonal and possesses a lively amount of carbonation that doesn't cross the line into frankly fizzy.

I haven't been too thrilled with Pyramid beer in the past, but Curve Ball Kolsch surprised me by being pretty decent. Maybe they should have called it Change Up Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2004 19:47:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of small yeast particles near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high off white head that took a long time to die down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of green grapes and both bready and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has bits of sweetness from the bready malts and fruity flavors intermixed with bits of grainy malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems like it could use a lot more in the way of bitterness and dryness to be representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 02:07:06 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon/golden color with a bubbly head that sticks around a bit and leaves a shard or two of lacing

Smell: Unfortunate vegetal aroma. Herbal? Maybe.

Taste: Starts out with a bready flavor with a vague wheat character; after the swallow, there is a crisp grainy herbaciousness; finishes fairly dry

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation; a touch too watery

Drinkability: A decent summer quaffer, but just doesn't thrill me with some of its elements

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 02:21:07 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looking for something light and refreshing for these warmer late spring days. Curve Ball serves the purpose but there are some hiccups that remind me why I don't select this often.

A solid enough malt bill brings an expected and glowing Pilsner looking straw color with a lot of carbonation, approaching fizzy at times. The head is quick to rise and quick to fall with no lacing. A better look than industrial swill, but not up to standards when considering craft beers.

The nose brings a firm pilsner malt structure with some herbal and floral hops in the mix. The yeast character brings some match-stick and vegital notes along with the fresh breads and raw grains.

Flavors fare much the same way; the maltiness leads the way with a part-grain, part-malt blend. Hops doesn't deliver the delicate floral flavors that are found in the nose. Still, a persistent vegitable (cooked corn) and sulfery note.

Quite light in the mouthfeel, but as a Kolsch style beer should. The hop bitterness definately do their job but also bring a bite and grassy astringent that show lower quality hops and graininess.

Not a bad beer, but it makes for a poor Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:57:11 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +8%

02-16-2013 01:53:09 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy By: 08-26-08. That's more of an approximation, as the numbers are so small and so scrunched together that I'm not exactly 100% on that. Let's just go with it, huh?

Appearance: Clear, deep yellow body with a tall, white head, though it's bubbling out fast.

Smell: Lightly floral aroma with hints of both apple and pear juice. Tiny note of malt way in back.

Taste: Very light, delicate maltiness - kinda like I just pressed my tongue against a saltine cracker. Subtle sweetness. Light fruitiness. Not much bitterness, but the overall flavor starts drying out on the way to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A light brew, but one should know that going in ahead of time. Overall, an acceptable lil' Kölsch-type brew, and not nearly as horrendous as everyone's making it out to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 01:45:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -7.4%

12-29-2013 06:48:31 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

07-20-2014 09:24:04 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 23:17:19 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/yellow color with a fluffy, off-white,two finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and yeast.

T - It tasted berry-like and of light caramel malt. Fairly sweet with slightly bitter aftertaste.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice, easy-drinking summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:07:05 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

05-13-2012 22:46:32 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 21:44:35 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 17:21:37 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, with a brief white head. Aromas of herbs, and some fruit. Minimal hops in the nose, but much more spark upon the tongue. Label illustration is a perfect application, for this is an ideal ballpark beer. A lingering spice/fruit flavor continues through the finish. Soft, satisfying, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 22:57:04 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 02:57:26 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.33/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 17:04:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, single,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a small white head, average looking beer.

S: Looks like a lager, but the ale fruitiness is shown, some grape notes, and grass from the hops.

T: Quite good, I thought this was a full-flavoured Kolsch, slightly sweet, with some white grape juice, and slightly herbal hops. A bit of biscuity malt is there, just enough to balance the flavour. Well done for a lighter beer.

M: Light and crisp, but a little thin in body, a little watery.

D: A good full-flavoured Kolsch, easy to drink on a summer's day or watching a ball game, as it suggests on the label, I could drink a lot of this, and at a good price, one of the cheaper craft brews that I have found. Good job Pyramid.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 02:19:14 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in the Burger Bar (Las Vegas), wasn't advertised as a Kölsch or I'd have passed on it.

Pale golden colour, thin white head, typical Kölsch even if this was brewed thousands of miles away from its homeland.

No smell (also typical Kölsch), gets my standard score of 3 for a non smelling Kölsch/Pilsner/Lager.

Bland and boring, not unsimular to the real thing.

Kölsch beers are fine if it is sunny, you're in Köln, otherwise leave them alone. They are supposed to be delicate and flavourless, this one fits the bill perfectly, so full marks for effort. The beer is well made, but it isn't the beer to be having if you're on a mission like I was.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 08:12:13 | More by BlackHaddock
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy pale yellow in color with a thin 1/4" head that immediately disappeared. Carbonation levels were strong as plenty of bubbles were streaming to the surface. The aroma was almost non-existent, as some light grass tones were all that could be detected. The flavor was of weak malt and light bitterness. Some grass tones were also evident.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp at the start, with a clean, dry, crisp finish. Drinkability is down a notch with since the flavors and look of the brew are not up to others.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 13:05:28 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/08/04- Purchased at local Safeway grocery store.

Appearance- Pours a nice golden murky color. Nice creamy head and surprisingly nice lacing.

Smell- As always for me, it still has the typical Pyramid skunk scent. Must be the yeast strain they use. It does have a nice citrusy background though.

Taste- Hmmm, tastes better than I was expecting. Kind of like a mix beween a pils and an ale. A grainy, fruity and hoopy flavor to it. Maybe a bit of swwet honey taste also.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation. A little bitter going down, but the honey or whatever the taste is, sweetens it while going down.

Drinkability- More impressed than I thought I was going to be. If I were to buy Pyramid I would take a stab at this one. Better than all the others I have tasted by a good margin. All except the Snow Cap (which is a whole different beer). Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 18:42:02 | More by GClarkage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very much a summer type ale, light bodied, light-medium carbonation and a cloudy pale yellow. Pours a two-fingered, pure white head that settles quickly but leaves some lace. Starts sweet and citrusy, finishes quietly with only a hint of hops. 12oz bottle $1.35, from Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 23:08:23 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly hazy golden brew.

Smell is sweet and lively smell. Bright fruitiness, biscuit malt and herbal hop scents are what this brew is made of.

Taste is fairly malty with a biscuit flavor up front that fades to the flavor of caramel. Carbonation level is high and it stings the tongue a bit. Mildly bitter but not notably so. This brew is a strong palette cleaner; it hits your tongue with a sharp fizz and leaves with a mild bitter snap and no real aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, but some of that is the carbonation.

Nice drinkable brew but not really a session beer, this one is for enjoying with food.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 02:53:07 | More by Zorro
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Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.