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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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354 Ratings

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of andythejerk
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%

Smells fruity--faintly reminds me of the fruity aroma of belgian ales. Not much head at all, thin and bubbly, and quickly disappears leaving no lacing. Looks light and blonde, but with a murky cloudiness. I like it! My first response was, "Oh! This is a happy beer!" Because of that fresh, germany herb taste that kicks into the back of my mouth. I feel like it's lifting my spirits already. Fairly straight-forward, light on the hops, but "laesst sich leicht trinken" (allows itself to be drank easily) as the Germans would say. This would be fantastic as a refresher on a hot summer afternoon...I'll try it again when it's not 24 degrees outside.

andythejerk, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a medium gold with a 1 finger head after an aggresive pour. OK longevity and OK lace. Grassy sweet malt smells mixed with honey and a hint of citrus. Sweet malt with honey and slight bitterness. Definately a lawnmower beer - very unoffensive. Highly drinkable due to its lightness. Not a great beer but OK.

sabrills70, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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

russpowell, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of damifino
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%

Strawlike pour with little head. The carbonation fades away rather quickly.

Very light hops. A little wheat, but overall light.

It was a bit bland compared to two other Kolshes I have had.

As with most Kolshes, if you are thirsty and want a "decent" beer, this will work.

damifino, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of TexIndy
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a bottle - had a best by date of 10/12/06. Pale color with a little bit of head that quickly dissipated. Very little carbonation. Had a good smell that makes you think of summertime session beers. Unfortunately, the taste didn't live up to it. It was average for the sytle and would try again but if I want a Kolsch session beer then I'm going with St. Arnold's Lawnmower (a classic).

TexIndy, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
2.95/5  rDev -9%

Bottle Inspection: Enjoy by 082606 on the neck label, a bit hard to read, no abv, or any other useful information on the 12 oz brown twisty.

Aroma: Very mild, some lemongrass, a bit of sweet malt, a bit of yeast

Appearance: Pale gold with a thin white cover that died back to a trace without leaving lace

Flavor: A bit sweet, a bit grainy, a neutral malt and yeast flavor, very well balanced, no a lot going on either positively or negatively.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, thin texture

Overall Impression: A mild lawnmower beer, not exactly a session though, just not enough flavor going on for me. Enjoyable but mild.

HardTarget, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of hero27
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%

"Curve Ball" Kolsch. Label has a baseball game by the Pyramids..interesting combination of beer name & brewery name.

Hazy golden color, minimal head but fairly typical of the style.
Fairly grassy aroma. Taste is light hops and a slight malts in the background..hell, everything about this beer is subtle.

Not terrible, but it wouldn't kill them to put a little work into this brew. It's pretty weak for a seasonal beer. If you only make it once a year, at least make a solid effort.

Not bad for a summer quaffer if you find it somewhere cheap.

hero27, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of KoG
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%

Golden yellow body with a small head with little lacing.

Smell has a slight must over fruit and light malt. No strong aromas, all are very light.

Tastes well balanced, but somewhat bland. Nice mix of fruit with some grain and a slight bitterness on hte finish.

Not a bad beer and difinately drinkable, but not my favorite by any means.

KoG, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%

Appearance: Goldish hue; minimal lacing, no head.

Taste: fruity. Slight corn tastes at end which hurt the overall impression. Fruit outweights the slight corn though in my mind.

Drinkability: Refreshing. Corn not overwhelming. Not too bad. But I'm noticing a quality control problem with more delicate beers from Pyramid's bottles.

GeoffFromSJ, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Morris729
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a golden straw color with a bit of a chill haze and a short white head that vanishes completely without a trace. Nose is somewhat herbal with notes of pungent hops though there is a malt sweetness in the background. The taste is bright and lively up front with a good deal of fruitiness followed by a bit of wheat and then some mild citrusy hops towards the finish. Crisp and refreshing. A good choice to enjoy outdoors on a hot day, or even better, as the label suggests—out at the ballpark.

Morris729, Jul 29, 2005
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%

Pyramid Curve Ball is a pale golden color with a 1/2" white head. The head falls fast and then becomes nonexistent. No lace.

The smell of this beer is very unique and very nice. Malt/soft hops. Fruity. Pilsner style aroma. Perfumey. Slight sweet smell (pineapple??, sounds crazy)

Distinct and flavorful. Fruity taste, almost like a fruit beer (but not). Again, unique flavor. Delicate. Hard to describe because it is so atypical.

Soft mouthfeel, nice finish. Clean and refreshing. Good carbonation, very enjoyable. This is a unique and enjoyable beer. I am impressed by it and reccomend it on a hot day. I will definitely look for this again at some point.

Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev -7.4%

poured a clear moderate amber color with sparse head. Smell is light of herbs and a bit sour. Taste is unremarkable with maybe a bit of dryness and not much else. mouhtfeel is mildly dry. A very disappointing beer and I probably will not try it again.

tgbljb, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Zorro, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of clemtig76
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%

My first Kolsch. Pours a hazy golden yellow with very little head. Aroma of baked bread with just a ever so faint hint of lemon. Very smooth and light with just a hint of hop bitterness. Goes down smooth and easy. Not a bad brew for a hot summer day, just not one I would go out of my way for.

clemtig76, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of dauss
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: Poured a light golden yellow. Slightly hazy with a decent sized head, good retention, but no lacing. The color may be a little more golden than what a kolsch should be.

Smell: Grainy maltiness, lots of fruity esters, mild floral noble hop aroma, a tiny bit of metallic and diacetyl.

Taste: Very malty and sweet, almost cloying. Light hop flavor and bitterness.

Notes: This is what happens when you use american 2-row instead of german pilsener malt. The body is way too thick. Its not quite as refreshing, crisp, and thirst quenching as a real Cologne Kolsch. Its an OK try though.

dauss, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

silver0rlead, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.63/5  rDev +12%

Almost no head, but what's there is white and fizzy. Beer is slightly hazy gold, a little dirty. There's a touch of sour milk in the faint, sweet, nutty aroma. The beer starts nutty and fruity, Quite full and fruity through the middle. Grassy bitter in the end, with big nuts in the aftertaste. Good. Tasty. Bitter, fruity.

kbub6f, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%

Apprearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a small white head. This soon collapses to a moderate, lingering collar with a paper thin coating on the surface of the beer. There are a number of streams of fat slow-rising bubbles. There is profuse broken lacing.

Aroma: Slightly sweet, with an aroma like home-baked bread slathered with honey, as well as a distinct zesty lemon note.

Taste: Opens with a rather tart malt and lemon note, late in the taste, this turns to a slight herbal bitterness, which brings the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Perhaps a bit thin, with aggressive stinging carbonation, a softer note would be most pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: An eminently drinkable lawnmower beer, perfect for the "dog days" of summer, particularly so in Texas.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce glass bottle with a twist off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Thanks to HardTarget for this very nice example.

Pegasus, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
2.85/5  rDev -12%

Pale straw yellow with a fleetinig white head that doesn't last long. No lace.

Malty grain aromas with a touch of buttery, lemony, wheat character. Slightly sour.

Rather bland taste of cereal grains, wheat, diactyl, and crisp hops in the finish. Overall quite timid.

Light bodied, with a watery mouthfeel and tiny bubbles of easy carbonation. Nothing to write home about.

AlexJ, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours straw colored with a small head that fizzes out.

Smells of deep pilsner malt with a hint of bread and grain. A little bit of wheat, too.

Tastes light. There's a bit of malt, grain upfront and sweet in the middle. Then just a hint of bitterness at the end.

Good suppin' beer, I suppose. Certainly light and drinkable. Completely inoffensive.

mynie, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%

Pale golden, clear, with not much head on it. Lightly fruity, lightly floral aroma, pleasant and subtle. Flavor is simple: a touch of malt and fairly low bitterness, and a clean, ever so slight tartness at the end. There's a slight wheat malt taste also, I think. Body is light, texture neutral. An uncomplex but moderately tasty beer, good for a session ale.

allengarvin, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%

The color is clear, light golden shade with an average, bright white head. Almost no carbonation. Aroma is fruity with a good bit of sweetness and just a little citrus smell. Taste has a good combination of sweet grains and fruitiness. Herbal hops provide some balance and a citrusy finish. Mouthfeel is very crisp and somewhat dry. Very thirst quinching and very easy to drink. Curve Ball does everything that I want of a summer seasonal.

Gagnonsux, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured out to a slighly cloudy golden yellow color with a nicely formed head and a touch of lace around the glass. Odors of bread and grain were slighly noticed, otherwise not much to tell. The taste is where I really think things need inmprovement; It needs more! It's not bad, relatively dry with hints of grassy like qualities, and the flavor of raw oats. Slightly bitter, with a hint of sourness. Finished crispy and slightly dry. Mouthfeel was pretty good, with the carbonation striking the tastebuds with the notion of something interesting on the way... unfortunately, it never comes. This brew just needs more flavor. Worth a try, but I must imagine there are better Kolsch beers out there.

Frozensoul327, May 30, 2005
Photo of maek228
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%

Appearance: The color is of pale straw. Very small head when I poured it. The head situation just got worse as I drank it, eventually there was no head. This made the beer look like piss swill. Next time I'll drink it from the bottle.

Smell: Carbonated herbally cereal malts. Very light smell.

Taste: The upfront taste is herbs mixed with light grainy malts. The finish is dry with mild earthy hops. This beer is crisp and refreshing, wow. The bottle says to try it on a hot summer day and yknow what? I think I will.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and crisp.

Drinkability: This is a prime example of a beer that is exceptionally drinkable. The light body and its subtle yet pleasing flavor lends itself to high drinkability.

My overall impression of this beer is that it is the perfect beer for a hot day. Really easy drinking.

maek228, May 22, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Vigorous pour produces a shock-white head of fat bubbles atop a crystal-clear bronze-gold brew. Light carbonation. Head manages to stick around longer than I would have thought possible.

Aroma is light, consisting a sweet malt and grassy hops.

Flavor is somewhat absent. I think in light of making this a lighter Kolsch as they advertise on the bottle alot of character got stipped out. Slightly more complex than a macro adjunct, but not much.

Light, scouring mouthfeel and zero aftertaste.

Certainly drinkable. On a hot day I could knock back 4 and not realize it until the alcohol kicked in. Average marks across the board.

Hunter, May 17, 2005
Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.