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Curve Ball Blonde Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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BA SCORE
75
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343 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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woemad

Washington

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

Bought a sixer of this at the local Safeway for $5 (on sale).

Poured a hazy, medium gold color, with a moderate white head. Although the head dropped quickly, a foamy ring endured. Not much in the way of lace.

Smell is of mildly sweet malts, a very mild citrusy hoppiness and a little touch of grassiness. This smells like it's a light-bodied beer but with a little bit of substance.

Very mild, sweet malts and a very slight, citrusy hoppiness providing a mild dryness at the finish. There are also some wheaty notes lingering in the background. A nice, undemanding - but not bland - kolsch good for a hot day.

This is a light bodied beer, but it's not so light bodied as to be a thin watery macro-like beer. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style.

This goes down rather easy. No, it's not complex at all, but it's not meant to be. Like the name implies, this is a beer meant for quaffing during the hot summer months. This would be great during a baseball game on a long, summer day. At the Viking, they have this on-tap, and they sell it for $2 whenever the Mariners are on TV.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 23:16:56 | More by woemad
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finepaws

North Carolina

2.13/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a golden color with a small head, that dissapated quickly. Smelled like a wet dish rag. Very grassy. Tasted rancid. Like rotten lemons, and grass.
Mouthfeel was ok, average.
I was not impressed by this beer at all. Do people really like this? Not for my taste at all!

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2004 05:26:23 | More by finepaws
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Mark

California

3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An o.k. offering that I had at the Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek. Straw colored and topped by a thin white head that did not last too long. Lacing was not around, at all. Grainy aroma was quite pronounced. malty, grainy, taste profile was light and refreshing. Some herbal hoppiness and a touch of lemony notes were present. Easy drinking with a light mouthfeel. A decent seasonal but not outstanding by any means. Good for a hot day but there are better to be had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2004 01:53:45 | More by Mark
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Boilermaker88

California

3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served up on-tap at Angels Stadium, Anaheim, CA. This kolsch style brew had a slightly hazy straw color, lots of highly active carbonation and a decently sized soapy white head that left nice lace behind.
The nose had a sweetly grassy malt aroma backed by citrusy, herbal hops notes. The taste had a fresh grainy maltiness up front. More modest citric hops roll around for a bit of a puckering tartness. Finally, it finished with a lightly spicy taste that was nice. The feel was light, dry and refreshing.
This offering from Pyramid hit the spot on a nearly-100ºF day at the baseball game. Refreshing and light, Curveball had a nice taste and feel that lent itself to easy drinking. Definitely beats the macro offerings that dominate most venues.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2004 17:13:33 | More by Boilermaker88
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Picked up a Six-Pack of 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottles last night from Vons for a change of pace and something easy to accompany Pizza. A colorful looking label shows a game of Baseball in progress in front of a pair of Pyramids. Screw top with no freshness date or strength listed, but labeled as a Kölsch style ale.

Appearance: A clear golden body with some light haziness. A massive thick frothy white head easily forms and slowly settles to a nice layered 1” thick cap covering that has a pock-marked surface. Light lacing and minimal carbonation.

Nose: Citric grainy malts and lemony hops with a fresh feel to the nose.

Taste: Clean lines start to finish, grainy malts start the experience with some light lemon meringue middle and a dry but fresh citric hop finish. The ending has some yeast in it and a hoppy fruitiness that lends it a light balance on the tongue. A delicate but refreshing American-Kölsch.

Mouthfeel: Average feel with a clean crisp “just washed” feel.

Drinkability: Pretty damn good, crisp, clean and very refreshing, like a cold shower, a couple of these got me through a hot n’ sticky Sunday afternoon today.

Overall: Not bad, and it does what I wanted it to – goes with Pizza perfectly, but it also a great drinking beer, neigh a good Six-Pack, to have in the fridge for the Summer on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 04:13:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a watery brownish yellow color with a head that faded very quickly. What happened to the head here and where is the lacing? Lots of bubbles though rise to the top. Smell is of toasted grain but it's also a bit buttery and skunky, not too nice. Taste starts off somewhat sweet, maybe apple like sweetness. Strong herbal flavors are there as well, kind of grassy. Middle is light and airy, almost watery but not quite. Finish is dry but not really that crisp. All in all this beer didn't do it for me. Good in really hot weather but that about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 20:17:14 | More by granger10
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RedwoodGeorge

California

3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out to a dark golden color with a large white meringue like head. The foam dissipated quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

The smell was inviting enough - plenty of light malt with some fruit notes well above any hint of hops.

The taste was rich but with a light crisp feel - as one would hope for a summer brew. It was a bit more yeasty than most but that added a rich note to the composition.

The medium carbonation and mild hopping added a nice finish that cleared the palate after each sip, inviting another. I could see drinking a few of these and not getting tired of the experience; it was a nicely balanced ale that invites another round.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 03:55:42 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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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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Redrover

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Viking in Spokane. Nice beer bar and worth a stop.

The beer was a light copper with nice lacing and a decent head.

The beer has a slightly fruity nose. Think pears & apples. Also a bit of subtle spicing. While the aroma is fine, it is a bit on the pale side.

This was a nice stab at the style. The fruit flavors swirl in the background while the malts seem to add a bit of sweetness. Seems to have very subtle hopping.

The mouthfeel is nice with just a bit of a bite. Drinkability is good, I think this is a good lawn mower, BBQ type beer.

Not a bad beer, but if your looking for an even better interpretation, try the Goose Island Summer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2004 20:55:41 | More by Redrover
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Brent

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kolsch is often an underappreciated style, since a well-done beer in the style is still pretty reserved. I was quite pleased with this effort. Crisp, clean, with a touch of citric acidity for refreshment. Slightly herbal hops profile. A little cereal grain flavor crept in, but not so much as to throw the beer off. This is the beer mass produced pale lagers want to be when they are reincarnated as their next step to beer nirvana. If this were more available to me, it would be my go-to beer for the patio this summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 13:51:05 | More by Brent
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merlin48

Kentucky

2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 19:34:52 | More by merlin48
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BCMan

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured up very light in color. An aggressive pour did little to stir up some foam and what did come left just a fsat. It had a crisp, dry aroma and a mild citrus flavor. The m,outhfell was also dry. This beer might have been better on a hot day at the ball park.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2004 21:09:16 | More by BCMan
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Zraly

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, straw yellow with a white head that disappears as soon as it came. Steady rise of bubbles for decent carbonation. Not any real noticable smells, mostly just a mild grain note, not even a specific one. A wheat/malt/corn whisper, if you will.

A decent amount of grassy hops come forward, while a rather mild toasted malt flavor holds up the backround. Whatever bitterness that is offered up by the hops is necessary. There is a sugary-sweet finish to it, with a tiny note of yeast and a hint of orange.

Not shockingly flavorful, but not so bland that it isn't worth drinking. It goes down rather easily, I must say. I think the bottle label depicting a game of baseball is appropriate, a simple "summer stadium" beer. It would be good with a well-dressed hot dog and a handful of salt n' vinegar potato chips.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 00:02:16 | More by Zraly
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MobBarley

Oregon

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

A pale yellow brew with a short-lived white and fizzy head that has little lace to leave. Smell is big and herbal with a little grassiness and a good fresh maltiness. Taste is altogether crisp and dominated by mellow caramel maltiness and spicy, herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly...good for the style/season. Drinkability decent but the peculiar herbalness might make it less favorable for session use. Better than many examples of the style, this brew has character and alot else going for it. Nice!

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2004 05:58:14 | More by MobBarley
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in the "Summer Beers" sampler at World Market. Crystal clear slighty dark gold colored beer. Fairly noticable malt smell, although hops seeem to be a bit absent. Taste is malty, crisp and smooth. I like a hoppier beer, but this beer is above average for a kolsch. I would get it again if i had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 16:34:19 | More by TastyTaste
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henrysunset

Washington

3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: 3.5 - crystal clear dark pee color. flimsy head but it left some lacing up the rim

s: 3 negligible hops, strong "beer' smell, hint of fruittiness.

t: 3.5 sour, slightly bitter light brew.. hint of fruit, but no real aftertaste. drinkable but not terribly enjoyable.

m: 3.5 - thin as to be expected; nothing exciting here

d: 3.5 - it's not offensive so it's drinkable, but it isn't very exciting.

(It actually seems to taste better in a way when it's less cold. I can pick up a pleasent wheat-like sweetness now that was less obvious served cold)

got a free glass though :-) That's their policy for seasonals on tuesday at the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2004 20:30:01 | More by henrysunset
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw golden. The head was white and fell quickly to the edges of the surface and tickeled the sides of the glass during consumption.

The aroma was corny like cooked corn (DMS). A slight malty caramel aroma was also present.

The flavor was crisp and dry but still with the lingering corn flavors. The beer begins dry and then as it stays on the palate leaves a slightly sweet corn impression. Also some fruitiness is present in the flavor behind the DMS.

The finish was dry and fairly fruity into the aftertaste. The body was medium light.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 22:49:47 | More by GCBrewingCo
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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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beertaster13

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light gold with a nice white head than goes down in size. No lacing to speak of. The smell is of malts and caramels, citrus hints as well. The taste is light with malts and citrus notes, a crisp drink. Fells crisp and full in the mouth. A drinkable beer, great for the summertime heat.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 05:04:26 | More by beertaster13
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has sweet notes, but also a little sour, both from a firm malt base. Somewhat fresh smelling.
Pours with a medium white head that settles slowly. Slighty cloudy pale gold.
Sourness noted initially then moves to mild bitterness from mid to a lingering finish. Firm backing of a pale malt origin and generally light overall.
I like the softness of this style and this samples does that well along with a nice ale smoothness. Well done for mouthfeel.
Fine overall example of style, along with good thirst quenching properties.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 15:59:21 | More by garymuchow
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy appearance, average yellow color. Small head vanishes quickly, even on a rough pour.

Slightly sweet and grainy aroma, reminiscent of a very fresh Burger Classic I had earlier this summer. Fades away quickly, leaving some light residual aroma. Nothing unpleasant, but nothing impressive.

Taste - Medium to light malt with some citric lemony notes, nothing real strong, though. Decent carbonation guides the taste to the finish and just the barest hop feel, more a twang than a bite (perhaps influenced by the lemony character). Better than any macro, but not a standout.

High carbonation gives it a more mass appeal, as does the crisp and clean feel and restrained taste. That said (typed...) there's not enough here to raise it to the next level.

Very easy to drink, low abv makes it even more so. A role-player, when it's hot out, when you want something 'decent' that you can knock back mindlessly, bottle after bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 16:22:25 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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francisweizen

Alaska

3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice, pale-yellow/golden colour with a nice, yet small, white head. The aromas were of malts and hops...that's it. The taste was very clean and refreshing, with nothing else really going on. This reminded me of miller high life! The moutfheel was light and the drinkability was average. This beer is as average as they come. Call this a Kolsch? I wouldn't!

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Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2003 21:59:32 | More by francisweizen
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bditty187

Nebraska

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

Clear, golden hue, skimpy white head that quickly faded to a bubbly collar. No lace was produced. The nose is typical, slightly malty with dry herbalness, caramel grains. Decent enough. Simplistic and straightforward palate, slight caramel grain/malt with underlying herbalness… dry with firm carbonation, obviously geared towards being refreshing (it is a summer seasonal after all). The hops bitterness is light but noticeable, especially at the finish. Drinkable. Medium-light body. This is a batting practice beer… slow pitched right down the middle. For a more complex offering, look elsewhere, for an easy drinking beer, step-up to the plate.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 18:24:54 | More by bditty187
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, pale golden color. Minimal white head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma of sweet malts and a touch of earthy hops.

Taste is mainly sweet malts. Hops to balance only. This beer is dry. Hint of lemon. Has a funny taste I can't quite place, but it seems a bit chemical like.

Average mouthfeel. Light body.
Light and mellow for a hot summer's day, but not desirable.

Overall, a decent beer, but not one I'd be eager to drink again.
Thanks to Blatzman for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 00:04:37 | More by PhantomVodoo
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light golden color, sudsy layer of head slowly fades, lots of bubbles, nice lacing

Aroma: lightly malty, grainy, hint of angelfood cake, light fruitiness, breath of hops

Flavor: very mild malt sweetness, a bit grainy, a touch of acidity, mellow hop flavor and a balanced bitterness, smooth, simple, some toastiness

Mouthfeel: light body, gently carbonated, crisp

Overall Impression: A good beer, but nothing outstanding. Nice rendition of Kolsch, but when it comes to renditions I like Alaskan Summer Ale better. This is not one of my favorite styles, so I haven't tried a lot of them. Not even an actual kolsch from Cologne, but then again, most people haven't.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 05:01:18 | More by GreenCard
Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.