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Strawberry Blonde - Belmont Brewing Company

Strawberry BlondeStrawberry Blonde

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 28.18%


Brewed by:
Belmont Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2003)
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Reviews by ccrida:
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ccrida

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a tumbler, Strawberry Blonde is hazy straw yellow with a white head that leaves scattered lace. Looks like a wit.

Smell is pure strawberry, but not overly strong, nor artificial.

Taste is quite good, a light, clean blonde ale with definate strawberry flavor that is not overly sweet, syrupy or fake. Fantastic for the style (which I recognize is a love or hate thing), this would be a home run served from a keg at a hot BBQ. There's a hint of tartness from the fruit that really enhances the refreshingness.

Mouthfeel is dry, sprizty, but not too sharp. Light bodied but not watery.

Drinkability is very good. Perfect hot weather beer when you want a little flavor but something you can session. Don't hate on it just because it's got fruit, if this was made by Fantome or some other cult Belgian brewery, it would be a top rated fruit beer. In fact, it tastes ALOT like Fantome, which also uses fruit juice, even though they don't advertise it is a such. Being that Fantome is my favorite beer, I just realized why I love this so much.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 01:53:16 | More by ccrida
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SoCaliC8

California

3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

01-17-2014 11:46:35 | More by SoCaliC8
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Moheban

California

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-21-2013 05:12:59 | More by Moheban
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TruePerception

California

2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Belmont Brewing Co's Strawberry Blonde: Appearance: pale yellow; Smell: decent amount of strawberry scent, touch of wheat; Taste/Mouthfeel: strong wheat taste, almost non-existent strawberry flavor; okay-ish

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 08:19:56 | More by TruePerception
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Golfrocket

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

08-01-2013 22:58:14 | More by Golfrocket
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Lam

California

3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have tried on tap and in bottle. I though it was quite good.

It was a strong smell of strawberry with a note of lager.

Drinking it was delicious, because it actually tasted like strawberry. I am not sure it can be my to-go drink in the summer, but i would consider it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:37:58 | More by Lam
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crob3888

California

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-19-2012 02:56:21 | More by crob3888
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev +3.1%

11-08-2012 21:37:20 | More by t0rin0
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DrunkenMonk

California

1.75/5  rDev -39.9%

09-16-2012 05:57:47 | More by DrunkenMonk
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rob99er

California

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-10-2012 06:51:40 | More by rob99er
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BeerJustice


1.05/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought this beer at Ralphs grocery store in CA. I am not sure how to express the heinous smell and taste of this beer; a mixture of cat litter and moldy strawberries. To put this in context, I love beer, I will try anything a brewery makes, and I am generous because I understand how difficult it is to make beer. But this beer was either massively skunked - or it is just a terrible, terrible beer.
I want to be nice. But I cannot. THIS BEER IS ONE OF THE WORST BEERS I HAVE EVER HAD. This is the only time in the past 20 years I have actually poured out the whole beer after a few tastes (yes, I was trying to be generous).

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 05:49:45 | More by BeerJustice
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +3.1%

05-15-2012 13:22:09 | More by ncstateplaya
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Belmont Brewing Company in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and artificial strawberry aromas. Taste is the same with a medicinal strawberry flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a disappointingly fake strawberry presence.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 02:10:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Rabidsmurf01


4.5/5  rDev +54.6%

03-07-2012 17:25:09 | More by Rabidsmurf01
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kojevergas

Texas

1.9/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with stnadard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the name makes it sound appealing.

Acquired at Ralph's market in Los Angeles, California. Not paired with food. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a one finger head of no cream whatsoever, bad thickness, and bad retention (>30 seconds). Colour is a clear yellow. Not horribly appealing.

Sm: Heavy artificial strawberry syrup. Clean malts. It's pleasant, and certainly strong.

T: Artificial strawberry syrup is rampant, with candy-esque flavourings. Clean malts are buried beneath it. Feels very fake and loud. Poorly balanced and built all around. No layering. Simple and uninspired.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and thin. A bit overcarbonated, actually. Hardly suits the flavours well at all.

Dr: Hard to drink on account of the foul artifical flavour, which grows more and more repugnant as you continue drinking it. This might set you over the edge into vomit territory if you're already fairly bollocksed. Not a good beer by any means. Poorly executed and artificial.

D-

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:58:10 | More by kojevergas
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BilbosNuts

California

3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy McD0uche for picking this up for me to try.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: This is a pretty unappealing looking beer. No head at all, clear golden in color, and very still. Uninviting to say the least.

S: The smell is an orgiastic feast for the nose. Slightly sweet strawberries create a very inviting, refreshing aroma. It is followed by grassy and toasted malt scents.

T: After that awesome aroma, the taste was a bit of a letdown. Definitely not as pronounced as the aroma, the strawberries are very muted. Grassy and skunky tastes come through at the end and make it sort of unpleasant.

M: The feel is light bodied and contains limited carbonation. It has a watery finish.

O: The aroma saved this one. The other characteristics were definitely lacking. If they could be brought up to the same standard as the aroma, this could be a superb strawberry beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:44:44 | More by BilbosNuts
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cycoduck

California

2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

02-02-2012 03:47:30 | More by cycoduck
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pperez38

California

2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

01-22-2012 17:31:26 | More by pperez38
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emerge077

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$4.59 bomber from Bottles N Bins in Monterey CA. Served in a cylindrical stange glass.

Tons of foam, somewhat overcarbonated, though it rises and forms irregular peaks on the surface, sort of like Duvel. Bright golden color, racing streams of champagne carbonation that never slow down after 20 minutes. Copious sticky lace, decorating the glass in 3-D cartoonish clusters inside the glass. Swirling the dregs of the bottle brings up some tiny dark seed-like floaties that could be strawberry seeds.

Smells like fresh strawberries, leafy ripe and sweet. Later there's something vaguely medicinal, more a potential byproduct of a possible infection than cough syrup flavor. No idea of they used whole fruit or an extract, but with the odd track record of reviews it wouldn't be surprising if whole fruit brought some random wild yeast in the mix (for better or worse).

Tastes a bit bland though, the club soda carbonation hurts the feel a bit. Dry and crisp, highly attenuated with a light dry and tart strawberry flavor, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty gaseous, overcarbonation scrubs the flavor away fast. Not sweet or artificial. Overall better than expected, but not sure if this bottle was a fluke or intentional, considering the varied reviews.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 04:45:59 | More by emerge077
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srandycarter

California

2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Macro pilsner color and foam, leaves fast to disk. Some cling around the edge.

S - Artificial strawberry and light malt.

T - Taste matches smell.

M - Light bodied, good carb, lousy balance even for such simple flavors.

D - Better than a Coors light on a hot day... maybe.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 04:56:31 | More by srandycarter
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Jemonster

California

3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very pale and slightly opaque with white head.

S: Very nice clean dried strawberry scent. Smells like alpine strawberries, strong and sweet.

T: Really bland! Disappointing given the smell. Can't taste the strawberry as much as I thought. The strawberry flavor comes off as artificial.

M: Nice and crisp. Bubbly. It is nice for a hot day.

D: Tastes like an average American macrobrew with some strawberry thrown in. Wouldn't buy it again for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 04:52:34 | More by Jemonster
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belmont Strawberry Blonde has a dull, clear, golden-colored body and a small off-white head. Not a whole lot in the retention and lacing departments.

The aroma surprises me because it smells like fresh strawberries. It is quite pleasant.

The flavor is more of the same. A light malt base with a bunch of fruity strawberry flavor. This beer succeeds in not being overly sweet, syrupy, or cloying. The strawberry flavors taste natural.

Light bodied with high carbonation, which works well for this beer.

This beer was a pleasant surprise, pretty enjoyable if you like fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 19:31:28 | More by Hojaminbag
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spoons

California

2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber to a tulip

The color in this is a foggy yellow/gold. Lot of carbonation bubbles all around the glass.

Smells of strawberrys, like fake candy strawberries. Also some sweet apples..

The mouthfeel is super fizzy and watery. A malty aftertaste compliments the light body and sweetness of the beer.

This is not a good fruit beer, but not a drainpour. Wouldnt go searching for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 18:58:29 | More by spoons
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Gobzilla

California

3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden yellow with a finger of head and very little lacing on the glass.

S: smells griany with hints of strawberry and very little malts on this one. absolutely no hops presnce.

T: crispy bubbly grainy with hints of strawberries and sweetness. Its a light beer but I gotta say it's probably one of my favorite blondes of all time.

M: light to meduim body with good bubbly carbonation.

D: This blonde has really been great in my book and is absolutely bananas with BBQ in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 08:21:36 | More by Gobzilla
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MisterClean

California

3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mark C for bringing this to the big brew day.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a 1 finger white head, which dissipates fast. Leaves light lacing.

S - Strawberries and light bittering hops.

T - Strawberries, some slight brett, breadiness, and bittering hops.

M - Light bodied, hop dominated, and slightly bitter.

D - Not bad, but could use more malt complexity. I'm also thinking there may have been an infection as the brett was probably incidental.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 05:04:21 | More by MisterClean
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