1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Buzzards Bay Golden Ale - Buzzards Bay Brewing

Not Rated.
Buzzards Bay Golden AleBuzzards Bay Golden Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
74
okay

45 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 14.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buzzards Bay Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 01-20-2002)
View: Beers (14) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by pbrian:
Photo of pbrian
pbrian

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very bitter blonde, especially when compared to, say, a Red Hook Blonde. But I like bitter beers and thought the malt profile was enough to stand up against it. It's a nice crisp ale that goes down well served cold on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2002 08:52:05 | More by pbrian
More User Reviews:
Photo of rorjets
rorjets

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

01-11-2014 14:40:12 | More by rorjets
Photo of harpus
harpus

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

03-27-2013 19:52:19 | More by harpus
Photo of jfcaa193
jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

02-19-2012 02:20:41 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of hopdog
hopdog

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade jjppm74 (thanks!).

Poured a lighter and see through yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Lighter aromas of spices and grass. Flavors of the same. Thin and watery. Kinda of reminded me of a watered down version of their lager I had earlier in the night.

Notes from: 1/27/06

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 00:53:39 | More by hopdog
Photo of changeup45
changeup45

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11/5/2004. On tap. I just had Buzzard's Bay Lager again the other day and this seems to taste just like it. Bright, clear golden color. Sweet, grainy taste but not all that flavorful. Not a bad beer and it goes down fine but there's just not much to it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 16:16:41 | More by changeup45
Photo of RedChrome
RedChrome

Connecticut

2.33/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very light hay color. White head was only slight, and dissipated very rapidly. Plenty of large, slow moving carbonation bubbles. Light lacing.

The aroma was quite fruity, and had an overwhelming note of banana. Also had a slight spice aroma similar to allspice. No overly powerful aroma of malt or hops.

Very weak flavor reminded me of drinking a very lighlty flavored glass of water. Aftertaste is reminiscient of drinking a macrobrew. A second mouthful does have a slightly more malted taste then the first.

Very watery feel in my mouth. I appreciated the carbonation, but didn't make up for the overall lack of body.

I can't recommend this beer to anyone. While it looks and smells quite pleasent, the taste leaves much to be desired. A definite miss from a brewery I generally like.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 03:15:48 | More by RedChrome
Photo of lordofthewiens
lordofthewiens

Maine

2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was part of a Summer Sampler 12 pack ( two 12 packs for $9.99; not bad). This wasn't a very good beer. It was a gold color with a small head. Aroma was sweet, grainy. Minimal taste, a little sweetness, a little hops, nothing else. Thin in the mouth. Drink it if you must.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 12:48:04 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of dbalsock
dbalsock

Vermont

2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

appearance: pours yellow orange with minimal white head

smell: very wheaty, but also quite sweet. It lets loos a slight hint of fruit and is vaguely cidery.

taste: almost sour, and again, quite wheaty. reminds me kinda of Busch. Little taste, but an overbearing aftertaste of grainy wheat.

mouthfeel: light bodied and overly bitter aftertaste, unbalanced.

drinkability: smooth enough to chug... but that's all, not something to savor

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 02:09:37 | More by dbalsock
Photo of jmz62565
jmz62565

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice golden color witha full lacey two finger head.Lots of carbonation.A fragrant beer,but not the most aromatic.The taste is a little weak and watery,but not horrible.This is a disappointing lager and the same as the large american brewery's.I'm not a big fan of this brewer,but I expected a little more.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 02:53:52 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle had a "bottling number" on the label, thanks for the info...this one pours very light golden and very clear, Minimal nose of cut grass. minimal scattered lacing. Light, watery brew, barely a hint of malt and less hops, lawn mower brew is what we are talking here. Ice cold on a hot day and this will quench your thirst, thats about all your gonna get out of this stuff. beter then bud, give some to a newbie

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 20:25:40 | More by Billolick
Photo of RBorsato
RBorsato

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

LIght bright clear yellow gold color with a nice off-white head and good carbonation which leaves some lace (mostly rings). Sweet, almost sugary, malt aroma and taste... smells and tastes like one of those white-ish pink salt water taffys. Could not detect any hoppiness. Medium bodied and round creaminess.

Bottling #: 3.269 ('03' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 03/19/05

(Shusterman)

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 17:01:53 | More by RBorsato
Photo of AaronRed
AaronRed

New York

2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the first beer I tried as part of a six pack sampler. Knowing that I don't prefer "golden ales" (I always think of them as somewhere in-between mass-produced swill and real beer), I thought I would give it a try as a light beer is nice now and then. This beer did nothing to alter my expectations. Yellow and thin feeling, there was really not much too this beer. A slight hoppy taste was just enought to keep me interested for a little while. Probably a good first beer to give to someone who doesn't drink good beer, but is willing to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 00:33:24 | More by AaronRed
Photo of HappyHourHero
HappyHourHero

Indiana

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decent bright white head sits atop a transparent pale gold colored beer. Pungent hop aroma (ya know Heinikin) and stale malt (no not pale). Mildly sweet pale malt up front with a bit of floral hops, bitternes kicks in midway, but becomes less noticeable the more you drink. Light body, mouthfeel is kind of watery. I wasn't expecting a lot, and I was still disapointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 02:53:15 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of Hibernator
Hibernator

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a single of this beer to try. I am so glad that I only bought a single...

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. Bottling # 4 199.

Pours a straw yellow color with a bone white head that vanishes way too fast. No traces of lacings at all. Some bubbly carbonation.

Smells grainy and grassy with a faint whiff of hops in the background.

This beer tastes more like an attempt at a Pilsner than an American Blonde Ale. Grainy and sweet taste with a very dry finish. Feels clean and crisp on the palate. Sweet malts with a dry snap at the end. Overall, it's a watered and dumbed down beer.

An okay beer, but not worth recommending or seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 22:48:27 | More by Hibernator
Photo of ppoitras
ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle bought as part of the seasonal 12-pack sampler, from Jeans Wine and Spirits, Coventry, CT. Bottling #429.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" bright white head above the light golden (yellow?) brew. Head and lacing are both good for the style. Aroma is somewhat sweetly of pale malts, and not much else. Taste as well has that sweet pale malt character up front, fades into some bitterness, and that's about it. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are okay, but nothing particularly noteworthy. Average brew for an often somewhat boring (in my eyes) style.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 20:09:06 | More by ppoitras
Photo of kmo1030
kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pale pilsner straw color with a thin white head. smells hoppy, not really detecting much else, besides a faint graininess. better taste then i was expecting, quite hoppy due to the sort of lack of balance. tastes ok though. the body is pretty thin but it suits the flavor. also well carbonated. this is actually pretty refreshing. better suited to a warmer day than today though.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 20:56:19 | More by kmo1030
Photo of crookedhalo
crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw pils color with a short-lived white head. Bready malt and some subdued yeast funk in the nose. Rather lowly carbonated. Drinks like a pils, yet maintains a good malty, yeasty ale character on a smaller scale than most. Pretty clean tasting and drinkable. I'd have it again, but I probably wouldn't be all that excited.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 17:28:18 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of NEhophead
NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

1/2" frothy white head that leads to some thin lacing that doesn't hold well. Pale yellow straw in color; looks very thin and watery.

Light malt sweetness. Faint pear and apple aromas. Very subtle aromatics.

An initial sweetness that gives way to a wheat like flavor. No fruit-like qualities at all. Virtually no bitterness which is surprising given the initial sweet and grain flavors. Nothing to write home about in terms of taste.

Very well rounded on the palate. Tastes thicker than it appears. Medium bodied.

Very clean, light, and low in terms of abv%. Easily consumable but not one I would want to drink as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 14:15:45 | More by NEhophead
Photo of CharlesRiver
CharlesRiver

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light yellow in color with no real head to speak of. The smell is very sweet with some citrus notes, also a bit metallic. The taste is well, not much of anything. It just plain lacks overall. Sweet, light and refreshing. Just a hint of some hops at the end but nothing else really stands out. This is the kind of beer I don't think that I will choose again any time soon. Unless the pickings are very slim or it is a really hot day and I just want a cold beer. Plain and simple. There just isn't much there.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 23:05:23 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of sulldaddy
sulldaddy

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a sixer of this beer for a party and had a few left so I will review. The beer is chilled and I am sampling with a pint glass.
The beer pours a bright gold color with a bleached white head foaming up less than 1 cm. This head fades quickly to a surface layer and then to nothing. Aroma is very light with some sweet malt hints and a mixed floral and citrus hop aroma.
First sip reveals a thin body with minimal carbonation. Flavor is overallmild but carries some sour hop presence and a light hit of sweet malt too. There is a hint of a grainy bread flavor too. The finish is rather empty and leaves basically nothing in my mouth. An easy drinking brew for sure, but an enjoyable one? You decide.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 20:22:43 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of necoadam
necoadam

Connecticut

2.42/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What a strange brew. Poured out a golden color, a little light than usual blonde/golden ales. There was some carbonation visible. Smell...what smell? Very light malts with a little sweetness, but I mean really light. Taste was unimpressive. Quite hoppy for a golden ale and has a strange finish. The finish is almost too clean. Aftertaste is slighty hoppy also. This beer is a complete mess.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2004 00:43:33 | More by necoadam
Photo of MuddyFeet
MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not overly fond of blonde ales, but I thought I'd give it a try. I think I'd enjoy it more if it was July and I was out back BBQing. It is light amber/golden in color. I poured it out of the glass, but I was careful and still got a real deep head in the glass. Went away quick, but the beer is a little flatter than I expected. The beer has well mixed tones of hops and malt. There's also slight tints of wheat and citrus. It is hardly bitter at all. It is a smooth beer, unfortunately it is so smooth the beer is unremarkable. A decent beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 00:39:33 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden to amber in color, the beer produces a modest head that decreases to a thin layer of bubbles within 2 minutes. Very clear.

I am reminded of the smell I get from pouring an upstate NY lager like Matt's or Genesee. A touch of hop, a slight, slight note of all spice or clove

Very nice pale malt flavor that lasts well into the aftertaste. Midway, I sense a subtle hop, but this is a predominately malty ale, although it is more crisp than most. While thinner than most beers I consume, it is reasonably full-bodied. I wouldn't necessarily clamor for more; but I would easily take another at a tailgate on a warm September afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 01:23:36 | More by smcolw
Photo of JackTheRipper
JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this one for free, I think I understand why.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color, thin head, no lacing.

Smell: A very strange combination of a fruity smell with a bit of milk(?), and grain.

Taste: Mild hoppy bitterness, not much else. Aftertaste is bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Low, if I didn't pour this myself, I would mistake this for one of the dreaded macros. Not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 07:13:06 | More by JackTheRipper
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Buzzards Bay Golden Ale from Buzzards Bay Brewing
74 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.