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Trailblazer Blonde Ale - Trailhead Brewing Co

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Trailblazer Blonde Ale
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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trailhead Brewing Co visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 10-19-2002)
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Photo of beernut7
4.33/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lightly colored blonde ale possesses a nice sticky lace emitting a clean, malty fruit aroma. The body is smooth and helps support a very well balanced flavor with a lingering hop spice. Very good.

beernut7, Oct 19, 2002
Photo of aty11b
4/5  rDev +33.8%

aty11b, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +33.8%

ggourde, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Trailhead Brewpub on 02/23/06.

Light yellow-gold color with a low ring for the head. Nice grainy aroma and flavor with a touch of fruitiness and the perfect amount of hops to balance it out. Light bodied, clean, and very drinkable session brew.

A nice balanced Blonde Ale which many brewpubs are unable to pull off.

RBorsato, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.55/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured as a slightly cloudy, golden glass with slight, lingering, white foam. There was no detectable aroma. The taste was of light malt and some yeast, and seemed to have a flight wheat flavor, though the bartender assured me that there is no wheat in this ale. The mouthfeel involved the feel of carbonation (light) on the tongue. I rate the drinkability a little low because this beer did not have that appealing a taste to me.

UncleJimbo, Dec 31, 2002
Photo of karst
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought to table in 6oz taster glass. Very pail yellow. Little head and no lacing. Slight aroma of malt. Thin cider like taste with good carbondation. Very thin mouth feel. My son who also had the 6 serving taster thought it was Bud lite. Maybe it is brews to suit those who like mass produced lite beer?

karst, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of Graham21
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky yellow in color/blonde. Decent head retention that left nice rings in the glass. good carbonation. The nose was very citrusy with lemon undertonens and a slight maltiness. Tastes sour like like lemons, oranges, and hint of tangerine. very citrusy with a good mouth feel. i could drink these all day long on a hot summer day.

Graham21, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of MTNboy
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I did not think this beer was as bad as some of the reviews made it out to be. It was a good looking beer. There was an above average white lace and head. Medium carbonation with almost a medium mouthfeel. It has a slightly cloudy blonde/gold body. A rather beany aroma with a hint of mixed fruit. The flavor was somewhat grainy with a small bitter sweet finish.

MTNboy, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had to try the blond and its cousin, the Raspberry (yech). The blond pours a lite, clear straw color, decent white head with a small touch of malt aroma. Taste was much more than, say, bud lite – had a tangy, citrus flavor. ‘Course, the texture was somewhat thin, but all in all, you could drink a few of these.

Vancer, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of justinp
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

justinp, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this blonde ale on tap at the brewery in a pint glass. Clear golden color produced a thin white head average retention and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma consisted of sweet malted grain no hops to speak of. Light in body this ale is crisp and refreshing. Decent summer or starter beer intro craft beer . Overall not very complex no hop flavor. Not something I would seek out again .

GossageBrewery, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of DCon
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ Trailhead Brewing Company in St. Charles, MO for $3.50. Tapped from the Yellow Tap Handle w/ Trailblazer Blonde on it into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a sweet, malty aroma that starts off this "lager" like brew. Can't find any hops or any other characters but average for a Blonde Ale.

Appearance- Received with less than a .5 finger head and immediately disappears. Has a light yellow, almost golden colored body that has good clarity. Leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor starts soft characteristics especially in the malt/wheat department. Very easy going with a sweet, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has nothing that gets in the way of the drinkability.

Overall Impression- For a blonde ale, average but very smooth and enjoyable! Wouldn't mind ordering one of these again with a meal or appetizer. Go for this one if you want a starter brew.

DCon, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

NateMac13, Aug 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

kmos27, May 20, 2014
Photo of Tone
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color. 1/5 inch head with slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, adjunct, and some sour smelling malt. A little to much like an American Adjunct than an American Blonde Ale. Smooth and crisp mouth feel with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, some slight grape-fruit flavor, and mostly lager background. Overall, not a beer I would recommend to anyone.

Tone, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of soju6
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer had a yellow color with a small head. It had a faint aroma but could not identify. The beer had a light taste but lacked any real flavor. Sort of reminded me of a light beer, not bad just missing something

As the brewey is close to "Budweiser City", the Blonde Ale seems to be the brew of choice by local patrons.

soju6, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of njnj2000
2.75/5  rDev -8%

njnj2000, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Dogbrick
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the brewpub: This brew is a clear light orange color with a nil off-white head and virtually no lacing. Weak aroma of malt and hops. Light-bodied and mildly malty with just a little bit of hops. Not much else going on flavor-wise. The finish is carbonated and virtually flavorless, without any aftertaste. Overall this beer is completely forgettable.

Dogbrick, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Bierwolf
2.53/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoyed 4 pints of this product at Lewis and Clark's before during and after dinner.

Appearance: Lighter gold. You could see through it. Very little head as the bartender tends to fill the glass that way. The head that was there did leave some light lacing all the way down the glass. Very little visible carbonation.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma. What was detectable was light and somewhat fruity or floral.

Taste: Light and again fruity. A little citrus was what I was tasting.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue. Light, fresh and crisp. The hops were there but not overwhelming. The finish was semi-dry and the hops lingered a little after passing through.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all. I have grown to like beers with a bit more character so as a whole this is a bit average to me. If you are just getting into micro brews this is a good one to start with.

Bierwolf, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of pmcadamis
2.33/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Basic yellow gold and very clear with a brief one finger head. Some white foam is left on the glass.

S - Smells husky and grainy...like a PBR or another grandpa midwestern lager.

T - Cornmeal, conflakes, and some husky cereal grains. A bit of funky hops give this a slight advantage over BMC brews, and a mineral water aspect adds a steely flavor.

M - Light bodied, fizzy, and thirst quenching after a long walk down the beautiful St. Charles riverfront on a hot summer day.

D - I could kill a couple of these after a long hot walk, but it's really not a great beer. This is a fine basic lager for those who normally drink BMC swill. Not altogether terrible, but I would never guess that this is a micro brewed beer.

pmcadamis, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
2.33/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another bottle from my trade with Ragingbull. Served at cellar temp into a pint glass. the beer pours a champagne clear golden hue with minimal bleached white head foaming up and fading to only a wispy island almost immediately after settling.
Aroma is mild grainy malt and a little sweet fruit, white grapes and some floral hops, but pretty mild on the nose overall.
The beer is light bodied with mild rolling carbonation that barely enhances the texture.
Flavor is mild with some sweet malt and a bit of grain plus some citrus notes, more of an orange flavor than grapefruit. A little bit of an off flavor buried in the beer kind of phenolic like a plastic or rubber taste.
The beer is very easy to drink and my pint is almost empty before I know it. Not a very interesting beer and possibly slightly flawed, I wouldnt recommend.

sulldaddy, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of hotstuff
2.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

At the brewery. Poured a small sized white head with fine-sized bubbles that fully dissipated. The body was carbonated and clear with a pale yellow hue. The nose was malty and it had a tingly and smooth mouthfeel. This beer had a fair amount of lacing to it. Not a beer that I was at all impressed with as it definitely lacks character.

hotstuff, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of Ahhdball
2.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Light gold, no head, no lace.
Yeast odor, light wheat, maybe some butter but I couldn't be certain due to a lot of smoke in the area.
The tast was bland, stale, and lifeless. Not only was it bland it tasted skunky with no mouthfeel. It reminded me of a glass of beer left on the counter for an hour.

Ahhdball, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of AltBock
2.17/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Undated 12 oz. bottle with a sea green label that has a drawing of an old fashioned steam locomotive. There are people along side the train standing in awe of this massive mechanical beast. To the far left of the label is the address of the brewery and to the far right of the label is the Government warning. There is no back label, but there is a neck label that talks about the brewery.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this Blonde Ale was a pale and an extremely clear straw yellow color. It wasn't even remotely a blonde color. The head of foam was just as weak as the color of the beer. The head of foam was almost nonexistent and what was there completely dissipated in oblivion. From the looks of it, I would have guessed that this was a macro and not a Blonde Ale.

The aroma was like the weak head of foam, almost nonexistent. What aromas were there were terrible! The aroma was burnt with burnt malts, burnt hops, a gentle touch of apple juice, and a tiny speck of fruits in the background. It was hard for me smell. I really don't like smelling burnt aromas in beer.

The taste was better than the appearance and the aroma, but not by much. The taste was pale and weak with malted barley, a hint of malted rice, a gentle touch of juicy fruits, and then the taste finished up with a slight floral hops bitterness. I guess I should be happy that there was at least some flavor to this beer. I should also be happy that there weren't any burnt flavors in the taste like there was in the aroma.

This was clearly a light bodied beer with a faint crispy aftertaste of malted barley, malted rice, and a slight taste of crispy floral hops. This aftertaste will only last for a fraction of a second.

This was one weak beer. It was lacking in everything, especially the aroma. That needs to be worked on stat! I acquired this beer in a trade, but since this wasn't a good beer, I probably shouldn't mention his name on this review. There's no way I would ever touch this weak beer ever again. I'm sure that Trailhaed has some better offerings that this weak beer.

AltBock, Feb 15, 2009
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Trailblazer Blonde Ale from Trailhead Brewing Co
73 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.