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Honey Blonde Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Honey Blonde AleHoney Blonde Ale

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 11.05%

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blackie on 08-18-2006)
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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No dates on the bottle I picked up in a build your own six pack set up, so that might have some impact on this review. I poured this into a pint glass, and I was let down by the head, which almost instantly dissipated to nothing. The result is a beer that looks a lot like a cider. There's some visible carbonation in an otherwise crystal clear brew. The nose on this ale is very subtle, with malt and more subdued sweet corn notes the most identifiable. The taste is quite mellow, but pleasant: It has a smooth malt profile with just a hint of hop presence at the tail end. I'm really not getting much of the honey flavor, though it does have what seems like a slight corn sweetness. This one is somewhat similar to the taste and mouthfeel of a higher end adjunct lager. It's creamy, effervescent, and clean-finishing.

Overall, this is a tasty beer that doesn't try to do too much. It has a nice malt profile, and it would certainly go well with just about any food. I think it's a bit disappointing that the Wisconsin honey that was advertised doesn't make it's presence felt more. This would be a great beer to help introduce a BMC drinker to some of what the craft world can offer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 01:46:08 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
Photo of wedgie9


2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted on draft at Sugar Maple. Pours clear pale orange with an average white head that leaves solid lace. Nose is very light, displaying some very simple malt and yeast with just a hint of honey. Flavor shows a little more honey, but is just as light and uninteresting. Body is light with average carbonation and not much finish to speak of.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 23:01:10 | More by wedgie9
Photo of levifunk


4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

found an '08 bottle in the cooler at a local shop.

a - ruby golden color. peach head that dies quickly

s - malts and yeast. honey smell is huge.

t - very clean flavor. I'm loving the honey in it.

m - on the bigger side of carbonation, which is more than welcome. light body.

overall - amazingly drinkable. Here is a beer that has a lot of flavor and still is very drinkable. I didn't have high expectations for this, but it blew me away.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 23:59:49 | More by levifunk
Photo of Redrover


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint, the beer is a light and slightly hazy gold. There is a bit of white foam & lace.

Light but fresh aroma of milled grains, floral hops and yes, a hint of honey.

The taste tracks the smell. It is slightly sweet, a bit grainy and then finishes with floral hops. The taste & mouth are gentle and it screams crossover beer. I would also think this would be good on hot day while out on the deck.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 20:01:54 | More by Redrover
Photo of robbyc1


3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer gives a run for the money on New Glarus' Spotted Cow, very similar, decent head, soft mouth feel, decent yellow clear color, a bit of hops I can't tell what they were, but good balanced finish. The malt is subdued, pale at best, a very easy drinker of the best summer time. Nose has some honey notes, otherwise a nice malt bill, very slick on the palate, I could see this as a nice lawnmower brew if I could get it in Illinois, sadly not. A good drinker with the summer dinners, forget the Hamm's or even Miller, this is what a drinkable beer should be, not overpowering, not weak, just right.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 22:33:45 | More by robbyc1
Photo of botham


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sugar Maple in Milwaukee. Pours a light golden color with a single finger of white head. Decent retention and no lacings.

Aroma is of light pale malts and some sweetness in the background. Overall, light in the nose with a lager yeast-like aura.

Taste is more of the same with a light and mildly smooth character and a lager-like feel. Light notes of grain in the background, without any real defining characteristics (not even much of a honey note).

Mouthfeel is light bodied and mildly crisp (though the subtle sweetness hurts the crispness that could make this a solid brew.)

Drinkability is good. For a cream ale, this is palatable, but it is more of a pale lager than an ale in composition. Still, a decent and drinkable brew from Central Waters.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 16:07:00 | More by botham
Photo of KarlHungus


2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy yellow color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of honey, and bready malt. It is quite faint though. So faint, in fact, that it takes some work to find it. The taste is much the same, but somewhat more prominent. The mouthfeel is light bodied with annoyingly high carbonation that I assume is getting in the way of the taste. Or maybe there is not much taste to get in the way of. Overall, this is the kind of beer that leaves me wondering why a reputable brewery what brew it. I can understand pseudo craft breweries making a beer like this. I can also understand a reputable brewery brewing a style like American Blonde Ale with the philosophy of brewing the absolute best blonde ale out there. I don't understand why a brewery would risk tarnishing their reputation by making something like this.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 23:14:27 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of KI9A


3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Typical piss yellow macro lager look. OK head, fair retention. Some lace splashes.

S: Some grain, some sweetness.

T: Some grains, lots of light pale malt. Faint sweetness. Tastes like a crossbreed of a Kolsch and a cream ale. If that is possible.

M: Light, somewhat creamy. Not really too crisp.

D: Again, is it a Kolsch, or a Cream Ale? I'm having trouble sorting this out. Will have to visit the brewers website, and do some research. All in all, I can session this beer. Certianlly a better alternative to BMC. But, if faced with this, or NG Spotted Cow, I'll do the cow.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:44:23 | More by KI9A
Photo of Strix


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, quickly fading head.

Smell mainly pretty grainy.

Taste pretty basic. Grains and maybe honey if I use my imagination.

Mouthfeel light and crisp.

This was unoffensive and easy to drink, but not particularly interesting. Too grainy, with not much going on.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 00:16:00 | More by Strix
Photo of ibbjamin


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.49 for a loose 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pour into a standard pint glass to review.

Small, fizzy, white head of about a half inch that dissipates to nothing very quickly. Transparent light yellow straw color. Some rising carbonation bubbles No lacing.

Mild aromas of honey and lemon citrus hops in the nose. Some hints of graininess but overall pretty well hidden. I also detect some nuttiness.

Taste is similar in profile to the nose. Light, crisp and mildly refreshing.

Light body. Light carbonation. Watery mouthfeel. Crisp, short finish. Easy to drink.

Not a bad beer if you are looking for something light, crisp and good for a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 05:46:31 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of younger35


3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a mixed sixer of Central Waters brews from Casanova's in Husdson Wis. I like Central Waters barrel aged stuff but haven't been too impressed by their regular lineup. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass while smoking some ribs.

Appearance- Pours a semi hazy honey yellow with a decent half finger bright white head. A thin spotty cap remains with a super thin bright white collar and a fair amount of sticky lacing.
Smell- Lightly sweet, grainy nose that is fully malt forward. Splashes of the honey as it just has that sort of dry earthy smell. Actually smells a lot like a fortune cookie with an extremely light bit of lemon.
Taste- Starts with a bit of sweet caramely malt and a dollop of whip cream. A tinge of vanilla as the honey isn't as noticeable in the taste as the nose, although it is dry. Crackers and even something sort of wheaty finish and linger. Not sure a hop even touched this brew.
Mouthfeel- Nice solid feel that's heavier than it is 'creamy' with a fair amount of carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall not too bad. Better than most of Central Waters regular lineups but still, it didn't knock me on my ass or anything. Maybe I'm just spoiled, I don't know. Maybe I'm not the hugest Cream Ale fan. Glad I tried either way.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 21:04:12 | More by younger35
Photo of Bighuge


3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed golden yellow sun. Thin dirty white head recedes to almost nothing in a jiff. Sweet whiff of crackery malts. A little sweet grain too. Carbonation is pretty active in this one. Not gaseous though, just nice and prickly. Body's a good medium-full. Hefty for a blonde, but I'll take it. The beer enters with a pils like maltiness, though I should say more like a "Pils-light" kind of maltiness. Crackery and crisp. Hops are fairly subtle, though the finish is a bit dry ala the hops. Good drinker. Good poolside beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 03:11:39 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Wisconsin


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a one and a half finger head that is white in appearance. The body is a clear, golden brown with a lot of carbonation taking place.

S - Grains, wheat, malts and a faint sweet honey smell. Nothing outstanding but a decent smell.

T - Much like the smell, the taste has some nice grains and malts along with a nice subtle flavor of honey.

M - Grains and malts early on with a decent transition into a nice honey finish. Pretty smooth overall but the flavor is too subtle for me.

D - This is a pretty easy drinker. I could have a few in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 03:28:54 | More by Wisconsin
Photo of WJVII


3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a creamy wheat color with a thicker white head that lasts a while fading into a 1/4 inch cap. The aroma strikes me with a strong vanilla smell, with some hints of caramel and lighter malts. The taste is actually quite creamy with some vanilla and slight honey. The carbonation leaves a "warm" taste in my mouth matching well with the flavors. This is a more medium body than expected and was a decent brew. CW makes better, but this brew is good quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 01:26:27 | More by WJVII
Photo of scruffwhor


3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lukaski rocks for hooking me up with his regulr trips to the Brat Stop.

Very light amber, but has plenty of pilsner like sunshine highlights.Good thick clumn of bubblin in the middle. Not much in the way of head. A little musty and adjuncty nose along with some softly toasted malts. Very pilsner like at the start. The softness of the honey comes through in the middle. Th creamy textue is captured in theabout thirty seconds after the sip. It slowly shows that faint dollop of cream. Not bad on the drinkability, just a litle too light an macro-ey in flavor at times.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 17:55:25 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of cokes


2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dull amber-yellow with a fleeting cap of gray.
Caramel stewed fruit amoma, with a emphasis on dates. More malty smelling that I would have guessed. There's an almost illusory waft of honey, and then a big carrot-and-cabbage vegetal note with some metallic underpinnings. Not attractive.
Into the mouth, it's lighter in all aspects when compared to the nose. Crackery. pils malt base with some light overtones of fruit Honey is not easily found, but seems to appear as this sweetens throughout the early stages. It dries again in the middle, with a brisk graininess. Some vegetal elements reappear- especially corn- but are quickly wiped aside with a minor, reedy, hop-driven bitterness. Metallics come back at the swallow.
It's just a bit on the plus side of light bodied. Carbonation is low and staggers a bit, but remains fairly consistent for the duration.
This is a pretty big letdown from Central Waters. There is some decent-sized flavor here, but just not a good one.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 06:12:02 | More by cokes
Photo of cdkrenz


3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stevens Point's fine sports bar, The Final Score has had this beer on tap for at least a year now. I have been meaning to review it and finally have the chance.

Appearance - It pour a deep or and almost red color. The head is about a quarter inch and a nice white color. There is some decent lacing at the pint empties.

Smell - The scent of hops is prevalent.

Taste - The taste is a smooth bitterness throughout but there are hints of spice and melon as well. The beer is not in any way sweet. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - The feel is soft and smooth on the tongue and throughout my mouth. There is a slight roughness on the back of my tongue but that's brought about by the flavor more than the texture of the brew.

~ I really like this beer. I'm a lucky man to have one of these a week. I would consider this a staple in my diet if I worked at the Score.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2008 02:11:26 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of blackie


3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The beer comes in a tumbler pint with a low white head that recedes to a negligible layer on top and a ring around the glass. The beer is, well, a blonde honey color.

smell: I find aromas of German pale malts and plain pastry with some slight sulfur notes. I get no aromas of honey or hops.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the upper side of the medium range, and the body light.

taste: Not really getting any honey at all in this one. I do find flavors of wet biscuits and pale grains, as well as notes of pastry that reminds me of the crust of a pot pie. No real hop flavor or bitterness is found.

drinkability: Easy to drink but nothing special. The beer got better as it warmed a little. It's a bit different to say the least.

on-tap at Churchkey in Madison

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2006 21:53:47 | More by blackie
Honey Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.