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Honey Blonde Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Honey Blonde AleHoney Blonde Ale

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79
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by hu5om:
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3/5  rDev -13%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
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cmwilliq, May 14, 2014
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2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

cokes, Oct 30, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Giesch, May 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

beerformyhorses34, May 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Kunstman, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Hendrick24, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

enelson, Aug 13, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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

blackie, Aug 18, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

CWhite, May 22, 2013
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2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

wedgie9, Dec 10, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

ericjubeck, Mar 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

ystazi, Sep 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Drucifer, Jun 27, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

ibbjamin, Aug 11, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +27%
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.

levifunk, Jul 19, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jul 22, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

robbyc1, Mar 15, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jan 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

Danmullens1, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Wisconsin, Jan 28, 2009
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2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

KarlHungus, Sep 30, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Strix, Aug 16, 2009
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Honey Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.