Honey Blonde Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
06-09-2009 03:11:39 | More by Bighuge
3.13/5 rDev -9%
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.
11-26-2008 17:55:25 | More by scruffwhor
2.48/5 rDev -27.9%
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.
10-30-2008 06:12:02 | More by cokes
3.58/5 rDev +4.1%
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
08-18-2006 21:53:47 | More by blackie
2.78/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
09-29-2009 23:14:27 | More by KarlHungus
3.6/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-19-2010 20:01:54 | More by Redrover
3.48/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
07-30-2009 21:04:12 | More by younger35
3.95/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
02-01-2008 02:11:26 | More by cdkrenz
3.68/5 rDev +7%
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.
10-27-2009 16:07:00 | More by botham
3.28/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
08-16-2009 00:16:00 | More by Strix
Honey Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.