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Discovery Blonde Beer - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Discovery Blonde BeerDiscovery Blonde Beer

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BA SCORE
82
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47 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%


Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 05-27-2005)
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: golden, clear, small head, decent retention.

S: hoppy, grapefruit.

T: fairly sweet, light citrus, wheaty bitter finish provides balance.

M: smooth, crisp, light.

O: a proper session beer, subtle flavours keep you interested and provide depth but abv won’t cause problems.

Serving type: cask

09-02-2013 10:08:47 | More by jonb5
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Alex-by

Belarus

3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden with a nice creamy head that dissapears very soon.

S: Very malty with some fruits and a little bit honey.

T: Frutty and hopsy. Not so complicated.

M: Average carbonation, light, refreshing. Dry finish

O: Very nice light bodied Ale. Will be great for a hot day

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 17:50:54 | More by Alex-by
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cervezango

Bolivia

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

yeasty and wheaty aroma

tastes quite tart,like a bead -like cake,or a tea cake perhaps.

a bit watered down as it is fullers session beer and is probably the weakest of their main beers it is also not as good as there ESB , london Porter, or london pride,

little head on this honey colored (red/gold)ale
great hops and refreshing clean/dry after taste.
nice little ale as always with fullers

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 22:46:41 | More by cervezango
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a golden colour with a nice head that fades down quickly, minimal lacing too.

Smells faintly fresh and malty.

Tastes nice, well balanced between hops and malts with just a fresh citrusy kick.

Overall a lovely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 17:16:31 | More by CwrwAmByth
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david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had an Imperial pint of this at a pub on a recent visit to London. In general I don't live british ales (they're a little malty for my taste) but I always like to try something new. This one was pretty interesting and, from what I hear, new.

Appearance is blonde, as the name would suggest. Cask pull so not very carbonated. As with most english ales, very cloudy.

Aroma was a little light. Some malt, maybe a hint of hops.

Flavor was light but distinctly different from the other british ales. A little more bit and a bit more refreshing.

Overall a good beer, especially on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: cask

09-19-2011 19:04:13 | More by david18
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden to amber colour with a foamy white head on top. The head starts about a finger width tall before gradually reducing in size & leaving a thick, foamy lacing.

A sweet & incredibly fruity aroma. A strong citrus & tropical fruit mix that works well & is very summery on the nose.

Very sweet & quite fruity too although not as strong as the smell. There is some pineapple & citrus fruit along with a bread like taste. The finish is a mild bitter one.

Medium bodied & a little chewy on the tongue but highly drinkable with a slight fizz to it.

A real surprise & not what I was expecting from this beer at all. It is a lot more fruity than I would have though & very nice indeed.

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Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 01:49:08 | More by flyingpig
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atis

Finland

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, 4.5% ABV

Pours pale orange with dense white head that leaves rings of patchy lacing. Aroma is fruity and loads of fresh floral hops.

Taste is weak floral hops balanced with sweetish malt, later fruity notes start to appear that dominate aftertaste as well. Body is light with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable and rather unassuming pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 19:27:42 | More by atis
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012. ABV is stated as 4.5%. Described on the label as a refreshing blonde beer.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear, light golden colour with good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that remains for a few minutes before disappearing. Sweet, fruity aroma with a strong note of bubblegum. Hints of light malt, grain, citrus and a background note of butter.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp, refreshing bitterness. Notes of floral and citrus hops, elderflower, oranges and bubblegum. A buttery hint lurks in the background. Bitterness is mild but pleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, leaving the palate slightly dry. Aftertaste of light citrus hops.

As light ales go, this is pretty good. The flavour is relatively subtle but aromatic hops add a nice dimension to it. Would go down nicely in summer - worth sampling.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 22:10:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fuller's is pretty open about this being an attempt at wooing the lager crowd.

Looks the part, very light gold. Thin head. Slightly bubbly, but still cask, not fizzy. No lacings

Pretty lively aroma. Loads of ripe light fruit.

Very inoffensive fruit flavours throughout. Apricots, light citrus flavours. Malt is somewhat grainy. Lingering fruitiness which is a bit unpleasant.

Bit torn over this one. Can't fault Fuller's for trying, and it strikes me as a well-crafted hot weather beer, but falls a bit short given their pretty nice line-up of ales.

Serving type: cask

04-14-2011 16:52:07 | More by CanuckRover
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Sigmund

Norway

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask conditioned at Charlie's Bar, Copenhagen. Fullers have finally "discovered" that golden ales have been in demand for a number of years. This is their attempt at this style. Golden colour, low head. Moderate hops in aroma and flavour, but nothing special here. Disappointing.

Serving type: cask

02-14-2011 17:58:10 | More by Sigmund
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DaveHS

California

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at The Blackbird (Fuller's Ale House) in Earl's Court, London.

A-Pours straw yellow with a thin head that quickly reduces to bubbles. Leaves a clingy, soapy head.

S-Candi sugar sweetness, pale malts, circus peanuts.

T/M-Bready and light. Very full flavored for such a light beer. The chewy, bready flavors coat the palate without ever becoming too sweet or overwhelming.

D-Best of my Fuller's cask session so far.

Serving type: cask

01-11-2011 12:46:43 | More by DaveHS
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dolzan

Slovenia

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ABV in the bottle is 4.5%.

Golden yellow, with a hint of red.

Almost lager like in appearance and in taste, but with some added complexity characteristics of an English ale.

The flavours are fruity and biscuity, but there is just enough bite to make this a very pleasant and balanced beer. Very drinkable, but it is not anywhere in the range of ESB or London Pride quality wise.

It makes a very good summer's beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 14:53:47 | More by dolzan
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4.5% Bottle, brown 500ml type. One week before it's best before date: poured into a vase shaped 'Old Speckled Hen' pint glass.

Lagerlike in its appearance, bright golden body and a pure white head on top. The head however disappeared very quickly leaving a thin collar.

Fresh bread smell with wheat esters and a sweet yeasty aroma mixed within it.

This had a summer beer feel to it (it is snowing outside at the moment), tangy, sharp and highy carbonated. Wheat and Barley is used in the brew, the wheat is evident in the taste more than the malted barley.

An OK beer in the right circumstances, sunny and warm sort of times. Not late January when I reviewed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 16:31:18 | More by BlackHaddock
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours light golden with a large white creamy head that leaves some nice lacings.

S: Malty notes along with some floral hops and some fruit (mostly dried).

T: At first it's a bit dry, but then there is fruityness and floral hops, but it's a bit thin.

M: Lightbodied with some carbonic acids but the aftertaste is to short.

D: This is an all right beer, but it doesn't stand out. A bit to mild for my taste - it's like a mix between an ESB and a swedish light beer (maximum 2,25% alcohol).

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 17:51:19 | More by Sunnanek
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: huge, thick head of intense foam appears upon a slow pour; dissipates over a couple of minutes, but leaves some minor lacing; a bright blonde ale underneath

S: fruity and floral aromas emerge as soon as the bottle top is removed; ripe bananas and a subtle tropic fruit presence emerges after the pour--a mixture of pineapple, papaya and malts, but interwoven subtlely

T: mildly fruity, again with some slight pineapple; a nice bitterness on the finish, and then lingering on the tongue

M: crisp and fefreshing; carbonation gives a nice bite

D: would definitely drink this again--might become one of my go-to beers for when I'm not trying new stuff

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 22:11:19 | More by fullsweep
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: The bottled version of this beer is 4.5%

Appearance - 3.5
A firm pour yields a finger of cream coloured head that quickly reduced to a thin layer siting atop a clear gold to amber coloured body. Not much in the way of lace.

Smell - 3.5
Biscuity malt, slightly fruity (sweet melon), slightly buttery, little hop aroma.

Taste - 4.0
While quite light on the palate overall, this is quite a complex beer with flavours of biscuity malt, a little butter, a little honey dew melon and a slightly spicy, grassy character from the Saaz hops. A very faint banana lolly taste is there, which detracts, but it is just barely perceptible. Finishes dry with a low to moderate level of bitterness. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to moderate carbonation, relatively light in then mouth, bordering on watery and has an almost puckeringly dry finish.

Drinkability - 4.0
This isn't the sort of beer that would usually have me reaching for more, but it is very easy to drink and exactly the sort of beer people should be drinking in summer instead of bland lagers. Highly sessionable.

OVERALL - 3.8
I would say that Discovery is pretty much at the same level as James Squire Golden Ale, and a very similar beer overall. It is a sessionable, relatively light bodied bitter/pale ale. Not quite up with London Pride or ESB, but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 05:32:06 | More by LittleCreature
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Cs1987

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber, 1 finger of head, mediocre retention.

Smell - Sweet and spicy.

Taste - Quite a unique taste, pretty different from the pale and blonde ales I am more familiar with. Mild nutmeg-like spices and caramel seem to be the dominant flavours.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, but a little thin.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and refreshing. I should have tried this one on a hot summer's day instead of a cold, late autumn night.

Overall - Worth a try for its uniqueness, but I think I'll stick with my favourite Australian pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 11:28:39 | More by Cs1987
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krunchie

Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on March 31.

A: Clear, golden yellow liquid with a lot of CO2. Light, airy, crispy and sparkling head that dissapears quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Orange, pale ale malts, honey, sugar and syrup. Sweet smell, very summery and flowery

T: Honey and syrup once again. Light finish with bavarian aroma hops and bready malt aromas. Refreshing and light, clean hop bitterness and crisp head.

M: Crisp like a pilsner, clean bitterness and nice CO2 makes this beer very light on the palate and smooth on the throat.

D: Very drinkable and sparkly. Great beer for a sunny day on the balcony

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 14:15:43 | More by krunchie
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goblet

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pouer this 330 ml bottle bad boy into a pint glass.

Appearence:of course it`s blonde got a one inch foam head after the pour that reduces,no carbonation,clear.

Smell:wheat malt and lite hoppy aroma a tad bit of fruit.

Taste:the taste is not to strong some fruit like pears, lite wheat and white sugars .smooth easy to down ,even watery.

Mouthfeel:very lite body and a slight sweetness some hop flovor in the after taste .

Drinkability: very lite beer not the best example of a blonde beer but not the worst,easy to drink, not to think about beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 15:54:31 | More by goblet
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had from hand pull at the Fullers Pub "The Old Joint Stock" in Birmingham UK - a regular beer available there.

Pale gold colour, thin head that does not last very long. Aroma is slightly sweet and hint of citrus, no great depth. Texture is very light, and would seem very thin after drinking anything stronger. Flavours are of an initial sweetness, then slightly dry citrus and flowery hops come through later, though no great depth in any area. This is an easy to drink very light beer, ideal on a hot summer day, though with a decent clean taste, and would make a good session beer.

Nothing outstanding, or of great character, but an easy to drink light beer with more flavour than many of the mass produced lager style 'beers.' A good starter to a session ending with something stronger!

JohnW
B'ham UK Dec 2008

Serving type: cask

01-09-2009 13:38:52 | More by JohnW
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Lukie

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a golden hue with a thick bubbly head. Nice retention and good strong lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. Nice and fresh.

Aroma's of sweet honey, buiscuty malts and hints of marmalade. Quite soft.

Light honey taste, that finishes with a very noticable sweet marmalade, that lingers after. Very little hop character.

Very light and refreshing, and a perfect beer for a hot summers day.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 03:47:29 | More by Lukie
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blamoe

United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This blonde ale brewed by fullers is aimed at the larger drinkers and shoudn't be taken seriously be the real ale drinkers. But in taste it's not bad and there's a lot worse you can drink, the taste is quite biscuity and slightly hoppy. Not a bad beer to try encourage the larger louts to stop drinking rubbish.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 18:08:56 | More by blamoe
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is partially blonde with a bit darker colour than I expected, it's lmost a light brown colour. There is a quite good head retention actually.

The beer smells of all malts. Nothing really in it that sticks out, maybe a slight hints of fruits. The beer reminds me of London Pride with barely any hops. The beer is incredibly carbonated and malty. The flavours are balanced, like most English Pale Ales; however, the lack of hops really make the beer bland. Supposedly it's a beer to try and get lager drinkers onto ales, and I think they succeeded on making a beer as a stepping stone. This beer really doesn't do much for me though, who is an avid ale drinker. The mouth feel is pretty okay as well. It's so damn carbonated.

It is drinkable because there isn't much flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 19:09:21 | More by swizzlenuts
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Jonte

Sweden

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden/yellow color with a white not lasting head.

The smell is citrus (oranges, lemons), and some sweet malt with caramel notes.

Tastes of citrus fruitiness, light floral notes, a bit of biscuits and caramel. Some bitterness in the finish. Very light taste.

Medium carbonation and light body.

A very smooth and highly drinkable golden ale. Goes down easy, but not very interesting. The bottled version has an ABV of 4.2%.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 17:27:32 | More by Jonte
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JanM

Sweden

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sometimes a brewer just goes too far in inventing new beer broilers, and this is my general impression of Discovery. It poured in a golden yellow color with a finger of foam. There was a strong smell of honey and grape fruit. The taste was profiled by honey as well, seconded by fruits, hops and bread. Overall I found it a bit of a strange brew and perhaps even a little watery. I will not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 16:38:48 | More by JanM
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Discovery Blonde Beer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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