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Discovery Blonde Beer - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
82
good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of rawknrall
4/5  rDev +12%

rawknrall, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of JohnW
3.5/5  rDev -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

JohnW, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of mrbigpappa
3.25/5  rDev -9%

mrbigpappa, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of CanuckRover
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

CanuckRover, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +12%

Ciocanelu, May 07, 2013
Photo of blamoe
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

blamoe, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of robotiks
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%

robotiks, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of dolzan
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

dolzan, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

BlackHaddock, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of krunchie
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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

krunchie, May 17, 2009
Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -44%

pin, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -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.

david18, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

DaveHS, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Sigmund
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Sigmund, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of mdagnew
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's as part of a Fuller's Brewery Tour - Spring Beer Festival 4 pack...

Poured a light copper orange colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded fairly quickly to thin layer... Some light sticky lacing... Very sparse carbonation...

Aroma - Nice strong fruitiness (oranges, lemons, pears), nice biscuity malts, honey sweetness, floral, grassy / hay hints, some sea saltiness, vanilla, creaminess, sugary, light spicy hops...

Taste – Very light biscuity malts, watery fruitiness (oranges, apples, some grapefruits), some dustiness, some faint rice notes, light honey sweetness, faint peppery hops, some creaminess.... all a bit disappointing after the aromas...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy. Light / medium bodied. Pretty drinkable and sessionable at 3.9%...

Overall - An OK beer... nothing too exciting but quite drinkable.... worth a try...

mdagnew, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of JanM
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

JanM, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Alex-by
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Alex-by, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of GreenCard
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried from hand-pump at the Euston Flyer (a Fuller's pub)...

Appearance: pale gold, good clarity, little head formation

Aroma: lightly malty, slight perfumey hops, hint of citrus

Flavor: very mild malt sweetness initially, light herbally hop flavor, background "real cider" funkiness (strangely enough... bad lines?), finishes dryish with an aftertaste like chewing on a piece of straw

Mouthfeel: light body, low carbonation, very soft and "inoffensive"

Other comments: It was difficult to review this beer because it is very light all around. Hard to pick out the characteristics. I can understand why it is meant to be a "crossover" beer for the lager louts and non-beer-drinking women... very tame.

GreenCard, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of MarkoBlazic
4/5  rDev +12%

MarkoBlazic, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of atis
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

atis, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of galluch
3.5/5  rDev -2%

galluch, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of MEP
4.25/5  rDev +19%

MEP, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Maiacetus
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Maiacetus, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of bark
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not a "Pale Ale" but a "Golden Ale". It seems like that style is missing in the BA database.

The colour is pale golden yellow, the compact white foam is half finger thick.

The smell is buttery and a bit bitter with some sweet malt.

The taste is gentle with lots of diacetyl (butter, butter scotch, toffee) and a fresh bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit simple, bitter and medium long.

The carbonation is medium with small, gentle bubbles.

This is a very, very drinkable golden ale. Great stuff for the summer!

bark, Oct 08, 2005
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Discovery Blonde Beer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
82 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.