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Henry Weinhard's Northwest Trail Blonde Lager - Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.

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Henry Weinhard's Northwest Trail Blonde LagerHenry Weinhard's Northwest Trail Blonde Lager

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BA SCORE
74
okay

25 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dolem98 on 07-30-2002)
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by AmitC:
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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

AmitC, Oct 13, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance – Deep yellow shaded with orange and a decent head that laced the glass.

Smell – The standard grain aroma is offset by some decent-smelling hops. There’s also an orange scent to this one.

Taste – This isn’t half bad. The hops come on more at the taste; the grain is more of an afterthought. There is a hint of orange sweetness but mostly the light hops define the flavor.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and somewhat dry.

Drinkability – This is a lot better than the Blue Boar.

RoyalT, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
2.65/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a respectable shade of gold with some head that disappears to a fine film of lace. Somewhat sharp aroma of cooked vegetables. The beer is adequately malty, with a mineral zing, and a decent crispness from the hops. However, a metallic taste gets in the way, and the beer is surprisingly ponderous, not quite as refreshing as one would like from a blonde mega-lager. Mouthfeel a bit bubbly. Drinkability about what one would expect from a beer of this style. It is possible this sample is a bit on the old side; bottle code reads 08304. Although it was more substantial, I enjoyed it less than Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve.

Thrasher, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Pours a bright coppery yellow color topped by a half-inch of creamy white head that has some decent retention. Crisp aroma of light sweet malt, honey, and a whiff of fairly mellow hops. Palate is clean, crisp, and refreshing. A mild malt base blends well with a light hoppiness, with just a kiss of honey sweetness. Body is light and well-carbonated. Nothing too complex, just a straightforward offering that's a step up from an industrial lager. An excellent summer beer, great for drinking in large quantities on the porch on a hot summer day.

ElGordo, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of dolem98
2.55/5  rDev -16.7%

Appearance is quite good, looks like a Blonde Lager- nice head that dissipates rather quicky. Aroma is wheaty and simple, with perhaps a slight hint of skunkiness (which is odd for a dark bottle). Taste is light and refreshing , and again simple, with just a slightly sour aftertaste. If your careful you might notice a hint of citrus after the swallow. Nothing displeasing, but it doesn't really grab you.

The Bottom Line:
I wouldn't turn one down, and if I was out of money I'd probably buy a six pack. However, it's certainly nothing to get excited over.

dolem98, Jul 30, 2002
Photo of Reidrover
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%

The remaining Henry's beer that I had yet to try and what better a time to taste a blonde lager than after some very hot and sweaty yard work ( yes we had a rain free day in Salem, Oregon, wonders never cease!)
The beer poured very nice leaving a monsterous white fluffy head that even overwhelmed my glass for a second..it did shrink rapidlly but still lingered.The beer itself is a honey golden colour very attractive indeed.
The aroma however is rather non-descript and average for style..there is some faint smell of lemon grass and some faint malts
After having read the other reviews and had been expecting a pretty sub par beer..the taste was actually quite pleasant certainlly better than RedHook and Goose Island blondes I have tasted,,its actually quite creamy in consistency compared to most lagers and it does have some nice fresh hop bite at the end..nice.
The mouthful though again is average not unpleasant.
Very drinkable Blonde lager indeed..nice beer for the price.

Reidrover, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Light bronze coloration, small lacing. Smells of lighty grassy malts, and sweet carmel. Hops presence is fairly good, even when served refrigerator cold. A lot of CO2. A pretty good value for $5.80 for a 6 pack .

TastyTaste, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts balanced but hops assert giving a dry bitter finish. I'm still underwhelmed with Blitz-Weinhard. $1.00 for a 12oz bottle from Utah DABC Salt Lake City, Ut.

jdhilt, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of EvanWilliams
3/5  rDev -2%

EvanWilliams, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%

A fair all-malt lager, but lacking depth and flavor. Pours out to a nice looking deep golden color with a hint of red. Large head of white foam calms to about 1/8 of an inch. Lots of lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas were light, but caramel malts, grain, wheaty-straw were noted. Taste was average, but lacked the fuller flavor that i'm used to with all-malt lagers. Lightly smoked caramel malts mixed with a healthy dose of hops, a touch of grain, and a sweet character. Mouthfeel was dense and slightly heavier than most lagers, with little carbonation making it's way to the tongue. Drinkability is pretty good. I'd have this again. Worth trying. Special thanks goes out to Dubbercody for the sample.

Frozensoul327, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of brakspear
3/5  rDev -2%

An average regional lager. Pours pale gold with limited head, no retention. The aroma is pretty bare, some malt or adjunct sweetness with little to know hop nose. The flavor is pleasant, but tame and pretty nondescript, adjunct and perhaps some caramel malt sweetness. This is a step up from the regular Blitz-Weinhard fare, but not too much.

brakspear, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of sinistersteve
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%

Golden colored, wheaty tasting lager. Nice and light. This is probably better suited for the Summer rather than the winter. Nothing really spectacular about this beer, as is with most Weinhard's products. The good part is that sixers normally retail for under 5 bucks.

sinistersteve, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of Zraly
2.6/5  rDev -15%

A golden-honeyed orange color in appearance, with a two-finger head that takes off in record time. The combination of smells is corn chips, wet dog, malt, a tiny bit of citrus and there is a skunk somewhere in the bushes, probably preparing to chase the wet dog. (Maybe I got a hold of a not-so-good batch of the stuff. hmm.)

The taste, once you get past the funky smell, is reasonably good. It's a little bit on the sweet side, but it is light-bodied and crisp enough to be refreshing. The finish is dry and pleasant. There is a lingering orange/citrus coupled with a malt flavor that hangs out in the mouth for a bit. Maybe even a bit too long.

Alas, if it were not for the strangeness of the smell, I'd be more apt to give this brew a rating of at least a "3" across the board. For 4.49 a six pack, I can't complain too much.

I guess your typical summer picnic menu would be alright to drink with this. Or maybe dump it in some chili. I'm using mine in a corn and black bean chili with chipotle. What the hell. Why not.

Zraly, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%

Northwest Trail is a medium gold with little to no head. The smell is a little fruity with a huge aroma of hops. The taste is not bad, alot of hops overpower the slight hint of cirtrus flavor. Very clean lager and light. A very drinkable beer, mostly on hot summer days, have had out of the bottle and thought didn't taste as good as on tap. Normal though for most beers.

beertaster13, Feb 21, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Dains, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
2.63/5  rDev -14.1%

A - Pours a golden yellow color, some carbonation, tiny head fizzy's up pretty quick, nice lacing throughout the drink though.

S - Scents of sweet malts and yeast.

T - The taste is sweet and malty.

M - Medium body and well rounded.

D - Drinkable. On the bottle it sez it's a blonde lager, that's what I would call it. It's not to bad, I've had alot worse.

Wasatch, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev +20.3%

Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied lager. Mild malts and hops, yet very flavorful. Very smooth taste. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, nearly neutral. Nice beer.

beerguy101, Aug 22, 2003
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3/5  rDev -2%

harpus, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%

Henry Weinhard's Northwest trail was served form a 12oz. twistoff bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was honey-golden in color, and lacked any substantial head...just a thin foam ring and scattered foam islands. The nose was lighty sweet, with a light hoppiness shyly presenting itself. The taste yielded a soft light honey-malt profile, with a mellow-zip transition into a clean light hoppy bitterness. The flavor was quite subtle all around, but it was pleasant and balanced. The body was nicely full and smooth(saving this beer from being a overly wimpy), and the carbonation was well-done for the presentation of the flavors. Overall, a mellow but decent and refreshing beer for outdoor summer fun.

HiroProtagonist, Mar 29, 2004
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3/5  rDev -2%

This is a recent addition to the Weinhard's collection. Is it a coincidence that Weinhards got bought by SABMiller and their beers are all lagers? Probably not, but moderately cheap lagers still have their place on the lawns during a croquet or lawn darts game.

This beer pours a decent golden color, though there is no real benefit from pouring it into a glass. It gives off no distintive smell, though it tastes like a lager ought to. Its hard to find a cheap american lager like this anymore.

This beer does not hit the spot. It doesn't fill you up. It doesn't tickle your fancy. But it goes down easy. Its a clean lager, and summer enjoyment is probably its place. I remember it being better, but I first had it during the warmer months. Those were times when it didn't matter so much when the beer looked good enough, and went down well. During the winter however, you notice that it lacks bitterness, and it lacks malt body. But its just a cut above the cheap stuff, and since you can get a 1/2 rack for the price of a good sixer, its a tempting buy. However, the taste and feeling you want from beer is missing. You can drink several of these without reward. I encourage you to spend your money on a decent sixer.

freed, Apr 05, 2003
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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

I poured this beer in to a pilsner glass. It has a gold color and is quite clear. The head was thin and dissipated quickly with almost no lacing.

The beer smells hoppy, but is otherwise not noteworthy.

The taste is pleasant, light, crisp and slightly bitter. There is very little after taste, and it is short lived.

This is a wonderfully average beer. It’s an excellent alternative to Bud, MGD or any of the other mega-beers. If you are looking for something special, this isn’t it.

RJLarse, Jan 03, 2006
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3.38/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into a Shaker pint. Brownish-yellow with two fingers of creamy head that slowly faded to a lumpy film that stayed with me for the whole beer. Decent lacing, too.

Not much smell except for a faint malt aroma.

Lots of flavor for an American lager. Very malty up front with a respectable ammount of hops in the finish.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Lots of body without being sticky or syrupy.

This is a very drinkable beer. All in all, very satisfying. Great with just about any meal.

This beer is either a very tasty Macro, or a very cheap Micro. Either way, I'm glad it's here. At less than $9.00 a twelve-pack, it's a great deal. I'm surprised it doesn't have a better rating here.

cjhofelt, Dec 10, 2006
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2.13/5  rDev -30.4%

This beer poured a golden color with a finger of head that fell quickly. The nose was lots of funky lager tones with sweet fruity undertones. Not my favorite. Blah on the taste too. The flavor was lots of lager crap with some background sweetness and hop that couldn't save it. I had a little bit and dumped the rest. The feel was moderate, but not anything more. Drinkability was not good at all...as I said, I dumped it. Don't bother.

kmpitz2, Nov 22, 2004
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2.42/5  rDev -20.9%

Henry Weinhard's Northwest Trail Blonde Lager in a 12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date to be found. I poured it into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a golden straw color with a fizzy white head. The head disappeared but a white ring stayed around the outside of the glass. No lacing stayed on the glass though. The beer smelled sweet, almost with a grassy scent to it as well. The flavor hit with some malt but with nothing much else. Watered down taste with a pretty light mouthfeel that is really ust kind of there. Drinkable and cheap, but nothing spectacular or even above average of note with this one. That said, although they are technically different styles, I'd take this over Budweiser or MGD almost any day.

edmundfitzoil, Sep 06, 2005
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3.35/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle a medium gold with a small head of foam that dissipated quickly but left a solid layer through out the session.

The smell is very hard to pick up...maybe some sweetness from the malt.

The taste is malty semi sweet with notes of corn and just a wee bit of lemon in the background that doesn't make for really excellent balance but...pretty good overall and a good drinker for the long hot summer season. Give it a try.

Bitterbill, Jun 11, 2006
Henry Weinhard's Northwest Trail Blonde Lager from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.