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Three Beaches Honey Blonde - Tyranena Brewing Company

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 07-10-2006)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +19%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Classic medium amber with more than the usual amount of carbonation following a louder than usual 'pffft'. The bone white cap is on the small side, despite the bubble factory feeding its underside, and looks fairly decent. It's too soft to leave much lace though.

American blonde ales often fail to excite from an olfactory standpoint. Three Beaches Honey Blonde follows the usual blueprint. It's pale malty with a modest sweetness that I wish I could say smells like honey... except it doesn't. The label says the beer is 'free from bitterness', so it's no great surprise that the Cascade hops are barely evident.

Unfortunately, beer of this style is often too generic and too uninteresting for its own good. Three Beaches, on first blush, is exactly that. Thankfully, it improves on the finish since it's there that the orange blossom honey makes an appearance and and succeeds in pulling the beer out of the realm of average.

Early on, the flavor profile follows the nose in that it consists of lightly sweet pale malt that is a trifle too grainy. It then smooths out a tad at the midway point when the barely noticeable citric hops kick in. It would have been nice if the honey was present throughout the mouthful, but I guess it's better late than never.

The mouthfeel is a shade too light, even for a summer beer, and is too carbonated as well. Not horribly so, but since the bubbles aren't settling down with time, I have no choice but to go with an average score. I'm betting it's just a batch-specific problem.

I'm sure TBHB fills a void in the Tyranena lineup. I also wouldn't be surprised if it's a pretty consistent moneymaker for them. However, for those craft beer enthusiasts who are looking for something special, I'd say give this one a pass. There's too much good beer in Wisconsin to spend time lollygagging around on the Three Beaches.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice sessionable beer worthy of some praise. This is a very clean Blonde or Cream Ale that has figured something out... If you combine a soft honey-nectar flavor with crisp pilsner malts, then the beer takes on a subtle, sweet, complex taste that steers away from grain flavors, aromas, and textures. I love the honeysuckle notes that rise in the nose and initial taste- so volital and fragile, but the brewers are able to keep the beer fresh and fragrant throughout. Light herbal hops give a lemongrass flavor that never detracts from the honey taste. Even better, the honey addition doesn't weigh heavy on the palate, nor attenuate into fusal alcohols. The mouthfeel remains crisp, clean, and lightly acidic throughout for a easy drinking summer ale. The beer starts with a fruity, mead-like flavor but finishes with a crisp pilsner and acidic lingering that disipates quickly. Very nice beer.

Thanks again Arvjunk!

BEERchitect, May 26, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all.

mikesgroove, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, appropriately blonde-colored body with a small white head.

Smell: Mild honeyish aroma with a light, basic grain note and a kiss of citrus.

Taste: Light palt malts with a honeysuckle sweetness. Hint of citrus. No real discernible bitterness. Clean, watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied with a watery tide rolling onto this beach. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine for an incredibly light beer.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Maybe I've been doing it wrong, but I've found it somewhat difficult to spend some time on three beaches at once... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw-brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grass, very light biscuit, light flowers, and a vague sense of dried honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with an overall sense of sweetness pervading, one that's kinda fruity, but I can't quite tell what kind of fruit is at work here. There's also a mix of mild spices, including cinnamon and clove. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a wet feel, and a somewhat crisp finish. Overall, an okay little brew, nothing I would readily drink again, but something I wouldn't turn my nose up at, either.

TMoney2591, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up in a pint at John's Main Event in Burlington, WI.
Review from notes.

Hazy gold coloration, slow moving streamers of carbonation. Thin layer of white foam on top, minimal flecks of spotty lace in the glass. Clarity is fairly bright despite the chill haze.

Aroma is bland wet grains, some vague honey and grassiness in the nose. The flavor is quite similar, dull malt and very mild dry bitterness, neither here nor there. Not really getting much honey in the flavor unfortunately. Fairly gaseous, biting carbonation. Not something i'd revisit, more like the bottom of the barrel for Tyranena.

emerge077, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed golden hue....adequate head...nothin' special...

inviting nose...nice and floral and lovely...

Taste: snappy wheat feel, nice texture, easy drinking..

good mouthfeel, but, fairly average, not outstanding, sorry to say....

For an easiy palatable wheaten ale, this hits all the marks...no problem here..good "chick" beer, and lord knows we can use a few of those...it's like a hefe weizen, and yet not so much...I can taste the honey, can appreciate the sweetness, and more than anything, can sympathize with the need to find something for a certain other segment...long may they wave.

feloniousmonk, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

Pours bright straw yellow with a thin bubbly white head that immediately becomes a vanishing, small patch that doesn't last long. Half-way through, it is all vanished. A couple dots slid down glass at start, but no lacing is left.

The smell is of a bit of honey and vague grain.

The tase is honey - not overly, but nothing backing it up except a mild graininess and an every so light hop balance that doesn't really play into flavor.

Light-bodied, paper thin, with an effervescent carbonation that was not really noticeable in the appearance. Slightly harsh for an "easy drinker".

I suppose as a generally inoffensive summer refresher it might be okay, but there's a blandness about it and the honey aspect is not really supported much other than to keep it from being sticky. It is too sweet for me to be that refreshing. Drinkable to a point (one, at most), but I can think of many other "simple refreshers" I would choose over this. A forgettable brew.

jwc215, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad for a blonde ale. The malt really should up with a toasted and clean pale barley that seemed to have just a touch of caramel. There's a bit of hops to keep the beer balanced and a earthy honey taste that add something a little different. The beer was a little thicker than other lighter beers, but was still drinkable.

tempest, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer is a clear, light golden hue with a small, off-white foamy head. Aromas of biscuit, general sweetness, perhaps some fruit overtones. Bread and honey with a sweetness that would become cloying if I had more than half the bottle. Light in body with moderate carbonation. Not a repeat.

Huhzubendah, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to maximum12 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head which leaves quickly, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some spices. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some nice hop notes, spices. Medium body, great aftertaste. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

Wasatch, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow. Thin white head. Lace is minimal. Really nice aroma. Inviting mix of sweet honey and barley. I really like the honey notes. They're delicate and flowery. The honey notes aren't quite as pronounced on the palate, but this is still a nice little thirst quencher. Soft maltiness and minimal hop attributes. Easy drinking and flavorful for the style.

Bighuge, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, honey, slight wheat, and a hint of hop. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of hop, sweet malt, and honey. Overall, weak appearance, weak body, and dominated by honey.

Tone, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tyranena Three Beaches Honey Blonde : Ale Brewed With Honey

From some background checking at ratebeer.com, it looks like this has existed a while in one form or another, but is new to bottling

12oz single, Steve's - University, $1.39

appearance: served in a Crowleys pint glass...body is a very clear straw golden, like clear as water....very thin, light foamy white cap with decent lacing. You can tell from the name and the bottle narrative that this is meant for mass consumption in the summer sun, and it looks the part

smell: aroma is fresh and earthy...whiffs of midwestern corn, grain, and a mild honey aroma...hops are musty and earthy

taste: toasted malt, grain, buttery, biscuit-esque, earthy hops, a light but noticeable honey flavouring, lemon zest...simple but not a piece of crap blonde (like many) in my opinion. In a style filled with effortless beers, this stands out as having flavour and being a quaffer, so I think for what its worth, it works

mouthfeel: light bodied, thin, average carbonation

drinkabilty: very high

I have a friend visiting later this week who is eager to scope out this midwestern beer culture he hears about but he isn't a beer geek and his tastes lean strongly to the lighter side. Now I have something new to offer him.

dirtylou, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a Samuel Adams Summer Ale stange. No info, bottled on 20Nov09.

A - Brilliant clarity helps out this golden pale yellow beer a bit since the white head doesn't have the best retention. Almost no lace is left over either.

S - With the weather in the 60's and feeling like spring is actually here, this is a welcome aroma even if it's mediocre. Dry wheat and pale malt city with a light honey drizzle and soft hop finish. Floral notes spice it up a little bit.

T - The honey is showcased a bit more than a typical honey beer. It tastes a little bit refined. It also helps the pale malts and dry straw flavor out. The hops do as well as the finish has a well-balanced floral note.

M - Light-bodied and smooth with a quick shift to a harder bite at the finish and a strong carbonation level. Touches on dryness.

D - Definitely a good summer beer to quench the thirst after or during, say, lawn-mowing. Not altogether pronounced or distinguishable though.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of ZAP
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice easy drinking honey ale...nose is more fragrant than I expected...floral with some nice sweet honey notes..rounded mouthfeel...smooth....medium carbonation...lighter bodied...

The taste is soft and light....nice subtle honey flavor...no hops noticable but it does finish more dry than sweet...

This slides down very nicely...a good summer beer with some flavor....a keg of this for a summer party would work perfectly...

ZAP, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Buebie, poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is pretty unimpressive. It pours a clear amber with a few big bubbles that recede immediately to nothing at all.

The aroma is fairly nondescript with a light wheat sweetness like bananas with hints of honey, though not much. There's a toasted grain aroma with some light toasted malts as well.

The taste is better with a much more noticeable honey sweetness on top of the bready malts. There are some faint earthy hops up front and the finish is slightly bitter and toasty.

The mouthfeel is crisp and lively with lots of carbonation and slightly dry in the finish.

This is a decent blonde, if that's what you would call it, that's very drinkable but certainly not all that complex.

gford217, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of aasher
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very light bodied, very pale gold in color with a white head that quickly dissipated into oblivion. It smells of pale malts with a dash of honey. It sounds better than it is. It reminds me of walking into a freshly cleaned bathroom with fresh urinal cakes. It tastes of crisp and sweet pale malts with artificial honey flavoring. It leaves a nice sweet aftertaste but altogether it doesn't have very good flavor. It is one of the lightest beers I've ever had, which is what it was aiming for, and it is actually pretty refreshing. Overall this beer is definitely average in all aspects and in my opinion, there are much better options for a hot summer's day.

aasher, May 19, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date found. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color that produced an immediately dissipating white head.

(S)- Lots of honeycomb with a twist of lemon & corn meal.

(T)- Almost biscuity, with a big honey sweetness. Some corn meal.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Rather sweet with tons of honey. Crisp, yet not at the same time. Finishes a tad bitter.

(D)- Fun for the summertime heat, but otherwise this just doesnt do it for me. Some beers with honey added are great, but this just tastes far too overly sweet for the style.

sweemzander, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SeaBass for his recent trading activity which is yielding us lots of new beers for the tastings.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a medium head.

S: Mostly sweet grains with a hint of corn, and honey.

T: Matly grain sweetness up front with a nice blast of real honey in the finish.

M: Thin & bubbly.

D: Not my favorite beer, but if its yours it is rather drinkable.

tpd975, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear light golden color. The head is froathy and white with big bubbles. The aroma is of honey with faint malt notes in the background. The taste is like the aroma. It is flavorful, but not very complex. The mouthfeel is light bodied with sharp high carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good blonde ale. It has enough flavor to make it worth while, and is very easy to drink.

KarlHungus, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -10.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color with a thin head that quickly fades. Very little lacing left on the glass.

Has a light floral scent with sweetness coming from the malt and honey.

Taste is likewise sweet. Just a hint of some hops with a honey aftertaste.

Has a light body and the carbonation is a bit overwhelming.

Just too sweet for me to make a session from this beer. My least favorite Tyranena brew.

morimech, May 05, 2008
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Three Beaches Honey Blonde from Tyranena Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.