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Red Brick Blonde - Red Brick Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2005

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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 75
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Clarity and good lacing is there. Taffy-like fruitiness, rough grain and some nutty yeast in the nose. Grainy flavor rides quick with the sharpness of the hop bitterness. Clean palate for the most part aside from the husky grain undertones. Hops are a little woody and herbal. Crusty bread and nutty yeast in the drying end.

Not half bad, a bit middle of the road though true to style. I could see knocking a few of these back while doing some bar sports; pool, dart, etc.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of this to drink after work not for substance really, but this actually had some subtle nuances.Poured a clear light blond with a large white crown atop that settled pretty slowly,aromas are toasty with a hint of citrus...almost lager-like.Flavors are firmly toasty with light caramel sweetness,a light herbal/citric smack comes thru in the finish.Suprisingly full bodied and it went down easy,couldnt ask for much for from the style.

Photo of steelerguy
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow, low carbonation, small head that fades quickly.

S - A little grassy malt, not much else.

T - Grainy malt flavor with a bit of sweetness. Really kind of tastes like corn pops to me.

M - Thin and watery, which makes it one part refreshing and one part boring.

D - If you are hot and thirsty and would rather than a watery beer than a water, this is it.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Atlanta earlier this year.

This was a gusher, with about a quarter of the beer flying out and onto the table when it was opened. After getting the beer poured into the glass, the beer poured a hazy yellow color with a huge white head.

The beer smells of wheat malt, with a little bit of lemon. The taste follows the smell, with a slight hop bitterness at the end.

Even with the ridiculous amount of carbonation, this was a good beer. Not the best, but nothing to be disappointed about.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

American blonde ale....i guess thats what we call cream ales now days!...

a golden very thin appearance...with very little head....and splotchy carbonation...

smells like the ale version of the American Lager...very light nose...and almost a creamy smell...

taste is smooth...so smooth...with the lightest touch of creamy....

the feel is nice....creamy feel....and nice carbonation...

the drink ability is awesome!....great session beer...that goes down easy...nothing special...but it does have a great taste to sit down and drink a sixer of this

Photo of awester462
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went to the brewery itself to try this one out.

The color was actually a little bit darker than i would expect from a blonde. Looked delicious though.

Couldn't get much scent.

The taste was very very good. Maybe the best blonde I have had.

I had 2 of these and would definately have more.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice little hoppy blonde, with sessionable ABV. Pours with some foam. The malt was in the aroma, and the pleasant surprise was in the hoppiness. Smooth and average mouthfeel. Average carbonation feels like more.On the drying side in the aftertaste.

Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a pale golden yellow with a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is grainy malt and hay with just a touch of hops.

T- The taste starts out with some grain and finishes with a quick bite from the hops. Not bad, it's got a good amount of flavor for a Blonde Ale.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This would be a great session ale. It is light bodied and easily consumed with a nice amount of flavor. This beer would be a fine tailgating beer! Recommended!

Photo of Mavajo
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a voluminous white head and minimal/no lacing. Nose is wheaty with a hint of citrus. Taste follows suit - wheat, lemon/citrus. Thin bodied and generous carbonation. Not an overly complicated beer, but generally enjoyable. Fairly drinkable, but the high carbonation could start to take a toll.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass... Straw-yellow color, almost transparent with some cloudiness to it. A thin white head that a minutes later only barely covered the surface.

The nose has a slight honey and dry hay smell. Not pronounced or particularly appealing.

The carbonation attacks the tongue.. but quickly lets up, still moderate throughout. The body is light. The taste is lacking taste. There is a slight malty flavor at first, quickly followed by an astringent bitterness. Not horrible, but...

Knowing that Blonds are not the most flavorful beers, this one was still a let down. Too carbonated and no identifying profile.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hits the glass VERY pale yellow, with a big fluffy white three finger head that really holds on. (Mmmm....marshmallow fluff...D'OH!) SLIGHT haze there...

The smell is light, spicy, and a bit yeasty. There's a little lemon there.

Imagine a creamier BMC. Therein lies the flavour. It's a little more complex and spicier, but still has that basic flavour.

Mouthfeel is rather dry, with a healthy but not overbearing carbonation. Liquid is below medium.

Nice and drinkable, but not complex or demanding. It'd be a good session beer, if you weren't out for something really captivating.

Be well
-UF

Photo of AMG1971
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not sure why the ABV is reported as being 5.7, unless it's been changed. The bottle I purchased today (1/17/13) is marked 4.6. That's a significant difference, and should be noted by those who are reviewing current bottles.

This is my first review here, and was prompted by a desire to correct the ABV amount. This beer is innocuous and forgettable. Light-bodied, light-flavored, and if served cold would be even more lacking in flavor. I have mine at roughly 65 F. I thought at first it would be a good summer afternoon cookout beer, but now that I'm almost finished with it, I would instead say avoid and look elsewhere. There are far more satisfyingly "gluggable" beers for such occasions.

Photo of HalfFull
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep straw into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Offers a fleeting head and minimal lacing.

Nose is light and somewhat metallic in nature, rather thin.

Taste improves a bit but never gets going. Touch of bready texture but otherwise rather thin and flat. Carbonation settles out too quickly to a flat cider like offering. There's enough carbonation to lift the feel a bit but not make me seek another. Unimpressive, at best, and with no distinctive flavors.

Photo of beveritt
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a 50's era blonde holding a tray with beer on it. Box says consume by 9/1/09.

Appearance: Pours with just over 3 fingers of nearly pure white head. This settles to a pillowy foam cap, leaving behind nearly complete lacing coverage. Beer itself is pale yellow with a slight haze. No sediment.

Smell: Slightly bitter smell with hints of lemon.

Taste: Mild malt with wheat twang. Mild bitterness in the middle. Bitterness lingers well with hints of lemon and floral. Bitterness mellows as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: A strange mix of attributes. Looks and feels like a hefe with the huge head, wheat twang, and citrus notes. However, strong bitterness detracts. Maybe an American wheat?

Photo of rebel1771
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy blonde color with an absolutely massive head. This beer is way over carbonated.

S: Spicy hop aroma of citrus and a bit of pepper up front with a sweet malty aroma as well.

T: Dry malty flavor up front with a bit floral hop notes thrown in.

O: Overall not a bad brew. Maybe the six I picked up was a fluke but every bottle was way over carbonated. It took several minutes of pours a little into a glass and waiting for it to settle to get the entire bottle poured out.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours lemonade-yellow with a finger of white head that dies quickly with okay lace for such a weak beer.

S: Lemon, bready malts, light berries, and some light spicing.

T: The taste is simply of citrus, bread, and light berry flavors. It is quite boring.

M: The body is pretty light with average carbonation.

O: This is okay and quaffable but I won't be going for it again anytime soon.

Photo of DrewKid4
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap from the Atlanta Brewing Company

A: Clear yellow with finger width worth of head.

S: Nut and grain smell. Actually the smell doesn't give high expectations for this brew.

T: probably 50/50 on hops and malts tastes. The taste was not as complex as I usually feel blondes are.

M: Light and refreshing

D: A very drinkable brew at the bar or other social situations but that goes with most blondes.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle served right out of the fridge, so a nice chilled 40-45 degrees, and poured into a footed prima pils glass. I picked this one up down in Atlanta the last time I was through town, before it was available in South Carolina, and this bottle has been in the fridge for a couple months now waiting for me.

A - Poured a very bright, and very light golden yellow. Very clear as well with lots of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass. Chains of bubbles stretching from the bottom all the way through and reaching the surface to replenish the ample amount of foam sitting on top. A huge four finger high head of lace formed on the top with lots of fizzy and bubbling carbonation rippling through it. It settled down after a few minutes to a nice one-inch high layer across the top that pretty much stayed with it though out the remainder of session. Decent enough side glass lace was present during the beginning of the session, but tended to tail off toward the end. Overall pretty classic look for a blonde ale and it was decent enough, albeit a little light, and slightly tilted toward the hey color of the spectrum.

S - The aroma was light, as you would expect given the style, but if you gave it a few minutes to warm up it became remarkably complex for such a light ale. The first notes coming through were of the grain and bready like tones, cereal grains, which were present right away in front of you, were now taking center stage. Soon though some subtle hints would start to come out as well. A nice subtle touch of Banana was apparent, as was the slightest little bit of a hop note. It was hard to discern what kind as it was very subtle, but I would guess a little citrus or fresh grass flavor, not very heavy and just more of background lightness then anything else. Some light yeast tones in there as well, probably were the Banana notes were coming from. Overall pretty classic for the style and a nice bit overall.

T - The flavor followed the aroma almost perfectly. Really being a very ale, very crisp, very clean, very refreshing, with nothing being heavy or filling about this one at all. Predictably, the first flavor that came through was the grain notes that were so prevalent in the aroma, but quickly these faded, or rather mingles in with some light fruit notes, some yeast showing their muscle. Giving me hints of Banana, some light lemon almost, very nice with a little bit of a kick. The kick probably coming from a little bit of the hops that were poking their head around in there. Light grass now mixing in. There was a definite earthy quality to the whole thing, really becoming quite clean and complex at the same time. To be honest one of the better I have had in the style, a style to which I am not the biggest fan of, however this was very good.

M - The feel was proto-typical of what you would expect coming out of the Blond ale. Just a very very light, very crisp, very clean feeling, which really is the hallmark here. The carbonation profile was huge, with almost an effervescent like quality to it. The finish was quick, not really letting anything linger for a long time and cutting off the flavor after just a few seconds.

D - I could have downed a keg of this one to be honest with you. It was just that good. I would have loved to have had more of it, but I only had the one. It was just so refreshing, so crisp and clean that it was almost the perfect session ale for a hot day. I would definitely go for more.

Overall I thought this was very good. As I said I am not the biggest fan of the style, it being just a touch light for me, however this has some complexity to it, some more flavor then I would typically see in this that made me want to go out and hunt some more down. I would say if you are out on a hot day, this would be the way to go, hands down. If you like the style I would definitely go and search this one out.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While it's far from incredible, this one is actually enjoyable and flavourful.

It pours a decent light golden colour with a mild head that leaves a bit of a mark on the glass, but not much.

The aroma is a bit sweet, a touch chalky and mildly hoppy as well. Not bad.

Flavour is basically more of the same however a bit smoother/creamier. Hops are minimal but do come out here and there amongst the sweetness and grassiness of the brew. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but nothing overly concerning.

This is definitely an easy drinking brew that I would expect to be quite popular in the South in the warm summer months. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up again if I'm in the area, but I at least know its a solid brew if I see it on tap again.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up a crystal clear pale straw colowed with a white, foamy head that dissipates slowly

S - Grainy, bready aroma. I couldn't smell any hops. Not bad, but not too appetizing

T - Slightly astringent malt flavor with a sharp hop bitterness at the back of the tongue that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, with good carbonation

D - A good, easy drinking beer. A bit too astringent for my taste, but not bad.

Photo of kgrober
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last of my "box of bricks" sampler

Poured with better results than the brown and pale ale. Nice summery appearance with a golden ocre hue. 85/15 split beer to head with the head disappearing quickly.

The smell was light and crisp. Mild notes of malt and hops. Very drinkable, especially on a hot day.

I wasn't overly impressed, but it was the best of the bricks I drank.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mug. Color was bright, bright, clear yellow with tons of bubbles rising to the top to form a foamy white head that retained throughout the entirety of the brew.

Smell was of sweet grain, with a tiny hint of grassy hop aroma thrown into the mix.

Body was medium-full, with just the right amount of carbonation. At fridge temp, the flavor hit with plenty of sweet malt up front, followed by a metallic hit in the middle and a crisp, dry finish. As the brew warmed slightly to about 50 degrees F, the metallic middle was replaced with a nice combination of bready malt and hoppy bitterness that melded to form a perfectly balanced brew. As the beer warmed further, some skunky flavors began to form in that same middle, forcing me to down the little that remained in the glass.

This beer, when served at a few degrees above fridge temp, is an outstanding brew that could (and should) easily replace bland macro lagers for downing pleasure. Not too many breweries exist within this state, but this brew from ABC makes me a little more proud to be a Georgian.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A BOTMC club offering, label is full of snibbling trash talk, I guess they have a short memory or something. Hope the beer is better than the trash talk, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a hoppy sweet malt smell. Pouring into pint glass yields a golden colour with a two-finger medium bubble head. On the taste this is a simple yet tasty brew. Nice hoppiness up front that then goes to a grape like malty flavor with diminishing bitterness. The finish is dry and clean with only a hint of bitterness. A very refreshing brew especially for the southern heat. Its a weener!

Photo of aracauna
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This actually isn’t a bad beer. Of course it’s never going to rate highly here. Light-bodied, light-colored beers don’t stand a chance around here. But it is really pretty good for what it is. The appearance really isn’t very promising. The pale gold body really would make it hard to differentiate this from a macro lager. The aroma also plays some tricks on the mind. If you gave this to me in a blind taste test I never would have guessed it was a blonde ale like the label claims. I would have pegged it as a really fresh sample of some Bohemian pilsner or one of the better, but less aggressive American takes on the style. The hops aren’t huge in this, but do stand up beneath the firm, dry straw/hay maltiness. Another example of ABC becoming a much better brewery than it once was and becoming a source of some solid session beers.

Photo of LBHops62
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Brick Blonde Ale is an overall pretty good blonde ale. It has a good initial taste to it and then evens out with a smooth finish. Red Brick Brewing Company is doing a great job at creating solid craft brews. Their beers have a lot of flavor and are truly enjoyable. I have enjoyed two or a few..

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Red Brick Blonde from Red Brick Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.