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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cdbooth219 on 05-03-2010

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Ratings: 313 | Reviews: 77
Photo of terrysjag
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good, refreshing on a hot day. Very drinkable.

Photo of BlackHermione
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm no beer expert, but I just didn't like it. I like most Heavy Seas stuff, but this just felt like the generic Budweiser/Miller/etc stuff.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance 3.25: Pours out a lihtgolden olor, lmost lagery, but not quite. OK head (1/4") and no lacing.

Smell 3.25: OK bouquet, but not fantastic. Grains, light malt. That's pretty much it.

Taste 3.0: Front is slightly sweet. MIddle is watery with a hint of malt and some slight hops. Finish is watery in the mouth with an unpleasant dryness. Aftertaste is somewhat dry and malty. Finish is a total distraction: unpleasant, artifical-feeling sweetness. What the heck?

Feel 2.75: Way, way, too watery in the mouth. Big distraction.

Overall 3.0: Big let down from my previous experiences with Heavy Seas. This beer is not a sessioner, is flat on taste and too watery in the mouthfeel. A big disappointment and I would not buy a sixer of this.

Photo of sachie23
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Maybe just not my thing

Photo of MichaelProcton
4.34/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in bottle at Mo's Seafood in Baltimore. Tasty, flavorful example of the style. Every time I have a Heavy Seas, I'm more impressed with the brewery. Wish we saw more of them in NC.

Photo of Mrbseward
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange gold color with about a finger and a half worth of white head and leaves a nice heavy lace. Smells of some malt, getting some crackers, and some citrus. Taste is a bit bready with citrus. Feel is ok, beer is ok.

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

says review is optional. It is not.

Photo of mothmanscott
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium gold,with bubbles rising long afterwards, producing slightly more than a finger of frothy, shortlived, off-white head that leaves little lace. Aroma is very thin, a little cracker & pale malts, faintly fruity, a little citrus & faint grass. The wheat is detectable as an afterthought. Taste is thin biscuit & bready malts, some light toast & fruit, yeast, some wheat in the background providing a faint hint of banana in the lemon & bitter finish which intensifies in the bitter, mineral, chemical aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but not quiet watery, moderate-high carbonation, crisp, prickly & dry. Overall a little disappointing with low drinkability for a Blonde Ale, a brew style with the reputation of being thirst quenching & easy to drink.

Photo of delapowicz
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Hand pull at Busy Bee in Raleigh
Very nice beer on pull. Mostly they have super big beers on hand pull but this is session hoppy ale and it has a great aroma. Hops come through nicely and temp is enabling this beer to be full bodied while being only 4.5. Just the way I like my ales. Reminds me of England trip last summer.
Give me another and tap this out again

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden color (seriously, it says "gold" on the friggen' label...) The head is a finger high and white in shade. Almost pillowy in texture, it fades away semi-swiftly to reveal a few streaks of lacing on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Hop notes of earth, orange marmalade, flowers, and apricot blends well with the faint butter and sugar cookie sweetness. I definitely pick up the Cascade hops, that's for sure. It does just enough to differentiate itself from the legion of average blonde/golden ales...but only just. (3.25)

Taste: It initially opens up with a combination of lemon, grapefruit, and marmalade from the gentle hopping. The back end is gently sweet, with just a kiss of diacetyl (and this feature actually rounds it out some). Not complex, but it certainly gets the job done. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, just as a beer in this style should be. It seems to be decently substantial for 4.5%, with carbonation staying in the background. (3.5)

Overall: I didn't expect much, but this is fairly solid. There's a good hop/malt balance here, and it seems slightly bigger than it really is. I'd definitely drink this one again - I expected mediocrity and got something pretty good. (3.5)

3.44/5: Solid golden ale, surpassed my expectations

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A wispy but fairly tall white head rises, though it falls only a little less quickly. Still, a pretty strong bubbly foam sticks it through and deposits some bubbles and spotting to the walls of the glass pretty well down.
Malts and hops are nicely balanced while this brew remains light in character. That doesn't mean weak, short on aromatics or flavorless, though. Some floral, grassy and leafy hops bitterness sit well against the sweetness of pale fruits, mostly pear and apple but with a little citrus coming in too. It adds a little zest as well as going pithy on the tongue. Some caramel adds a bit more sweetness on the tongue, but some dryness in the malts keeps it from being overdone and serves to add further balance.
This beer is crisp and light-bodied, refreshing with a bit of bite but still a good smoothness coming through on the tongue. It's semi-sweet, overall, with a sweetness lingering in the finish that's clean nonetheless.

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Mix a sixer, into a pint glass. 3/29

Pours bright golden light bottom to top. Some white foam settles out. Citrus malt nose, sunny. Taste is a light sweet malt, backed by a lemony tart. Smooth and flavorful, modest carbonation. Bright and sunny. Good beer to change seasons.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
1.62/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. For brewery fresh taste, purchase before FEB 14.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden body with a thin white head.

Smell: Awful. Smells nauseatingly yeastier than my subpar homebrew.

Taste: Better than the aroma, but not by much. Again, the dull yeast flavor is overpowering. I definitely could replicate this in my kitchen - not that I would want to.

Mouthfeel: OK, I guess.

Overall: It is no wonder why blonde ales are so hard to make. It is truly an exact science to get rid of (or at least hide) all of the off flavors. The only way to make this beer better would be to hop (and/or lager?) the hell out of it.

Photo of delta490
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-a deep clear gold with a creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- sweet and bready. A little hint of floral hops.

T- not bad but not overwhelming. Slight notes of bread and no hops. Pretty non-descript.

M-nice and full

O- not bad but missing some of malty robustness that comes with gold/blonde ales.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent straw with a tiny white head. Smells of grain and slight fruit, kind of inviting. Tastes of grain and very slight fruit. Beer is light bodied and goes down smooth, very drinkable. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Of course golden in color very bright yellow, bubbly with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Good carbonation bubbles throughout.
S - Smells good for a blonde decent hops and bready with sweeter malts.
T - One of the better blondes I had. Decent floral hop profile, sweet malts, and a crisp bready finish.
M - Light to medium bodied, easy to chug and session able.

Overall a really easy going summer ale that has just enough flavor to keep it interesting. Worth picking up as a single or even a six pack.

Photo of MrMegaton
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from the bottle. Bottle Caption "American Gold Ale with Floral Hop Aroma well rounded, fruity, and complex."

Appearance - Slightly darker golden amber with a decent head and good lacing.

Smell - I seem to catch more of a malty/earthy aroma with the beer rather than the Floral Hop aromas that the label implies.

Taste - Balanced. At first the malt comes through fairly strongly, maybe very slightly watery. Very light on the aftertaste, but as expected as the majority of the hops were intended for aroma.

Mouthfeel - A very drinkable beer, not heavy but also not extremely light. Finishes clean.

Overall - 3.5. A good average beer but with no qualities that really stand out. I am a very big fan of all of Heavy Seas brews that I have had, so this was actually somewhat of a disappointment of their line to me.

Photo of bonkers
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got as part of a botmc, pours a fizzy yellow with a moderate white head. The aroma is bready, musty. The hops are bready, grassy, it has a lingering finish. The body is medium, light, very quaffable. Not a whole lot going on, would be good on a hot day or maybe as a transition beer.

Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this very average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color but poured a weak head that was gone very fast. The beer has a yeasty bready smell and the taste was just plain beer. Not good enough for another try. I will not buy again.

Photo of Dools9
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle BB May 2013, poured into a shaker. Acquired as part of a beer of the month gift.

A: Solid golden color, two finger white head recedes to a skim, a little bit of lacing left. looks like an AAL. maybe a shade darker.

S: Slightly floral, bready pale malt, kinda grassy, a bit of a generic grainy smell.

T: Floral hops mix with some ever so slight citrus. Bready, grainy, pale malt. Its a bit sweet and minimal bitterness. Mild, easy drinking blond.

M: Feels lighter bodied and the carbonation is medium, but not spritsy. Smooth and easy drinking.

O: Nothing fancy here at all, just an easy drinking sessioner. Goes down without any problems. Might purchase again if I need a no frills/pool/shoot the shit kind of brew. Would go good with a pizza, or some ball park dogs. Definitely a good intro for BMC drinkers.

Photo of Svendozen
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Off-white one finger head that dissipates quickly. Light tight lacing also dissipates quickly.

Faint fruity aroma. Nothing special.

Light flavors and mouthfeel...again...nothing special. It wouldn't be bad with lunch...it isn't heavy or overpowering to spoil your lunch.

Not bad. Not great, but hey it's not Budweiser.

I feel bad about leaving a review with such little information...but this beer is just as informative and exciting.

I wouldn't activly look for this beer...but I wouldn't turn it down either.

Cheers

Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bright gold with a soft, white head

S - faint grass, citrusy

T - faint malt, faint grapefruit

M - light bodied, very crisp

This beer doesn't necessarily have the best flavor nor does it have depth but it is light and sessionable. There's nothing bad about this beer, but there isn't anything that stands out either. I won't buy it again, but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a one finger white head. The head fades very fast to leave a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is light and is of a bready smell mixed with a light caramel smell.

Taste – The taste begins of a malty breadiness mixed with a light caramel flavor. As the flavor advances some lighter earthy and herbal hops and a corn sweetness come to the tongue. These flavors mix with the bread and caramel to take the taste to its end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light with a higher level of carbonation. It makes it rather drinkable and is good for the style.

Overall – OK, but nothing special here.

Photo of stakem
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours a clear yellow to copper color with a tan film across the top. Spotty lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film.

The aroma is quite muted to the point where hardly some caramel grain sweetness is noticed. As it warms up, there is a faint buttery note. I dont pick up on any yeast, hop or alcohol elements at all.

The taste includes a mild bready grain flavor with a hint of fruity to citris hops. While it is very mild in flavor i am actually surprised to taste something other than the straight caramel grain that was the sole charcteristic of the aroma.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking but really a mild brew even for the style. I would be hard pressed to find any real reason to return to this brew.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while at the brewery. Review from notes.

A: thin head on a clear bright golden with slight copper hue body.

S: breads, gingerbread, light orange citrus and lightly toasted caramel malts.

T: toasted caramel malts with a touch of spicy and herbal hops mostly in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbontion.

Overall: Drinkable like so many beers from this brewery however just not that imaginative and obviously made for the masses.

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