True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
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158 Reviews
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 413
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 413
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Nice rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt and slight honey aromas. The taste is mainly sweet malt with some fruity and honey notes. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good easy drinking blond ale that I am glad I got to try. (462 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a nearly clear yellow with a fading 1.5 inch white head, but i prefer this one ice cold right from the can. smells like a medium bodied wheat beer, some malty textures, but nothing overbearing. hops here serve merely to make it crisp, nothing ornamental with the hops flavor wise. feel is pretty good, bubbly and foamy and drinkable. this is a very light beer in terms of it filling you up, very sessionable on a summery afternoon. definitely nothing special by ska's standards, but it serves it purpose rather effectively. (529 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light golden yellow with a nice white frothy head that faded quickly leaving behind a decent, but shortlived lace ring. Smell was lively, lots of yeast was present even in the aroma, and it was very light. Bread and earthy grains were the predominant aromas. Taste was crisp, light and refreshing, perfect for a summer day. Very smooth and full of bready and earthy grain tones, with a slight hop presence as it warmed. Overall this was excellent for exactly what it was (470 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale, yellow color with orange highlights. It had a two-finger, white head of foam.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and floral notes. There was a slightly nutty aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet grains and a bready taste. There was some nice caramel flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty nice blonde ale. It's great to find a sessionable ale in a can. (439 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wanted something easy to drink while watching the Pistons game tonight so I picked this,pours a clear light golden color with a soapy looking light head.Aromas of toasted grain and some honey thrown in not to bad,taste is toasted up front with a lightly sweet/honey finish.This beer served its need good with some chilly dogs.Not a award winner by any means but a quaffer and better alternative to a macro lager for sure. (423 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Goddamn dye-jobs... Huh, wha? Oh, yeah, the review. Ahem. This chick pours a clear sorta-pale golden straw topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, orange rind, and light honey. The taste is nearly identical, though the orange rind and flowers dominate the proceedings, all filibustery and whatnot (wouldn't that have been a better political-charged thriller? Winnie the Pooh and the Filibustery Day? Yeah, I went there...). The one-sidedness really hurts things. The body is a heavy-feeling light, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a decent brew, nothing worth raving or ranting about. I'm not sure I'd aim for another one any time soon. (737 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from kiltedtxn, courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a light malt character. Then a little bit of citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer seems to fit the "Lawnmower Beer" role well even if there are some beers out there that fit the role better. (875 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Ska brewing mixed 12 pack of cans, enjoyed on a nice hot week at the beach. Blonde ales are typically boring styles, but this one does seem to have a bit more body and taste than the usual one. Nice lemony touch, crisp hops, and clean finish, an above average blonde ale but probably wouldn't seek it out again. (323 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden poured in the pint shaker. Pleasant carbonation in the mouth and a decent foam in the glass. Modest floral and malty aroma. A touch of resiny flavors in the back of the mouth but not much in the way of hops. Some bread and yeasty flavors, though very light. The body is also light but not watery. Quite clean and faintly bitter at the end.

I didn't think this was so damn bad. It's just another very light beer but it has a little more style and substance than the average for this category. An enjoyable brewski for the twilight on the patio. From the 12 oz can at the Radisson on the Yavapai reservation. (619 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could've swore I reviewed this in the bottle, oh well..

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of fluffy pearl white head. Above average head retention

S: Grassyness, yeasty notes along with grainyness & lemons

T: Follows the nose, light crackery & bready notes, along with grassy hops up front. Grassyness & slight grainyness dominates as this warms, along with a slight herbal hoppyness, yeastyness peters out. Finishes dry, grassy & with hint of herbal hops, honey & crackery notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly sparkling carbonation, fair balance

Drinks easy, but not interesting enough for me to want to session on... (632 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can into New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger thin beige colour head of no real cream and below average retention. Body colour is a pale clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Meh.

Sm: Clean pale malts, barley, light floral hops, and straw. An average strength aroma. Meh.

T: Clean pale malts. Crisp clean barley. Middling floral hops. Imbalanced, with an empty bland third act and unsatisfying climax. Very boring.

Mf: Smooth, thin, and wet. Okay carbonation. Underwhelming. A bit crisp.

Dr: Bland and boring. A drinkable but underwhelming blonde from Ska. Why brew this? I wouldn't bother with it again. A dull beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold color and is clear. Modest head that dies off to rim bubbles. No lace.

Mild raw grain smell. It's as if the barley was barely malted. Low hop.

Reminds me of a Kolsch, which is a distinct improvement from the smell. Lots of pale malt up front with just enough hop to provide balance. The body of this beer seems off to me; it's way too thin and the carbonation is way to high. This is distracting. Otherwise, I find this to be a flavorful blonde. (464 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.29/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Unibroue chalice.

Pours 1 finger of khaki head. Color is a clear pale yellow.

Aroma: Grassy hops with pale, biscuity malts. Smells a bit like an american lager. Very basic.

Taste: Even more like a lager here than in the nose. It has a very faint hop profile with some bready/pale malt flavors. Maybe notes of grain. Not a lot here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, very slight hint of bitterness. Lighter bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, this one just reminded me too much of an adjunct lager. There really wasn't a lot of flavor. Should one expect a lot of flavor? No, but some would be nice. (645 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12oz brown bottle with a best by date of 12/20/10.

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a perfectly clear yellow color with a finger of white head. A constant stream of large bubbles rise to the surface in support of the head. Despite the rising bubbles, it doesn't take long before the head receeds to a thin film across the top of the brew with a spotty amount of lace clinging to the glass.

This brew smells of light bready grains that come across as sweet at times. Little to no indication of hops, infact there isnt much going on in this brews aroma outside of a slightly sulfur twang and a very subdued fruitiness that is faint in the back as it warms.

The taste of this brew is crisp, clean and light tasting of bready malt. A very minor note of herbal hops keeps the malt in check as to not allow it to get sweet. In the back is a slight indication of the alcohol's presence. Lingering flavor left inside the mouth is mostly a clean maltiness and slight light fruit almost like pear skin.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fairly drinkable but not a bold amount of flavor or things to pick out in the nose. However, I can't fault this brew considering I am not that familiar with the American Style Blonde Ale. My impression of this brew is that with it's easy drinkability and lack of big flavor, it would be a likely substitute for a lawnmower beer. (1,415 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN you tell that I am into CANned beers? From the CAN: "Bee-Float-Recycle-Ska-B-Q-Play-Recycle-Picnic-Rally-Recycle-Adopt-Noodlin'-Recycle". Yep, all of the above. CAN you dig it?

Two fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sugary sweetness to it that reminded me of a lager. Mouthfeel was medium with a candy-like sweetness. Finish was likewise sweet. Much too sweet for my taste. (458 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - transparent, golden yellow with a quarter of an inch of thick, pure white head that has decent retention

S - faint cereal grains, a hint of lemon, faint grassy hops

T - bready, cereal grains, lemon, faint grass

M - light to medium bodied, a bit crisp but well carbonated

This is a rather malty brew. The bready flavors are intense. There are some fruity notes that come trhough as well. The lemon is most evident. There are some subtle, grassy hops, but overall, this is a bit unbalanced and ultimately a bit forgettable. (529 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a one finger head. No lacing develops. Several carbonation bubbles slowly rise from the glass bottom.

Smell: some malt sweetness and grass tones are quite bold for the style.

Taste: grainy malt base with some grass, bits of lemon zest, and a very soft balancing bitterness. This came across a bit meatier than some other blond ales I have had, but not as refreshing.

Mouthfeel: crisp with a clean aftertaste. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Not as refreshing as expected.

Drinkability: pure lawn mower beer here. Light and easy to consume, many of these could be thrown back. Decent but not overwhelming flavor brings the higher score here. (701 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours blond with a minor white head, no lace, pallid.

S: Notes of honey, some fermented Meyer lemon, sweet citrus, orange maramalade.

T: Lemon and orange blossom honey upfront, slightly sweet finish again with sweet oranges, tangerines. Notes of white grape, very Kolsch like mid-palate, tasty beer.

M: Crisp, tad flabby carbonation but not too bad, light-bodied, refreshing.

D: A pretty good beer in a style that doesn't all too often interest the beer geek. Kind of kolsch with a kiss of mead, definitely worth a try. (542 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bit into a cup to see how it looks. Pale, straw golden nice big white foamy head.

Aroma is light. Some very subtle hints of corn. Honey. Spice and citrus. All are light at the most. Kind of a lemon-snap cookie aroma

Flavors are also light. More malt than snap, but not clinging. Some clove and spice. Real easy on the palate, no corn or other defects. Light green grass.

This beer goes down quite well. Could use a bit more spice, just a bit. Body was light and carbonation seemed a bit down. Still, good summer beer (529 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light blonde with a small white head that dies. No real lacing is sticking.
Smell is of light malt and corn syrup with fresh dough and sweetness.
Taste is of light breadienss with sweet malt and unnoticeable hops.
Mouthfeel is light, zesty, and refreshing.
Drinkability is ok. It's enjoyable if nothing else. (322 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade form depechemode1983, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a golden blond color with a small fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grains bread honey and grass with a hint of herbal hops. Smells sweet and grainy for the most part. Taste is sweet with lots of honey in the taste mixed with a bit of grainy malt and almost enough hops to keep this from being a bit sweet. Medium body, crisp carbonation, sweet sticky mouthfeel. Not a bad little drinker. Smooth sweet and tasty. Its a decent brew, nothing really wrong with it, but nothing exceptional either. (586 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

Chill hazy gold colored beer with a skimpy white head.

Smell is crackers and malt with a good strong whiff of Nobel hops. A bit sweet smelling the herbalness from the hops is quite good smells like a Pilsner.

Taste is neutral and SHARP Nobel hop bite at the very beginning. Taste is spot on for a well-hopped Pilsner; this gives you the impression that they are quite tired of the assumption that blonde ales are sweet and under-hopped beers. Damn this some tasty stuff!

Mouthfeel is good.

What you have here is a Pilsner Wolf in a lamb’s skin. If you like strong Pilsner beers then you will love this stuff. This is very strongly hopped with Nobel hops and your liking of them will pretty much determine how well you will like this. (792 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two finger white head, with some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some slight yeast notes, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly yeasty, with a spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. (393 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Christmas!!!!The first beer on this blessed Holiday is a True Blonde from SKA. The beer pours a golden clear with thin white head that is not lacing....due to the fruitiness. The smell has subtle lemon flare with delicate malt balance. The taste is a great balanced beer with good lemon zeal. The mouthfeel is a medium to light body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is quite tasty....and highly recommended. (420 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a light golden yellow with a thin head and good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: bready grains up front with hints of caramel and citrus fruits. This beer has very little malt and hop character.

T: wheat grain bready flavor like the nose with little malts and a mild hop presence. After a few sips I also gor a slight citrusy notes as well.

M: light bodied with good carbonation and ends thin on the palate.

D: decent blonde and would be a great summer brew to enjoy in the hot socal heat. (503 characters)

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.