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True Blonde Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale

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326 Ratings

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.71%

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002)
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Photo of semibaked


3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy bright yellow, a thin layer of white head, tons of carbonation and some decent lacing.

S - Light malty sweetness, some sour candy, wheat or another grain, and a little lemon.

T - Wow kinda of surprising lemon sourness, was expecting sweeter. Has some candy qualities and almost tastes like a berleiner weisse but a tad sweeter.

M - Very light, watery, and loads of carbonation.

D - Interesting to try and decent tasting, but I think 1 will last me for the rest of my life, kinda of an odd beer but not awful.

Serving type: can

06-30-2010 22:07:25 | More by semibaked
Photo of genek


2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a Green Tea yellow with lively carbonation. No head at all.

A - Floral & Citrusy with a nice lemongrassy scent. Hop aromas pull through a bit, but not strongly.

T - Floral and Lavender with a mildly bitter finish from hops. Honey is present in a dry sort of way. A bit of tannins at the end. In all it reminded me of a dry Mead.

D - Easy to down fast, but no more thank two before switching to something with more body.

P - White fish, toss into a beer batter for some onion rings, or a cheese sauce for pretzels, Sesame or leeks seem good as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 21:13:33 | More by genek


3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thin white head which is lost quickly. No haze light golden body.

S: Lemon zest. light on the aroma, a refreshing smell.

T: A light orange taste, with lemon. a bit sweet on the finish.

M: Short and crisp, not much lingering taste.

D: In a can bonus, but a very lighter blonde in regards to taste and aroma. A good drinkable and light bodied beer.

Serving type: can

06-18-2010 05:07:51 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of indiapaleale


3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - bright golden yellow, almost looks like a pilsner. A rather thin powdery head adorns this pour with some little bubbles streaming upwards adding a little excitement to the mix.

Aroma - a little grainy and corny along with a syrupy sweetness and some bread dough aromas.

Taste - sweet and tangy. Lots of malty sweetness is joined by the flavors of creamed corn, honey, caramel, biscuits and some slight but noticeable citrus flavors. Its a very pleasant mix of flavors that leads to a very easily consumed can of beer. Blonde Ales are known for being non-offensive and this one certainly fits the mold. A little hop bitterness in the aftertaste is a nice way to finish this brew.

Overall - solid Blonde with a nice malty body and some nice citrusy crispness that makes it a great summertime brew. As the style goes I'd say this is spot on and sure to please the masses. If you get the chance definitely give it a try and share some with your friends be they beer geeks or not.

Would I buy more of it? - I hear they do a mixed pack of Ska cans and that would definitely be a worthy investment for any weekend of outdoor activities. This one would be the perfect beer to start with before going on to the others.

Serving type: can

06-17-2010 01:05:35 | More by indiapaleale
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a pale golden color with a nice .75 inch head that is sticky and dense with very good retention.

S - Great sweet malty smells with plenty of grain and bread like characteristics. Some mild grassy and citrus hops on the back end as well.

T - Nice initial malt grain sweetness. Followed by some bready and almost wheat like hints. Very nice grain hints are in full force in this beer. Overall it is a very grain heavy beer with nice crisp hints throughout there are also nice fruity hints that can be perceived.

M & D - Nice crisp and light bodied. Very refreshing and a good summer beer.

Serving type: can

06-05-2010 21:18:24 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Gobzilla


3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 19:09:41 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of JamisonM


4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: a nice golden color its a rich gold not some kind of macro gold color

S: wonderful malted barley sweet smell

T: sweet malty and clean not very much to this but it is not supposed to have some crazy complex taste/smell

M: light body nice zippy carbonation

D: yea drinkable and sessionable good brew to grab on a hot day

overall: I enjoyed this beer a simple beer with no rice or corn and you can taste the difference. well crafted brew with good malted barley touch of hops and a nice sweet taste.

Serving type: can

05-14-2010 00:18:55 | More by JamisonM
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Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-22-2010 03:13:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Jayli


2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a clear golden color, carbonation is highly visible. A 1/2 finger of white head stands on top but recedes quickly, leaving quite a bit of thin coating lacing.

S: Nose is of spicy hops and extreme floral hops. Some pale malts filter in and a hint of biscuit.

T: Taste starts with a major piney hop burst. Biscuit notes and pale malts rounds out the middle. Strong floral, almost soapy flavoring malts finish this beer.

M: Light body, high carbonation, crisp and clean start with an oily finish.

D: Not well blended, not a very good representation of the style, the soapy nature is overpowering - not of true soap but of the overpowering floral nature. I'd pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: can

03-23-2010 01:06:38 | More by Jayli
Photo of meeekyh


3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a belled beer glass.

Cute label. Brown bottle. Bottled in the third week of October. No year.

Beer is golden, clear and the head is light and white, but leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells are beery and a bit citrusy. Nothing stands out here.

Tastes are grainy, a bit of tartness and smooth sweetness. There is a kinship with Coors or Miller here I just can't place. Maybe the lack of pronounced hops. Again, nothing stands out.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonation full, finish slightly dry.

Drinkabilityis good but sufers a bit from being boring.

I look foward toi try the True Blonde Dubbel I saw on the shelf...

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 07:21:22 | More by meeekyh
Photo of vdread


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

True Blonde Ale is yellow and slightly hazy. the head is minimal, and there is a tiny bit of lacing. some aromas of grainy malt and honey.

taste is neutral/bland and yeasty. a sweet bready malt and honey follow, and some slight citrus notes come out at the end.

the spicy noble hops are very slightly bitter and linger on the palate. ends nice, clean, dry. pleasant mouthfeel, only slightly watery.

drinkable if there is nothing else around. not a bad beer by any means. i like what ska brewing has to offer, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

= taste is mildly interesting, and i would drink one if offered

Serving type: can

02-03-2010 19:59:41 | More by vdread
Photo of dostom


4.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite beers. has a very good taste. poors nice from bottle to tall glass. very nice taste but needs to be your style of beer. not strong but flavorful. light fruit aroma, looses bite quick so drink when first opened. i can easily drink a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 22:37:07 | More by dostom
Photo of mwa423


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another CAN from Woodychandler, perfect for watching the Bengals 7-0 over the Jets.

A - Poured out of the can into a glass, small white head that quickly died to nothing. Color is a clear golden color, nothing particularly special.

S - Very little smell only a hint of malt.

T - The taste is a light sweet maltiness and some hints of cereal that is about average for style. No real hop smell but a great lawnmower beer.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thin but does leave a pleasant aftertaste. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, which could easily be sessioned.

Serving type: can

01-09-2010 22:18:09 | More by mwa423
Photo of Jameyd33


2.42/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow, golden in coloer. Very pretty to look at. Smells a little of faint lemons. Head was thin, gone quickly. Crisp, cool, refreshing. Subtle hints of citrus. Slight after taste, though this would be good on a summer day at the beach. Not really my style.

Serving type: can

01-01-2010 22:27:04 | More by Jameyd33
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yet incredible pale golden color with a shallow wispy white head that's gone in a flash, leaving spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is timid yet balanced between a sweet grainy malt and bright lemon hop. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is bright and tangy yet finishes smooth as the sweet flavor takes over and cleans up fairly quickly. The flavor is bright sweet refreshing lemon. While I'm not a big fan of this style, I found that this one was easy to consider.

Serving type: can

12-31-2009 07:12:31 | More by jjayjaye
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3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A: clear golden/straw color with a foamy, eggshell-white head. A few floaties are suspended in the glass. Head settles quickly into a thin ring with minimal lacing.

S: Mostly biscuit malt, caramel, and subtle hints of floral hops. Aromas of raw grains also enter the nose. As it warms, a musty aroma presents itself.

T: Biscuit and caramel malts with subtle hints of hops and sweet apples. As with the aroma, a bit of raw grain flavor skips in and out with each sip.

M: prickly carbonation initially greets the tongue and roof of the mouth. Medium bodied with a crisp, smooth and fizzy finish. Hops leave a bit of a sticky feeling on the lips.

D: drinkable, though not very complex. Hops are only detected with a subtle hint on the nose and a sticky film on the lips, though I believe that is to style. It's a cold night in Chicago- this beer is more suited for a hot summer afternoon when you want something refreshing with some taste but not too heavy.

Serving type: can

12-30-2009 02:53:18 | More by jhoban19
Photo of chickencoop


3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a Whole Foods in Austin. Seems like the package and the beer had the same intentions, to be very busy, somewhat confusing.
Initially this beer came off sweet and light, then dries out throughout the finish with citrusy notes, nothing off-putting, just sweet and dry. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, but nothing stands out, I would pick some up and don't regret bringing this home in my suitcase.

Serving type: can

12-18-2009 03:41:56 | More by chickencoop
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw colored. Slight haze. Medium head with no lacing

Smell: Musty. No hops or malts evident.

Taste: Malty with little to no hops. Nice beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-heavy body.

Drinkability: This is a chugger. Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 03:16:58 | More by Squelch
Photo of matjack85


3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. Typical comic book style Ska Brewery label with a long pony-tailed blond girl sitting on a blue motor scooter. Bottled on date is notched into the right side of the label.

Be careful with the pour here. The head rushes to the top with amazing speed. Once the head settles down, you are left with a cloudy pear-yellow colored beer with a gigantic soapy white head that leaves a good amount of splotchy lacing.

The beer has a really pleasant earthy wheat and fruity smell to it.

The taste is also good, I just wish there was more of it. A mild wheat and malt flavor is balanced by some mild citrus hops, and then a touch of honey is added for additional sweetness. It all comes together well, I just wish they would have doubled the recipe.

Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a biting dose of carbonation.

This is an easy drinker with average abv that is barely noticed.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 05:14:51 | More by matjack85
Photo of rye726


3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. Nose has grassy hops and some pale malts. Taste is has subtle fruity hops and grainy malts. Light body is a bit thin and over carbonated. Could use a bit more hops, but a decent blonde ale from Ska. Comes in cans too!

Serving type: can

11-12-2009 02:30:45 | More by rye726
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with JJFoodie, Thanks Justin!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

Slight haze bright yellow golden color with a short white head that did leave some thin lacing.
Mild aroma, somewhat earthy with a little fruitiness.
Taste is light fruity sweetnees and bitterness, light malt flavor.
Light, crisp and refreshing.
Easy to drink.

Serving type: can

10-23-2009 22:04:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear, golden-blonde color with a small head with many streams of bubbles throughout the glass

S- Clean with a light smell of cracker and some floral notes

T- The flavor is somewhat sweet, slightly bitter and very clean. Grainy feeling build up. Slight fruit flavor of pears and apples

M- Moderate body with light, prickly carbonation

D- One of the cleanest ales I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 00:54:37 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of Brewsta


3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stuff. I like the smoothness of this beer, not overly hopped. I've been drinking this beer after working hard moving rock around in the yard or just watching MNF. I think the taste could be bolder, however, it's a solid beer with its smoothness and light malted wheat flavor.

Overall a well balenced wheat beer.

Serving type: can

10-06-2009 04:11:34 | More by Brewsta
Photo of ArrogantB


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a short but dense head. The smell is quite average, maybe a bit of wheat or is it malt. I don;t know because the beer practically has no aroma other than a beery smell. The taste is an average blonde ale, nothing hoppy about it, the malts are unremarkable, boring. The only thing this beer has going for it is that it is relatively light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 00:44:04 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Yeastcakes


3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - 45F, poured into imperial pint glass.
A - smooth malt with just a touch of wheat (?) coming through. No hops that I can detect.
A - one finger of head that quickly dissipates to minimal film. Hazy straw color.
M - medium to high carbonation, some slickness, medium body.
T - Same malt from the aroma followed by some phenols of banana and unidentified citrus. No ester spices. Dry crisp finish.
D - This is a great session beer that I could have a few of.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 03:22:43 | More by Yeastcakes
True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.