Carolina Blonde
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Style:
American Cream Ale
Ranked #291
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
73
Ranked #48,072
Avg:
3.17 | pDev: 16.09%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
292
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
73
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DrMullet from Florida

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with medium head. Resolves to an uneven, splotchy, lacing.
Smell is odd. Slightly skunky grassy hops and a hint of citrus.
Taste is a well blended mix of grain and citrus.

Dec 24, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of Euro yeast, hint of alcohol, hint of wheat, and citrus hops. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is quite sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, Euro yeast, hint of sweet malt, slight citrus hops, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and blend.

Jul 22, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This isn't bad at all. I get this for the wife when we're in her hometown in the Charlotte area. Crisp and refreshing but with some decent hop character.

Apr 13, 2017
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, while down in OBX. I often find cream ales to be a bit deceiving, because you think you're going to get this heavy, sweet ale. Instead, they often remind me of Kolsch style, or a basic golden lager even. Some have a touch of sweetness from the malt, but I enjoy them for their clean, crisp flavor.

Jul 09, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.46/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: straw yellow, hazy, lasting head
S: bready, smells like a Helles lager
T: honey sweet finish, some biscuit up front
F: more body than expected
O; doesn't have the normal crushable characteristic of such a light ale

Mar 15, 2016
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jettjon from Florida

3.09/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 ounce bottle into a plastic cup at an airport sushi bar. Hazy golden color no precipitating carbonation thin white collar decent retention. Bready citrus nose. In the mouth slightly hop forward bready crisp citrusy. Mouth wet and quenching with correct level of carbonation. Overall satisfying sessionable easygoing pairs well with sushi.

Aug 20, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours golden-straw colored with a semi-durable white head.
Light malty and yeasty aroma with a touch of citrus. Flavor follows. Clean and refreshing.

Feel: light body but not watery; crisp, medium carbonation; semi-dry finish.

Aug 18, 2015
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DonBowman from Pennsylvania

2.08/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Described as a "cream ale", not in my humble estimation. Light in look and taste. Lots of lace on sides of glass. IBU is 15, but again in my estimation bitter than a 15. A decent session or "lawn mower" beer but nothing to crow about.

Jun 11, 2015
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear light straw gold with a sugar white head at about a quarter inch, retains indefinitely.

Smells of bright barley malts with hints of citrus and corn.

Crisp barley malt flavor with a dry biscuit undertone, finishes with faint dry hops.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is just a very standard, flavorful lagery cream ale, and as that it is the best I've ever had. As a beer overall it's somewhat boring and isn't going to compete with any great beers out there, but for what it is, I honestly don't think you can do better. It's very sessionable, goes down incredibly easily, and would pair well with a wide range of foods while also tasting good enough to drink on its own. This is something I'd want to have a case of at the beach. Based on those observations, I would consider this beer to be very underrated.

Feb 18, 2015
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RBCBrams17 from Illinois

3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is good for what it is; a light easy drinking cream ale. It stays firmly within the style, so anyone expecting anything other than a lawnmower beer should look elsewhere, but this beer accomplishes what it sets out to do.

The beer is crystal clear with good carbonation, not much nose, and a slightly bready clean malt flavor.

Jan 15, 2015
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BigBry from Canada

3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Fox and Hounds, Raleigh.
Pours a pale golden yellow color, with an inch of white foam. Head fades to a thin cap, leaving a spider web of lace.
Smells of some malt sweetness, and a bit lemony, minimal hops.
Grainy malt taste, with some mild lemon at the end. Mild bitterness at the end.
Mouth feel is on the lighter side, medium body, crisp and clean aftertaste.
Overall, well balanced and easy to drink beer, fits the style.

Nov 09, 2014
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everythingiszen from Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Straw colored, decent inch or so of head that diminishes but never really goes away. Smells bready. Tastes metallic. Just... metallic. Pretty one note. Not a pour-out, but wouldn't order again.

Nov 08, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

2.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint

Appearance is clear and light yellow-straw color with a small creamy white head that retains decently, leaving behind some lace. Smells of grains, grass and a hint of cream. Taste like an adjunct light lager with just a hint of sweetness, hops are barely traceable but slightly grassy. Mouthfeel is light with biting carbonation leading to a foamy mouthfeel. This would appeal to a BMC drinker, but there are better cream ales out there.

Jul 11, 2014
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BastardFromABasket from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ridiculous four inch fluffy white foamy head that hung around forever. Super clear light straw color. Slight sweetness with slight hop bitterness. Almost like a homeopathic ale or something. Very light and refreshing, though. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent. Nice on a hot summer day.

Jun 20, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, bright, yellow-gold coloring with a halo of white head. Nose of toasted grains and a subtle cream highlight. Flavors are cream forward, with a bitter hops undertone. Fairly well balanced and clean. Cream and butter aftertaste on a smooth, light body. The finish is smooth and clean. Very drinkable, very light.

Feb 03, 2014
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Mojo from Alabama

3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

A - pale straw with a small head which dissipates quickly, leaving only a small ring, but with some lacing.

S - all I got on the nose was a bready smell....but it was faint.

T - kind of a one dimensional flavor sort of piney with a dry metallic finish.

M - thin and watery.

O - easy to drink, but completely unimpressive.

Aug 14, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.26/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. The brew pours a pale yellow with a white fizzy bubbly cap that doesnt hold long. It looks fine and plays the part of a blonde/cream ale.

The aroma of this brew starts off sweet with a scent of something like corn and then directly changes to mineral character with a faint herbal hop aspect.

The flavor profile is filled with aluminum...nothing but metallic aspect which is off-putting. The bottle lists this as 15 ibus but it seems to have a bit more hop flavor than you might imagine. Perhaps that is from the bad mineral/metallic flavor playing tricks on the pallet.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a pretty bad offering and not just by blonde or cream ale standards. I hope this is just a case of a bad batch because they cant possibly have intended the brew to turn out like this. If it wasnt 95+ degrees and the only cold thing available, it would have been a drain pour.

Jul 31, 2013
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.22/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: light golden with a large foamy white head, clear

S:vague grassy hops, slight malt, grain, light and crisp, mineral water

T: crisp and refreshing, lightly flavored, grain, mineral water

M: slightly creamy but still thin

O: drinkable but nit remarkable, light and refreshing, good for a hot day

Jul 30, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.48/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Foothills

Pale yellow pour, clear, with bubbly carbonation, and a small white head; minimal retention and lacing. Light aroma, toasted grains and not much else. Sweet pale malt flavor, toasted grains, light citrusy hops bringing a slight bitterness. Light body, drinks easy enough, but lacks character (aka flavor).

May 25, 2013
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by the brewpub for a beer after work last week. Wanted something light with my pub fries, so I went with this. Came out a crystal clear pale gold, with a thin white head atop. Simple grain-like scents - husk, mild pale citrus tones. Easy drinking, crisp body. Mild flavors of corn, bread, very faint and fleeting hop presence, which was expected. All-in-all, this is a nice beer. An approachable beer for the masses, and a good one to pair with some barbecue fare for the upcoming warm months.

Feb 15, 2013
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TWM from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of dark beers, I seldom find a light ale that makes me happy. This one does. Definitely has a lot of blond ale characteristics, but in a way that I actually like!

Appearance- pale, semi-transparent. 1 finger head, moderate lacing.

Smell- as neutrally beer as can be. Not the sharp lager smell, not the bitter of stouts, just "beer."

Taste- surprisingly pleasant. Not strong, but definitely flavorful. No single flavor predominates (thank heavens that Foothills didn't use cascade hops- those suckers would have overwhelmed everything in the brew) but the slight yeast, mild malt, and fairly smooth hop flavor all go well with the gentle but consistent carbonation. Given my aversion to light beers, I am shocked how much I am enjoying this one!

Mouthfeel- not too thick, and definitely not too thin. The "cream" comes through in the feel. I wish more porters and stouts hit this perfect balance of lingering flavor and taste. The aroma definitely fills the nose with every sip.

Overall- I don't even need to factor out my preference for dark beers. This is darn good. If you are looking for a "unique" beer, keep looking. This is one of those that takes a known set of characteristics and just does them well. I'll definitely come back to this one in the warm weather!!!

Jan 11, 2013
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William295 from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Carolina Blonde,
I have had this beer several times at Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, on tap and via a growler.
The appearance is a pleasant clear blonde.
The smell is very fresh. Not too hoppy or malty.
The taste is wonderful; a very traditional tasting beer.
The mouth feel is slightly creamy but not much so.
Overall it is a beer one can consume many of in one sitting and not feel bloated.
This beer simply tastes very good.

Dec 24, 2012
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jjanega08 from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice hazy light yellow color with a little thin white head on it that holds a little retention and lacing is present.

S= The smell is actually pungent for being a cream ale. It's got a little bit of a skunkyness to it and a little hop bite. There is a bit of a poopy wheat character to it as well. For a cream it actually has a nice interesting smell that isn't just "beer".

T= The taste is a little more what you would expect from a cream. A nice light hop character that just barely makes itself known with a little bit of a poopy wheat character. Not quite macro lager light but the flavors are subtle. It actually is quite nice to me.

M= Smooth and creamy.

O= This is prolly the best cream ale I've ever had. Spotted Cow sort of holds the standard for me but this is better I think. The notes are subtle but they are there. It makes it both an easy drinking summer beer and a beer that is worth trying for the biggest beer geek.

Nov 10, 2012
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rlshep from Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma: Light tartness, corn sweetness, slight flowerly hop aroma. Grainy malt aroma. Wheat aroma evident. Carbonic minerally character.

Appearance: Huge fluffy white head. Head slow to dissipate. Lots of bubbles, appears to be overcarbonated. Pale straw yellow color. Clarity is very clear with exception of lots of floaties.

Flavor: Apple cider flavor dominates. Touch of sourness and tartness. Bready wheat malt and corn flavor make up the backbone. Medium high bitterness for style. Spicy floral hop flavor comes through from aroma. Slight wet cardboard in aftertaste. Finishes dry with slight sweetness. Balance seems toward bitterness, but malt still evident.

Mouthfeel: Thin but dry mouthfeel. Very prickly from carbonation. Slight astringency from graininess.

Overall: Unfortunately there are some problems with this beer. It was given to me from a friend so not sure the age or how it was stored. Other than the problems listed above, if fresh this could be an easy drinking refreshing beer. Would give another try with a fresher bottle again.

Oct 28, 2012
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine somehow scored some of these and was kind enough to pass on along to me. Yeah, it may not come in a CAN, but I am not totally averse to bottled beer.

From the bottle: "Two row barley, a hint of wheat and noble hops make Carolina Blonde exactly what a craft brew American Cream Ale should be. Clean, refreshing flavor. Rich, golden color. Unmistakable smoothness. Brewed right here in NC."

My pour got me a finger of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a pale, light, lemon-yellow with a slight haze. Nose smelled strongly of grassy "noble hops". I love truth in advertising! Mouthfeel was soft, not really thin, nor medium, but more like softened water. I was really feeling the grassy hops on the tongue and wishing that more Cream Ales, especially those of my childhood, could have been/be like this. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. This would be a wonderful summer beer or a nice break on a day of heavy drinking. If only they would put this in CANs ...

Oct 21, 2012
Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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