Goose Island Beer Co.

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #588
Ranked #46,343
3.45 | pDev: 12.46%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Notes: Straw color, light tangerine aroma, pear flavor, light body.
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Clybourn location.

A: thin head on a cloudy blond body and nice lacing.

S: orange peel and sweet lemon custard with some pale malts and breads.

T: the flavor had mor of and orange peel and pineapple citrus flavor differing a little from the aroma. Breads and biscuit with a grainy base.

M: light body and moderate carbonation. Definitley drier than I like.

Overall: true to the style but I think this one would be more enjoyable if it wasnt as dry.

Aug 11, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Gotta start out the drinking day somehow, so why not a GI Blonde, right? It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger-and-a-half of white froth. The nose comprises light mandarin orange, lemon rind, and some light wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a touch of tangerine. The body is fairly light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick, smooth, easygoing feel. Overall, a nice, mostly inoffensive bit o' summery goodness. Good start...

Jun 07, 2012
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Stygr from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

A: Deep yellow color with a thin head

Smell: Hops apparent, but not pronounced, slight fruit

Taste: Not sure, ale, lager, altbier? bitterness is light, and malt is more prevalent

Mouthfeel: Like an Old Style draft. finish is crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially when chowing some bratwurst. and sauerkraut...mmm.

Serving type: on-tap

Jan 05, 2009
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jeonseh from Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub on 1/8/08

Pale, golden color that was rather cloudy with gold accents streaming throughout it. A rather light and quickly disintegrating white head.

The smell was there but not much. It was pretty fruity and a thought it seemed like a mix of black cherry and a lgiht citrus, especially lemon and orange smell.

At first the mouth and tongue are hit with a light bitter hops taste that slowly fades away into the fruity, cherry citrus mix that I could smell in the nose of this beer. It kinda reminded me of the Honker's ale but had a smaller hop profile and a bit more sweet fruit taste to it than the honkers. That was the main thing that I could keep thinking was that this was a lighter and sweeter Honker's Ale.

The mouthfeel was rather depressing compared to the rest of this beer. There was really nothing at all there and it was all very light bodied. I felt in terms of the mouth feel that there was nothing different from a BMC and this brew.

It was rather drinkable for the sole fact that it was so light. It did go very well with the salmon salad that I drank it with and I do have to commend the bartender for recommending this beer to go with the salad. It was rather smooth and not too challenging of a beer but it was more hoppy than your normal smooth BMC. I could definitely see this being an entry beer for a BA to introduce a BMC drinker to since it was like the normal BMC but a bit hoppier than the normal BMC since it actually had some bitter flavors to it. Could drink a lot of this for the sole fact that it was light and could be happy because complex enough to make me feel like i'm drinking beer without being bored.

Jan 08, 2008
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Lexx from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this at the clybourn brewpub.
Light, slightly cloudy lemony gold color with thin, whitish head.
The scent is mildly fruity, with very slight plum, grape and peach.
The taste is basically a slight, slight hoppiness with a little bit of fruitiness (same as in the scent), with a nice little sweetness in the finish.
Not my favorite, but was quite nice on a very hot day, and was very, very drinkable.

May 29, 2007
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on cask at the Wrigley outpost. I was hoping for something a little more adventurous, but was pleasantly surprised by how good this one was.

The beer was a hazy gold with a tight eggshell colored head. Nice lace patterns.

The nose was of malts, a bit of lemon peel and fresh bread.

The taste was surprisingly complex. Sweet malts complimented by an underpinning of citrus hops. I don’t think it was my imagination, but I picked–up a bit of a woody taste in the background. Is this due to the cask, or the beer its self? Regardless, it was a nice subtle addition to the taste.

The mouth as expected was incredibly soft with gentle carbonation. This is a near perfect session beer. It’s complex enough to keep your interest and smooth enough to drink the entire day. I know Goose promotes this beer as a gateway offering, but this one blew away my expectations.

Apr 10, 2006
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styrene from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Appearance: Deep yellow color with a thin head that disappeared after about a minute.

Smell: Very little noticeable smell.

Taste: this an ale or a lager? Hop bitterness is light to non-existent, while the malt character is quite robust. It's kind of bready, and I can't stop thinking that the term "ale" to describe this beer might be a misnomer.

Mouthfeel: Substantial but not overbearing. The finish is crisp and dry.

Drinkability: While this would make a great session beer, I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't more "ale"-like. This was, however, my first beer in this particular style, and I guess I could say that my curiosity has been piqued.

Mar 31, 2006
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's basically a weak pale ale. Looks medium straw, which is better than most Blondes I've had. Frothy white head that stands above over active carbonation, but then fades to a lace. Smells slightly malty, sour, and bitter. Clean to the nose. Light malt, and powdered sugar flavors. Obvious use of cereal grains as adjuncts creates a complex grain flavor, albeit light. Low hopping helps with the crispness, offsetting sweetness, and added flavor. Nice creaminess and viscocity for a Blonde, maybe becase of use of wheat. It's a good clean beer. No errors, but not very exciting either.

Aug 11, 2005
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Gaisgeil from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Clyborne location.

Now I've not had this bottled or on standard tap, but it was very impressive on cask, very smooth and understated but highly refreshing. Pours a medium golden yellow with a thick and substantial creamy head to match, beautiful. Nose is understated, a bit bready. Taste is very nice indeed, smooth and very well balanced, neither stealing the show. There is a light fruitiness here coupled with a bready quality, very nice.


May 23, 2005
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" bright white head over the sparkly golden brew. Head lasts well, and lacing is very nice. Aroma is lightly of pale malt sweetness, with a slight citrus tinge. Taste shadows the nose, with the hops sedate and more or less overpowered by the malts. Closes crisply, though. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, and drinkability is great. An easy going down blonde, which is pretty much their purpose in life, I think.

Mar 30, 2005
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Zorro from California

2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a mildly clouded yellow brew, looks sort of like a macro.

Smell is not much faint biscuit malt and a faint whiff of citrus hops.

Taste is mildly sweet with a fairly stiff hop bitterness for the sweetness level. There is a faint biscuit malt flavor to this but it isn't much.

Mouthfeel is thin, like a Bud Light.

Drinkability is like a light beer; it is drinkable like water but not much better than a Budweiser or any other macrobrew. I can't recommend this.

Feb 25, 2005
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mobyfann from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $10.99 for the Pub Pack...

The beer pours a semi-clear golden base with a medium white head, average head rentention and some notes of lacing on the edges. The aromas were a bit faint of malt and some other grain product.

The taste is pretty good, very grainy taste, one-dimensional beer. The mouthfeel is good, it's a smooth beer from start to finish, not too bad on the palette either. The drinkability I must give a 3, I could have another, but probably wouldn't like it so much.

Final Thought: I think this is the weakest link from the Goose Island collection; still, not too shabby of a beer.

Feb 16, 2005
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granger10 from Wisconsin

3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden hazy color with a small head. This one seems to be a little lifeless. Smell and taste seem to go hand in hand with a bready sweetness, residual honey flavors, and lightly spiced hops in the finish. The flavors go well and are refreshing, but nothing really excites me here. Definitely a beer to introduce your MBC beer friend. Good for its style. Thanks Craig.

Feb 05, 2005
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mynie from Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw colored, nicely bubbly with a very nice head.

Smells like an adjunct. Malty grain and corn. It's okay. There's a bit of a hop odor that become more prominent as the beer wears on.

Very sweet grain flavor up front. Uncomplicated, unimpressive. Not bad, though. The complex, slightly floral hops at the back end come in to save the day.

Nice, very foamy mouthfeel. These go down smooth, as well.

Not a bad brew all in all, but I couldn't see myself buying a whole six pack.

Dec 26, 2004
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skybluewater from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color. Smells a bit lemony, which is nice. Lemon comes through in the taste as well, which again is nice, but not really what I'm looking for in a beer during a howling winters eve.

Nevertheless, this is an easy drinking brew. Not the best GI offering, but you could do a lot worse than this one.

Dec 20, 2004
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maxpower from Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale clear golden color with a foamy white head that leaves a nice lacing in my glass . Light bready aroma, mild flavors of bread and grains, light bodied with a thin yet crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation, it does have a clean finish, not much flavor but a decent session beer.

Dec 10, 2003
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jahred from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this on tap for the first time - much better than the bottled version. Looks like a typical light-colored ale. Initial taste is fairly sweet and peachy with a hint of apples. Not necessarily a bad thing - just unexpected. A bit of a wheaty taste for a golden ale. Lingering hoppy aftertaste.

I don't think I can drink the bottled version anymore after the much better tap version.

Aug 28, 2003
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beerguy101 from California

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color that is slightly cloudy, medium foamy white head. Aroma is grainy and a touch sweet. A lightly malted, lightly hopped golden ale. Medium bodied with a clean and mild flavor. Nice flavor. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Aug 18, 2003
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kaszeta from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours, well, blonde---dark gold body with a thin wisp of a head.
It's got a nice floral hops aroma with some light fruitiness to it. More of a malty taste than most ales, but enough hops to give it a well-rounded flavor. Nice light and wet mouthfeel, perfect for a warm day after a game at Wrigley.

Jun 02, 2003
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Skywave from Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good choice. Clingy tight head, clear golden color. nice dry bitterness, refreshing light ale aroma. Leaves a pleasant bitterness on the tongue. Not a typical "fizzy yellow beer" in my opinion. If you find yourself in Goose Island territory and you either want a nice blonde ale or want to introduce your macro-swill drinking friends to a better beer, try this one.

Apr 13, 2003
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle, with the Goose on front.
The appearance is above average for a Blonde Ale nice golden colour very small head leaves a ring around the glass.
This beer has a strange aroma which though weird is enjoyable..i smell sweet malts and some honey..a little caramel too..very nice.Taste however is too sweet for my tastes..cant taste much malt or hops
Mouthfeel is pretty ordinary for a blonde..ok.
Its pretty drinkable but I wont go out of my way to buy again.
Maybe the sugary taste is because my bottle is past its "Best by date?

Mar 07, 2003
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Hobbz from Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden-yellow color with natural cloudiness providing its blonde nature. Aroma was an initial hoppy edge which lessened a bit with a malty nose. Its taste followed the "rule of opposites" to its smell in that its maltiness lingered first on the tongue and was followed by the perception of the bitterness hops. Nice carbonation and balance; this is a drinkable American blonde ale and a nice offering from Goose Island (my friend has brought back a couple other styles I am keen to sample).

Jan 20, 2003
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale yellow with a low white head. Light fruity aroma and taste. Nice malt graininess with a light hop character. Medium bodied (leans light) and smooth.

One of my favorite beers of this past summer.

Best by: 05/14/02 Tasted: 12/28/02

Dec 30, 2002
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Kwak from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This sharp fruity crisp beer has toasted malt flavor and spicy hop aroma. Clearly refreshing and clensing to My palate. Greate with spicy food or salty snack. Goose Island makes greate beers and this is tops on my list!

Nov 27, 2002
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Winter from Wisconsin

2.16/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Goose Island "Blande" Ale? Clear yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is somewhat boring with hints of corn or grain. Taste was very crisp and clean, but nothing really stood out in the flavor or body of the beer. Very refreshing to drink when cold, not a lot going on here.

Nov 10, 2002
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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 50 ratings