Oval Beach Blonde Ale
Saugatuck Brewing Company

Oval Beach Blonde AleOval Beach Blonde Ale
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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #637
Ranked #47,740
3.42 | pDev: 14.62%
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Oval Beach Blonde AleOval Beach Blonde Ale
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)…
L- The can has three bands of colour, orange, bold yellow and quite electric blue. When I bought this 'blonde ale' my thoughts were of something of a Belgian style; the can looks more hipster... we shall see!
Pours a rich amber gold, clear, and with a lively initial white foam head, pulling back to a steady 2-3mm white cap.
S- It's mild, though I might have just got a hint of citrus.
T- Bright, then quite hoppy-dry but mercifully no fruit cocktail of hipster-hops. Some richer malts follow.
F- It has a decent balance of bright plus meatier malts
O- I'm not sure what to make of this. It doesn't taste like a Belgian or Euro Blonde Ale, but it's doing more than a regular 'Euro-lager' would. It's pleasant to drink but there isn't really enough character or distinguishable ID to merit importing it all the way (via the retailer) to the UK.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> Brewed with barley and wheat.
330ml can BB: Feb-22 £2.58 Bought from BeersOfEurope, King's Lynn/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Wednesday at 05:48 PM
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oddly, not a seasonal offering, two 12 oz. cans splashed into a clear glass liter mug. A clear amber colored brew with a nice white head atop, which wiped out quickly. There's also some nice white glass lacing that is sticking around. It smells more like a lager than an ale, as it's starchy more than malty and practically devoid of hops. It does taste like an ale, with more hoppiness on the tongue than the nose forecasted. Still it doesn't carry many of the noticeable characteristics that separate lagers from most ales. The exception is the mouthfeel, as the body is very enjoyable.There's no bite to the hops and the color is lagerish, as is the ABV. This is a nice undistinguished brew that is certainly better than most commercial macro beers.

Jan 15, 2021
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Zopiac from Michigan

2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale yellow-gold with head only a step down from bleach-white. Pleasant but simple smell of mild hops and milder malt. Very clean, unobtrusive taste, of simple grain with some sweetness, very little bitterness and only on the very back end. Slightly floral, but quite flat in texture. Perfectly fine non-challenging brew.

Feb 05, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gold in color with plenty of light sediment throughout the body. There’s a fingernail of dishwater white around three quarters of the rim and half of the top. The aroma is of lightly biscuity malt. I taste lightly biscuity malt with the faintest suggestion of grassy hops. The mouth is light, crisp, and easygoing.

Nov 10, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

How interesting that this beer has existed on this site for over a decade & yet, it is my approved pic from the other day! I have been pretty happy with everything that has come in through distro from Saugatuck & so it made me happy to see this on my latest visit to The Beer & Beverage Shoppe.

From the Bottle: "Have more fun."

I have really been enjoying Pop!ping the caps off of bottles lately! It not only gives me something to do, but the caps are going to a local craftsperson, Kris Witman, who fashions them into all sorts of art. I have also come to embrace Gussie Busch's C-Line pour, which always brings forth massive head. In this instance, I got just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with reasonable retention, slowly fading to wisps while leaving nice lacing behind. Color was a pretty Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a biscuit malty quality along with a grassy, hay-like hoppiness. Nice. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for the style. The taste was okay, but I could have used a little more assertiveness, either from the malt, the hops, or both. That said, it was certainly easy-drinking & I polished off the bulk of it during my typing of this review. Finish was semi-sweet, leaning more towards malt than hops. It was not terribly assertive, but still ...

Dec 06, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saugatuck Brewing Company "Oval Beach Blonde Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "MAY1518 8522"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's got a very nice fluffy head of off-white atop a hazy golden body. For some reason I thought it would be clearer, but OK. The aroma expresses mainly grainy malt but there are some hops mixed in there as well, they're just not strong enough to stand out on their own. That's OK, as a blonde ale I don't expect it to have a bright hoppy nose. On to the flavor... there's a lot of fruitiness to it that I didn't detect in the aroma, and the maltiness is not as pronounced as I thought it would be. The hops show a little more, floral and lightly lemony and grassy. It's not bitter, the label lists just 10.5 IBUs, but it's not overdone with malt and although there's a sweet edge to it it finishes mainly dry. It's nicely balanced. Looking back the head has held really well and it's still got a solid cap. The lacing is pretty decent as well. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth. Overall, as an American blonde ale it delivers all around.
Review# 6,334

Nov 08, 2018
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a foamy white head that disappears quickly. No discernable aroma. Taste is a bit sweet with a slight honey flavor. A hoppy bitterness at the end. A smooth, crisp tasting Blonde Ale. Good mouth feel.

Oct 14, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thing I love most about Saugatuck Oval Beach Blonde is that it’s basic. A beautifully clean, crisp blonde beer perfect for drinking on a warm spring/summer day.

Oct 10, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tried this one on tap - I’m looking to expand my taste in ales. This one was crisp, dry and fairly refreshing, if a little plain. Clear golden color, a little head that dissipated and no lingering lacing. Very faintly smelled of grain. Tastes of grain, malt and a little bitter citrus zest. Thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation throughout. I will have to try others in this style.

May 17, 2018
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 12oz. bottle dated 4/19/17 poured in a 12oz. tulip glass.

Look- Pours a transparent gold producing a thin layer of rapidly settling soapy white foam. No lacing is left behind and it looks rather flat.

Smell- Cereal, malt, spicy floral, wet grass and yeast.

Taste- Slightly spicy floral followed by sweet malt, a little grapefruit zest and straw/grass.

Feel- Crisp and clean with a slightly bitter dry finish.

Overall- This was from a six pack given to me by a friend. I noticed the date was a bit long in the tooth but didn't detect any off flavors and found it very drinkable for the style. I'll revisit a fresher date if I come across it for comparison and adjust my score if necessary.

Aug 14, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow see trough with lots of carbonation bubbles and little head which seems appropriate for a blond. Having trouble pulling much from the nose , slight malt and slight floral hops. Taste is much the same with a bready malt base and some slight citrus or maybe lemongrass flavor. Well carbonated and a bit less thin than I was expecting on the mouthfeel. Non offensive but not very exciting overall.

Jun 11, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, hint of lemongrass, slight spicy hops, hint of floral hops, and slight honey. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, hint of lemongrass, slight spicy hops, hint of floral hops, and slight honey. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

Mar 14, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, orange color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It smelled of citrus notes with touches of pine. It tasted very citrusy and bright - mostly orange peel. A light piney bitterness with some grains and sweet caramel. It was crisp and smooth.

May 28, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brilliant gold with 1” white foam cap that dissipates to film A touch of skunk on the nose but after a few swirls most of the skunk goes away and you pick up some malt. It’s actually rich and malty with a fruit touch sweetened by light caramel. Barely discernable mild hop bitterness. Medium light body and medium carbonation. Nothing special.

Jul 27, 2015
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz longneck with freshness dating. Poured into a shaker, the beer is gold with a skim of white head. I notice really large carbonation bubbles.

Beer has an aroma of grains and floral hops.

The taste leads with some sweet, cracker light malts. There is some mild hoping and bit of grass in the finish. I think this one hits the style pretty well.

The mouth is straight-up mid-level. I expected a bit more crispness given the big bubbles, but that is not the case.

This is a good cross-over beer as there are some nice elements but they are subdued and won’t scare a new craft drinker away.

Jan 16, 2015
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Arty_Man from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

This is a really good Blond Ale. Been drinking it a lot this summer. I have been getting it mostly in the 16 oz.cans but they are hard to find. Most of what is available is in bottles. Smooth and refreshing as they say.

Aug 27, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/3/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, straw, floral, grass, slight pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale/bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, straw, floral, grass, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, light honey, straw, floral, grass, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale/bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast fruitiness; with a crisp and balanced finish with no cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good American blonde ale. All around good robustness and balance of pale/bready malt, earthy hop, and light yeast fruitiness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Aug 02, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew itself is a dark gold color, bright and polished. The head, pure white, is too spritzy to keep up for long. It makes the effort, but fades fast, leaves just a little, and deposits light spotting.
Malts are dry in the nose, crackery and wheat-like, with a musty earth quality and fruity sort of sweetness. A faint hint of leaf offers a light counter.
The taste still has the dry malts, which go grainy into the middle, the dusty earth filling in from front to back, and the sweetness going more like honey. A little bitterness eases into the finish.
The body is light but crispness keeps up the impression of firmness. It comes to feel a little thinner in the middle, but finishes well with a lingering semi-dryness and light bitterness following through with the sweetness.

Jun 14, 2014
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importedfromdet from Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothing to run home about in this beer. Was told it was bitter but was disappointed in said bitterness.

Look is clear, average, watery.

Smells of a typical cheap lager.

Taste is full for a moment of wheat and barley but quickly goes to a dull taste.

Overall it is barely a step up of a regular macro lager in my opinion.

Feb 22, 2014
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deadchef from Michigan

3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from a bottle into a pint glass...

a: two finger bright white head. quickly dissipates. crystal clear light straw color.

s: bready, light toast. fresh pale malt. spicy yeast character. very light hop notes.

t: light caramel, pale malt. grainy. light earthy hop taste. short spiciness.

m: medium carbonation. more body from a lighter style than i was expecting. hop bitterness lightly lingers.

o: not an overly exciting beer. i wouldn't turn it down but i certainly wouldn't seek this one out.

Feb 13, 2014
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king75 from Michigan

3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a mixed sixer for a Christmas gift

A- hazy gold yellow with moderate carbonation and little to no lacing. Appears pretty mediocre.
S- It honestly smells like an adjunct lager. Has a metallic smell with traces of corn and a hint of orange zest. Nothing worth remembering
T/M- Has a sweet light malt body with a hint of orange zest barely coming through. A corn like adjunct flavor is present. The mouthfeel is light in the body ending with a sweet, dry ending.

Overall- This is my second time having this beer. The first time I had it on tap it was awful, this time I found it much more enjoyable. Don't get me wrong it is a very mediocre beer that does little to make me want to seek it out. However, it is surprisingly drinkable and would make a descent summer/lawnmower beer.

Jan 21, 2014
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Straight up golden yellow with a big old white foamy head that fizzes away pretty quick. nose is pretty malty but the same malt character gives way to some bitterness. I'm a little surprised that this beer has as much body as it does. Fairly decent finish for a good yet utilitarian beer.

Aug 17, 2013
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Jason417 from Indiana

2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quick fluffy head, extremely transparent, gold/yellow color. The beer has very little taste or smell, lightly carbonated. If you hate malt-y beers, this is the antidote. A session beer, should be served extremely cold after a hard day in the hot summer.

It's fine. Better than super-sized brews, but same clientele.

I did not finish it, by choice.

Jul 05, 2013
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a hazey banana peel and unmalted barley grain. Vibrant bubbling beneath a three finger head that recedes to a three-quarter moon after a few sips. Looks pretty tasty to me.

Very clean almost unmalted grain aroma with light earthy and grassy hops aromas. Smells light and refreshing.

A little bland. Unmalted and faintly toasted malts. A little lemony and grassy citrus from the hops. The carbonation is great and enhances the light, dry palate.

This beer lacks in flavor, but still an easy, refreshing beer to drink.

Dec 05, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

An oval-shaped parking lot? Doesn't sound all that appetizing to me... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild lemon peel, very light grass, and a hint of light wheat. The taste holds notes of lightly funky wheat, lemon rind, old pine needles, and a pinch of coriander. Things don't really jive all that well on my tongue, mates. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a decent blonde at best, one that really doesn't taste very good to me, and one that doesn't have many qualities to help redeem it.

Nov 21, 2012
Oval Beach Blonde Ale from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 166 ratings