Oval Beach Blonde Ale
Saugatuck Brewing Company

Oval Beach Blonde AleOval Beach Blonde Ale
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Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #315
Ranked #28,089
3.43 | pDev: 14.58%
Jan 01, 2022
Feb 27, 2007
Oval Beach Blonde AleOval Beach Blonde Ale
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3.22 by Red5StandingBy from Maryland on Jan 01, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by SeeksGoodBeer

Quite surprised by this beer; so much so it inspired me to make an account. Picked it up for 6.99 expecting nothing after trying another budget brew here in MI; Flavor is on point, solid input ingredients. Pale straw with light carbonation, definitely worth the buck and some change.

Dec 20, 2021
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3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

ok blonde, nice color.

May 12, 2021
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3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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.

Apr 14, 2021
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3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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
3.7 by 22Blue from Kansas on Sep 17, 2020
3.09 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan on Jun 13, 2020
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 07, 2020
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2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75
by Zopiac from Michigan

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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3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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
3.5 by Ceddd99 from Michigan on Jul 14, 2019
3.46 by nbrown2844 from Ohio on Jul 14, 2019
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3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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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3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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
2.58 by BlueTomorrow from Michigan on Nov 06, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by dd53grif from Michigan

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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4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

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
3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Sep 03, 2018
3.29 by Michelleroo from Michigan on May 29, 2018
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3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by beersampler6 from Michigan

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
3.55 by Mikecd234 from Michigan on Feb 17, 2018
3.25 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Nov 01, 2017
3.63 by Griphon from Florida on Oct 02, 2017
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3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Prager62 from Colorado

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
3.69 by cyrushire from Florida on Aug 02, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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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3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tone from Missouri

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
3.58 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Feb 16, 2017
2.89 by Z-man from Michigan on Jan 25, 2017
3.38 by jduprey007 from Michigan on Jan 21, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Try-em-all from Missouri

Golden yellow color, light head from a regular pour, beer smells better (citrussy) than it tastes, relatively smooth. I won't get this one again.

Dec 21, 2016
3.43 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Sep 25, 2016
3.3 by BigTuna1066 from Michigan on Aug 28, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by gulli from Michigan

Nice for summer.bubbly, light , lotsa foam head. A little thin, but nice when hot , not heavy.

Aug 27, 2016
4.25 by komatsukiller from Michigan on Aug 06, 2016
4 by SpAiReArGsEonNE from New Jersey on Aug 05, 2016
3.69 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan on Jul 04, 2016
3.27 by Nunya from Ohio on Jun 30, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

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
2.91 by Jcarriglio from Florida on May 25, 2016
Oval Beach Blonde Ale from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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