Oval Beach Blonde Ale | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Arty_Man
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of importedfromdet
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of deadchef
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of king75
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of gopens44
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Jason417
2.45/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label is printed "130115 693" in the upper right corner, possibly a best by date of "01-15-13".

Pours a hazed bright orange that reflects a good amount of light. Initial head of a fingers width or so, that rises and falls quickly before the first sip. Not much coverage, a bare thread of skim around the edge is all that's left after the first couple sips.

Smell is yeasty and sulfuric at first, becoming sweet and grainy afterward with a light hint of apple.

Flavor is straightforward and simple, crackers from the malt, apples from the yeast, dry floral note from the hop addition. Body is lightly astringent with medium carbonation and a slight slickness to it. Overall a passable beer for a summer bbq, but a rainy November afternoon calls for something different.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent blonde. A bit too metallic and earthy on the backside for me. And the carbonation bites way too much. Those things aside, it's still an easy drinker and not too bad to drink. I am sure it would be nice on a hot day. But really, the carbonation needs to get toned down.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light, slightly hazy gold body with a soda pop type fizz/head that just dissipates.

The smell is just kind of there. Mostly sweet corn, light grains, and nothing more. I dont get any kind of hop bitterness. Maybe a bit of earthy hops, but thats a stretch. just the faintest hint of lemon very late.

Theres some kind of nice sweet malt that reminds me of light sweet corn, but I know its all grain. Upfront bite that hides a sweet earthy characteristic.

I mean its not terrible, but not all that great either.

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Photo of youngleo
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can see why its called a blonde ale. It sure is blonde in color with a very white two fingered head. Head didnt hang around very long. And not a lot of lacing. Smelled very light. Just notes of biscuit and a little malt. Tasted very light also. Had a slight malt flavor and was a little sweet. Then again not a lot of flavor. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was about right. I think this would make a good session beer. At 5% Abv you could drink a few and not have to worry about getting too hammered too fast. Id buy again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Saugatuck's Oval Beach Blonde Ale last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. This is the last of the bottled beers from Saugatuck that I have yet to try so when I saw this on the shelf I figured I better give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good and has nice old school beach scene on it, looks good to me. It poured a nice golden yellow color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of lacing. This is a proper looking American Blonde Ale.

S- The aroma of this beer starts out with a good amount of malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness and impart a very grainy and sweet bread like aroma along with a little bit of cereal thrown in for good measure. There was also a slight honey and flower aroma. The hops show up toward the end and are a half and half mixture of grassy and spicy hops that was pretty light. The aroma is balanced and slightly above average for the style.

T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma. The first thing I notice is the large amount of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart some, grainy, sweet bread, and biscuit flavors. There is a real slight flower and honey like flavor in the middle that is a little mead like. The hops show up towards the end, they are light and impart some light grassy and spicy hop flavors that help balance out all the malts. The finish is sweet with no bitterness and a mixture of biscuit malts and spicy hops on the aftertaste. This is a proper tasting American Blonde Ale, with just enough hops to stay true to the style and a pretty flavorful malt base.

M- Smooth, very crisp, medium light bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. One of the more crisp American Blonde Ales that I have had and it had pretty appropriate mouthfeel.

Overall I thought that this was a good American Blonde Ale that was very true to style with the malt base and the low amount of hops. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down very smooth and it was very crisp, I could see drinking a six pack of this on the beach in the summer, it seems like this would be a good beer to quench your thirst, but I might become bored with the flavor after a few. What I liked most about this beer was the flavor and mouthfeel, the flavor wasn't mind blowing but it was pretty much what a good American Blonde Ale should taste like and the mouthfeel was also good and true to style. There wasn't anything that I didn't like about this beer but I would have liked to see a little bit more of those floral and hoppy aspects in the flavor and aroma, but that would make this beer stray from it's traditional take on the style. I would buy this beer again, especially in the summer, it seems like it would make a good beer to enjoy on the beach or to have during a barbecue. I recommend giving this beer a shot, if American Blondes Ales are your thing then they don't get much more truer to style then this beer. This was a pretty solid American Blonde Ale from people at Saugatuck, it was very true to style and drinkable. This is one of the better American Blonde Ales that I have had but Cass River Blonde is still my favorite, even though it isn't as true to style as this beer but I still think it is tastier. This was a straight forward solid American Blonde Ale that I will make sure to revisit once it gets warmer.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden-copper color with an inch-thick head that dissipates quickly. This beer is unfiltered.

Smell - I honestly can't really point anything out other than the wheat..

Taste - It instantly tastes like a spice bomb in your mouth. Definitely cloves.. I don't know what else. A little bit of citrus. Has a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Kind of a light body with medium to mild carbonation. It's a pretty crisp beer though.

Overall - Not a bad beer but not the greatest blonde ale

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Photo of bluHatter
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden copper, clear. Very little head that disappears quickly.

S: flowery, sweet, yeast

T: Some flowers, malty, clean, a little bitter aftertaste.

M: Light and crisp with real good carbonation to balance it out.

O: A nice clean refreshing beer. Recommended, for a better than average blonde.

Addendum: The strangest thing... I purchased a 6 pack. The first 5 were perfectly fine. But the 6th beer in the pack tasted and smelled exactly like sweaty gym socks. No lie... I'm not sure whether to blame the brewer or the store, but it's certainly worth noting that perhaps batch consistency might affect quality in this beer.

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2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Grand Trunk.

Appearance - Pale orange-yellow with no head at all by the time it got to my table.

Smell - Sweet bread, a slight grassiness, hint of spicy hops.

Taste - A repeat of the bread from the aroma with a bit if orange and lemon citrus.

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Photo of oline73
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades quite quickly.

Smell: Very mild smell, but what I am picking up is some malt.

Taste: Mild malt, not very sweet but there is a hint of grape. The finish has a very mild bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. The finish isn't really remarkable.

Overall: There isn't anything bad about this beer, but it isn't really remarkable in any way either. A bit boring.

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Photo of pb9613
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is pure gold with moderate carbonation that produces a thick white head that quickly dies down leaving a trace of lace.

Smell: Clean malt with a slight perfume of berries..

Taste: A clean malty flavor with a slight bitterness of the hops. There is also a sweet floral note that hits in the middle.

Mouthfeel: The heavy carbonation gives this beer body that most blonde ales miss.

Overall: A very refreshing and full flavored beer. Most beers in this style lack anything of interest but the brewers at Saugatuck kept this on interesting.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a very nice golden color. Very clear with a nice white head.

Smell was ok. A little of that funky "stella" smell in there somewhere.

Taste was pretty average. Not a lot going on. Very crisp and clean but a little of the european funky pilsner style flavor in the middle. It didn't last long or linger on the finish, but it was definately present.

Mouthfeel was very light and the lighter ABV would make it easy to drink but I, personally, couldn't make it past the off taste in the middle.

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Photo of rings
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I settled into a pint of Oval Beach Blonde, which is their "lightest" ale. Typically, I wouldn't go for the training wheels beer, but unlike most small breweries, this one wasn't just light and fizzy to appeal to the macro-beer drinker. It had a very light copper color and actually had a little body upon the first sip. The head laced the glass nicely and the flavors were clean sip after sip as the light malty sweetness rolled into a crisp finish. It was a very nice effort for a blonde offering and makes an excellent session beer.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- The body is a clean, gold with moderate to heavy carbonation that dies down a bit in the end. The head starts out at a solid 2-fingers, and sustains itself at about 1/2-finger throughout the glass. Lots of rings are left on the glass I drink.

S- Cereal and berry-like sweetness initially. Hopping comes off as flowery, adding to the sweet and perfume-like aroma.

T- It's a little grainy, sweet, and malt-centric at first. Some spicy hops pull it a little toward the middle.

M- Fairly heavy carbonation at first. Overall moderate feel. Good head retention means drinking through a little foam (not a bad thing).

D- Very refreshing and full flavored. Others in the style can be a little bland. Would be a good beach/cookout beer when you still want the full flavor. It's not as refined as some others (in a good way).

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