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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Added by mcallister on 02-27-2007

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 143
Reviews by VncentLIFE:
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
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 t2grogan
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of MadMike27
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Kerry1
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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 king75
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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 WoodBrew
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of slasich
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a very ordinary blonde ale.

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Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Photo of DougT
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jduprey007
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MooseWiersma
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of Rostie
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of CortexBomb
4.89/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'd never heard of Saugatuck Brewing Company before running into this bottle randomly at Goodrich's. Bomber. Blonde Ale...why not?

Suffice to say, I'm extremely impressed by this offering and I'm going to be looking for more by these folks in the future. Beautiful beer all the way around: straw yellow pour with plenty of carbonation. The beer and the aroma are both smoothly malty with a tang that I think is either paradise seed or lemon (possibly both) and a slight woody sour tang at the finish. Fairly complex but not overly so; enough interesting elements to result in a real winner, particularly for the style (which I always keep in mind when I'm rating).

For the style of beer this is about tops of my list. It has enough character to draw you in, but is still smooth drinking, and I could easily see throwing back a few of these sitting on the beach in June.

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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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 BierFan
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise. ABV is printed on the label as being 5%. Gushed out of the bottle and sprayed my computer when I opened it. WAY overcarbonated!

Appearance: Solid layer of white foam. Slightly hazy amber body with good carbonation. Good head retention.

Smell: Spicy yeast and actually some alcohol. I'm surprised I got alcohol in the aroma considering it's supposedly only 5%abv.

Taste: Pretty good, but bland. The taste is mainly comprised of the yeast. Some hop bitterness.

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Photo of DCdevyl78
2.25/5  rDev -35%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of tschultz
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pb9613
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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 DMarlinJ
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Rohkey
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Oval Beach Blonde Ale from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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