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Summer Blonde | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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Brewed by:
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BillyBrew on 07-21-2002

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of vfgccp
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/1/08. [[I wasn't really sure how to categorize this beer, because it is only listed as a "blonde lager", but hopefully I have chosen correctly.]] On tap at John Harvards. Pours a light gold with a very small white head. Aroma of stale wheat. Flavor of the same, quite bland. No real hop presence. More refreshing than some lagers perhaps, but this was somewhat of a letdown as I was expecting it to be a little fruiter, more spritzy. In any case, I'd bypass this one if you're at JH. Probably one of the worst of their beers I've had.
5/3/5/3/10 (2.6/5)

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Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was of light grain and subtle hop.

The taste had a light grain crispness. Nice dry finish.

The mouthfeel was light and dry. Good carbonation.

A very refreshing and drinkable ale. However, average as far as summer brews go.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pint came a nice medium to dark straw color. Loads of carbonation dancing in the glass. Very minute head, but, see my other John Harvard's ratings for an explanation. Lacing was nice.

The aroma wad mainly carried on a nice citrus body. A pleasant amount of hops aroma was also showing through on the nose.

The first flavor was a nice citrus blend of lemons and grapefruit. There was a nice slightly peppery aftertaste. A touch of hops flavor was a nice finish to the taste.

A little weak in the feel. Tons of carbonation couldn'tmake up for the watery texture.

Overall a fantastic selection that would be perfect from a growler on a nice hot summer day. A good selection if you are having a picnic and want a refreshing light crisp beer outside with you.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this blonde ale pours a little darker than i expected it to be, its a darkish yellow with a half finger of off white head with very light carbonation

S - an enticing malty sweet aroma, with a slight hoppy background kick, very inviting

T - wow, very refreshing, a light bodied beer thats soft on the palate

M - light and easy down, a nice summer beer, i need a growler of this for the back porch

D - high, very good to share with family even, have to get some of this for my dad, i love how much summer beers remind me of sitting on the back porch on a hazy afternoon after mowing the lawn, sweaty and hot, man its that evocative

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Photo of Truh
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wind whipped through my hair as I did a little drinking and biking with my buddy John, checking out the betties on the beach with this one on 8/15/2005. 16-oz. pint at the Harvard Square location.

Told by the barkeep that this “is a lager brewed with lemon peel to give it a citrusy flavor.” Sounds good. Nice, flocculent ½-inch of tumescent head with a fair amount of lace crenellation; subsides to a quiet mass in the center. As the name implies, light golden hue with just a bit of action clamping around. Good lager wash on nose and a really focused shot of lemon flames up the tubes, some sumac too. Lemon starts on the tongue, but an almost crusty wheat shadows with some lime aspects, a touch of coriander, and elderberries.

Very drinkable and light, though it might benefit from more time in the tanks.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a clear yellow ale that looked like it might be light in taste, and it was.

Aroma was mainly of the Cascade hops, but somewhat weak.

Taste was good, slightly bitter, a bit crisp, and hoppy. You could tell it was mainly Pale malt.

Mouthfeel was thinner and lighter than their other beers I samples. Drinkability was just a little better than average, because I thought it could be a little more flavorful.

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Photo of mschofield
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow-gold, topped with a two finger stark white head, leaves full sheets of lacing.
Wheat, grainy aroma, a definite hay note.
The taste is dominated by the wheat, almost like a bowl of shredded wheat, bit of almond, grass. Nutty aftertaste.
Clean and light, a bit tart. It was alright but didn't really impress as a blonde or an American wheat. Would be better if it went fully one way or the other.

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Photo of BierReise
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey colored and clear with a thin white head. Sweet pleasant fruity aroma with a light malt background. Distinct sweet aroma of apricot and citrus. Not your typical blonde ale but a nice sweet light bodied ale that I enjoyed. Much more flavor than the #9 in my opinion.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Springfield, PA location. OG 12.2 Plato. A clear yellow-gold body is topped by an average-sized head of bright white foam. The retention is good, and it maintains a thin surface covering and leaves some spotty lace throughout the first half of the glass. The aroma is limited but expresses some gently sweet malt and some light, floral hops. It's smooth across the palate with a medium body and a fine, moderate carbonation. The flavor delivers a clean, lightly grainy and softly sweet malt that's well backed by a gentle dose of bittering hops and a handfull for flavor. It finishes with a short-lingering note of sweet malt. Not a bad beer by any means - it's well brewed; just crafted for the masses.

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Photo of Todd
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A John Harvard's corporate beer, sampled in Cambridge. Damn tasty if you ask me, and a helluva summer quencher. Crystal clear blonde coloured ale, decent head. Aroma was light with grain and fruits. Flavours were fruity (bit of apricot and melon) with a coarse/Burton-on-Trent feel on the palate. Nice citrus zing, too. Dry, crisp, coarse finish.

Well worth the try, and a very nice blonde. Reminded me of Magic Hat #9, both in flavour and feel on the palate. Paired nicely with my grilled chicken and cheese filled tortellini salad.

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Photo of mophie
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Wilmington, DE restaurant. My wife ordered this, and I sampled it (not really my style). However, for what it is, it's actually very nice. Golden blonde in appearance, just as you'd expect. Smell is a delicate, mild fruitiness. Taste is also quite mild and non-threatening, with slight caramel and hints of lemon. Quite refreshing, and quite drinkable, and a perfect beer for someone (like my wife) who is looking for something that's not too scary.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not my style, but I sampled a friend's. Interesting, nonetheless. This brew has a bright straw colour with a crisp head that goes to a lace. Interesting strawberry sweetness to the nose, but not a sickly, or artificial scent. A light body with lively carbonation. This effort seems to pass on the malt an stand on a fruity, kinda strawberry, hop flavor. It does this well, assuming it is the plan, although not very complex.

This brew drinks light and fruity sweet. I am glad I sampled somebody's beer, becaused I imagine that this would wear on me. Try it out if you dig light and summery, or just order one for your date or interest and take a cut off of the top.

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Summer Blonde from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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