Metolius Damsel Blonde Ale | Portland Brewing Company

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Metolius Damsel Blonde AleMetolius Damsel Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RJLarse on 08-27-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So after tryiong the Amber Ale...I am no drinking the blond ale!!! I wish my youthful days were filled with Amber and Blonde haired HOTTIES....YEAH BABY! Anyway...The color is a clear golden yellow brew....not much head and minimal lacing. There is a hint of citrus in the aroma and the taste is typical of a blonde ale. It is an easy drinking beer that isnt too tough on the pallet. Certainly could drink all night if challenged!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Decent foam and lacing. It's bright golden color is a step above your typical lighter color ales or lagers. A bit murky too.

Smell: I recall this being on the sweeter side. Corn malt and caramel. More of an autumn beer?

Taste/Mouthfeel: See smell. Goes down easy.

Overall Drinkability: I can't say I'd say any blonde jokes about this damsel.

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Photo of bum732
3.67/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Herbal notes, wheaty, some pilsner malt, light fruitiness, lemon mostly.

L: Clear golden yellow, white head that dissipates.

T: Clean pilsner sweetness followed by touch of lemon leaves. Medium-low fruity bitterness with a clean slightly doughy finish.

M: Medium-low body, medium carbonation, clean.

Solid, clean blond ale. Nothing special, has a decent leafy fruitiness.

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Photo of coffygrinder
1.9/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Really did not enjoy this beer at all. It had a bad creamy mouth feel. The carbination was off, the beer was flat. It tasted like a homebrew that was off.

No real flavor to speak of. I understand that it is a blond ale, but you should be able to pick up some kind of flavors

It had a slight skunk smell that orginally I though came from hops, almost like a becks, but it was just a bad beer smell

Taste like a bad homebrew, you know the ones where people dont use enough grain and taste water down.

Overall, maybe I just got a bad batch or just flat, but was not a fan of this beer at all.

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Photo of u2carew
3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz stubby. Picked up on a road trip to Idaho.
A) Pours with a finger thick head, then settles to a thin lacing across the top and at the edge of the glass. Clear body. Upward carbonation. Blond in color.
S) Light grassy aroma. Sugary notes. Subtle orange peel.
T) A slight sweet grass flavor up front then moves to a bitter bite in the finish. Notes of grain throughout. The aftertaste is a bit astringent.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Dry.
D) Drinkable, but not a standout.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear straw color with a small withe head that thins. No lacing to speak of.

Faint hint of malt, slight citrusy hop smell.

Light, crisp initial malt flavor. Medium bittnerness, pleasant light citrus flavor. Finishes dry with a light lingering bitterness.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

Drinkable and exrtremely ordinary blonde ale.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear golden amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light piney hop nose. Flavor is tart lemon and light hops, mild for a pale. $2.05 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of RonTugnutt
1.79/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Yuck. There seems to be something wrong with this damn beer. It looks fairly appealing to a macro lager drinker who was expecting the same pale yellow here. It is a little darker, I would say more of an orange. The head is think and bubbly sinking away quickly with no lacing. The smell is vaguely metalic with little else to be noticed, maybe a touch of hops for a second but no more. The taste is where it feels really off, again with the matal, it tastes like a can more than anything else (which is odd for a beer coming out of a bottle). Past the metal it has a touch of malt sweetness with a light mouthfeel, although thicker than I expected once again. One way or another, I would recomend that you avoid this beer if possible as it really just doesn't hold up with similarly priced brews.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Deuane
2.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Bright golden yellow with a medium off-white head that quickly fades to a wispy veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Lightly sweet biscuit and a touch of lemon. Other than that though there is nothing. This one is pretty dull.

T-Light lemon tartness and some sweet biscuit and then a sharp biting effervescence. Not bad but not really good either. Becomes more and more acrid and metallic with some warming. This one is much like any BMC product and needs t be drank ICE cold...warming only brings out flaws not nuances.

M-Light bodied, sharp and crisp and then....nothing. Really---nothing. I cannot understand how a beer can simply fall off so quickly.

D-The perfect Blonde Ale---really? I don't think so....unless you have no taste buds or enjoy drinking liquid Styrofoam as this beer is about a boring as boring can be. It has NO flavour profile--neither good or bad--simply DULL! The best thing going for this beer is the label art!

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Photo of beeragent
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a light gold, forming a thin white head that fades quickly. Very light lace on the glass.

S - Light pale malts and a hint of floral hops.

T - The pale malts dominate the palate, creating a light bready taste followed by a grassy flavor from the malts. Very simple.

M - Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - For a lighter ale, this blonde isnt too bad. Light flavor and a bit thicker body than expected, but nonetheless still sessionable IMO. Not bad but not exciting either.

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Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tapman
1.94/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nahhh nahh nah, CONTRACT BREWED!!!, nah nah, nah nah...

Dirty yellow. Filtered. Head pours a finger and a half and then disappears by the time I write "and a half" and look back at it.

Bready, pale malt and some tart yeast highlights. Hops are lemony. A little butter in there as well.

Tastes like celery salt, or salted celery. You decide. Not the worst and interesting in its way, but that is what it tastes like to me. Moderately strong bitterness / lemon sourness in the finish.

Fine up front, dry in the back.

My favorite part is on the bottle neck label where it says, "Light in color, light in body, but still maintaining the rich flavor of a microbrew." So this is microbrew-flavored beer? Who knew?

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Photo of Seeker41184
2.13/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Date Drunk: 2/18/11

12oz into pint glass

Now I know why a friend left me 5 bottles of this beer out of the 6 pack he brought over to try. It's grassy and tries to be crisp, but just isn't. It is maybe 1 step above Miller Light and 3 steps above dirty dishwater. I won't waste alcohol, so now I have 4 left to finish :(

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Photo of RJLarse
3.58/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of Metolius Damsel Blonde Ale at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale gold color and is slightly hazy. A thin bubbly one-finger head forms, and dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass. The head produces virtually no lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

The smell is faint and sweet, with fruit and floral aromas.

The taste is malt based, with fruit flavors like peach and orange, and a very mild hop finish.

The mouth feel is light, crisp and clean. The beer is moderately carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer, and would be good any time. ItÂ’s not as sweet as some blonde ales can be, but a good representation of the style, and I would certainly have it again.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.03/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a light golden straw color with a thin crisp head. Smell of faint malt with a slight bitter scent. Taste of light malt with a saline bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with good carbonation. Just like a fish I was cought on that fly on the bottle, not worth getting again for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Transparent gold with lemonade trim. A barely audible escape of CO2 on crown cracking has been followed, surprisingly, by almost three fingers of bone colored foam that looks decent enough. A few stray splotches of sudsy lace find their way to the glass.

The nose is fairly typical of the style. It's lightly sweet and is pale malty, with no real hop presence to speak of. A lack of negatives keeps the score from falling any lower, while a lack of positives keeps it from rising any higher. In other words... boooring.

If Damsel Blonde Ale tasted like it smells, all would be well and the score would be the same. Unfortunately, the sweet maltiness of the nose is replaced by a tart sort of funk that tastes like a flaw rather than an intended member of the flavor profile. Bottom line: blonde ales just shouldn't oughta taste like this.

Regarding specifics: watery grain mixed with lemon juice and a few handfuls of spent German hops. In order of most prominent to least, the beer is tart, then bitter, then sweet. Having said that, it's too mildly flavored for any of those to make a serious impression.

The mouthfeel is light, even for the style, and is slightly underbubbled. More malt would have helped in any number of ways. It's been a while since I drank a Pyramid beer, but they aren't mouthfeel masters by any stretch.

Metolius Damsel Blonde Ale is not 'the perfect Blonde Ale' as seen on the neck label. In fact, it isn't even well-crafted beer in the broadest sense of the phrase. It's difficult to say whether the ordinariness of this brewery's products is due to a lack of skill or a business decision to brew dumbed-down beer at a cheap price.

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Photo of youradhere
2/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up to go with dinner. Hazy blond with white head, blah blah. Smells like sour malt and hops, not very appealing. Taste is bitter, metallic, and not much else going on. Mouth feel is grossly thick and chalky, not appealing for this style, not refreshing or drinkable at all. It is going to take all of my might to power through this one beer, let alone the other five. Don't recommend unless you have no other choice or are already drunk enough to not taste it.

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Photo of deereless
2.46/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Thin layer of head that has stuck around for 5 minutes, vibrant gold - 4.25, S: Herbal aromas are the dominate smell though it is on the side of faint, quite a bit a crystal malt, pretty run-of-the-mill - 2.75, T: Mild grain and lemon, only a minor touch of hops, lacks much in terms of flavors - 2.00, M: Slightly gritty, very watery - 2.25, D: Not much to offer in terms of flavor, not a beer I would drink again - 2.50

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Metolius Damsel Blonde Ale from Portland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.76 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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