Blonde Ale | Wind River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Wind River Brewing Company
Wyoming, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wind River Blonde Ale is a pale golden beer that is lively, light and refreshing. It is the first bere to be packaged in a can in the State of Wyoming.

Added by Bitterbill on 07-17-2010

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a small head. Smells slightly sweet, some grains. Taste is crisp, also of grains, malts, just a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a good quality beer, probably would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
5.0% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for splitting this can with me!

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow in color with billowing carbonation and a skim of bone-colored head. Patches of lace are left over.

S - Crisp, refreshing aroma of pale and pils malt with a cream aroma and sort of off-sweet finish. A touch of hops pops in through the finish.

T - Yeasty esters add some small depth to the pale malt-loaded ale. Mild hops get some floral notes in the finish and provide good balance. Nice flavor for a blonde.

M - Crisp and light-bodied with a smooth, clean finish the mild bitterness keeps the malty sweetness in check.

O - I could put this back all night. It's a fairly solid blonde ale that goes down well, refreshes, and doesn't offend.

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Photo of blackie
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

it comes in pounder cans, I drink it in Wyoming

a: served in a tall chalice, hazy, golden hay color, a thin white head disappears in short order to leave a placid surface

s: bready pale grains on the nose with a distinct sweetish aroma, fruity esters that smell somewhere around apricot or dried peach...maybe white grape, hops grassy with a slight metallic edge

m: carbonation a little low for the style, kinda dead on the tongue, body a light-medium

t:like the aroma, bready pale malts form the backbone with yeasty esters supplying some fruity notes and giving a general "sweet" impression - dried stone fruit, grape, slightly floral after the swallow with grassy hop flavors, crackery grain, and a delicate bitterness

o: a little more in this one than I expected, nothing fancy but a drinkable beer with some interesting character

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A recent forum post had someone marveling at how far and wide The CANQuest (TM) has taken me. I know that I have had beer in Wyoming before, but this marks a first from a CAN.

From the CAN: "Brewed with Wind River Glacier Water". Well, all right! I CAN dig it!

The Crack & Glug left me with a fizzy finger of bone-white head that burbled and popped with CO2 bubbles until it was a memory. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a piney scent, like this blonde was bringing hops to the party! Baby, you CAN come over any time! There was also an underlying malty sweetness, but the initial smell was definitely hops. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was pleasantly slightly dry, slightly hoppy, nicely balanced in the mouth. Finish was equally dry and refreshing. For me, it was a welcome break from the steady stream of AALs, plus it was a simple, pleasant beer. I should also mention the wonderful lacing throughout.

I still have a couple left after doling the sixer out to others on The CANQuest (TM) and I could definitely see one going into my cooler for Hula in the Coola Day (upcoming on 01 February) this year! Happy 2011! Yay, beer!

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3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Good looking beer, it's a nice golden yellow color with a slight haze. Fizzy white head with really small bubbles, slightest bit of lacing.

Smell is pretty standard for the style. Earthy, grassey, hay, some hops and some slight yeast. Pretty standard for the style.

Taste surprised me a little, it's a slight step up from the smell. Malt, grain sort of a honey sweetness and some bitter hop at the end.

Mouthfeel is decent. More earthy than I expected, but still maintains a light body with a snappy bitter finish, decent carbonation level.

A solid representation of the style, probably more of a summer beer, or a good way to introduce someone into the craft scene to get away from the big guys in the industry.

Thanks huadog for the extra in our trade!

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3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to woodychandler for the state tick. 16oz can into a tulip.

A: Blonde amber hue. About a finger of white head. Soapy lace and no cap.

S: Sweet pale malt and coarse ground grains. A hint of fruity sweetness and a bit of spice. Nothing too powerful but pleasant.

T: Sweet malt and grassy earthy grain. Hint of spice. Nothing over the top but drinkable.

M: Medium to light body. Crisp and sharp carbonation.

O: An easy drinking blonde. This would be a great gateway beer for your BMC buds.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this beer.

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight yeast note, and slight hop note. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, slight hop note. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - very clear straw yellow. one inch head off controlled pour. nothing special.

smell - bubblegum and cream with some malt and hops to finish.

taset - bubblegum, interesting for a blonde. minor hops and some pineapple hops. a bit of corn husk that doesnt hurt it

mouthfeel - very crisp and very drinkable. no strong lasting taste. no funk. nice and drinkable, what the style should be.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 16 oz. can to an imperial pint glass. What a cool thing it is to have good friends who'll pick up obscure beers for you, without you even asking. Thanks for going to Yellowstone and thinking of me, Bryce...

Silvery can with an icy blue lake reflecting majestic mountains. 'Brewed with Wind River Glacier Water'. No packaging date.

A: 'Blonde' in this case equals a dull sunshine-gold. A super-fine haze cuts clarity only slightly, a fair amount of carbonation rises to a meager 1/4" head (one that disappears thickly to a thin white ring and wispy swirl). Lace struggles to stick, a few droopy ribbons and specks glide as snails down the glass.

S: An interesting nose, grassy and flowery, a clover-y spice. Sweetness is barely held in check, but the strength wins a better-than-average grade.

T: Honeyed sweetness, hay and biscuits then a counterbalance of spicy hops to lend just enough bitterness. Hints of lemon zest and sweet apple flesh, even a bit of ground clove. Doughy and a little nutty in the finish.

M: Hmmm, slick and tired feeling. Not much carbonation in the mouth, despite a decent amount rising in the glass. Cool and light-bodied, juicy but overall underwhelming.

D: Without a date on the package, it's tough to know about freshness, but I suspect this wasn't at its peak. Giveaways: duller appearance, malt dominance, lackluster feel. I've enjoyed some very inspired blonde ales, but this isn't one of them (at least not how it's presented here). Wouldn't mind another try, but two strikes and this one would be out.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can from a 4 pack.

A nice light gold colour with a 1 finger head of fluffy foam. Plenty of lacing.

The smell has some hop bitterness to it, grass me thinks, and a very light nose of grain. It's a weak nose overall, I think the draught version had more character.

The taste is lightly to moderately light grainy with some lemon zest in the mix. A strange brew from the can; all the flavour seems to be up front and it fades like crazy mid palate on until just after the swallow where it picks up again with some slight sweet notes and a bit of hop bitterness. I like it but the impression I get is that this is on the lower end when it comes to calories, not that that is bad but it has a "Light Beer" feel to it.

Light bodied with very light carbonation. The mouthfeel could be improved with a tad more carbo.

Drinkability? It's a Wyoming brew that, I think, has some potential to be better than it is. That's my 2 cents worth. Other than that, it is an easy beer to quaff and is somewhat refreshing. I prefer the draught but this isn't half bad.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pokesbeerdude for hooking me up with a few Wyoming brews. Served in my Cantillon tumbler. Can says 006 Z3A1BX - not sure if this light on bottling date.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. Transparent golden body.

S - Malted grain, light honey, toffee, and a touch of floral hop.

T - Tastes like it smells. Light hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Zesty carbonation, soft medium body, crisp clean finish.

D - A pretty generic and to-style blonde ale. I'd have it again at the ballpark or while camping.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again goes out to the one and only WoodyChandler! Cheers!

Pour - nice soft, hazy looking light orange to yellow color. Slightly cloudy when held to the light with a thin wispy head. Everything looks in place for a blonde ale.

Aroma - a little spicy, some apple notes, perhaps some peach or apricot as well. This has a nice subtle fruity/floral aroma that seems to be saying, "hurry up and drink me and stop worrying about the aroma you beer nerd". Fine, I will.

Taste - one big gulp later and I am on to the flavor of this brew. This is light on the palate and slightly dry in the finish. It has some melon flavors along with a bit of yeasty spiciness. Refreshing and not overpowering in any way on the tongue. This will appeal to the masses quite well and provide much needed thirst quenching to participants of many an outdoor activity.

Overall - well done. This is a style that I am not one to seek out but this is a good beer. Sometimes your tastebuds need a break from all those strong stouts and hoppy IPAs and its beers like this that can give you that much needed reprieve.

Would I buy more of it? - I'd love to venture out to Wyoming and try the other Wind River brews that is for sure. But, until then, this is a brew I wouldn't turn down.

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