Beer For Drinking (BFD) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Beer For Drinking (BFD)Beer For Drinking (BFD)

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
There are days when you want a beer—just a beer—that hits all the right spots. Well, this is it. No snifters required, no special occasions, just an unfussy, uncomplicated hoppy golden ale brewed to fit in no matter where it goes. This
isn’t beer for collecting, this is beer for drinking.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 06-24-2017

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Big Fucking Deal or Beer For Drinking? Light, crisp and super clean. Some lightly toasted malt with a hint of citrus bitterness to keep it interesting. It's an excellent lawnmower or golf brew or when you want something light. Well done.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and easy drinkin.

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Photo of puck1225
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall can into a tulip glass.

Clear yellow color with nice white head and lacing. Very pleasant floral, grassy smell. Clean crisp taste. Slightly sweet and citrusy.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale to medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of bready + biscuit + cereal grain malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness as well as light aromas of grassy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of bready + biscuit + cereal grain malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. Light flavors of grassy + spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away leaving a relatively clean finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a clean finish.

O: Definitely named and marketed appropriately as this beer is extremely easy to drink and somewhat perfect for this very warm/very humid late Spring/early Summer here in NC. Enjoyable and refreshing with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of craigmj7
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Farmendariz
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We don't have to forget that this is a blond ale. It's not going to have the complexity of an imperial stout or it's not going to be as popular as an IPA. But to be a blond ale it's very tasty. Sweet bitterness, citrus/floral profile. Light body like any blond ale and way more flavorfull than what I was expecting. Worth a try!

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a stovepipe can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Light citrusy hops. Mild pine and floral notes.

T/F: Light bodied... mild grains and a pleasant citrus forward hop profile. Orange rind and grapefruit. Mild evergreen and resin but citrus first. Well carbonated. Mild bitterness... super drinkable and light. Crisp.

O: A very easy-drinking hop/citrus forward blonde. Sessionable as hell... enjoyable... could drink this all day.

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Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight citrus hops, piney hops, hint of earthiness, floral hops, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated bitterness. Tastes of pale malt, slight citrus hops, piney hops, hint of earthiness, floral hops, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of Psilo
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3/6, so about two months ago.

Translucent pale gold with a finger of thick foam which lasts as a cap. Bands of lacing are left in its wake.

Smells lemony, lightly bready, herbal. Not overwhelming, but there.

Tastes quite lemony to me, and of white bread. Lightly herbal.

Light body, light carb, dry, almost creamy, and absurdly easy to drink. My 19.2 oz are almost gone already.

If I was in need of a cheap gas station beer and this was available, I would buy it again.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jdwpgh
2.47/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Skabiski
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crushable by design, this was a nice light, crisp summery beer that flowed down easy but had enough flavor to keep my attention. Tastes of sweet malt, light caramel, honey, lemon, biscuit, herbs, floral hops and very mild peppery spices. A nice change of pace brew from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of kuhndog
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden ale with a slight chill haze. Tall puffy white colored head.

Smells of fresh cut pine tree. Woody and herbal but it is all pine.

Starts out mild and slightly savory with a taste of pine board. Light flavored with a taste of minerals and water. Lightly bitter and highly carbonated.

Mouthfeel is on the light and highly carbonated side.

Overall, an OK beer but I would just as soon drink a SN Pale Ale instead.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ER527
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In the world of imperial this and barrel aged that, to make a boring beer is kind of a big deal. Sierra Nevada is betting that the beer world needs a proper German styled lager to offset the creativity, imagination and sometimes wacky flavors that plague the current beerscape.

Beer For Drinking pours with the classic bright straw appearance while streaming with champagne-like carbonation. Its cottony white froth billows to the rim before emitting a spicy, grainy and bready fragrance. Sweet on the tongue, a sensation of fresh baking bread, light honey and a wafer-like softness set the tone of part grain and part malt.

As the lager encroaches on the middle palate, its sweetness begins to recede and the rougher edges of grain provide a husken bite and a light vegetative character of hay. What begins with a mild floral aroma trends spicy, grassy and slightly lemony as the flavors proceed. Its snappy bitterness decorates the late palate while aspects of lemongrass, green apple and peppercorn come into play.

Medium light on the palate, the beer's quick tenure to dryness provides a great sense of drinkability and refreshment. A quick finish of peppery hops leave a medium length aftertaste of dried parsley, corn husk and mint lingering onward.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BFD old school was Big Effn' Deal! Now Beer for drinking. Fizzy yellow beer with medium body mild herbal hops and light maltiness. Easy drinking good carbonation and lightly dry finish.
Overall a summer beer winner.

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Photo of grahuba
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tigerbrau
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bobv
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moderate pour yields a 5/8 inch white head over a bright and clear, golden blonde body with a little lacing. Nose of grass with some floral notes and very faint dank hops. Taste of more of the same with a crisp and ever so slight sweetness on the finish. Okay feel and overall a real good example of the style, but never my thing. Cheers to Chico!

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Photo of GreenMind
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer For Drinking (BFD) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 88 ratings