Beer For Drinking (BFD)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #93
Ranked #32,076
3.75 | pDev: 11.2%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Beer For Drinking (BFD)Beer For Drinking (BFD)
Notes: 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.
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: yellow with an inch thick white head

Aroma: biscuit, mild grassy hops

Taste: the flavor is biscuit, a bit sweet, a bit of lemon, and a bit of grassy bitterness toward the end. Fairly mild flavor.

Body/Overall:light to medium body, very easy drinking. It is pretty simple but when you're thirsty it goes down.

May 04, 2020
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JohnnyLaw from Wisconsin

1.8/5  rDev -52%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Got it on sale at costco as part of a case sized sampler. Worst of the set. Piss yellow. Fast head that quickly evaporates and overly hoppy with aftertaste that thankfully dissipates quickly. IMHO the other high scores appear to be solely because it's brewed by SN. If you love this and bash a macro you're clearly rating this on the SN name. Meh, will not go out of my way for this again and will drink if only brew available.

Jan 11, 2020
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MaltyMagic from California

3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blonde with a big, wispy white head. West coast hops feature grapefruit/pine in the aroma, best aspect of this beer. Flavor is dry-hopped lemon water. Sour/lemony, subdued bitterness, just the slightest hint of sweet malt is there, but its hard to find. Refreshing, like fizzy lemon water.

Overall, decent hot weather beverage that lacks much beer character. Id prefer a bit more sweet malt to balance things out. But could easily pound a few ice cold on a hot day.

May 12, 2019
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abnormal from Alaska

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on date is smudged but it looks like November 2018

Appearance: Hazy golden straw in color. Fairly aggressive pour yields a billowing rocky white head. Sporadic lacing envelopes the glass.

Aroma: Fresh cut grass, citrus fruits, sourdough bread.

Taste: Crisp and tart. Lemony and grassy hop oils make up the majority of the flavor. Bitterness is surprisingly low given how much hop character I'm tasting. Malt is well balanced and has a buttery/biscuity taste to me. Sweetness comes in towards the end and blends nicely with the hops. The aftertaste has that wonderful Sierra Nevada yeast.

Feel: It's perfect. Light to medium bodied, carbonation tickles the tongue without dissolving it. Reminds me of a lot of Sam Adams brews. It has plenty of carbonation but remains "creamy" at the same time.

Overall: It reminds me an ale version of Noble Pils from Sam Adams. I love beers like this, there's tons of character but it won't crush your wallet or your head with a ridiculous abv. Great stuff.

Feb 24, 2019
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Nika from Alabama

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clean, light to medium body, super crisp, hint of lemon, refreshing flavor, beautiful color! More flavorful than any blond ale I've had. Ideal for boating, beach or swimming pool on a summer day. I live on the beach, so that's everyday! Unfortunately drinkable all day!

Jan 19, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

19.2oz can into a pint glass. Packaged 4/27/18, so 8 1/2 months old.

Pale golden yellow body. many streams of carbonation. Big bubbly head leaving layers of lacing.

Somehow this beer manages to have both a clean aroma and the occasional whiff of barn & straw.

A little sharp on the tongue. There is a very faint bitterness. No sour or unpleasant notes. Decent malt background. Mild tasting.

Mouth close to medium, finish a faint bittersweet.

Overall, SN picked a great name for this beer. No real in your face flavors. Simple, clean, no frills, no awful grainy corny taste. Could pound these all day long on a hot summer's day.

Jan 13, 2019
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Greensprings from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was an exceptional golden style ale. Nicely balanced, lemon grass on the font end with a light wheat beer taste in the middle and fruity crisp finish. Just enough hops to finish clean, I really like this one!

Jan 04, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a moderate, soapy, bright white foam with  medium retention. Sweet, citrus lemon hop aromas with medium light malry notes. Medium light bodied with high, biting carbonation. Malty and citrus lemon flavors throughout with medium light hop bitterness and carbonic  bite near the end. Finished sem-dryly with lemon and light floral flavors and light malty notes. Light, refreshing, easy drinking a tasty spin on a generally simple style. 

Dec 17, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Bright pale gold body, clear, with a big white head, lots of lacing, and both small bubble and rope lacing.

S - Mild pine and resin, lemon and sour grain notes. Pretty quiet.

T - Sharp pine and resin, a touch of citrus zest and pith, large hit of malt in the middle mostly taking the form cracker flavors, and sharp bitter close.

M - Very light feel, easy and dry middle, powerful carbonation, and a clean finish.

O - Nice drinker, but the flavors are sharp and focus more on bitterness. As such, even if it is a drinker, I'd keep it at one at a time.

Dec 07, 2018
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

19.2 oz. can:

Pours hazed yellow with a white foamy head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit, orange, lemon.

The taste is of a relatively hop-forward blonde ale (for the style). Bitter kiss of citrus mixes with cracker-like malt. Mild, even for the style, but quite good. The house character comes through. Soft finish.

The feel waivers on that fine line of light-bodied and thin. Some water shows through in the middle. Alcohol is virtually non-detectable. Not much of a body to it, but it holds together decently enough.

An easy-drinking brew, as advertised. Nice citric hop character. Worth drinking, esp. if you are in the mood for something light and refreshing with a noticeable citric hop character.

(A good value - I paid $1.99 a can at Safeway in Mesa, AZ.)

Nov 26, 2018
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can. At a venue, the only real craft offering. I thought I would really enjoy this beer. Unfortunately it was a pretty bad time. A giant ass can of incomplete brew. It smells and tastes like a beer that Sierra usually creates and I would also dub myself a Sierra fan. The problem with this beer is it tastes like an entire ingredient is missing. It's almost like they forgot to add hops in the boil. There is a weird void of flavor from when the liquid jostles the taste buds to when said buds send word to the brain of the beer's finish. It goes from initial crispness-to void-to sweet maltiness. Hard to describe but it's like they brewed Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, with 60% of the ingredients per batch and neglected the hops. Unfortunate.

Nov 18, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden hues with a fingernail of eggshell white on top. The aroma is of faint lemon and light malt. I’m tasting a suggestion of lemon hops and light malt. The mouth is light and delicate.

Nov 18, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light flavors of citrusy hops with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has nice subtle aromas and flavors of citrusy hops. It isn't really that bland compared to most other beers in this style.

Serving type: can

Nov 07, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer for Drinking: a simple, straightforward, no-frills ale. From a can, this is a slightly hazy, golden colored liquid, topped with a huge, stable, white head. Long-lived and wonderful froth. The aroma is a little grainy, a little grassy, and has a distant malt note. The taste is more pronounced than the smell, and the body is medium-full. Satisfying.

Nov 02, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: brilliant yellow permeated by moderately fast rising bubbles under a 2" white cap with good retention

S: medium low crackery biscuit smell scented by earthy, woody and a dash of citrus

T: Mildly sweet fruit, biscuit and cracker start the flavors with citrus notes and some mild tartness on the drying finish seasoned by earthy, woody hops

F: light, refreshing, thirst quenching with medium carbonation

O: flavorful, very drinkable beer is what you grab when you just want a beer

Oct 21, 2018
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Azdirtmover from Arizona

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a fan of hoppy brews,and this did not help.Local box liquor store had a bunch of it on sale for three ninety nine a sixer.curious as to why,esp it being Sierra Nevada.Date was fine,I keep trying,but I really don’t care for anything they make

Oct 14, 2018
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brewale4me from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: light gold with a white head
Aroma: light citrus and light biscuit
Taste: lemon peach grassy
Feel: over carbonated bubble explosion in your mouth
Overall: this beer is not one I will buy again. It has a odd aftertaste.
I am disappointed in Sierra Nevada for this one.

Oct 04, 2018
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brianbrewsky from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is what it is. Canned as if to say "drink me on the train" this beer fits the bill. Poured into a pint glass at home - minimal head. It smells as advertised - a crushable beer for $2.99 per pint.

Flavor shoots it up to a beer I'd pay $6 for in a bar, easy. It's light, drinkable, flavorful and can't be bothered by a review citing notes of pine & citrus, although they're there if you really want to look for them.

BFD takes the cake in my book - truly living up to it's name. I'd highly recommend to anyone perusing the beer case looking for something offered in an individual large format, yet conscious of their self image.

Oct 01, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: September 29, 2018... OCCASION: #4 OSU at #10 PSU in a white-out game--need something to calm the nerves and not weigh me down with alcohol... GLASSWARE: Hobgoblin pint... from a 19.2 oz. tall can, pours a hazy, sallow golden body teeming with bubbles that develops a sudsy, bubbly off-white head... first breath yields lemon, grapefruit, flowers, mild spiciness, tea leaves, and hints of resin... the aroma suggests a beer that has something to offer in a drinkable weight... crushable as advertised, its body is smooth, fervent in its hops-forward promise and lively at the teeth.... sweet, hoppy, with enough resin to evoke an IPA... lemon, lilac, lemon grass, cracker, and tea make for a varied experience... this one packs enough flavor into what tends to be a rinser of a style...

Sep 30, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

4.61/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Light, crystal clear, and golden. 2 Finger white head that recedes slowly. Mild lacing.
AROMA: Mild, toasted biscuit, grass, and lemon drops.
TASTE: More of the same. Nice flavors that melt together. Slight honey.
FEEL: Well carbonated, light body, slight stickiness, mildly dry on finish.
OVERALL: 'Bout perfect for what it is.

Sep 25, 2018
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california_republic from California

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Pale blonde and heady but not very sticky. Definitely looks like it will be refreshing rather than a heavy IPA.

Smell: The first thing I notice is that it's incredibly floral. Smells like a bouquet of flowers to me. There's some sweet pineapple smell and a tiny bit of yeast and pine. It has a somewhat unique scent IMO and is pretty impressive like Sculpin for the first time.

Taste: Bright and zesty, mainly tasting of pineapple and lemon with a bit of crackeriness. A slight bitterness rounds it out in the end. Complex and balanced.

Feel: The brightness and high carbonation makes it very refreshing. It's pretty low in sweetness compared to even regular SNPA but it is a tiny bit more sticky than the old Otra Vez pre-2018.

Overall: This beer was on clearance at my local Total Wine for $5 for a 6 pack, which I consider a hell of a steal. Sierra Nevada's goal was to make an incredibly drinkable beer that you don't have to obsess over, but IMO it's still a very complex and balanced beer. Don't know why Total Wine wanted to get rid of it. I detect a lot of the old Otra Vez in this but with a lot less sourness and more balance, which makes it much more drinkable. This is supposed to be Sierra Nevada's session, and it's probably the first session that they hit out of the park. If anything, this is comparable to a session version of Sculpin.

Sep 22, 2018
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JRed from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden in body with bubbly white head. Aroma of light honey, lemon skin, grass, pine. Tastes of light grass, lemon skin, pine, honey, light bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Sep 15, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a medium light body with about medium carbonation.
Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, and a little floral. Taste is very similar with a mild maltiness producing an equally mild sweetness.
Overall it's just what it advertises itself to be, a decent all around drinking beer

Sep 09, 2018
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - clear pale straw color body with white head

Smell - citrus - lemon/lime, grapefruit

taste - citrus - lemon/lime/ slight grapefruit

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus upfront, hoppy finish

overall - easy drinking beer here, would be nice on a hot day.

price point - $1.99/19.2 oz can

Sep 07, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bright gold color. Two finger head with a good amount of lace.
Floral, grassy aroma. Sweet.
Taste follows the nose. Some lemon shows up also.
Light-bodied and quite refreshing.

Sep 03, 2018
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