Beer For Drinking (BFD)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #95
Ranked #33,204
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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Reviews by Psilo:
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Psilo from California

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

May 14, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a 2x4, that girl in your bio class that always wears yoga paints, and your morning #2, Sierra Nevada is oh so solid. Unlike the Dodgers, they never let Raul down. And there ain’t nothin’ special going on here; no gimmicks, no reverse osmosis double dry hopped action... just a clean, solid American Blonde Ale that won’t let you down!

Try it, my peeps.

Mar 22, 2018
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

19.2 ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a softened yellow body, a bit hazy, with a well-frothed, white head that steadily evaporates.

Smell: Smooth, delicate aroma of lemon-leaning citrus, tropical fruit and mint leaf with the malts yielding no more than faint touches of grain and crustless loaf bread.

Taste: A maltiness hinting of white bread, wet grains with a paper thin veneer of treacle sweetness. Very minute amount of husky astringency bleeds into the hoppiness and its tastes of soothed lemon, muskmelon, and calamint. Restrained bitterness though it's sufficient enough to balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation, cracklingly crisp.

Overall: They aimed for very simple, very easy drinking and they executed it quite nicely.

Jul 22, 2018
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Beejay from Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow with a large white head.

S: Light hoppy aroma with citrus and a little bit of pine resin. Smells a lot like SNPA.

T: The flavor is not that os SNPA, while there is the grapefruit and pine hop flavor I associate with SNPA, there is a distinct citrus note, with perhaps a little extra tartness, and perhaps a little more fruity.

M: Medium light in body, crisp with high carbonation.

O: Overall similar to their other offering, but interesting and distinct enough to stand on it's own. I feel like this is exactly the type of beer I shouldn't be reviewing.. but fuck it.

May 31, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a small foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like grassy hops, biscuity malt, grapefruit, and pine.

This is very simple, but it 100% accomplishes what it set out to do. It's super drinkable, while remaining interesting enough. It's moderately hoppy, with a fresh grassy bitterness, and a lightly sweet bready malt backbone.

This is very light bodied, but super crisp and drinkable, with a typical level of carbonation.

This is very nice- I could drink quite a lot of it.

Jun 21, 2018
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Jonterman from New York

4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the session beer you've been looking for...well the one I've been looking for. BFD is as advertised, really tasty, crushable - low abv. I'm a long time Sierra Nevada Pale Ale drinker - BFD not quite as bold, but the best session beer I've had yet! Definitely worth picking up a 20oz can - hope they distribute this one in sixers.

Jun 12, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 4/5/18

Pours a light straw color with a soft, white head; small bits of lacing left behind.

Smells of light grain and earthy hops.

I'm getting bits or tropical fruit and light bitterness on the tongue alongside undertones of grainy corn; imagine the lightest session IPA you've ever had, combined with more refined elements of an adjunct.

Feel is soft and easy, with mild carbonation giving it some heft.

A solid sessionable beer here. Nothing terribly memorable, but nothing is offense and every element of this beer has its place to shine through. Effortless, and about as much as expecteed

Jun 24, 2018
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WTFReport from California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 23, 2018
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marcov from California

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 10, 2018
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TheRagingBeard from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells great. Very citrusy. Very light and clean. It's nice bit not my favorite. My wife loves it tho

Apr 07, 2018
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Johnnyc3 from Florida

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 13, 2019
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WJL2112 from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 19.2 oz can at Publix in SC low country; dated 060818.

Look: nice color, good-sized head upon pouring, lasting quite a while.
Smell: gentle hop scents.
Taste: very nice testing hoppy ale.
Feel: feels good in the mouth and going down smoothly.

A very nice tasting ale with great hop flavors. Not quite as heavy as most of SNs other offerings, but that's what makes it a BFD!

Aug 29, 2018
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jr5639 from West Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It is what it says it is. Beer for Drinking. Plain and simple.

Aug 22, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

19 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - Very pale looking, light yellow. Decent foam head slow to dissolve leaves lacing on glass
Smell - Right when i poured it out of the can could smell the dank hops, some bitter tropical fruits - lemon, pineapple.
Taste - I knew based on the ABV, this would be a fairly light offering. It is certainly light-body watery. Get some of the hop flavor but left wanting more. Tastes like a hoppy lemon ale, which isn't a bad thing, i would just prefer a more robust beer. Certainly drinkable, refreshing and better than an average beer that's for sure. Only medium carbonation.

I think BeerAdvocate gets the score exactly right on this one, a very light beer which is great for certain times but not something i would want often and the flavor isn't exceptional.
I will give this a grade of B+

Aug 10, 2018
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robotic_being from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 16, 2018
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Unclevince from West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aug 18, 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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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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Idahoman from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dec 14, 2018
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BKotch from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jun 18, 2018
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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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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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CT316 from Texas

3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Feb 17, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada "BFD"
19.2 FL. OZ. can, "PKGD 022718C11:22" and sampled on 052518
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Slightly hazy light straw gold body beneath a full head of creamy white foam. The head retention and lacing are both very good.
Smell: Fresh and inviting. Floral, spicy, herbal and lightly citrusy hops mix with gently sweet and grainy malt.
Taste: A bit of lemon appears alongside the floral, spicy, and mild herbal and grassy hops. It reminds me of some of the kellerbiers that I've enjoyed in Germany - but amped up! The grainy malt balances the hops, and is in turn balanced by the hops in both flavor and through a median bitterness. For a beer of 4.8% abv it packs a lot of flavor.
Feel: Medium-light in body and gently crisp-then-smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, moderate to medium, seemingly natural carbonation.
Overall: Really quite nice. Very "crushable" but also very satisfying. Superb! And at a great price.
Review# 6,031

May 26, 2018
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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
Beer For Drinking (BFD) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 274 ratings