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

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3.75/5
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178 Ratings
Beer For Drinking (BFD)Beer For Drinking (BFD)
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,345
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
178
pDev:
9.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
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Ratings: 178 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of Ristaccia
4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Txmtnbiker
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pretty good beer drank 3 of these while mtb riding some dorba trails in Dallas with riding buddies, goo taste better when super ice cold though I would keep these in my boat cooler similar to sam adams 76" buzz wise these are not too strong at all

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Photo of Jonterman
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.

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Photo of Farmendariz
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
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 lic217
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/31/18 can @ Asheville home

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

19.2 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 3/13/2018. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon, orange, peach, melon, pineapple, citrus peel/rind, mint, pepper, pine, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon, orange, peach, melon, pineapple, citrus peel/rind, mint, pepper, pine, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange, peach, melon, pineapple, citrus peel/rind, mint, pepper, pine, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an outstanding hoppy blonde ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish, never aggressive. Very flavorful and never watery for the ABV. Was not expecting so much hop presence, but it's not overdone. Awesomely vibrant and dank hop complexity; with a solid pale/Munich malt backbone. A highly enjoyable offering and spot on style example. Will be an amazing beer for the Summer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Packaged February 27th.

It pours a clear pale gold, over a finger of foam with a slow pour. Lacing? Yep.

Smells grassy, piney, lemon citrus, cracker malt.

Tastes of lemon citrus, cracker malt, light grass, good level of bitterness.

Solid mouthfeel, especially considering the lowish abv.

Close to being a session beer and I will get more. Well done.

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Photo of Brad007
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold hue with a decent head. Grassy, floral hop aroma upfront with a touch of spiciness. Crisp, floral, spicy with an dry-ish texture. Kind of thin in the mouthfeel but doesn't detract from overall flavor. I could see myself picking up another can.

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Photo of SFNC
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TrojanRB
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | 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 white 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

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

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was substitute teaching at a local elementary school yesterday & since it is in proximity to Country Garden 6-Pack, I decided to pop in on the way home to see what they had shaking. I made a couple of purchases, including this one & since it is going to 2OT in the Kings/Knights game, I figured that I would review it.

From the CAN: " Family Owned, Operated & Argued Over"; "Casually Crushable"; "Please Recycle".

Gotta give it to Ball! A 19.2-fl. oz. Slimline CAN! That is a B.F.D. as the price for recycled aluminum is back up to $0.40/LB & climbing. They're keeping recyclers like me in business.

I Crack!ed this bad boy open and CANmenced my first inverted Glug in quite some time. I watched in horrified amazement it rushed out & into my awaiting glass, forming over three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention that left behind nice lacing as it fell. Color was solid Gold, baby (SRM = 5)! This brought forth The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon at a speed hitherto not encountered. Easy, boys! Nose was very pleasant - biscuity, slightly grassy & even kind of yeasty, like standing in the midst of the FV farm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, very soft & caressing in the mouth & on the tongue. The taste mostly followed the nose with a biscuity grassiness, but the yeastiness became a mild white grape-fruitiness, almost like a Kölsch. Wow! When they said that it was "Crushable", they were not kidding! I had run through a good quarter of it without even a hint of hesitation. Finish was semi-dry, very clean, light & refreshing. This could easily work as a lawnmower beer or a CAN with which to fill a beach-bound cooler. I am glad that I picked it up.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBobber
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a straw like golden color or if you like a very light golden color with a decent two fingers of foamy white head. Seems a bit hazy in appearance as well. Decent lacing on the glass as well.

The smell is very piney with a faint hint of some dank hops way in the back. Smells a bit soapy as well.

The taste really shines! Picking up a bit of lemon zest with pine. Almost like a very clean water taste as well. Kind of like a clean light mouthful of flavors described.

Leading to the mouthfeel! This has a light body and a pretty tart and crisp finish to it.

This beer is most like a sessions IPA to me. I pick up a lot of pine in the nose and mouth from the hop cones. Seems to smooth out a bit in the mouth with that bit of lemon zest like zing. The nose does lead one to believe the hops will be more powerful in the mouth and may be a bit decieving. That mouth feel is something else. It is light and with that tart crisp finish finish makes you go back for more. At 4.8% ABV a person could crush several of these 12 oz. cans real easy. I have not researched it but I hope they market this like New Belgium Brewing Dayblazer in something like thier fifteen pack. To me I like the BFD over the Dayblazer.

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Photo of TheGent
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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 BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves lots of sticky lacing

S: Some spicy and herbal hops up front along with a solid bready maltiness with a moderate sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the spicy and herbal hop notes with a light bitterness and goes into the bready maltiness that balances the light bitterness with a moderate sweetness. Finishes with lingering hop notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very drinkable and flavorful blonde with plenty of hoppiness to keep things interesting. Definitely worth checking out, especially during the warmer weather

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Photo of eluvah
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Paid $1.99 for a tall boy can. Worth every penny. Drank it after doing a few hours of yard work, and I did not have high expectations. Could be the best lawnmower beer I’ve ever had. Nice straw color with a white head. Great hop/malt balance. I will be back at my beer store tomorrow to buy more.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a light pale straw color with a white head, slight retention and lacing, cloudy, light bodied appearance.

A: Slight spice, herbal notes, berries, light tropical note like guava, fairly straightforward, it's almost two months old and still has a good amount of aroma.

T: Like the nose, subtle spice and herbal notes, touch of berries and a light spice/herbal bitterness with a touch of guava in the finish, spice notes reemerge and linger in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a slightly dry finish, easy to drink.

O: The label says it all, Beer For Drinking, and I could have a few of these on a hot summer southern CA day, it's flavorful yet light on the palate and easy to drink.

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Photo of rangerred
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkermitj
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer For Drinking (BFD) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 178 ratings