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

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3.75/5
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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:
#26,317
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
177
pDev:
9.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
31
Trade:
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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 Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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 kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

19.2 fl oz pull-tab can purchased at Junior's in Austin, TX. Silver with black and gold flair. Packaged 02/27/18. The label does not identify a style or list ingredients.

ALCOHOL CONTENT 4.8% by volume
BEGINNING GRAVITY 11.4° plato
ENDING GRAVITY 2.6° plato
BITTERNESS UNITS 33

YEAST Ale yeast
BITTERING HOPS Simcoe
FINISHING HOPS Polaris, Comet
MALTS Two-row Pale, Acidulated, Munich, Pilsner

APPEARANCE: Clear vibrant copper body. Off-white foamy head. About 60% head 40% body in my pint glass. Generally appealing.

AROMA: Hops dominate, actually. Floral , vaguely tropical, herbaceous. Pale malts keep it balanced. Pilsner malt leavens it.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

Suggests a very assertively hopped beer for its relatively low 4.8 % ABV.

TASTE: Hop profile is assertive but uneven; I'm not real keen on the hop flavours in play here. Pale malts and pilsner malts keep the bitterness in check to an extent, but the balance in this is pretty shaky.

Floral, herbaceous, grassy. Finishes with a touch of crackly pilsner malt graininess.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and unrefreshing. Approachable.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, hot, boozy, astringent, or otherwise problematic.

OVERALL: A hum-ho middle-of-the-road brew that's inoffensive and lives up to its meagre ambitions. It's drinkable and affordable, but it's not up to par with Sierra Nevada's best widely distributed offerings. I wouldn't knowingly buy this again unless I was really struggling to find a decent beer somewhere lacking.

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

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Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.99 can from the corner store.

Pale gold with the slightest haze, copious foam and drippy lacing.
Aroma of grain hulls and grassy hops, a vaguely fruity yeast ester.
Smooth feel with a light citrus twang and mellow grassy bitterness.
Light and easy drinking, carb level is medium and has a low carbonic bite.
Overall it's a fine easy drinking beer, refreshing in the summer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stovepipe can. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, honey and floral notes. Sweet toasted caramel flavor with a bitter hop bite.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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 chinchill
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large 19.2 oz can in SC.
Pale, slightly hazy golden body with a decent white head.
The aroma is much more hoppy and fruity (citrus) than the flavor. although hops do linger on in the aftertaste. Mildly bitter.
Light body with medium carbonation.

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

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bright gold with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready

T: Follows the nose, dry, grassy, just a touch of lemon up front. More dry breadyness & lemon as this warms, a little grainy bitterness as well, a little white grape & sweetness. Finishes dry, sweet with a little pear

mF: Medium body, slight carbonation, good balance

Easy to drink, a good representation of the style

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Photo of BEER88
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in on a whim while grabbing some things to make red pozole. Cracked it while cooking. Pale, malty, somewhat sweet, light, refreshing. Basically, this is a nice chugging beer while cooking, especially pork-ladened red puzzle.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 177 ratings