Sierra Nevada Blonde Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Blonde AleSierra Nevada Blonde Ale

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Pale malt, Munich, and Marris Otter. Bittered with Perle hops, and finish with Styrian Golding; 32IBU

Added by Todd on 01-03-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Morgoth:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Looks more vibrant than other yellow beers. Aroma came off as Euro hops and vanilla, which is a first for me.

Taste, probably my favorite blonde ale immediately. Really, the most hops and bitterness in something calling itself blonde in my experience. Its extremely light, but I wouldn't say its watered down in any sense, just a very crisp and light beer. Maybe I'm just being a SN homer, but I wouldn't feel ashamed drinking the same beer as my GF if she was having one of these. Its straight up good time summer beer. Gotta drink something from a plastic cup in the swimming pool. . .

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Photo of Grooveman53
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of watermelonman
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a bright pale gold with a medium head. It left a nice lace on the way down, but the rest of the appearance wasn't as exciting.

The taste was tremendously bright and full of flavor. I wasn't expecting anything quite like it. It's got more substance to it than most any other gold ale around.

The mouthfeel is very good and this beer is very easy to drink.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Sierra Nevada Brewery.
Pale 'macro' colored golden yellow with a nice white head that never completely melted away.
Aromas of very light pilsner noticeable hops.
Taste was light, clean and refreshing....again, almost like a pilsner. Nothing in the taste was overpowering or stood out...just a well balanced light tasting beer.
Aftertaste was slightly sweet.
Nice summer quencher...nothing outstanding...nothing rememorable...just 'nice'.

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Photo of trubeernick
4.82/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is in my top 5 beers ever. I went to school at Chico State in Chico where this is brewed and its the only place you can really get it.

The beer is very smooth with a nice aroma. It is very easy to drink and goes well in any weather. Sierra Nevada knows how to do it.

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Photo of marcobrau
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, golden ale with a white head that don't last too long poured from the tap. This beer had a bit of a leafy, grassy hop aroma that was very pleasant. A fairly light-bodied alternative to the Pale Ale. The mouthfeel was smooth. The finish had just enough bitterness. This almost came off like a Kolsch; very good drinkability.

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured clean malts and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a full bore herbally noble hop, a light grainy malt, a touch of sweetness and a doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall very drinkable and rather complex for a blonde ale.

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Photo of rarbring
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beear is clear dark yellow with a copper hue, an off-white head with good lacing.

The smell has much sweetness, honey, but also malt, dried grass, and finish off with a slight bitter twist.

The taste is much less sweet, some biscuit nuances, and mild bitterness that is a bit metallic.

Rather little carbonation, a watery and rather uncomplex feeling.

Not bad, but the style is (intentionally) stuck somewhere between a lager and an al, leaving you with a mediocre feeling.

On tap, sampled at beer tasting.

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Photo of Dunns1027
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow pour, good clarity, 1/2" white head. Aroma had some beechwood like aging component, Saaz hops.

Taste was a refreshing enjoyable blonde ale experience right out the gate, carbonation was spot on, a slight bitter and hop edge, relatively light.

Plenty of crispness to it. Think Summerfest but as an ale.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled on draft at Lucky Baldwin’s, Pasadena, CA on Saturday 18th September during the Sierra Nevada Beer Festival and a mini-BA Gathering. Served in a Sierra Nevada Pint Glass, $3 for the Pint.

Not the usual generic Sierra Nevada Tap Handle, this one had a totally Black background with just the words ‘Blonde Ale’ in scripted Red font.

Appearance: Pale golden color that resembles the myriad of macros available Stateside. Decent white head sits finger thick above the brew but slowly breaks up.

Nose: Grainy malts, pilsner like odors with a light hops profile. Restrained spicy hops in the back end.

Taste: Light tastes all round, grainy pilsner malts and a low level hop profile are typical, but it does have a quality feel, probably from the better quality ingredients than most Blondes utilize. This all helps to give this decent Blonde Ale a well made stance.

Mouthfeel: Average feel, nice carbonation but a thin body means that this one does not tax the brain too much though. Good enough for a Blonde and above average but delicate at times.

Drinkability: Easily imbibed but the grainy feel can be a tad annoying in the long term. A decent enough pint, helped perfectly to wash down the remnants of the 3 bags of flavored Walker’s Crisps from Likester, sorry I mean Leicester, that I shared with my mates EyeChartbrew, xlperro and mzwolinski.

Overall: Dare I say “typically Blonde”, looks good, quite attractive, nice body even, but it doesn’t really have much in the way of character to hold my interest in the long run. Decent enough though, and above average, but probably the least favorite of the SN range for me.

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Photo of Brewsed
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WolfAlynn
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TrojanWheels
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nickls
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Very light gold color; completely translucent. Poured with little (or perhaps a quickly disappearing head)

S - Light biscuity malt, like pre-baked bread sourness

T - Subtle hops, and a touch sour (yeast?) with very light malt

M - Light prickly carbonation, pretty thin body, but very much within the style

D - Wow, very easy to get into. Not an inaccessible brew, and demands more than one.

Overall, lacks a great deal of complexity, but does well for a style that is not often undertaken. Great session beer for warmer weather.

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Photo of BEER88
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rrryanc
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10/30/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Extreme light flavor & aroma in a medium bodied brew. If it was a person I'd describe them as "shy". A touch on the bitter side for a finish. Prob'ly best suited to break up a string of heavy weights during a session, but I can see that it has it's place.

Mind you I'm sitting at a bar with 40 taps, so if there were only 10 slots, well...not so much.

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Photo of Floydster
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

1/2 pint at the Sierra Nevada brewery on 8/12/08 for two dollars, reviewed from notes

A-Pale golden yellow color, one inch foamy white head, practically no retention, not a smidge of lacing
S-Grains, grassy accents, very limited amount of hops, straw, mild malt, and skunkiness
T-Flavor is a little skunky at first, then some grains in the middle, finish is light and does not have much going on, gets more watered down as it warms, would have liked to see some stronger tastes, not much of anything going on here
M-Thin bodied, lots of carbonation, light and somewhat dry mouthfeel, taste did not linger long at all
D-Goes down very easy, light in alcohol and on the stomach, refreshing but one dimensional taste would get tiresome, thin

One of the weaker beers from SN I have tasted, I expect blondes to be light but this had very little taste and was quite watery, would not drink again, not recommended

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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Sierra Nevada Blonde Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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