Blonde Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Blonde Ale - American
3.55 | pDev: 14.08%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Blonde AleBlonde Ale
Notes: Brewed with Pale malt, Munich, and Marris Otter. Bittered with Perle hops, and finish with Styrian Golding;

32 IBU
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 34 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 22, 2015
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marcobrau from Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Sep 25, 2006
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Sep 20, 2004
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watermelonman from California

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Mar 29, 2004
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plaid75 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Sep 10, 2008
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IntriqKen from California

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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'.

Jun 13, 2006
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rrryanc from California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Nov 14, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

Jan 20, 2013
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1759Girl from California

3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Perfect accompaniment to a slice of pizza at Celestino's in Chico. This beer has 'hot summer day' written allover it.

Appearance> Clear, dark blonde. Lively. Small vanilla head. Lacy.

Smell> Average. Notes of grain and honey, but slightly metallic.

Taste> Hoppier than most blonde ales (leave it to SN!) Good.

Mouf> Nice! Not overly carbonated. Probably the best attribute of this beer.

Drinkability> easy. refreshing.

Aug 09, 2008
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Floydster from California

2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
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

Aug 29, 2008
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Nickls from District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +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.

Sep 21, 2008
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Apr 29, 2012
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

2.71/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/3/08. On tap at HDG. Pours a clear light yellow with a thick white foamy head. Aroma of wheat. Flavor of flowery hops, wheat. Bland, moderately drinkable. Not much going on with this one...
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 5/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

Dec 23, 2008
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ThreeWiseMen from California

4.56/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled this at the brewery earlier today.

Served in a 20oz. imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear, golden body with a one-finger, loose, white head. Active carbonation fed the head throughout the entire session, allowing for fantastic retention. After a couple of minutes, the soft, pillowy head had condensed into something a bit creamier. Blankets of lacing all the way down. What more could you ask for?

Smell: Soft bready malts, saltine crackers, and mild leafy and woody hops. Very pleasant.

Taste: White bread, gently toasted grains, and leafy hops that showed both spicy and oily accents. A touch of honey appeared around the middle of each sip. Aftertaste was chewy and malty with just the right amount of grassy-leafy bitterness. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, lightly spiced, and perfectly carbonated. Light in body and creamy. Great palate activity. Very pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: Sierra Nevada just does everything right here. I could order this beer again and again. This isn't just a great blonde ale - this is a great beer!

Sep 10, 2009
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JizackFH from New York

4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice golden color, with a 2-finger white head on it. The head left good lacing on the glass. There are lots of carbonation bubbles visible.

S - The smell is light, crisp, and citrusy. There are notes of pale malt, as well as a decent hop presence.

T - The taste is of pale malts, a nice sweetness, and it also has a good hoppy quality to it. The finish is hoppy and has a good amount Citrus as well. This is very flavorful compared to a lot of other blonde ales that I've not.

M - This has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It is very refreshing and leaves you wanting more. This goes down smooth, and has a bit of a tingly feel to it.

D - This has very good drinkability. It is a very easy going and refreshing beer. I don't usually drink while I eat, but I think this is a great dinner beer. This is a really good blonde ale compared to others that I've had. It's not as light as a lot of the ones I've had, and there is a lot more hop presence. It's a good beer, and I recommend trying it if you come across it.

Jan 14, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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. . .

Sep 05, 2010
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seedyone from New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Sep 29, 2014
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rarbring from Sweden

3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

May 08, 2010
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TrojanWheels from California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Jan 18, 2012
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Dunns1027 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

Mar 11, 2012
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trubeernick from California

4.82/5  rDev +35.8%
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.

Aug 09, 2010
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Brewsed from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sep 05, 2015
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MasterMustace from California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Nov 16, 2011
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avaldivia from California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Jan 17, 2012
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Grooveman53 from Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Dec 29, 2011
Blonde Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 34 ratings