Blonde | Saltaire Brewery Limited

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Brewed by:
Saltaire Brewery Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A creamy blonde ale with biscuit malt flavours. Czech hops give moderate bitterness with spicy notes.

Malts: Pale Malt 85%, Torrefied Wheat 10%, Caramalt Malt 5%.

Hops: Saaz hops provide bitterness and aroma.

Added by Ruds on 01-23-2012

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of bark
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


The clear liquid is pale gold, the low head is white.

The smell is malty with some caramel, much like a German Märzen. Some earthy notes.

Smooth flavours with malts (white loaf) and passing hints of salt. Light floral/hayish bitterness. Medium body. Somewhat harsh aftertaste with light floral bitterness. Harsh tea in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh, the many small bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is smooth.

A balanced and highly drinkable ale, reminding of a lager: Just like a blonde is supposed to be.

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Photo of joflondon
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml glass bottle purchased from supermarket, mainly as it was cheap.
Served in standard pint glass.

Burning gold in colour, almost like original lucozade. Few bubbles and a cigarette paper head that vanished immediately.

Aroma of lemon and hops.

Taste is initially sweet, toffee esque with a hint of creaminess. Bitterness of the Czech hops on back of tongue. The more I drank the more the bitterness seemed to take over.

The mouth feel is watery and bitter, a slight hit if grapefruit. Leaves an unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

Not for me. I wouldn’t buy this again. I’d rather part with the extra cash and go for something more enjoyable.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle. It pour's a straw colour with a thin whitish head with some lacings. Aroma is caramel and straw malts, wet cardboard, light lemony citrus & floral hop. Light bodied & thin texture. Taste follows much of the aroma with some malty sweetness that leads to a mildly bitter finish.

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Photo of steverx8
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spike
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, gold colour with a thin head and a single stream of tiny bubbles. Lots of lacing.

Smell is dry hay and lemons.

Clean, light, caramel malt taste with a bright, spicy, citrusy bite from the Saaz hops. Moderate bitterness.

Light but crisp with low carbonation. A short, dry finish. Summer in a glass.

Of the ale/lager hybrids this one hits the spot for me. Carries plenty of flavour and has a good mouthfeel for its highly drinkable 4% ABV. A golden ale with a touch of pilsner.

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Photo of DanLowery
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hdtrice
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of wretchedabyss
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vinicole
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow with a thick frothy head.
Continental hops on the nose.
Earthy malt and hops taste. Slightly metallic and a bit of caramel. Quite bitter.
Has a lager feel.
English pale meets Czech lager.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and purchased from supermarket Tesco
Pours a nice enough looking golden ale
With good citrus aroma
Not bad tastes like a mix of ale & continental beer

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

A) Light amber with quite a few bubbles and a thin white head . Looks like a lager.

S) Lagery smell, light malt is evident, not much hop notes.

T) Nice. Light toffee-esque malt and a slight hop bitterness at the back. Very well balanced and refreshing.

M) Fizzy and refreshing, no cloying aftertaste or bitterness.

O) A good one if you want to chug down a refreshing beer. Recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of interzen
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass - part of the 'four for a fiver' deal at a local supermarket. Best before October 2015

Look: it is, as the name suggests, a blonde beer - quite dark with a fingers-worth of white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Doesn't look quite as anaemic as some blonde beers. The bottle says "Straw coloured light ale" - can't argue with that.

Smell: Citrus front and centre - no malt or hoppiness to speak of.

Taste: "Spicy Czech hops", quoth the bottle. Again, can't argue with that - hops, malt and citrus. Not as astringent as some and there's a pleasant malty/hoppy aftertaste. Not at all bad.

Feel: A bit thin - it's trying to be a pilsner type beer but doesn't quite make it. Even so, despite feeling a bit 'watery' it was easy to drink and quite refreshing, certainly moreso than the Copper Dragon Golden Pippin consumed before it.

Overall: Again, not really the sort of beer you'd associate with a typical December in the UK (cold, wet and miserable) but none the worse for that. Would really come into its own as a summer beverage. Definitely worth a punt.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hand-pulled half-pint in my local Wetherspoons on 13th Jan 2014.

As the name suggests, this is a blonde coloured beer: the head being white, full and staying.

Slight citrus aroma, very little malt in the nose, all hop.

The taste was also hop leading with the malts well below the surface: the beer was refreshing, crisp and very easy to drink.

One of the better citrus flavoured light beers currently about in the UK.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Platinum blonde with loose lumpy white froth. Nose grain husk and spicy Saaz.
Saltines with maybe a hint of pear and vague ground coriander hops.
Earthy finish and spicy linger. Thin, crisp, dry.

Watery, and the Saaz punch is almost not there. I know it's not a pilsner, but it's lame even for a blonde. Saltaire can do better.

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Photo of Ruds
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on Cask at the Flying Horse, Gatwick Airport into a UK half pint glass.

Pours to a very clear golden blonde colour, you can literally see right through it! Small white head that thins slightly during drinking.

Defnitely a citrus nose to this beer and a light sweetish malt aroma also.

On the palate this beer also gives off a citrus flavour and slightly grassy with a very subtle hop taste and finishes slightly bitter

Quite a thin beer in the mouthfeel but fairly crisp and refreshing none the less

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Blonde from Saltaire Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 17 ratings