Rivertowne Babbling Blonde | Rivertowne Pourhouse

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Rivertowne Pourhouse
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This babbling blonde beer is as crisp as it comes! With a subtle malt flavor and a gentle hop touch, this beer will turn the big brewery fans into local brewery fans! All the Wylie, experienced micro drinkers will be pleasantly surprised.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 67
Photo of robinson31a
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I tried this beer because I think Riverfront procures good brews but I in fact did not like this beer (though slightly intoxicated) my original standpoint on this beer was managable at a cold temp but after the initial tasting I let it sit for a few minutes and it became unfinishable/tolerable at best. I literally mean a minute of temperature adaption. If this is your beer I wish you the best of luck.

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Photo of Bone53
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Was given this straight from the can.

Appearance: Don't know exactly since it was straight from the can. I'm guessing a typical gold/yellow lager look.

Smell: sweet malts and earthy hops, both at a minimum.

Taste: Like the nose, sweet, biscuity malts, grains, and ever so slight citrus. Too sweet for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Heavy light body; crisp and refreshing. Lawn mower beer

Overall: Very mild flavors and too sweet; not the style I seek out for a craft beer. I'll take a free one, but id rather buy a Yuengling at half the price.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a golden amber colored brew with a one finger fizzy white head. The head fades very fast at first only to later slow leaving a persistent thin foam layer on the top of the brew. The foam dissipates over time leaving a good leave of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a wheat and sweeter candied sugar and orange smell. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter spice smells of a corn sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins sweet with lots of orange sweetness and a good showing of a candied sugar taste. Along with the sweet is a nice smooth bready and doughy taste. The bready taste transitions slightly during the taste gaining more graininess as the flavor advances. The sweet taste also transition becoming more complex as some banana comes to the tongue. The candied sugar tastes grow quite strong at the end of the taste where some spice flavors and a bit of a grassy taste join the profile to leave a sweet and still, even with the little bit of graininess, rather smooth flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of only 5.3 % abv and for a brew of it’s style, with the carbonation being on the slightly lower side for the style. The creamy body and lower carbonation really accentuates the sweeter flavors of the brew highlighting the smooth bready flavors and candied sugar quite well.

Overall – A sweet and very pleasant blond. Well worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Florida9
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow in color. Forms a smallish white head. Reduces down to a thin surface coating and a ring around the edge. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells like a macro lager with a hint of toast. Grains and cereal. Some very mild herbal hops.

T: Taste is pleasant. Mostly very light pale malts, a bit of apple, and what I would say is a just a touch of pilsner malt. Moderately sweet. Some light black pepper on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied. Appropriate carbonation.

O: About what I expected from this beer. Simple. Easy to drink. Not offensive. A gateway craft beer.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden straw yellow, 1 inch foamy head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Sour/bitter malts, sweet yeasts, lemon, grapes, funky grains, some spices and a little citric note.

Taste - First sip comes off With a nice mix of bitter pale malts, sweet yeasts, and lemon. Not as Bitter as the nose lead me to believe. Some minor citric flavors and added spices also are noticeable. Grainy and biscuit near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts and yeasts coat the tongue. Palate gets more malts with some hops and spices. The aftertaste Is dry, very mild and a little yeasty.

Overall - This is ok, very easy to drink, A fine summertime beer. Does have that big brewery, bud. miller. coors feeling and flavor to it but not in such a bland, spoiled water sorta way. A good beer to hand to a fan of mentioned beers. Nothing to special, just a above average beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy dark blonde, in color. Thick collar of an inch and a half. Falls, however, without lacing.

Sweet aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Sweet cracker malts and notes of mango flesh in a fascinatingly unhoppy way. Simple, yet summery and delicate aroma.

Maltiness kind of takes over with sweet grain and angel's food cake flavors. Light and a little yeasty, which I think is where these fruity esters come from. Not very lively, and it needs that; whether a bright citric or floral hop or some affirming bitterness. Instead, it stands as it is.

The feel could be vastly improved. Without much bitterness, an already weak carbonation has nothing to bind with and become more accentuated. It just needs to be easier to put down.

A half-decent blonde. Perhaps, not super fresh.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very easy to drink, no harsh taste and not loaded with a high abv so a good summer beer. Just ok on the whole though. Nothing too special or groundbreaking here. It is your typical blonde, but it is a bit light looking, more like a macro brew beer than a craft beer, but not bad either. WOrth trying, it may fir your unique taste.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle a few months ago on my travels to Pittsburgh. Thanks to Ale Street News, we happened to stop by the brewpub. Anyways, cleaning out the fridge of beers I need to review. Here we go. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a nice two finger head that is reducing very slowly. Clarity is great and can see plenty of bubbles to show that the beer had good carbonation. Beer is also a nice golden yellow color.

Smell: Sweet malts, grainy, and some hints of citrus.

Taste: Same as the smell. All some hints of honey too.

Mouthfeel: Goes down a little smooth, but could use a little less carbonation. Still tastes great.

Overall: Would buy this again if I was driving to Pittsburgh or had a rental car. Since it is only 20 minutes out of Pittsburgh, RP is a good place to get some brewpub beer. It was for us.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Pours slightly hazy gold, medium white head dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of fresh malt grain, a bit sweet, with some citrus.

Taste follows, fresh malt wheat grain, clean and a bit sweet with some mild hints of citrus.

Feel is moderate, with a tingle of carbonation.

Good and easily drinkable lighter ale. Not groundbreaking but gets the job done. Very sessionable. Maybe kind of forgettable but enjoyable while you're having it.

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Photo of ToddT
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Slightly haze pale yellow with a thin off whit head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Grainy and sweet malt.

T- Taste follows the smell, sweet grain and malt at first followed by a hint of hops at the finish.

M- Light body and medium carbonation, feels a little thin to me.

O- OK beer, more than a macro but not too much more. At 5.3% it could be a session beer but there are much more interesting ones out there.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Babbling Blonde has a dull-golden colored body and no head. It doesn't look flat, since there is a good bit of carbonation bubbles floating around, but it doesn't manage any head, lacing or retention.

The aroma is pretty meek. A little bit of light, biscuit malt with just a hint of earthy hops.

The flavor is basically indentical to the aroma. Lightly sweet, biscuit flavored malts with hints of grain. The hops are an afterthought, but they do bring a little bit of earthiness, a hint of citrus, and a touch of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a little heavier than I would imagine; a little more carbonation would be nice.

Babbling blonde costs $3 a pint in the north side. I still opted to order something else for my second drink.

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Photo of Spadoof
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from: Avalon Club (Sharon, PA)
Origin: 12 oz
Bottled on: ?
Tasted on: 04/9/11
Glassware: Dogfish Head Sniffer.
Serving Temperature: Approx 48 F

Appearance: Pours a very tiny pure white head (Probably 1/2 finger). The head rapidly falls leaving no lacing what so ever on the side of my snifter. The body is a translucent gold. Not very impressive.

Smell: Sour notes. Can't really pick out whats going on in the nose. Light wheat notes?

Taste: Tangy at the front, which quickly turns to a flat grain taste.

Mouthfeel: Actually a little thicker than I expected. Also a little flatter than I expected aswell.

Concluding thoughts: Its just an your average, run of the mill blonde ale. Pretty drinkable though. I might try it again.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a slight orange hue. Provides a big frothy white foam head that is long lasting. Provides decent lacing.

S: Very light on the nose. Some mild bread and and citrus scents with a tad of spice.

T: Just like the smell. Very subdued but balanced. Mostly bready grainy malt character with a tad hint of citrus.

M: Lots of carbonation in this medium bodied brew. Clean and crisp.

O: Overall, this is a decent lawnmower beer. Not a ton going on, but it is balanced. A beer that many macro beer drinkers could probably enjoy.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, this ale has a hazy golden-blonde body with a finger of fizzy white head that fades quickly leaving next to nothing behind on the surface or the glass.

Lots of bready malts in the nose, as well as some hints of spice and citrus. More of the citrus on the tongue than the nose but still quite a bit of biscuit / bready malts in the flavor profile. Also picking up an unusual fruit finish in this - pear maybe?

Medium bodied with nice carbonation, and refreshing. I dont have a whole lot of experience with this particular style, but I liked this one. It doesn't seem readily available around here but I would certainly grab this one again, especially in the warmer months.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small earth, biscuit malt, hint of citrus. In the taste, sweet biscuit like maltiness, citrus notes, and a small dry yeastiness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a clean small citrus and maltiness in the aftertaste. Decent blonde, but average.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale blonde golden hue with a bright white head foaming thick. Aroma has pale biscuit malts with an air of herbal grassy hops. Nothing special here, a clean tasting blonde ale with biscuit malts and semi sweet biscuit malt flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation is moderate nothing offensve. Drinkability overall is decent just something designed for the mass produced beer drinker.

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Photo of nukem5
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden in color with rapidly dissapearing head.

S: Malty and bready.with a light hop.

T: Fruity like an unripened peach taste, with some hop in there to entice you to sip again and ask is that what I tasted realy then a light bready flavor hits. Nice balace of hop and malt.

M: Light bodied and sadly no lacing.

D: Could very well drink this at my dinner table every day Good to see a local brewery bottled for the home conumer, dont get there much so nice to have it @ home.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first review for this beer IN A BOTTLE! Picked up for 3 bucks at my local Beer Nutz (pretty much the cost of a pint there with cool bottle art!)

A - Pours a nicely carbonated brew with an inch of head that quickly dispatches and turns into a ring of lace. Pure yellow straw color.

S - On the nose it really is sweet so a pretty malty brew. Cascade hops as well temp the nose.

T - Nice! The taste is as sweet as the nose. Very mild bitterness so it balanced pretty well. Taste of mild wheat and hops followed by a sweet malty finish. Good.

M - Light to medium bodied. Succession-able.

D - Overall this was one thing I didn't expect from Rivertown! Not only is the beer great but now we have the Blonde and IPA in bottle for home consumption! I really hope others get bottled as well since they really are a great brewery. Nice!

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Photo of goblue3509
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow straw like color with skim for a head and some visible carbonation. There is no lacing present. The aroma is of faint sweet malt and a some grassy like aromas. The taste is of a sweet malt backbone with hints of a noble or cascade hop present. The carbonation is moderate. Overall it is an average blonde. There is a bigger malt presence than anything else, I will say there is nothing to dislike about it, but nothing to make you grave it.

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Rivertowne Babbling Blonde from Rivertowne Pourhouse
3.41 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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