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Best Blonde AleBest Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 55
Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is now a " German style golden lager" as opposed to "Ale brewed with lemon zest". Never had the Ale. Sits somewhere between a Helle's and Pilsner. Perhaps a Dortmunder but not really hoppy enough, yet too bold for a Helles. An interesting beer. My only complaint is that the finish is really off. Leaves a lingering malty sweetness but not in a good way. In my opinion a bit more hops would have really evened the finish out and thats what holds this back from being a truly great beer. Still worth a try, but there is better out there and its cheaper (i.e. Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, or Turntable Pils)

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Photo of Crockettr
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

kinda average. Look was a little cloudy, mouthfeel was very high in carbon, crisp.
Had a refreshing lemon grass taste, that would make this beer a thirst quendefinitelycher. Not what I expected for a traditional kolsch style but pretty fair.
Roy Pitz has much better beers on hand.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with plenty of sediment floating around - definitely inappropriate for the style (and rather unappealing). The head is a finger high and white in shade. The texture is quite creamy, but the retention is lousy and there isn't any lacing left on the glass. (2.25)

Smell: There's a decent amount of stuff going on - I get some stone fruit esters, along with grass, crackery malt, and a touch of butter. Unfortunately, I'm also picking up some cardboard. No, make that quite a bit of cardboard. Clearly it's not at its freshest, but I doubt it's that old (maybe two, two and a half months), so it shouldn't smell this stale. Something's off... (2.25)

Taste: It opens up with cardboardy notes, though they do (somewhat) disappear in favor of some grass and kolsch esters. I get some crackery maltiness, but mainly cardboard. Aw, dammit! (2.25)

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy-feeling for 4% - this would almost be triumphant if this didn't taste like wet cardboard. It's also creamy, dry-finishing, yet without that back end dinkiness so endemic of low gravity brews. Carbonation is fairly powerful. (3)

Overall: A total cardboard bomb. I figured it still might be good when I saw this was a cloudy brew, but it isn't. I hope this was a bad bottle, because cardboard is the last thing I want from a kolsch. (2.25)

2.33/5: Best at what? Being cardboard-like?

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap for Valentine's Day. A Best Blonde for the occasion!

Served in a Roy Pitz pint glass:

Appearance: A dusky golden color topped by a half finger white foam with minimal lacing. plenty of carbonation drifts upward in the glass. Pretty.

Aroma: A hint of skunk and old tire mixed in with the grains.

Taste: I definitely get some hoppiness mixed fairly well with the malt. There's just a slight zestiness tot he flavor, though not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: A slight oily taste on the tongue (I really think this might have something to do with the local water) with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An acceptable brew, better than I expected.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Well its much deeper "blonde" than one would expect a deep shade of orange brown with hardly any head.
S - Getting better a distinct smell of lemon zest and flesh with some grains and malts. A bit sweet really.
T - Well it went down pretty smooth the lemon was interesting but wasn't a lemonade like sourness more of a subdued sugary lemon. Mild grains, little hops and mostly sweet malts.
M - Light bodied and easy to quaff.

Overall a simple blonde and easy tick for only $1.75 for the single. Would not get it again though since I wasn't overly impressed.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As seems typical with kölsch produced in the U.S., it's heavy and thick. Grain bill seems high. And the lemon does bring some tang. Feel has a pretty full carbonation to it. It's not really something that fits to style. And it's little more than just another beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

A very shampoo like and fleeting white head about three fingers tall is made, settling to a soapy collar that after about 5 minutes disappears nearly completely. Body is filled with lots of cola carbonation. but then settles to pinhead rising carbonation to match with many slow rising bubbles through a clear and nearly crystal brassy yellow golden body.

Nose is a hint of fruity ester but there's a faint noticeable tinge of fussel like alcohol here also. Sense of crisp malt possibly coming.

Palate doesn't seem to hold up on first sip. Body comes off quite watery, with a slight grainy finish. Muted crispness and bready malts hint slightly but fall off on the swallow. Slightly grassy and muted finish with a good amount sticky yeast quality as well. Kind of has a bit of macro tasting sensations to it also.

This is alright for drinking but as far as Kölsch goes there's much better out there. Still life could be worse I suppose and there's no harm no foul here.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1529th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

No bottle date
Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one

App- I wasn't expecting the coloring on this one. More like a small IPA mixed with a tripel per se. It was very hazy and golden with orange streaks. A small 1/4" head was there and then left. Didnt see any lace or cling either. It was a bit dense as well. Wasnt one of those hazy see through beers. Bit more dense.

Smell- The nose on this was pretty straight foward. Had a nice citrus tinge with some underwhelming malts. I am not sure if this is like all Kolsch's. Havent had that many. Its only 4% but had a weird booze note behind it.

Taste- I really wasnt expecting these flavors. It really was an interesting beer as I put on Untappd. The citrus was more like a small IPA and the malt combo was similar to a wheatwine. Had that flavor combo without the bite. I will say I think it was better than average but am still scratching my head as to what it is.

Mouth- It was more of a lighter medium body and drank bigger than the ABV would indicate. The carbonation was a bit prickly and smooth at the same time with the malt bill filling in some nice gaps. The residual flavors are of citrus and a tinge I cant place.

Drink- It's a pretty tasty beer. A bit unique and can't put my finger on what it is actually. I cant tell if its a profile I havent had or just cant place the flavors.

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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a fizzy white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Bready malt and light floral aromas with light fruity, sweetness beneath. Medium bodied with assertive but not not overly-aggressive carbonation. Bready malt and floral hop flavors from beginning to end with a fruity sweetness beneath. Floral hop character bites toward the dry finish. Finishes with a sweet bready and floral aftertaste.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.62/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is very pale yellow with a perfectly clear see through body. The head is very thin and white. The aroma is a lot like whole grain ceral to me. The taste also seems like it's got tons of oats and grains in it, not much of a hops kick at all in here. The mouthfeel is very light. This beer isn't really my favorite since it's so light on just about every level. But for someone who enjoys light beers this would probably be enjoyable for them.

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Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy pale yellow in color. Forms a huge foamy head on the initial pour that reduces quickly to a thick surface coating. Packaged in an interesting 1L bottle.

S: Light pale malt, banana and some light clove.

T: Biscuit, wheat. A bit sweet with a yeasty fruitiness and a very mild bitterness. Some lighter citrus notes.

M: Kind of creamy, lighter bodied with heavier carbonation.

D: A decent beer, that would have been better appreciated in the summer months.

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Photo of regspeir
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler from Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. into a standard pint.
Pours a straw gold with a 2-finger head which settles to a coating. Lacing is light but there throughout. Nose is some hops, pale malt, lemon, and some grassiness. Taste is a nice blend of hops, some fruit, especially lemon, wheat, some breadiness and a pleasant crisp hop-tinged finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium with ample carbonation. This is a good brew for a hot, summer afternoon and definitely sessionable.

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Photo of CaptYellow
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden color. The head pours huge (3 fingers) and fluffy. Quickly falls to a ring around the edges. Leaves lacing along the glass.

S: A floral hoppyness, not too strong.

T: The maltiness like an English pale ale is first apparent and followed by the floral hops which help balance it out without overpowering. The floral lingers on the tounge.

M: Light, like an English pale ale.

D: High, I kept sipping away at it. My father said he could drink the whole growler on a hot day (he doesn't drink).

O: Worth the price? At $10 a growler, no. But growlers are way over-priced anyways. Search it out? No, it's not a big enough beer for that. Recommend? Sure, this is a pretty good example of the style. Not the best, but fair. Buy again? No.

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tumbler served at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The kolschbier is a pale golden color, relatively clear even fresh from the tap, with a nice finger of head blanketing the hop. Minor lacing followed.

S: The nose is light, clean with a pleasant hoppy aroma. Pale malts aren't too bready, just solid enough.

T: Wow! I am surprised by how good this kolsch is. The pale malts are fortified with a green fruitiness (think apples). A hoppy bite runs through the malts, sharp but not citrusy. The flavor is more earthy, a strong compliment to the malts. For as delicate as the ale looks, it doesn't wimp out on flavor.

M: Plenty of flavor coming through this ale. The pale base, clean hops and yeasty fruits all conspire to be quite good.

D: I chose this beer first, intending to move on to a Belgian IPA. Much to my surprise though, this ale left me very happy. Nicely done, Mr. Roy and Mr. Pitz.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a well made drinking Kolsch great for the warmer months. Served a nice golden bronze hue with a bright white head. Aroma had grass citrus notes swelling my senses. Flavor had a crisp malt flavor that made me pay attention and enjoy each sip there after, a perfect warm weather beer I hope to catch more Roy Pitz brews in the Burgh. I've been drinking the Watermelon lager when available but this was really nice. Mouthfeel was solid light to medium bodied effervescent carbonation solid brewski. I wish I good get this on a more regular basis, quenched my thirst and paired well with the food I was snacking on at the Big Pour.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 5/15/09.

A - Cloudy, effervescent golden wheat-colored body with a thick, pouffy white head that retained well and left ample attractive sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Bready malt notes with a citrus character suggesting lemon zest. Aroma is a bit musty and earthy overall.

T - Flavor possesses a lemony citrus character with a hefty bready maltiness that lasts into the finish and suggests wheat bread and seeds. While there in an inkling of citrus hop bitterness, it ultimately gets washed away by the bready, grainy malt presence that dominates the flavor. However, a subtle earthy bitterness develops in the finish.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture, although it's a bit watery overall. Carbonation is actually pretty tame. Finishes with a faint bitterness on the palate.

D - Not a bad Kolsch-style ale. Although it displays some odd earthy, musty tones, it is ultimately a pretty refreshing and easy-to-drink light ale.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of lots of graininess, toasty, grass, wheat, and earthy. Tastes of wheatiness, citrus, and grainy. Some lacing left on the glass.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/20/09

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Photo of pvsob
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale gold/straw color with a half inch head that fades quickly. This brew is somewhat cloudy and leaves some lacing.

S- Nice noble hop aroma mixed with a hint of green grape and toasted bread/crackers. Some pale malt and hints of grass/hay are also present.

T- The malt is the first thing that I picked up in the tasting. A hint of fruit (green apple) follows the malt and a nice hop/grass flavor finishes the beer off. This beer has a very clean, crisp finish.

M- Light to medium with some carbonation.

D/O- This is a pretty tasty session brew. It's not going to blow you away with it's characteristics, but as far as I can tell it seem to follow the style guidelines very well. It's clean, refreshing, and well crafted. If it was Summer, I could probably drink about 3 gallons of this beer. A tasty Kölsch for us Central PA BA's to enjoy. Cheers!

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Best Blonde Ale from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
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