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NOLA Blonde Ale | New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

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NOLA Blonde AleNOLA Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A great introductory craft beer, NOLA Blonde is a medium-bodied traditional American blonde ale - golden in color with floral and citrus hop aromas.

Added by Beerbuddha on 12-30-2008

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Photo of MBernard
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While not horrible, it seems rather bland overall and not particularly noticeable in a beer line up. Better than water but plenty of other better choices out there.

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is pils like --grassy, clean with slight hop presence. Good for the style. A nice warm weather beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very light, a touch of malts. Taste is malty, bready, some sweetness, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can a cloudy golden with substantial head of off-white bubbles. Thin wisp of lace.

Aroma is a little caramel, a little toasty grain, and a hint of citrus hops falling behind. Pretty solid.

Taste is mild and malty, but balanced nonetheless. A very engaging session ale here, though it certainly won’t impress hop-heads or most beer nerds. I can imagine this being quite refreshing on a hot summer day. Overall, not a complicated brew, but certainly an enjoyable one.

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Photo of FLima
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of bread malt and some tart funky lemony.
Fruity flavor with lots of bubblegum initially, herbal hops, mildly tart lemon and a hint of peppercorn and slightly sulfur. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with mild carbonation.
The other Nola's are so much better than this. This one is below average blond ale. Not sure if it is old given they have no respect for their customers by at least putting a freaking bottling or best before date.
Ap.2,5 Ar.2,5 Sab.2,75 Sens.2,5 Cj.2,5

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Photo of Boto
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draught: This one poured a clear, golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white foamy head that didn’t last long but did leave some lacing. Decent but lighter aroma. Malts, bit of corn, faint breadiness. The taste is half decent. A bit of malt sweetness, bit of the corn, some graininess and faint grassiness. Not sweet, but no bitterness at all. Taste is OK. Not exciting, but not bad either.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Bottom of can says Best By 11/21/13

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that soon fizzes away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick jagged ring behind on the glass.

S- Sweet, bready aroma with notes of apple, slight caramel and a hint of glass.

T- Cracker-like graininess comes on and fades into a faintly malty sweetness. Incredibly easy to drink without being too flavorless.

M- Kind of watery with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Nothing to scream about, but there are definitely worse blonde ales out there. I don't regret the purchase of a six-pack since I and my friends will enjoy every one.

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Photo of rudzud
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy golden hue with a very nice two finger sudsy white head that fades at a moderate rate, leaving light lacing and a nice blanket.

S - Super malt heavy, sweet corn, no hops, light metallic aroma. Light bready malts.

T - Honey sweetness, malts, light bread notes, no hops really.

M - Mouthfeel is light, crisp, good carbonation. That being said, its quite average.

O - Overall, an average blonde ale. Too sweet/malty for my tastes.

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Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one while out sightseeing in New Orleans! Served from tap into an Abita shaker. Poured golden with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, musty, skunk, wheat, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, wheat, earth, and metallic. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. Unfortunately nothing on this one really stood out for me for this style. It seemed to be a pretty average example of the style with the earthy and wheat flavors going on. I really wish it could have had a just a little more going on to make my palate jump up and down with joy. They do good beers, but this isn’t one of my favorites.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a wine glass. 6-packs of Blonde run about $8.50 in New Orleans.

A: Surprisingly handsome for an infamously boring style. A robust copper color with a generous white head that produces a ton of lacing.

S: An American Blonde that actually has character! Bready, crackery, honey-like malts. Tart apples, green grapes.

T: Outstanding for the style. A refined honey taste without synthetic sweetness, finishing with a gentle hoppy dryness. Beautifully balanced.

M: A little carb bite. Light without being watery.

O: My score is significantly higher than the critical mass on this one, but I'm judging NOLA Blonde against the competition of low-ABV session ales. And this is as good as it gets in the middle-tier price range. Blows the doors off all the other blah Southern session ales, comes only in a can, has a lot of flavor, and won't have you on the floor if you happen to burn through a bunch. NOLA can be a little hit or miss, but the Blonde really works.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into tulip flute glass at a restaurant in the French Quarter. Poured golden color with slight head. Very mild malty macro aroma but slight crisp hop. Taste is good for a blonde...crisp, mild, slightly sweet citrus. Its ok, but there are much better brews out there...but, yes; it is a good "intro to craft beer"...but there is about a billion miles between this and something like a Firestone walker Anniversary brew...

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Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1523rd Review on BA
Can to Goblet

No canning date
Thanks to Egadbananas for this extra

App- A good yellow color in the glass with some clarity but looked more like a good pale ale to me, minus the head. It was a bit of a small 1/4" head with no cling or lace even with an agressive pour. Glass might have been wrong.

Smell- It was still a blonde ale on the nose for me and thats okay, Im not bashing the nose, just saying nothing jumped out or excited me. A little sweetness and a little floral notes from the choice of hops. Good malt backbone as well.

Taste- I liked this actually. It was a blonde with a twist and the kicker was the additional choice to add a couple different hops to give it a nice kick with a little spice. The blonde notes fade away a touch but are still there most of the time. Was an easy quick drinker.

Mouth- It was a pretty light body with a fairly crisp carbonation. A good residual hop feel like a small Pale was there but nothing exciting. Solid and average.

Drink- It was tasty, probably the 1st blonde ale ive really enjoyed. Would have this one again on a hot day while drinking from a can.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on draft at one of the bars in the New Orleans airport.

appears a golden color, bright white head with good head retention. Has a grainy malt aroma with a bit of mild hops. Similar flavors in the taste. Fairly thin body, with higher carbonation.

overall - not a bad beer, just a bit boring.

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Photo of brandon911
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Pioneer Pub in Natchitoches, LA.

It was served in a weird Coca Cola pint glass that fluted outwards. It had a two finger, white fluffy head and was a pale straw color. It had fairly piney hops with a little citrus, but not too much there, unfortunately. The flavor was right on par with the nose, though a little more amped up, quite pleasant on a hot summer night in Louisiana. The mouthfeel was great. It was fairly carbonated with a perfect bite and a little bitter on the back end of the mouth.

Overall, not a phenomenal beer, but pretty good for its style, very drinkable and great for a hot night.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and sunny, with a bone white head. Aroma of nutty, biscuity malts and a slight floral hop presence. More biscuity malts in the taste with some of those floral hop notes. Light bodied, light carbonation. Drinkability is very high and it's rather refreshing.

Sessionable, tasty as far as blonde ales...cans are always a plus.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thank you to injuredreserve for sending this one my way. enjoyed from a unibroue tulip.

a - brew poured a blonde yellow which settled as more clear orange with a few fingers of white frothy head that hung out for the party.

s - nice malt backbone with great sweetness. some fruitiness and mild citric hops. pretty nice. more fruity than i expect for the style...bonus.

t - much like the nose suggests, this ain't yo mama's blonde. great fruity burst. oranges and citrus.

m - medium to light bodied. carbonation is soft. no complaints...feel is good.

o - overall, solid. just plain solid. fantastic beer to throw back. if this was locally available, i could see this easily being a standard fridge beer. very impressive. very accessible. not mind blowing, but a great beer to drink a bunch of. would definitely love more of these. great extra!!! i'm really surprised that the reviews aren't more glowing on this. can't think of many more solid blondes that i've tried.

in a style where the top rated beer rates below a 4, this is one to check out...i expect this to rise to the top few if more people tick it with an open mind to the style.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/13/12

Appearance: Pale orange/golden color, pours with some chill haze, small white head that fades quickly

Smell: Actually pretty interesting for a blonde ale - very grainy, with some malty sweetness - some spicy, yet mild hops - some grass - some kind of funkiness, kind of smells like wheat, not sure if intentional but it works

Taste: Screams "American Blonde Ale" - grainy, bready, and mild - slightly grassy, slightly bitter - a nice undercurrent of malty sweetness, with a touch of biscuit and toffee - some light fruits here, too

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, adequate carbonation, crisp, very drinkable

Overall: Surprisingly good

In general, I do not particularly love the American Blonde Style. I cannot deny this. That being said, this is pretty remarkable. It's much less boring than I anticipated. This is not only better than the typical blonde ale, it's simply a good beer.

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

Thanks to kkipple for the can!

Blonde Ale pours a light gold color. There’s a bit of haze clouding the scene. Backlighting gives it some nice gold and a few orange highlights. A nice white crown covers it. It rises to about two and a half fingers in heights before falling back quickly to a surface covering. Not bad.

The nose is a little on the weak side. Needs more muscle. It does feature sweet, malty notes up front. They’re quickly complemented by some light, grassy hop notes. Light fruit notes are secondary. Smells like lemon and orange. Very subtle, but nice. Smells a bit yeasty throughout. Alcohol is very light and mostly unnoticeable. It smells alright. A bit more in terms of aromatics would be even better.

The flavor is good. I like it. It starts out with nice fruit flavors of orange and lemon. They’re stronger here. Sweet malty notes follow. It is rather sweet, but isn’t offensive. Yeast is rather prominent throughout, but adds a nice dimension to the flavor. Hops are grassy and earthy. They complement the other flavors very well. Alcohol is buried and isn’t noticeable. Finishes sweet, fruity, grassy, and a tad dry. Good stuff.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is very light and soft. I honestly wouldn’t mind a few more bubbles. It’s not bad though. Definitely goes down smooth and easy. I could easily (and happily) handle a few cans of this stuff. It’s surprisingly tasty and is quite drinkable.

I’ve never been a huge fan of American Blonde Ales. NOLA Brewing Company has done a nice job with this one. The nice fruit and hop flavors really make things tick. It’s not very deep or complex, but it is tasty nonetheless. As far as American Blondes go, it’s a pretty good option. Check it out.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed light golden yellow, good cap of white froth, okay retention. Scent leads with a blend of light citrus and light doughy bread, not much else. Taste is light as expected, light fresh citrus and a splash of fruity and sweet esters, some faint kisses of doughy bread again. Medium bodied, good moderate carbonation. Nice intro to the brewery and one that I would love to share with some craft beer noobs.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Billy Ross for this 12 oz can. When I received it, I misread it as Black Ale, so imagine my surprise when it didn't pour black…

A: The blonde ale is appropriate, light and golden with a general haziness. Not quite transparent, the ale sits still but full in my glass. The two pours didn't generate much head, a thin web of white foam.

S: The aromas are very citrusy, sweet as opposed to hoppy. The yeast adds fruitiness, think lime and lemon without the hop bitterness. Very mild scent-wise.

T: The citrus flavors are sweet and approachable, nothing fancy though. Sweet citrus, including lime, lemon and orange, is a lively aspect; the yeast does well here. The ale is under carbonated, bringing the citrus and allowing it to stay. The lightness is a reminder that the ale isn't anything fancy, just a drinkable blonde ale. A good way to start our session.

M: Lively and fruity, the citrus lasts throughout with just a bit of hop bitterness. Nothing fancy but a good tasting ale.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No Freshness info on the can.

A= Pours a rather bright orange color. Far from what I expected a blonde to look like. The head is a decent sized finger and a half high a little retention and some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells pretty much like your classic blonde. A little "dirtier" than your lager with a little more punch in the nose. A grassy hop note is present but not by any strech a hoppy beer.

T= The taste is actually pretty nice. A nice step from the macro lager category. A little bit more flavor and the hops can be noticed if you dig deep enough.

M= Pretty much right where I expect it to be.

O= A tasty treat indeed. A friend picked it up for me from New Orleans and while I was a little disapointed it was a blonde ale it was free, a snapshot of a new brewery for myself as well as a damn good blonde ale. I really wanna see what else these guys do now.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this can!

Dammit, I should be watching the Saints with this beer, rather than the Broncos. Oh well, I guess God's in there somehow either way, right? It pours a lightly hazy gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light coriander, lemon peel, and a sort of Brett-like funk that seems rather out of place here. The taste brings in more of the same, with a light pinch of black pepper and a bit more lemon zest than before. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a more-than-ordinary brew, one I'm glad to have tried for the sake of it, but nothing I'd ever really look to have again.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with Wyatt down in N'awlins...a local throw in - thanks again!!

Poured from the can into my trusty snifter (wrong glass but I don't care)...no canning date visible.

A: Pretty good looking blonde (heh). A golden copper color. Fairly clear. Tons of carbonation - not uncommon for this style. A one finger head fades but leaves some really solid lacing.

S: I get mostly a bready yeast dominance on the nose. Some floral and even earthy/spicy hop notes in there as well. Hints of lemongrass and citrus peel. None of the above descriptions are at all overwhelming.

T: Nice. Very well balanced. Some very basic tastes here, but all done very well. Mostly base 2-row and yeast in the flavor with enough of a hop presence to balance it. Leaves just a slight metallic taste on the back of the palate. Doesn't detract from it at all. Smooth, clean and crisp.

M: This is heavier than most blondes I've had (heh)...but that's a good thing...I'd say medium bodied. Plenty of refreshing carbonation.

O: This is an easy-drinking lawnmower ale if I've ever had one. Simple, yet not at all boring. There certainly isn't focus on any one particular flavor - but I'm enjoying the final product nonetheless. This is a fun beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. can (5.0% ABV), a striking golden wrap with a bright red tab. One of three brought back to Portland from a recent trip to NOLA (both the city and the brewery), poured to a pint glass.

"Lassiez le bonne biere verser" on the label back, next to an image of a can pouring to glassware.

A: Deeper-than-'blonde' golden-orange pour, almost clear but for a misty haze - the kind that says: "I'm a craft beer, not some macro-swill". Starts with a finger+ of pillowy, sponge-like white foam. Speckles of lace hug the glass and blur the line. If anyone fails to pour this to a glass, they're missing out...

S: Bready scent with a notable 'cut grass' backing. Citrusy, too - a mild lemon zest creeps in. Mild tinny/metallic notes.

T: Bright flavor: grassy, a little brassy, sourdough bread with a lemony squeeze. Blonde ales aren't an 'everyday' beer for me; the ones I've had are often tasty, yet benign. This has abundant flavor and a fullness that stands alone - although it paired superbly with several well-spiced dishes we enjoyed on the trip.

M: A nice little bite - good, crisp carbonation and a body that rises above average. Medium body and a lingering stickiness. A lasting dull bitterness squarely sits on the tongue.

O: Harkening back to the old 'drinkability' score on BA, this one approaches '5' Territory... excellent on a mild fall afternoon or three, and (I'd imagine) ridiculously refreshing on a hot summer's day. This was a hit with everyone in my group, from beer novice to connoisseur... I'd love to have access to this one year-round. Great job, NOLA!

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden with a one-finger head of pure white foam and tons of visible carbonation release.

There are sweet grainy aromas, as well as a faint hint of floral hops and a bit of grassiness in the background.

The taste is predominantly of freshly malted barley, with a bit of the grassiness carrying over. There is a gentle hop bitterness--balanced towards drinkability. The body is light/medium, with a grainy texture overall.

A solid blonde ale.

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