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

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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.

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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by TeeCee:
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick review - nice, refreshing, very sessionable.

I had it at The Bulldog and they don't pour like I do, so I had to have some fun with cups to observe the head and so forth. The color is a beautiful medium amber - no yellow beer here. The head started heavy but dissipated quickly to minimal foam, leaving spots as I drank, but no heavy lines or webbing.

Smelling it, I can tell it's not the same beer I first had. I noticed that at Martin's beer tasting a week back. The smell is almost a fruity hop scent. I don't know if there is a fruity hop, or if the malt and yeast have given it this scent, but that's what I smell (rather difficult over the smoky bar smell - need to rethink this on a slow day rather than a busy Friday night)

to taste it, the nose tells no lies. The same slightly fruity, hoppiness, with some malt underneath. After smelling it, neither a surprise or a disappointment.

I didn't take to this beer the first time I had it, but I think the minimal changes to this beer have made a big difference.

This would be a great summertime beer for a party. Hmmm.

Note: the light of the bar and the smoke may have affected my review.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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 dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmbraxton
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of kwkdmk
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of justme
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jALEson
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of javlin624
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Riverared
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of tetu
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of secondtooth
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
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 prototypic
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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 tempest
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at the Blue Nile on Frenchmen. This reminds me of Chelsea's Checker Cab Blond, though this was a bit more mild. The spicy hop finish was subtle, but tasty, as was the light pale malt backing. The barley was a fairly plain white toast flavor, but it was all appropriate for the blonde ale style.

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Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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 BKotch
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SFNC
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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NOLA Blonde Ale from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 224 ratings