Spring Blonde | New Belgium Brewing

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Spring BlondeSpring Blonde

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of rangerred
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear straw yellow with barely any resemblance of a white head. Just a few splotches on the surface of the beer.

Aroma of hay and a bit of caramel along with a touch of clove and grass. It is nice but pretty weak overall. I was hoping for something with a little more punch.

The flavor is a little more bold than the aroma. Notes of clove and grass/hay with maybe a little bit of skunk? The caramel is less prominent and there is a little more in the way of yeasty spice. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with just the slightest bit of residual sweetness in the finish.

Overall, a decent thirst quencher but this beer is severely lacking in aroma and flavor. It just isn't that interesting.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 5/25/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, cracker, bread, light honey, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasant flavors with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Belgian blonde ale. Good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale color with a slight haze.. almost like a wheat beer. Smell is lemon..cracker.. bread yeast.. wheat.. pale malt.. the taste is lemon cookie/cracker.. sweet with a bitter finish but not hoppy. The body is medium to slightly thick. I like this beer.. perfect for spring.. nice body to match the cool weather

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color. The head is about two-fingers high, and completely white in shade. It's quite bubbly in texture, with retention that isn't quite fantastic. Streaks of lacing are left on the glass. I'm usually wary of a Belgian-style ale that's perfectly clear, so I'm not going to give a great score for that.

S: The aroma is both lemony and somewhat sweet. There are underlying notes of Belgian yeast, with a hint of phenol to back the aforementioned fruit esters and candied sugar. Faint touches of earthy hops also appear. Not a bad aroma, but too sweet for me, without enough of a balancing bitterness.

T: At first, it's very sweet and lemony. There's just a kiss of Belgian yeast here to go with the general opening flavors. The finish is a lot more enjoyable - the sugary notes fade, being replaced with a subtle hit of noble hops. It's the gentle bitterness that damn near saves this beer entirely. This could have been a sugary mess, but it's actually pleasantly balanced and moderately enjoyable.

M: I want to say that the body is medium, with a one-two punch of healthy carbonation and a dry finish helping to make this go down easily. The aftertaste has a gentle bitterness that lingers nicely on the palate.

O: This one's slightly better than I anticipated. While the Belgian yeast is almost a non-factor, it's still a decent beer thanks to the mild bitterness and easy-drinking nature. It's not amazing or complex, but it'll get the job done. Worth trying.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very surprisingly good beer. I am always wary of beers that are bitter, such as IPAs, as this one claims to be bitter. Well, it was just the right amount of bitter and everything else. Great golden color with perfectly white head. The head goes away, but it has very nice lacing all the way down. The only disappointment was the smell - there wasn't much there to distinguish it from other beers. The rest though, taste and mouthfeel was terrific. A very bold, crisp feel over the tongue to go along with the bold, crisp taste. Very nice offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a light golden yellow supporting a white head slowly dissipating leaving fair lace. Smell is very light of Belgian spice from the yeast and a notable malt aroma. Taste is again light in the Belgian spice and having a nice balance with the malt and hops. Mouthfeel is medium light with good carbonation. A nice easy drinker for the upcoming spring season.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up some head which has okay retention. The head is a thin, cotton-white while the body is a pale straw to weak lemon which appears as a bright lemon yellow in the light. There are some strands of lacing.

Nose- Smells like a cross between an AAL and a pilsner, which is to say there isn't much going on here. Light notes of white grapes that have a bit of stinging, vinous quality to them. Light notes of grain and cornflakes. Some biscuit. Very beery, to use layman's terms.

Taste- Fairly consistent with the nose but less of a vinous nature. Big notes of grain, biscuit, and cornflakes. Ends with what seems to be German hop bitterness- a mix of earth, herbs, and chalky/mineral notes. Slight lemon notes along with the slight white grape. Maybe a touch of honey or something else that is mildly sweet in the middle. Don't get a lot from this that makes me think of a Belgian beer. It really seems more like I think an American Pilsner would be like- not Miller but actually good. Maybe a touch of banana. Some clove and ash on the finish. Above average beer and nothing more.

Mouthfeel- Just above light bodied with mild carbonation and no carbonic zing. A touch of smoothness makes this beer a little more drinkable.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing with enough subtle notes to keep the sort of interesting. Standard New Belgium prices but I don't think I would buy this again.

Overall- Just above average but a little off for the style. Nothing special but you might want to give at try.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The New Belgium beers are now widely available here and I hope it's here to stay.

This blonde is the right style and a nice easy drinking bre. It is very pretty in the glass with lovely lacing. The aroma is a nice dirty thing that smells of year.

The taste is a little sweet, a little yeasty, and just a tad bitter. The aftertaste is sweet but still neat and refreshing.

This is a successful ale that is easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale straw color with thin white head. Nose features some mellow Belgian esters paired with bready malts and some sourdough character. Taste has notes of lemon, light spice, and a light malty finish. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Not a bad easy drinker but nothing too exciting here.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by June, 15, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One finger of white head which slowly settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and yeasty blonde style aroma with hints of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove and black pepper. Bready pale malt with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, and dough. Fruit hints of lemon, orange, apple, and pear. Also some hints of floral and grassy hops. A pretty solid and balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and grainy Belgian style taste with notes of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some black pepper and clove. Pale malt with bready notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, straw, and dough. Fruity notes of lemon zest, apple, pear, and orange. Decent hop background with some floral and grassy hops. Starts sweet but finishes fairly bitter. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and fairly tangy with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style ale. Good pilsner like biscuity notes with some fruit presence.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at the New Belgium tap takeover at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, in conjunction with their arrival in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a thin cap of fizzy, weakly foamy ecru head, which leaves some bleeding snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly abates.

It smells of lightly yeasty, pale grainy malt, acrid lemon pith, a hard water minerality, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt, a touch of brewing sugar, muted lemon pith, a strange bar-floor stale skank, and bland earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is low-key and most plainly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly tacky in it smoothness. It finishes more or less dry, the ethereal yeast lingering for a spell, and the grainy malt holding firm.

Definitely an adequate blonde ale, and well enough rendered at that - however, this, like Fat Tire, is only tangentially Belgian. A small point, sure, and a hard one to refute for this broad style, I know. Worthy of giving a go as the weather starts to warm the hell up.

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Photo of n2185
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear golden-yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: lot of crystal malt and biscuity aromas here with light Belgian spices and candy sugar notes following.

T: similar to the aroma, crystal malts and biscuit flavors with light spice notes and candy sugar. The finish is light and clean.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light and crisp, making it very drinkable.

O: a solid beer overall. More like a pilsner than a Belgian pale ale, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a pale gold, completely clear. In fact, it has a glassiness that almost makes it clearer than even the lightness of color makes possible. The head is just over one finger tall, almost pure white, with a dense fluffiness and good stick.
This beer is an interesting blend of sweetness, soft not-quite-raw, not-quite-earthy elements, and a variety of fruit notes as well as grains. It showcases pale malts, almost crackery but soft, maybe slightly doughy. Mild grassiness shows a light hops addition along with a hint of herb that comes in and out. A mild but high sweetness is on the nose and the tongue from beginning to finish. The sweeter notes include citrus (like lemon and/or orange Italian soda), something like honey, banana and soft white flesh notes of apple and pear. The herbal notes become a little more prominent as it goes, not overtaking the sweetness but putting up a good show alongside it. From middle to finish, more graininess pulls into the flavor. The finish is comprised mostly of that mingling of herb and sweetness.
It's crisp and light on the palate with a crisp bite accompanied by a soft fluffiness even into a slightly slick but gently nipping finish.

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Photo of Mojo
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - pours up a beautiful clear medium gold with a foamy one finger white head, pretty good retention, and pretty good lacing.

S - very mild nose, mostly grass and citrus.

T - mild taste with a dry slightly bitter finish. (I really can't add more of a description than that.)

M - very carbonated, no aftertaste to speak of

O - easy to drink, completely unremarkable.

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Photo of htownbeerhound
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A good light blonde ale, excellent color with slight head. The smell is mild as I would anticipate with a beer of this make. I enjoy the taste and mouthfeel of this good early springtime beer. It is very refreshing and I feel the beer is underrated..

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. "Enjoy By" date: June 15th, 2014.

Clear golden body with a slightly weak white head. Lacing was about average.

Very grainy nose. Subtle notes of citrus and apple.

Sweet notes of citrus, apples, and pears up front. Decent hit of tangy hops. This one has a pretty strong grainy backbone.

Moderate-high carbonation. Finishes semi-dry. Light-medium bodied.

Overall this was a pretty average Belgian Pale Ale. It really tasted more like a solid Pilsner. Whichever way you would classify it, New Belgium put out a fairly light and refreshing beer.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear yellow with a nice foamy white head. Smells like lemon and yeast. Taste is subtle lemon and a very strong grassy flavor. The grass throws off the whole beer for me, reminds me of dirt. Overall it’s okay, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for another.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle labeled 'enjoy by 15jun14'

pours a pale yellow with a big airy head that sticks to the glass. smell has belgian clove-like spicyness, some grass, mostly neutral. very easy drinking, not getting too much belgian flavor other than some pear-like esters and some 'dirt' in the bitter finish.

rating this as a blonde ale, it's pretty good. not a good belgian

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded orange/white pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a mixed 6 pack at my local Trader Joe's grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery as well as the beer's current 80 rating. "Belgian style ale." 6% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a Belgian golden ale since the label's description of the beer identifies it as such. "Enjoy by: 01JUN14."

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness. Not much creaminess or frothiness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent strong yellow of average vibrance. Appears well-carbonated. Clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. Excellent clarity. Abundant rising bubbles are visible for some time.

Overall, it's a bit pale for a proper Belgian golden ale, so its current on-site designation as a Belgian pale may be more apt than New Belgium's own designation. Given it's 6%, I'll proceed to review it as a Belgian pale ale. It's not a unique or special appearance for the style, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: It has a surprisingly prominent herbal hop presence, which is dank and reminds one that hops are a cousin of cannabis. Thick honey notes, pale malts/blonde malts, full clean barley, and maybe a hint of...corn? No. But something like it. Yeastwise, I pick up vague banana. Hints of pear fruit. I also find a thickened lemon extract note - not fresh citrusy zest or lemongrass or even lemon itself - just a reticent bland extract. It's surprisingly grainy. This isn't at all the aroma I expected. Certainly sweeter than I could have anticipated.

Call me crazy, but I'm picking up on some really weird notes for a Belgian pale - heavy candy bar/chocolate bar/caramel/nougat. Yeah, that's it - nougat. I was so set on my concept of a Belgian pale when I saw this beer that it's taken me a long time to identify what I was really smelling, and that's it. What a peculiar aroma for the style. I dig it, but I wonder how the flavour profile will fare.

A pleasant, intriguing aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No overt alcohol is detectable.

T: Okay, so the nougat is nowhere near as strong here as it was on the aroma. But I do maintain that there's a honey confectiony note that seems atypical of the style. There's also your typical Belgian pale malt notes as well as some floral hops. A tinge of lemon extract (but no true lemon - i.e. lemongrass, lemon zest, lemon peel, etc.).

It's a very interesting build for a Belgian pale, and I'm intrigued. I'd almost call it unique. I do like it. Cohesive and pretty well balanced, but not quite gestalt. It's not an intricate beer per se, but boy is it nuanced. Average depth and duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour.

Mf: Mellow. Slightly overcarbonated. Smooth and wet. Has more thickness and body than most beers in the style. Good weight and presence on the palate. The texture isn't quite as interesting as the taste. It's soft, but I do wish it were more soft. The texture should be more gentle overall.

Not biting, oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, rough, sticky, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable, sure. It hides its ABV pretty well and I'm really enjoying it for what it is. It's not your typical Belgian style pale ale, and it has some very interesting notes. I'm tempted to call it unique within this style, but I don't want to give it too much credit - while drinkable, it's not a world class beer or anything. Certainly one of the more interesting New Belgium brews I've had of late. I'd likely get it again if I found a special at a bar or something, but I'd be reticent to purchase a 6er of it. The price point is right and I'm glad it's widely available. Certainly a brew worth trying.

Low B-

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Photo of WithinTheGlass
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up because it was "new" and seasonal... Glad I did!

A- This beer looks just like you'd expect from something with "blonde" in the name. A fluffy white head quickly dissipates, leaving a bubbly/iridescent liquid in the glass. The appearance is pilsner-like.

S- Very nice. This beer exudes a clean, fresh smell with overtones of cardamom and belgian yeast.

T- Very similar to the smell. This beer tastes like a pilsner brewed with belgian yeast(!?) Very unique, and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Carbonation is noticeable on the tongue, but fits in perfectly with the refreshing profile of the beer.

M- Nice medium body on this one.... Nothing to write home about, but it's perfectly appropriate for the style. As I mentioned, there is a high amount of carbonation, but it works.

O- This is an unusual, and uncharacteristically pedestrian outing for New Belgium. Due to buzzwords like "Belgian" and "Ale" I expected something very different... but I wasn't disappointed at all. If you like biscuity beers, and don't turn your nose up at the occasional pint of lager, then I would certainly give this a try!

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Average blonde looking beer with little head. This beer is average at best and i was kinda disappointed with this beer. Usually New Belgium doesnt disappoint me but this one dead. Taste is week as well as the mouthful and the smell is again average not something i havent had the nose for before

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with a nice fluffy white head that is sticking around quite nicely... very bright and clear. Smell is of bright citrus slightly sweet I bet this is going to go down easy and be quite refreshing... Taste lemon slightly sour some bitterness... slight biscuit note very refreshing... Only thing I don't like about this beer is I'm drinking it when it's like 30 degrees out lol Would be much better suited in the warmer spring/summer months...

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz, Enjoy by 5/25/14
Large snifter

A: Pours a crystal clear piss yellow (lager like) color. Loose bright white head. Leaves little to no lacing.

S: Cereal grains. Lemon. Light smelling. Belgian yeast notes. Very basic smelling.

T: Get cereal grains and lemon up front. It’s very easy drinking. Plain Jane. Finish is light but not “bitter” like the label mentions.

M: Light bodied. Crisp finish.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Well, a new NB... they rotate out almost all their brews constantly these days. This one is a very pale light gold color,, crystal clear, with a thin topping of foam. The nose has a nice crackery malt scent and a light dusting of hops. The flavor profile is extremely clean, with light malt, but a pleasant amount of bitterness for a generic session beer. Yeast character is mostly neutral--maybe a hint of fruitiness. Light bodied. In general, completely unexceptional--the type of light beer every microbrewer had at one time. Inoffensive. NB should bring back their Porch Swing Single, which was light but had lots of character. It's becoming a brewery with no particular character itself.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a glass, has a nice billowy white head, and a pale, straw colored appearance, completely clarified. When I first poured it I was getting some aromas like that of NB's Trippel, which is one of my go-to's, and I wondered if it was going to be something like a Trippel Lite. Closer inspection revealed a weakish lemony aroma, and some corn-like malts - not bad but not what I would call stellar. First taste, to be honest, I could barely taste anything. I had my wife taste it and she called out the lemony, tart front end and the bitter finish, which is pretty much how the label describes it. As I got through the glass, the tartness up front and bitter back end became more apparent, but the mouthfeel is pretty light and watery. I compared it to a Coors Light, which I have nothing against, just not something I drink/buy/think about with any regularity. It does have a little more going on than a CL, and the airy mouthfeel could be considered refreshing. The abv is low enough that you can have a few without getting totally smashed, but do you want a few? Just a question to ask yourself. JSYK, I am really hard on Belgian pales in general, but this beer did not stand out to me whatsoever, and my wife used the word "pointless" to describe it. I actually do like New Belgium and buy their products quite a bit, but don't need to get this one again.

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Spring Blonde from New Belgium Brewing
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