Whizbang Hoppy Blonde Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

Whizbang Hoppy Blonde AleWhizbang Hoppy Blonde Ale
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American Blonde Ale
3.78 | pDev: 10.85%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Whizbang Hoppy Blonde AleWhizbang Hoppy Blonde Ale
Notes: A complex hoppy blonde ale bursting with Mosaic hops and a malty backbone for a full flavored taste explosion.
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 175
Photo of EMV
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Clear light golden copper pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Solid rim of lacing.

S: Sweet... honey and malts. A bit of fruity hops.

T/F: Light... honey and sweet summer fruits... peach and apricot. Mild citrus from the hops.. sharp without a lot of bitterness. Well carbonated... a little slick on the tongue. Finish is fruity.

O: A very pleasant little beer. Subtle... drinkable... good flavor without being over the top. Liked it more than I expected.

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Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Happy Valley BevMo 3-18-17 for $1.59. Best by 02MAY17 but been stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head.

Nose is nice, very fruit forward.

Taste is papaya with a touch of a berry over a light malt body. Nice even finish.

Feel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a very likeable brew. Nice addition to the NBB lineup. Would drink again.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 6/4/17, so about 3 weeks past.

Looks great. pale yellow body, thick foamy white head leaving excellent lacing. Faint carbonation.

Nothing on the nose, good or bad.

well the hops have faded to be sure, but are still present. okay malty background, but it is a little on the watery side.

Just below medium on the mouth, slightly bitter/sour on the finish.

Overall, it would be interesting to compare with a 4 week old Whizbang, but this is a decent enough blonde ale, quite refreshing.

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Photo of brenn79
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original rating May 13, 2017- 12 oz bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours clear old golden with a medium white head. Aroma is citrusy, resinous, lemon, melon, sweetarts. The taste is similar, citrus, resin, lemon, sweetarts, floral, mango, medium high level bitterness. Very good blonde.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a six pack from the grocery store. Aroma is pretty muted altogether, but it’s a bit floral, a bit citrusy, a bit grainy, some caramel. Pours clear deep golden, bordering on copper, with a medium white head that falls after a minute into a ring; leaves some lace. Taste is nice and hoppy, highly bitter for style, clean, crisp and refreshing. Really tasty for a golden ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light gold, a finger of foam. Smells of pine, earthy malt, lemon. Taste is pine forward with an earthy malt flavour and a bit of tobacco. Light bodied with zesty carbonation. I wanted a simple Blonde Ale that was refreshing; this ain’t it. Too hoppy for the style I reckon.

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Photo of Beejay
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Yellow in color with a white head.

S: Hoppy with citrus, some dank, and a touch of garlic.

T: Flavor follows aroma, with the onion.. garlic thing coming out swinging. finish is citrus peel.

M: Light in body with moderate to high carbonation.

O: Overall not bad, but not really great either.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden. Foamy, medium, white head that lasts a little while.

Smells tropical citrus, herbal and bready.

Tastes citrus, caramel malt, doughy, tropical. Followed by herbal and light earthy spice finish is dry with a light citrus peel bitterness. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of JBrasca
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lighter IPA mixed with a crisp refreshing blonde smoothness; not bitter and very drinkable compared to heavy IPAs; golden color with fine white bubbly top; very citrusy sweet aroma; taste is excellent and somewhat different - it has an initial smooth, pineapple fruit notes with a great balance of sweet malts, and honey; if any bitterness at all maybe slightly in the aftertaste, but still a very enjoyable brew by New Belgium Brewing. Very refreshing beer great for summer time!

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Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is mild citrus and hops. The taste is similar to the nose.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed with Pale, Caramel 80, Munich. Hopped with Nugget, Simcoe, UK Admiral, Mosaic, Centennial.
5.7% ABV, 45 IBU's.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear medium golden, forming a modest white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is ripe with tropical and resinous hops, a little dankness. Cleanly fermented. peach, mango, pine, MJ. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, clean, easy to drink, a touch acidic from all the hops. The taste is a recap of the aroma. There is a light salty mineral background note, bitterness is firm. A bit green/vegetal. No distinct malt character.

A nice hoppy ale. Most people would call this a west coat pale not quite up to strength as an IPA but just as hoppy. Well done, but rather non descript. A hopped up easy drinker without fault.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is gold, head is bright white with mainly fine bubbles, head laces the glass sides and has a nice lingering top.

Smell is lemony, citusy hops, bitter, earthy, subtle biscuit not sweet.

Taste is crisp, citrusy, hoppy, lightly bitter, some malt and biscuit.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, bitter.

Overall, a beer that blends the lighter, hoppier pale ales with a blonde ale, not quite dry enough for other blonde ales but good malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color with a half finger head. Aroma- a little pineapple, a little lemon pledge, and a little peach. Taste- pretty nice! Loving the bready crackery taste up front and throughout. However it definitely does mute the hops a bit. But it's fine. Then a little bit of lemon and peach. It is a pretty clean beer. No lingering flavors. A little watery. Mouthfeel, refreshing and bubbly enough. Overall, I dig it a little bit. The star is not the hops, though. The malt character was more up front in this. However, I like the balance. Nice job!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As I have been winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I have been making concerted efforts to do brewery-oriented horizontals whenever possible. Not only is it possible for me with New Belgium, but I have eighteen (18) beers to get through. Stand by!

From the bottle: "A complex hoppy blonde ale bursting with Mosaic hops and a malty backbone for a full-flavored taste explosion."

I Pop!ped the cap & despite it being a fresh bottle, I have begun to embrace a gentle pour followed by an in-glass swirl. This time, I produced just over a finger of foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention that slowly fell to wisps, leaving good lacing in its wake. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-plus quality clarity & once more, The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon rejoined me in my kitchen from my living room couch, where they were watching hockey on telly. They just cannot resist a beer with 24-carat golden clarity. Nose smelled strongly of fresh, dank hops & I finally achieved liftoff. The previous NB APAs & AIPAs had left me cold & jonesing for some hops. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but in the neighborhood & ringing the bell. Taste was pleasantly hoppy with a light earthiness that was quite reminiscent of a wet-hopped ale. Mosaic usually gives off a blueberry flavor, but this was more earthy, initially, giving over to its characteristic blueberry flavor as it warmed. Mmm. It also evinced a slight biscuitiness, evoking thoughts of blueberry pancakes, muffins & biscotti. Finish was semi-dry, but very tasty. I wonder if they might CANsider putting this one on CANs. It was probably the best of the day's lot.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two specfic flavors come to mind when drinking the Mosaic-hop-driven flavors in this beer: Pineapple juice and lemongrass. Hints of ginger, grassy spice, and apple juice. The malts are nice and do their job. This isn't a "mind-blower", but it is well dialed in and a nice break from heavier IPAs.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice offering from New Belgium, who had a run where seemingly every new beer they made was super-hoppy. This one is actually not that hoppy, and that's good because blonde ales shouldn't be overpowered by too many hops. You don't get much of the bitterness or the maltiness, but again, you're not supposed to with this style, so it's a good representation. I felt like it was a cross between a pale ale and a straight blonde, which is probably what they were aiming for with this beer.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours clear gold with a frothy white head. Aroma is of crisp citrusy hops. Flavors are far more balanced relative to, for instance an IPA. Definitely hops-forward without being overwhelmingly bitter, so the sweet floral malt came through. Really pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of akolb
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright citrus aroma. Complex and floral. Taste is a little underwhelming after the lovely aroma. Mild malt base with citrus, honey, and moderate bitterness. Taste falls a little flat.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 6-4-17.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark golden color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass and higher than average carbonation.

SMELL: bread, citrus, flowery with an earthy note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet honey and bread then citrus and finishes with an earthy hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: I really enjoyed this beer, everything is in balance and not overpowering, at 5.7% ABV you could enjoy a few of these, I would buy this again and would recommend to anyone who likes the style.

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Photo of puck1225
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear yello color with a good white head and very nice lacing. Grassy sweet smell. The taste is crisp and refreshing. Pleasant hoppiness but not much of an aftertaste. Pretty good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Brewing "Whizbang"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle,"ENJOY BY: 28MAY17" and sampled on 27MAR17
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label. Hoppy "blonde ale" doesn't sound too thrilling though - I mean the blonde ale part, not the hoppy. Nice appearance though... mainly clear deep gold body beneath a two-finger-thick head of frothy off-white that's settled down into a thick and creamy rocky cap. It looks like it will leave thick, rocky lacing but we'll see. Aroma... citrusy over a biscuity malt base, I certainly can't complain about that, it's exactly what you'd expect. No one said this was an IPA or pale ale. Moving on to the flavor... citrusy over a biscuity malt base - kidding, the two are fairly equal in strength, but oddly, they don't combine well, it's like hops and then malt, and then hops and malt with the two never really joining together. I just noticed the lacing, it's quite good, but not as thick as the initial lacing seemed to indicate. Back to the hops, they're a little bit sharp, but also kind of non-distinct. I'd say lemony but I think limey covers it better, and I just noticed that these are supposed to be Mosaic hops? I don't get that. Maybe in the aroma, I get some berry there, oh, and wait, there is a bit of a gooseberry to the flavor so I guess I'm wrong. Maybe it's just that it's warming up a bit now as I'm getting a little bit of orange too. And I think now the hops and malts are merging better - my bad, I should have slowed it down. So let's see, what did I miss. Medium-light bodied with dextrinous edge and a just slightly lower than standard carbonation. Firmly bitter. It's sweetish but then it eventually dries in the finish as the residual malts fade. I can see why they called it a blonde ale rather than a pale ale, and I think it totally fits, although a touch strong for the style. I like it. It's another option if you want something that's just a little sweeter and less bitter than some pale ales, but still want some hops.

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Photo of Jtall78
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear golden color with moderate head that doesn't last a long time, but the lacing sticks around on the glass.

Smell is definitely citrus, but not overwhelming in any aspect. (Please note - my nose us not my best sense)

Taste is citrus up front, followed by a quick malty sweetness before the mild citrus comes back on the finish.

The feel is thin without being dry.

Is this the best beer I've had, not even close. It does nothing great, but nothing horribly wrong either. The end result is a beer the comes out pretty good. If your someone that likes hops till the cows come home, this is not for you. But if you like some happy flavor without an intense bitterness, this fits that bill quite nicely.

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Photo of jkblr
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle BB 5/7/17 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp. Pours a bright golden color with short lived white head. Lacing is good but head is gone with minutes. Smell is citrus rind and minimal. Taste is the dirt rolled citrus rind taste that comes when Mosiac is not used with an expert touch. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is sharp. Slight bitterness on the back end. Overall, above average but watch dates. I'd bet this would be a dirty mess in May.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this one. Not your typical ABA as it has a much hoppier flavor to it which made it very enjoyable. More like a weak IPA than an american blonde, but that didn't stop me from loving it!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amber colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lime, citrus/lime zest, and floral hops over a light aroma of pale malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale + cereal grain malts with minimal (if any) amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/lime, citrus/lime zest, and floral hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp.

O: Relatively easy to drink and would be a little better on a hot summer afternoon than a cool winter evening. Alcohol is well hidden. Refreshing.

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