Dayblazer | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deliciously refreshing golden ale, at 4.8% ABV, brewed with the finest malts and hops giving a sweet, crisp citrus finish with just a hint of honey.

Added by The-Adjunct-Hippie on 01-05-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,512
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
312
pDev:
14.93%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
75
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 312 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of PhilipRock
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this beer as a 15 pack of cans, at what i thought was a reasonable price...though as a home-brewer, I consider all beer in the stores, overpriced! I usually drink my own beer but... every now and then I purchase commercial products. I seek beer in cans for lots of reasons and rarely consider bottled beer. I bought it in mid-October of 2018 and it had an expiration date of February, 2019. I assume it wasn't the freshest of product but still far from expiration.

I like it. I've read most of the reviews and was informed by some of them. This is not an easy style of beer to make. No strong flavors, nor aromas, of roasted malts, or kilogram quantities of hops, or cocoa, coconut, mango, bourbon-barrel-aging, etc., embellishments to hide behind. IMHO this is a more than a decent attempt to produce a traditional style of Pale Ale. Just a nice, cleanly fermented ale. It is not overpowered with hops nor alcohol. The lingering sweetness of delicious crystal malts is nicely balanced by a sane level of bittering. If you are drinking this beer ice cold, well sure, it could be a 'lawnmower beer'. Let it warm up just a bit to really appreciate it.

I respect this brewery and was glad to see the Independent Brewer symbol printed on the 15 pack.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of qcghost
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BWED
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into willibecher.

A- Pours straw in color, clarity is nice. Head is lumpy and white. Retention is decent, sticks around for a while, and leaves some nice little lacing as well.

S- Grainy, grassy. Mildly sweet, fruity ester. Textbook blonde aroma.

T- Grainy, with a light crisp bite of earthy hops. Subtly sweet.

M- Body is light, with nice light carbonation. Crisp in the finish, with the subtle sweetness that suggests it's an ale.

O- Overall a decent drinker. Doesn't really stand out, but its definitely "easygoing."

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Photo of GIftofgod4u1
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of omahawk
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kbosse0504
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RDW
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cardfan212
2.69/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 12 ounce can.

Look - The blue and yellow color scheme on the can is fine, but I'm not too sold on the Latin America sun logo, and the lack of information is a bit disappointing.

Smell - Light grains and cut grass. Very faint earthy smells, not too much going on.

Taste - Immediate spike of a diluted slightly chocolatey malt and peppery hops that very quickly tames to a soda water plainness.

Feel - Thin body with low-mild carbonation contribute to the feeling of drinking a can of water.

Overall - Really boring and plain beer that doesn't do much for me. Would honestly prefer an AAL to this.

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Photo of joedvegas
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color and a good bit of haze, nice foamy head that lingers. Had to dig deep for some character on the nose. Got some melon, cucumber and pineapple. Taste was underwhelming as well. Hops trying to break thru on the front palate but not much there. Actually a balanced finish that wasn't bad. Beats the crap out of Miller Lite, but not much character outside of that. Probably a great slamming beer on a hot summer day. Didn't hate it but didn't do a lot for me.

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Photo of kkarimi
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ICTguy21
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JRed
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent golden straw body with white soapy Head. Aroma of floral notes, straw, light grass, and apple skins. Tastes of light grass, apple skins, honey crackers, light bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of entenduintransit
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bohuggabee
2.13/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

smell is almost non existent, what is there is a generic beer smell. the taste is generic beer mixed with a little citrus, quickly ending up like a cheap keystone light after 2 or 3 and if you don't take a break, you'll taste that the rest of the night. its an unexciting ale. the feel of the beer in your mouth is smooth though. its got a thick, almost creamy feel on your tongue. the only thing really enjoyable about the beer. the drunk feels standard, like any other beer and left me remembering why i don't drink new belgium like i used to. the company has sold out or cut quality to keep prices lower because inflation is ruining the country.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Dayblazer pours a golden color, nice sized lacing head, lots of bubbles. Grainy aroma with hints of honey. Flavor is cheap and grainy, with a hint of creamy honey at the end. Good body and feel. Overall the honey saves this beer.

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Photo of Grinky
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of isaac_barrow
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bluesfolk19
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean golden with a big white head of suds and a thick wall of lace.

Aroma: Sweet honeyed malts. Pleasant and fresh.

Taste: Sweet and toasty malty, like a lighter version of a Fat Tire almost. Keeps in the NB tradition. Solid but not one I plan to revisit.

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Photo of Act25
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dips into forgettable, saved by the addition of honey, which tho sweet works here in taste and finish/feel in the blonde ale.
a) Clear golden body, thick head with lace, but not much last or more.
s) Slight floral hops, cracker, tea.
t) Bigger, more sweet honey and fruit, with malt, cracker, and mainstream grain.
f) The honey adds and there's a bit of spruce and bitter interest to cleanse and finish clean.
o) Session this flavorful, refreshing beer.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ricochet
2.36/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light yellow with little head or lace and very little carbonation to support
S:Nothing in this department other than cooked grain and that was faint
M: Slight to mild bitter, more sour
T: This was a beer I'd be hard pressed to say was a beer at all. It was sour and bitter on the tongue, It has slightly sweet notes and maybe a slight bit of wheat. Not much else.
O: Clean ale? American Blonde? Drink it cold as a lawnmower beer? No challenge. More flavor than some Coors stuff, but for me, one and done.

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Dayblazer from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 312 ratings