Dayblazer | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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

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Reviews by Lorenzai_Konstantinov:
Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
2.31/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this on a whim because I only had a couple dollars on me and wanted to grab a tall boy. I thought since it's from New Belgium it should be a good choice. After smelling it I decided to take a drink from the can and after doing that I decided not to bother pouring it in a glass. The nose is bready malt, and slightly toasted barley with just the smallest hint of bittering hops in there. The taste is well... what taste? I hadn't expected a beverage from New Belgium in which I would have to try so hard to discern flavors in. I can taste the malt, it tastes like a watered down amber ale. Just a hint of a darker malt flavor and an almost no hop finish. The feel? What feel, it's the feel of somewhat carbonated water. Overall, it's the second most flavorless beer I've ever had. It's not offensive and it doesn't appear to contain any adjuncts like corn or rice, but it also doesn't seem to contain much of anything really. When they say 'Easygoing Ale', they mean REALLY easy going. This is a weak weak offering and I expected more for three dollars. Rivals Walgreens beer. No I do not recommend.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light blonde color, 2 finger fluffy head.

Fruity esters, cracker, blonde malts on the nose.

Kind of tastes like Bud Light with buttered biscuits. Some floral hop action but not much.

Very light as per the style, slight chalk.

Overall probably won't be visiting again. Nice break into the brown paper bag market though.

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Photo of Beaver13
1.68/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

24 oz can. Pours clear light yellow with a creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet floral corny malts.

The flavor is sweet floral vegetal malts with a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, pretty bland golden ale...a step up from BMC.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a can of New Belgium's Dayblazer last week for $2.49 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something on the lighter side today and I thought I would take a chance on this new one from New Belgium, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a tall 25oz can into a Imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got an interesting design that's a little eye catching. It poured a nice golden color that took on more of a yellow color when held to the light with almost four fingers of chunky white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with a plastic and cardboard like aroma being the first to show up and that goes into a little bit of a soapy aroma. Up next comes a little bit of creamy aromas followed by some a little bit of estery yeast and it had just a slight fruity aroma. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a grainy, bready, pale malt and a little bit of adjunct like aroma. This beer doesn't have a great aroma, it's not horrible, but there are some off aspects.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the taste, but without the off aspects of the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart a malty, grainy, pale malts, light creamed corn and bready flavors with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's pretty much no hoppy flavors with no bitterness and a little more sweetness taking it's place and it had a very grainy and malty aftertaste. This isn't a great tasting beer, it didn't have any off flavors, but it lacked any complexity with only having some watery malty flavors.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, a little creamy, a little crisp, light bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this wasn't a great tasting beer and it's very average for the style. it wasn't really bad tasting or full of off flavors, but it did lack any complexity with only having some watery malt flavors. This beer had ok drinkability, I could drink this can, but I would start to get bored with it half way through. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were the easily the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the lack of complexity and balance, it's very one note. I wouldn't buy this beer again, and i might turn it down if i didn't want a very light beer. I can't say I recommend this one unless your looking for something that's more like a craft version of a Bud Light. All in all I was a little let down, I was hopping they would have at least a little bit of hops to balance out all those malts, but there was none to be found. It's one of my least favorite New Belgium beers and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time, this could use some work.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

was pretty disappointed in this beer. golden color some head. No taste whatsoever. Its like drinking water with no flavor or anything no smoothness, nothing. most bland beer i ever had

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Photo of GeoJ
1.56/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I generally like everything that New Belgium has to offer, but this one has me scratching my head.

First impression - look; "Ale? More like an adjunct lager"

Second impression - aroma; "Ale? More like an adjunct lager"

Third impression - taste; "Ale? More like etc etc etc"

Overall, if I didn't see this come out of a New Belgium can, I would think I was drinking any one of the mass-produced, crappy macro brews out there.

Incredibly disappointing offering , sorry to say.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I get what they're trying to do here, and it's a pretty good take on the style, but I also get how this one won't be for everyone. It is great on a hot summer day, no doubt. But for those who want more flavor in a beer, even in a session-style beer like this one, you might be disappointed. I don't know that I'd call it a blonde ale so much as a light lager, because the comparables on this website for blondes are different than what this beer is. So maybe let's reclassify it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i like the idea of "easygoing ale" and despite this kind of lacking in flavor, i think its underrated here, and serves a purpose, especially this time of year. its a real light beer, built almost like a pils might be at first, with a crackery light pale malt base and just a bit of hops to give it a crisping light bitterness in the finish, fresh but not at all unique. it almost just seems like a decent pils with the lager yeast missing, although for whatever reason, i really dont miss it, and find its relative simplicity kind of appealing in this situation. this will never ever be anyones favorite beer, thats a fact, but a light and crisp ale like this, so well carbonated and dry in the finish, and so delightfully plain, is nice from time to time, especially in the constant quest to prolong the session or the evening, slipping a few of these into the mix will do a person good. new belgium has really fallen off for me lately, moving from a pretty exciting and even at times experimental brewery into this operation so big and far from its roots that every new release is impossibly safe, i cant support that, and this beer is a prime example of it, but i dont hate the beer...

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.19/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A trade with Marty
Can dated 07 May 17 at 42 degrees. Served in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – moldy, very nasty when first poured, high gag factor. Fortunately, this rapidly fades leaving the aroma of air. Although, as the “beer” warms, a layer of corn stench hangs above the liquid.
Head large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, low density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular three to five mm ring with drag marks and a thin partial layer with a rocky island.
Lacing – none. Just the original drag marks from the receding head.
Body - light yellow, clear.
Flavor – malt and cracker. Very weak and the cracker fades, leaving only a malty water. If water tasted like this, you wouldn’t drink it.
Palate – light, watery, soft carbonation.

Well, at least it looks good anyway. New Belgium has succeeded in making a beer that makes Bud Lite smell and taste like a good craft offering. I’m going to go wash my mouth out with Lysol now.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 2, Flavor 2, Palate 3, Overall 2.

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Photo of tjwarren
1.64/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Obviously this one is not for me. I did not find it bad or objectionable, I got nothing from it. No aroma, no taste, nothing. Bud Light has more to offer me than this. And I hate to say that. I wanted to like it but I couldn't. Sorry New Belgium.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As advertised - an easy to drink, non-fussy beer that lends itself to a 15-pack.

On the plus side, could picture knocking back 4 or 5 at the pool on a summer day. On the other hand, it's simply not that interesting, and if you think too deeply about it, there's some weird yeasty aftertaste going on.

Sometimes you just want a beer to drink and not think about it - this fits the bill.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: bright gold filled with streams of moderately fast rising bubbles with a 1/2" frothy white cap with fair retention.

S: floral hops, cracker, light fruit, and some light tea.

T: sweet fruit and citrus with a gentle malt backbone. Malt flavors, primarily cracker, are low to moderately low, hop flavors are moderate, hop bitterness is moderate to moderately low. It ends dry and crisp with a touch of malt and bitter and a little tart juiciness.

F: The body is light to medium light and the carbonation is above average.

O: This is a flavorful, refreshing beer.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not much going on here but hey it's a low ABV blonde ale.

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Photo of dribblespit
4.46/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hello Hop Heads! This is one great drinking ale.

Not really very bitter, which is fine by me. Great "Beer" taste and smell. The smell is very subtle, very nice malt and some sweetness. My sinuses are pretty bad for discerning lemons and frosted "pancakes".

IMHO, this is what all AAL beer should strive for.

The price is all over the place at Food Lion. One day it's $13/15 and the next day it's $18/15. Food Lion tries but they do not understand beer. Obviously, I try to buy it at $13/15 but most of the time it's sold out by the time I get there.

If you are a HOP HOP HOPPY person, it's likely you wont' like this ale. And if you have no clue and compare this to Bud Lite, you need to get a grip and relearn beer and ale.

It's called Dayblazer, not Nightblazer for a reason. You could pound this all day. (Or night I guess). The reasonable 4.8% is in the sweet spot below 5%; easy to handle 6 or 8 in a short amount of time. Like at a party or show.

Recommended for someone who likes Pilsner, Light Lager or just good ale. Not bitter, nicely malty. The abv should not be an issue for most beer drinkers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OKbrew89
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dface
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jrammel01
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got a 24 at Canyon Golf Market in San Antonio yesterday. Love it. It was 89 degrees yesterday, so this really hit the spot. Can't wait to drink a mess of these (responsibly, of course) at the river this summer.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE: April 2, 2017... OCCASION: a beautiful fourth Sunday of Lent calls for a blast of liquid sunshine... GLASSWARE: Hobgoblin pint... pours a healthy three-finger head of white, frothy head, pure as rapids foam... lacing begins immediately and evenly... a full month before its "consume by" date, the nearly translucent sallow golden body kicks up a variation of bubble sizes and speeds... Saaz and noble hops play at the nostrils, as sweet biscuit and crisp cracker demand attention--quite snappy for a blond ale... pepper corn, licorice, lemon, bubblegum and lollipop provide a wider array of aromas than expected.... a malt backbone bolsters the lighter, pilsner-like hops that meet the teeth--at 4.8%, a treat to have this much strength in its delivery... medium-bodied, with a buzz of warmth and malt lingering at its finish... not as light as a blond might like to be... the purported honey is a whisper, while the citrus hops are a little muddled in the maltiness... lemon and grapefruit do indeed rise by mid-glass... refreshing to a point, this starts off promisingly, gives glimpses of likable character, and yet withholds something that will make it memorable... as it is, serviceable and sessionable, especially in 24-ounce cans...

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden color, white foam cap, pretty sticky.

A corn and grains filled nose, nicely malty. Slightly buttery. Seriously herbal and spicy.

A very subtle flavor, grains and corn mostly in the flavor. Clean, light and easy-breazy. Pretty much what I expected here.

The feel is very light and crispy, jazzy...perfect for a hot day.

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

Appearance - Pours clear and golden yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a mostly barren surface with a razor thin ring of suds along the edge of the glass. Fair lacing, with some broken lines and some spotting.

Smell - Honey-sweetened bread and just a hint of fruity citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Bready flavor kissed with a touch of honey. A trace of lemony citrus mid-taste before a light, easy finish.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of light-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Goes down with a decent slickness and is slightly dry in the finish.

Overall - This is about as light and generic a blonde ale as it gets. It's good, but beyond Beach and BBQ I couldn't see myself buying it for any other reason.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

New Belgium...I give these folks a lot of credit for starting me on my love of craft beer...some of their beverages are very good...this is not one if them...I expect that a session beer will be light on taste, but this thin concoction reminds me of Miller lite, not a crafty day drinking ale.

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Dayblazer from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 289 ratings