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Blonde Ale - American
3.8 | pDev: 13.95%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 1,107 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BWED from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Golden, with good clarity. Head is a dense half inch pad of white. Good lacing.

S- Soft biscuity malt. Some citrus, lemon notes as well as stone fruit.

T- Pale malt, citrus and stone fruit.

M- Light body, crisp dryness finishes this well.

O- Solid. Good, light summer drinker. Recommend to your BMC friends.

Apr 26, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bright and yellow, 1/2" white head. Aroma was minimal, toasty spring like florals and grain.

Taste, high bitterness, light body, noble hopped. Aspects of lager. Not a bad spring beer.

Dec 25, 2015
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy amber color with a two finger thick head. A fairly passive looking beer with little carbonation activity.

As far as the taste goes, it's dominated by mild malt and a sweet fruitiness. Passion fruit comes to mind. The beer is very crisp, and incredibly drinkable. Carbonation is light, which suits my preference.

This is pretty damn close to a perfect summer ale. Despite the light feel, this has quite a lot of complexity. Kudos to New Belgium!

Sep 27, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle only.

S : cracker malts, lemon rind, orange zest.

T: some of the same, with melon notes and biscuit malt. Kolsch-like.

F : medium bodued but still refreshing.

O : I loved this Blonde Ale. Having it with a friend on his back patio, so the review is short and sweet. I'd rather savor the moment and conversation than bother with the review, but I had to take notes as I more than likely won't be buying it soon. However...I'd have it again.

Sep 03, 2015
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timontheroad from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 6/27/15. Clear dark golden color, thick and fluffy one finger head. Good retention and lace quite nicely. Grassy and piney aroma, with just a hint of cracker or bread. Just a hint of ester on the taste, followed by a nice piney taste and cracker flavors. Mouthfeel was thick and juicy and well carbonated. Overall, I wasn't expecting much from this beer and was pleasantly surprised, pretty good stuff, I can see why the Bros rated it the way they did.

Aug 24, 2015
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Myotus from Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 27Sep15) into a Mikasa ale glass.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter of a finger's worth of white foam that shrinks down to a single line within one minute. Pale yellowish orange in color. Bubbles are very scarce as is lacing.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of pale malts, apricot, ginger, and citrusy hops that entangle with a hint of caramlized malts.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong apricot flavors that brilliantly combine with mild citrusy hop and pale malt flavors. Mild ginger and a hint of carmalized malts enter immediately after as apricot flavors persist, but hop and pale malt flavors fade to subtle. Finally, a touch of oat enters the palate all while the citrus hop and pale malt flavors remain subtle, ginger and caramilzed malts grow a tad stronger, and of course the apricot flavors power through.
FEEL: Medium-bodied, highly carbonated yet very smooth. This beer has such a crisp finish, when you look up "crisp" in the dictionary, it shows a picture of Somersault.
NOTE: I had this beer previously in just the bottle and it was such a different taste compared to when I poured it in a glass. In the bottle, it is very hoppy and the apricot flavors are more difficult to detect.

Jul 18, 2015
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NCMatt from North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed out of the bottle. Personally, I can't see why it was given such a good rating from the Bros. Has the recipe changed since the Bro's 2011 rating? I'm hoping so, otherwise I can't understand his rationale. For me, this was a fine summer ale, but not complex in the slightest. Not offensive or bad, but nothing I'd normally seek out or care to drink. It's just... boring.

Jul 15, 2015
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VTR from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had been looking to try this for a light different summer beer. The mixed Folley packs just reached my area of Florida. Nose was citrus, piney, hops, little apricot, and maybe a little doughy. Taste was good. It pretty much followed the nose except some nice spiciness came through. The spices mixed with the apricot and melded very well together. I do not think the fruitiness was overpowering. This is a nice light beer that I wish was available more often and in a 6 pack so I don't have to buy other beers that I am not excited about. I will probably try to get more of these before the end of summer.

Jun 23, 2015
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babaracas from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear golden color with big fluffy white head, streaky lace down the glass. Smell: pale backing, note of sweet citrus, apricot, note of ginger. Taste: lots of apricot, a little orange citrus, spicy. Light bodied, crisp-ish finish. Nice summer beer.

Jun 20, 2015
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly chill hazed yellowish amber color, perhaps there is some suspended yeast in this one. The head starts off think, and is super white, dissipating fairly fast into a thin cover over the brew. The carbonation appears to be fine and the lacing is decent, with small patches of whispy foam clinging to the side of the glass. Good overall look!

S- Citrus like hops, from the Centennial variety, are prominent, with peach/apricot kernels blended in. There is also a fresh piney aroma on the back, that is subdued and balances a light biscuit aroma. Very nice!

T- Front loaded flavor, which includes a good dose of malt sweetness, balanced by citrus rind tartness that is mild and very natural in flavor. The hops on the finish keep this beer super refreshing and clean, not really leaving any lingering tastes on the palate. There is possibly some sweeter fruits such as nectarine/apricot in the profile as well....super nice taste overall!

M/O- Very smooth and leans into more of a medium body, this beer keeps the flavor close to the palate, and exits with a clean feeling that makes me crave more. I would think this is an excellent brew to enjoy with some spice such as a light Thai dish! I will definitely pick this up again when in Montana....highly recommended!

Jun 12, 2015
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Suds from Missouri

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A clear golden beer, a bit grainy, with a fresh hop smell...the charcuterie is restrained. Simple and straightforward, this beer is mildly fruity...citrus and apricot, and has a mild peppery hop flavor as well. Light to medium in body. Average.

May 17, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stange, as the Blonde Ale is supposedly similar to the Kölsch. Clear yellow in appearance, with virtually no bubbles apart from fluffy white head. Very pure. Very light nose of pale grains, with strong lemon scent. Same on the tongue, with grain weaker and lemon stronger. Maybe a little bready, and a little peppery, there are herbal or rindy hops in the linger/finish. Very comforting buttered bread aftertaste. Light- to medium-bodied with significantly higher level of carbonation than the appearance would indicate. Smooth, crisp, drinkable, and refreshing.

Glad I finally found this beer. There was no end in sight of Folly packs with Porch Swing as the Revival Beer. I started looking for this weeks ago. I was right to be worried as the same thing happened when the Folly pack had 2 Below. Saw that one twice. Snatched it up the second time. Then gone for good.

May 16, 2015
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Stella chalice

A: Crystal clear, golden yellow, 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head, tons of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the class. Head has very good retention before dissipating down and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Malty sweetness, floral, subtle doughy yeast, bright citrus. 3.75

T: Similar to the nose. Sweet malts, floral, yeasty, subtle fruity characters. 3.5

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, carbonation on the heavier end which is appropriate, drinkability is average. It leaves a distracting odd film in my mouth after each sip, which I’m not a big fan of. 3.5

O: Pretty solid Blonde. Not something I’m clamoring to have again, but a worthy beverage on this warm spring evening. 3.75

Apr 30, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lighter golden color with white head. Some bread, a little light fruit, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes fairly dry.

Nov 25, 2014
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Ryan011235 from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/28/12

A) Bright and shiny medium gold with a 2 1/2 finger cap of foam. The head doesn't hold save for a thin layer. There is, however, an impressive wall of speckled lace.

S) Clean grainy and citrus aroma. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, cracker and dusty yeast.

T) Juicy citrus leads off - lemon and tangerine. Undertones of tangy apple. Fruit aspects seem quite ripe. Lightly toasted grain and cracker. Grassy as it warms.

M) Lighter body with a moderately crisp feel. Subtle granular feel bleeds into appropriately average carbonation. Fairly clean finish.

D) Simple; pretty tasty and easy to drink.

Oct 17, 2013
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear filtered with a slight orange tinge, over the top lots of fine bubbled carbonation, 2 fingers of creamy white head with great retention like a marshmallow.

S: Citrus hops, pine needles, sweet light floral, honeydew melon, a bit of children's aspirin.

T: Light, flat ginger ale, the citrus hops and pine needles come through, watered down lemonade.

M: Light body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Very light, very refreshing. Love the art on the label, great bottle from New Belgium as always, great name that suits the brew. Good refreshing summer beer. Got it in NC, drinking it in China.

Jul 31, 2013
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, floral, some citrus. Taste is citrus, malts, a bit sweet, very easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Mar 02, 2013
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Offa from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good, solid pale ale.

Gold, big white head steadily shrinks to thin foamy top and foamy lace.

Aroma is nice, being grain, hay, lemon, light fruitiness ( mostly peach).

Taste is soft light sweetness with light herbal grassy bitterness, stronger at finish, peaches & hay up front, long grain-cracker-peach finish with hint of mineral water.

Dec 19, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks are owed to Kegatron for gifting me up with a bottle of this months ago that got lost in my fridge. 12oz into a sensory glass, the brew pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a finger of white froth. Rising bubbles maintain a silky smooth layering atop that is less than a finger. Some strings of webby lace stick to the glass.

The aroma has a fresh grainy quality about it. Lots of citrus notes reminiscent of coriander fill out most of the profile with a very faint herbal hop and zesty inclusion. As the brew warms up and more smells are taken, the brew has a bit of a grassy quality that fits with the whole theme.

The taste has an oily coriander inclusion that is lemony and a bit herbal. Some sweet grain inclusion provides a bit of a wheat-like base. Mildly tart with the lemon flavor that is on the verge of being almost perfume-like. The alcohol while timid is felt in this brew with an accenting perfume quality and minor fusel tinge.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is easily drinking but with a bit of an exaggerated coriander and lemony feel that I just didnt dig all that much. For a summertime offering, yeah I could see throwing a few of these back without much effort. But it isn't something I would pick if I was given options.

Dec 11, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Tart notes of apricot, wheat, and bread with some peppery notes.

T - Smooth, bready malt up front with some fruity tartness. Apricot and coriander in the middle and a finish of stone fruit, wheat, and light herbal hops.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad for what it is, though it is an odd one. The tartness is refreshing but the apricot flavor isn't to my liking.

Nov 01, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a clear bright deep golden body.

S: i almost get a smokey note out of this one with slight lemon sweetness and mostly a plae malt/barley base.

T: lots of honey and herbal notes, tart citrus hops, musty grains and malts.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is certainly drinkable and different in good ways. Wouldnt say I love it but can appreciate is appeal.

Nov 01, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a bright yellow appearance, slightly cloudy, tiny and thin white bubbles amass at the top in a small .25" kind of way on the top of the beer. Aroma was crisp, spring like, effervescent.

Taste, maybe Noble hops, high carbonation, really light body, miniscule tartness and a tiny amount of bitterness. I thought it was enjoyable in the summertime, I dunno how much I'd be down for this one in cold weather. Whatever the yeast presence brings, its light, dry and refreshing. Never a heavy aftertaste or flavor component that lingers. Dry grass, mild and tame lemon notes.

Perfect keep your edge stuff for disc golf, barbecues, tailgates etc. . .

Oct 12, 2012
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tut2528 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pour is a yellowosh-gold, pours about 1/2 fingers worth of head formation that is very carbonated and thus dissipates quickly. carbonation is easily seen and the brew is mildly transparent.

S: smells of honey, lemon, hops, big apricot fruitiness, and slight grain.

A: more graininess here than in the nose but its not overwhelming. the fruitiness, mainly the apricots, as well as the hops help create more balance in this brew.

M: very light on the tongue, high carbonation, goes down very quickly. doesn't leave much on the palate.

O: i prefer more complex brews that have a bigger body. i was given this by a family member so I am very grateful to have tried it. It would be a nice brew for anyone first starting out in the micro/craft brew world. It provides a nice touch of simplicity, yet at the same time adds a few characters to help the palate grow.

Oct 12, 2012
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baos from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice lacing over a golden body with the a tiny tiny bit of haze. The look of it is great. Nice lemony grassy taste and smell. This is a very refreshing summer ale. I'm having it in the wet fall right now, and its still almost perfect, but in the hot sun this one would be spot on.

Oct 04, 2012
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Bread, malt, bland. Some grass and lemon.

T-Bread toast, lemon, pilsner malts, no skunkiness or bitterness.

M-Light, mild carbonation and crisp.

O-A boring, bland beer. This did nothing for me. I could drink it again but I have no reason to

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