Somersault | New Belgium Brewing

very good
286 Reviews

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Todd on 04-11-2011

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Photo of doughanson78
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into 18oz. weizen glass.

A: Light golden color. Clear. Very bubbly 2 finger super white head. Just OK lacing. Lots of bubbles coming from bottom of the glass.

S: Some faint sweet malts, maybe caramel. Very light citrusy hops. Not much for smell. Very light.

T: Very light lemon. Faint clover. Faintly sweet. Faintly bitter. Very crisp and refreshing. VERY Chuggable! Not a huge taste but not bad.

M: Probably the best thing about this beer. Very crisp. Very refreshing. Light-bodied. Smooth. High carbonation, but it seems like a beer that should have that.

O: I was very thirsty when I was choosing what to review and out of all the beers I have, this one seemed the best for a hot day when your real thirsty. Definitely a good choice for that. Decent beer. Nothing to seek out or write home about.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Amberstone Bar & Grill inside the Red Lion Hotel in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear light orange color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Fat foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, honey, citrus, and slight apricot/peach notes. Taste is of sweet malt, citrus, apricot/peach and unfortunately a cooked veggie flavor which really detracts from the taste. There is a good level of carbonation with a bubbly and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, the veggie flavor in the taste kind of ruins the beer. I would be willing to try this from a bottle to see if the same thing happens again.

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Photo of corcoranjc
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: nice looking beer. golden, bright, head dissipates into an attractive lace on the glass. yum!

smell: woah. weird. well, weird for me. grainy for sure, but there's something else going on here, and i'm not sure i like a tart smell. interesting, but not making me want to take a huge sip or anything.

taste: woah redux. grains and tartness again. interesting again. not totally my cup of tea again, but i could see some really going for this. i appreciate that it's really like nothing i've ever had before, but it's not something i would necessarily go back for.

mouthfeel: fine. nothing spectacular, nothing terrible.

overall: i got a few of these in the summer mix twelver from NB. the first one i pretty much hated, and i'm reviewing the second one now. my opinion of the beer has definitely improved since my first taste of it, but it is not a beer i would buy on it's own in single, bomber, or sixpack format. a few in a twelve pack is just fine.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice honey color with about a half inch of head. The lacing is okay, head retention is minimal.

The smell is pretty grain centered, light and crispy, slight hint of citrus.

Lemon, light white bread and a slight clover honey sweetness. Little hint of flowers and grass. Very summerish. Little watery going down, just a touch thin for the style.

If I weren't hop crazed I'd drink this more this summer. Though I do have to say, pretty hoppy for a blonde ale. Good sitting by the pool brew.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Golden yellow. 1 Finger oc creamy head, lots of big bubbles. Slowly dissipates. Leaving some spotty lacing.

Smell-Sweet malts, some light citrus and earthy hops in there.

Taste-Sweet malts up front with a spicy citrusy lemon finish. Also getting some subtle pear. Finish is slightly skunky, average taste.

Mouthfeel-Light to medium bodied. Pretty highly carbonation. Drinkable, but not as drinkable and refreshing as you'd want out of a Blonde Ale.

Overall-Another good beer from New Belgium. Nothing to fight over though. Good summer, session beer, but not all that refreshing.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack from Fred Meyer, N.Salem store. $6.99 Clear deep golden beer..small yet persistent pure white head. Fruity lemon scents and nice malty hops..simple yet nice! Smmoth malty flavour with noticable apricot..the oats seem to help keep this from getting too sweet and thin. Actually a nice smooth palate..probably because the oats. Overall i liked this..yet another good summer "quaffer".

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw colored body with a lumpy eggshell cap that leaves some nice lace on the glass. Untoasted grain, citrus zest and herbal hops in the aroma. Mild but flavorful with a nice aggresive C-hop bite over a lean maltiness that falls just short of being really good but is a nice refeshing beer anyway. Soft, creamy mouthfeel no doubt from the addition of oats. A nice beer.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a copper-ish yellow with just about no head. Very clear, lots of carbonation bubbles. Not very impressed by the looks.

The smell is very light, slightly sweet with some very light hops. Pretty decent.

Flavor is light and bready with a slight citrus touch. Finishes very clean, with only a touch of hops. Very very good stuff.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, but it is still smooth. By now the carbonation is pretty much gone.

Overall, this is really excellently drinkable stuff. I will definitely get this again some other time.

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Photo of kflorence
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, golden color with slight copper and amber tints. Not much head on this one, but it does stick around for awhile and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Carbonation levels look great. Inviting for a blonde ale.

S: Smells sweet, overall. Notes of light hop citrus and maybe a bit of honey. Malts are subtle, more like caramelized sugar and butter than toasty. There are some light fruit smells in there too, maybe pear or apricot. Tad bit of rubber.

T: Similar to the aroma. Light hop citrus with some other fruits, a bit of yeast and other bready flavors. There is a bit of spice in there that I can't pinpoint (New Belgium says ginger root, that's probably it). Simple, but effective.

M: Light bodied with an almost perfect level of carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy with the slightest hint of creaminess.

O: Overall, this is a great summer session beer that has a simple, but strong palate. It's tasty enough to please those seeking more from a beer than the buzz, but subtle enough to be gentle on the stomach and thirst quenching. Cheers!

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass while relaxing on vacation...

Clear and bright, yellowy gold color with fluffy white head. Good retention, but amazing lacing.
Smells light and mild on the malt with a little lemony citrus hop note. Pretty dry and crisp finish is nice and clean with a touch of bitterness. A light grassy earthiness comes through too.
This drinks pretty easily. The style is the craft version of Light Lager-- just more flavor. This beer is a good example of a good brewery making a good beer that has mass appeal. This is an excellent summertime beer that would be enjoyed by Pliny AND Bud fans.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very crisp transparent gold with 3 fingers of bright white creamy head. Got some really good lacing. This is a beautiful beer. The bubbles are exploding up to the top of the glass like a mini A-bomb got dropped in my glass. Very enticing

Smells yeasty but in a fresh baked bread kind of smell with faint apricot notes. It smells very sweet and inviting. Maybe some grassy/floral hops... but very faint

The taste follows the nose but with some spice added to it. Bready, sweet but subtle apricot notes and a very very subdued pine/floral hop finish.

Light bodied and very refreshing. Very crisp and carbonated with a sweet semi drying aftertaste

Overall this was an excellent summer beer. Nothing over the top, just a very refreshing brew. I really liked the subtle apricot and how easy this beer went down. Definitely worth picking up a sixer. Now I just need New Belgium to can this beer so I can take it with me everywhere I go this summer.

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Photo of tito42
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by 18 SEP 2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Clear gold with very active carbonation and a white, foamy head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt, lemon, and biscuit.

T: Malty and smooth with a strong lemon presence and an apricot tartness. A very slight peppery kick. Just a touch of hops at the finish.

M: Light bodied without being watered down. Extremely drinkable.

O: Will be taking the rest of this sixer to the ballpark tomorrow. I enjoy this much more than any American Pale Wheat Ale I've tried, but it has all the summertime drinkability and lemon presence that many folks flock too during the hot months. This could be a summer staple for me.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In place of Skinny Dip, this is NB's summer beer.

Pours a light peach. Clear and clean looking. Head seems forced, light and sparse

Aroma is fruity, but very light. Soft bread in the back ground. Slight spice. I think the fruitiness is apricot, my buddy says lemon.

Light flavor. There's enough malt to give it strength but not enough to give more than a soft biscuit impression. It fades when the light fruit comes in. I still say apricot, perhaps with spearmint or some other spice provided lightness to the fruit.
Somewhat crisp. For style this is pretty good. For me, it'd have to be a blazing hot day to drink it..just for the lightness of taste.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - golden in color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-khaki colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Slight citrus aroma, which makes sense after reading the label. I noticed something else that must be the apricots, but I couldn't pick it out of the aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel - smooth citrus flavor, enhanced and noticeable apricot flavor in the taste, slight bitterness at the end, but not as much of a hoppy bitterness than the kind that you actually get from eating something like a grapefruit. Tastes very "real". Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall - a very interesting beer..not as much in concept but more in its actual taste.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - super clear golden-straw color with a fantastic head that leaves a chunky head and lace

S - citrus and floral hop aroma with a hint a malt and moderate yeast esters and spicy phenols as it warms up

T - modest malt with spicy and citrus-like hop flavor from start to finish with a slight bitterness on the finish

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

O - This is a decent enough session beer, but the extreme hop flavor and yeast profile for the style make it not as refreshing as other versions of the style. This beer is a bit out-of-balance for a summer thirst-quencher.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a coppery golden color with a finger of white head that fades within a minute or two. Small amounts of lacing on the glass. Slow, lazy bubbles come up from the laser etching on the bottom of the snifter.

S - Smells of sweet malt and honey as well as citrusy and floral hops. Like an IPA with a dollop of raw, spicy honey in it.

T - Honey sweetness and mild hop bitterness up front. This gives way to a very interesting mix of biscuit-like flavor mingled with hints of tropical fruits and citrus. Leaves a pleasant tang on the back of the tongue and is slightly dry but refreshing. Great summer beer!

M - Crisp carbonation. Medium-to-thin body with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall, I have to say my expectations are far exceeded with this new offering from New Belgium. I think I may have found my summer beer! I love how drinkable it is and yet the flavor profile strays just far enough away from the generic light and sweet pale summer beers to keep things interesting.

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Photo of swooshjtb
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a bottle into a pint glass.

Somersault pours a golden color without much of a head and without much lacing on the way down.

It smells bright with hints of citrus, grains, and floral hops. The initial taste is one of citrus and grain with hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is bright, balanced, and well-carbonated.

Overall, this is a decent summer offering that is drinkable, especially on a hot summer day. However, it is lacking in taste compared to other summer offerings.

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Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold in color. Absolutely crystal clear. Nice white head head on this.

S: Very light in flavor. There are some nice wheat bread smells as well as a good amount of citrus notes. A slight herbal scent as well.

T: A nice hoppyness that melds well with a fruity character. Some floral and herbal notes.

M: Light in body, a bit of a creamy mouthfeel, and very lively carbonation.

O: Overall tasty, this would be a nice summer brew. Although it is fairly forgettable. It matches the style well, but is not something I would get very often.

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Photo of CEversole
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer yesterday. This is the first summer seasonal I've had this year.

Appearance: Just like the style implies, blonde. A golden, and very clear appearance.

Smell: Very citrus-like aroma, earthy tones as well as some floral notes.

Taste: About the same as the smell, you can really taste the hops which is perfect for the target season. There is a bite toward the end that I cannot quite place. Suggestions? Great after being in the sun, bring on the summertime!! I would expect no less from New Belgium. Great beer.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp, this is perfect for a summer beer. Goes down very easily. I personally dont care for "heavy" or "thick" beers in the summer (Which is contiguous with winter stouts and ales.)

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Photo of kristofferjay
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale has honey golden color with a head that clings for a long time. The smell is bright with a hint of complexity. The flavor has a medium body but a lot of balance between bitter and sweet and maltiness. The flavor stays on the tongue for a long time and continues to get better sip by sip. This is a fantastic session ale.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a golden hay color into my SA Summer glass. Quite clear with slight head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Slight floral hop character, pine, citrus aromas, and some bready malts.

Taste – A hint of citrus up front which includes melons and lemon zest. Pine, grass, and floral hops are in abundance. Nice pale, sweet malts at the end.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, plenty of carbonation, crisp, clean bite.

Overall – I will be picking this up again. A great summer beer and one packed with flavor. Easy to quaff, and quenches the thirst.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the first thing that really catches me off guard about this beer is the nose....i have never smelled that in a beer before....a light and fluffy slightly spicy nose....i would image its the ginger, apricot, and centennial hops

the spiciness from the ginger really comes through in the taste, a bit overpowering....and its seems to linger for a while...the taste is pretty good but i think its the feel that i don't like...

overall not bad beer....they could go a little bit lighter on the ginger but other than that...

good job new belgium

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a clear coppery orange amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and slightly fruit-sweet. Crisp, mainly fruity is almost like a dry cider, but it has malty and wheaty undertones as well as just a hint of lemon. Texture is fizzy and lively - a great way to welcome summer.

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Photo of jcartwright
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear bright yellow gold color with just a hint of orange. Had about an inch of bright white head which quickly gets out of your way.

The nose is faint: floral with a touch of lemon.

A very smooth beer. Very nice mouthfeel. Bright and crisp with the lemony citrus the aroma promised you. The finish is a slight hoppy bite that (like summer itself) fades quickly on the tongue and leaves you longing for more.

I will definitely be enjoying several Somersaults this summer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden rod yellow, 2 finger fluffy head, wonderful lacing

S: mild lemon, floral, hint of pine, malt

T: ginger, citrus (peach), malt, nice firm low subtle piney bitter finish

M: light/med body, good carbonation, dry finish

O: Very nice surprise! Usually Blondes are not my thing,
but this is a great summer/session/BBQ beer.
I would love to get more for next family food fest.


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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
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