Bonito Blonde Ale
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Bonito Blonde AleBonito Blonde Ale
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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #284
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3.62 | pDev: 9.12%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Bonito Blonde AleBonito Blonde Ale
Notes: An approchable beer, with some substance. Our Bonito blonde ale is inspired by our perma-sunny days. This brew draws you in with its golden color and soft malt character, while the light mouthfeel and dry finish keeps you coming back. And what would set a San Diego blonde apart? A subtle hint of hops, naturally.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml can, from Helgø Meny Stadionparken. ABV is 4.5%. Pale golden colour, small white head. Sweetish and fruity aroma. The flavour is refreshing, slightly sweet, with hints of fruity and spicy hops. Okay, but really not much to write home about.

Dec 12, 2020
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks boring and smells cheap. Doesn't have anything going for it in the taste or texture department. This is a very weak beer, and tastes like the brewers skipped some important taste testings.

Jun 08, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This 12oz. can poured into a 20oz. weizen filled the glass with a huge pure white pillow of foam. The foam left a nice lacing and settled to a thin layer above the beer. The carbonation is above medium in this classic golden colored beer.
The aroma is light malts and citrus.
The flavor follows the aroma with a bit of pepper and pine spices.
The feel is less than medium with a medium carbonation with a crisp dry finish.
Overall this is an OK beer, but nothing special, an easy drinker.

Apr 06, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12-oz can needed a strong pour to reach a finger of soapy froth with average retention and ridges of lacing. Slightly hazy yellow straw color with rising bubbles.
Pale malt, bready yeast and faint herbal hops greet the nose.
Taste begins neutral and lightly bitter with faint citrus fruits. The middle changes to semi-sweet with pale malt and faint pear and plum flavor. The finish is semi-dry, quick and clean with faint hops. A malty smooth after taste is short lived.
Medium light body, above average carbonation. Silky smooth rich malty feel.
Low on hops and bitterness per style, a bit more malty than average. Easy balanced drink.

Jan 19, 2019
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NeilSilber1 from California

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow with white quick fading froth. Sweet golden ale with crisp sweet pear like accents make this an easy drinking summertime or late night ale.

Nov 23, 2018
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a tiny white head. Smells of sweet grain with a slight hint of citrus. Tastes of sweet grain with very small amount of citrus. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Nov 19, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden and slightly hazy with both large and small bubbles. Topped with a finger of white head.

Smells grapefruit and caramel, with a hint of red chilli pepper.

Tastes of caramel, halloween candy, and phenols.

Light body with lots of carbonation.

Got at BevMo, drinking in Redding Sept 16, 2018. Light, decent, and okay.

Sep 16, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is the sixer I picked up for the opener of Monday Night Football. Probably also one of the last blondes of the summer this year. This is pretty much as expected, with bread and butter notes and a light crispness that makes this easy to drink, although almost to much so. In body and flavor it reminds me of a light beer, which isn't the ideal. Fine, but not something to go in search of.

Sep 11, 2018
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psycHOPathy from Georgia

3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Semi clear orange yellow, minimal head
Ester, citrus rind, grain. Not a powerful nose
Grass, melon, grain, malt, corn, pepper
Light but abrasive mouthfeel
A decent light summer ale, but mouthfeel detracts from the drinkability

Sep 08, 2018
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Solid gold with white foamy head and good lacing.
N: Malt, hops, and some grain.
T: Follows the nose, grainy bite with mild hops and soft malt.
M: Light/Medium
O: A very drinkable ale, rich flavors but nothing too much for a hot day. Perfect pool beer.

Jul 20, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Above average carbonation that seems to fade fairly quickly.Aroma is very light,malt,grain, and a bit of citrus
Taste follows the aroma,not overpowering but still an enjoyable beer

Jul 01, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A medium golden color with a good deal more white cap than I usually get from a wheat ale.

Aroma of soft malt with some citrus touches. A mild sort of scent but a pleasant one.

Taste is soft malt at first followed by a dryish sort of citrus. Not tart and not sweet, rather nicely balanced in between. I get a definite hop hit in the back of the palate and lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium texture with more than average carbonation at first that quickly settles into a nice balance.

I like the oceanic theme because this reminds me of a beach beer. Mild yet flavorful, thirst quenching without screaming tart or hops at 'cha, very open, friendly and approachable.

Jun 03, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a light golden color with a sligth head and lacing
A-Aroma has hoppy and yeasty hints
T-The taste follows the nose with hoppy and yeasty flavors
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice blonde ale

May 14, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a can, this brew is a mostly clear gold colored liquid, with just a slight haze. The head is slim and white. The aroma has soft malt and a little citrus inspired hops. The taste is balanced, with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, it is a very approachable beer.

May 12, 2018
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear yellow color with a very small white head on top. Has a light malt and fruit smell to it. Get a light watered down malty flavor with hints of hops. Perfect beer for a hot day.

Jan 06, 2018
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blase1229 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is soft and mellow. Very easy to drink, and has no bite. It's our beer of the month, and is second to the BP: Fathom IPA. Worth the purchase, even during these cold days ahead.

Dec 14, 2017
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mjurney from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw color, slight haze. Highly carbonated. Thick bright-white head.

Sweet pale malts, slight fruit, crisp, hint of honey.

Sweet pale malts, white bread, slight biscuit. Hint of fruity yeast. Hop bitterness is mild, mostly citrus-spicy. Dry finish. Light-medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, dry, moderate carbonation.

I think is a great example of American Blonde Ale.

Nov 20, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Midlothian, poured into a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and an earthy quality.

T: Tasted of a fair shot of light malt notes, some good citrus fruit (lemon, in particular), a bit of the aforementioned earthy quality, and some hops (mostly in the finish). A lightweight, well done flavor. It won't win any prizes for complexity (what blonde ale will?), but it is sweet and refreshing.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a solid, easy to like beer. A good session brew. Drinkable.

Nov 04, 2017
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light to mid golden / blonde color. Average head, lots of carbonation. Aroma - hints of bitter, sweets, and spicy. A fairly light, smooth first couple of tastes but not seeming weak. A nice drinker with a steady, spicy flair. Though resembling a lager, it's down a different trail in terms of taste. (* Entered my rating from notes long after actually drinking the beer).

Oct 29, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

DATE: October 5, 2017... OCCASION: warm October night--time to drain the last of the summer stock... GLASSWARE: Abita pint... pours a clear, lively golden body and a white, bubbly head that resembles a sponge... a waft of lemon zest mingles with pine, light cracker malts, and grapefruit... attractive and a bit forward for a beer with 4.5% ABV... fizzy, lively as its look, with the texture of a sessions IPA... mellow at the end, with an endearing aftertaste... lemon, grapefruit, hay, and light pine make for a refreshing beer with "some substance," as the can suggests... smooth, solid beer here--definitely more than a rinser, though it drains rapidly without apology... a great throw-in to a mix-pack--especially a blind one, care of a break pack...

Oct 06, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, dated 17124
Golden body with a slight haze and a creamy off-white head. Aroma has some pale malt, faint citrus, and earthy grassy hop. More hop forward than expected: earthy & grassy hops set the tone; pale and possibly Munich malts add a nutty grain character. Lighter body, smooth with higher carbonation, finishing dry and somewhat bitter yet quite clean. I could drink this in the backyard anyday. Drinks easily with enough hop character to keep it interesting.

Sep 04, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Bonito Blonde Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "BO 7 17067 14:07"
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Obviously named for a beautiful fish, it's also a beautiful beer. Clear yellow-gold body beneath a finger-thick head of bright white that steadily settles to a thin surface covering. The lacing that's present could be much better but we'll see what happens later. The aroma is clean and malty sweet, lightly citrus-fruity, and mildly floral and grassy. The flavor follows with more depth. It's gently sweet, a bit spicy, and a touch fruity with some lime-like citrus upfront, balanced by a median bitterness across the middle, and then followed by a dry finish with some light grassiness. Nicely done. Perfectly balanced. Medium-light in body and crisp. Overall refreshing and easy to drink but with enough character to keep it interesting for more than one.

Aug 28, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a crisp and refreshing blonde ale here, almost lager-like in its lightness and capacity to quench, easy all day kind of stuff, but somewhat less flavorful than the best of the ballast point beers, but its rad that its in cans now, and i think the craft world needs more beer like this. golf course beer, boat beer, that sort of context makes this just right, but a warning too, this is far better when its pulled from a chest of ice and freezing, and really doesnt taste half as good when it warms up even a little bit, so drink quickly and grab another one! nice pale malt flavor to this, and a hop complexion thats mild and citrusy but without bitterness, and excellent carbonation. dry cereal, lemongrass, drying ale yeast, this is a slammer. despite all the changes that have gone on with these guys and the huge range of strange releases since then, i still like and admire a lot of their beers, they have a continuity through them that i think is endearing, and this blonde ale is well ahead of the field for what it is.

Aug 19, 2017
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: Head with low retention. Light straw color.

Nose: Mostly malt, hints of honey.

Taste: Ah, crisp citrus and a hop interplay. Bit of honey sweetness underneath, too.

Mouth: Smooth, light medium.

A blonde not unlike a pils (albeit an ale). Great beer for the summertime, light but not lacking in flavor.

Jul 27, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cracker and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of dryness and a touch of dryness in the finish.
O: There's nothing overly special about the taste of this beer, but there's at least a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 26, 2017
Bonito Blonde Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 203 ratings