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Santa Barbara Blonde | Santa Barbara Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Santa Barbara Brewing Company
California, United States
sbbrewco.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
16
Avg:
2.89
pDev:
31.49%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 16
Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at SBBC

The pour is pale golden in color with a white head. A sweet maltiness to begin. Floral hops, a touch of grass, and a bit of soap. There's also a touch of chlorine. The flavor is sweet cereal and a bit of bread. There is a definite soapy quality to it and the same tinge of chlorine. Some grass and lightly bitter hop notes, maybe a bit of floral hops. Really just kind of blah.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at Santa Barbara brewing. Paired with pizza. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head devoid of cream, but with decent thickness; retention is bad. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Light barley, with maybe some cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Too hoppy for a pilsner (they claim it's a pilsner on their menu). What were they thinking? It's bitter, but simple and wrong for the style. This is their flagship? Really? Poorly built for the style. Imbalanced.

Mf: A bit crisp, but also a touch coarse and dry. Doesn't at all suit the style or flavour.

Dr: The drinkability is okay, but the quality is low. I wouldn't get it again. This was a poor choice for their flagship; they have far better brews.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on tap yesterday at the SBCC on State Street. Picked their "flagship" and if this is it, it's not much to hang your hat on.

Appearance: Very pale and hardly any head, and carbonation was shockingly low for a tap brew. No lacing really at all.

Smell: Slight grain and grape, with a hint of hoppiness. Citrus is mild, but that's about it.

Taste: Almost honey-like sweetness was pleasant, but far too mild as there was hardly anything going on it taste. Limited amounts of grain, and I just found myself wishing for more the entire time.

Mouthfeel: Like water, super-thin and left hardly any aftertaste.

Drinkability: I plowed through this due to it not having much flavor, but I wasn't left wanting more after it was tapped. Pass on this, try something else, let's hope it's better than this.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another little beer I wont drink again.
Poured a light gold color, no head at all. Nose was a little honey, light citrus, lightly hopped.
Taste was average, nothign to write home about. Very watery with a sight hoppy finish but not drikable. Pass on it.

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Photo of charlzm
1.6/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Draft at brewery, 02/18/08.

Deathly pale pour with no carbonation or head after a couple of minutes. No aroma.

As thin a flavor as a macro, but no adjuncts, at least. Tiny bit of sweetness that finishes clean. No malt flavors, no hop character.

Why bother with this one? If you need thirst quenching on a summer day, a glass of water would probably be preferable. I don't want to sound bitchy, but there's almost nothing to this beer.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.72/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While I'm not a big fan of the Blonde, I did enjoy this one from Santa Barbara Brewing Company.

A - Light straw look with a little white head.
S - Smells strongly of unripened white grapes.
T - Mild yet persistent hop bite. Strong carbonation. Very lively with no overriding, dominant flavor.
M - Light.
D - Very. Nice hot summer dry drinker.

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Santa Barbara Blonde from Santa Barbara Brewing Company
2.89 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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