Guinness Blonde Lager
Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Blonde LagerGuinness Blonde Lager
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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #456
ABV:
5%
Score:
75
Ranked #46,721
Avg:
3.26 | pDev: 18.4%
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
1,265
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Guinness Ltd.
 
Ireland
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Year-round
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Guinness Blonde LagerGuinness Blonde Lager
Notes: Formerly Guinness Blonde American Lager

Irish tradition meets American spirit in Guinness Blonde American lager. Complex and flavorful. Light, floral and alive with citrus. This beer is perfectly balanced with a lingering malt and biscuity finish. It’s the coming together of vibrant flavors, of character drawn from both sides of the pond. And it’s come a long way to get here.
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Reviews: 243 | Ratings: 1,265
Photo of BoiseBoiseBop
1.03/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

I like regular Guinness stout, but *this stuff looks like whats floating around in a stopped up public urinal and smells probably about the same. Tastes WEIRD..and disgusting with with some over ripe grapefruit and a rank aftertaste of deer corn and granulated sugar or cheap diabetic pancake syrup- toss in a couple of 1946 circulated pennies for some grungy copper metallic flavor and thin it out with some water from the East River . I find it offensive in every respect and I wouldn't drink it again if it was free let alone 10+ bucks at Specs.. Right proper pig swill.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually more tasty than I expected! Pours a dark golden colour, with a minimal head. Taste has some chalky feel with a tea taste, but not offensive...but definitely unique. Finish is the same tea finish with very little hoppiness.

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Photo of Sgt_1991
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The Guinness name attracted me to this at the local Piggly Wiggly. Average lager. Quite different than your average AAL but not a whole lot better. Taste and mouth feel where of earthy hops and citrus. Spoiled citrus.

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Photo of LarryLove81
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoined this. Surprised by the low ratings frankly. It’s not complex and it’s nothing like the darker Guinness beers first off. But It is very drinkable and quite tasty. I think this is a great product for someone who wants something of higher quality than the mass consumption stuff but something pretty approachable at same time.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle. Light amber color with some white head. Smells of citrus and sweet malts. Medium feel. Almost Belgian-style orange flavor with some spicy hops. Interesting and different from what I expected.

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Photo of izraelc
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love regular Guinness so I thought I would give this one a go. Much better than expected. It's a 70 degree day in March and this is a perfect fit. Pours golden with thick foam. Tastes crisp and citrusy. Finishes a little bitter. Goes down smooth. Cheers!

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Photo of CiseroneMan
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Color nice w/ heavy carbonation; pours w/ lots of head due to high carbonation; good lacing; taste a little too hoppy for a blonde;mouthfeel light w/ hops lingering

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just a bit thin, with average carbonation.
Aroma is malt ,citrus, grain, grass
Taste mostly follows aroma but is way more bitter and grassy than aroma suggested . I actually thought I made a mistake at first and was drinking an ipa.
Overall it was just okay but the bitterness was really off putting and didn't seem to fit the style

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Photo of gvickery
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks medium to dark gold. Solid two finger head when poured hard. Smell is citrus and slightly sweet. Taste is sweet full bodied with mostly lemon citrus with some lightly toasted malt. Wow this is very drinkable, even though it’s a lager it reminds me of an English style IPA. I was surprised to see this was brewed in Baltimore, I saw several YouTube reviews that said it was brewed in Ireland. The beer on the the reviews I saw were significantly darker than this is. I guess they revamped it and brew it here now. It’s still very solid and I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly nice lager with some light yeasty notes that I found to be quite pleasant. Pours a slightly darker yellow-orange color with just a little foamy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells faintly of malt, trace hops and some toasted nuttiness. Taste follows the nose, except that in the finish there’s definitely some light yeasty notes that made the beer a little more interesting. Smooth, mild, thin mouthfeel with good carbonation. Easy to drink and enjoy, not too bad at all!

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Easily my least favorite Guinness product. Would be a very good lager if made by another other brewery, but we are talking about f-ing Guinness here. I have this at just above average at 3.25.

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Photo of antuan_duan
4.12/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I fell in love with blondes and golden's due to this bear. It's very easy to drink cause it is slightly more malty (my preference). The aftertaste is what seals the deal, yeasty, low bitterness, and smooth. Overall a very enjoyable light beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a clear golden amber color and has a white fizzy head, that contains many large bubbles. It fizzles out very quickly and is noisy, disappearing completely, leaving behind what looks like Schwepps ginger ale, only with no fizzy top at all. There appears to be plenty of aggressive carbonation columns rising to the top of the liquid and there is no lacing either.....not a great looking beer.

S- Aromas that border adjunct and diacetyl-butter. There are some underlying notes of barley, perhaps some bread yeast, and faint endings of hop resin. Not really much else happening.....just smells like a better end budget lager.

T- Its not bad really.....there is a decent malt profile, showcasing some grainy sweetness. Some yeasty richness, subtle spice and a finish that is clean/grassy and slightly bitter. I don't taste any of the adjunct aromas found earlier either, which is a relief.

M/O- Light to medium in body, with plenty of palate scrubbing carbonation.....normal for this style and it maintains a crispness throughout the experience. I would say that the bitterness lingers on a little longer than I would like, but it's not a detractor. Drinkability is reasonably high and would serve well on a hot weather kind of day. Above average overall!

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Photo of OhMy
4.8/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I liked this beer. It had a full taste and the aftertaste was enjoyable. This is the first time I've had a Blonde, and I'll certainly drink another one. Tastes like a quality beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance
Pours to a thin white head that falls to a thin ring.
Aroma
Grainy malts and a whiff of hops and a touch of butter.
Flavor
Clean and grainy malt and spicy hops. Low to moderate bitterness. Somewhat dry.
Mouthfeel
Light MF and generous CO2
Overall
Clean, well made, a bit quirky and totally drinkable.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter fare beer from the storied brewers at St. James Gate. This is a good blend of Irish, English and American traditions. This gives a fair way to having a balanced beer. This one is stronger than a the draught stout, the hops give off a pleasant aroma, this is graham cracker sweetness finish.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one gave off a nice, white head that seemed particularly dense for the style. Nice and unexpected touch. The body was completely clear; light orange with just a ray of yellow in the backdrop.

Smell – Like or love American grain, but this is one of the purest examples of it that I’ve found. Leave it to the Irish to teach Americans how to make American lager.

Taste – The grain is in full effect at the taste. The flavor is well-rounded and lasting, and the lack of that putrid sweet grainy flavor that haunts many macro American efforts is completely absent.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied with a light, quality carbonation and very smooth.

Drinkability – This isn’t a style known for wowing beer advocates but they nailed it. A solid, quaffable American blonde all the way around.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is gold, transparent, not much effervescence, head is 1/2 inch deep and lingers well with some lacing.

Smell is sweet, grainy, fruity.

Taste is similar - sweet, grainy, light fruit - not much citrus as indicated; grassy hops, a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel is low to moderately carbonated, then strong malty sweetness - not cloying just strong sweet flavor, then quite bitter and strong on the tongue.

Overall a brew that is quite forgettable - seems more like an amber lager in its sweetness than a pale lager, but still not sure that style definition aids its perception.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours a golden amber with a really nice large head that lasts. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. Bready scent in the nose, bready taste in the mouth. Well made light lager!

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Photo of PMakowski
4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Light amber, almost gold, moderately carbonated. Decent foam head dissipates rather quick and only some lacing
Smell - Very interesting and different than i expected. Getting mostly orange rind some tart pineapple. Not too hoppy.
Taste - Very crisp, almost Belgium-style orange flavor but decent malt backbone. Do get some bite from the hops but not a barrage. Pick up some honey or caramel as well, certainly some sweetness but not too much. Definitely refreshing. For the amount of taste I would certainly grab this over other American Lagers. You can tell this was made with quality ingredients. i would prefer less carbonation but overall it hits the spot for me, very good beer gets a grade of A-

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Photo of jgido759
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tried straight out of the bottle (a mortal sin, I know), this beer, for me, fell somwhere between a Yeungling Lager and a Sam Adams Boston Lager. Probably better on tap, but I would drink again, if offered.

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Photo of Emperur
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decided to give it a shot since I've loved the Guinness brand for a long time. Wasn't the greatest beer I've ever had but far from the worst. More than likely won't be trying it again.

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Photo of airmedic88
2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

To be completely honest, if it did not have the Guinness name it would a perfectly acceptable beer. I like that they are trying to expand their beer types, but in my mind, Guinness is a Stout and anything that deviates from that will neve live up to my expectations.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.32/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear gold body, fine white head.

Smell - Mild corn.

Taste - Mild corn.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with clean effervescence. No astringency. Refreshing.

Overall - Great session beer.

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Photo of EMV
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 3 fingers of fizzy white head. Falls fast... great lacing.

S: Pretty mild.. light grains and faint hops. Slightly sweet cereals.

T/F: Follows the nose. Very light cereal grains. Slightly sweet... a bit of citrus and honey. Hopping more for bitterness/balance than flavor. Zesty carbonation. Light bodied.

O: A pretty unremarkable light lager. Clean and crisp... light on flavor but nothing bad going on. Good hot weather beer I suppose. Not much reason to pick it up. For what it is ... it suits a purpose.

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