Guinness Blonde Lager
Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Blonde LagerGuinness Blonde Lager
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Style:
Lager - American
ABV:
5%
Score:
75
Avg:
3.27 | pDev: 18.35%
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
1,295
From:
Guinness Ltd.
 
Ireland
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
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SCORE
75
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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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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

1.23/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thang goodness they don't brew this swill anymore!
Nothing like the Guinness Gold from long ago.
That was not too bad, tasting like a Guinness light.
This beer was just bad.

Oct 22, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in to a nonic glass.

Look- Clear golden amber color. modest bright white head that recedes quickly to a thin ring of foam, faint lacing. moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Caramel malt, some light orange and floral/grassy hop notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma with some light generic fruit and spice in the mix, fairly sweet. Pretty well balanced.

Feel- Pretty thin bodied and pretty crisp. Light carbonation on the tongue.

O- A local grocery store had this on sale left over from St. Paddy's Day so I thought I'd give it a shot. Rather mundane overall, not bad but nothing very good either.

Mar 30, 2020
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kookajamo from Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty run of the mill mass brewed blonde beer. To the guy a few reviews below who said this tastes like a grapefruit IPA... you might need to get your mental and tastebuds checked. Tiny bit of hop bite but other than that its your average blonde. Would drink it again with gusto but won't purchase.

Mar 26, 2020
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SergeantSuckdown from Virginia

3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. Pours a clear, golden color with a decent white head. Smells sweet, floral notes. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly with medium carbonation. Very light lacing as you suck it down, nothing too crazy. But the taste really does it for me. Very refreshing, crisp american-style lager that goes down easy. A superior bud light or budweiser, if you will - definitely pick this any day of the week. Not very hoppy, very faint citrus taste making it an easy go to for any occasion. Good quality, not a superstar or world-class lager, but I would definitely pick this beer up again.

Mar 26, 2020
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EmperorBatman from District of Columbia

3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft as part of a Happy Hour special, it was between either this or Yuengling.

Golden color with a soft foamy head. The taste starts like a typical European lager, somewhat bready and slightly sweet, solid mouthfeel. Then the surprise: some floral, citrusy modern hops perk up right before the swallow, helping the beer finish crisp.

A solid lager with an interesting, slightly hoppy twist that is not too excessive nor obvious.

Feb 20, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

2.99/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Out the bottle into a whisky glass. No pretense here, let's do the dang thing

Looks like a decent ale, rim of foam that sticks around. Smells like a near-beer version of malt liquor... i.e. not good. Taste has spice and harsh tones off the top, not what I expected. There's toasted grains, hops and adjunct junk, all combining into some kinda Frankenstein monster brew. The results are mixed..

This seems like a good beer to entice a budweiser drinking friend into trying more craft brews. Crushable, no off-tones when cold, some decent flavor tucked away in there as well. All in all it's not something I'd seek out, but I wouldn't mind seeing it in a cooler again

Feb 18, 2020
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It is what it is. A crisp lager.

One finger head. Clear straw gold color. Strong toasty, cereal overtones. Low bitterness; medium carbonation. A bit of a 'wooden' finish which brought this down a notch but overall a decent enough session.

Feb 13, 2020
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Aegelis from Delaware

1.67/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Ruined by a recipe change after changing brewing location. This used to be one of my favourite medium lagers, but now it tastes like a grapefruit seltzer I.Pee.A which something we just don't need another of here in the United States. I don't like wasting money on a 6 pack, but I don't have any enemies I can gift the remaining 5 bottles to. Guinness' integrity went down one notch so I'll have to keep a close eye on other 'improvements' to their ales.

Feb 01, 2020
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beerman42069

4.33/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how to explain this but to me it's comparable to a very high quality budweiser. For someone who loves a good lager, this beer hits the spot; its not too filling and not too hoppy. It makes me want to go to a baseball game.

Jan 21, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.74/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep yellow color that is clear and richly golden. A mild white head. SRM of 10. (3.75)

Aroma: Fairly strong aromas of orange citrus and some slight tropical melon and ripe pineapple. Some orange candy sweetness to finish. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor is lighter. More orange citrus. Some light grape and bubblegum. A touch of pear. I detect a Belgian yeast presence. Finishes light and slightly sweet. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strongly carbonated. Feels very much like a saison on the mouthfeel, but it's smoother and not as crisp. Very much like champagne. (3.50)

Overall: I had read previous reviews of too much carbonation. I was expecting a sweet and creamy beer, but this is not that. Rather it has a nice orange hop profile and a Belgian-type yeast presence. It also finishes slightly sweeter, yet strong carbonation. Very much feels like champagne. If I had to guess I would have put this in an ale category as a American pale ale or Belgian-like Saison. It's a decent beer though. (Final Rating: 3.74)

Nov 09, 2019
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BoiseBoiseBop from Texas

1.03/5  rDev -68.5%
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.

Sep 10, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Aug 23, 2019
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Sgt_1991 from Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Jun 17, 2019
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LarryLove81 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Apr 06, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

Apr 05, 2019
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izraelc from New York

3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Mar 15, 2019
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CiseroneMan from Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Mar 12, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Mar 04, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

G$*>£amn, I just read a review that referred to this as an ale. FFS!!! C’mon man, get your shit straight. It says lager on the FUKIN can.

Feb 23, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Feb 18, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Jan 25, 2019
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antuan_duan from Canada (MB)

4.12/5  rDev +26%
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.

Dec 15, 2018
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Dec 13, 2018
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OhMy from Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +46.8%
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.

Nov 07, 2018
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Oct 24, 2018
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