Guinness Blonde American Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Blonde American LagerGuinness Blonde American Lager

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a decent blonde. A little more bitter than I was expecting, and there is just nothing special about it. Refreshing, but just OK. Slainte!

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Photo of MamashieldsMeow
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We found a six pack for $6.99, and since it is St Patrick's Day, we thought we would try this instead of our usual weekend afternoon easy drinker light blonde. I'm drinking one right now, and it is going down pretty easily and quickly, along with a bowl of ballpark peanuts. It's definitely a step up from a Miller or Bud, probably along the lines of a Sam Adams or Shiner Blonde. I think it will pair fairly well with the corned beef we are having for dinner. I won't likely buy it again unless it is on sale, but it's fun and better than decent for a St Patrick's Day lighter beer.

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Photo of Brewsome
4.77/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4.26/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle. Style: American Lager

A: Golden color, medium-high carbonation. Creamy head. Heavy lacing @1/4 full glass. Awesome for a lager. Served in chilled - not frozen glass will retain head so...ymmv.

S: Citrusy hop aroma.

T: With medium maltiness, nice mild hop flavor combination (Mosaic/Willmette) is focused of lemon, spice and citrus. Very clean, crisp and refreshing the way a Lager should be.

O: Excellent. My new go to lager from the crew at City Brewing - contracted by Guinness to brew this beer.

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Photo of Thy_Philosopher_King
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was very heavy, from the first drink to the end of the six pack, but the after taste was pleasant and acted like an epilogue that satisfied you until you had the next one open. It satiated the night with its boldness and smooth bluntness. i cannot really rate the look, i haven't had the chance to pour it yet.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

somewhat aggressive pour yields a clear golden appearance with a dense creamy white head with some big soapy bubbles on top... pretty excellent looking actually.

nose of lemon, grassy hops, sweet grain, some mild citric character coming from the hops - nice!

palate is similar, grainy malt notes, some grassy hops and a nice crisp finish, moutheel is water, but I can understand the appeal for an easy drinker on a hot day. overall pretty decent stuff.

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Photo of yotehtr1
2.44/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Looks great but disappointing flavor if your looking for an American style lager. I disagree with reviews claiming this tastes like Budweiser it's much more stout and somewhat bitter or at least not sweet like Bud, Michelob, or similar. This beer tastes a lot like a European beer which is fine if that's what you like but not my thing.

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Photo of William_Paul
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm a novice when it comes to beer (only 21), but this came off too much like an IPA. Too hoppy for a lager in my opinion, but overall not a bad light beer. Honestly not worth the price difference compared to the generic big brand cheap lagers in my opinion though.
Gets better the more you drink, hops start to dim. Either that or I'm getting buzzed.

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Photo of Beejala
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks God I didn't buy a six of this. Its in the league of Bud, Miller Light etc. If your real thirsty, this Beer is wet with a lot of tiny bubbles, slight bitterness after flavor, light beer for sure. I'm a smoker, have allergies to some degree. I feel my health conditions affect my sense of taste comparison so I look to IPA's as my drink of choice. Lager is passe to a degree. I would not buy this Lager If I can have Yuengling
Lager or the like. I agree with the other reviewer," If Guinness themselves would brew this beer and import it, I bet it would be much more likable.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Overall: OK, but a little odd. Doesn't seem to fit the style very well.

Look: Crystal clear. Foamy head. Dark for a blonde. Golden amber/new penny colored.
Smell: Faint grains, little else. A fruity, apple juice aroma.
Taste: Hard to pinpoint. Grainy, a little bready. A harsh, husky taste. Some fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick. Not the same drinkable, clean feel you might expect from an APL. A slight stickiness lingers.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a finger of soapy white head. The head has solid retention and settles into a film that rests atop the beer.

The aroma is very grainy and doughy. Some notes of grass and hops on the back end.

The flavor has lots of grain and honey, with some touches of bread and caramel. Finishes with some piney hops.

The feel is light bodied with very high carbonation. Crisp, yet smooth and creamy. The downside is the lingering metallic flavor at the end of each sip.

Overall, a surprisingly solid beer. I didn't expect much, but this beer is extremely drinkable and solidly flavorful.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This take on English meets American lager was alright but nothing spectacular. The smell was of bread dough, malt, and faint hops. The look was okay with decent creamy head and copper yellow appearance. Light-medium bodied with a solid finish but a lingering, unpleasant aftertaste. An okay beer for a gathering that's not Coors or Buds.

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Photo of beermachine1680
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watch your rearview mirror Leffe Blonde, here comes Guinness Blonde.

When you are unable to get your trappist beer fixing but want to drink a good beer , unlike say a beer with no soul, character like a Bud.

It's like Mazda making suvs. The soul of a sports car is there. And with this beer the soul of Guinness is there. I'am not a fan of drinking original Guinness Beers but I can appreciate the taste/complexity and have it from time to time. Glad to know that now I can enjoy this Guinness Blonde on a more frequent basis. Smooth, clean, medium body, balanced, no offensive aftertaste.... sounds like a good regular joe blonde lager....except it doesn't let you forget the amazing Guiness Yeast after each zip.....Nicely crafted beer

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Photo of BeerTv
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Guinness Blonde
(ABV: 5%) (IBU: 21)

The first “fusion” beer in Guinness’ brewing history. Combines the best European brewing techniques with the famous strain of Guinness yeast along with the finest American hops. This collaboration between Guinness in Ireland and the Latrobe Brewery in Pennsylvania created a unique American blonde lager.

AROMA – dough-like, white bready/cracker malt, spicy hops, sweet grain, grassy, lemon peel, faint pepper

APPEARANCE – deep amber golden, fluffy off-white head, decent head retention and moderate lacing

FLAVOR – biscuit malt, grainy, buttery cracker, honey sweetness, floral hops, yeasty fruitiness, lemon citrus, straw-like malt, slight hint of caramel and buttery corn

MOUTHFEEL - dry finish, strong crisp carbonation, medium bodied

OVERALL - an interesting fusion which definitely deserves a try out of curiosity; however, it would be nice to see what Guinness themselves would brew as an American Blonde Lager not in a collaboration.

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Photo of SteveS1111
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I would say this is a pretty good beer. It's crisp, clean, and refreshing. Some have said that it's like Guinness' version of Bud, but I definitely disagree. It's really quite good honestly, just as good as their stout, yet obviously a completely different sort of beer. The overall appearance is quite good, in terms of the head on the beer. The only downside is that I feel it's a bit overpriced, but the beer itself is pretty good.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright dark straw color with dense pearly activity. Thick foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of caramel and honey, lemon, sweet grains like barley and corn, faint apples and grapefruits, with some floral spices. Toffee sweetness, bitter dry hops, with feels of biscuits and toast. Slick and smooth full body with soft prickly carbonation. Light finish, lingering weak tropical fruits, sweet malts, and ending with light smoky leafy hops. Good freshness with a pleasant flowery mouth feel. The flavors are pretty good with decent balance and intensity. A nice try from Guinness for a lager, although it still feels more like an ale with all that hops and caramel feel. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dropped into a pint glass exhibits a clear dark gold colored body and some whitish head, sans lacing.
Malt aromas dominate,but there is a hint of citrus and bitter hop.
Flavors match.
Feel is light and clean rounded with a slight sweet malt finish.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color.
Smell is sweet and floral.
Taste is grainy malt with a hint of citrus.
Pretty average at best.

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Photo of Mumps
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this on a whim the other day, I've been dying to give it a go.
Pours a nice golden coppery color, with a thin creamy looking head. Decent lacing, not much retention. Smells floral-spice, pleasant but nothing extra ordinary. Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Tastes like a reasonable lager should, slightly floral with crisp malt to it.

Overall it's a solid middle of the road brew. I honestly expected more from Guinness, but I can't complain much. In the future however I think I will stick to my Boston Lager.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slight hazy copper. Smells of grain wheat and oat with a touch of honey. The taste is light and breast with wheat crackers and oats. A mild spicy grain finishes the flavor with rye, fennel, barley and pumpernickel, characteristic of the standard Guinness stout finish. The feel is probably the best part here as this beer is nicely balanced light and refreshing but with a complex grain texture and just a small amount of hop bitering to cleanse the palate. It's a lighter beer but never feels like they skimped on the flavor profile. Overall, much better than I expected. This beer deserves to exist on its own right, but still gives a very familiar nod to the original stout in the finish.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one brags about having mosaic & willamette hops. They are there, but too faint to brag about. A very good lager but not worth $10 for a 6 pack. :/

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice blonde from the Guinness Ltd company. Had it a couple time now and it is always a super nice beer to have in the refrigerator. The 5.0% ABV from the 355 ml bottle make it easy to drink all the time.

I like to have this one in the summer time. Like other blonde it is part of the family of beer I enjoy drinking once in a while, just after the whitbier.

The taste have a distiguish taste s the guinness draught, cannot describe it but I like thi taste. The smell is almost not present.

Overall, it is a must have beer.

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Photo of Gauss
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, this beer was a lot better than I was expecting. It's exactly what they went for: a standard American Lager, with a nice crisp taste. A little too carbonated to be great. But it's still good.

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Photo of BrandonzBradley
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer and I am glad I tried it but I guess expected a little more from Guiness.A refeshing - smooth beer to drink but the taste (mainly the aftertaste) is why I will not be buying this again. Not a bad taste but maybe just something that needs to be aquired. Lacking many flavors that could have made this a good beer, this has a taste that although feels nice drinking, is bitter and unpleasant. I hope this beer is not a representation of how all Irish think of American beer should taste! haha

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly tanned blonde color, with a very pleasant and neutral Willamette type hops aroma. The yeast matches this beer nicely,it's a bit dry, but drinkable, has the usual sour lager taste with the dryness exasperating the sourness. Not terrible for a beer from a big brewer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, some coded bottling information on the bottle it seems. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from my neighbors.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - It pours a coppery golden orange, bronze perhaps. One finger of frothy white head that stays a while, and leaves a nice surface skimming. Appears adequately carbonated. Decent clarity in the body. It looks pretty good, by all standards.

S - Aroma is comprised of floral hop presence and a bit of musty / dusty yeast & malt content. It's a little bland, but the floral aromatics from the Mosaic hops save this one. Crisp bready malt / lager yeast presence. Creamy. It smells good, for what it's worth.

T - Flavor is sweet & creamy. Sweetened / honeyed bread malts, pale / crystal malt tasting almost, and some good earthy / herbal / floral hop presence. Almost more of a pale ale status flavor, i don't pull any notes of grain or huskiness from this. As with the aroma, I'd say the Mosaic hops really do wonders for this. Maybe some light earthy green apple flavor near the end?

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy, medium-light bodied, easy drinking, with good carbonation.

Overall, it wasn't a knock out, but it was definitely better than i expected it to be, and light years ahead of cheap swill like Bud Light , Miller Lite, Coors Light, & Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Guinness Blonde American Lager -----3.5/5

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