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Guinness Blonde Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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#44,511
Reviews:
235
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1,245
pDev:
18.52%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,245 |  Reviews: 235
Reviews by Tarheel219:
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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

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Photo of Brenden
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color isn't really what I expect from a blonde, more of a dark yellow/light orange. The head seems a bit too bubbly and sprtizy at first but settles to a solid nearly half-finger of foam that sits nicely. Lacing is left in tight patching and spots.
I'm hoping to get more out of the nose than I do, but I just can't get much of anything. There's a little cracker,going bready, and a little herb.
The flavor is toasty off some pale fruit esters, bread and light kitchen-type herbal notes pulling into the middle.
It's crisp but too fluffy, definitely a little too much spritz to the light body. It could use a little cleaning up in the finish, too. Not bad though.

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Photo of Coemgen
1.69/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I found this undrinkable. I can't believe it was bottled under the Guinness Label.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2/5  rDev -38.3%

This beer is shite, harsh grain character dark golden color is the one redeeming quality...the label mentions Mosaic hops they must have used at least one hop cone in the boil...brewed under Guinness at Latrobe Brewing in PA...like most beer coming out of that facility these days this is pure shit beer. White foam fills the top of the glass, it looks good enough.

Aroma has a deep seated grain character nothing I want to smell in a beer, a bit of dank tea notes, no real hop character but there are Williamette, Mosaic, and Mt Hood hops in this beer the label tells me so. Maybe a touch of sulfur and some fruitiness, but that's it.

Flavor has harsh grainy off flavors, no redeemable qualities, sulfurous and again harsh on my palate.

Mouthfeel is astringent the carbonation is a bit much...I've yet to taste anything worse drinking from the Latrobe Brewing company since Rolling Rock was moved to an AB facility in New Jersey.

Overall, what's the point of a discovery series this bad. For the record I love well made lagers!!!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: strangely persistent head... crystal-clear, golden-amber liquid

S: artificially fruity, like Magic Hat #9... a little pissy... what did they put in this?!...

T: what American lager are they basing this off of?... dry, with a stemmy grassiness... the bitterness is rather high, seizing the front of the tongue, and tastes of the stems of flowers and weeds with perhaps an overtone of the innards of bitter orange peels - no real citrusy flavor though... lots of dry, delicately white-bread-toasty grain... remarkably similar to bobo Cheerios in the aftertaste

F: medium-light, but feels a good bit fuller due to the generous carbonation injected within... expect a few hearty belches

O: I don't know... took me a bit to peg it but, going sheerly on faint memories, this tastes like a fairly bitter-er, Lion's Head lager(?)... did they bitter with Mosaic here?!... what exactly were they going for?... 'rich and delicious' does not adequately describe this... I'd honestly, each and every time, prefer PBR or Piels over this

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Photo of PBbrews21
1.25/5  rDev -61.4%

Guiness should stick to what they know best, Irish stouts and draught, not American lagers. I had one and wouldn't recomend it to anyone

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Photo of djchrismac
1.7/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Just not a good beer. Looked forward to trying this. Highly disappointed.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Guinness Blonde American Lager has a thin-to-medium, white head, a little bit of splotchy lacing left on the glass, and a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, so this beer is not blonde at all. The aroma is of strong, grassy, peppery hops and brown bread crust, with some associated syrup. Taste is of sweet brown bread, bread crust, syrup, corn, and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Guinness Blonde American Lager finishes crisp, clean, and highly drinkable.

RJT

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Photo of flagmantho
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, golden hue with no haze and a lazy effervescence. Head pours a thin layer of frothy white foam. A bit dark for the style, but I love the color anyway.

Smell: a little sweet with a little honey-like aroma. Very light in intensity but nice enough.

Taste: lightly malty and lightly grainy with not a great deal of character. That said, it's not especially flawed. Hops are minimal in flavor and bitterness is very low, but that's not the end of the world.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess, especially for the style. I'm pleasantly surprised here.

Overall: pretty drinkable, and there's none of the lingering chemical aftertaste that you might expect of a lager made by a giant brewery. I could see putting down a lot of these in the right setting.

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Photo of rpmetzler
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very standard lager. Nothing amazing or unique. Exactly what you'd expect from Guiness' attempt at an American beer

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Photo of Qback5
4.36/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is what it is, an American style lager...and it is mighty fine in that family. This is my go-to summer brew. It is very drinkable yet unlike many in this class, has flavor to go with.

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Photo of bohuggabee
1/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

GOD DAMMIT! i am sick of being tricked into buy a pale ale. this is NOT a lager. it tastes like a complex, light pale ale and it pisses me off. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF PALE ALES, I'D PUT THAT FLAVOR PROFILE IN THE TRASH, OR SECTION IT OFF FROM THE REST OF THE GOOD TASTING BEER that way i can never have to taste a pale ale again...... its not even strong for being a pale ale. now i know why this was 13$ for a 12 pack at my liquor store, because guinness SHOULD STICK TO WHAT IT KNOWS. good beer is never cheap...don't fall for it

i give it a 1 overall but its more drinkable than standard pale beer, but i'm seriously pissed off. looked foreward to an afternoon drinking some good beer found cheap while slow baking ribs...im as mad as the time i bought this red something beer that was super strong and looked and sounded like it'd be good, to get home and find out its just a pale ale. there are no lagers nor are there ales when they taste like a pale ale...

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Photo of 88caprice
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Bvels710
1.21/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

How can anyone say this taste good? The beer taste like chalk with some sort of flavor. Just disgusting, no doubt about that.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Swifty's in Delmar, NY.

Pours a light amber, not really blonde, weirdly. There's a one and a half inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Doesn't really smell bad, per se, but it doesn't really smell like anything. Boring and nonexistent.

This is unoffensive, and boring. It tastes slightly sweet, I might be able to pick out some Mosaic hop flavor, kind of berry like flavors. A bit grainy. Just a bit boring. Not a whole lot going on.

This is light bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation, and a crisp mouthfeel.

Not a big winner here.

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Photo of Altoon88
1.66/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nasty aftertaste. Notes of smelly feet/aged gym socks. I have a case of this garbage that I will probably end up pouring out. Never tasted a beer so bad. Shame on you Guinness!!

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can served cold into a Guinness shaker pint. Purchased for about $2.75 CDN.

Appearance - Guinness blond lager pours a clear and rich dark golden color topped by a half finger of quickly receding head. Carbonation levels appear dotage and a soapy collar lingers around the edges of the glass for a while.

Smell - grassy and floral hops, some sweet caramel notes and just a bit of a sugary presence overtop all that.

Taste - relatively sweet with some interesting light and fruity flavours, hints of pear, apple and grape, going along with some sweet corn and a light sweet caramel profile. Pretty decent, easy to drink and completely forgettable.

Mouthfeel - good carbonation and feel, body is reasonably light, carbonation might be just a bit overdone.

Overall - a good but not great American pale lager, with good flavours and easy to drink. There's nothing awe inspiring that is likely to lead beer advocates to try this, but certainly serviceable for what it is.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me of Harp Lager quite a bit, but I don't like it as much.
Rich malt aroma with only hints of hops. Not holding the lager bite or sharpness of most this style.
Smallish white head for style but very dense. Very clear and golden to amber color.
Big feel for style and richer than most. Seem to get some diacetyl laying on the tongue. Soft hop flavor and only a little stronger on the bitterness. Carbonated at a higher level that's appropriate for style.
This isn't terrible. A bigger richer lager.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, copper color with less than one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: faint bread and caramel.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and bread, wait.....that's all, where are the hops? this is a total malt bomb, the hops that I can detect are earthy and metallic.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is not the worst beer I have had but it lacks carbonation and hops, the malt bill is pleasant enough but it's just unbalanced by the lack of a hop profile, I would not buy this again as there are far better beers in this style to be had, Guinness makes a great stout but as a brewer it's a "one trick pony".

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As the rest of the country couldn't jump off of the "American Lager" bandwagon faster if it were on fire, the competent brewers of Guinness find it high time to associate with the flailing style with their new "blonde" brand.

Deep but clearly golden, the sparkling ale sells its blonde notions while a cottony spritz of foam begin to pop. Honey, light caramel and fresh baking bread decorated the nose while faint floral and herbal notes support the malt. Its sweet taste is plump with grain, freshly kilned barley, honey and biscuit.

The middle palate proves to be just as juicy with malt, grain, bread and honey. As its taste trends toasty, lightly nutty and slim of caramel, its obvious that the floral hops, herbal grassiness and delicate bitter spices pale in comparison to the medium-bodied sweetness.

With the ale relaxing its sweetness, a drier and minty taste transpires. With just enough bitterness and earthen qualities to offset enough malt sweetness to prevent quick fatigue on the palate, the hops are largely an after thought. While the beer desperately wants to be a classic Vienna-style lager its adjuncts and lack of dedication to elegant malt structures become its crutch.

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Photo of dgthompson
1/5  rDev -69.1%

Horrible. As good as Guinness has been on their other beers, they went horribly wrong with this. It almost has no taste, and what taste it has is horrible. I will NEVER drink this again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

go figure, guinness makes a blonde american lager, so many things wrong with that if you are a traditionalist, but i guess they need something to compete with the other macros and crappy imports, read heineken and stella. the packaging says there is mosaic hops in here, which really has me curious, didnt know supply andprice point worked for such a big brand with that varietal, but apparently it does. not much of that new zealand fruitiness to the hops though, i can only barley get the mosaic in the nose. the beer is a shade darker than its new rivals, not yellow but brassy golden, and it has a lot of body too compared to those, which makes it better than them for me. its got some hops in the finish, but mostly bitterness, and a salted buttery cracker malt base that actually tastes like something other than adjuncts. frothy feel too, with expressive carbonation and a longer finish. in the context of what its competing against, i think its a great success actually. in the context of craft lager though, no, its not real great. for a macro i think it has every reason to do well.

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Photo of jettjon
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz into a pint glass. Clear golden-orange with thickish head upon vigorous pour. Quick fade to virtually nothing. No visible carbonation. Not much on the nose, a bit bready. Tastes bready, sweet with hints of diacetyl and apple juice. Mild hops finish. Feel is water, slightly crisp. Overall: OK, not bad but not especially good either. Would not seek out again, especially at a "premium beer" price.

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Photo of EMV
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Guinness Blonde is about as pale as standard Guinness is dark... which is to say, somewhat. Just as glints of ruby and clear patches disqualify the stout from truly being black, the lager has a burnished golden gleam that imparts a significant tan. Thankfully, there's no cascade of nitrogen-induced bubbles.

For a lager there's an awful lot of fruity esters kicking around - how long exactly was this lagered for? Or - I can't believe I'm even suggesting it - could I be smelling hops? No, can't be! Except that it is. Yup, the presence of flowers and citrus is discernible (and, according to their website, entirely intentional).

Sure enough, Guinness Blonde has palpable tastes of lemon and even blood orange, as well as the appropriately pithy bitterness to match. There's a delicate earthiness to the hops too, something easy to overlook given the biscuity notes of the malt and the lingering citrus flavour in the finish.

I'd love to see more hoppy lagers; lagers afford a level of refreshment ales can't always reach, despite that IPAs and the like are the ones with the most refreshing flavours (citrus, pine, tisane, tropical fruits). Combining the two is a win-win, and, credit where credit is due, Guinness has done a fair job at it.

That being said, don't expect this beer to compete with most American craft brews. It's not *that* impressive (nor, to be fair, is it that original). And of course there's some corn bread/syrup flavour, but for a collaboration with Latrobe, makers of the majestically awful Rolling Rock, this exceeds expectations.

Ironically, Guinness Blonde Lager has far more personality (not to mention body, texture, and flavour) than their ubiquitous, insipid stout. It says something about the success of craft beer that Guinness market a (relatively speaking) hoppy beer. Hopefully now they improve on the rest of their portfolio.

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Guinness Blonde Lager from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 1,245 ratings