805 Blonde Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

805 Blonde Ale805 Blonde Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #535
Ranked #45,823
3.49 | pDev: 15.47%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
805 Blonde Ale805 Blonde Ale
Notes: A light, refreshing blonde ale created for the laid back California lifestyle. Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by a touch of hops creating a versatile beer with a clean finish. 4.7% ABV and available wherever beer is sold if they don't have it, demand it.
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Photo of maddogruss
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a tall boy into a shaker glass.
A: pours dark gold body, pretty translucent, with a small white head with ok retention and lacing.
S: sweet, malt smell
T: sweet, malt taste; sweet toffee notes
M: light bodied and crisp
O: ok drinking beer; pretty good for a warm day.

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Photo of smbslt
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid, approachable beer. Its lack of flair is its charm. Nothing fancy. A good choice if you have to fill a cooler for a party of non-craft drinkers.

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Photo of love_death_and_beer
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tried this beer on tap at Silverheels in Frisco, CO. I had read about Firestone Walker a few months ago but being from the Southeast, I never thought I'd run across it. Blonde ales are a bit hit or miss for me, and to my limited knowledge, it tastes more like a light lager than a Blonde. It's full but not heavy, has a great, balanced taste, and a great nose and bready aftertaste that I love in a beer. Taking some home in my checked luggage.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice straw gold. No semblance of a head or lacing

S: Very weak smell of some biscuits, malt, grain

T: Nice mellow grain, malt, barley. Barely any hops

O: Passable and that's about it

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Photo of EJPA_0425
2.49/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not sure why a lot of people like this beer. Has an amberish golden blonde color with a decent head. Doesn't smell like anything special, almost like Heineken. Tastes light, easy to drink, and bready. Even though it's considered an ale it tastes more like a lager. Even though I much prefer heavier beers, I would recommend this to anyone who prefers light beers and can't stand the hoppy ones so good job for that.

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Photo of Advriderjoe
1.53/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

A simple blond beer. Nothing fancy. Found at Costco, figured I'd give it a try. Nothing really to rave about. Simple with minimal after taste or aromas. Cheers.

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Photo of mblakesley
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I haven't had this beer in a while but I remember liking it. But as I'm sipping it now, it mainly just seems... bland. It's got a wheaty taste and there's just not that much else going on. It's not bad, and I'm sure it'd be better with food or on a hot day, but wow is it not great either.

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Photo of bret27
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light clear straw yellow.
Light sweet floral scent.
Same with taste but with a hint of crisp hoppy-ness. Honey also.
Emphasis on light and friendly.
Reminiscent of St Pauli Girl without skunkiness. Basic blond.
Weak but I’m sure appropriate for blond style.

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Photo of Mekz91
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank straight from a bottle, the first few sips tasted like a slightly above average "regular" beer but reminded me of licking blood. Can't say too many people have tasted blood but blood has a very distinct taste and tongue feel AND the aftertaste of this beer was very reminiscent of licking a bloody wound out of curiousity but, not in a bad way. Blood is the currency of the soul, the vehicle of life, and this beer made blood taste good in my opinion

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Photo of Gordono
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker’s entry into mass-market appeal. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s a very good beer. A great beer for the price-point. I drink a lot of it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft: Poured a golden color ale with a medium size white foamy head with good retention and light acing. Aroma of clean cereal notes with some light residual sugar is refreshing. Taste is also dominated by clean cereal notes with some light residual sugar with a clean finish. Body is average with good carbonation. Nothing to write home about but clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at the Blackstone Golf Club on July 12, 2019. Look is clear light gold. Smell and taste is a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. Feel is clean and refreshing.

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Photo of sjrider
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle, clear medium gold with quickly dissipating white head,minimal lacing. Nose and taste are along the lines of most of the popular AAL choices if not a little tastier. There's sweet malt ,mild hops and a hint of yeast. Finish is almost dry. Easily drinkable , not a complicated brew. Is better than the lower ratings suggest.

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Photo of Thresher
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't a complex beer. It's easy to drink and has a lot of fizz. Anyone looking for a challenge should try something else. But if it's a hot day and you just got done with the lawn, this is a good beer to slake your thirst.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was way lighter than I was expecting, both in color and flavor. Most blondes tend to be at least a solid yellowish gold color, but this one almost looked like a mass market beer. It clearly wasn't one of those, but it wasn't what I expected. Still, once I got past the initial impression, it was crisp and clean but very mellow, and nothing complicated. I'd have this when it was 100 degrees out, or to counterbalance really heavy food. But it wasn't as good as some of their other offerings.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: smooth, creamy, slight sweet, caramel, clean finish. Mellow malty nose. Golden hue, Clear as crystal, white head and broken lattice of lace. Medium body. Easy drinker.

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Photo of timon
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not bad, but I'm disappointed. The clerk said "OH, I love this stuff blah blah blah". Meh. It smelled promising when poured. A slight German/Belgian vibe in there for a second. Then it flattened to a meh beer smell and look, and the taste is like Old E mixed 50/50 with a decent Belgian or German brew. Promising mix, but not realized. Just OK.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice

Two finger soapy white foam cap quickly recedes to a white foam layer

Clear golden liquid, big bubbles of carbonation

Slight clove and banana aroma

Light malt taste

Medium sudsing

Ok beer

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Photo of Hogus84
1/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I literally just made an account on this website to talk about how bad this beer is.

I've been drinking beer my whole life, and I'm not a big snob by any means. But this beer is just bud light in different packaging.

If it's not, color me F***ing Surprised. This beer is complete garbage. I'd rather lick the lower back of a fat man that just finished a triathlon.

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Photo of SeutoniusX
2.06/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best compliment I can give this : not water.

I think this beer's success has to do with marketing. Those from CA's central coast are reminded of their home (805 is their area code) but the taste is quite pallid.

Definitely not worth the calories.

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Photo of Impetuous
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bright, clear yellow gold body with medium white head which quickly dissipates, leaving very little lacing.

Flavors are light bread malts, with some citrus hops, followed by some weird bitterness that is unpleasant. Carbonation is heavy, as is the style.

It's ok.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer goes wonderfully with pizza or wings, as it's light, refreshing flavor doesn't distract from food. Simultaneously, it has a hard time if drank without any accompaniment, as it is rather tame, mild, and boring for a beer from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A rather light beer comparatively speaking. No appreciable aroma. The taste is good and I suppose it would make a fair session beer. As a Firestone Walker fan, I could buy this beer. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

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

Copper filtered with lots of fine bubbles, and a finger of white head.

Smells of skunk, malts, and dried hay.

Tastes of green hay and dry hay, malts, and cardboard.

Light body with lots of carbonation.

Drinking in Redding, Jan 20th, 2019. Meh.

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Photo of 8k7k6k5k4k
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew definitely has a better taste than many of the common beers you'd find at your local corner store. 805 had that distinctive IPA "hoppy" taste that was leaning more towards lower end of the spectrum of the small amount of Craft Beers that I've had, but the more full-bodied flavor made up for it. It's much more defined than many of the cheapo beers, goes down smoothly, and smells fairly nice when you crack it open.

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805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1121 ratings