805 Blonde Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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805 Blonde Ale805 Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of colts9016
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass around 40 degrees.
A:Light gold color with really good clarity, The head is one finger thick, creamy white, and has fair retention. Some carbonation bubbles are visible.

N: Mild malty notes, with light toast and biscuit notes. The hops is subtle with some floral, citrus, and touch of pine.

T: Malty notes with light toasted, wheat, and biscuit flavor. The yeast is noticeable and medium hop profile. The is hops lean more towards a citrus and floral note. The malt lends a subtle sweetness to the beer.

M: The beer is slightly carbonated, with a mild/medium presents on the palate. The hops lend some bitterness.

O: I am not sure what to think of this beer is has an okay hop present with some bitterness. I like to have a bit more body in the beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

805 Blonde Ale has a thick, off-white head, a clear, burnished-gold appearance, some lazy, ascending bubbles, and minimal lacing left behind. Aroma is of of sweet bread crust, a touch of honey, and cracker. Bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and 805 Blonde Ale finishes crisp and easy going. RJT

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Photo of AlexHoss
4.39/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A golden smooth beer with gentle malt, a touch of graininess and a nice slightly spicy floral finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink but with the quality of a winning selection.
Got a pint at the Lion and Crown in Addison, TX. Found a new favorite. Cheers!

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Photo of mpyle
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold color, very clear. Pours nice creamy long lasting head.

Some initial corn like aroma. DMS seems unlikely, so cause unsure. Gentle lemon ester. No hop

Gentle malt flavor up front with some caramel. Not much hop flavor...very neutral and boring. Quite fruity - fermentation esters? Some hints of Belgian character.

Light med body and quite high carbonation. Carbonation detracts from experience for me.

Not sure what beer is supposed to be upon drinking. Seems malt and fermentation driven, without much overt hop presence. Pleasant but boring.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pint glass on tap at the Mac's Club in San Jose

L: Pours a clear light gold with a minimal head. A little bit of lacing on the glass as the beer went down.

S: Light nose with grain and a little floral presence.

T/F: Grain and malt are the most prominent flavors. A little sweet, not much hop presence. The finish is nice and dry, with good carbonation to add a little crispness.

O: Decent, easy drinking beer, although I find there are better options for lighter beer. A little too sweet for my everyday liking.

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

Had one after a 30 mile bike ride and man did it hit the spot. Would have liked to have tested the sessionability of this one, but unfortunately there was only one left. Refreshing, but not at all bland. Will definitely try again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My neighbor was most kind to bring this brew back from his Cali...and I like it. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent is faint yeast. The taste is evenly balanced and quite drinkable. There is a biscuit like base to make it interesting. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Kings Convenience in early April for $ 1.49. Packaged on 2-2-16.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is grainy with light floral hops.

Taste is grainy with a nice balance floral hop.

Feel is light and refreshing.

Overall this is a nice beer that is very easy to drink

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Los Agaves, Santa Barbara, CA

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and pale malts are present in the nose along with a bit of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has s little bit of bitterness. Hints of floral hops are present.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate and with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because it's not too heavy on palate. It pairs well with food.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at movie theater (poured into plastic cup, may have affected taste, etc.)

L - deep, golden amber with a good inch of bubbly foam, leaves a good even lacing.

S - honey, malt, slight vegetal earthiness, trace of hops, nothing special to take a whiff of.

T - sweet honey, biscuit malt, slight orange zest, dry hop finish that doesn't overpower.

F- medium bodied, sharp carbonation, but a nice balanced blonde.

O - likely wouldn't pay full price for a pint, a little too sticky sweet for my taste, but a decent blonde ale I'd try again at happy hour.

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Photo of Caj1
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface this review by stating that I had no idea what I was getting into with this beer when I bought it. I learned two things from it. First, always check BA if you don't know what it is. And second, don't judge a book by its cover (or a beer by its packaging, in this case.) I want it to be known that I'm not a fan of blonde ale, but I've had a few in my time and I know more or less when I have a stinker or a good one, so I'm going to be as objective as I can be in my ratings.

Anyway, I've gone on long enough. Time for the review.

Poured from a can with a mid-February brewing date into a tulip glass.

Appearance: a good, clean yellow with okay, pillowy head that doesn't overstay its welcome (mine dissipated generally in about two or three minutes) and slight lacing. Looks fairly average for a lighter ale.

Smell: very bready and not in a good way, just grain all around. Barely any smell of hops. Pretty one-note.

Taste: pretty grainy again, like a piece of good bread, but a bit too far on this end of the flavor spectrum. It does have some slight caramel and nut flavors, but not enough to suit me. Hops are an afterthought, maybe a whiff of grass is all I'm getting.

Mouthfeel: probably the best part about this beer, it does well not to be too cloying or sticky. It has decent carbonation and doesn't seem to overstay its welcome after the swallow. Crisp and refreshing, which I suppose a blonde ale should strive to be.

Overall, I think this could be a decent enough beer if you're knocking back the brewskis and trying not to get hammered, but I just feel like it could be a little bit better by rounding out the flavor profile. If I were going to have these flavors in my beer, I'd go for a lager.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of tzieser
4.48/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottles 2/16/16; poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

L- light amber/blonde in color, crystal clear with a fluffy white head that slowly dissipates into a thin lacing. A great looking beer.

S- malt forward aroma with notes of toasted bread, biscuit and grassy hops.

T- malted barley; more notes of bread and biscuit. subtle herbal hop bitterness keeps everything perfectly balanced. Refreshing, quenching and flavorful without being filling. An excellet yet difficult beer to brew. Well done

M- perfect mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish, almost zero aftertaste

O- probably the best "session ale" on the market. I rated this a bit higher to combat some of the moronic reviews here that think all beers should hop bombs. Pathetic that this beer does not get more respect. Recommended if you like beer that tastes like beer, not just hop tea.

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Photo of rontorreon
1.66/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Very disappointed. First bad FW I have had. Bottled on 2/16 so has no reason to be bland. Many alternatives at the same price point and more complete taste. Budweiser category.

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Photo of MikeCat
4.37/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at the Paso Robles Visitor's Center in March 2016.
L-Yellow and clear with tons of carbonation.
S-The usual suspects: biscuits and caramel.
T-Follows aroma with honey notes and a slight hop bite on back end.
M-Crisp, clean, and refreshing with just the right amount of carbonation for a session brew.
O-805 is Firestone-Walker's "Gateway Beer" for craft beer novices. Don't compare it to any other beer style, it is what it is. An excellent session beer for fishing, camping, softball, or any other outdoor activity.

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Photo of mpipe
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Meh, very disappointed. Pale yellow pour, white head with minimum lacing. Taste was mild grain with carbonation, exactly like a macro light beer. I would like to give this higher marks but it really was not good.

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Photo of gee0001
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Would I drink it again?: Yes. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it but I would definitely drink this if available and I wanted a light and refreshing blonde beer. I bought it at the local grocery store in a DIY 6-pack deal and enjoyed it. This beer is refreshingly easy to drink and would go well in any refrigerator for spring or summertime fun. The carbonation gives it a light sparkle and zip that you may enjoy. It isn’t remarkable for taste or drinkability otherwise.
Appearance: clear golden yellow with a white and bubbly head that disappears quickly to a faint lace.
Smell: clean and crisp fruity notes with very light citrus
Taste: This is a light blonde that feels fresh and lively to drink. Good summer beer or daily drinker if it is yoru style.
Mouthfeel: light and smooth easy drinker. Refreshingly easy to sip. Higher carbonation makes it fun.
Finish: Clean, semi-long after taste

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Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated 01/27/16
A - fluffy white head holds good retention atop a crystal clear golden colored body
S - light pale malt, earthy hops, slightly vegetal
T - very light flavors: pale malt, some white wine-like fruitiness, earthy hops, slight nuttiness
M - light and refreshing, finishes dry and fairly crisp, enticing frequent sips while being excellently drinkable
O - nice to see someone brewing a blonde ale. It seems like a long time since I've had one. This one doesn't have anything special about it, but I'd drink it again if given the chance.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from 03/15, 10 months old. Pours crystal clear, light golden color. Highly carbonated.

Aroma of light malts, very crisp. Thin body, taste is crisp and malty with some sneaky bitterness to balance this out.

Overall, there is nothing remarkable, but its a crisp and refreshing blonde that goes well with a hot day.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't know why I've waited so long to review this beer since out here on the west coast this is the go to blond ale. Pours a nice amber/yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Smells slightly fruity and tastes of very light hops, more pleasant malts with slight citrus flavours. Goes down way too smooth. Prost!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty yellow beer, virgin white head. Aroma was grain. Mild.

Taste was again a very mild grain presence, easy drinking, hydrating beer. Its a solid alternative to a bmc lager. Not exactly flavor country, order it for your friend who isn't a beer drinker.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Faint malt that has a lightly sweet aroma with light floral hops.

A: Golden yellow color, totally clear, with a moderate white head that settles into a thin film over the glass.

T: Clean, moderate malty and sweet, with light floral hops. There is a light hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is well attenuated and easy to drink.

O: Solid; pretty straight forward blonde that’s sessionable and certainly easy to drink.

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Photo of s4s
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the few American beers I've found which has flavor, yet is not overly hopped. The ABV is much lower than my norm, which is probably a good thing except I would probably just have another. At first I didn't notice citrus, but now it's more noticeable. I wish Optimator was still available at Trader Joe's!
-Let's string up the marketing bozos who think citrus belongs in beer.

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Photo of Voldigar
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a friend's fridge in Irvine, CA.

Look: Amber (like a gemstone), but leaning toward pale yellow. No haze, very little head, minimal visible carbonation.
Smell: Light fruit tone, pears, cucumbers, refreshing and simply smell.
Taste: Mildly sweet, very lager-like, pear hints match the smell. It's a little bit soapy. Not instantly impressive, but not bad.
Feel: Surprisingly thick, pleasing balance of carbonation and slide.

Overall: This is a good American Blonde that desires more complexity than it has. It's an easy drinker and pushes you to have a little more.

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Photo of SSS
2.42/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A-Super clear golden yellow, head disappears very quickly
S-Maybe a brief malt aroma, nothing to note...
M-Quite light and watery, carbonation low as well
T-This tastes like a standard commercial beer
O-I suppose I can understand the necessity for something to appeal to muted palates but this is a huge disappointment.

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

L: mostly pale, light golden hue. Minimal bubbles which fade relatively quickly

S: light bready yeastiness, brief hints of earthy/peppery noble hops

T: smooth and a touch of sweetness, quite bite of bitter up front which fades quickly

F: Smallest amount of lingering bitterness, creamy throughout and a crisp finish

O: Very sessionable golden ale, definitely perfect for a summer beer, hiking, etc.

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