Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #288
Ranked #28,428
3.49 | pDev: 15.47%
Sep 20, 2022
May 22, 2012
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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Reviewed by JesseJames81 from California

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear golden color. A white foam head lacking in retention. A little bit of lacing left behind. Medium to high carbonation.

Aroma of aluminum and malts. Kinda like creamed corn.

Taste: Banana, water, light malts.

Overall: nothing special. Reminds me of light beer. I guess it's better than your regular adjunct loggers, but nothing to write home about. It's only real saving Grace would be it's incredible drinkability on the count of how light it is.
Sep 20, 2022
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Reviewed by littledogbigtrouble

3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I like light beers, and sometimes good ones are hard to find in Sac; so this oftentimes ends up being my go-to when having a night out on the town. Solid choice every time.
Sep 11, 2022
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Rated by cakebutt

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
it's okay, malty and a little hoppy. not too bitter.
Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by cold_beer

Aug 08, 2022
Rated: 4.11 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 3.46 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

May 02, 2022
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Rated by erickc from Washington

3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had on tap at Bulldog Saloon Lynnwood, WA
Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by hakume

4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A nice, smooth, and sweet ale. Pours a dull dark amber. Smells mostly of bananas and malt. Not much hop flavor here, just a touch of bitterness over predominantly sweet flavor. Crisp, crushable, and pairs with food well.
Feb 17, 2022
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had 805 at Tarla Mediterranean Grill, Napa, Cal., on draft into tumbler.

Pours light gold with clarity and 1-finger creamy off-white head, with good retention, leaving nice Belgian lace etched down the glass. Nice citrus and apple aroma off pour, joined by some sweet spice as warms. Begins with mild carbonation and sweetness, then citrus, apple and spice per the aromas, and a bit of hop bite for a crisp finish.

California's standard food-accompanying beer.
Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by AcidCatfish

4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Had it on draft at a bar. Poured in a 12oz glass, shaped like a can.

Look - Nice, light gold. Almost pilsner-esque. Nice creamy head, off-white. The head has some staying power as well. A beautiful-looking beer. The Head is only one finger thick. Not a rocky head, tight bubbles making the head look more like a pillow or some cream on top. Lacing looks more like remnants of bubbles rather than an actual lace you'd expect in a beer.

Smell - Rosaceae fruits, esters of banana, cereal malt. Not varied in scent.

Taste - Tastes a lot better than it smells. I pick up on granny smith apple notes, slight sweetish-tartness. Some flavor of tangerine mingling there, but not too much at all. Later comes the malt presence; biscuity and sweet. Little hop bitterness - this is not a hop-forward beer but hops that are there easily balance out the malt nicely. Pretty crushable.

Feel - Nice, light, refreshing, and crisp. The head was like a pillow on my lip at first when I was drinking. I got some tingle on my tongue which was enjoyable. It goes down easy and doesn't leave you feeling bloated.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I'd much rather drink this over macro adjuncts for a light and highly drinkable beer. You don't want to think about your beer? This is a perfect choice for a just "I'm gonna relax and drink" sort of brew. I'd be happy to pick up a six-pack of this; however, I love hop-forward beers too much to actually go through with buying this. Very good on draft, so I may have to buy a can/bottle just to see if my opinion changes. Recommend this.
Jan 28, 2022
Rated by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The college go to with friends.
Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(24 oz can, canned on 10/06/21; purchased cold single at Maui in Tucson... poured into a 16 oz nonic)

L: polished-clear, gold liquid; fleeting, crystalline, off-white head... practically no collar and nil on the lace

S: ripening banana, honey cracker, touch of orange peel, hint of herbal grain grass... weak, gravelly; note of golden roll crust

T: kinda malt liquor-ish; little hop presence, almost sub-detectable bitterness, maybe a leafy, mildly peppery character in the finish... mellow malt base with a delicate toasted sugar envelope; little underlying sweetness

F: subtle roundness to its light body, perhaps from its spritzy carbonation gassing off fast... weightless, almost watery finish... little lingering presence outside of a soft, peppery warmth and mildly acidic agitation of the taste buds

O: not sure I can get this out east... didn't have any expectations, but I can see why this is a big seller, because it has basic, mass appeal... to hell with brand loyalty though, I'd rather have an OE or Steel Reserve (1846)
Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by wadamslll

3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Really wanted to like this. Everyone raves about it. But it’s a very weak ale. I can’t put a finger on it save to say Fry’s had a good deal on a 12 pack, but now I got 11 more to limber thru. Got a friend coming over to jam Sunday, he likes it, so will gift it to him…..

….well, gave it a few more and while I shall not buy this beer again, it’s decent enough. Don’t think it has enough hops. Up next is Sierra Nevada pale ale. That should help cleanse the pallet.
Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4 by scottyshades from Florida

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L- Transparent deep gold color, little head no lace
N- Light grain and not much else
T- Really delicate grain with just a hint of hops, less sweet than I was expecting and that is a good thing. Nice tang on the finish
M- Clean, smooth, low to mid carbonation. Slick without being cloying and light to medium mouthfeel
O- Really well done crushable beer. Will pick up more and add to my notes, but great first impressions.
Oct 27, 2021
Rated: 3.53 by santig0nzalez from Paraguay

Oct 20, 2021
Rated: 3.43 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Oct 04, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by emwilke from Nevada

Sep 18, 2021
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Reviewed by GoStars from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I'm not a beer snob so I'm not going to go into a long winded review. I like beer. Micros, macros, IPAs, Lagers....etc.
That being said...this beef is great. Smooth with a hint of hops and citrus. Good session beer. Not over done with fake lime flavor like some. Very good back yard bbq beer.
Sep 15, 2021
Rated: 3.91 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Sep 10, 2021
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Rated by nick_perry from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Yellow color. Thin white head. Sweet malt. Wheat notes. Strong carbonation. Not bad, but not much to it.
Sep 10, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by dbauer from California

Sep 08, 2021
Rated: 3.47 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Sep 04, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by QuintusHorace from California

Aug 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Excellent head production, decent retention, and nice lacing. Body is a vibrant gold color.

Fairly clean malt-forward aroma, with a light touch of floral and piney hops; light toast. Not a ton going on, but it's pleasant.

Not just inoffensive, but quite pleasant. Malt forward, but with balancing hops that maintain drinkability without providing much flavor on their own. Straw, white bready dough, honey, grass, and just a bit of pine. Fairly crushable, which should be expected given the ABV, but it manages to come across as more full bodied than any session IPA - which has me wondering what brewers of blonde ales and lagers have figured out that seems to elude session IPA brewers.

This would be a nice alternative to a standard AAL, a different style of beer filling the same niche, but doing it better.
Aug 02, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Jul 27, 2021
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical glass; no production information.
A: Pours a crystal clear, light amber color with a one finger, off-white head, rim retention, and modest lacing.
S: Aromas of banana and maybe lemongrass, honeysuckle.
T: Dry. Palate follows the nose. Bitterness light and balanced.
M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Drinks very cleanly.
O: Had one sitting in a hotel lobby waiting to have dinner with friends. This is a very nicely designed, enjoyable American Blonde, perfect for relaxing. I can see why it's so popular here.
Jul 24, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Some Ignant ass reviews on this brew. This is an American Blonde Ale. It is supposed to be light and crisp and even less beer tasting than lagers which is why im laughing at those comparing this to macro lagers. Anyways, I think ill stick to the local examples of this style but this was definitely fine and was about what I expected. I can recommend Kindling by O'Dell or Melvins Killer Bees was pretty good too
Jul 20, 2021
Rated: 4 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by TonyKaz

2.77/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Using a wine glass for this one. Nice yellow orange color with not much head. No lacing to speak of and head vanished rapidly. Nose strangely had a strong smell of alcohol and little else. Not much aroma and strange to smell alcohol in a 4.7 ABV beer. Taste has the same metallic twang I find in MGD. From the bottle I found it definitely sweet, maybe a slight malty tasting, but from the glass, there is not much there, a little bready maybe. Mouth feel is good straight from the bottle. From the glass the beer seems a little flat and definitely has a little bit of a bready aftertaste. Despite this lack of flavor, it is very easy to drink and is a little lighter than something like a Pabst or MGD. It is a hot summer night and I am glad I chose this at the grocery store because it goes down smooth without feeling like it's weighing me down. Buy it if it's on sale and you'll see what I mean. No point in pouring this beer into a glass. It's far better from the bottle. This review is for the beer within its category, not against all beers.
Jul 09, 2021
Rated: 3.48 by chewy6935 from Michigan

Jun 28, 2021
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Not a lot of smell or flavor, other than some muted malts coming through and verrry slight hint of hops, but quite refreshing on a hot day. Good mouthfeel/nicely balanced carbonation (neither flat nor sudsy) and moderate body to it. Not a lot to recommend it if you like big flavors, but a reasonably nice and highly refreshing example of the style.
Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 3.61 by Mustela_Man from California

Jun 18, 2021
Rated: 3.63 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jun 15, 2021
Rated: 3.46 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

May 13, 2021
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