805 Blonde Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

805 Blonde Ale805 Blonde Ale
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3.47/5
907 Ratings
805 Blonde Ale805 Blonde Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Zorro on 05-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,170
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
907
pDev:
16.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Bottled 6/25/12.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and some vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with a vegetal and slightly metallic aftertaste. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some weird aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not amazed by this, but when i drink a blonde ale, i do prefer it to be hoppy, and this one most certainly is. its darker than blonde by a shade or two, honey maybe, with a tall but short lived white head. nose of robust pils malt and european hops with more than balancing bitterness. farmy in taste, with a musty barny funky weirdness that i dont think comes from yeast. not quite tang, but funk for sure. the pale malt is heavy here, old, and rich for a blonde beer. carbonation is high, body is fuller, and there is something distinct about this one, although i dont love it all that much. hard to make a simple pale beer distinct these days, and they succeed at that, but one bottle is plenty for me right now. short of refreshing but exhibiting some of the same characteristics. im glad i was able to grab one of these from lowry liquors, those guys do a nice job.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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 dmorgan310
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a modest head that fritters away rather quickly; splashes of lacing gather around

Smell: Sweet and bready, with a hint of honey

Taste: Opens bready, with just a hint of honey and banana; very modest bitterness, through the middle and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Nice and refreshing but a sip or two is enough for me

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Firestone Walker 805
12 oz. bottle, dated "01/21/13 17:41" on the label, and "01/21/13 18:55" on the bottle.
Reviewed in "real time", 24 February 2013

Pulled from the fridge at 38˚F and allowed to sit for 10 min. to warm to about 42˚F. It's an interesting label, black & white with strong graphics. It almost looks like a tribal tattoo or something. And 805? Is that code for something? I'd have expected a stout or a strong beer to be waiting behind that label, but this is just 4.7% ABV.

It pours a crystal-clear deep gold body with a hint of an orange cast to it. The head is a frothy inch and a half or so of bright white foam. It holds well, and leaves some nice lacing about the glass. Average-sized bubbles stream steadily upwards.

The aroma displays some fresh hops and a light, basic malt. There's nothing special about it, it's just a basic beer smell, but it's fresh and clean.

As expected, the flavor follows suit: standard golden malt base with a median amount of gently spicy and floral hops thrown in. Yeasty fruitiness is limited - I'd wonder if this was a lager except that it's labeled "ale". Median bitterness, I'd guess in the 20's range. Nicely balanced. Malt flavor appears more upfront, floral/spicy/grassy hops in the finish. Clean and dry. There's even a very mild hint of pine in the delicately lingering finish.

Light-medium bodied. Gently crisp. Exactly as expected. I'm not sure you could do anything else with it without having to alter the malt / hop profile. More carbonation would make it bristle and stiffen the hops, and less would make it creamier but a slight touch too dull. Perfect as is.

Overall, it's a really well-polished, perfectly balanced but basic golden ale. Well, not exactly completely basic as there are some hops to it (and they're really quite nice), but it's not trying to be anything other than that. Is it any better than an inexpensive American lager??? Probably. Better than a German or Czech pils? Well, that's apples and oranges. I've drank about 4/5th of it. Would I have another? If I was having one, yes, I think so. I wouldn't mind it. Good for warm weather. Any place a pilsner might fit in. Not really worth pairing with food though.

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The clear amber color is handsome, but not much foam even when poured vigorously in the chalice. Some prickly carbonation on the tongue, but it dissipates too quickly.

This has a gummy, perfumey taste that is pretty near unique in my experience. Unfortunately it's not a very inspiring beer flavor. Something like cinnamon and cardboard with a spicy finish and bitterish, dishwater finish. Some kind of cough drop candy with a pineapple pork chow mein hint. If this was down to 4% I would be more forgiving.

This is just funny, I didn't like it at first sip and it didn't improve after that. A peculiar release from a great brewery. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Albertson's supermarket in San Diego.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color. Clear. Moderate head but little lace.

Soft pale malt nose. Pleasant but unremarkable.

A step up from macros but this still an easily quaffable beer without any problems. It is pale malt dominant with very little hop except briefly on the aftertaste. Very good body with a lightly elevated carbonation.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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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805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 907 ratings
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