805 Blonde Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Zorro on 05-22-2012

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3.5
pDev:
15.71%
 
 
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Photo of Catracho5
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint

A: Yellow, clear, lots of carbonation, head died really quick, looks pretty watery, looks like a lager.

A: Malts, not picking up much else on this, smells like a lager.

T: Malts, slight fruity flavor, a little bitterness on the end.

M: Light mouthfeel, almost adjunct lager like.

O: I would never guess this is a Firestone Walker beer, it's an introduction to craft and I could see adjunct beer drinkers digging this, definitely not for me, I like more in my beer but this would make great lawnmower beer, it's light, easy drinking, nothing overwhelming, balanced. Probably won't buy this again as I think Easy Jack is a better value.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased in Palm Desert. Drank on a 95 (or higher) degree day.
Soft malt aroma. Pretty straight forward. Gold color and mostly clear. Nice white head.
Lighter body with sharp carbonation. Clean ale and not particularly complex malt flavors. Some lingering with a soft bitterness and a touch of dryness.
Bottled on 1/22/15.
An overall straight ahead take on a simple style done simply.

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Photo of loubar
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz. bottle from BevMo. Taste is caramel malt forward with little hop bitterness and mild carbonation. Restrained; not too sweet. Not overly complex but tasty, somewhat dry and clean. A satisfying, refreshing, easy drinking American blonde ale. Love the low ABV.

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Photo of CMerrill
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a very drinkable beer. A slight sweet bite at first taste with a sweet aromatic finish. I really enjoyed this beer while visiting Cali this past weekend. A big plus to find a beer that is what it is, Just a decent local beer. It not usually a fan of blonde ales but this one makes me want to try more.

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Photo of mbrando33
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok it is what it is...and there's nothing wrong with what it is. It's a blonde ale and that's what it wants to be, so comparing it to something else is like comparing a good pizza to a good steak dinner; it's not fair to either. This is the kind of beer you drink when you're having an impromptu bbq with some friends on a nice summer day. If a refreshing beer is what you seek, this is one of the best in that class.

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Photo of Garet
4.58/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's a blonde ale. Anyone expecting something in-your-face spectacular is looking at the wrong style of beer. But, for what it is, it is really great. Crisp, clean tasting, and refreshing to drink.

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's part of their typical 12 pack and I usually enjoy this one after enjoying darker and hoppier beers. I dont seek it out but it's usually on the cheaper side in NorCal. It's light, flavorful and a much better alternative to the big brewery watered down beers.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA. Served in a curved pint glass 12/12/14.

A- Clear straw-yellow blonde body, one finger white frothy head that persists for a good while. Medium collar that leaves traces of lacing as the beer goes down. Looks refreshing as it should, given the style and colour.

S- Clean grainy crackers, bread, slight stone fruit aroma, noble hops that bring a mild grassiness and earth to the nose. Not complex, but it works quite well on the nose. No off-flavours, very clean and pungent.

F- Grainy cereal, bread, crackers, biscuits, grassiness, earth, a bit of citrus and stone fruit. Not complex, but a nice medley of flavours that works quite well to keep things interesting as the glass slowly disappears. The minerals on the finish presumably from the yeast make for a nice change of pace as well.

M- Medium bodied, not watery or thin at all. Nice carbonation, slightly prickly and crisp, very refreshing. Whole wheat crackers dominate the finish. Insanely drinkable, even taking into account the style.

O- Nice malty beer with a solid hop presence that is drinkable on any occasion. It may not rate well, but in my book, it rates higher than it is on here. And that's okay. Keep in mind this was on tap; perhaps this one does not age very well in bottles. If thats the case, Firestone Walker really needs to get a new distributor.

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Photo of stonefan55
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

not really a Firestone fan at all or a American Blonde Ale drinker but this one deserves a good review, I was handed one at a get together and hit with a new respect for both the style of a balanced blonde ale and Firestone. Small hop bitterness toasty smell of barley and a clean malt backbone, all in all a refreshing crisp ale

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Photo of aval89
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

bottled on 10-01-2014

ahh, the beer that is overly hyped in my area. See this thing everywhere. Hear your average Bud drinkers claiming this is the best beer ever!

a: poured medium gold/light amber color. somewhere in between gold and amber. clear body with a slight haze to it. only managed about a finger of head

s: slight caramel malt aroma with a bit of toastiness. slight biscuity as well. touch of hops. slightly metallic.

t: much like the aroma. very mild taste in my opinion. caramel malts, biscuity toastiness. hops on the end but after that its pretty bland. flavor vanishes quickly. easy to quaff i guess.

mf: light-med mouth with crisp carbonation.

o: meh

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: Crystal clear straw color with a huge white head that eventually faded into a thin ring.

Smell: Light malts and grains.

Taste: Crisp grain and malt up front, with a touch of noble hop bitterness on the back. Aftertaste fades after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel: Thin and super carbonated.

Overall: Not super exciting. Still, more flavor than the average lager.

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Photo of JAeiou
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a hot day, nothing beats it, period. Great "drinkability" and refreshing. Firestone offers quite a selection of good beers, and 805 is by far my "go to" beer. They also are promoting the hell out of it, so they obviously have faith in this beer as well. Have been to the both breweries (Paso Robles and Buellton), and loved the atmosphere and the food in the restaurants were great.

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -16%
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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Photo of allengarvin
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pale light golden beer with a modest but lasting layer of foam atop it. The aroma is... bordering on non-existent: a light dusty scent of hops, perhaps some malt, but it's difficult to tell. The flavor is moderately bitter, though hop flavor is lacking, giving away quickly to a little sweet malt, slightly grainy. Body is well-carbonated, light but not watery. This beer is very drinkable, but also inoffensive, and not memorable at all.

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Photo of SeanPFarley
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As I'm new to this, I'm hoping to learn more than educate (though I like to think I'm good at expressing an opinion).

This is a decent beer. I read a review that mentioned how it simply looks like beer and tastes like beer, and that about sums it up. Better than a watery domestic, but not as good as some of the craft brews I've been tasting as of late.

Nice golden color; crisp and light in flavor; fantastic on a hot day.

Smell of hay and dry, fall leaves. Earthy. A nice head when poured, but it dissipates quickly.

Honestly, it's a pretty good beer. I tend to lean toward amber lagers, but I'm expanding my horizons on the beer front.

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Photo of ThatOlBoy
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this both in the bottle and on tap, and it's far superior in the latter style.

Really everything about this beer is boring except for the taste. It looks like beer and smells like beer. No more, no less.

That said, it's damn near unbeatable on a hot day. It's almost as light as a wheat beer. It manages to be crisp and clean, but still pack plenty of flavor. It's nice and malty, and they did a great job in not going overboard with the honey. It will be a staple in my fridge this summer, and my go-to at the pub for my first round on a hot day.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear gold color with a thick cap of fine-bubbled white head. Not much for lace, but retention is great.

Nose is pretty standard grain and biscuit maltiness for a blonde, but does have a light yeasty fruitiness that sets it apart from others. The depth of the malt aromas is also well done.

Definitely a well crafted blonde ale, the malt is full and rich with a snappy hop bite on the finish. It goes from white bread to biscuits to grainy all in one sip. Its one of the best I have had, but still wont supplant SS Bombshell Blonde as my go to summer blonde ale.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 03/24/14.

Pours translucent dark gold with a thin white head that quickly disappears completely and leaves faint spots of lace.

The smell is of sweet grainy bread, like a King's Hawaiian dinner roll.

The flavor is of bread, grains and malt with very little hop presence and a faint caramel and honey sweetness.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise to the top throughout the drink down.

This is a decent blonde ale that has bready malt qualities and a slightly sweet finish. Smooth, light and sessionable.

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Photo of FitnessForBeer
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: nothing to complain
S: bready, light
T: sweet, bready, little bit of bitterness on the end. Kinda disappointing
M: super fizzy, didn't care for it

Overall, tasted more like a lager than an ale. Seemed to be very carbonated, which wasn't something I liked on it. Probably won't purchase again.

Edit: had another one of these, disliked even more. It's just not a good beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a one finger pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall with it consisting mainly of a bready aroma. Along with the bread are some lighter hints of caramel and a bit of a grassy and citrus smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter bready flavor. Along with this taste are also some very light flavors of honey and caramel. As the flavor advances, hops start coming to the tongue with flavors of a grassy and floral nature. These hop remain rather light throughout the taste, and with the light sweeter honey fading ever so slightly and the bready flavors remaining the same, one is left with a somewhat crisp and overall light flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light and thin with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both the lighter body and higher carbonation are decent for the crisper and lighter flavors of the brew and make this one very easy drinking.

Overall – Nothing really too outstanding here. It’s refreshing, but a bit lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Smith nonic.

A: Clear gold, frothy 1 finger of off-white head.

S: Bready malt, chalky yeast, orange peel and faint hops in the background.

T: Lots of bready, malty notes and yeasty undertones. Slight pine and citrus pith hop component, but its secondary; malty and yeasty upfront.

MF: Thinner, medium-light body; dryish finish.

O: Decent blonde, though nothing memorable for me. Sessionable, though I would still prefer more hops.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated bottle of 10/15/13

Appearance - Pours clear and golden in color with a white, finger width head, quickly dissipates to a near barren surface. Lacing is small and spotty, with fair stick.

Smell - Light bready, grainy notes. Hints of caramel and traces of grassy hop character. Not much else.

Taste - Light, as expected of a blonde. Hits on fruity ester character, touches of bread and caramel, light citrus and grassy hop bitterness, but all come through to deliver great balance in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light, prickly carbonation. Slightly silky, lending to an impeccable smoothness; quite inviting of a quick follow-up drink. If one's not careful, a sixer of this could go down within a matter of minutes.

Overall - All styles are not created equal. So hard to judge a beer like this, when it's good for the style, but doesn't do much to capture the excitement or imagination of your average beer geek, in essence because the style is invariably 'boring'. For a blonde, this is amazing in its overall balance and its drinkability. It's perfect for a summer BBQ or mowing the lawn. It's mid-November, but I think I'll have another!

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Photo of Spikester
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice clear deep gold hue with a small white head and spots of lace.
Smell is very minor grains with a hint of floral hops.
Taste is light cereal grains with a tiny kiss of hop bitterness toward the finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly bigger than a macro but not by much.
Overall a passable Blonde Ale. It might convert a macro drinker toward better beers. Probably much tastier on a hot summer day which it is not at this time. I have two more left in a FW variety pack and might tweak my review after drinking those.

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Photo of Phocion
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle dated 7/22/13. (Reviewed 10/13/13). Poured into shaker pint. Brilliant gold with just a hint of red, bubbly/fizzy white head (that I can actually hear) that quickly dissipates into a decent amount of bubbly lacing.

Aroma is grassy, with a ton of caramel, toffee, and especially honey. Very grainy with a fruity (apple?) yeasty smell. Actually, it kind of smells like a lightly hopped caramel apple.

Although it has a reasonably complex (albeit subtle) aroma, the flavor is kind of boring. Inoffensive, but boring. Bready with just enough hops to give it a sharpness which almost, but doesn't quite balance out the sweet honey flavor.

Light-medium body and very sharply carbonated with a fairly slick mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a slightly above average but forgettable blonde ale. I'm gladly finishing it and enjoying the rest of this glass, but I'm not upset I only picked up a single.

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805 Blonde Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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