Lonely Blonde
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #575
Ranked #45,965
3.46 | pDev: 14.16%
Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States
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Notes: The Lonely Blonde wears a delicate fragrance of German noble hops, and slips a touch of white wheat between American pale and crystal malts for a smooth, sensuous body, fair complexion, and a pleasantly lacy white head. Crisp carbonation slinks the Lonely Blonde quickly away, and you’re left with nothing but a slight lingering sweetness as you contemplate how The Lonely Blonde can be so beautiful on so many levels.
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Photo of Roguer
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poor head production and almost no retention or lacing; crystal clear light golden body, completely still and foam-less.

Nose features a wave of sweet pale malt, strong yeast esters and phenols, pepper, grass, and noble hops. It takes a second to get used to, but is actually a very pleasant aroma overall.

Flavor is an interesting approach. It's got a lager-like "beer flavored beer" backbone, and a bright, grassy, piney hop bite that is quite surprising in a blonde ale. Toss in a bit of caramel grain from crystal malt, and it's almost a throwback to an old school American pale ale, one that wouldn't be particularly out of place next to SNPA. Other tasting notes include toast, a hint of toffee, very, very light citrus, light citrus peel finish.

Crisp and lively on the palate.

The wheat doesn't smooth out the profile, and I don't know that it has a profile that particularly screams "Blonde Ale" at me - but it's very approachable, easy to drink, and ultimately enjoyable. This wouldn't at all be a bad beer to grab at the bar or brewery, especially as a low-ABV after work (or lunch) choice. I'd imagine this pairs easily with a variety of food.

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Photo of akaizer
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a beer of the month club. Poured a crystal clear golden with the slightest hint of brownish/amber coloration (and I mean _slightest_). A nice pale white foam head with mild effervescence settled down quickly. Scent comes across as very much a blonde ale: slightly wheaty, slightly crackery/malty, and slightly spicy/grassy. Taste follows with a bit more of the wheaty flavor coming across, followed by a bit of cutting spicy/grassy notes that is offset by a slightly sweet maltiness. The feel is crisp and dry. A pretty prototypical blonde ale that I look forward to trying in warmer times!

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear gold with lots of carbonation bubbles rising. One finger of thick white head with good retention.

Smell: Biscuity malt. Mild without much else except a faint toffee sweetness.

Taste: Bready malt, like biting into a cracker. Not much else.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated.

Overall: A plain, if drinkable, light beer.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a pint can on a plane. Golden color with foamy white head. Grassy and floral smell. Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Tastes of light malts with some floral notes. Not a big fan of blonde ales, but this is one I'd get again.

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Photo of defunksta
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is nearly completely clear. A medium, light head that fades. (3.75)

Aroma: Lots of aroma. Light lemon that turns into a strong plastic, honey, corn, buttermilk, and cooked vegetable on the nose. Strong aromas of lemon, plastic & honey, with cooked vegetables, farm corn and lemongrass. Some lemon dish soap. Not earthy nor peppery. Not much German hops. A yeasty malt aroma. A definite urine as it sits. (3.75)

Flavor: Huge yeast upfront on the flavor. Follows into a sweet lemon flavor, before the wheat & grain flavor with a yeasty comes through at the end. In the middle and toward the end there is a strong Honey Smacks Cereal flavor. Finishes slightly sweet, yet dryer than most blondes. Appreciable amount of bitterness. No alcohol. Lots of lemon and corn and even some urine. (3.75)

Feel: Full mouthfeel. Lots of yeast, grain along with good carbonation to really give a full mouthfeel. Light bittering yeast finish. (4.25)

Compared w/ Surly's First Ave 4/6/20: Pours a slightly lighter color with a smaller head. Stronger aromas. More lemon and honey in terms of flavor. Less flower. Stronger wheat finish and more bitter.

Compared to Castle Danger's Choice Pils 4/10/20: Pours a similar clear color. Less aroma. More honey and less lemon, wheat, and spice. Heavier and thicker. I prefer the Choice.

Overall: This is an underrated beer. It is everything I want in a lighter drinking beer. It doesn't fit a certain style. It has great lemon, honey, corn, and sweet citrus flavor to classify it as American, along with a bittering what note to complement it well. The yeasty and grainy malt and mouthfeel is classic for a wheat, and allows it to finish not too sweet. Not much German hops though. I would describe it as a great and sweeter American wheat with a nice twist of sweet lemon. It is a clean and round lager, but as you can tell I'm not sure how to rate it because of the urine flavor. (Final Rating 3.85... it's decreasing each review)
*Compare next a light cream ale*

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes good, except for the after taste...tastes like soap! On tap in Eagan, MN.

Update: had another tap tasting. Yeast up front, quickly giving way to a mild hops finish. No soapy aftertaste, must have been a bad tap line.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

For those that do sessions, Lonely Blonde is decent. (And I won't do innuendos, I promise.)
Average Looks (I'd like a more inviting foam.) Smells of sweetish malt, a touch of herbs and cheap perfume as a lure. (There he goes again.) Tastes are largely the same, but I get a burst of citrus and, with some skill, a dry finish. Average mouth. (Close!)

I planned on having this with dinner, but I really want something more exciting. And while Fulton's taproom has many interesting brews, I'm not there.

I give extra OA points for being the first alternative taproom in Minneapolis. While their more recently added menu would not bring me in twice to the taproom, their beers might. And their community feel and bike-riding activities catch my interest. And while I enjoyed all three of my visits to the Twin Cities, I have none planned. Since I got this copy in Wisconsin, Fulton, regrettably, may be one and done.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This solid blonde pours a nice
clear staw colored blonde with a decent head of white foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin light pool, and displays some subtle soapy lacing.
Nose of breaded malts, grain notes, and subtle herbal notes. Flavors
show a nice balance with lightly sweet breaded malts and grain notes
with a light grassy and herbal hop zing on the rear with a touch of
lemon zest. Decent mouth feel; sessionable, smooth, medium light
carbonation, medium light body, and a moderately sweet and lightly
herbal; grassy finish.

Overall, a solid little brew that is worth trying and sitting
down for a session.


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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts, grains. Taste has plenty of malts, some oranges, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy medium yellow/gold with persistent significant head.
Smell is sweet, bready malt.
Taste starts off with sweet malt followed by a mild, citrus hop finish.
Well balanced, solid beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy New Cut a Single in Minneapolis, MN Beer Sunday (Week 668)!

As usual, I have a planned theme for today. Here in PA, we get distro from seemingly everywhere & it is tough to keep up with all of the newest releases. It is even more spectacular that they are coming to us in CANs for the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). Let the fun CANtinue! 

From the CAN: "MLPS Made"; "The first drink is magic. The second is intimate. The third is love."; "Ordinary guys brewing extraordinary beer."

I scoured the pint CAN for any reason not to CANduct an inverted Glug following the Crack!, so I threw caution to the wind & did exactly that. I wound up with just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head that was CANsiderate enough to leave some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a long-overdue visit from The Gelt gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas, all vying for a taste. Nose had a grassily-hopped bready maltiness & I was jonesing for my first sip. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly beyond it, either. The taste was light, ethereal & kind of innocuous. It had a light breadiness and a light grassiness, but nothing that stood out from either direction. It was pleasant enough, but I just was not being drawn in. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing, but just not sustaining as a whole.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was on tap and poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking hazy yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Faded catchy looking slim white head dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving a light lacing roaming around the glass nicely. The smell had a slight grassy sweet citrus to slight pine along with a little bit of orange as well. The taste pretty much copied the aroma. A light orange aftertaste arranged itself sweetly on my tongue. It lead to a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. A light carbonation surrounds my tongue nicely. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Blonde ale.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap in downtown Minneapolis

The beer pours fine, though somewhat disappointingly clear. But a very nice head, with a pleasing nearly-wit color.

The aroma is rather subdued, but solid and balanced, with malt sweetness and adjunct grain aromas, balanced with a touch of hops.

The taste is not spectacular, but again, is very solid and yeoman-like. Nothing daring or unique, but a solid straightforward mix of subdued malty sweetness (caramel, perhaps?) with a strong deposit of wheaty goodness and some nice hop character at the end to provide a crisp finish.

The mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer. Very light and crisp.

Overall a solid, albeit safe and unremarkable offering.

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Photo of Tone
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of yeast, and slight citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of adjunct, hint of yeast, and slight citrus hops. Overall, weak appearance, lacking in depth, adjunct ins't pleasant, and sharp feel.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. I grabbed it in a hurry thinking, I have to go to the bathroom real bad but don't want to walk out of here without beer. I'm happy I grabbed it! It pours a nice hazy golden with a one-finger white head. It has a real nice body to it for a blonde beer. I was hoping it wasn't going to be a Hamm's or Miller bunny piss beer. I'd buy it again!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lonely Blonde pours a hazy golden color with a small but lacing head. Aroma is very big, lots of creamy crisp malt notes. Taste is stronger, nice creamy semi sweet crisp malt flavor. Nice feel, great body. Overall it is a top notch blonde ale.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Gold color, fast dissipating white head around 1/2". Aroma was just like the ipa, butterscotch, what the hell is going on with this place? At least this wasn't compromised as bad?

Taste, at least I could drink this one. High carbonation, mild sweetness, light toasted pale malts, not much hopping, just a lot of carbonation. Super light malt bill. Blonde ale it is. Just was a chore to drink a blonde ale, this shouldn't be.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy honey yellow with a thin white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is bready and lemony. Flavor is grassy and has a light biscuit flavor. Feel is great, crisp and well carbonated. Not a beer I would seek out.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice medium-light gold with a fizzier white head. The head doesn't completely burn off though and leaves a smidges of tight sticky lacing. The aroma is milder, mostly light grain, a little sweetness and a little earthy. The taste is much the same with just a little grassy hops. The body is lighter, but not watery and has just a touch of carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

its hard to fault a beer for being boring. just because this is outside of my normal style preferences, doesnt mean it isnt good, and i am trying to remember that when i try these lighter crowd pleaser offerings from breweries in new cities. by all counts this is very good blonde ale. its clear and bright in the glass, and holds onto its white a minute or two. it develops a nice cerealy grain profile, fresh and a little toasted, without a ton of sugars going on. it resolves itself with a neutral yeast at patient temperature, and finishes in the middle of the spectrum in terms of dryness. carbonation is right there, high enough to keep it refreshing without blowing the doors off. minimal to nonexistent hop profile, but its not trying to be anything other than what it is. a major slammer with a nice low abv, but enough body to be more than just a summer beer. i like fulton from my limited experience, and this is about exactly what i expected them to come up with for a blonde ale. im sure this does very well up there.

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours golden with a lasting white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of bread with light noble hops.

The taste is of bread, noble hops. Well-balanced. Soft, crean, crisp finish.

Easy-drinking, subtle, pleasant.

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Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, Crisp, Clean, Light

Simple can easily prevail when everything is in the right place. This Blonde Ale is even through and through, and a big snappy crispness brings it to lofty, quaffable heights. The brewers dropped some well placed additions of wheat to create all of this. German hops add just enough flare to make it interesting far into the finish.

STYLE: American Blonde | ABV: 4.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #100 (MAY 2015)

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A : This one looks promising. Soapy white 3 finger head; underneath it is a pineapple-mango blush @ 70% opacity. The head leaves lacing gracefully around the glass as it recedes lackadaisically. Solid.

S : I'm smelling baked field grains, cured with honey; and pretzel-like breadiness with salt and coriander. Slight hop trailing behind.

T : Very balanced!!! The hops and malt chase each other around, yin-yanging each other. Lemon peel and pretzel bread respectively, and the finish...to die for. It waves goodbye as fresh bread from the oven peers through and swarms the back of the palate. Love it.

F : Creamy, with moderate carbonation, ending slightly pasty/parched/dry. The beer's weak suit.

O : Hell yes, I'd have this again. The pretzel bread and yeast mixed with a near-perfect balance of citrus peel from the hops makes this a world-class brew in my opinion. This beer rocked my world! I'm telling my friends about this one! But first, I'll have to make some friends! ;-)

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying a bottle of this beer at my good friend and old neighbor from Oswego house. The beer poured a clear golden with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had toasted cracker flare. The taste was nicely balanced with bread presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of hardy008
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with a small white head, which leaves a small amount of lacing. The aroma is not very strong, and has some bread and light floral hops.

Tastes much like it smells with some bread and floral hops. Much like the aroma, the taste is not very strong. I don't mean not strong as in the amount of alcohol. I mean there is not much taste / flavor.

Light bodied with proper carbonation. A below average beer.

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