Lonely Blonde
Fulton Beer

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From:
Fulton Beer
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #319
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,778
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 14.2%
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
252
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 03, 2022
Added:
Jun 08, 2010
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  84
SCORE
79
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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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Ratings by specialkheese:
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Rated by specialkheese from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +15.9%

Feb 18, 2012
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Rated: 3.75 by SFHbeerME from Maine

Jul 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.2 by Try-em-all from Missouri

May 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.88 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Mar 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Truegent2004 from Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Good color, nice foam that tends to last. Good carbonation. Slightly citrusy and lemony taste. Kind of a funny aftertaste. I see this is a nice summer beer. Nothing particularly special about it, decent
Dec 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.28 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Oct 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Aug 11, 2021
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Rated by Drewpalmquist from South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Very little/ no head

Lightly bubble stream
No lacing

Wheat and hops in flavor
Jul 28, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can. No dating found.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Firm, tiny bubble head, with lots of rising bubbles. Leaves some trails of lacing.
Aroma of wheat and corn, caramel, a touch of citrus lemon, and grassy hops. Reminds me of a scented dish soap.
Taste has the wheat sharpness and a followup of corn. Has a bit of bite from the hops. Sweet caramel and a touch of citrus.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Smooth drinking ale, with some attributes of a lager. Provides a pleasant and unobtrusive beer drinking experience. Much more flavor and better mouth feel than found with macro lagers.
Feb 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.23 by Nbensonmn from Minnesota

Jan 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a nice light amber with cream colored head that quickly dissipates.

Slightly fruity, nutty, and bready.

Taste follows nose, nicely balanced. A solid beer, but nothing extraordinary.
Dec 18, 2020
 
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Oct 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.88 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Oct 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.16 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois

Jun 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by DudMan from New Jersey

Apr 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Mar 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.16 by wmnaylor from New York

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.
Feb 16, 2020
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
BOM 01/2020
Jan 31, 2020
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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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!
Jan 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.25 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jan 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.35 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Dec 10, 2019
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.52/5  rDev +2%
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.
Oct 01, 2019
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
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.
Sep 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.71 by NorthernLightsMN from Minnesota

Sep 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.46 by smithj4 from New York

Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.53 by metter98 from New York

Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.49 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Aug 04, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is nearly completely clear. A medium, light head that fades. SRM of 9 (3.75)

Aroma: Lots of aroma. Lemon/orange citrus 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. Strong honey on the end which is nice. A yeasty malt aroma. A definite urine aroma as it sits. (3.50)

Flavor: Huge yeast upfront on the flavor. Follows into a sweet lemon flavor, before the wheat & grain flavor 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. Nice wheat flavors, without as much yeast as a wheat. Some Parmesan cheese too. Overall, quite good German flavors. (4.00)

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.

Compared to Oberon 8/13/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. Similar aromas of lemon/orange citrus. A slightly lighter lemon honey sweetness, rather than resinous honey orange, but still similar.
7/30/21: Very similar aromas. Slightly more citrus and less dry wheat. Slightly sweeter.
8/11/21: More citrus and toasty Munich malts. Less candied orange/wheat.
1/24/22: Stronger aromas. More citrus peel spice. Less smooth wheat and orange.

Compared to Bent Paddle's Classic 8/16/20: Pours the same color. More lemon citrus sweetness. Less honey and syrupy sweetness. A bit more tartness too. Cleaner and more crisp.

Compared to Leinenkugal's Honey Weiss 9/5/20: Pours a a similar color. Stronger aromas of lemon, honey, sugar. Less corn, mash, wheat. Stronger and more flavorful overall. Winner: Lonely Blonde

Compared to Lift Bridge Mango Blonde 9/16/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. More lemon wheat flavors. Less mango, peach, strawberry.

Compared to Bahaus Wonderstufff 11/9/20: Pours a slightly darker, more orange color. More lemon/shandy aromas. Less zesty lemon and bread. Smoother with less body. Similar lemon though but this one drinks more true to a blonde.
9/16/21: Pours darker. More lemon citrus and earthy bread malts. Less sweet bread and yeast. More tart.
10/14/21: Pours darker. More lemon citrus and toasty Munich malts. Less sweet bread malt.
3/29/22: Pours darker, More lemon citrus. Less salty bread.

to Leinenkugal's Summer Shandy 6/8/21: More honey, earthy and bready flavors. Less lemonade, tart citrus, and fruit. A larger body and more malts here. Drinks more like a beer.

to Bent Paddle's Classic Cream 7/7/21: Similar pour. More wheat, tangerine, citrus. Less cream and vanilla.

to Great Lake's Dortmunder Gold 7/11/21: Pours a lighter color. More citrus and wheat. Less hone yand bread malt.

to Summit Keller Pils 7/27/21: Pours a darker color. Stronger aromas. More lemon citrus flower, wheat, and malts. Less dry Munich malts and yeast. Heavier and sweeter.

to Brass Foundry Dock Pounder Golden Ale 8/17/21: Milder aromas. More yeast and German cracker malts. Less hoppy orange and tropical.

to Bells Rind over Matter 10/18/21: Pours a similar color. More bread, earthy malt flavors. Less tart lemon/orange citrus and zest. Less wheat and maltier.

to Bells LoSun 2/23/22: Pours a darker color. Milder aromas. More toasted bread malt/earthy honey. Less lemon citrus.


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 wheat note to complement it to add a German twist as well. The yeasty and grainy malt and mouthfeel is less than a wheat, but allows it to finish not too sweet. Not much German hops though. I would describe it as a great and sweeter English wheat with a nice twist of sweet lemon. It does it a weird urine aroma as it warms. It is a clean and round lager, that drinks quite nicely. (Final Rating 3.89)
Jun 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.26 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Apr 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.72 by Keananmichael5 from California

Apr 06, 2019
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Reviewed by mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
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.
Feb 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by taospowder from New Mexico

Jan 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.4 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Dec 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +7%
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.

Cheers
Nov 06, 2018
 
Rated: 2.75 by SaintTent from Minnesota

Sep 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by justbored1 from Illinois

Jul 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by Bum4ever from California

Jul 13, 2018
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