Lonely Blonde | Fulton Beer

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Lonely BlondeLonely Blonde

Brewed by:
Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of AleMan66
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
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 vette2006c5r
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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 OleJohnnieAle
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- a bubbly golden yeloow with a decent head. little lacing that drops slowly.

S- Malt with a sweet almost honey scent

T- Nice crisp malt flavor with a bit of sweetness mixs in the middle and a nice bite to finish it off.

M- Nice carbonation and nice little bite at the end

O- Good good beer, more flavor than I expected from a blonde beer. Nothing too spectacular though.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear straw colored, under a quickly dissipating white head
S: slight sweet malt aroma, some bread with a little floral and fruit.
T: Starts with slightly dry malt flavors then a little hops and a dry hop finish – the hops are more floral than bitter. It has medium body and has a little tartness in the finish – a little lemon. No caramel tastes, the hops are not overly aggressive, medium bitter. No diacetyl.
F: medium light body, medium carbonation, slight creaminess
O: Good balance of bread, fruit, and bitter that finishes more hoppy than malty with lingering hops. Easy drinker.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Decent three fingers of white head with good retention. Lacing is moderate around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and bready pale malts with some caramel and toffee. Lots of grainy wheat. Some hints of lemon zest and honey. Also some hints of noble hops. Smells crisp and fairly sweet.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a sweet and crisp taste of pale malts with some bready caramel. Big presence of wheat grains throughout. Some hints of lemons and honey. Finishes with a light amount of noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Blonde ale. Tasty and very easy to drink.

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Photo of enjambed
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Serving: From tap into pilsner glass. Seems fridge temp.

Look: Light Golden yellow. More color than an American lager. Minimal head reduces to thin film. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Light grain, and possibly some earthy hops.

Taste: Similar to the smell, pretty light overall. The malts are not quite doughy, nor are they very toasty. However, they are a bit grainy. Bitterness is somewhat noticeable, but overall low and balances the malt well. The result is relatively neutral, but it has enough flavor to keep it interesting. Finish is smooth and the taste does not linger too long.

Feel: Relatively light and crisp. Finish is dry, but does not linger.

Overall: A good example of the blonde ale style. The flavor is pleasant and interesting, but stays out of the way and doesn't try to make a bold statement. I would have preferred the malts to be a little more toasty or maybe biscuity rather than grainy, but I could be misperceiving that. A solid member of the Fulton lineup, that should not be overlooked just because it doesn't have an overpowering amount of hops or malt.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of Lonely Blonde after a tour Fulton Brewing. While, normally, I'm not the target audience for blonde ale, I wanted to give all three in growlers a chance.

Almost white head with irregular bubbles over a straw yellow ale with hints of amber. Fresh bread maltiness and a hint of corn in the nose with an elegant spice note and green apple from the 29 IBUs, and maybe from the yeast a bit. Clean malt and spice on the tongue that's supported by a heavier than expected mouthfeel. Almost 5% ABV, I'm guessing a good malt bill contributes to the fullness. Still a light beer, the spice floats above the malt with some impact. Nicely balanced beer that even warms up well for yellow beer.

My first sample of Lonely Blonde was at Autumn Brew Review in 2010, and my impression was far less favorable. My guess is that tough festival conditions and a small sample of a more delicate beer impaired a fair tasting. Fresh and from the brewery, it's a solid beer that's refreshing with a complex taste that explains why a large number of folks are drinking with a Lonely Blonde at the tap room today.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as the beer of the month (June 2010) at Bunny's in SLP, on tap.

A- Received in an English style pint glass, light golden blond color, sunshine, rising effervescent carbonation, very light white head, little head retention, no noticeable lacing.

S- Light yeast, melon, ripe pear. Mild zest of citrus hops, light floral note.

T- Ripe light fruits present, with a nice crisp clean malt flavor, mostly finishes with a mild honey, light wheat texture, balanced bitterness completes.

M- Crisp, light body, fruit notes are nice, but not overly sweet or overpowering, well balanced, slight creaminess and smooth texture.

D- Very nice summer blond, refreshing, flavorful enough to keep me interested, balanced, clean. Very nice beer from the new kids on the Mpls craft beer block...

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Photo of Mightymango
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It is hard to rate what I would consider a good "snack" beer average when you have rubbish beers from so many "big box" manufacturers.

This would be what I would consider a local blonde ale that has good smooth favor with little after taste. The smell is light grain with a hint of sweet. The consistency is thin but the flavor is sweet with a slight bit of hops. The color is a light golden color, darker then a typical american ale.

Overall a good summer beer that has more favor then most.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden blonde, clear, with a white foam head that dissipates quickl leaving a skein. Spotty lace here and there. Smells of flaky buttery crackers, bread dough, cereal. Taste is cereal grain, crackers reminescent of Triscuits, very lightly sweet. Hop bitterness arrives and cleanses the palate. Nicely balances and a clean finish. Body is medium to light, a little slick, holds together well, decent carbonation. Overall- light but decently balanced favors make for easy drinking.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours a Clean Wet-Golden color with a half finger head after an aggressive pour. Carbonation starts out strong, but tapers off after a minute or so.

Smell - There's a pungent bread/biscuit/yeast smell in here as well as some graininess, but not in a bad way! There's also a pleasant sweetness aroma in here as well, which gives the smell more appeal

Taste - Very Biscuit-like taste with some very prominent sweet malt notes. There's also a slight earthy hop taste on the back of the palette, which is unusual in a Blonde Ale, but I feel it gives a sort of freshness to the taste

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied and carbonation is fairly mild, so it's fairly smooth. It's a beer that's all around pretty easy to drink.

Overall - This is an example on how to do a Blonde Ale correctly and it's perfect for any occasion. It's not complex in flavor, but it doesn't need to be. It gets the job done as being a beer that doesn't sacrifice it's flavor for simplicity!

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
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 delta490
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Jason
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
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 JamesMN
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Honey golden hue with great clarity and visible effervescence. Thin off-white cap of foam that seems to be sticking around.

Aroma: Lots of straight up grain and some honey-like sweetness. Touch of biscuit.

Taste: Like a fuller bodied Cream Ale. Really nice graininess here that gives not only flavor but a robustness that surpasses the mild 4.8% ABV. The honey character from the aroma comes through nicely in the second half and finish. The hops are hard to place, while there is some very moderate bitterness dancing on the palate, there isn't much for hop flavor. However, it is balanced quite nicely as it is. Aftertaste of slight earthy bitterness with unsweetened malt.

Mouthfeel: Basically medium in body with is quite impressive. Smooth feel and great drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I went into this review having never tried Fulton Lonely Blonde before and with low expectations for a style I consider boring. While it is nothing complex or mind-blowing, Lonely Blonde doesn't need to be, it simply impresses with its good flavor and drinkability at a sessionable ABV. Nice one, especially recommend for any craft beer newbies. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of ZAP
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice approachable blonde ale. Some breadiness with the malt and a zesty lemon peel spritzyness to the finish. Lighter bodied. Leans heavier on the lemony notes than the bready notes. Would prefer it the otherway around but a nice drinking light bodied beer for the summer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Light straw-colored gold with a fairly hefty white head and some decent lacing lines.

Smell: Sweet apple and caramel predominantly, with light spicy hoppiness.

Taste: Semi-sweet grainy malts with an emphasis on apple and caramel. Ends with a nice floral and spicy hop kick that is ample for the style.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, creamy medium body (fuller than expected), dry finish.

Drinkability: Comes across as a creamier, fuller bodied, hoppier lager, and that is a-ok with me.

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Photo of Greggy
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Blond color... as the name suggests. White head that transitions to thin cap quickly. Sparse lacing is present.

S- Grainy cereal, a little floral.

T- Starts out with dry grainy notes and finishes quickly with some mineral dryness.

M- Appropriate carbonation and good feel.

O- This is a beer for the masses to enjoy. Hot day, hell yes I'd put this back. Nothing special but it's solid per style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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 garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at Longfellow's Grill.
I liked this more than I expected. Had a nice hop streak running through the middle that tasted nicely and faded quickly enough to not impact the food flavor.
Poured with virtually no head. Yellow slightly cloudy body.
Soft malt aroma. Malt flavors were slightly bready and reasonably clean.
On low end of carbonation but still had a little body.
I'd get this again. Nice summer beer or with lighter foods.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and grains with a touch of floral notes.

T - It tasted sweet with caramel and grain flavors. It had a light spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was an okay blonde ale. I'd like to try some more beers from Fulton.

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Photo of Mdog
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow, huge head.

Smell: Grainy, sweet, a little grass.

Taste: Moderately sweet, maybe a touch of corn, light grass in the finish. Kind of syrupy feel.

Overall: I've had this on tap several times but picked up an on-sale sixer for a review. This is a good starter beer for your BMC drinkers or for a change-up from your big flavored beers. Worth a try.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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 OrestesMethuon
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Matt's Bar in south Minneapolis; and it's well-matched to heavy fare: crisp, lightly malty, thin and very consumable, if not necessarily inspired.

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