Lonely Blonde | Fulton Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mwagner1018 on 06-08-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
245
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
34.78%
 
 
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3
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Photo of jera1350
2.19/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A crystal clear pale yellow with a fizzy head on top that is clean white and fades quickly. Leaves a few rings of lacing however. Kind of a BMC look I guess.

The nose is extremely faint. All I am really picking up is some light graininess, but that is all.

The taste is extremely weak. Again, some light grain and actually a touch of bitter hops in there. A very safe and boring flavor that reminds me of BMC.

Pretty thin and watery feeling. Dry as well.

This one really does nothing for me. I hope Fulton does well and I enjoyed the Sweet Child, but I have no need to ever try this one again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color, looks decent enough, mild white head that totally disappears. Aroma still had that buttery thing going that the awful Sweet Child of Vine had. Not as intense, but still, enough to put it below average and not enjoyable.

Taste, well, thankfully this was easier to digest. A little toasted vienna malt kind of taste, carbonation is higher in the mouthfeel than it is in the appearance. No hop flavors discernable. Crackery breadiness is very light. The adjetive "thin" comes to mind.

I wasn't going to drink the blonde last night, but after the awful sweet child o vine during the Marquette/Providence game, I was like trying to reset the palate with a clean beer, so I popped this Blonde Ale open. It just didn't get the job done, it was gritty at times, the alcohol seemed bigger than it should have, it just didn't leave me in a position to recommend Fulton at this point.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev -27%
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 hardy008
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
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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Photo of ChopperSmith
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear pale golden with a one finger white foamy head that faded fast and left a little lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with a faint fruit aroma like pears or dried apples. Pale sweet malts are predominant. A slight whiff of alcohol, which is unusual for a low ABV beer like this. It could be that the other aromas were so faint that the alcohol makes its way through.

Taste: Like it smells...light, sweeter and malty. The fruit notes of the aroma don't come out in the flavor, unfortunately. This is a little more watered down and basic than I hoped for. It's not a horrible beer for the Blonde style, but it's nothing special either. A little more balancing hops or yeast would have been nice, to add something to the simple flavor.

Mouth feel: Light body and crisp carbonation. Finishes semi-sweet on the tongue.

Overall: I like Fulton's "Sweet Child of Vine" that I've had on tap on a few occasions, and will try that one from the bottle next. I was hoping for more from this beer based on the recent hype over the brewery opening in town and bottles being available. This isn't a very good interpretation of the Blonde style and just doesn't do much for me. I won't seek it out again...but I'm hoping they try some more adventurous beers in the future. I might suggest this beer for friends or family who usually drink "Light" beer...but not for my other craft beer aficionado friends. Half a point bonus for the nice labeling on the bottle.

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Photo of Living816
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smells off. Vegetative smell. Not a hoppy smell but a cafeteria smell. Has a skunky smell like a Euro Lager. Looks nice and bright, but a lovely golden color.

The odd cafeteria smell continues into the flavor. Has an unpleasant skunky flavor kind of like a macro lager. Some sweetness in both smell (carmel corny) and taste. Body is decent. Has a flavor that makes me wonder if it is an all malted grain or if this is an adjunct beer. Just doesn't work for a premium beer from a local brewery.

Leaves the mouth with some fleeting bitterness.

Not a fan of this one. Why pay premium price for what could be replaced by a PBR or High Life?

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Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale gold color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes within seconds into almost no lacing. The aroma is of light bready malt with a hint of honey. It is nice, but it is all very faint even for the style. The taste is similar to the aroma. I like what I am tasting, but it is just to light even for a blonde ale. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a thin texture, and moderately high carbonation. Overall, this is an average blonde ale that I will probably pass of next time.

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Photo of dhannes
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Last of the 6-pack from 4 months ago poured into a Perfect Pint (scores above represent an average between the last beer that I am drinking now and what I recall of the others, as this last one seems to be more off than the others).

A=Pale straw...a bit of greenish tint, which does not appeal to me...a decent white foamy head.

S=Typical malt/hops...slightly floral (this last one also smelled a bit of uric acid).

T=Very light flavor...this last one had a sourness to it...first sip was very sour, but malt appears later. What flavor there is is not necessarily off putting, just nothing out of the ordinary.

M=Nice body, but heavily carbonated.

O=I am not a huge fan of American Blonde Ales and still have not found one that tastes better than a good amber lager. This beer doesn't offer anything unique--I would not purchase again and would think twice of choosing it on tap at a bar.

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Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Acadia Cafe. I'd enjoyed Fulton's Child of Vine and hoped this would prove tasty as well. But frankly I was let down with Lonely Blonde. It's just another clean, grainy blonde ale. I already know what 2-row barley tastes like and there's nothing new here. Plenty of other breweries have made this same beer for years, there isn't much reason to single this one out.

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Photo of deebo
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Point brewery made for Fulton.

A-Completely clear with a straw, light golden color with a weak white head that quickly breaks down. Not much for lacing.

S-Not a lot going on, reminds of an adjunct lager more than anything. Grainy-corn and barley.

T-Pretty bland, tastes like it smells and looks (pale malt and a bit of corn). A hint of bitterness that cleans up quickly inviting the next drink.

M-I really like the mouthfeel of this beer. The carbonation is rather light but works perfectly with this beer. It also has more body than I expected and a really smooth, almost creamy finish.

D-I could drink this all day.

O-For the price there are better options in my opinion but this is a decent brew. Reminds me a bit of spotted cow but a little heavy on adjunct flavor.

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Photo of Redrover
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fulton Blonde – On tap at the Crooked Pint. It is a light crystal clear gold with a bone white head.

Crackers and a hint of spice in the nose.

Neutral taste. It was mild, a bit grainy with just a whisper of hops. My Juicy Lucy burger overpowered the beer, so only serve this one with the mildest of foods.

Mouth was ok. Very mild even for a crossover beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for this one!

12 oz. bottle served in a tulip glass. Brilliant golden color, bright clarity, thin layer of creamy whit foam on top. Some wispy lacing here and there.

Light toasty malt aroma, light and simple but clean and pleasant.

Toast and butter, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Simple taste, slightly grainy, papery, and a tad swilly. Light bodied with light carbonation. Overall drinkable and refreshing enough on a hot day, though i'd prefer my local version, Half Acre Gossamer to this.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours light and yellow with a fizzy white head that fades gradually.

Smell of indistinct hop character. Somewhat piney and citrusy. Fairly neutral malt character. A bit grainy.

Grainy malt and some citrusy hops, but overall nothing really coming to the fore.

Light body and medium carbonation. On the sweeter side of dry for a blonde.

With light session beers, I like to get a real sense of the ingredients that went into the beer. This seems to have a very neutral yeast, malt, and hop character. Nothing really shines. Not a poorly brewed beer, no off-flavors. I just have had much more interesting blondes where you really get a sense of a nice base malt with complimentary hops.

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Photo of kdpark
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Pizza Luce Downtown 6.28.10

Appearance: A lovely blonde color and little hazy

Smell: Some malt and german hops

Taste: Nice bready malt, then some wheat that gives it a grainy taste that I don't particularly care for. Hops are spicy at first but then end a bit harsh, not sure but it could be minerals? Finishes sweet, overall good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to Low, again the harsh after taste.

Drinkability: A nice balanced beer, refreshing.

I will try again to reaffirm my impressions, I know that the first time I had Sweet Child of Vine, I did not care for it, but have had it since and enjoyed it.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not your typical Minnesota winter beer, but I'm feeling like a change of pace - something lighter. And I've been neglecting this new local brewery.

Pours a very clear light golden color, like slightly watered-down apple juice. One finger or white head, fades fast, little lacing. A tiny stream of bubbles rising up.

Smell is crisp and clean. Noble hops, a bit of spice. It's faint, and at first whiff struck me like an adjunct lager. But what's there is better than that, and rather refreshing.

Taste is simpler than I'd like. Again, some crisp pale malts, a touch of bitterness. No spice here, though. Just not much to hold onto. I want either more flavor or more subtlety.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, which is what I want from it. Finish is half watery, half drying.

Was this beer built to compete with adjunct lagers? It certainly seems so to me. It's light, clean, and crisp, without a ton of flavor. Not bad, but there are better beers like it around that are more worth drinking.

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Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ kings in a pint glass

A- a hazy blonde yellow color with a good white head

S- malts and grain faint floral hops

M- follows nose with just average hop taste with german malts and a grain taste

M- crisp and clean with medium carbonation a smooth and creamy taste

O- a good summer beer with a low abv,,easy to drink but flat on the taste..still an allright brew to try

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Photo of lurpy1
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pleasant but standard golden orange. Fair amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell is bakery and grain, can't pick up on much else. Very good smell,, borders on great.

Taste is faint, not much hop, malt, tiny bit of spice. Bit of a bakery smell, at the end of the day, tastes a little macrobrewish, with better quality. Ultimately pretty ho hum.

Clean mouthfeel, crisp and sharp, but also a bit thin.

Y'know, certainly not a bad beer, but kinda boring.The same is true for SCoV Squarely a B- beer for me, as was Sweet I am pro-Fulton but more often than not I will find something more interesting to drink. I think Fulton needs to elevate its game and get more daring.

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Photo of TCMike
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass it produced a 1 finger, short lived, white head. The beer was a very translucent, light gold color.

The smell was of bread, and light citrus.

The taste was bready, with a slight hop finish. Medium carbonation, and a light mouth-feel.

Decent beer, but isn't much better than a BMC beer. Easy drinking, but lacking depth, and flavor.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fulton Lonely Blonde ale. Got a growler full of it, let's drink it up.

Clear, pale gold coloring, slim white head.

Aroma: soft hops, light maltiness, a little grainy.

Taste: light bodied, bright citric hop flavor, clean and easily drinkable. A session beer, and a chick beer, without being a lite beer or a wheat beer, which is a nice accomplishment. The Dude goes for an IPA, and his Chick can have a Lonely Blonde, even if she's a brunette. (Redheads will want something more.)
Easily sipped, tidily hopped, just enough flavor to satisfy, yet…not quite enough for me. But this isn't meant for me. I don't go for blondes. Send me to a red, a black, or a brown, please.

However, once again, there ain't nothing wrong with it, and it is just as good as a blonde ale should be. In fact, it's nearly perfect for a blonde ale. But, again, I'm not going to grab at one anytime soon.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light honey golden. Head is virtually nonexistant. And what is there doesnt last.
S- Aroma is sweet fruityness. There is a bready/grainy note.
T- Quite sweet at first. There is a light apple and pear note up front but it finishes with a sweet grainyess, with a honey graham cracker character.
M- Medium light body. More carbonation would have helped.
O- A simple beer and one that is easy drinking. I'd bring this one to a tailgate.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of Mdog
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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 zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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 garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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 StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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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