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 Tone
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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 +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 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 rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%
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 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 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 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 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 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 hardy008
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
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 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 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 sjccmd
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
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 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 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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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 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 Redrover
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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 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 dhannes
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
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 feloniousmonk
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Living816
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
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 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 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 deebo
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
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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