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 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 emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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 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 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 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 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 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 tempest
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
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 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 jera1350
2.19/5  rDev -36.3%
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 KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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 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 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 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 gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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 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 jsprain1
3.44/5  rDev 0%
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 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 zeledonia
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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 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 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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