Blarney Blonde | Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

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Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 09-03-2002

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by LukeK1231:
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4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at MJ O'Neill's in Temple Bar in Dublin, IRL.

A- A nice for lack of better color: blonde.

S- Veery nice smelling bitter hoppy smells and light fruit.

T- An outstanding tasting beer. Nice bitter hops and light fruit.

M- Decent carbonation, mayb a little too much.

D- Very easy to drink personally, nice light hop finish, however some may find it overall too flavorful.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Skibum211
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Norseman, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose along with notes of sweetness similar to candi sugar.
T: Like the smell, the taste has notes of sweetness and hints of pale malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a rather good Irish representation of a Blonde Ale. The sweet flavors are very pleasant.

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Photo of MillRat
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean straw-colored beer with a fine white head. Aromas of earthy hops with a little bit of ale fruitiness that becomes more noticeable as it warms up a bit. Slightly sweet ale with some good hopping to counterbalance. Nothing to note outside of the bounds of a nice pale ale, but there's no need for that either. Pairs nicely with seafood and lighter fare. Interesting enough and mild enough to claim full session-beer status.

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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden blond with a creamy head composed of thin, tight bubbles. Leaves sticky lacing.

S-Pale malts, a light note of lime, oats.

T/M-Very, very nice lager style. Somewhat bready, not too dry. Mouth filling graininess mid-palate, but the body never gets too big.


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Photo of drperm
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At the Bull & Castle, Dublin. Koelsch-style ale. an extremely light ale, but I found the light color to be quite deceptive. It has quite a bit going on, but it took having it along with the food to bring out all the magic. By itself, it has very nice subtle malt tones with a slight hint of fruit. All subtleties were swept aside when combined with the excellent haddock & chips -- it came to life as a complex ale: bubbly to cleanse the palate, just bitter enough to quench, and slightly sweet for fun.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on draught in the Franciscan Well brewpub in Corcaigh. Poured into a generic pint glass.

A: One finger head of nice cream and good thickness, but unfortunately rather poor retention. Semitransparent darker yellow colour.

Sm: Extremely light delicately vague hint of a scent of barley and cream. Extraordinarily light and barely detectable.

T: Cream-injected body lights up the barley and slight malt, giving this blonde some serious flavour. Slight notes of honey tamed by a sprinkle of bittering hops, but not enough to bitter - as much as that makes sense, anyway. Tingly pale hops ring off the finish, closing off the blonde in atypical style. More subtle than expected, but not necessarily complex. A bit of metallic icky undertone jumps in deep under the surface, but nowhere near as badly as is the case with most of Messyrs Maguire's beers. Built strangely, but manages to be better than most beers in the style. Certainly balanced.

Mf: Smooth and medium. Most blondes are smooth and light. This blonde has more happening than most, which is a nice effect. Some nice coarseness comes through on the end of the finish (redundant terminology?), which actually preps you for the next sip.

Dr: 4.30 is highway robbery for a blonde in most circumstances, but this blonde is a little something special. It's certainly worth a try if you're in Corcaigh.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this on tap several times at The Bull & Castle, Dublin, Ireland. I usually have it as a "first beer" while looking at the menu. It serves a nice pale straw coloured brew - slightly hazy with a thin to medium white head. Reasonable carbonation. Smell is a floral bouquet. Taste is pretty good, if nothing earth shattering. Pretty refreshing brew. I'm not sure if it's accurately billed as a "Koelsh".
Nice beer.

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Photo of msanborn
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of dryndantheman
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kremlock
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of stcules
2.51/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The smell is essentially fruity, but a little too sweet for my taste. When you drink it, you can feel a malted taste, sweet, and even a bit sickly. Anyway, the appearance is good; the beer has a beautiful golden colour, with a white head.

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Blarney Blonde from Franciscan Well Micro Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 14 ratings