Riverwalk Blonde
Twisted Manzanita Ales

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Blonde Ale - American
3.45 | pDev: 12.17%
Twisted Manzanita Ales
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Riverwalk BlondeRiverwalk Blonde
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel and floral notes. It was sweet with very little hop bitterness.

Feb 20, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, malts, fruits. Taste is malts, light fruits, some tartness, a bit different for this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

Oct 16, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Twisted Manzanita has recently begun CANning their beers and they are making their way to PA to boot! Yes, they are shrink-wrapped labels, but it's still a step in the right direction. A step towards inclusion on The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Crisp [-] Bready [-] Approachable"; "Without Riverwalk Blonde there would be no Twisted Manzanita. Years ago our first homebrewing challenge was to create a beer that would appeal to all of our close friends - from skeptical craft converts to IPA fanaticsin search of substantive flavor. You now hold the fruit of that labor: Riverwalk's mixture of bready Kolsch yeast, delicate fruit esters and crisp finish. Whether a fan or a first-timer, we know you'll pour yourself a second pint."

I got a nice, loud Crack! and I had not CANducted an inverted Glug for a while, so I was inspired to do just that. The eggshell-white head started coming up really quickly and I had to back off as a result. I initially had three fingers of foamy head, but it quickly fell away, allowing me to complete the rest of the pour. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity and so my Gelt Pals, Midas, Mammon and Croesus stopped in for a taste. Nose had a slight grapiness that caused my nose to wrinkle. Hmm. Mouthfeel was soft, but thin. The taste had a slight grape-y flavor along with a mild biscuit-y maltiness. It wasn't bad, per se, but it was not the best Blonde that I have sampled, either. Finish had a slight tartness that just seemed out of place. I CAN't see opening a second one.

Jul 07, 2015
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: a slightly hazy golden amber color with some faint bright yellow notes as the light hits it. large 3 finger rocky, marshmellow-like slightly off white head

s: sweet caramel, juicy strawberries, juicy SWEET pineapple, huge bready/biscuity malt aromas. ends with a slightly sweet syrupy smell. very juicy and mouthwatering aroma

t: flavor mimics the nose pretty spot on here. a mixture of sweet (yet light) caramel and strawberries up front. very juicy. thats followed by some ripe passionfruit and banana. that fades to a green apple skin and lemongrass. flavor is finished off with a dry, biscuty cracker/doughy backbone

m: on the lighter side of medium. theres a lot of carbonation in here which is making the mouthfeel a little lighter. also some astringency on the tongue from the green apple flavor

o: i'll admit, i have become a fan of the American Blonde Ale. this is super juicy - yet not bitter at all (which you might expect with some of the fruity flavors). the beer itself is quite sweet, but there is a watery presence which cuts it a bit and makes it real easy drinking. also a real nice doughy malt quality in here which makes for a real nice backbone. definitely would recommend picking this up. its a great spring beer

Mar 04, 2015
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of grainy malts with a bit of fruits.

Tastes of the grainy malts with touches of fruit and a bit of hops. Grainy malts lead off with bready notes as well. This sweetness leads into a bit of apple and banana. A smattering of lemony hops add in. Finishes with a bit more grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is okay, but too much grainy malt.

Oct 18, 2014
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travolta from California

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Very clear and gold. No head retention, but a little bit of lacing.

Nose: Lemon, wheat, acids, slightly metallic and medicinal.

Taste: Very soft and palatable. Lemon, rosemary, with a great malty background. Nicely balanced.

Notes: A nice blonde, with a good amount of malt. Well balanced.

Sep 01, 2014
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salcedo from California

3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a glass.

A: Light amber color. Nice creamy head.
S: Malty with a touch if cider.
T: Immediately after pouring, there was a slight metallic taste, but that went away after a few minutes. Toasted malt is very nice. Very tart. Also strong corn or DMS flavor that you would expect in a cream ale.
M: light to medium body. Tartness leaves your tongue feeling quite dry

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Very nice for a warm Spring day like today (especially after finishing the yard work). I probably would not drink more than one bomber because it is so tart. It needs to be followed up with something a bit sweeter.

I would categorize this as more of a tart Cream ale, however there is enough toasted malt flavor that I can see it as a Blonde.

Jun 01, 2014
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JoeTex from California

4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a great session beer. You can drink this all day and you won't get tried of it, and it won't let you down. Can't wait to try the other Riverwalk beers, Aged in oak barrels sounds fantastic. We very are lucky to have this brewer in East County.

May 16, 2014
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NickMunford from Wyoming

2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one's tough. On tap it tastes great. Flavorful, perfectly carbonated, all that good stuff. On tap, I give it a 4.

But in a bottle it's just average. Pours a yellow color with little head. It has kind of a metallic aroma. The flavors are mild, Light hops. Unfortunately, the metallic aroma is there on the tongue as well. Light bitter aftertaste. Normally I would think maybe I got an old bottle, but this was purchased from the brewery.

In short, if you see this on tap, it's worth trying. Very good at the brewery. But in a bottle, just average.

Dec 02, 2012
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tempest from New York

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a friend for bringing a bottle back from San Diego. I popped it open to wash down some Thai curry, and it delivered. This blonde/kolsch has a tall white head and a slight haze to the light amber body. The malt is clean and bready, almost like dough, with a light touch of crust and fruit sweetness. It's definitely a gateway beer, but the flavor open up nicely as the beer warms. Check it out.

Oct 28, 2012
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Manzanita Brewing Company in Santee, Calif. Color was hazy banana. About a finger of head. Uneven cloudy lacing on the top. Plenty of nice film in the sides.

Smelled clean and light with just a touch of cirrus notes.

Tasted wheat, citrus, water and light banana notes.

Light body. Lively (above average carbonation. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

Just an OK beer, but the feel really stood out. Do you want a summer brew? Then this is it.

Jan 30, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



A: Yellow gold with a finger of white sea foam. Good retention and pretty good clarity.

S: Light sulfur with a whisper of mineral and lemon. Grainy, bready malt accompanies grassy hops.

T: Grainy malt with light biscuit notes and a little sweetness. I get a touch of sulfur and grassy notes are evident. There's a low bitterness and the finish is clean and crisp.

M: Light in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

Overall: A well executed and enjoyable Blonde Ale. I don't really have any complaints.

Dec 19, 2011
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HalfFull from California

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

Bomber poured into a pint glass, the Riverwalk Blonde pours a golden straw with a touch of haze and sports a light cap. Retention is a bit brief and some lace is offered.

Aroma is typically light overall given the style. Some bready malt, perhaps a hint of wheat in the mix and a faint lemony hop presence. Hops become more prominent with warming in a lemon oil though not quite pledge sense.

Taste is slightly sweet and grainy, yet not so much. Rather slick and smooth actually, offering only moderate flavor yet moderate resistance as well. Quaffs easily and more so with some food, yet doesn't cause one to linger. A perfectly acceptable Blonde albeit a bit thin in body and coarseness of flavor, and a touch sweet. A perfect recipe for a woman, yet still a decent recipe for a beer.

Nov 03, 2011
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mactrail from Washington

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A touch of hoppiness fills the mouth and gives the impression of a spritzy Pilsener or a Kolsch. Light in every way but a nice full carbonation is a great feature for drinkability. Sharp with the taste of pancakes. Quite lovely with the light golden color and creamy head. On the tart side but without the malty flavors of a Wit, say. A good quaff, and I'll try it on tap next time.

A 22 oz bottle from Barons on Pt. Loma Blvd in San Diego, one of my frequent beer store visits. See the interesting info in the Bros review.

Oct 13, 2011
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badboyrsl84 from California

3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow in the glass with a nice thick white head.

Smell- I cant really detect alot in the smell. Maybe a little malt.

Taste- unlike the smell there is alot going on. Tons of grains and sweet spices. I get some coriander and orange peel. Its very light and crisp but with tons of flavor.

Overall - its perfect for a hot summer day and is very easy to drink. I took this one for granted. Very well done

Jul 10, 2011
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I would go on a riverwalk with this beer, but the nearest one is too much of a drive for my lazy butt. I suppose that I could walk along the ditch that runs behind my house, but then I wouldn't be able to see where I was going, let alone know how much beer was left in my glass. As you would expect, it's another generic broadcast from my room. Once that cap is popped, we'll be ready to roll. Psstt...pop! On to the beer:

Depending on the lighting where the glass is, this beer will range from highlight yellow to golden sunshine in color. The head show some persistence, slowly dropping to a semi-creamy lace. A few whiskers stick around. Nose is....to be honest, better and more interesting than I thought...at least in the begining. Light citrus and fresh cut grass, even sugar cookies are in the mix. More time kills the sugar cookie note and sharper grassy elements kick in.

One part of me likes the cream ale characteristics that this beer seems to have, another part of me isn't so fond of sharp grass. The sweet cream notes are easy going and allow for vegetal and some bitterness to hit. The bitterenss is sharp at time, chemically even, and not the most pleasant, which is critical towards docking a half point off the taste. Feels quite meaty for a blonde ale, perhaps a given because this one clocks in at 6% ABV.

Riverwalk could have made a first good impression from this east county brewery, but ultimately doesn't quite make it. Here's hoping the red (which I have in queue) is a better showing of Manzanita's abilities.

Jun 29, 2011
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

American hops and malt, and a Kölsch yeast, coming from the West Coast. Buckle up! Just a kiss of haze on the golden color; lacing is not afraid to stay on the glass. Pretty big aroma: nutty yeast, grape-nut maltiness, light lemon zest and a very faint sulphur tone from the fermentation. Hop bitterness is not shy, with a sharpness that slices the palate and seems to stick for a bit. Malt flavor drops a biscuity (husky) tone that does not shake away so easily. Dry bitty finish. Not every Blonde needs to be clean and perfect; this one is certainly walking a path less taken, and it is a path we’re glad we walked down.

Jun 29, 2011
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srandycarter from California

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - murky straw nice white head slow to leave. Cling lace apparent.

S - light malt and slight lemon sour smell.

T- malt there but corn like flavor as well. Plenty of bittering to finish.

M - Light body good carb fair balance.

D - easy pounder. Could have a few

May 15, 2011
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Eriktheipaman from California

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

Poured a pale straw with white head and decent lacing.

Not much at all really to the nose, maybe veryyy slight malt.

In the taste I picked up very little hops but with a nice malty backing on the finish.

Not my favorite style at all, but I feel this beer lives up to it.

Apr 01, 2011
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d4114 from California

2.36/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow, hardly any head, carbonation looks good

S- Smells very particular can't put my finger on it, not a strong smell. Whatever types of hops they used is what I think i'm smelling, not really much else.

T- Similar to anchors liberty ale but not as strong; not liking it very much; Tiny bit of bitterness and hops come through that's really it.

M- Fine for what it is, light texture and easy to drink.

O- I don't like the flavor of this beer but it is an easy drinker and you could have a few at once if you like it.

Mar 31, 2011
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womencantsail from California

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Manzanita Brewing Company

A: The pour is that standard yellow color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is pretty standard and unassuming as well, but that pretty much sums up my experiences with blonde ales. A bread malt base that is only slightly sweet and has a very faint hop aroma.

T: A slight sweetness up front with some bready malt and honey flavors. The hops are a bit more present here and provide a light and fairly refreshing bitterness.

M: The body is on the lighter side of medium with a medium level of carbonation.

D: I guess I shouldn't expect too much from the blonde ale in any brewery's lineup. This one was pretty average, but easy enough to drink.

Sep 13, 2010
Riverwalk Blonde from Twisted Manzanita Ales
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 55 ratings