Blonde Hunny Ale | Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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Blonde Hunny AleBlonde Hunny Ale

Brewed by:
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing this beer is straw Yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers. If the yeast has settled, swirl before you pour.

Added by Jadjunk on 08-02-2012

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color and a hard pour raises a bit of head that fades rather quickly to modest levels, though the lacing provides some remembrance of the experience; the spices, however, linger harshly in the aftertaste

Smell: Bread and honey; very yeasty, with cardamom and white pepper tones

Taste: Bread and honey forward, with the yeasty phenols taking over in the mid-palate, bringing strong cardamom and white pepper tones; the residual honeyed sweetness returns, in the finish, producing a fruity, almost cidery, effect

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite a different experience, to be honest, and I wasn't expecting much looking at the overall score; many of those who have taken the time to actually write a review are scoring it higher (perhaps higher than they otherwise would, just to boost the overall score); the flavors here are unusual and, though I am not in love with this hunny, she is a much better date than the overall score reflects; the spicing is a bit over the top but this an experience I won't quickly forget

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

The CANQuest ™ CANtinues to pick up speed as I CANtinue to roll through some of my back inventory. This one came north in a trade, but lacked an approved pic, so I had to wait for that to happen before I could bring myself to lay hands on her, er, it.

From the CAN: “Belgian style Blonde Ale brewed with honey and spices”; “Howling Good Beer”; “Am unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing, this beer is straw yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers. If the yeast has settled, swirl before you pour.”

I love that they are encouraging me to swirl this Blonde around! My Hunny, #TheOldLady, does not dig what she perceives as my mishandling of beers, especially ones in CANs, but I find that an inverted Glug works for me.

I swirled the Blonde Hunny around, I Crack!ed her open, I turned her upside down so that she could Glug as much as she liked and she still only gave me a little bit of head! Story of my life. Really, though, the brief finger of foamy, bone-white head quickly fell to wisps. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), so at least the swirl roused her up. Nose smelled kind of like the Saisons of the past couple of days. I was getting black pepper or coriander, a light honey sweetness, soft fruitiness and even a little mustiness. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely of honey, very sweet on the tongue initially, and then I got a light spiciness behind it. I am not a style maven, but they seemed to be playing fast and loose with a Belgian Blonde. Finish straddled between semi-sweet and semi-dry as the honey lent it an inherent sweetness, but the spices were working to dry it out. Not bad, but one Blonde, Begian or not, at a time for me in my advancing age.

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Photo of tone77
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yep, that's right. Another beer from the bodacious woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy yellowish color with a small head. Smell, is very mild, light fruits, not getting very much here. Taste is lemony, some yeast, a touch of spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow golden in color. Slightly hazy in appearance. Honey sweetness forward. Rounds out with golden ale flavors of pale malt and lower bitterness. Slightly Metallic. It's ok.

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Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a can to a tulip glass. Had a golden color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. A good amount of lacing.

S: A sharp, not entirely welcoming aroma of light hops, honey, yeast, and some spices.

T: Tasted of a tinge of Belgian-style yeast, a light smattering of hops (not quite enough), an odd chemical element (I can't find a better way to express that), light spices (pepper) a bit more of the honey than necessary, and malt. There's an aggressive harshness to the flavor that kind of drowns out any chance for the best ingredients to shine through. Not that interesting.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this feels like a missed opportunity. The honey could have been an interesting addition.

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Photo of argock
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serve on-tap in a tapered-waist clear serving glass at Fry Spring Station (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Soft honey-amber with a short cap of off-white head with poor retention and no lacing.

S: Aroma is sweet malt with some Belgian yeast spice and herbal hopping.

T: The honey presence is clear but there is not a whole lot else to suggest this beer. The hopping is herbal and earthy but light, and the malt component is pretty thin and wanting.

M: The mouthfeel is lighter than the ABV but the carbonation is way too light and it give the beer a thin, watery feel.

O: A really disappointing beer all the way around.

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Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice, light summertime beer, Poured from the can into my Grape and Gourmet store tulip glass. Good light honey/amber color with a good size white head. Average lacing and retention.

Aroma is fairly mild but you can pick up the honey, wheat and some lemon. Pleasant.

Taste includes some sweetness from the honey, a little bite from the wheat and some Belgian yeast and lemon. Flavor is not that intense, but fine for a summer refreshment.

Mouthfeel is light and tart, Alcohol presence is not noticible.

A tasty thirst quencher, I would drink this one again.

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Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. This beer has a cloudy yellow appearance. The head is small and white. The aroma is heavy on citrus and malt. Overall, an average beer.

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Photo of rangerred
2.57/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a one finger white head that settles into a tiny layer over the beer. No lacing at all.

Aroma is very spicy and Belgiany but really lacks the punch I am looking for. Alcohol is also quite noticable along with a touch of lemon.

Too much alcohol in the flavor. Ethanol hits me immediately along with a lemony solvent note. Some yeasty spice in the background. Mouthfeel is like water with no body to it whatsoever along with a sticky finish.

Overall, this one needs to go back to the drawing board. Alcohol is way too noticable and the mouthfeel too watery.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.26/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growler selection taken home from Wild Wolf's facility. According to the menu, Blonde Hunny is "An unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of local honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing, but be careful- this one's ABV will sneak up on you. This beer is straw yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers."

Poured from a growler to a Belgian snifter. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Aggressive pour yields a thin white creamy head with below average retention. Body color is a very hazy pale amber gold with subtle carbonation. Decent appearance and I liked the thick haziness, but its quite short on head quality. 3

(Smell) Wheat, prickly spice, grainy strong alcohol on a mild tart cracker yeast base. Honey is subtle, if present at all in this drink. Not a lot of depth in the aroma whatsoever, and the ester alcohol is very intense. The aroma is not particularly pleasing. 2

(Taste) Thin wheat malt base gives way to tart cracker and subtle spicy finish that, with the alcohol dominating, grinds the palate clean. A lot of ever-present sharp alcohol on the finish. I have no idea where the honey comes in, unless it directly contributes to the alcohol, which is intense and very estery, without contributing to the flavor at all. Depth of flavor isn't fantastic either, there's little surprises to the flavor aside from lots of booze, if that's your thing. Flavor is not very exciting nor is it enjoyable. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Quite flat, a little too slick. Alcohol presence is high. Body is low. Doesn't work with the limited flavors in the taste. The solution: A slightly more elevated body, and a much more concealed alcohol presence is favorable, plus a little more carbonation activity wouldn't hurt, either. 2

(Overall) I find that this beer's worst enemy is a lack of body to match the alcohol. Quite the boozy drinker, unfortunately it doesn't have a very high drinkability either. The recipe is a bit too simple and the "Belgian" quality is scarce too, aside from some subtleties, it tastes a lot like a spiced pale wheat ale, with a ton of strong alcohol to match. Honey doesn't pair too well with the flavor either, spiking the alcohol without adding much flavor diversity. Consider this a one-off or some kind of experimental pilot brew, through which it could improve vastly; I'd give this a pass in light of their Alpha Ale, which I enjoyed much, much more. 2

Wild Wolf Brewing Company's
Blonde Hunny Ale

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a muddled, opaque orange color, with a fluffy white head that recedes and does not lace. Smells faintly of Belgian yeast and spices, with a sweet malt presence. Tastes initially like a sweet and malty blonde ale, but the mild clove, spice, and banana esters come through in the end. Feel is smooth, mild carbonation, balanced but would be sweet if not for the yeast contributions. Overall, this is a pleasant, and very drinkable blonde ale, and would be welcomed on summer nights with some hot BBQ! Cheers!

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Photo of obywan59
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow orange in color with a 2 1/2 finger white head that recedes rather quickly leaving only token lacing, a light film on the surface, and a ring around the glass.

Sweet and herbal with some lemony Belgian spice. Rich, spicy and fresh.

Peppery tart on the tongue. The sweetness of the malts punches through on the swallow, followed closely and briefly by some light biter hops. Follow through is a lasting lemony tartness. Very nice! I really like this.

Feel is peppery and medium full with a pleasant light syrupy coating in the mouth. Warming. Substantial body.

Much better than I had feared. Taste, aroma, and feel were quite pleasing. A bit of cloy at the very first, but it settled down almost immediately. Rather easy to drink considering it's ABV and body. I really enjoyed it. I have the WW Dry Stout as well. I drank this first because it got the worst reviews, so hopefully I'll have a similar experience with the Stout. This is my 3rd Wild Wolf, and so far, they haven't let me down.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

@ Keagans in Virginia beach on a work trip. 3/21/16. Color is a muted orange/straw follow, much darker than typical Belgian but I like it. Great flavor, getting a combo of yeast and spice. Drinks smooth.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

A: Hazy, almost cloudy. Light amber in color. Head was less than a finger of off-white, but with scant lacing.

S: Aroma wasn't strong at all, but perfume and spice dominate.

T: Sweet and malty dominates up front and into the middle. Some yeast flavors, plus mild, tart fruit; spice is present, but subtle. Hops are an afterthought.

M: Smooth and refreshing, although not very well carbonated.

O: Pretty sweet, but they did advertise that is was a "hunny" ale. Flavor and aroma lack complexity, but the beer still scores big in drinkability. I'm going to buy a few more when the weather warms up again, as it would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy gold pour with an ample white head. Definite honey in the nose at first, but then the spiciness emerges, and the expected yeast; a nice experience. Taste is certainly yeasty and sweet, as expected, but not too sweet, which is important to me for a beer like this. Likewise the spices add character without being distracting. Quite easy drinking, but much more than a simple thirst quencher.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy and deep gold in color, finger and a half of head, with very little lacing. Smell is of honey, floral Belgian yeast, and maybe honeysuckle from that combo, which works very nicely. Taste is like a very floral honey that combines well with a decent malt sweetness and phenols and esters of the Belgian-esque yeast qualities. Feel is good, medium-light bodied, easy drinking without being thin or watery. A fairly solid sweeter version of a Belgian pale. Fragrant, pretty flavorful, and very easy to find and afford in central VA.

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Photo of Hex92
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

This is a tasty beer. A coworker brought a can to me and I wish he had brought me a whole 6er. This is the kind a beer to pop open as soon as you get home. Flavorful, but not a huge beer by any means. Looks good in the glass, coats the mouth just right.

I will buy this if I see it in the stores, this one came straight from the brewery. So it may not be around here.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was my first actual "craft" beer back in the fall of 2014, when (after trying a variety of Blue Moons and a few Mexican macro-lagers) I picked up a bomber of this one. For a brief time it was actually my favorite beer. Now I'm going back and having it again, in six-pack-of-cans form (...actually I've already had a couple cans, this is the third from the pack.) Canning date on the bottom reads "190116," which I assume is 19th-of-January, 2016 -- so this is pretty fresh stuff.

Appearance-wise, it's golden-colored and very hazy/cloudy; shining a flashlight through succeeds only in illuminating the beer, rather than the beam actually passing all the way through. Good number of little rising bubbles all around. Thin layer of white foam on top at first, which shrinks as time goes on and starts to fade away entirely in patches after a bit. By around the halfway point, the foam has all but vanished, with just a little bit lingering around the edge on one side of the glass.

Smell is sweet, yeasty bread and -- yep -- some honey! Not an especially strong smell (that yeastiness is stronger upon first pouring, but fades a bit after a couple minutes) but what's there is pretty nice.

Taste is also very yeast-focused. Sweetish and a bit fruity (vaguely banana-like?) immediately upon sipping (I'm actually impressed that I get a distinct flavor the instant this beer makes it into my mouth -- that doesn't always happen), shifting more into a general yeastiness blending with a noticeable honey flavor, sweetness, and some bread and spice popping in later on. Nice bready-sweet aftertaste that hangs around for a bit after drinking. Nothing at all hints at this beer being near 7% ABV, if you'd told me it was 4.5% or something I'd believe it, the alcohol is that well hidden. Burps are fruity.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and definitely drinkable, but has some substance to it, definitely doesn't feel anywhere near watery even after the foam on top is long gone. Bubbly carbonation at first, never quite prickly, a nice balance there.

Overall, while I wouldn't rank it as my "favorite beer so far" now (like I did shortly after drinking that first bomber a couple years back), this is one of those beers I imagine I'll come back to again and again in the future -- it's a style of beer (paler yeasty Belgian-style ale) that is one of my favorites, others in that style category aren't easy to find around here, it's readily available and almost always fresh on the shelves, and it's good!

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Photo of Seanem44
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Cloudy orange with a thin head that dissipates quick. Looks like a decent wheat beer.

S: Interesting. Very strong citrus. Smells like a cider.

T: Strange. It's like someone dumped a shot of Apple cider into a wheat beer. Only a slight hint of honey.

M: Not bad. Cool and refreshing. Goes down smooth.

O: My first offering from Wild Wolf and it yields strange results. It tastes more like cider than a Belgium blonde. Whatever spice they used tastes like an apple. Weak on the honey taste. Mediocre representative of its genre. Sadly, this beer will probably keep me from trying more options from Wild Wolf which is a shame since it's made in my home state of Virginia. Nice label art though. Probably the reason I bought it.

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Photo of hdf561
2.31/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On draft in a pint glass, golden yellow with no head no lacing, honey smell and a wet moldy odor maybe straw?

Taste honey with a bitter finish, not horrible but not greatest...

Decent offering but was better in a can

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Photo of stickyv
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft when writing this review but I've purchased in cans before as well. A little sweet. A little hoppy. A little spicy. Nice golden hue. Has enough body and ABV for the winter but has the wheat and "hunny" to make it a summer beer as well. Tasty beer.

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Photo of duncanranger
4.41/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopped off my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in Waynesboro, VA to try this local brew. I told the bartender I liked wheat beer and this one was quite a surprise!! Very nice!!

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Photo of rpjterp
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like honey when poured. Is an easy drinking beer but not boring. Great for hot summer days, well defined taste and depth.

Sweet notes at the beginning with a citrus twist at the end, lots of depth and character for a easy drinking beer.

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Photo of cosmo332
4.66/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Serving Can - poured into a perfect pint glass

A: pours a hazy, bright, golden yellow. Almost glow with sunlight behind it.

S: wheat, citrus, light malt. Overall pleasant aroma.

T: starts slightly sweet with a peppery spicy finish. Nice balance of lemon, honey and spice. Dangerously drinkable.

M: A little thin considering the ABV but still solid enough.

O: A really uniquely refreshing beer. Great summertime staple that goes down smooth and packs a punch.

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Photo of Sonnymon
4.93/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite Virginia craft beers. The flavor is full and robust, leaving no doubts. A delicious honey taste permeates throughout. When I first tried this beer it really took me off my feet. A beer like this is why you drink craft beers. Excellent work Wild Wolf Brewing Company!

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