Towhead | Mother's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mother's Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Marrying the best elements of traditional German golden ales and classic Midwestern wheats, this American Blonde lives up to Mother’s expectations. Towhead is refreshingly light-bodied with flavor that won’t quit. It starts slightly sweet with hints of fruit and finishes with the faintest hop kiss that’ll leave you reaching for another. And another.

Towhead is Mother’s little blonde baby. We've captured a subtle blend of sweet, fruity flavors—well suited for close examination yet balanced enough to go down smooth, clean, and crisp when you just want something cold and tasty.

21 IBU

Added by htomsirveaux on 03-20-2012

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 119
Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, this is a completely clear, golden-amber colored brew. Small white head. The aroma has a little grain and some bready malt, backed with a faint herbal hop scent. Nice clean flavor, with a crisp finish. Medium in body and I like the light malt flavor in the finish. Nice.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Towhead has a thick, slightly off-white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, and some glass lacing left behind. Aroma is of very yeasty, sweet, sourdough white bread, and the taste is of those elements, with a shadow of banana and coriander. Bitterness exists, simply for rounding purposes. Mouthfeel is medium and a touch slick, and Towhead finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of MinerBob
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bought this beer while in Eurika Springs Arkansas. Bitter with a hard swallow. Hazy color and a strong smell. A good but not great beer. With all the choices out there I would not buy again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Mother's Towhead that my brother is sharing with me. It's pretty hot today and blonde ale sounds good, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes with the name a little, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a nice golden orange color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I was expecting the color to be a little lighter for a Blonde Ale.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a very bready. little bit of wheat, biscuit and sweet malt aromas which is followed by the yeast which is doughy at first then it goes into a slightly fruity yeast aroma with a little bit of stone fruit coming through and towards the end there's just a slightly herbal and grassy hop aromas. This beer has a nice aroma, it's just a little unique for the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart most of the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are lighter and it goes into the doughy yeast which is also lighter. On the finish there's pretty much no hop flavors with a little bit of fruity yeast showing up with pretty much no bitterness and it doesn't have much of an aftertaste. This is an ok tasting beer, it's pretty average for the style.

M- Smooth, clean, pretty crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with some slightly prickly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was pretty average example of the style, the aroma was nice, but when it got to the taste everything got lighter and it made for a pretty bland tasting beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is more than enough for me since the flavor doesn't hold my attention. What I like the most about this beer is the mouthfeel, it's easily the best aspect and it's the truest to style. What I like the least about this beer is the taste, it's just pretty bland with no complexity. I wouldn't buy this beer if I saw it and I can't say I would recommend it withe since it's just not a good example of the style. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this one, it just didn't have much to it and it wasn't memorable. It's my least favorite Mothers beer and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of Mdg222
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderate level of carbonation. Pale golden color. Somewhat of a malty aroma. The front end is carbonated and grainy. It settles down and is more malty thank grainy. A touch of bitterness to finish it. Not bad but too much like a light beer for my taste.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden/ straw in color with the faint aroma of pale malt and light spice, this beer has a slightly hazy body and a good pour creates a small amount of foam with tiny bubbles. The foam level isn’t impressive, but it is adequate and it does leave some lacing as you drink.

This beer offers a smooth taste that combines pale malt, biscuits, grains, and a little bit of grassiness. There is a slight bitterness in the finish, the body is crisp, and the texture is creamy. The bitterness is short- lived, however, as the beer quickly returns to the taste of sweet malt.

This is a very easy- drinking beer that makes a good choice when you want a craft beer that isn’t too complex, too filling, or too overdone. It’s a good session beer overall and it makes a good choice when you want a more thirst- quenching brew on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured a golden honey with lots of bubbles and a 2 finger fluffy white head

S - Very little smell. Very light malt smell is about it

T - Biscuity, malty, grassy. Sweet with a dry finish.

M - Very light but dry. Easy to drink

O - A very drinkable beer. Could easily sit down and put down several.

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Photo of CBrotherton
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz pour into a pint glass.

A - Golden brown appearance with minimal lacing; minimal carbonation. Head was 1" on pour and dissipated to 1/8" quickly.
S - No discernible smell. Neutral. 3 for not having an unpleasant odor.
T - Wheaty and sweet, short finish. Was hoping for a more flavorful taste. Still above average.
M - Minimal carbonation on the front and sides of the tongue. Not a whole lot going on with this brew.
O - Not too impressed with this brew. It was pleasant and didn't offer much outside the taste and that was short.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/12/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, grass, cracker, floral, bready grain, wheat, and black pepper spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of lemon, apple, pear, cracker, grass, floral, bready grain, wheat, herbal, and peppery spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, grass, floral, bready grain, herbal, and peppery spiciness on the finish for a bit. Nice flavor balance with solid hop flavor complexity; more hoppy than malty; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good blonde ale style. Light, yet nicely hoppy and flavorful; and extremely smooth to drink as expected. Typical well executed blonde; nicely enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Side poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Standard energy in the pour.

Appearance - Pours a medium straw color with a underwhelming half finger head that goes away as fast as it appeared. No lacing whatsoever. Like the packaging, but other than that, nothing really dazzling about the presentation.

Smell - Nose is like that of many of the style. Light grassy notes, grains, and yeast. A slight fruit hint, but barely detectable.

Taste - Very lager-like, in my opinion. Grainy, a hint of sweetness in the middle, then a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, finishes dry and a with a hint of sweetness. Mediocre

Overall - Another less than stellar offering. I would drink it again, but I certainly would not buy it. There just isn't anything to it, really. Basically tastes a little better than Budweiser for more money.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a hazy bright straw yellow color with 1 finger of white head that does not linger very long, and leaves some mild lacing on the glass.

S- Smells malty, it aslo has some spiciness to it. Yeasty and grainy aromas.

T- Follows nose well. Only slightly sweet, taste is crisp and refreshing. Finishes dry.

M- Lively amount of carbonation almost feels like it dances on the tongue. The lightness in body makes this one easily sessionable.

O- Goes good on a hot summer day. A crisp, refreshing American Blonde.

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Photo of scratch69
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head. Nice head retention with good lacing.

Smell- Grain with a hint of spices and floral hops.

Taste- Grain flavor with a bit of malty sweetness. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- A nice easy drinking beer. I picked this up at a gas station in Branson, MO and I am pretty pleased with it.

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Photo of DCon
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a Mix-A-Six Pack from MacDoodles in Joplin, MO for $9.85 and added a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this to it. Poured from the Brown labeled bottle with Yellow Silhouette of a child's head into a Shaker Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Malty, sweet, and all other characters are very light.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that has good retention. Has a deep golden body. Leaves good lacing.

Flavor- Very sweet and soft characters all around. Finishes a medium sweet finishes.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Sweet, and offers no other out of the ordinary character.

Overall Impression- A very approachable brew by Mother's and my first from them. Would definitely like to enjoy many more by these guys. For the style, above average but doesn't knock my shoes off.

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Photo of SusanWaldo
4.94/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mother's Tow Head is a great light session beer for summer. This beer is affordable and not real heavy even though it has some great flavor. Not watered down like other blonde beers.This is a beer that is very drinkable for a style that I am not usually fond of.

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Photo of soju6
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a light golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of grain, citrus, some herbs and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Flavor of grain with bit of caramel sweetness, Mild bitterness with a dry finish.

F: Light body, fairly crisp and somewhat refreshing.

O; Easy drinker, not too complex but good fit for the Midwestern fondness for this style.

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Photo of Vixie
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a bit of a white head that quickly reduces to some nice lacing. Quite a few bubbles as well.

Pretty much all malt and yeast. Not saying that as a negative, the smell is actually more pronounced than others of this style I've had.

Tastes a lot like it smells, lot of malt and yeast. There is a bit of spice from the hops, has a bit of a dry finish.

Fairly standard feel for the style, although the carbonation helps it feel a bit more solid.

This is not my favorite style, as it tends to not be as complex a beer as I like. That being said, this is a good example of the style, it goes down easy, and would be nice to have on a hot day. One of the better ABA's I've tried.

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear, golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly, crackly foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of mild spices, caramel and some grains.

T - It tasted sweet with some nice caramel and grain flavors. Mild hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a solid blonde ale. Easy drinking and would make a good yard beer.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 28 Nov 2011. Served in the Schlafly shaker pint.

Large white head. Medium carbonation. Clear golden yellow in color. Sweet grainy aroma. Starts quite sweet and grainy. Light malts dominate. Light body, moderate ethanol. Fairly malty sweet throughout with a touch of bitterness at the finish.

Nicely done, quite easy to drink.

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Towhead from Mother's Brewing Company
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