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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #689
Ranked #46,846
3.36 | pDev: 16.37%
Austin Beerworks
Texas, United States
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 222 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of kflorence
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, golden copper in color with a thin amount of foam atop. Carbonation looks average. Some lacing as you drink. Aroma is roasted grains, sweet corn, caramel and floral, grassy, soapy hops. There is some off-aromas in there that are earthy, herbal. Flavor follows the nose pretty well. Very bitter and grassy with a sweet, light malt backbone. Finishes crisp, bitter and grassy. Mouthfeel is light with lively carbonation, a bit thin. Pretty drinkable, although bitter. Overall this is a pretty one-dimensional brew, it is reminiscent of a pilsener, but has a much stronger overall flavor and bitterness. While they categorize it as an "Anytime Ale", it seems to be under the "Blonde Ale" category on here. Feels more like a hybrid between a Blonde Ale and a Pilsener to me. Not exactly my cup of tea, but it's not bad either (full disclosure: Blonde Ales are one of my least favorite categories). Middle of the road brew. I would not be offended if offered one, but would probably not seek it out myself. Cheers!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance- The beer is served a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades very fast and leaves one with a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is lighter overall with some lighter notes of a bready smell as well some notes of a grassy and hay smell. Along with these smells comes a little yeast and a touch of fruit.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and light wheaty taste along with some light yeasty tastes as well as a bit of grass and yeast. Along with these tastes comes a little bit of a grainy taste as well as a touch of spice and hay. These flavors take the taste to the end where they are joined by light cardboard and paper taste to leave one with a sorta off taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is rather low. The feel is not bad, but not the best for the flavor profile, and is just OK.
Overall – Not the best blond out there. Not offensive, but not that great either…

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75


A hum-ho ale that tries to appeal to all but actually appeals to few. Indistinct hop profile, underwhelming depth of flavour, below average flavour intensity.

I'd sooner buy Ballantine XXX, but this is drinkable.


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Photo of puck1225
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a tulip glass glass. A bit disappointing.

Clear yellow with fading head and lacing. Subdued smell, slightly sweet. Taste slightly bitter. It seems a beer that does not know where to go, but is fairly good with food.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i am surprised to see this beer rated as poorly as it is, i found it amazingly refreshing, light and drinkable but still hoppy, pretty true to the extra pale style, and dry and well carbonated which is such a nice combination to combat the texas humidity and heat this time of year, whats not to like? very light body, crackery and crisp and almost lagered to me, which leaves a lot of room for the citrusy hops later on, meyer lemon and zesty characteristics, with a clean and not too bitter complexion at the end, and then just done, so dry and instant, a real disappearing act. unlike some of their others, this doesnt warm up real well, which might account for some of the lower ratings, lots of warm beer consumed in texas i have to imagine, so hot this time of year. in any event, i found this incredibly easy drinking and refreshing, and i actually thought it was one of the better cans we had from these guys on our texas trip. has elements of a hoppy lager, elements of the session ipa style, it just works.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a soft light yellow color with a fair transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Flimsy white head quickly died off. Not much lace. The aroma had some sweet freshly cut grassy notes, light lemon, some sweet corn. The flavor was sweet through the previously mentioned aromas to arrange as I expected in the aftertaste and finish. The feel was light bodied with a great crushability about it. ABV felt as projected. Overall, pretty nicely done blonde ale.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Much lighter than I'd expected it's a pale light yellow more akin to something out of a 'team can.' Decent white head with lacy loopy froth and decent retention.

Nose is definitely a hill country thing with an almost murky note -- you can almost smell the humidity. There's also some biscuity malts and light grassy hops in there as well.

Sure, there's some flavour there, but it sure doesn't stick around. Those same malts lead off, again with a token nod to some grassy hops in there somewhere, but overall this just isn't providing much to distinguish it. It doesn't need to be a volcano of flavours to excite: there's plenty of room for mellow easy drinking afternoon delights, but even in that arena I find myself just feeling... meh.

Prickly carbonation and an easy drinking body, sure, but I just don't really find myself compelled to drink more of it. Oh well. They can't all be winners!

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold (4) pour with white head; decent cap retention; moderate lace; excellent clarity. Baked bread and floral nose. Baked bread and slightly herbal tongue. Moderate plus carbonation with zippy lite mouthfeel. Not much here other than lite floral hops. Easy drinking.

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

Nothing fancy but I love it. Just a nice, light refreshing beer. Not too hoppy but you still get a slight hint of it.
Love supporting local beers as well so this has been a summer go-to when I don't feel like living the high life.

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Photo of jps0869
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Simultaneously sweet and grainy, the beer shares the qualities of a failed experiment and a cheap macro-lager. I like ABW a lot, and that's why this one's a head-scratcher. Its direct competition in town in the easy-drinking ale category, Hops and Grain's The One They Call Zoe, blows it out of the water. Can't all be gems, I guess.

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Photo of brentk56
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like a macro lager, with a crystal clear golden color and a modest head; nice lacing, though

Smell: The pilsener malt dominates the aroma though there are no hops to be found; a touch of sulfur

Taste: Very husky and grainy, up front and throughout, with just a hint of residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Can't say I am much of a fan of this beer; not exactly sure what the brewers are shooting for but I guess it might quench a thirst on a really hot Texas day

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden pour with a frothy one finger head and medium carbonation. Aroma is light floral and lemon. Light bodied with a mild flavor composed of floral hops, lemon, grain and malt. Finishes with a slightly bitter, grainy taste.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A pretty good sized off white head settles into a decent lacing above a clear straw golden colored beer.

A subdued aroma of light grain malts and even lighter hops notes with a light yeastiness.

A light almost sour grain taste with some light bitterness from the hops sneaking in.

A light dryish aftertaste with some hops notes on this light bodied beer.

Pretty disappointed in this beer, it seems that they are trying to make a mass market lager with a craft beer price tag.

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Photo of Dusty6467
1.18/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is my 1st beer from Austin Beerworks after hearing good things about the brewery. It taste like a subpar lager, such as Lone Star or PBR. After drinking a few dogfish 60 minute IPAs, I grabbed a 6 pack of this stuff (for $10) and couldn't even taste it. I hope the brewerie's other beers have better character than this one, otherwise I won't be revisiting. No characteristics to point out- just terrible...

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Photo of jaasen64
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into pint glass. Thanks to SSW117 for this one.

A- Pours a perfectly translucent clear yellowish golden with a little under a finger of head that dissipates very fast, nice carbonation. Not much in terms of lacing.

S- Lightly sweet pale malts with a slight floral smell, slightly above average carbonation.

T- Very lightly sweet pale malts with a light presence of wheat and grains.

M- Medium bodied, slightly oily, easy to drink, refreshing.

O- This was a decent pale ale that was nice to drink. There wasn't anything that really stood out in it, but it was overall enjoyable. I'm glad I got to try it, thanks again Sam for sending it!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing this random ass tick.

A: Clear pale amber body with a frothy, short-lived white head. Not much lace. Average.

S: Pretty boring, with nothing much beyond husky malt, yeasty minerality, and herbal hops. Ok, but not interesting in the least.

T: Follows the nose: rather lagery, malty, and cleanly hoppy on the finish. Refreshing.

M: Light and lively. Pretty good.

O: This tasted nothing like an English Pale Mild Ale, but whatever. It was drinkable and inoffensive.


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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kevin123 for this can...

A: Pours a pale translucent yellow with about a half finger pure white head that settles quickly. There is a think rocky ring left along the edges of the glass.

S: This beer is pretty basic. Light, and crisp with scents of pale malt. There is a thin citrus note, but you'd miss it if you weren't looking for it.

T: It's a pretty standard Pale Mild Ale. Earthy grains, slight grass, slight dirt, and mild hops. There is nothing in the taste that really makes this beer standout.

M: Light bodied beer. It's hit the palate and moves off quickly. It's smooth all the way around without any lingering notes.

O: This beer is pretty average. The flavors are ok, the mouthfeel is ok, it's just ok. I didn't hate it, and I didn't love it. This would be a great alternative to BMC if you wanted a substitute.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can tried 5 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&A, thanks! Served in the Austin Beerworks wheat glass.

Large yellow tinged foamy head. Moderately carbonated. Clear bright golden yellow. Aroma is light sweet grains, lemon, mineral, very pleasant. Flavor is quite similar, sweetly malty, touch of mineral and lemon. Medium to light body, light ethanol. Becomes kind of lemon pithy towards the finish. Mineral aftertaste.

I could see finishing quite a few of these in the summertime. Which should be starting in about three days...

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Photo of FosterJM
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1132nd Review on BA
Can to Pint

No canning date

Thanks to lnashsig for this one.

App- A medium colored yellow that was pretty see through. A nice white 1/2 finger capped head was present and left quickly. A nice bit of cling left in the glass.

Smell- Wasn't too offensive but was pretty average. It had a little mix of pils, AAL and blonde ale with some earthy notes.

Taste- It was very mild but wasnt overly offensive. Right down the middle. A sublte mix of the three aromatics I mentioned with a earthy grassy type of flavor.

Mouth- Light medium bodied with a high carbonation level. Left a bit of malty grassy notes after.

Drink- I wanted this one for the style tick. I wouldnt have searched it out in the meantime. I can say that on a sweltering hot Texas or CA summer day this would work wonders.

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Photo of kevirv
2.02/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The only thing I tasted was peanut butter and it was not pleasant. Instead of an exta pale ale , it reminded me more of a cheap beer such as Pearl, Dixie or Lone Star.
Austin Beerworks needs to reconfigure this ale or just get rid of it all together.

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Photo of chocosushi
2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Smokestack tulip
A ~ Pours...straw? Very pale resembling a lager. Lacing is pretty weak. Carb is like 7-up. This doesn't really look like an APA.

S ~ White bread & pale malts mostly. Grass & pepper...some light funkyness & vegetation. Faintest hint of lemon peel. Meh

T ~ Graham crackers & yeastbread fading into hints of citrus. Lots of toast on the back end. Touches of grassyness throughout.

M ~ Peppery turns to doughy turns to an off resinous twinge finishing with toasty malt that cloyyys. Not elegant in terms of balance for being such a Pale-pale ale. Light-medium bittering but this somehow wrecked my palette.

D ~ Overall underwhelming. Good? yes I finished it but not great or worth revisiting. This is what would be an "Extra Pale Ale" in terms of being Extra Pale, rather than Extraordinary.

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Photo of Crispy34
2.54/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I snatched a can at work. I pour it straight out of the can into a pint glass while watching "The Fugitive" starring Harrison Ford.

A: This beer is a nice golden color. It just screams light!

S: It smells kinda skunky, almost like a American Heineken.

T: It goes from an almost skunky to earthy malt very fast. It is almost like plain popcorn.I tasted no noticeable hops.

M: It is light in body as it looks. As for when it starts of almost skunky, it ends very malty rather than skunky. I find what they did at the end interesting.

O: This beer is OK. That is about all I've got. For once, I would not buy it under any circumstance... unless there was just a bunch of crappy major brands, and this brew.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

GABF silver medal winner, looking forward to trying this one out for a while.

This pours a vibrant crystal clear golden yellow with a good bit of foam that quickly dissipates. This is great looking, if it was a fizzy adjunct lager. If it was, it would be an awesome brew (never mind that it’s a pale ale and not a lager, etc etc)… but it’s not, and it’s not. (Fizzy lager, and awesome, respectively.) As a pale ale (or “extra pale”) it just fails to excite is all. Low aroma, barely perceptible, and no hops to speak of. Flavor is more of the same, with the only noticeable complexity on the finish. But nothing stands out aside from the effervescence. What flavor there is drops rapidly as it warms. Unfortunately this is not one I’ll get again.

I’m midway through the sixer I picked up on a recent trip to Austin (not all at once!) and it’s done the opposite of grow on me. Not to get snarky but why pay craft beer prices for something that is lacking flavor. Maybe in the land of Lone Star and BMC this is another beer to convert folks to drinking craft beer but even then there’s better, similar craft beers filling that niche around town.

One last thing: the name. Peacemaker? Given the history of the Texas Rangers and whatnot I imagine that this is a reference to the guns they used in as “pacifiers”? While this may be clever and in line with the brewery’s theme, speaking for myself it brings up uncomfortable connotations that really shouldn’t affect my experience drinking. But they do, and it does.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JJFoodie for the can!

Pours an adjunct-like pale yellow, totally clear. A bright white near finger of head dissipating to nothing. Aroma is grainy and cracker like, with some nutty maltiness. A bit of grassy, earthy hops. Bit more grainy and bready in the taste with a bit of finishing grassy hops. Light bodied and slick. Good easy drinkability.

Not bad, nothing spectacular though.

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Photo of ms11781
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to duff247. 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a brillant clear golden, yellowish color with a minimal head. No lacing to speak of. Carbonation is evident but that may be because the beer is clear and everything can be seen.

The nose is mostly malt forward. Grainy and bready. There is some cracker like malt with the slightest hint of some floral hop aromas. Not very strong overall.

The taste follows the nose. Sweet grainy and bready malts are present along with a touch of some floral hops. The taste is nearly identical to the nose but it is a bit more assertive and has a more pronounced sweetness.

A light body with medium but prickly carbonation give the beer a lighter mouthfeel.

Overall this is an ok beer. Nothing stands out but it's not bad either. I had it as a beer to end the night with and it might be best served in that role.

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Peacemaker from Austin Beerworks
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 222 ratings