Blonde | Hilliard's Beer

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Hilliard's Beer
Washington, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In this hop-heavy town, it surprised us how our least hopular beer became our most popular when it was on draft. Malty and rich in flavor with a dry bite, this is a truly (ob)sessionable ale. Single malt and single hop so what's the BFD? Exactly that: it's a beer for drinking.

20 IBU

Added by flagmantho on 09-26-2012

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by ssteakley:
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4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I stray away from weisen type beers, blond whatever. But this was served to me at a family members home and I was surprised, it was really good. Must have a German over there at that brewery. German's know how to do wheat beer and this one is right up there with them. A good any event beer to share with your colleagues, family or friends.

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Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dirtylou
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, cloudy blonde body, nice fluffy white head

smell: toasted grain, faint lemon

taste: Not a style I particularly gravitate to as I'd prefer to have a nice lager/pils to a blonde ale if i'm inclined to go light. pale blonde malt, spicy bread, dough, very mild hop presence

mouthfeel: light, light bitterness

overall: OK - just wanted to try one, probably wont have another despite my frequent presence at hilliards

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Photo of Kevlee722
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BabaBeer
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Poured from 16 oz can into becker.

A: Hazy, straw blonde, fizzy head, a little lacing

S: Sweet, grassy, a little metallic

T: haven't had a ton of blonde ales. The aroma and taste remind me of quality lagers I've had; simple maltiness, crisp, metallic.

M: Crisp, prickly carbonation, average finish

O: Not bad. Sessionable. Would be good to enjoy while watching sports or a nice keg to have at a party

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Photo of coz
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Donkster46
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of cherche
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is almost two fingers of frothy white foam with decent retention. Nice!

Smell: sweet malt with a light fruitiness and a light graininess. Actually well-composed, except for a kind of over-sweet dankness which sort of permeates everything. Not horrible, but not entirely welcome either.

Taste: taste is similar to the aroma, but the dankness works in an entirely different way. Kind of a wet-spent-malt graininess, which balances out the sweetness in the flavor. One of those things where the bouquet works better on the tongue than in the nose. I like that this isn't a go-nowhere, simple, too-light blonde ale, but something that's actually challenging. I'd drink more of this.

Mouthfeel: light body but a big and well-integrated carbonation that creates a big, mouth-filling if a bit evanescent, creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer works for me. A challenging blond ale in a 16oz tallboy? I'll definitely have it again.

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Photo of ayatsato
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of PhatAtUT
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ZachT
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Poured a deep yellowish color with great carbonation leaving behind a nice white cap which resedes slowly leaving some faint white bubbles and lacing

S: Nose is not so desirable but not horrid either. Notes of grass, honey, citrus and sulfur.

T: The initial taste is a bit honey, little citrus, some grains. A sordove lingering like metallic note is noted about midtaste witha subtle bittering. The finish is light, dry th a lingering bitterness

M: Light bodied, perhaps a tad overcarbonated.

O: Pretty average. Initially I had the score higher but the more I drank the less I actually liked it which i found odd and troubling for a sessionable beer and I am a fan of the style.

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Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very lightly hazy golden yellow (honestly, it more like a Pils than their Pils does), ooh wait a second, I just poured the last few ounces into the glass, and it poured out a very cloudy yellow, a bit yeasty perhaps, and definitely not Pils like. Don't know, but maybe can conditioned? Anyhoo, The beer poured with just 1/4 inch of white head that very low retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of grain, malt and hops, very smooth and well balanced. On the tongue, the beer had a smooth, earthy taste upfront, with grain and floral hops int the middle, and a very slight citrus hop tang on the finish.

The body was smooth and even, and there was a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quick, smooth and easy. Overall, another very nice brew from this brewery, and a can that will go into my outdoor activities cooler.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Blonde from Hilliard's Beer
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 21 ratings