Bridge Builder Blonde | Parkway Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Parkway Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
parkwaybrewing.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An easy drinking Belgian style ale, Bridge Builder Blonde has a wheat malt backbone tempered with hints of clove, banana & pear.

Added by obywan59 on 07-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
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Photo of Curtis23666
4.27/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A friend sent this to me to try. Good looking beer, like the thick appearance and very good smell but nothing great. However very tasty beer that is very easy to drink, sucked it down. Not sure about cost but will certainly revisit if I see it at a store.

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Photo of Santiagocpr
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FriedSlug
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of obywan59
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Available at the Roanoke Kroger store at Brambleton and Colonial.

From the brewery: An easy drinking Belgian-style ale, our Bridge Builder Blonde has a wheat flavored backbone from the malt, tempered with hints of clove, banana and pear. Should come in around 5.9% ABV. The name is an homage to the many immigrants who constructed the unique arched stone bridges all along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Cloudy golden to orange in color, with swirls of sediment (in the second glass) .A hard pour yields a mounding 5 1/2 finger off white head that recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing. Carbonation is evident.

The aroma is of citrusy tart wheat with banana and spice, clove being the most noticeable.

The taste is twangy wheat with banana and clove and light Belgian yeast. There's a light bitterness, whether from hops or orange peel, I'm not sure. The brewery doesn't mention any added spices. Spicy aftertaste.

Medium to medium thick in feel.Light syrup for plenty of flavor retention. The second glass seemed more flat than the first. Lightly drying. Faint heat in the throat. (the third glass regained the peppery carbonation.)

I'm not sure if this strictly qualifies as a witbier, but it seemed closer to a wit than a blonde to me. Nonetheless, it's a superb brew. It's easy drinking and full flavored. A great spring/summer brew in my opinion. This is my second beer review of PBC, and I reiterate my opinion that they are vying with Blue Ridge Barrel House for best brewery in Virginia.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try of this Salem,VA. brewery.Not a style I go to very often but I wanted to give this brewery a try,I was pleased with the results.Poured into a small tulip glass a slightly hazed orange tinged golden with one finger white head that left a full ring of lace as it settled pretty slowly.Vanilla dipped pears,toasted creal grain,and coriander spice in the nose,the vanilla/pear notes stood out nicely.Flavors are yeasty clove spice and the vanilla spiced pears up front with a firm toasted grain flavor all the way thru,a white pepper-like spiciness lingers in the finish.Not bad,not bad at all,I really wanna try this breweries "bigger" stuff when passing thru the area next time.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice funky yeasty nose. Gold color, white head, not especially durable. Taste nicely yeasty with honey elements, maybe some some fruit as well. Grew softer and sweeter as it warmed. Mouthfeel not notable. I don't disagree with the suggestion of some that this might be classified in another category, but I am not going to argue strenuously one way or another. I do wonder if some of the low ratings are a result of drinking beers past their prime; mine was fresh.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A decent, light-tasting, easy-drinking brew. Certainly not a powerhouse. Maybe a bit thin in taste but not bad. Probably stacks up ok in the world of blonde ales or witbiers. Could use more spices, more banana, perhaps a bit more hops. Decent session beer.

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Photo of robebo44
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Smells of sweet wheat, slight fruitiness, especially banana. Tastes of sweet wheat and very slight fruitiness. Beer is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JaminStov
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Bridge Builder Blonde from Parkway Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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