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:
69
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Boone757
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Bridge Builder is getting beat up by the BA crowd.....I didn't think it was that bad....had it fresh from the tap room....thought it was quite nice. The beer poured a golden clear with white head that eventually dissipated and did not leave a lace. The scent was fairly bland...some bread notes. The taste was evenly balanced and would be a great session beer. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall......I liked it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

So this blonde beer looks rather...amber. That's odd.

Whoa. This beer is a mess. Too much malt. Way too sickly sweet. Some spices mixed in for good measure. This is supposed to be a witbier? Not even close. A Belgian homebrew, at best. But since it's commercially packaged and sold, it's total crap.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of rjp217
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 cjgiant
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was in the fridge for a little while. I don't think it affected the beer.

This beer poured a little darker than expected for a blonde, but given the description, I agree with the style in that this is more of a wheat beer/hefeweizen. The carbonation is a bit low. The smell is light, but as described, banana, pear, and clove, with a sweetness present.

The taste follows suit, a lightly sweet beer with pear being the more up-front, the spice and banana taking a back seat before coming through a bit in the end. The missing carbonation might be nice here, or a drier finish, for my tastes.

Overall, I was initially impressed by this beer, but I altered slightly down on lack of carbonation, which I assume was not due to any extra age I put on it in the fridge. It is still a decent beer, nice to have on a sunny spring or summer day.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Was excited to try but was a little let down when I got the chance. Aroma, head, lacing, yada yada yada. The taste was lacking some carbonation and the "blonde ale" to me seemed a little closer to a saison, it was a little sweet to me. A decent beer but will not indulge again. Ill stick to the get bent IPA or try something else....

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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

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

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 bmjivi221
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Bridge Builder Blonde from Parkway Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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