Paddle Break Blonde
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Paddle Break BlondePaddle Break Blonde
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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #26
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,878
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 9.66%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
74
From:
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  17
SCORE
85
Very Good
Paddle Break BlondePaddle Break Blonde
Notes: A Belgium style Blonde Ale perfect for an adventure amidst the lakes and trails of the backcountry. This Blonde balances hints of citrus and Belgium yeast much like you balance a canoe on your shoulders. Effortlessly.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy pale, golden blonde in color, topped with an off-white head.

Nose is mostly neutral-clean, almost like a pale lager, but it’s also somewhat sweetly aromatic (malts?) and a bit “perfumey”, I’m guessing due to the Belgian ale yeast. Not much in the way of hops, lending a bit more to the impression of it being a pale lager or cream ale.

Lightly sweet on the first sip, but not cloying. Malt character seems to include specialty malts as well as oats, and these give the overall malt profile a homogenous character. Belgian ale yeast is fairly light in character, here.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, and it’s somewhere right in between light and medium bodied.

Altogether a very good example of a beer made in this style, and a very good all-around food beer.

Note: Not sure if the date code on the bottom of the can is a best-by or “born on” date, but it’s 182 18.

May 07, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden-yellow color with a white head of foam. It smelled yeasty with dried fruits (apple/pear) and some toasted caramel. Nice spicy flavor with a light bitterness. Some of the dried fruit flavor comes through.

Jul 15, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Paddle Break Blonde pours a golden color, with a small, long lasting and lacing head. Big creamy malty aroma, with just hints of lemon. Flavor is very full, crisp and creamy malts, with hints of citrus fruits. Great body and feel, such a flavorful blonde ale. Overall, a top notch blonde ale, great flavors, and strong too.

Jun 22, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a pale straw with a thin head. Aroma is primarily of spicy hops. The flavor is hop forward, with a light spicy, herbal taste that makes me think of a pilsner. There is little discernible Belgian flavor here, b.ut for a fun summery beer, this works great. Very refreshing

Jul 31, 2015
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ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Poured from a can into a pint glass. A medium golden blonde and somewhat hazed. Moderate carbonate and a thin white head.
S-You readily smell the yeast aroma, which is fruity, lemon, orange, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors.
T-A good summer beer with some character. Malt provides some body and depth with bread and biscuit character while the Belgian yeast delivers the lemon, orange, and other citrus flavors. Fairly sweet and very mildly hopped. It maintains its flavor profile and finishes clean.
M-Sweet and malt provides a marginally bready mouthfeel.
O-A very refreshing and pleasant summer beer that provides a very good combination of malt and yeast balance.

Jul 24, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear gold with average white head
Smell: Belgian yeast, herbal hops
Taste: Sweet maltiness with Belgian yeast flavors. mild bitter hops finish, but mostly on the sweet side.
Feel: light to medium body, normal mouthfeel and carbonation

Overall: This is a decent Belgian ale with no significant weaknesses, but unlike other Bent Paddle brews I don't find anything very distinctive about it. it's a bit too sweet and strong to be a session ale or a hot weather beer in my opinion. In any case no huge complaints, just not very remarkable.

Jun 06, 2015
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear yellow, good head.

Smell: Yeasty, coriander, sweetness.

Taste: Mild sweetness, yeasty. Light body.

Overall: Bent Paddle has a new seasonal, so I gave it a try. I thought it was going to be a generic blonde ale, so pleasantly surprised by the Belgian yeast flavors. It is a very light bodied beer, but surprising that the ABV is 6%.

May 24, 2015
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ZAP from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian Pale Ale here with ample yeasty qualities but not overdone in that regard. Aroma of cloves, black pepper and banana. Taste adds in some citrus zest. Very tasty and easy drinking.

Creamy medium body....well done overall. Would buy again.

May 07, 2015
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from12 oz can
A-pours a clear yellow color with a 2 finger white head a decent amount oflacing thru-out
S-spicy with belgian yeast white fruit notes and clove
T-same as nose belgian yeast with floral/fruity hops banana and clove very light with some pepper toast
M-sweet with good carbonation that finishes semi-dry
O-refreshing brew that drinks like a pils and tripel hybrid

Sep 25, 2014
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention.

Smell: A yeasty, bready, and fairly fruity malt forward aroma with good hints of Belgian yeast, grains, and fruit. Belgian yeast with some hints of pepper and clove. Pale malt with some hints of wheat, grains, biscuit, cracker, and straw. Citrus hints of orange and lemon zest. Some light honey like hints as well. A pretty nice Blonde style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a crisp, yeasty, and fairly fruity Blonde style taste with good notes of Belgian yeast and citrus. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of clove and pepper spicing. Pale malt with notes of grains, wheat, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Mild sweet notes of honey. Citrus fruit notes of lemon zest and orange. A pretty nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Blonde Ale. Good Belgian yeast notes with some nice subtle fruit.

Jul 15, 2014
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Arrowhead_MN from Minnesota

4.79/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great blonde. I'm glad they decided to up the ABV this year. It has a really smooth, creamy mouth feel and that classic belgian taste. Very well balanced and great example of the style. Not as hoppy/citrusy as I remember last years batch being. Knowing bent paddle, I figured they might bend the tradition a little with more hops.

Overall, it's a very refreshing and highly drinkable belgian blonde.

Jul 05, 2014
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow can, pale gold body. Smell is clean and floral, mostly belgian yeast character. The taste is nearly all belgian yeast esters with a mild hop flavor. Floral, fruity and a bit funky from the yeast. Goes down so easily with summer weather. Lighter and smooth. I am not a fan of blonde ales at all. I would put this more in the category of belgian golden ale flavor wise, but the abv is just too low. Wonderful drinker and was perfect on my camping expedition.

Jun 09, 2014
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bsp77 from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from can into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy golden blonde with good sized white head.

Smell: Strong, semi-sweet aroma of toast, biscuit and banana.

Taste: A little more muted than the aroma, with toast, biscuit, banana, clove and floral hops. There is a lingering sweet fruit aftertaste.

Feel: Relatively light body with ample carbonation. Finish is almost dry but not clean due to the aftertaste.

Overall: Very solid representation of the Belgian Blonde Ale style. If this finished a little more crisp and clean, this would be outstanding.

May 17, 2014
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herman77 from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with a eggshell white head that sticks around. Okay lacing.

S: Fresh cereal grains, lemon, pilsner malts and some slightly spicy belgium yeast esters are very prominent, but not overpowering.

T: Nice clean pilsner taste up front, then some belgium yeast spice comes next. The belgium spice/clove taste is very mild and very well integrated. Very mild citrus hops. Low bitterness, 20 IBUs. Really nice crisp finish. Ever so slight lingering sweet/citrus finish.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is slightly high.

O: Awesome drinkability. Really nice overall. Going to get another six pack or two of this stuff before it's done for the year.

May 17, 2014
Paddle Break Blonde from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 74 ratings