Nordic Blonde | Bent Brewstillery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bent Brewstillery
Minnesota, United States
bentbrewstillery.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RblWthACoz on 11-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Beerlover:
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4.5/5  rDev +32%

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold colour. Sweet pale malts dominate the aroma. Lightly malted upfront, then transitions to a hoppy-bitterness body. Not bitter, a little earthy, and medium bodied. A hint of dryness in aftertaste. Soft carbonation and well balanced.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10%

A clean nose with a touch of spice and light fruit.
Pours clear amber blond with a 1" white foam cap.
Has rich Munich malt flavors but the hops taste a little dull - could be on the old side. Clean and crisp with a dry finish.
Medium high carbonation, medium light body.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A fairly light, sweet, and bready malt forward aroma with hints of fruit. Pale malt with hints of biscuit, grains, wheat, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Subtle citrus fruit hints of orange and lemon. Slight hint of honey. Hops are very light. A pretty laid back but decent blonde aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a light and crisp malt driven taste with sweet notes of fruit. Upfront taste of pale malt with crisp notes of biscuit, wheat, grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Subtle citrus fruit notes of orange and lemon. Sweet note of honey as well. Very subtle notes of floral hops. A light but decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and clean with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: An ok brew for the Blonde Ale style. Very light but whats there is decent.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of B_G
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of cuttlery
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snow81
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AleMan66
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this poured at Keys. It pours a golden amber with a white head. It is well balanced and medium bodied, lightly hopped. Very drinkable if unspectacular.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A decent but uninspiring pale ale. While it was supposed to be crisp, light and refreshing, it was more syrupy and sweet.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nowhere_native
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tjb27
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Showboat66
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of kraticus41
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Bravak
1/5  rDev -70.7%

Please...get me a towel for my tongue. Tasted like home brew that has been left in the trunk for 2 years. Omg. BA needs a zero.

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Photo of ekimmel
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of elec
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeledonia
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up before hearing about the recently-announced merger of Pour Decisions and Bent. Tasted 18 January 2014.

Pours a very clear pale orange color. Shockingly clear, until I realize that's because there are no bubbles in it. Only a thin layer of whitish head, okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is a lot like a macro adjunct lager. Super grainy, oddly sweet, and without much to commend it.

Taste is mildly bitter, watery. What else is there to say. There's just not much flavor, other than that dull, rounded bitterness. "Clean", "crisp", and "delicately balanced" - it says all those things on the label, but I'm not finding them. Not very good.

Feel is okay. A little more expansive than I'd like, feels like it's ballooning in my mouth. Despite looking totally flat, it has enough carbonation. Oddly watery and voluminous.

This isn't offensive enough to drain-pour, but it's not good enough for me to ever want to drink it again. And I've had blonde ales that I like, so it's not just a style thing. It's just dull and not very flavorful, and the only flavor is a drab bitterness.

After drinking this, I'm worried about the Pour Decisions / Bent merger. I really hope PDB's beers come through more, as this one's not at all worth drinking.

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Photo of Tricerahops
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of ceanderson
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jimmah120
2.69/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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Nordic Blonde from Bent Brewstillery
3.41 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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