Nordic Blonde | Bent Brewstillery

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Nordic BlondeNordic Blonde

Brewed by:
Bent Brewstillery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RblWthACoz on 11-12-2013

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 14
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 maximum12
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First time I've seen a bottle from Bent Brewstillery, & being relatively reasonable priced, I felt compelled to pick it up. $4 or so 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is light orange with a pretty low bunch of carbonation for a light, breezy brew. Lovely flower-filled meadow on that breeze, pale/mid-winter MN boy malts, gentle sweetness. Not a bad blonde to pick up.

Nordic Blonde goes from seasoned pro in the nose to rank amateur in taste. The floral hops are backed by the lightest touch of bittering before the thing falls apart. Massive sweetness bowls over the light touch that makes up the nose, & there's a boggy muddiness mucking the beer up. To add to the problem, the carbonation goes down the rabbit hole & poof! joins Pluto in the ranks of the suspiciously vanished. Too heavy, too thick. Warming isn't doing it any favors as the subtle niceties begin to die off en masse.

Eh. This one started out nicely, but the deft touch needed for a good blonde is nowhere to be found. Not a good beer; I hope Dark Fatha is better.

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Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nogophers
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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

Photo of ryan1788a5
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden amber. White head settles quickly.

S: Grainy, caramel. Straw. Metallic. Subtle dig of oily hops.

T: Toasty, straw, caramel. Metallic. Sharp hop bitterness builds and imparts an uneasant steely bitterness. Straw/metallic finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderately carbonated.

O: Somewhat of a chore to drink. The metallic tastes and unpleasant hop tastes got to me fairly quickly, and I'm a very patient drinker.

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Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of kraticus41
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Tricerahops
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mplsbrew
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chaz
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dusky strawberry-blonde in color, topped with an off-white head which seems to have a lot of staying power. Minimal lacing as the head drops a couple of minutes later. Clarity is good but hazy.

Nose is... a bit different than what I was expecting. Fruity and tangy but with a touch more diacetyl than I was expecting, so not exactly the clean and crisp beer which the language on the can had me expecting it to be.

Sweet and lightly-tangy on the first sip, with good (ample carbonation) and just a bit of a classic American Pale Ale hop profile shining through at the end. Some biscuit malt character, which I can appreciate. Where's the crispness? There's tanginess and some vegetal character (think: rhubarb) which isn't off-putting as such. Also some smokey character -- not sure where that's coming from, but thankfully it is very far back in the mix. As near as I can tell, the can is fresh (the guy at the packie told me it had just-arrived that day, in fact. It has been kept quite cold since purchase).

This one is round and full in the mouthfeel, and much more in a classic Amber Ale profile (think: 1990s Microbeer era -- this is not a bad thing in and of itself).

Lingering hop bitterness -just a touch- melds or blends with the biscuit malt character, the effect being a dry finish.

This is not bad at all, but I probably wouldn't choose it over a pint of something lighter in body and a bit crisp. Worth a try, eh?

5.7% and 27 I.B.U. according to the can.

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

Photo of twins2008nathan
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopazoid
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 MN_Beerticker
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of ekimmel
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of PappyVans
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Localdrinklax
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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