Pure Blonde
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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American Light Lager
Ranked #208
Ranked #47,767
2.32 | pDev: 25%
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
Pure BlondePure Blonde
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 59
Photo of Andrewharemza
2.8/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A pale, clear lemon yellow with a small but lasting and lacing creamy white head. Aromas of grain, straw, lemon pith and grass carrying through onto the palate. Light in body with medium to full carbonation, a firm but thin mouthfeel with a short finish of lightly bitter citrus zest and grain.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.57/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Format: a 355mL green bottle with a pretty standard macro label.

Appearance: a pale amber yellow in colour with sparse carbonation. A fluffy white head that drops to a thin film, sporadic lacing. Okay.

Aroma: not very much there at all. It was at this time I noticed it was a low carb. Oh God.

Taste: actually picks up a bit here - some light but quality grains but that's about it. Still, okay for a low carb.

Aftertaste: drops away very quickly, as expected. No hop bitterness, just a slightest touch of grain.

Mouth feel: light in feel with a moderate to higher carbonation. Feels pretty much like a standard macro lager, which isn't bad for a low carb macro lager.

Overall: if my brain fell out and I decided that low carb beers were a good idea (even though carbs are low in beer anyway, and it is kilojoules to watch out for), this wouldn't be a bad one. Fortunately I am still have my full faculties however, so this is going into the "not bad for a low carb, but still pretty ordinary as an actual beer" category. Probably okay for AU$43 a case for the hottest of hot days, but I'll still just have my good old Carlton Mid - cheaper and better.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

okay, I will admit it, there are times, trust me, when the Australian sun is just too much for a session of big beer, even normal craft can be heavy in the oppressive heat. but we have to drink beer right? what can I session when its 100 and something degrees out? this beer is the answer. its pleasant enough in aroma and flavor to not be offensive, repulsive, or even make you feel like crap. its a pretty well made, extremely light lager that drinks just a little easier than tap water. well carbonated, it packs a lot of refreshment value when its ice cold. the color of its name, this beer has many advantages over the other affordable light beer. it tastes better, costs the same, and seems to be just about everywhere. I like it for what it is, and it kills a corona, or whatever else people usually drink on the beach. best low carb/cal beer on the aussie market.

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Photo of jimiboi
1.54/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pure Blonde is the go-to beer of a fair amount of carb-conscious Aussies, and it is retailed fairly widely on the back of Carlton’s substantial marketing budget. You will find it on tap at almost any drinking hole with little regard for beer connoisseurs.
L: Yellowy golden
S: Unpleasant to smell, if any smell at all.
T: Largely tasteless, quite bland.
F: Heavily carbonated, probably the brewer’s attempt to try and inject some level of excitement to this beer.
O: When faced with a line of macro beers, I would choose it, if only for its ‘low carb’ and well-marketed aesthetic appeal (Gives me a headache, but individual experiences will differ). Before my beer baptism of fire, this was one of my go-to beers, when I jumped on the ‘low carb’ bandwagon. I definitely steer clear of this beer unless it’s free.

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Photo of Fusion7777
2.69/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It is what it is, and doesn't pretend to be something it's not. Mostly inoffensive. Grainy with some skunkiness, probably attributable to the green bottle, and maybe some slight fruity character. Almost flavorless, thin and watery, albeit light and refreshing, especially during a hot summer day (in January) overlooking a beautiful expanse of Bondi Beach while eating fish and chips.

Sidenote: beer is outrageously expensive in Australia

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Photo of Everydayoff
1.99/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

355ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

Golden in color with decent head, well retention and left some good lace. There is full amount of active fizzy carbonation.

Cereal, grain malt, a bit metallic, some pinch from hop, overall the smell is awful.

So grainy and dull, I have found it hard to get along with pinch of grain which dominating all around, very light on hop side.

The body is rather light, semi-smooth mouthfeel with some crisp by average amount of carbonation.

To shortly summarize, avoid this, definitely not worth a try.

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Photo of soju6
2.06/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Served a pale golden color with a nice full head and good lacing.

S: Bland aroma of mild grain and hint of sweetness.

T: Again, bland flavor of mild grain and bit of malt sweetness.

F: very light body, quite watery.

O: Just an Aussie version of a light beer. Nothing to see here, keep moving.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Ok - a bit leftfield here, I will review, as drunk straight out of the bottle, straight out of the esky of ice, after playing football.

We can forget appearance, as it looks like a bottle, it also doesn't smell of anything at that temperature.

Taste is thin, a little malty and sweet-ish.

However, in my opinion that's somewhat irrelevant in this instance as it is refreshing, very, and that's what this type of beer is about.

No, I am not going to pour and serve in a glass in the evening at my place. Nor buy a case.

I suspect the suggested serving temp should be altered for this style.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.78/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold colour that thins to paler around the edges. Head is a shade darker than snow white, and sunk to a thin cloudy film. Steady but strong bead, fair amount of lace. Looks fizzy and weak, but not terrible.

Nose smells like glass. Oh hang on there IS beer in here. Eh, mildly grainy with a sweet corn edge and a weak citrus air freshener note. I've had more aromatic Asian lagers. But given what might have been there it's better than I expected; it's at least not as offensive as Super Dry.

Taste is weak, bland. Oh and let's not forget unpleasant. Starts weak and watery, with a slight adjuncty hit like sticky rice. Nothing but a forced carbonation flavour on the mid that turns mildly into finish which is... I guess the word is bitter, but not enough flavour for me really to notice. Bland, watery, a bad palate through and through.

Thin upfront, and huge carbonation fizz on the back. Just bad.

Here's an exhortation for you: let's not bring up kids thinking beer's meant to be like this, yeah?

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.96/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold pour with a large but quickly fading head.
Aroma is pretty weak, with some grainy malt and cooked vegetables. Pretty bad. Some very faint grassy hops.
Very watery flavours with some cardboard and more cooked vegetables. Easy going but not nice.
Watery body.

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Photo of istarilord
2.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow lager with thin head and large bubbles. Medium carbonation.

Skunky, metallic, very light malt/hop odour.

Very light flavour with a slight touch of hops, making for a fairly easy drink with nothing of interest.

Low carb beers aren't much in the flavor department and this is par for the course.

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Photo of Cs1987
2.01/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Gold, 1 finger of head, excessive carbonation on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Virtually non-existent

Taste - Like most beers that are popular in Australia, very weak.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, but watery.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, but boring.

Overall - Quite simply, this is your typical Corona-esque, almost tasteless lager.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.06/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a finger of very bubbly white head that reduced quickly over a clear, pale straw body that looks moderately carbonated.

Smell - 2.0
There was some skunk upon opening, but this disappeared quickly. What is left smells slightly sweet with a whisper of hops, and a metallic edge.

Taste - 1.5
Pretty much as expected for a CUB product, i.e. sub par. Vague grain flavours, a little hop bitterness in the finish, and a metallic taste that is particularly evident in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 2.0
There is an over-sharpness that is almost stinging in the carbonation. It feels light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.0
Scores points for its reduced carbs, so will be popular with the weight conscious. However, most of these points are lost due to the unappealing taste. Sessionable for many.

There are two reasons to drink this beer: it's low carb, and it's cheap. Other than the reduced carbs there is very little to differentiate it from other Aussie macro lagers. I actually chose to drink Pure Blonde for a short while due to the low carbohydrate tag. After one night of boring swilling I came to the conclusion that I would much rather drink three good craft beers than a 6 pack of "Blondies" for roughly the same carb intake. Not terrible, but below average and very forgettable.

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Photo of rec
2.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you're looking to watch those love-handels, like Amstel, this may be something to consider. Otherwise, steer well clear of this awful brew.

Visually it's golden in colour and is void of lacing - the head is quick to dissapear after pour.

There's absolutey nothing worthy of note about the taste, except for the fact it's actually drinkable. It lacks flavour and proves to be very bland which is emphasised by it's cardboard-like aftertaste.

One positive, is that it's very easy to drink if you can put the taste (or lack there of) aside.

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Photo of norwichboy
1.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well I'm not that upset about the labelling as this isn't the first Australian beer where "blonde" is used as beer terminology for "unchallenging". Hey, the "low carbohydrate" tag is a clear giveaway it will have no flavour. So, I tried with an open mind out of curiosity. Okay, there is virtually no smell or taste, with just a hint of cereal grain. I think it's fairly attractive though: it has a small well retained white head, quite good lacing, and although it's rather watery, the carbonation is quite well controlled unlike other CUB fizz monsters. Good to look at, diet conscious, pleasantly bubbly, but not much depth... blonde joke anyone?

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Photo of Finite
1.37/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Not Blonde, Golden in colour with moderate carbonation. Very little head which disipates oh so fast and leaves no lacing to speak of.

S - This is the best part of the beer which is still bad. A little hop aroma and thats about it.

T - Any hope of some hops is gone when you taste it, maybe a tiny bit but im scraping the bottom of the barrel. Beer is very sweet and there is no bitterness in the aftertaste. Leaving a sweet cany-like and very smooth feeling in your mouth. Very light flavours.

M - Very little bite. Highly bland and watery, very smooth and easy to drink.

Drinkability - Couldnt even finish one. I see University students drinking this crap all the time and I shudder. Its not to expensive and it shows. one of CUB's very worst.

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Photo of benst
1.76/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I guess if you're out for a big night it's not going to make a huge difference in the KJ intake if you have a low-carb beer or not. The first thing I checked on the Blonde was how much lower it claimed to be; a meagre 20% or so as it happened. So my starting point for taste, texture, smell etc. was no more than a 20% decrease in quality (an arbitrary measure perhaps but in my thinking you're not getting such a boost from the decrease carb intake to completely write-off aesthetic attributes).
Regrettably, there is not much to recommend the Blonde on any measure. The taste is inconsequential, a mere few seconds after a mouthful has been taken there is nothing remaining on the pallete. Maybe an initial light floral taste. There was not much nose/smell of which to speak. And as the pub in which we drank was dingy I couldn't speak of the colouring, but to be honest that is going to be the least of its worries anyway.
I am quite disappointed by the taste as the label claims it to be "double hopped" but you wouldn't know it. Maybe it tasted like Budweiser at best, which is little better than carbonated yellow water.
The only thing to recommend this beer is that it's 'full strength'. But I suppose you can get drunker quicker doing shots, and to boot have less carbs to worry about.
I consider drinking beer to be an aesthetically challenging experience and was sorely disappointed that Blonde did not afford me this opportunity.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pouring mid gold crowned by a loose head that quickly dispersed
The smell from the stubby has a floral quality , which rather typically was not evident once poured into the glass
Initially the palate is grainy water but somewhat surpriingly there is a hint of floralness in the finish It reminds me a bit of Stella Artois in this respect , but the start and finish are so opposed it makes for a confusing drink.
If they could iron out the crappy initial taste they would have a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.01/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with very little head, which fades away pretty quickly. Faint yeasty aroma, not much else in the way of smell. Not much in the way of flavor either. It really tastes like they just waved some malt over the kettle and forgot the hops completely. It tastes like nothing. Which I suppose is better than a bad taste, but still, I like my beer to at least pretend to be a real beer. Very little mouthfeel as well. Slightly carbonated water. I have to say it's fairly drinkable, if you're not looking for beer. But then, if you're not looking for beer, you should be drinking something else.

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Photo of joecast
1.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

FINALLY!!! a low carb option from cub. and its double hopped! it must be, it says so on the bottle. ok, so lets get down to business.
surprising, big grassy aroma escapes the bottle. not bad, but that was about it. pretty bland once poured.
extremely pale clear yellow color with light carbonatoin. no head what so ever.
very sweet tatsing. getting very near being offensive. not much else to speak of as far as taste. where'd the hops go??
much more closely resembles candy than anything beer-like. guessing the name is just something to catch peoples attention, and all the tag lines on the bottle are more marketing madness. but hey, its low in carbs!!

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Photo of diablo14
1/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

bah humbug! when did someone start a competition for most crappy beers brewed by one brewer?

this beer is the most blatant case of false advertising ive ever seen. other than the fact its a bit lighter in color than the usual CUB offereing, there is absolutely nothing in this beer to even suggest its in the ballpark of being a blonde. its more like a slightly sweet mixture of chemicals. bleacch!

thank goodness i didnt pay for my sample! at least i can say i wasnt sucked into buying this product in the hope that it may be good. i neednt have wooried, there was never going to be any chance of that happening. thanks to the bottleo gave me the taste that prevented me from getting these. cheers fellas!

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Pure Blonde from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 59 ratings