Carolina Blonde | Carolina Beer Company

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Carolina BlondeCarolina Blonde

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Carolina Beer Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 119
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a rich straw color with two fingers of loose white head that has poor retention and is topped off by a soda-like fizz.

aroma is of light grain and a touch of honey-like sweetness and a lightly floral note. not much else.

taste is more of the same with a very crisp character and the same light note of honey in the background. the grain is relatively fresh, but could easily turn stale with a bit of age.

mouthfeel is light bodied and effervescent on the palate with a very crisp finish.

drinkability is decent. for a blonde, this is pretty standard, though the honey-like sweetness takes away from the crispness a bit. not bad, but nothing too seek out with high expectations.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey you know this was better than what I thought.Not overly wimpy,but my girlfriend liked it.Good in this North Carolina heat(new down here).

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Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clearish golden yellow with a snowy white head that doesn't hang around long. Malty/grainy/sweetish nose, not much hops.

Now I know what Charlotte BAs drink when they're mowing the lawn. I'd have to agree - not a pils, but definitely a quaffable giolden ale. Some malty sweetness, with apple and pear notes, along with some nonobjectionable graininess. Finishes clean and slightly sweet, with slight hop presence. Bitterness is rather subdued. The blade needs sharpening, but otherwise the mower's fine.

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Photo of generallee
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a pale straw yellow color with good clarity and visible carbonation. The head is thin, bright white and foamy. It quickly fades leaving little to no lace behind.

Smell: The aroma is mild and has hints of light malty grains and husky notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is simple crisp and clean. Light malty grains give it a slightly sweet character with a touch of citrus and leafy/herbal hops. Its light body, fairly thin texture and crisp finish make it easy to drink.

Notes: Overall it's an easy drinking beer with a good clean favor but it's not a stand out.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown twist off bottle with no freshness date.

Clear and bubbly pale golden hue with a semi-thick white head that holds form for a good while. Fresh malt aroma with some husk in the back. Easy to drink with a pale malt sweetness thoughout, light on the hops which only seem to barely balance. Handful of grain in the clean finish with some residual sweetness also.

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Photo of merlin48
3.52/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the brewery's flagship beer, and biggest seller, but rather unimpressive. Pours a clear, macro lager body with a small head consisting of medium to large bubbles. The head quickly falls into sparse, patches of lace.

Aroma has some pale malt sweetness and a subdued Saaz hops background.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

Taste features some light malt sweetness, and restrained herbal hops bitterness. Some faint notes of apple and pear appear near the finish. Aftertase is clean and dry.

Not a lot going on with this one, and apparently brewed for the masses of macro drinkers as a tastier, regional, alternative. In that way, it succeeds. It's very drinkable and refreshing, and an ideal "lawnmower beer". Definitely a better alternative for the macro drinkers of the Carolinas.

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Photo of jakester
2.06/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle says F2305 1532, whatever that means. If it means June 23, 2005, 3:32 in the afternoon, why don't they just SAY it?

Pours a hazy banana gold with a 1/2 finger white head which dropped quickly to a ring. Very effervescent. No lacing.

There is hardly any smell. Faint yeasty bread, no discernable hops. Not very pilsner-like.

Flavor is slightly sweet, some bittering present. Not much in the way of hop flavor. There's some kind of off flavor in there. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is sweet, kind of oily, fairly sharp carbonation. Not a real pilsner, nor even a good attempt at one.

If this was old, I would understand. I don't think it is. It's just not good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at the local BiLo in Myrtle Beach, seeing a different label in the masses of macro swill that lined the shelves was a nice surprise. Appearance: Nice goloden straw appearance with a fizzy white head that forms and sticks around for a bit, leaves some uneven lace. Aroma: Light malt sweetness some mild biscuit malts and touch of Saaz hops slightly zesty in nature not bad. Taste: Clean tasting crisp lager with a grassy finish quite enjoyable in the seventy degree weather. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied beer no complaints other than the beer seemed a bit heavy in carbonation. Drinkability: A satisfactory smaller brewed lager perfect for the Carolinas, refreshing and easy to consumer bravo.

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Photo of pwoods
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this brew.

12oz. brown twist off bottle poured into a SA pint. No dating.

A: Pours a pale yellow with good clarity. 2 fingers of fizzy pearl white head forms and holds for maybe a minute. No lacing.

S: Grainy, earthy, husky malts.

T/M: Same malts from the nose but with a much sweeter side. Definitely focused more on the huskiness. Mild grainy bitterness. Body is light with strong carbonation.

D: Low alcohol and decently drinkable. Just not very interesting even for the style. Glad I got a chance to try it, though :)

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Charlotte airport in the Carolina Beer Co. restaurant.

A--Bright straw yellow with half a finger of white fizz that recedes without complaint or distinction. No lacing. Isn't this a bit light? Looks like Pilsner Urquell.

S--Again, smells like a pilsner, though more German than Czech. I'm getting a little sweetness from crystal or pilsner malt that's nice but fleeting, and you've gotta really beg for any breadiness. Yeast? Yeah, right. Hops? I'm laughing at this point. Both are nonexistent.

T, M, D--Crummy. Crummy crummy crummy. This and the mouthfeel are just too thin, too watery. This beer is wimmmpy with like nineteen m's. Just no character at all. I don't see any of the ingredients, save water, accentuated or in any way coaxed into the complexity I expect from an American Blonde. Thank you sir, I won't be having another. Gimme Sixpoint's Sweet Action any day for a true representation of the style.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear gold color and fuzzy cream colored head. Rentention is decent and bits of lace appear here and there. The bottle says pilsner on it but I agree with the american blonde ale categorization here at BA. However it certainly seems to have lager clarity in the nose, with the focus on toffee-like, bready malts. Seems to have some diacetyl too. The hop count is bare though and only provides a little bit of citrus and a mild bitter dry for the palate. Taste is ok as is mouthfeel...nothing that hurts my feelings too bad (especially for the five I paid for this six). Very slick and goes down before I have a chance to blink.

Nothing exciting but easy to drink.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Vibrant golden-yellow under an ultra-white head. Very active carbonation. Eventually leaves small webs of lace on glass.

A corn smell unfortunately masks the more desirable barley/malt, hops and mild white pepper spice aromas peeking through.

There's a healthy malt/grain presence here, robust and fairly satisfying. Tastes pure and natural, unlike typical US macros that I was expecting this to resemble. A fair amount of hops bitterness, simply playing its role and not trying to be dazzling or extreme. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy and unfortunately on the watery side.

A pretty satisfying beer that reminds more of a pils than anything. Does the job if you're looking for a simple refresher, but lacks any unique or outstanding characteristics.

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Photo of crwrunner
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Carolina Blonde has a lot to live up to in a world of UNC co-eds, but that's not really a fair standard for any pale lager to be judged on. Anyway, this brew was a bold golden color with a thin white head and a pleasant, light smell. The taste is light and very lightly hoppy, and the beer has a nice, crisp bite of carbonation. This blonde is very drinkable, but not very distinctive, and its best quality might be its slightly unique shade of golden.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.31/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Carolina Blonde pours a hazy orange-ish gold body beneath a bright white head of froth. The head retention and lacing is excellent, and it retains a thin surface covering and leaves broken curtains of lace throughout almost the entire glass! The nose is clean but nondistinct, with just a bit of malt and some very minor yeast characteristics. It's delicately crisp and then smooth in the mouth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The flavor delivers a straightforward, slightly sweet, and lightly wheatish malt base that's peppered with non-descript hops and backed by a restrained bitterness. It's quite accessible, well-balanced, and fairly refreshing.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.72/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw hue, light and fizzy with a light head that disappears amazingly quickly. Light hoppy aroma, not much to speak of. Mildly sweet, a hint of hops and light malt. Kind of fizzy, but overall a kind mouthfeel. A pretty good fit for this ridiculous 74 degree day in January.

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Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle from a gourmet place in Corolla, NC. It pours a clear gold with a creamy white head. The aroma is a simple cracked grain with hints of melon. And while that sounds good, it's actually reminiscent of a macro lager as there's also a mild vegetable note. The flavor is similar and judging this beer for what it is, it could be more inoffensive. I'd say it's on-par with Landshark lager. Light, low flavor, drinkable. Though I suppose this beer does actually have a hint of hops.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Well, this classified on RB as a pilsner but on here it's a blond ale. Since it's called "Carolina BLONDE" and is an ale as per the description, I think BA has it right.

Pours clear blond/golden with a white head that fades to a ring.

Aroma is decent for the style: bready pale malt, grain, and sweet white wine.

Flavor is similar, fairly sweet and subtle. Pale malt dominates, along with green apple, white grape, and mild spice. Grainy finish.

Fairly light and sweet on the palate.

Very drinkable, but not super-exciting. This would be a good "lawnmower beer" though, and I'll consider it the next time I get involved in a heated wiffle ball game at the Outer Banks.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear lighter gold color, with 1 ½ fingers of brite-white head. Retains with a little too much of a thin fizzy look, leaving some light foamy lacing behind. The aroma is butter and toasted grains, with some light floral hops and fruit floating in and out. Pleasant enough flavors I suppose but there just isn't a whole lot of clout here.

The taste is grainy malts, that have a bit of a toasty edge to it, and some sweet fruity character. Light hop activity gives this a airy drying bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with an agreeable crisp pop to it, which keeps this very lively in the mouth.

Definitely a lighter example of the Blonde Ale, this was moderately tasty but packed a smooth drinkibility. You could definitely do worse than than a cold one of these on a hot Carolina afternoon.

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Photo of gfsufb
2.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this from a bottle at the ACC championship game. Overall not one of my favorites, pale blonde color, very average smell and taste was that of a blonde ale with average ingredients. Overall not something I would recommend and really a let down as far as new beers go

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Photo of Backer2004
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Carolina Beer & Beverage does it again with their Blonde Ale, although it seems more like a Pilsner style (like an Urquell). Pours more golden than an adjunct lager and just has a bit higher characteristics across the board. A bit on the sweet side but this was a good choice for my wife when she complained their were "no good beers in the house, like Miller Light" -- I'm trying. Will drink more of this in during the hot summer months.

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Photo of tjd112
4.12/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden color, white fizzy head, but well laced

Smell - Very fruity, I can detect some pineapple

Taste - Same as smell

Mouthfeel - Light and fizzy

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - Not too bad of a beer, one of the best of the south

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light golden color beer with a medium bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is quite subtle with some crisp malt noticeable. Taste is quite refreshing with some crisp and sweet malt. I had worst pils but this one just lack character to be truly interesting.

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Carolina Blonde from Carolina Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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