Beach Blonde | Crystal Lake Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crystal Lake Brewing
Illinois, United States
crystallakebrew.com

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dryerson on 09-02-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,240
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
37
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
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0
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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and hints of honey are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts and a faint amount of honey-like sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Helles tastes a little sweeter compared to other beers in the style. The honey-like aromas and flavors definitely make it unique.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scootercrabb
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Psquared93
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: crisp and cracker like, hint of sweet, some hop, some wheat. mild yeast bread nose. Light gold, crystal clear, smaller head and lace. Medium/ light body. OK with pizza. 18 IBUs

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laketang
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a little darker than I expected at a medium straw with a rapidly reducing white head. The smells are of a typical malty note in a hells style, Andi thought it was slightly on the too sweet side for me.crisp clean mouthfeel.i like the abv at 5.3 and thought it wasn't a waste of money but I wouldn't buy again with surly hells at the same price point.

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Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can @ Revolution Brewing in August 2017. Rating from notes:

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of Mikey__Z
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dexterk1
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Purp1eOne
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uncleotis
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Azpittil57
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AuntBea
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric_T_07
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is pale malts and odd spices/almost Like Checkers fries. The flavor is pale malts, fruit, a hint of German yeast and a tart/slightly dry finish.

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Photo of mribbens
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great summer and early fall beer

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Photo of steveh
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I first tried this beer on tap at an old watering hole I hadn't frequented in a while. I thought it was pretty good then and was happy to see a local retailer carrying cans from this new(ish) local(ish) brewery.

12 ounce can, 5.3 ABV clearly marked on the can. Date not so clearly ink-jetted on the can's side: 09/28/16... hope that's a canning date.

L -- Slightly hazy, deep gold color with a firm white head that holds up well and leaves good lacing.

S -- Mild DMS up front with light malt sweetness.

T -- Somewhat nutty and grainy malt character with a good sweetness in the finish and crackery graininess in the aftertaste. Light spicy bitterness thru the finish to the aftertaste and a light citrus note in the aftertaste.

F -- Soft to lightly dry mouthfeel with a light-medium body.

O -- An overall good drinker, if not as clean and refined as the drafts I had. The crackery graininess reminds me more of local regional brews from the past, not necessarily a Munich Helles. I'll be looking for the draft again to re-sample and see if anything impresses me differently.

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Photo of gaord
4.82/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thornburyslasher
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TitoLounge
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stezz420
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Beach Blonde from Crystal Lake Brewing
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 37 ratings