Strawberry Blonde Ale
DESTIHL Brewery

Strawberry Blonde AleStrawberry Blonde Ale
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #370
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Ranked #38,928
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 14.05%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
82
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DESTIHL Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
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Spring
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  5
Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
Strawberry Blonde AleStrawberry Blonde Ale
Notes: This fruit beer is made by adding generous quantities of strawberries to a blonde ale base beer, providing harmonious fruit qualities, golden-strawberry blonde color, crisp/dry palate, light body, low hop characters & bitterness and light malt & fruit sweetness.

15 IBU
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Reviews by KFBR392:
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3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a finger of clean white head. The color is a straw yellow color with a slight tint of red. Slightly above average active carbonation for the style. Thick lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Big front of unripe strawberries pops right away. Plenty of tartness, with a touch of sweetness. Some creamy malt character is picked up but this aroma is all about the strawberries.

Taste: Rounded strawberry sweetness hits first. A touch of tartness shows up mid body with continuing waves of well balanced sweetness. The blonde ale accents actually show up here with creamy bready malts on the back end. Finish is light sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, carbonation is very well done.

Overall: I have a lot of trouble getting past the aroma of under ripened strawberries but the flavor was spot on. Good summer beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, around a 12 oz. pour.
Listed as 4% ABV and 15 IBU.

Color is an opaque orange with tiny streams of carbonation. Rings of webby lace form around the upper cylinder section of the glass. It's visual look combined with the presentation seems very Belgian.

Fresh aroma of pale malt and a light strawberry essence in the background. Listed as using whole strawberries in the second fermentation.

The strawberry comes through more in the flavor, a light fruity note with low level tartness. It's definitely authentic, nothing too sweet or syrupy here. Medium bodied, deceptively light, in that it feels modeled after a Belgian ale without the high alcohol. Substantial body yet still easily drinkable.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.99/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CPAles
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of strawberries and pale malts.

Tastes of the strawberries with a decent malt base. Strawberry leads off with a bit of sweetness to it. This gives way to a bit of pale malt with some graininess. A touch of hops comes towards the end some lemongrass. Finishes with a bit of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer which accomplishes its goal of featuring strawberries. Can't say that I like it too much, but it would be worth a try if you want a fruit beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appears a hazy golden yellow with minimal head and no lacig. Nose feature strawberry flesh, bready grain, light grass, lemon, and cracker. Taste is light in flavor with grain up front followed by a nice wave of fresh strawberries, this is paired with a mild hop bitterness. Nice balance of flavors here with an overall refreshing quality. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Nice summer beer.

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Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheSSG
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Pours a frothy white head. Malty aroma with strawberry throughout. Hazy, straw color. Okay, that's weird. Starts a little bit bitter with grainy hops. Malt sweetness comes in. Strawberry is present from the beginning, but really comes forward as the bitterness subsides. Finish is grainy hops, strawberry, and a touch of malt.

Actually, I'm not really a fan of this. They should dial back the hops on this one; bitter and strawberry aren't a really good pairing. A malt-centric brew with the berries would be much, much nicer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Destihl Strawberry Blonde Ale has a thick, fizzy, crackly, white head, a semi-clear, bubbly, gold appearance, and some fairly heavy lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of strawberry, bitter strawberry leaves, vegetable matter, and white bread. Taste is of sweet, bitter, acidic, strawberries, white bread, and some strawberry leaves. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Destihl Strawberry Blonde Ale finishes semi-dry, fruity, and decently drinkable. If you're into fruit beers (and, I'm not), you might really like it. RJT

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light shimmery haze and a thick head of white foam, which leaves a bit of chunky lace as it dissipates. Pretty attractive indeed.

Smell: a lightly cloying maltiness with a thick strawberry character right at first, followed by a much more mellow and balanced experience toward the end. Strawberry beers are famously difficult to nail down, but I feel like this is halfway decent. Not at all bad.

Taste: a light blonde ale type of beer, with a little bit of maltiness (is there a little wheat in here too?), with a dose of syrupy strawberry flavor. I honestly don't know how this beer is made, but I feel like the strawberry is a bit artificial in nature -- at least, that's how it tastes to me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a massive carbonation -- well-hidden compared to its relatively light apparent effervescence! Right up my alley -- bam!

Overall: drinkable, but I feel like the strawberry is a bit artificial. It's hard to tell, though -- if this is a 100% natural, traditionally-fruited strawberry beer, then maybe, just maybe, I'm not a big fan of this fruit.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing and active carbonation. Aroma of bready malt and fresh strawberries, as advertised. Flavor follows with strawberry juice in a background of bready malt with a hint of biscuit. Finishes with residual mild strawberry, biscuit malt and a slight grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Interesting take on a blonde ale, the malt and strawberry flavors are almost perfectly melded, although the final combined flavor is not really noteable. Pleasant to drink and exactly what is promised from the can, a nice blonde ale with good strawberry aroma and flavors. Destihl just came into our market and I'll be giving each of their beers a try.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Strawberry Blonde Ale from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 82 ratings