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Drake's Blonde Ale | Drake's Brewing Co.

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3.59/5
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64 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
drinkdrakes.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerManDan on 02-18-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,492
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
64
pDev:
10.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
Gots:
10
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 24
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain with mild hops and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste starts with a nice crispness the a bit of malt sweetness. Nice bitterness to a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing. Nice clean feel.

O: Nothing fancy, just a good summer beer that goes down easy.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: 1.5 fingers of white fluffy head. Decent retention. Color is golden yellow with some haziness. Not altogether attractive.

S: Really fruity aromas tons of citrus. Lemony. The malts come off in a grainy way. Some light caramel and biscuity. Refreshing aroma.

T: The flavors are much more acidic than I thought. Malts do indeed come off as a more raw malted grain. Hops come off in a spicy way. Low bitterness but clean.

M: Light to medium body with great carbonation.

O: Cold and refreshing with clean flavors. Now that I've had a bit more I'd say it's a touch too sweet. Still fairly refreshing though.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden in the big nonic glass. There should be a category for Malt Liquor Honey Blonde. A light perfumey flavor, which I guess is supposed to be the Kölsch style. Modest bitterness with just a touch of flowery hops. Very light body. More of a tangy lager, which I guess is the point of this style. Where is all this honey coming from?

On tap at Tiger Tiger in San Diego. Not quite quite a classic Kölsch, but an interesting and pleasant quaff.

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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear goldenrod, white head, looks like a Kolsch to me. Overt graininess, even some raw dough. Clean hops and yeast, just a bit of grass lets you know there is something other than pale barley in this beer. It pretty much hits the middle of style and it did an admirable job of washing down a slice of pizza. I don't have any complaints, but I wonder how this beer sells in California with all of the bigger and bolder stuff on the shelves and on tap.

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4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Drake's Barrel House, review from written notes.

Bright straw gold, completely transparent with stray trails of rising carbonation.

Aroma of crackers, shortbread, and trace white grapes from the Kölsch yeast.

Crisp and snappy, sliced apple flavors and firm noble hop bitterness. Very light and refreshing, with an ethereal dry finish. Quintessential summer session beer, 2-3 pints would be no problem with this beer. Simplicity is underrated.

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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow colour, wioth a frothy and fizzling head of white, initially, that dissipates quickly, leaving only a ring of bubbly mess around the edge of the glass. elatively fluid body, with a little weight behind it, and fine residual carbonation. Not bad.

Nose is crisp and slightly grainy, with a slightly green European hop character that reminds me of a Czech pilsener, as well as, truly a Kölsch. It's a bit mild and flat, but it's crisp and light as well. Not bad, again.

Taste is light with a mild fresh bitterness through the centre of the palate, and a crisp dry finish, giving off a little floury grain and a touch of light yeast. Feel is sparkling by the end, but surprisingly flat throughout the rest of the palate.

It's a very crisp, light and drinkable beer. No, it doesn't do anything extraordinary, but some days you just want a light, bright and quenching brew. This would be a cracker for such occasions.

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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 21st Amendment, in San Francisco.

Many people don't realize it, but "lagers" take their name from the process of "lagering", wherein a beer is left to settle at really cold temperatures over an extended period of time. This makes for a 'cleaner' brew, figuratively in the flavour sense but quite literally in terms of appearance: this golden beer is not only brilliantly shiny, but spotlessly clear too.

It's unusual for these kinds of lagers to have aromatics much worth mentioning and Drake's Blonde Ale is no exception. What's there is certainly pleasant, however, and gives us a nice sneak peek to the strongly bready malts and subtle, but stern, hops that are to ensue. In any case, I didn't order the pint to sit and smell it all night anyhow.

Me personally, although I think this is true of most beer geeks too, I don't dislike pale, light lagers at all. In fact, I'm rather fond of them - provided they're done right. The problem is most are made with huge proportions of adjuncts, usually rice or corn. Not only do these thin the beer out, but they leave an awful taste and often introduce a nasty amount sweetness.

What set's a Kölsch apart from everyday American lagers is that it not only has an unadulterated maltiness but, equally important, an undiluted one too. This example not only tastes like a freshly baked batch of bread - and not a synthetic, syrupy vat or corn - but it's also firm enough you could iron shirt over it. And heavy enough to be able to fill your belly up.

The middling scores most people have given the beer do not fairly reflect its quality; more likely they are a statement of the fact that many reviewers under-appreciate this clean and approachable German lager style. While Kölsch beer may fit most's description of an 'average' beer, I contend that Drake's Blonde Ale is a definitely an above-average example of one.

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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms for Drakes/Triple Rock Tap Takeover

A: The pour is a clear, pale golden straw color with a fluffy white head.

S: Sort of your generic "blonde" ale aroma here. Corn and pale malts with a touch of cracker malt. Definitely some yeast and a light amount of fruity esters. Some floral hops are also present.

T: The flavor follows the same pattern. Pale malts and corn give the beer a substantial sweetness which is partially offset by some lightly bitter and floral hops. Fruity esters are also present on the palate.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Decent enough for a blonde/kolsch.

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Drake's Blonde Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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