Curve Ball Blonde Ale
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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German Kölsch
Ranked #449
Ranked #46,775
3.27 | pDev: 14.68%
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States
Curve Ball Blonde AleCurve Ball Blonde Ale
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

For all of the times I've had this, I only once poured into a stange, but every other time was always in a regular pint glass...wanna know something? Of course you do, this is actually not a kolsch, not a German kolsch. It's an American blonde ale with German malts in it that displays some odd "German" maybe a variant of "off" but not necessarily "true kolsch" characteristics. Yes, there's some earthy qualities but these qualities really do not portray enough of what this style is calling for. If this was labeled an "American blonde ale" on Beer Advocate, I would rate this higher but to call this a kolsch is absurd.

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Photo of CA_OH_WA
4.58/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the smoothest ales I’ve had; albeit I recently started mum beer endeavor. Would recommend if you enjoy a very drinkable ale; no overwhelming hoppiness, smooth feel and taste, easy to drink. Simple and no nonsense ale

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Photo of Col
4.32/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - 12 oz bottle to ice cold shaker pint glass produced 1.5 finger head with crackly multi bubb head and tacky lacing. Translucent clarity with crisp carbonation

S -Clean lightly toasted malty barley scents along with aromatic hops

T - Delicious lightly toasted barley malt along with some refreshing wheat which probably adds to the cloudy nature of the beer giving it a slightly weizen taste and feel. Hops are subdued adding a a balancing character to the malts with some wet tasty flavor

M - Carbonation is adequate without being overkill. Wet watery taste and flavors simulate any generic light beer, but its premium light beer. Tastes good, less filling

O - Being a seasonal summer beer, Curveball fits the bill. Easy drinking, semi low alcohol, and thirst quenching character
is good for hot days where you need to stay hydrated. Makes an excellent shandy as well.

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Photo of beertunes
3.14/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a cloudy yellow color with just about a half-inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was soft grains, light hops, and a wee touch of skunk.

The skunk wasn't noticeable on the tongue, but the malt and hops were still typical for the style.

The body was nicely on the light side of medium, with a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was fine, a pint at a cookout or something would be fine. Overall, fairly average for the style. Won't hurt to try it, but ya don't need to seek it out.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

backlog. 12 oz bottle. Smells of caramelized grain. Appearance is a slightly hazy golden hue. Tastes of caramel, grain; highly carbonated. Not much head to speak of; lacing is halfway decent. It’s a little expired; not sure if it’s affecting the beer in any way or not. This has always been my least favorite beer from Pyramid. It’s not tasting too bad tonight, however.

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Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours golden with a thin head that slowly becomes a lasting ring. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of honey, bread, faint foral notes.

The taste is of bread/yeast with a honey-like sweetness. Floral dryness in the finish (with a vague hint of citrus).

It has a smooth light body.

An easy-drinking inoffensive basic blonde ale.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.04/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Yellow appearance with chill haze and 1/2" white head. Aroma was lemony. Grain. Light.

Some crackers and toasted pale malts. Lots of carbonation. Comes off like Kolsch yeast, they got that right.
Its sensible and easy going, a little bit yeasty, lemony and mildly bitter.

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Photo of stevoj
2.28/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Chalky and dry, smells like a moldy old book. Hazy golden, most kolschs I’ve tried are crystal clear. taste is like stale saltine crackers. I wish American brewers would date their bottles on the labels like the Germans. At least then you know if it’s bad. Here I’m guessing they tried to make it taste like this....

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Photo of q33jeff
1.2/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Fishy,skunky, pissy, yellow Fishy,skunky, pissy.
Not good at all. Basically, Budweiser in a cooler bottle.

One of my least favorite beers of all time.


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Photo of TX-Badger
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical blonde ale here. Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains with just a slight herbal tone on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with grains.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head of the brew has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a bready and light caramel smell with a moderate showing of citrus and a little bit of a yeast. Along with these aromas comes some light hop smells of a floral and citrus nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather clean malt flavor, being mainly of a doughty and caramel nature. With these flavors comes some other lighter fruit tastes of a peach and citrus nature, which grow slightly stronger as the taste moves on further. All the while the doughty takes on hints of a grainy nature with some hop flavors of a floral and citrus nature. A little bit of a yeast and a light loss of some of the sweet comes at the very end of the taste, leaving one with a rather easy going, but enjoyable flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side for a kolsch with a carbonation level that is rather average. The feel is rather nice for the mix of flavors and makes for a rather enjoyable brew overall.

Overall- This was a very easy drinking and quite enjoyable brew overall. Nothing super out of the world, but a nice easy drinker that is great for the summer months.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with flavors of grain and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then there’s some malt sweetness that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are options within the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

22 oz bottle consumed on the banks of Oregon’s McKenzie River. No date found.
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Appearance: clear medium-light amber with a semi-durable, off-white head. Limited spotty lacing.
Aroma: faint and mild herbal/floral hops with a good bit of biscuit malts.
Flavor: Low hop intensity in this ale. Rather low malt load too. Mild bitterness.
Feel: Lively medium carbonation. Near medium body.
O: decent but unexceptional light pale ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of small yeast particles near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high off white head that took a long time to die down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of green grapes and both bready and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has bits of sweetness from the bready malts and fruity flavors intermixed with bits of grainy malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems like it could use a lot more in the way of bitterness and dryness to be representative of the style.

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Photo of swingdjted
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A flying curve ball coming from the back of the pyramid on the label is kinda odd. The pyramids on the cap are pretty cool though. The description is not over the top, which I like. The beer pours with little head, even with an aggressive gluggy pour. I used a clear crystal Tom Collins glass. The head is just barely off-white, not creamy fine-bubble foam, but rather more like larger-per-bubble soda carbonation in head bubble size. The color is yellowish-orange, very transparent and translucent.

Smell: Reminds me of an ale mixed with a macrobrew, because I can clearly smell that macrobrew kind of not-so-great hops aroma. But, you can also smell better ale aroma too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This goes down easy and is pretty inoffensive if you're not a beer snob. It's not very bitter, but a little bitter like normal beer, not real malty, a bit on the sweet side. A little thin, but not as much as a macrobrew. The hops aren't the best, but not too bad; you won't be writing poetry about floral hops here.

Overall: Not bad really. I could see this as a fast-drinking beer for some, and a transition beer for those stuck on mainstream beers. There's some good stuff in there, but not a lot that would push someone new to the game away. They market it as a good summer lager/ale, and it does cool you down easily because of the easy drinkability. Good.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best by 7/25/13.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but there is nothing too exciting going on here.

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Photo of plaid75
3.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium a light brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft pale malt and grassy hops.

The taste offered round malts, grassy hops and a light nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a soft carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking kolsch beer.

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Photo of tomakeanend
4.63/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorite beers. I may be going against the grain with this review, but to me, this is what a refreshing beer should taste like. Good flavors, but not overpowering. The old man and I threw back a few at Pyramid's tap house before going to watch TDKR. VERY good decision.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Illegible freshness date stamped on the neck label.

A: Pours a light, clear golden color with some small sediment particles in suspension. Rocky white head initially stands at a half inch, but soon settles into a thin cap. Thin, scraggly lines of lacing.

S: Very clean on the nose, to the point that there really isn't much going on at all. Touch of grain and dough. Floral hops with a slight citrus character. Slight stale, musty scent in the background.

T: Dough and honeyed grain. Slightly musty and stale. Slight earthy yeast contribution. Muted floral and slightly citrusy hop kick. Finishes with a drying grainy taste.

M: Lighter in body, somewhat firm. Moderately aggressive scrubbing carbonation. Smooth enough.

O: A fairly decent blonde ale, but it languishes on the shelves. This is their summer seasonal, and cases are still being sent to stores in our market. What gives? The freshness date is not decipherable, but I know this stuff is pretty old. It shows in the appearance, smell, and taste. And who's going to buy a middling blonde ale at an $11 six pack price? Pyramid needs to take a look at how their accounts are being handled out here, and consider pulling out of this market.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale pumpkin orange shows a mid-range of effervesce. The head is dirty white, a finger high, but quickly dissipates to a washy topping with only a speckled remains for lace.

S: Pale wheat and oranges, neutral yeast and wheat indications on the nose. Candy orange sweetness.

T: The flavor fizzy candy oranges and wheat, shallow flavor. A very safe bet not to offend with a small metallic ting.

M: The mouthful was a tad fizzy, light to medium body substance wise and overall a snooze fest.

O: Overall a curveball, if you consider this wide left of its intended style. Another boring beer from pyramid that you can easily see coming like a softpitch lob rather curve. Very generic, bland and becomes insignificant half way through. pass

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Photo of yesyouam
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pyramid Curve Ball Blonde Ale is a very sparkling, golden ale with no head and a turbulent surface. It has a bright, lemony aroma with light grain, maybe wheat. It's light bodied and crisp. It leaves my mouth feeling like I just ate an apple. It's lightly flavored with a grassy bitterness at the finish. There seems to be a very light sweetness throughout. There are hints of lemon, apple and pear. This was a good choice after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into standard pint served fridge temp.

A: blonde, as expected. One finger of white head that reduced to a very pathetic splotchy cap and a sad little ring.

S:light malt with hints of pineapple. Not super complex but appealing. The crystal malts are evident in the nose.

T: a little hoppier than the nose but the light malt and slight crystal sweetness is there. It finishes with a bit of hop character but not bitterness.

M: light and finishes really wet. leaves aome to be desired

O: not bad, sessionable and refreshing. Not all that complex but I don't think it is trying to be.

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Photo of Murrhey
1.7/5  rDev -48%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger white head, kind of lazy looking carbonation. Decent retention, sticky lacing. Essentially clear, very light yellow. Exceptionally high clarity.

S- Grass, and light, kind of gross malts.

T- Super grassy, some lemon and malt flavors. Refreshing in the fact that it is basically water.

M- Tonic water. Fizzy but extremely light.

O- Too bad. Not a good beer.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light caramel, transparent.

Aroma: Bit of yeast. Get a hint of corn or some other adjunct. Not super appealing.

Taste: A little big of malt, if only for a moment. Almost like a lager. Not much of a hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation like drinking a soda. Dries out the mouth a tad. Still pretty drinkable.

Final Thoughts: The term 'Blonde Ale' is usually not met with much excitement. The same is true with Pyramid's Curve Ball. It would probably taste the best on a beach somewhere with the sun beating down on the drinker. It is an average beer, nothing bad about it, but also nothing incredibly good.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

S: Aroma of fruits and grain with a bit of spice and sweetness in the background.

T: Starts with a nice crispness that becomes a mild fruit sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

nice beer that goes down easy. Goes best with a warm summer day or BBQ.

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Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 408 ratings