Curve Ball Blonde Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Curve Ball Blonde AleCurve Ball Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedDiamond on 07-17-2008

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Photo of Sammy
2.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted at the Lancaster brewing monthly get-together. Light yellow with bubbly head. Bit of head. Skunky aroma. Not at all a good kolsch, it's hard to nail this style. Acidic.A bit of spiciness. It's drinkable, if nothing better about. Not impressed.Bottle 6 months later just as mediocre.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
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 metter98
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looking for something light and refreshing for these warmer late spring days. Curve Ball serves the purpose but there are some hiccups that remind me why I don't select this often.

A solid enough malt bill brings an expected and glowing Pilsner looking straw color with a lot of carbonation, approaching fizzy at times. The head is quick to rise and quick to fall with no lacing. A better look than industrial swill, but not up to standards when considering craft beers.

The nose brings a firm pilsner malt structure with some herbal and floral hops in the mix. The yeast character brings some match-stick and vegital notes along with the fresh breads and raw grains.

Flavors fare much the same way; the maltiness leads the way with a part-grain, part-malt blend. Hops doesn't deliver the delicate floral flavors that are found in the nose. Still, a persistent vegitable (cooked corn) and sulfery note.

Quite light in the mouthfeel, but as a Kolsch style beer should. The hop bitterness definately do their job but also bring a bite and grassy astringent that show lower quality hops and graininess.

Not a bad beer, but it makes for a poor Kolsch.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another expensive American import - once again, glad to get the chance to try it as a single...

This beer pours a slightly cloudy light golden colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves very little randomly distributed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mild wheat and banana ester sweetness. The taste is more sweet wheat grain, a bit of clove-ish spice, and no discernible hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit prickly, but mostly smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the thin grainy wheat holding straight and true.

Not exactly a dry, crisp Kolsch. For a blonde ale, it's ok, though the flavour wanes quickly, and it's mellow to start off with. Having had the Crystal Wheat Ale right before this, had I not seen the different bottles, I would have assumed that I was drinking the same beer, due mostly to the plain, simple nature of both beers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon/golden color with a bubbly head that sticks around a bit and leaves a shard or two of lacing

Smell: Unfortunate vegetal aroma. Herbal? Maybe.

Taste: Starts out with a bready flavor with a vague wheat character; after the swallow, there is a crisp grainy herbaciousness; finishes fairly dry

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation; a touch too watery

Drinkability: A decent summer quaffer, but just doesn't thrill me with some of its elements

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Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/yellow color with a fluffy, off-white,two finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and yeast.

T - It tasted berry-like and of light caramel malt. Fairly sweet with slightly bitter aftertaste.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice, easy-drinking summer beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light blond with a slight head that is gone pretty quickly,a nice light grassy aroma with a note of toasted malt.A light crisp beer with some herbal qualities with a cracker-like malty aftertaste.I could drink many of theses on a hot day for sure.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

22 oz bottle consumed on the banks of Oregon’s McKenzie River. No date found.
3.5 3.4 3.3 3.3
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 NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw-gold body with a brass cast. The full and creamy bright white head holds well, bolstered by a solid release of tiny bubbles. And although the head slowly drops in size from an inch or more tall, it maintains a solid 1/4 to 1/2 inch throughout and leaves some nice lace. The fresh and welcoming aroma displays grainy malt amidst a light fruitiness and a touch of citrusy hops. The body is light/medium and the carbonation is only gently crisp at the outset before becoming smooth and creamy across the palate. The flavor offers a delicate but spirited combination of grainy and lightly wheat-ish malt that's well-balanced by firm bitterness. An herbal/floral hop flavor and yeasty fruitiness add the character that gives it life. It finishes dry due to the bitterness, but with a layer of honeyish and fruity malt that sticks in the mouth momentarily. A nice beer, and although it's not very authentic when compared to the beers of Köln, it is a fairly interesting American interpretation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev +10.5%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy By: 08-26-08. That's more of an approximation, as the numbers are so small and so scrunched together that I'm not exactly 100% on that. Let's just go with it, huh?

Appearance: Clear, deep yellow body with a tall, white head, though it's bubbling out fast.

Smell: Lightly floral aroma with hints of both apple and pear juice. Tiny note of malt way in back.

Taste: Very light, delicate maltiness - kinda like I just pressed my tongue against a saltine cracker. Subtle sweetness. Light fruitiness. Not much bitterness, but the overall flavor starts drying out on the way to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A light brew, but one should know that going in ahead of time. Overall, an acceptable lil' Kölsch-type brew, and not nearly as horrendous as everyone's making it out to be.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blemish-free dark banana beneath a crown that is a shade darker than pure white and looks too soft and unsticky to result in much lace. I'm not sure what a kolsch is supposed to smell like, but Curve Ball smells like a garden-variety wheat beer. The nose is wheat malty with a little accessory fruitiness (if I use my imagination).

The flavor is good, but doesn't bowl me over with its magnificence. There's an acceptable amount of sweetish malt with a balancing quantity of hop bitterness. The hops are more herbal-spicy than they are floral-citrusy and the finish is dry without being crisp. The body is appropriately light for a summer seasonal and possesses a lively amount of carbonation that doesn't cross the line into frankly fizzy.

I haven't been too thrilled with Pyramid beer in the past, but Curve Ball Kolsch surprised me by being pretty decent. Maybe they should have called it Change Up Kolsch.

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Photo of russpowell
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden honey color with a thin white head. Slighlty hazy and minimal head retention or lacing.

Smell: New mown grass/hay, malt and a wiff of floral hops.

Taste: Honey sweetness mixes with a grainy malty taste and slight fruitiness. I did not shut my eyes and think I was back at the Dom in Koln (maybe a shorter glass than a pint would've helped? No)

Moutfeel. Under carbonated but the balance was almost there even if the taste wasn't

Despite the out whack flavors still pretty quaffable if taken out of context of the style. I did like last years effort quite a bit more

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is clear, light golden shade with an average, bright white head. Almost no carbonation. Aroma is fruity with a good bit of sweetness and just a little citrus smell. Taste has a good combination of sweet grains and fruitiness. Herbal hops provide some balance and a citrusy finish. Mouthfeel is very crisp and somewhat dry. Very thirst quinching and very easy to drink. Curve Ball does everything that I want of a summer seasonal.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.41/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

New packaging relabels this old Pyramid offering a face lift. Their summer seasonal Kolsch is labeled as a blonde ale this time around, pours a brilliant golden body with a slight haze cast over it, bright white nicely carbonated head forms a dimpled cloud rising well above the edge of my glass. Chunky scattered lacing forms with each sip and as the head slowly dwindles down. Aroma has some mild citrus components with some cooked veggies and pale biscuit malt sweetness. A touch of herbal spicy hops and mineral water are there as well, let's see how it's tasting. A bit of harshness is present with mild grainy off flavors, the metallic edge seems to overshadow the rest of the flavors. Some nice sweetness with a kiss of citrus fruit are apparent but they become muddled within cooked veggies and that mineral rusty finish. Mouthfeel is thin but carbonation seems a bit unnatural and forced, where the metallic edge really weighs the palate down after just a few sips. Drinkability overall is pretty pour, I will reevaluate next year but so far the Fall seasonal beats the pants of this one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
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 feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, with a brief white head. Aromas of herbs, and some fruit. Minimal hops in the nose, but much more spark upon the tongue. Label illustration is a perfect application, for this is an ideal ballpark beer. A lingering spice/fruit flavor continues through the finish. Soft, satisfying, delicious.

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Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a decent blonde with good body and nice aroma.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/08/04- Purchased at local Safeway grocery store.

Appearance- Pours a nice golden murky color. Nice creamy head and surprisingly nice lacing.

Smell- As always for me, it still has the typical Pyramid skunk scent. Must be the yeast strain they use. It does have a nice citrusy background though.

Taste- Hmmm, tastes better than I was expecting. Kind of like a mix beween a pils and an ale. A grainy, fruity and hoopy flavor to it. Maybe a bit of swwet honey taste also.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation. A little bitter going down, but the honey or whatever the taste is, sweetens it while going down.

Drinkability- More impressed than I thought I was going to be. If I were to buy Pyramid I would take a stab at this one. Better than all the others I have tasted by a good margin. All except the Snow Cap (which is a whole different beer). Give it a try.

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Photo of stevoj
2.28/5  rDev -29.8%
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 Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy pale yellow in color with a thin 1/4" head that immediately disappeared. Carbonation levels were strong as plenty of bubbles were streaming to the surface. The aroma was almost non-existent, as some light grass tones were all that could be detected. The flavor was of weak malt and light bitterness. Some grass tones were also evident.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp at the start, with a clean, dry, crisp finish. Drinkability is down a notch with since the flavors and look of the brew are not up to others.

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

Pours a clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, some lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, hoppy, some spices, and some caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, slightly sweet, malty, and hoppy. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Light body. Drinkable, not too bad, but most likely will not buy again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For this not too common style, "change-up" would have been a better name for this beer. Anyways, on to it:

It glows yellow when poured into my pint glass with a thin layer of head. There are a few nice flavors in this beer, such as a touch of cinnamon and herb with some grain. I could do without the cooked veggie flavor, but it's doesn't destroy the overall experiance. It's crisp and quaffable, two of the style's trademark qualities, which helps beat the heat.

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Photo of plaid75
3.59/5  rDev +10.5%
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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