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:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 07-17-2008

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Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light/medium gold, with little short lasting white head. Smell was grassy, sweet, grain, metal, and tea like at times too. On the light side of carbonation and a very smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel for a lighter beer, that is incredibly easy to drink. Tastes smooth and has a satisfying creamy sweetness with just enough bite to be refreshing. Not as good the 2nd time I tried this. Maybe worth a shot, but I don’t think I’ll crave it a 3rd time.

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

Thought I poured myself a glass of Apple juice by mistake...

Smelled like peaches!...

Tastes light and really crisp...extremely light...This would have been a good Summer beer!...As it is I bought it in December and the kill date is August 8...So what!...She aged a lot better than expected...No taste of skunk or rot whatsoever!...

Smooth and easy light beer...bit of bite...nice aftertaste...mellow and crisp...

Could probably pound way too many of these!...This beer was here in Summer and I chose to ignore it then...For some reason tonite I just had to give her a go...It's a good thing my Summer didn't know what she missed out on!...

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed six without realizing that it was pyramids summer beer and thus is a bit out of season (did i mention i am an idiot, how did i not see it?). Poured a slightly hazy, dull gold color with a nice cap of almost white head that fell leaving no lace. Can see some rows of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is ho-hum, kind of boring. There is some herbiness in there, but it does smell, as many have pointed out, like a wheat beer. Taste is mostly malt, some herbal hoppiness, bitterness balances out perfectly. Mouthfeel is light, drinkability is good. I bet this would have been better had i had it during the summer--hotter temperatures and lighter bodied beer go hand in hand, plus it would have been fresher. Certainly not a home run, but not a strike out either.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at Chili’s in the Houston airport. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold color with columns of bubbles and a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of mild hops and citrus. Light-bodied and effervescent with notes of hops, sweet malt and citrus. The finish is mildly bitter hops with a touch of spice in the aftertaste. Overall about what you would expect from a summertime beer from a brewer like Pyramid.

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Photo of shererjt
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear golden color with a large, frothy white head. Nose was spicy and earthy/flowery with some sweet malt in there, too. The smell had little in the way of hops. Light body with not a lot of flavor. What was there was malt-leaning with some fruit and no hops. Mouthfeel was creamy and pleasant, and the drinkability was quite good.

A light, highly quaffable ale. Not much else to say. Should be noted for the record that the sample I had was a week past its "best by" date, but I did get it for under $4 so it was
certainly worth it.

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Photo of Durge
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at my hotel in Durham, NC and it seemed pretty fresh. The appearance was a bit whimpy with a very light golden color, a whispy head and medium lacing. The aroma was skunky wheat to me. Not my favorite, although I am also generally not drawn to this style naturally despite a number of pleasant surprises. This one did have a very nice clean cereal flavor with some citrus highlights. It has a lively carbonation, fine bubbles, and is a refreshing, drinkable choice but it's maybe a little too dry for me to want to drink more than a couple of these. Not bad but worth a try on a hot summer day (good with salsa and chips perhaps?).

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, single,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a small white head, average looking beer.

S: Looks like a lager, but the ale fruitiness is shown, some grape notes, and grass from the hops.

T: Quite good, I thought this was a full-flavoured Kolsch, slightly sweet, with some white grape juice, and slightly herbal hops. A bit of biscuity malt is there, just enough to balance the flavour. Well done for a lighter beer.

M: Light and crisp, but a little thin in body, a little watery.

D: A good full-flavoured Kolsch, easy to drink on a summer's day or watching a ball game, as it suggests on the label, I could drink a lot of this, and at a good price, one of the cheaper craft brews that I have found. Good job Pyramid.

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Photo of Blupoet03
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured hazy, with a wheat color and a small fluffy head. The nose was tangy, with citrus, yeast, a bright crispness, and a funkyness that was probably the "spices" described on the label.

The taste was tang, not bitter and not sweet - pretty non-descript, overall. The spices did come through well.

It was rather drinkable and good in hot weather. Smooth and palette-cleansing.

It's not one that I'd go out of the way for, but my wife liked it. Worth a try if you like spiced beers. Also, I thought it was similar to American Wheats - so if you like those, try this. Maybe with a lemon.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a good deal on a case of Pyramid's summer variety pack, and I've been very pleased.

The label says "crisp & golden with slight herbal notes", and I can't argue with any of that. Poured into a weisse glass, this beer is an orange-gold. With a fairly hard pour, the head is initially about two inches of pearly foam, but it quickly reduces to nothing. Fine carbonation persists, and it leaves little foamy remnants on the glass which slide back into the beer with no retention.

Complex, if slight, aromas -- sweet biscuity & vinous malt, floral & herbal malts. Yup, this one's hitting all of the style points. The taste's pretty good; it's a little too sweet for a summertime Kolsch, but there are a few notes (pepper, grass) that keep it fairly light.

Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation leaves a bit of a tingle on the tongue and it dries out nicely. Easy to session, especially on a warm afternoon -- its sweetness makes me think of a gourmet High Life, but with some ale characteristics (grapes). Goes down easy. Pretty decent American Kolsch.

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Photo of RixBeer
2.13/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Piss yellow (sorry that's what it looks like). Light but fast moving carbonation. No Head, Slight Lacing and good sticking.

S- Strong spice and Herbal Notes.

T- Clean, Crisp, Spicey-almost tangy, Earthy and Grainy.

M- Tough to take a lot of this beer into your mouth because of the carbonation. Very light though.

D- Not really wanting another on this hot summer night.

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Photo of SSBrennan
2.26/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium gold with no head and small but present carbonation.

Smells of wet grain with some skunk.

Taste is light malt sweetness, a slightly earthy flavor but mostly grain.

The mouthfeel is light and clear.

Not refreshing enough to justify the lack of flavor.

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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 cbl2
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6/30/2007 24 pack 4.80% No best by date. This is a summer seasonal, a gift from my cousing for my 31st bday.


Pours a rather still hazy straw golden with no head to speak of.


Crisp, fresh cut granny smith apple and a touch of fresh mown lawn.


Crisp, clean malt notes with just a touch of tart apple and a grassy finish on the palate. Unremarkable, yet highly quaffable. A nice summer beer to keep the heat at bay.

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

Purchased at Poplar Wine & Spirits in Casper

This pours from 12oz bottle(best by 09082007) a clear light gold with a very large billowy head of foam that finally settles down after a few minutes to a fine broken layer with good lacing.

The smell is pretty nice. I'm getting notes of spice and a good mix of malt and bitter hops.

The taste has some biscuit malt up front and some grassy hop bitterness about midway through. The finish ends on a bitter and then slightly sour note. Interesting. It's pretty flavourful(I'm drinking it at room temp) but I don't think I could call this a session brew for me despite it's low abv. One bottle and I'm done with it for now.

Bottom line: Interesting example of the style and is worth a try.

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Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy, golden color. There was a small head, and it dropped away quickly. Milder aroma. It has floral and citrus notes, but nothing really standing out. Some sweetness to the taste, with a slightly citric finish. I wouldn’t call it bitter, but there is a touch of hops in the finish. Not bad. Much better than your typical lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Pyramid Curve Ball Kolsch pours a clean dark straw color with a thin head which quickly dissipates to a light, almost transparent layer of foam. Leaves no lace. The aroma, like the bottle label suggests is herbal in nature. Peppery too, with perhaps a faint hint of clove deep down. There are also floral components within, and some faint traces of citrus. A nice summertime aroma. The taste is not as complex as the aroma. It's thin, almost watery, with weak flavors and a strong alcohol-flavored finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, which is how a kolsch should be, but I wouldn't say this is a very good beer. It might be refreshing on a really hot summer day, but there are better choices out there. Might be worth trying on tap somewhere if I see it, but I won't exactly seek this beer out again. There are better kolsch beers to be found for sure.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow / clear / mild carbonation / mild head

Light sweet honey / really light floral hops

Quite bitter / light sweet like honey / fruity floral / real light refreshing / quite bitter / slightly metallic

Light body / mild-medium carbonation / little foam / feels okay

Light and alright.

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Photo of dgallina
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce stubby bottle dated best-before August 2007.

Pours transparent gold with light carbonation and no head or lace of any kind. The aroma is overloaded with icky-sweet buttery honey and herb tones. Flavor shows somewhat better balance. The initial fruity honey notes develop into a slightly crisp herbal banana finish. Body is only thinly carbonated and rather too syrupy. Reasonably drinkable, but it's nearly a sweet mead rather than a kolsch.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass this yellow colored brew maintains a thin cover of eggshell white head. No lace.

This is a gentle offering that has a small malt presence. The malts tend to be bread like with some grape skin type flavor on the backside. There is enough drying hops and slight bitterness to keep this all in balance.

Notes: Not much to write about here as its not all that deep or complex. It hits all the marks for the style and was refreshing and clean. A bit more carbonation may crispen this up and make it even more enjoyable. All in all a solid offering.

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

12 oz. to pint glass.

pours an oh-so-light, slightly hazy, golden bodywith a quicly receding head. lace is pretty decent, especially on the far side of the glass. smell is quite herbal, with some notes of wheat and banana. taste, initially was quite displeasing and sour, but as the beer warms up, and i warm up to it, there comes a pleasant grassiness and wheaty sweetness - tastes like a summer beer to me. body is pretty thin without being overly carbonated and the finish is nice, if not a little too drying on the cheeks and palate. refreshing, quafable, a bit sour... not bad. bland, but not bad. i bet it will go well with the pizza soon to be delivered.

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Photo of beeragent
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a clear gold, with very light spots of lace. Aroma is a mixture of spices and hops. The taste is smooth hops, spices, light fruit and malts. This almost tastes like a winter holiday brew. Light smooth mouthfeel. The fact that I would love to fill a stein with this at a German festival is enough to say that this is definitely a session ale. None of the other Kolsch style beers I've tried have even come close to this. Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of theopholis
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear golden-straw color. Head is fluffy, very white, but has little staying power. Very little lacing. The beer effervesces for quite some time.

Aroma- A very soft, slightly fruity malt sweetness. No hop aroma at all..

Taste- Nice malt sweetness up front. A tad grainy. A hint of bittering hops in the background.

Mouthfeel- Light-bodied. A tad over-carbonated in my opinion.

Drinkability- A nice, easy dreinging beer good for working out in the yard. Next time you are tempted to pick up a sixer of Bud light t odrink during your home improvement project, do yourself a favor and pick this up instead.

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

Very light in color. Golden hues. No head and no cap, possibly due to pour, but no lacing either. Very clear.

Faint fruity (strawberry maybe) and bread like scents. Nothing special here.

Fruity, slightly vinous and bit of sour rasberries. Some citric, lemony flavors as well. Good, sweet malt backbone as well. A little bready.

Light bodied. Easy going down. A bit acidic or sour, but in a good way. Nothing special here, just a little smoothness.

A reasonably drinkable beer, maybe a sessioner, but nothing too exotic. My first Kolsch, so it's hard to judge for style. Served maybe a little too warm too. Felt it might have been a little tastier at a slightly cooler temp. Went pretty well with a light turkey sandwich though.

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Photo of klewis
2.38/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On-tap at the BrewKettle, Strongsville, OH - 4/11/07

A: Served in a slender pilsener glass, the beer poured a light golden color with little head or lacing.

S: Weak smell with indescriptive malt and yeast aromas.

T: Creamed corn with a bit of hops to balance. Not good.

M: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Good for the style.

D: Not good. Pass.

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Curve Ball Blonde Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.25 out of 5 based on 401 ratings.
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