Blonde
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #119
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #27,958
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 9.42%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
20
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Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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84
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Notes: Alaskan Blonde is brewed with wildflower honey, adding a unique ingredient to a classic beer style. The aroma and flavor have a light malt character with a touch of sweetness. Hop bitterness is low, offering earthy, spicy, floral notes. This light-bodied beer has high carbonation and finishes dry with lingering notes of honey. Made from glacier-fed water and features Nugget hops, Pale Malt and wildflower honey.

18 IBU
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden with a very thin white head. You get that lemon citrus zest. Pretty well balanced but more of a pilsner than a blonde IMHO. Decent beer if you can get it on sale.

Dec 29, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from and in Ohio with the date stamp MIA.
Pours with a golden body that has high clarity and that is topped by a good white head.
Aroma: surprisingly like a pilsner.
Flavor: mild but hop forward. Mild bitterness. Clean.

Aug 05, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a 6pck of this from my local meijer store. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had faint crystal malt and very subtle lemon hints. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with crisp malt base and slight bitter citrus finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Jul 07, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, thin head with a honey colour. Taste is light and easy, just a hint of honey and some hops on the finish. Each sip leaves you wanting a little more, but is a tad watery. Still excellent for the style though!

Jul 05, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a honey, doughy, and caramel smell. Along with these smells comes a little bit of spice of coriander and clove mixed with some other yeast and a little bit of some citrus smells.
Taste – While the nose is very sweet, the taste is not as much as would have been expected. The taste begins with a slightly bready and grainy taste that has a little bit of caramel, honey, and a hint of tangerine. As the taste advances the bready becomes more crackery in nature lightening the overall taste. Toward the end, more honey sweetness and some lighter spice flavors of clove and coriander come to the tongue, to leave one with a slightly direr but still lightly sweetened and clean taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the style the lighter body and higher effervescence is good for the flavors and makes this an easy and flavorful drinker.
Overall – A decent very easy drinking blond overall. Not the biggest in flavor, but for the lower abv. the easy drinking feel and taste is well appreciated.

Jun 14, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/23/2019. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, honey, cracker, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of peach, pear, melon, red apple, herbal, floral, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malts, honey, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, honey, cracker, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of peach, pear, melon, red apple, herbal, floral, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, honey, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, peach, pear, melon, red apple, herbal, floral, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome robustness and balance of pale malts, honey, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an outstanding blonde ale! All around awesome robustness and balance of pale malts, honey, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; great soft feel. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome balance between clean/nicely rich pale malts and citrus/floral honey complexity; with solid earthy Nugget hop presence/balance, and restrained fruity yeast. Mild residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier quality style example. One of the best standard American Blondes I've had in a long time.

Jun 09, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a straw colored pour with a ring of white head; some yeast and grassy hops on the aroma; off-sweet taste with a grainy body, and a definite touch of honey; then a dry rather acrid finish.

Jun 03, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a mild to moderate head. Indistinguishable from an American lager.
Aroma: Tons of lemongrass and honeysuckle. A bit of floral notes. A little bit of dankness.
Flavor: Grass, flowers, honey on the flavor. The nugget hops provide a bit of floral and bittering hops to make it finish nice & dry. Alcohol is hidden well. Sweet biscuit malt behind it. Slightly toasted malt profile, but not a lot.
Feel: Lighter bodied and smooth. Just enough hops to provide a bit of bitterness and yeast on the backend to clean the palate. Incredibly smooth drinking beer.

Compared to a wheat beer: They are nearly identical. Almost indistinguishable, and I misidentified on a 3-way taste test. This one has slightly more grassy and honeysuckle flower flavor. Slightly more earthy and bitter. Less fruit. Drinks slightly smoother and crisper due to less yeast. Similar malt flavors, but slightly darker malts and sweeter though.

Overall: Quite an impressive blonde ale. It packs tons of hop flavor including the lemongrass and honeysuckle flowers, yet finishes dry and smooth. Flavorful, dry, smooth. Makes this a super drinkable and easy-downing blonde beer. Hope they continue to make this and the popularity increases.

May 27, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a new blonde ale from these guys, done with wildflower honey and really perfect for spring and summer. i like alaskan a lot, and its nice to see a new one, the lack of innovation has hurt them in recent years i reckon, so new flavors like this are highly welcomed. i think its a cool beer, light and drinkable and you can really taste the honey, not sweet, not boring, a well nuanced take on the style, and a beer i could easily make a night of. more brassy than yellow from the bottle, tall creamy white head, airy and lasting, lots of cling and lace. the nose does show a bit of the honey, not sweet but floral for sure, they clearly did a nice job getting this down to near dry but retaining the essence of the honey, which can be tricky to do. i also like it having a little bittering hop to enjoy at the end, helps it be crisp, even almost lager-esque that way, refreshing and drinkable, and i keep thinking this has a lot more character overall than a lot of its peers. light medium body, awesome carbonation, a really professional feel which is cool in the style, and a simple but fresh and tasty malt profile, it all comes together nicely. best when ice cold, but i like the way it warms up too. i think they have done a killer job with this, and reckon it would be a good add to their permanent lineup. the first new one i have had from alaskan in as long as i can remember...

May 22, 2019
Blonde from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 20 ratings