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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 02-23-2003

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185
Ratings:
803
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
32.27%
 
 
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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of white head and a golden body filled with carbonation streaming about.

Smells very pilsnery with the malt character, grassy hop, and lemon zest.

The flavor picks up where the nose leaves off with the bread, grass, and lemony/fruitiness.

Clean and light bodied with prickly carbonation.

Ridiculously easy to drink with nice mild characteristics. Goes well with Tex-Mex.

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Photo of DCon
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival @ the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, MO. Tapped from the Black/Silver Tap Handle into a 16oz Schlafly Cup.

Aroma- Very subtle and easy going nose with tons of malt and sweetness. No real hops or any other character.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a bright yellow/deep golden colored body. Leaves no suds or anything behind.

Flavor- Very soft sweetness and a light wheaty character. No hops and finishes dryer than many blondes I've had.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and malts are left on the palate with sweetness.

Overall Impression- A very easy drinking Blonde but didn't have the characters I wish were present. More hops and fruit flavors could have popped up more for me. Still enjoyed as my first brew of this festival.

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Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at American Democracy Project reception (along with St. Arnold Weedwacker), 6.7.12.

Very light amber body, good effervescence. Floral hops, a bit of breadiness in the nose. Taste mirrors aromas, a bit on the sweet side. Pretty good mouthfeel. Very sessionable, one of the easiest drinking beers on the trip. Would like to try the tap version again for comparison. Worth a try.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Lovejoy's.

This beer seemed to be everywhere in Austin. When I first saw it in the hotel bar, I thought it was just a funky Budweiser tap handle, but when I saw it at a number of other area bars, I slowly realized it was something else. Having never heard of it, but having seen it all over town, I was curious to give it a try.

It poured a pale yellow color with a lot of haziness and a fairly high degree of very fine carbonation. Aroma was a slight malt sweetness. Flavor was also very lightly sweet like a very lightly flavored witbier, and I detected some cloviness. Mouthfeel was also very light and thin. This beer struck me as very drinkable, although its lightness was slightly off-putting to me...while I liked the way it tasted, it just didn't feel like beer in my mouth (not sure if that makes sense?). Overall I'd recommend it, but (and maybe this is just me), I'm surprised it has the broad appeal it does in Austin.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Central Market in Austin

Appearance: The beer poured pretty clear up until the last dregs of the bottle. I stopped it short, but there was apparently some sediment on the bottom that I didn't see. There was a small 1/4" head of active white bubbles on top of this yellow golden beer. The head was only around for about 30 seconds and then disappeared. There aren't many bubbles rising visibly through the haze.

Aroma: The aroma has a fresh floral hop bouquet with some evident bready yeast. There is a little bit of a grainy wheat-like aroma here also that makes the beer smell really drinkable. There is also a mild citrus contribution here to add to the complexity.

Taste: The flavor is really clean and doesn’t have nearly the bready contribution that I got in the nose. The hops are also there more for the flavor than in the bittering. The bittering is just enough to keep the beer from finishing too sweet, but the final balance is definitely toward the malt. This beer would be helped by a bit more carbonation.

Opinion: I really like this beer. I don't know how much it walks the line between the "Golden Ale" that is printed on the bottle versus the APA that it is classified on this site. It is really clean and refreshing like a golden ale while it has a bit of a hoppy aroma and flavor that is not too common with a true golden ale. Regardless the beer is really clean and drinkable and that is why I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 24 Jun 2007.

Pours with a small white head. Well carbonated. Cloudy, corn yellow color. Smells metallic, musty, somewhat like a wet cat. Tastes like a light cider with some hints of citrus. Finish of green bananas. Medium creamy body.

Easy to drink but smell was quite off.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant brew, don't drink it too cold or you probably won't taste anything

A- Pretty golden blonde color that looks like generic beer with plenty of different sized carbonation bubbles rising all over

S- Smell is sweet and inviting

T- Taste is also sweet, relaxing, almost earthy malts but with a slight Noble hop twang brought out by the carbonation. Got some roasty taste once is warmed a bit

M- Feel is excellent, with great carbonation and a light body

D- I could drink these for hours but would pair with food because there isn't a whole lot of flavor. Although ABV% is not listed I assume it is between 4%-5%.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jason Lewis for this brew.

Poured for a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a thick and cloudy orange with ok carbonation. The head is low but thick, white and leave good lace.

The smell is bready with some yeast.

The taste is good yeast notes, bready light malt.

The mouthfeel is reall good, very nice bubbly feel, very good body as well.

The drinkability is good not a bad beer at all, Prosit. MK

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Photo of goochpunch
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden with a full head with a variety of different levels of elevation and some raised lacing left on the glass. The aroma of the malt has a candyish sweetness that reminds me of cotton candy and I get a bit of citrus hop underneath. Malt flavor is light, crisp, toasted, and with some graininess. Herbal hop flavor, snappy bitterness, and an overall dryness come in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and apropos for the overall refreshing quality of this beer, but I would've liked just a bit more carbonation. Tasty and refreshing, but I can think of other beers I'd rather have.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into a pint glass. It was a hazy golden color with some yeast bits in it. It barely had a head and that quickly dissipated into nothing. No collar, foam or lacing. The aroma was malty and sweet - very reminiscent of a kolsch. The taste was average to slightly above average. For me this style doesn't have much in the flavor department but they are easy to put down and make good session beers. I don't see this being a big player in the rotation but does make a nice change up beer in the summer heat. Overall, a good beer for the style and worth trying. (3.5, RB-changeup, T, Y)

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Abundantly light copper hay color with a clean consistency to it. Extremely carbonated, I couldn’t even pour the entire bottle into the pint glass. Head is made up of fairly large bubbles but seems to have decent staying power.

S: Sour white grapes, wheat, limestone and basic citrus.

T: Mineral flavor meets really watery grapefruit juice. Little bit of hoppy character mixed in there but nothing profound by any means. Finishes lemony with dirty bitterness and metallic essences.

M: Thin and hard.

D: Fairly underwhelming.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always have to buy beers that distrubutor's suggest. I picked up a mixed sixer of real house ales, and the distributor there told me that he tried this beer and told me I had to try it. I was only going to buy the mixer and some skinny dip, but I bought this as well.

Anyways, the head is decent, clings decently.

Smell is citrusy, but faint.

Taste has a citrusy bite, with a nice hop finish. Pretty decent. I wouldn't want a whole six pack of it, but oh well.

Mouthfeel is pretty decent. crisp beer, doesn't cling superbly well.

This beer doesn't have a lot going on, but is pretty easy to get down.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. It may just be because I don't care for blonde ales, so take this with a grain of salt. It was fine. Decent mouthfeel and an ok flavor profile, but not much going on with this one.

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Photo of match1112
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: cloudy pale straw body with a two finger sudsy whity head. retention is poor but lacing is good.

s: light biscuit malts, some grass and light fruit aroma.

t: malts and light fruit with a low hop presence.

m: medium to thin body, good carbonation. clean grassy finish.

o: decent blonde, just kind of a bland style for me, but very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

reviewed 9/17/2006 (Pint @ Alamo West Oaks):

Pours a golden clearish colored body, with a smallish head, off-whitish in color. Has a bitter aroma, some hops, a medium strength aroma. A weakish bitter malty taste, but balanced. Somewhat sweet. Reminds me of an IPA maybe.

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Photo of rowew
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a large sprocket. Best by month is notched on the label.

Appearance: Pours clear golden, average head.

Smell: Just a bit metallic, mainly cereal grains.

Taste: Not bad - luckily the metallic smell doesn't make it into the flavor. Grainy, just a hint of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Very basic beer, but for a blonde, its pretty good.

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Photo of Radome
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Color of straw; slightly milky/cloudy. There are a few particles of sediment in the bottom of the glass after the pour. Head is white and formed a thin sheet of tiny, creamy bubbles across the surface. These turn into sticky Belgian lace on the glass.

S - Good balance between cracked grains and noble hops. The hops smell slightly vegetal and skunky, not fresh. The malt aroma is a sharp, grainy note that smells fresh, but doesn't have any complexity.

T - Little malt flavor, as expected for the style. Just a bit of faint grain. Hops are earthy and slightly vegetal, with a floral hint that lingers into the aftertaste. Crisp, dry finish. No alcohol flavors. Clean and simple, as appropriate for the style.

M - Body is thin to medium. Carbonation fairly low, but is there as a light prickly mouth feel. No alcohol burn. Hops bitterness is low to medium.

O - Overall light and inoffensive, as you'd expect. I do believe it is an ale, but it is very reminiscent of an American light lager, with just a bit more body and taste than that.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is mild. Bready and floral aroma. Slightly fruity as well. Pale, malty, bready taste. Floral with a very slight spice at the end. Slightly astringent. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Decent beer. Enjoy drinking this one.

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Photo of ATPete
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle received in a trade

A- pours a very hazy yellow/brown. A big frothy white head raised about an inch over my pint glass. Ive spotted floaties!

S- A very delicate nose. Soft hop presence, floral esters, bread and yeast.

T/M- Nails the blonde style very well! In a blind taste id say it was a Leffe if it wasnt so damn carbonated. Tons of active carbonation attacks the tongue upon the initial taste. I know that the hop bitterness rounds out into a well balanced malty sweetness mid palate but the bubbles really hide that. Other tasting notes include citrus, candi sugar and some delicate spices.

D- Its giving me heartburn, but i really like it...

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Photo of tronester
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Smells of lemon and a hint of grain. Taste is a hint of sweetness, followed by a tobacco and grassy hop middle and finish. Very similar hop profile to a California Common I brewed that utilized northern brewer hops. Average mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall a decent beer. Refreshing and non offensive.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Purs a clear straw yellow color with a half finger of foam that fades nearly instantly. Aroma has a vegetal / corn note to it.

First sip is fairly dry, with a very faint malt sweetness. Really not too much flavor, but has a mild bitter finish.

This beer is fairly inoffensive and nondescript. No off-flavors, but nothing really of note to report on flavor wise. I appreciate the bitterness on the finish, but that is not enough to have me wanting more. Would be a good beer to help convert the BMC crowd to craft beer.

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Photo of Morris729
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear blonde amber color with a short white head that fades into a medium lace. Nose is somewhat sweet with a bit of floral hops and hints of honeysuckle. Taste begins with sweet honey malt and a light fruitiness followed by some mildly bitter hops to round things out. Not a bad choice as a session beer or as something to enjoy on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of Goliath
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a thin white head that dissappears immediately.

Aroma is alright. Citrus and a little bit of spice.

Taste is unimpressive. A little pale malt showing some bready notes. A little citrus too. This brew doesn't really hide the alcohol well either.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and adequately carbonated.

Drinkability is about average. Seems sessionable but flavors are uninspiring.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bongo BBQ.

A tight whitish foamy head sits atop a straight amber-colored beer. The head dies slowly to a thin film of foam. Nice lacing on the plastic :-( cup.

The nose is slightly sweet with mucho flowery hops. The front is pleasantly malty sweet giving way almost immediately to a flowery middle with hints of tasty sourness and a seriously bitter finish. Creamy smooth.

My first experiences with Real Ale Brewery were iffy, but I think that was due to poor retail storage. This year I've revisited all the Real Ale brews and I think they've my favorite Texas micro.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow, hazy – countless tiny particles suspended in turmoil. Decent head, very white. Some nice yeast left in the bottle.

Mmm, hops pop out – citric and a little floral. A close second is a sweet malt base. Interesting balance, quite nice.

Light and creamy. Understated wheat edge and body. Powdery/chalky feel. Decent hop tartness. Finishes a slight dry.

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