Strawberry Blonde | Belmont Brewing Company

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Strawberry BlondeStrawberry Blonde

Brewed by:
Belmont Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2003

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 80
Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Trying the Strawberry Blonde at the brewery. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is undoubtedly strawberrys. The taste is way to sweet and strawberry for me. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok if you like fruit beer.

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Photo of Nrose1985
4.28/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is very rare that I feel a fruit beer is done right. I personally detest the designation "fruit beer" when it come to finely crafted brews such as this. All too often I find brewers are far too over the top with the fruit that it makes the product undrinkable. I drink beer because I like beer. If I wanted a strawberry juice cocktail, well, I'd simply make one of those. So many times I've picked up a bottle of strawberry beer and felt like I took a huge swig of strawberry soda, which might be fine in its own right, but when you're expecting to taste beer it provokes a gag reflex from me. So, it is with much celebration that I confirm this is a damn fine BEER. The strawberry notes are very forward on the nose which is quite pleasant, especially when tempered with the mildness of the pallet. This is an extremely refreshing and enjoyable brew for a warm summer day and with enough complexity to satisfy a beer enthusiast. I'm so happy I found this on the shelf and even happier to find it is brewed year-round. So, if you want a mouthful of strawberries in your beer, look elswhere (shouldn't be too hard as practically every other product fits that bill). If you love beer and want to be intrigued with the alluring scent and delicacy of a finely crafted ale, give this a try.

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Photo of Jackolope
4.05/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was hot as balls today so I wanted something light and refreshing. I let my lady choose and she wanted this one because she loves strawberries. It was only 5 bucks so I played along, but I got to say, it was pretty good. I don't know exactly why I liked it because I don't usually like fruited beer, but this one did the trick. It smelled like strawberries and had a faint hint of berry taste without being too strong. Very refreshing. I kinda wanted another one after I finished the first, so I say 4 stars.

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Photo of TruePerception
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Belmont Brewing Co's Strawberry Blonde: Appearance: pale yellow; Smell: decent amount of strawberry scent, touch of wheat; Taste/Mouthfeel: strong wheat taste, almost non-existent strawberry flavor; okay-ish

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of Lam
3.81/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have tried on tap and in bottle. I though it was quite good.

It was a strong smell of strawberry with a note of lager.

Drinking it was delicious, because it actually tasted like strawberry. I am not sure it can be my to-go drink in the summer, but i would consider it.

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Photo of BeerJustice
1.06/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought this beer at Ralphs grocery store in CA. I am not sure how to express the heinous smell and taste of this beer; a mixture of cat litter and moldy strawberries. To put this in context, I love beer, I will try anything a brewery makes, and I am generous because I understand how difficult it is to make beer. But this beer was either massively skunked - or it is just a terrible, terrible beer.
I want to be nice. But I cannot. THIS BEER IS ONE OF THE WORST BEERS I HAVE EVER HAD. This is the only time in the past 20 years I have actually poured out the whole beer after a few tastes (yes, I was trying to be generous).

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Belmont Brewing Company in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and artificial strawberry aromas. Taste is the same with a medicinal strawberry flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a disappointingly fake strawberry presence.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.99/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with stnadard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the name makes it sound appealing.

Acquired at Ralph's market in Los Angeles, California. Not paired with food. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a one finger head of no cream whatsoever, bad thickness, and bad retention (>30 seconds). Colour is a clear yellow. Not horribly appealing.

Sm: Heavy artificial strawberry syrup. Clean malts. It's pleasant, and certainly strong.

T: Artificial strawberry syrup is rampant, with candy-esque flavourings. Clean malts are buried beneath it. Feels very fake and loud. Poorly balanced and built all around. No layering. Simple and uninspired.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and thin. A bit overcarbonated, actually. Hardly suits the flavours well at all.

Dr: Hard to drink on account of the foul artifical flavour, which grows more and more repugnant as you continue drinking it. This might set you over the edge into vomit territory if you're already fairly bollocksed. Not a good beer by any means. Poorly executed and artificial.


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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy McD0uche for picking this up for me to try.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: This is a pretty unappealing looking beer. No head at all, clear golden in color, and very still. Uninviting to say the least.

S: The smell is an orgiastic feast for the nose. Slightly sweet strawberries create a very inviting, refreshing aroma. It is followed by grassy and toasted malt scents.

T: After that awesome aroma, the taste was a bit of a letdown. Definitely not as pronounced as the aroma, the strawberries are very muted. Grassy and skunky tastes come through at the end and make it sort of unpleasant.

M: The feel is light bodied and contains limited carbonation. It has a watery finish.

O: The aroma saved this one. The other characteristics were definitely lacking. If they could be brought up to the same standard as the aroma, this could be a superb strawberry beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$4.59 bomber from Bottles N Bins in Monterey CA. Served in a cylindrical stange glass.

Tons of foam, somewhat overcarbonated, though it rises and forms irregular peaks on the surface, sort of like Duvel. Bright golden color, racing streams of champagne carbonation that never slow down after 20 minutes. Copious sticky lace, decorating the glass in 3-D cartoonish clusters inside the glass. Swirling the dregs of the bottle brings up some tiny dark seed-like floaties that could be strawberry seeds.

Smells like fresh strawberries, leafy ripe and sweet. Later there's something vaguely medicinal, more a potential byproduct of a possible infection than cough syrup flavor. No idea of they used whole fruit or an extract, but with the odd track record of reviews it wouldn't be surprising if whole fruit brought some random wild yeast in the mix (for better or worse).

Tastes a bit bland though, the club soda carbonation hurts the feel a bit. Dry and crisp, highly attenuated with a light dry and tart strawberry flavor, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty gaseous, overcarbonation scrubs the flavor away fast. Not sweet or artificial. Overall better than expected, but not sure if this bottle was a fluke or intentional, considering the varied reviews.

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Photo of srandycarter
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Macro pilsner color and foam, leaves fast to disk. Some cling around the edge.

S - Artificial strawberry and light malt.

T - Taste matches smell.

M - Light bodied, good carb, lousy balance even for such simple flavors.

D - Better than a Coors light on a hot day... maybe.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very pale and slightly opaque with white head.

S: Very nice clean dried strawberry scent. Smells like alpine strawberries, strong and sweet.

T: Really bland! Disappointing given the smell. Can't taste the strawberry as much as I thought. The strawberry flavor comes off as artificial.

M: Nice and crisp. Bubbly. It is nice for a hot day.

D: Tastes like an average American macrobrew with some strawberry thrown in. Wouldn't buy it again for the price.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.77/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belmont Strawberry Blonde has a dull, clear, golden-colored body and a small off-white head. Not a whole lot in the retention and lacing departments.

The aroma surprises me because it smells like fresh strawberries. It is quite pleasant.

The flavor is more of the same. A light malt base with a bunch of fruity strawberry flavor. This beer succeeds in not being overly sweet, syrupy, or cloying. The strawberry flavors taste natural.

Light bodied with high carbonation, which works well for this beer.

This beer was a pleasant surprise, pretty enjoyable if you like fruit beer.

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Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a tumbler, Strawberry Blonde is hazy straw yellow with a white head that leaves scattered lace. Looks like a wit.

Smell is pure strawberry, but not overly strong, nor artificial.

Taste is quite good, a light, clean blonde ale with definate strawberry flavor that is not overly sweet, syrupy or fake. Fantastic for the style (which I recognize is a love or hate thing), this would be a home run served from a keg at a hot BBQ. There's a hint of tartness from the fruit that really enhances the refreshingness.

Mouthfeel is dry, sprizty, but not too sharp. Light bodied but not watery.

Drinkability is very good. Perfect hot weather beer when you want a little flavor but something you can session. Don't hate on it just because it's got fruit, if this was made by Fantome or some other cult Belgian brewery, it would be a top rated fruit beer. In fact, it tastes ALOT like Fantome, which also uses fruit juice, even though they don't advertise it is a such. Being that Fantome is my favorite beer, I just realized why I love this so much.

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Photo of spoons
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber to a tulip

The color in this is a foggy yellow/gold. Lot of carbonation bubbles all around the glass.

Smells of strawberrys, like fake candy strawberries. Also some sweet apples..

The mouthfeel is super fizzy and watery. A malty aftertaste compliments the light body and sweetness of the beer.

This is not a good fruit beer, but not a drainpour. Wouldnt go searching for this one.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.77/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden yellow with a finger of head and very little lacing on the glass.

S: smells griany with hints of strawberry and very little malts on this one. absolutely no hops presnce.

T: crispy bubbly grainy with hints of strawberries and sweetness. Its a light beer but I gotta say it's probably one of my favorite blondes of all time.

M: light to meduim body with good bubbly carbonation.

D: This blonde has really been great in my book and is absolutely bananas with BBQ in the summer.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mark C for bringing this to the big brew day.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a 1 finger white head, which dissipates fast. Leaves light lacing.

S - Strawberries and light bittering hops.

T - Strawberries, some slight brett, breadiness, and bittering hops.

M - Light bodied, hop dominated, and slightly bitter.

D - Not bad, but could use more malt complexity. I'm also thinking there may have been an infection as the brett was probably incidental.

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Photo of birdypowder
2.47/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My strawberry blonde needed a wash. Maybe an acid wash of the yeast, or a better wash of the bottles before filling? I think there was a slight infection so if I have a chance to try this beer again I will, but this review reflects the beer I purchased.

Mild pleasant strawberries, slightly sweet smelling and an aroma of sparkling applejuice.

Nice white head but small in size, small dense bubbles, good beading, very hazy (my first indicator of infection). Pours a tarnished slightly greenish gold color. Some small floaters detected. Good lacing

Big sourness up front (my strongest indicator of spoilage) which I'm sure has masked some other more subtle flavors. Slight acetic taste as well. Light to medium bodied.

Curt dry finish.

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Photo of weirdboy
1/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this on tap last night at BBC.

This beer was utterly shameful in every way imaginable.

Appearance: There was literally no head whatsoever, and very little carbonation. It looked like a glass of apple juice.

Aroma: Very strong buttery aroma, laced with strawberry.

Taste: Butter. If you like diacetyl flavors, this is the beer for you. It was like drinking a stick of butter.

Mouthfeel: Did I mention it was like drinking a stick of butter?

Drinkability: My wife insisted on drinking it, but I wanted to send this back to whatever hell it came from after a single taste.

Overall: I cannot imagine how any brewer could live with themselves knowing a beer like this is being served representing their work. I have had the bottled version of this before, and it was nothing like what they were serving on tap last night. If you love butter, or wish to imagine yourself in Harry Potter book drinking a butterbeer, go to the BBC and order a strawberry blonde.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from CostPlus World Market in Davis, purchased because it was new and cheap. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a short, but well-retained white head that laces fairly strongly for the style. Smells like mild strawberries, but also a bit tart/sour, which is intriguing. Bitey, snappy taste, more like a wild ale than a blonde, with a hint of strawberry sweetness and a nice tang of sour, wheaty flavor. Surprised how much i like this, its really quite tasty and complex. Zingy flavor hangs on throughout, though it gets a bit more dry on the finish. Refreshing and fun. A winner in my book.

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Photo of hopdog
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle (contract brewed at Bayhawk Ales).

Poured a lighter and hazy yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of strawberries (not fresh strawberries, more of an artificial aroma). Tastes of strawberries (but not as strong as the aromas). Lightly sweet with a light tart finish.

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Photo of gpogo
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale gold with white head. Small amount of head that dissipates quickly

A- Strawberries, almost worries me about the taste.

T- Lighter strawberry taste than I expected. It also doesn't taste chemical like I expected, both good things! Sweet taste, but not overpowering. Sortof leaves an aftertaste similar to the aftertaste from eating strawberries.

M- Medium-light body. Goes down very smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. Light and refreshing. I'd like to get a non beer drinkers opinion on this as I feel with the strawberry and light taste even they may enjoy it.

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Photo of monkeybeer
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours cloudy golden orange with a tiny white head.

S- Smell is strawberry (artificial) as some hops

T/M- Taste is very light on strawberry; it is there but defiantly more in the smell than the taste. It is a bit acidic at the end and you can detect some hop flavor as well

D- It was okay, I would probable not purchase this again or seek it out, but if it was offered to me I would drink it.

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Photo of charlzm
1.78/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On draft at brewery, consumed on 11/12/07.

Same alcohol content and color as their Marathon Ale, I bet they just added fruit flavor to it to make this beer. Clear golden, nice carbonation. Aroma is strawberry. Flavor is strawberry, the same kind of flavor you find in breakfast cereals for kids. Finish has a flavor that reminds me of hops a little. Very sweet.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous gold with a modest frothy white head that erodes quickly .Nose is very light, sweet strawberry, fresh and pleasing to the olfactory sense, start is lightly sweet, and a mild malt profile and a light to moderate feel at the top. Finish is stinging in its acidity with the hops light and pleasant, aftertaste is quite dry, drinkable yes, would I drink again, NO

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