Cass River Blonde Ale
Frankenmuth Brewery

Cass River Blonde AleCass River Blonde Ale
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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #688
Ranked #46,829
3.33 | pDev: 20.72%
Frankenmuth Brewery
Michigan, United States
Cass River Blonde AleCass River Blonde Ale
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by warnerry:
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warnerry from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with 2 fingers of quickly dissipating head

S - some slightly biscuity malt and some faint floral hops; pretty subtle, but pleasant

T - slightly sweet and bready initially, giving way to a bit of spice through the middle and end; can't really place any specific spices though

M - a fuller mouthfeel than I was expecting; medium bodied and nicely carbonated

D - I was pleasantly surprised by this; an easy drinking beer that will probably drink even better in summer

Feb 08, 2011
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Hazy pale golden color, decent lacing seems to suffer after a while.

S: Flowery, grainy, doughy biscuit or shortbread. Tart?

T&M: Uniform crisp fluffy body. Dry malt character. Modest hopping. Dry breadiness. Vague tartness, yeasty. Finish is nearly bone dry.

O: Seems out of whack, over zealous yeast? Has potential, just needs to be cleaned up IMO.

Sep 05, 2011
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Chaz from Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden in color, topped with an off-white head which subsides quickly and leaves a thin film atop the beer and the barest hint of foamy lace around the edge of the glass. Chill haze and abundant carbonation...

Nose offers a whiff of wheat malt and a very mild malt character overall -- no hops presence to speak of. Lightly tangy-sweet on the nose, but not much going on here.

Lightly-sweet/tangy on the first sip, with a light (and I mean very light) vanilla character! Bitterness is very minimal... almost nothing to this, and some hops *would* really add something to this one.

Not much going on anywhere with this one. If I'd tried this one 20 years ago during the big "Microbrew" heyday I'd have classified it as the safest of "training wheels" Microbrews and forgotten it almost instantly, and so it is today -- this one is a beer for people who don't like much in the way of flavor or bitterness, and just want a pale beer to wash down some food. That's not to say it's a "Food Beer", however (and no, it doesn't improve as it warms).

Not particularly good for what it is trying for, and may as well be classed as a Cream Ale for how flaccid it is, stylistically. Sort of lack-luster, but hey! It might light someone's candle. Calling this an average beer would be pretty generous, and so perhaps I am a generous sort after all! :D

Code: 3321 -- possibly very old?
(At leas eight months since bottling that I can tell -- oh well.)

Oct 24, 2012
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks 2 Nate buddy for this MI pick-up.

Semi-cloudy, light amber in color. Very quick head with no retention. Bubbling is mediocre.

Tart apple yeast, ripe banana, and toasted crackers.

The start has a flash of carbonation with fruity yeast flavors upfront. The middle has mild toasted malt qualities, a little bready maybe.

Good carbonation though with a flavorful, yet dry slightly tart palate.

Aug 14, 2011
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gordavidson from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy blond/ orange liquid with a few streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The white head settles to a few splotches on the surface.

S- Light fruit, flowers, a bit of pepper, and honey. A bit delicate, but enjoyable.

T- Light fruit such as apples and pears with some strawberry tossed in. There is a bready aspect to it that is very nice.

M- Very full and creamy with a large amount of carbonation but it is not foamy.

D- A very enjoyable take on the style that would make a great session beer. Highly recommended.

Feb 04, 2011
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty easy drinking blonde. The sweet tones are pretty prevalent. There is a mild acidic tone to it. Lots of carbonation to it, it seems. A mild metallic tone hits on the back end. This is a pretty good blonde. Definitely different than what most people are putting out. It carries a lot more flavor and profile than is typical. I dig it. I could go for a few more of these if I was just looking for some beers to pound.

Aug 25, 2012
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CHickman from New York

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold yellow with a hint of orange color and a massive 2 finger foamy white head that's full of bubbles and fades quickly, leaving little or no lacing. It was a good looking beer until the lacing just flopped.

Smells of grains, light yeast, biscuit, bread, malt, apple, a hint of banana, herbs and a little funk; pretty soft nose overall and light but enjoyable.

Tastes of grains, yeast, biscuit, bread, sweet malt, sour apple, light banana, clove, herbs or tea, light floral hops, and a little sour funk that must be from all the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The sweetness is subdued by the grains, and the hops and herbs really play a minor part and keep the flavor pretty basic.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, with a smooth feel on the tongue, mild carbonation and a dry sour finish that's on the funky side. Not the most exciting beer, nor the most flavorful, but a good session beer that beats all the mass produced brews out there and it’s nice to see another good effort from a US craft brewer.

Sep 24, 2011
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Gtg642 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Oct 20, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking bubbly yellow color with a thin white fizzy head on top. The smell of the beer has some grains in there and virtually no hops aromas at all. The taste of the beer is light, it's fairly refreshing too with some sweet grainy notes. The mouthfeel had a solid amount of carbonation to it. Overall this beer wasn't too bad just not something I'd seek out on my own.

Mar 09, 2012
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Aug 29, 2012
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Frankenmuth Cass River Blonde Ale yesterday for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a light and refreshing beer so I thought I would try the blonde from my local brewery. No visible bottling date, I wish they would date their bottles. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's a picture of the old covered bridge that goes over the Cass, I drive over this bridge all the time and I think it's cool that they put it on the label. It poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color with two fingers worth of white head that quickly dissipated to a very thin ring.

S- Wow the aroma wasn't what I was expecting from a blonde. It starts of with a very prominent fruit aroma that was made up of some green apples, pears, and a slight bit of banana. It also has an earthy straw and honey aroma that I usually find in mead. The pale malts impart a some nice bready aromas also.

T- The taste starts of with a slightly sweet bready and grainy flavor that really sticks out and sticks to your mouth, I like it. After that there is all those fruits that I picked up in the aroma with the green apples and pears sticking out the most. There was a little bit of yeasty spices along with that nice earthy straw and honey taste that stuck out in the aroma. The finish had a really light bitterness that helped round everything out.

M- Crisp, clean and medium light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation that could have been just a little higher.

Overall I thought this was a really good blonde ale that was way different from any other I have had. I really liked how unique the flavor and aroma were, you normally don't get much fruit flavors in a blonde but this one was full of them and the earthy straw and honey flavor added a nice complexity to this beer that I really enjoyed. This beer was one easy drinker, the combination of being smooth, light and flavor made for high drinkability, I wouldn't mind drinking four or five of these on the disc gold course. There really wasn't anything I didn't like about this beer, everything was pretty well done and I would for sure buy this again. If this is available to you I highly recommend you give it a try, it's unlike any other blonde. I have to admit that I wasn't too thrilled to try this beer, lets just say the cass river name doesn't really exude quality, but I sure did eat my words once I tried it. I kind of have a grudge against the brewery for charging $40 dollars for an empty growler and being geared towards tourists, so I have never been to the brewery before even though it is only ten minutes away, but I did think their dunkle was good and this beer was excellent so I may have to swallow my pride some day and stop in their but for now I think I will just buy their bottles and stay away from brewery, but so far they have impressed me.

Jun 27, 2011
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iemailjack from Florida

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Apr 07, 2012
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Lauthaha from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass. Part of a Frankenmuth Brewery sampler pack.

Appearance: Beer pours a murky golden color; through the translucence, only light carbonation is visible. Initially, the head is raging and abundant, but it fizzles down to near-nothingness fairly quickly and leaves behind almost no lacing whatsoever. Looks like a heavier witbier.

Smell: Similar in texture to PBR. Very corny up front, but the redemption comes in the form of a gentle, sweet malt backbone. Almost a "bubble-gum" type scent; fairly pleasant. The uniqueness brings its score to slightly above average here.

Taste: Sweet on the tongue, with a very banana-bread-like malt flavor. Bright herbal tones as well (cloves?), and if there are any hops present, they are floral and unobtrusive. Tastes just a touch like a Belgian PA.

Mouthfeel: Beer is medium-bodied, with gentle carbonation allowing for full enjoyment of the flavor palate. Rinses nearly clean, with just a touch of hop oil in the aftertaste (all floral, not bitter in the least).

Drinkability: I love this one...I would suggest it to fans of PBR as a better and locally brewed alternative.

An easy drinker...but the sweetness might get to you after more than one. Either way, not a bad way to spend a buck and change.

Jan 18, 2011
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EricCioe from Montana

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've reviewing this as a saison, because that's what it is.

This pours a hazy, particulate laden hazy straw with a loosely packed white head. On the nose there are banana and clove with some yeasty bread. In the mouth there is a slight tartness with bright banana flavors coming out in a long finish. The body is medium light, totally drinkable, and if this were available out here, it might be a summer beer of choice for me. Drinkability is very high with this.

Overall, this was a totally unexpected treat. I think this is miscategorized as a blonde ale, but as a saison it's surprisingly good. This well exceeded my expectations.

Mar 01, 2012
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Jodawn from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Sep 09, 2013
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goast8127 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Dec 16, 2014
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jz989 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Dec 02, 2011
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Extrajoker00 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

May 30, 2012
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jduprey007 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Dec 26, 2012
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Hanby from Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- a finger of white head. Light golden in color.

S- fresh and pretty subtle. Nothing too strong.

T- sweet taste, and bready. I picked up some fruit flavors, but can't pin point what it was.

M- very crisp, clean feel, and rather full with good carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this ale. It's especially good in summer. I'll definitely come back to this one.

Jun 12, 2011
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jsisko01 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the Lager Mill in Frankenmuth. The label is deceiving because it isn't called Cass River anymore.. It just says American Blonde ale.

Appearance - Pours a very clear golden-yellow color with a centimeter thick frothy head. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Grass, wheat, caramel, and a buttermilk biscuit.. that's all that stands out for me.

Taste - Has a strong flavor of caramel and is pretty bitter. Also sweet and bready.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied very light carbonation.

Overall - It's a pretty good beer but it seems a little flat.

Dec 12, 2011
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bluHatter from Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Giant airy head. Nice partly cloudy golden color.

S: Tart, apples, yeast, bread

T: Hoppy tart apples. A little sour.

M: Full of air. Lots and lots of carbonation. Feels foamy. Tingly.

O: A fairly descent heavy blonde. I only wish it had a little less air... it's sure to give you gas ;)

Mar 23, 2012
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beer4brian331 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Feb 03, 2013
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Dyerseve from Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Feb 10, 2013
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SpartanHistory2013 from Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Mar 18, 2012
Cass River Blonde Ale from Frankenmuth Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 32 ratings