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Honey Blonde Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by blackie on 08-18-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
93
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
19.08%
 
 
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2
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 93
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sugar Maple in Milwaukee. Pours a light golden color with a single finger of white head. Decent retention and no lacings.

Aroma is of light pale malts and some sweetness in the background. Overall, light in the nose with a lager yeast-like aura.

Taste is more of the same with a light and mildly smooth character and a lager-like feel. Light notes of grain in the background, without any real defining characteristics (not even much of a honey note).

Mouthfeel is light bodied and mildly crisp (though the subtle sweetness hurts the crispness that could make this a solid brew.)

Drinkability is good. For a cream ale, this is palatable, but it is more of a pale lager than an ale in composition. Still, a decent and drinkable brew from Central Waters.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of cokes
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dull amber-yellow with a fleeting cap of gray.
Caramel stewed fruit amoma, with a emphasis on dates. More malty smelling that I would have guessed. There's an almost illusory waft of honey, and then a big carrot-and-cabbage vegetal note with some metallic underpinnings. Not attractive.
Into the mouth, it's lighter in all aspects when compared to the nose. Crackery. pils malt base with some light overtones of fruit Honey is not easily found, but seems to appear as this sweetens throughout the early stages. It dries again in the middle, with a brisk graininess. Some vegetal elements reappear- especially corn- but are quickly wiped aside with a minor, reedy, hop-driven bitterness. Metallics come back at the swallow.
It's just a bit on the plus side of light bodied. Carbonation is low and staggers a bit, but remains fairly consistent for the duration.
This is a pretty big letdown from Central Waters. There is some decent-sized flavor here, but just not a good one.

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Photo of TheArtOfWort
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Giesch
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of beerformyhorses34
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of KYGunner
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The honey is quite prominent but not sweet. Malty flavor of grain and barley with a light yeast and clove finish. The feel is a bit dry with an easy wateriness.

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Photo of Rowold27
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The beer comes in a tumbler pint with a low white head that recedes to a negligible layer on top and a ring around the glass. The beer is, well, a blonde honey color.

smell: I find aromas of German pale malts and plain pastry with some slight sulfur notes. I get no aromas of honey or hops.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the upper side of the medium range, and the body light.

taste: Not really getting any honey at all in this one. I do find flavors of wet biscuits and pale grains, as well as notes of pastry that reminds me of the crust of a pot pie. No real hop flavor or bitterness is found.

drinkability: Easy to drink but nothing special. The beer got better as it warmed a little. It's a bit different to say the least.

on-tap at Churchkey in Madison

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Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Brewzma
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wedgie9
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted on draft at Sugar Maple. Pours clear pale orange with an average white head that leaves solid lace. Nose is very light, displaying some very simple malt and yeast with just a hint of honey. Flavor shows a little more honey, but is just as light and uninteresting. Body is light with average carbonation and not much finish to speak of.

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Photo of northcoastwolf
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ericjubeck
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ystazi
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Drucifer
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ibbjamin
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.49 for a loose 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pour into a standard pint glass to review.

Small, fizzy, white head of about a half inch that dissipates to nothing very quickly. Transparent light yellow straw color. Some rising carbonation bubbles No lacing.

Mild aromas of honey and lemon citrus hops in the nose. Some hints of graininess but overall pretty well hidden. I also detect some nuttiness.

Taste is similar in profile to the nose. Light, crisp and mildly refreshing.

Light body. Light carbonation. Watery mouthfeel. Crisp, short finish. Easy to drink.

Not a bad beer if you are looking for something light, crisp and good for a hot summer afternoon.

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Honey Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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