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Blonde | Valkyrie Brewing

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Brewed by:
Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bighuge on 09-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by brewbucker:
Photo of brewbucker
2.26/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one pours a medium golden with a very faint head and minimal carbonation. Aroma is sourish malts, light skunk, corn and citrus. Flavor isn't much better. Corn, malts, citrus. The body is on the flat and lifeless side and overall not very impressive.

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Photo of ADR
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear but darker than gold in appearance. Asymetrical head, short-lasting and quite pale in color. Good lacing again, I don't know how these undercharged Viking brews do it. Straw aroma, a little nutty with malt sweetness infusing the hay, like its wet. Underdone in mouthfeel, medium but as much from sparse carbonation to the point of being flattish. Flavor tips way on the side of the malt bill, caramel and a sucrose sweetness that verges on cloying, especially as there's the scantest sense of hop at best. A flowery sense to the aftertaste, along with a slight distilled water impression. Drinkable enough. Hops don't seem to be a strong point at Viking, provides for an easy to drink Barleywine, but can be missing to provide a crispness in some of these other brews.

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Photo of cokes
3.57/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the typical Viking hazed-up glass. Come on! This is a pils, supposed to be sparkling....but this is decent. Just moderately hazed, with an impressed foamy, off-white head. Shows excellent stick.
Relatively malty nose. Mostly in the form of husky grains. Lemony hops show up as well.
Strongly citric tasting. Mostly lemon. Some pils malts and touches of hay. VIking's typical yeasty off-flavors show up, but don't ruin anything. In fact, they add more sourness to the lemon profile. Works out ok.
Mouthfeel is crisp yet smooth. A little powdery residue from the sediment keeps this from being top notch in the mouth.
Quite drinkable, but nothing especially thrilling.
However, it is light years better than their Sylvan Springs Pils. This is at least halfway decent.

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Photo of BeerCheese
2.3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured clear amber/yellow with very thin head that dissipated quickly. Aroma barely detectable, maybe a little malty, not any real hop aroma to speak of. Taste was very average, not distinctive. A bit of citrus. Average/light carbonation. Medium body. Didn't really taste bad, but didn't taste good either. I won't buy this again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, this beer ain't bad, extremely sessionable, if not too muted and unremarkable. Clear bright gold color, wmall creamy head. This is actually listed on the bottle as a "Northern Pilsner", but i don't think it makes that much of a difference. Smell is slightly hoppy and creamy. Taste is very well rounded and unoffensive, a polished flavor, but hops are too muted. Slight grassiness present, but not that strong either. Good, not great.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle directly from the brewery store into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a half finger head that is white and bubbly. The head fades to a lace after a couple of minutes and there is plenty of carbonation present in this beer.

S - Nice subtle aroma of malts and grains along with some floral, citrus and honey notes.

T - Light bodied, medium amount of carbonation, there could be a bit more. Malts, grains, lemon citrus notes along with some faint honey are present.

M - Rather smooth but not full enough to give it a higher taste and mouthfeel. The balance between the malts/grains and the lemon/honey and floral notes is not full enough to rate this higher. A little stronger presence of these notes and some increased carbonation to boot would be nice.

D - Rather easy to drink. The beer is crisp, smooth and refreshing. This is a pretty easy drinking pilsner and I wouldn't mind having more than one of these in a session, but it wouldn't be my first choice either.

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Photo of SykDoc
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear straw color and forms a 1/8 inch off-white head that reduces to a nice lacing. No sediment and mild carbonation.

The aroma is decent with an floral and honey component as well as bready component.

The flavor was primarily a bread and malty sweetness with a sour portion that seems to linger. Some bitterness and perhaps a twinge of hops.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. Not overly intense and leaves a slight bitterness at the finish. It does go down reasonably smooth.

Overall, this beer was okay. It is drinkable but there are certainly spots that could be highlighted.

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Photo of harpus
2.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerBuilder
2.42/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours flat, no carbonation, no head, no lacing...typical Viking. It is a clear copper color. The aroma is a bit malty and buttery, no real hop aroma sticks out. The flavor is malty and buttery, and a bit spicy. The mouthfeel sucks, thin and watery. A pretty sad beer.

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Photo of darklordlager
2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: No indication of carbonation as the cap is cracked. After a vigorous pour, sparse bubbles populate the top of this beer--not a great sign. Pale, hazy, copper-peach colour.

S: Sweet bready malt, pancakes, vanilla ice cream, light citrus.

T: Hmm--very odd. Sweet unfermented honey, light malt sweetness, a little breadiness, fruit from the yeast.. The light citrus from the hops, lack of carbonation, and honey malt sweetness combine in an odd way to taste kind of like vanilla bean ice cream.

M: A stone's throw away from being completely still.

D: A beer that need tweaking for sure (mostly in terms of carbonation), but not a bad beer by any means. A sweet honey nectar that is easy to quaff.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.57/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure I've got the right beer, but my bottle looks totally different from the picture.

Pours a nice golden color, moving a bit towards orange. A little darker than I'd expect. Actually a tiny bit hazy, but still has pretty good clarity. The head is never very big. Maybe 1cm at its peak, and falls back to a ring of bubbles throughout. Still leaves average, or maybe better than average lacing. The smell is a bit more tempting. Starts off with a great crackery, dry pilsener malt smell. Like cooked pale, kind of sweet grains. A tiny bit of spicy, tart hops. Interesting, not outstanding (though probably much better than the average American Pale Lager). The taste really is good. I guess this is a style that's hard to stand out in, but this one is good. Nice dry malty body. A bit bready, mostly crackery, and interesting slightly tart sweetness comes up too. That may be unintended, so I think that might lower the score, but it is actually quite enjoyable. Then come in the hops, really great hop profile for such a light quaffable beer. There's nice spicy hops - minty, slightly herbal, and some earthy leafy hops in there too. I really love noble hops sometimes - actually I love them all the time when I can get them. The body is actually quite a bit more full than expected. About medium I'd say, enhanced by the hops, but kind of thinned out by the slight tartness I mentioned. The carbonation lends a nice tickle, but doesn't pull too hard as you swallow. Pretty nice. And this one is really easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I'm not sure that this one is made exactly the way it's intended, so I won't give it the best scores - but really, this has been a quite enjoyable beer, and I wish I could get more of it easily. This could be the kind of beer that I could see myself drinking quite often, whether it's a perfect pale lager or not.

I have to say, though, despite my enjoyment, that there was a tart, sour note that just didn't seem to fit, so I'm going to lower the score just a bit.

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Photo of doubleshovels
3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not in the bomber bottle anymore, now this beer enjoys a handy 16 oz 4 pack. The Blonde seems to pur with a little more carbonation this year, yet still lighter then most people would expect. Light honey flavor without being sweet, soft foral notes on the finnish.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.57/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a perfect deep golden color. A nice white head sits on top and is nicely retained. Really nice pils malt aroma. Very clean. Really nice malt presence on the tongue. Very clean and very easy to drink. There is very little hop contribution in this brew. It balances the malt somewhat and that seems to be about it. The body seems to be about medium-full. However, it is slightly undercarbonated, as it seems many brews from Viking are. If your looking for a pilsener that is on the malty side of the spectrum, this is it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich harvest gold with waxy lemon edges. The head should have been much bigger than its current two fingers considering the pour I gave it. It's yellowed bone in color and helps itself by being remarkably persistent. I'm beginning to see a necklace of thick lace; another positive. Considering how most beer of this style looks, this one easily earns its score.

The nose is both more sour and more fruity than expected. All-malt lagers typically smell more like malt (grain) than hops, so this one is ahead of the game in this department as well. It's a little odd though, a little funky, and reminds me of rotting fruit to some extent. Pleasant, but off somehow.

It tastes pretty much how it smells. Unfortunately, it doesn't work as well on the palate. First of all, Blonde isn't a pilsener, I don't care what the brewery says. Second of all, there's no trace of the rye malt that Viking claims was used in the brewing. Third of all, this is an odd, off-kilter beer that I doubt will win me over during the course of the twelve ounces.

Sweet and bitter balance one another throughout the entirety of the mouthful and both are bested by sour. I'm still reminded of fallen, sun-fermented fruit, apples and pears especially, only now it's fruit that has been liberally coated with butter. If that sounds good to you, then belly up to the bar. The amazing thing is, it's actually drinkable. Note that I didn't say enjoyable.

The body/mouthfeel is a fraction more full than the style average and has nothing in common with the pilsener style whatsoever. It's a little slick on the finish, which further cements the fruit and butter association in my mind. Although the amount of carbonation is on the low end, the mouthfeel comfortably avoids being considered flat.

Blonde is one of the few Viking beers to have a less than memorable name. It isn't a blonde ale any more than it's a pils, so who knows what the good folks up in Dallas were thinking when they were passing out names. Its flavor is memorable, but I'll do my best to forget it once I've downed the final ounce.

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Photo of Skidz
2.46/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours out light, pale straw and sits a foggy light gold in the glass with a miniscule white head that is gone sooner than it appears.

Smells of honeysuckle and summer clover. Aroma is quite floral and pleasant at that. Maltiness is subued but present. Some fruitiness present.

Tastes malty for the most part. Little to no hop interferece at all. Lemony sourness and a Bisquick like flavor....I don't get it. Finish is bland and uninviting.

Medium body, well carbonated. Crisp and very refreshing. Definately the high point of this beer.

Eh, whatever. Not enjoyable...I couldn't take the whole bomber....

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 20 Sep 2008.

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Very small white head, quickly dissipates. Almost flat. Slightly cloudy light amber color. Smells salty/mineraly, lemony. Starts with some cidery flavor becoming a little lemony. Mineral club soda aftertaste. Medium body.

Nothing to bring me back a second time.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pure golden, clear coloration, with a nice, creamy head above.
Aroma, sweet and malty, honeyish and floral, hints of corn, maybe, but overall, pretty pleasant, very rounded and fresh.
Taste, very mild, plain, straightforward, feels foremost of malt, little to no hops, which you would want in any pilsnener, right? All together, very smooth, balanced, tasty, sweet. Light in body, minimal texture, doesn't impact on the palate much, but it does taste fine throughout the drink, which is more you can say for many a more mightily consumed beer-y beverage out there, in my very humble opinion.
Absolutely, nothing wrong with this, but, alas, to please me, it would have to try a bit harder. If you just want a drinkin' beer, something to slide down, no problemo, look no further.

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Blonde from Valkyrie Brewing
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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