Discovery Blonde Beer | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wl0307 on 05-27-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
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4
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2/5  rDev -44%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of GreenCard
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried from hand-pump at the Euston Flyer (a Fuller's pub)...

Appearance: pale gold, good clarity, little head formation

Aroma: lightly malty, slight perfumey hops, hint of citrus

Flavor: very mild malt sweetness initially, light herbally hop flavor, background "real cider" funkiness (strangely enough... bad lines?), finishes dryish with an aftertaste like chewing on a piece of straw

Mouthfeel: light body, low carbonation, very soft and "inoffensive"

Other comments: It was difficult to review this beer because it is very light all around. Hard to pick out the characteristics. I can understand why it is meant to be a "crossover" beer for the lager louts and non-beer-drinking women... very tame.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4.5% Bottle, brown 500ml type. One week before it's best before date: poured into a vase shaped 'Old Speckled Hen' pint glass.

Lagerlike in its appearance, bright golden body and a pure white head on top. The head however disappeared very quickly leaving a thin collar.

Fresh bread smell with wheat esters and a sweet yeasty aroma mixed within it.

This had a summer beer feel to it (it is snowing outside at the moment), tangy, sharp and highy carbonated. Wheat and Barley is used in the brew, the wheat is evident in the taste more than the malted barley.

An OK beer in the right circumstances, sunny and warm sort of times. Not late January when I reviewed it.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours light golden with a large white creamy head that leaves some nice lacings.

S: Malty notes along with some floral hops and some fruit (mostly dried).

T: At first it's a bit dry, but then there is fruityness and floral hops, but it's a bit thin.

M: Lightbodied with some carbonic acids but the aftertaste is to short.

D: This is an all right beer, but it doesn't stand out. A bit to mild for my taste - it's like a mix between an ESB and a swedish light beer (maximum 2,25% alcohol).

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3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cypressbob
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, 4.2%

Pours with a light amber body, pretty light, slightly foamy white head, some retention, little lacing

Smell, quite limited, a little musky malt, some grassy hops

Taste, slight hint of english hops, little bitterness on the finish. Some malt presence, little bit musky again

Disappointing, a fairly bland and insipid ale, not like fullers generally

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Photo of blamoe
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This blonde ale brewed by fullers is aimed at the larger drinkers and shoudn't be taken seriously be the real ale drinkers. But in taste it's not bad and there's a lot worse you can drink, the taste is quite biscuity and slightly hoppy. Not a bad beer to try encourage the larger louts to stop drinking rubbish.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is partially blonde with a bit darker colour than I expected, it's lmost a light brown colour. There is a quite good head retention actually.

The beer smells of all malts. Nothing really in it that sticks out, maybe a slight hints of fruits. The beer reminds me of London Pride with barely any hops. The beer is incredibly carbonated and malty. The flavours are balanced, like most English Pale Ales; however, the lack of hops really make the beer bland. Supposedly it's a beer to try and get lager drinkers onto ales, and I think they succeeded on making a beer as a stepping stone. This beer really doesn't do much for me though, who is an avid ale drinker. The mouth feel is pretty okay as well. It's so damn carbonated.

It is drinkable because there isn't much flavor to it.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Sigmund
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask conditioned at Charlie's Bar, Copenhagen. Fullers have finally "discovered" that golden ales have been in demand for a number of years. This is their attempt at this style. Golden colour, low head. Moderate hops in aroma and flavour, but nothing special here. Disappointing.

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Photo of goblet
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pouer this 330 ml bottle bad boy into a pint glass.

Appearence:of course it`s blonde got a one inch foam head after the pour that reduces,no carbonation,clear.

Smell:wheat malt and lite hoppy aroma a tad bit of fruit.

Taste:the taste is not to strong some fruit like pears, lite wheat and white sugars .smooth easy to down ,even watery.

Mouthfeel:very lite body and a slight sweetness some hop flovor in the after taste .

Drinkability: very lite beer not the best example of a blonde beer but not the worst,easy to drink, not to think about beer.

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Photo of JanM
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sometimes a brewer just goes too far in inventing new beer broilers, and this is my general impression of Discovery. It poured in a golden yellow color with a finger of foam. There was a strong smell of honey and grape fruit. The taste was profiled by honey as well, seconded by fruits, hops and bread. Overall I found it a bit of a strange brew and perhaps even a little watery. I will not buy it again.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's as part of a Fuller's Brewery Tour - Spring Beer Festival 4 pack...

Poured a light copper orange colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded fairly quickly to thin layer... Some light sticky lacing... Very sparse carbonation...

Aroma - Nice strong fruitiness (oranges, lemons, pears), nice biscuity malts, honey sweetness, floral, grassy / hay hints, some sea saltiness, vanilla, creaminess, sugary, light spicy hops...

Taste – Very light biscuity malts, watery fruitiness (oranges, apples, some grapefruits), some dustiness, some faint rice notes, light honey sweetness, faint peppery hops, some creaminess.... all a bit disappointing after the aromas...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy. Light / medium bodied. Pretty drinkable and sessionable at 3.9%...

Overall - An OK beer... nothing too exciting but quite drinkable.... worth a try...

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fuller's is pretty open about this being an attempt at wooing the lager crowd.

Looks the part, very light gold. Thin head. Slightly bubbly, but still cask, not fizzy. No lacings

Pretty lively aroma. Loads of ripe light fruit.

Very inoffensive fruit flavours throughout. Apricots, light citrus flavours. Malt is somewhat grainy. Lingering fruitiness which is a bit unpleasant.

Bit torn over this one. Can't fault Fuller's for trying, and it strikes me as a well-crafted hot weather beer, but falls a bit short given their pretty nice line-up of ales.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber, 1 finger of head, mediocre retention.

Smell - Sweet and spicy.

Taste - Quite a unique taste, pretty different from the pale and blonde ales I am more familiar with. Mild nutmeg-like spices and caramel seem to be the dominant flavours.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, but a little thin.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and refreshing. I should have tried this one on a hot summer's day instead of a cold, late autumn night.

Overall - Worth a try for its uniqueness, but I think I'll stick with my favourite Australian pale ales.

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Photo of JohnW
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had from hand pull at the Fullers Pub "The Old Joint Stock" in Birmingham UK - a regular beer available there.

Pale gold colour, thin head that does not last very long. Aroma is slightly sweet and hint of citrus, no great depth. Texture is very light, and would seem very thin after drinking anything stronger. Flavours are of an initial sweetness, then slightly dry citrus and flowery hops come through later, though no great depth in any area. This is an easy to drink very light beer, ideal on a hot summer day, though with a decent clean taste, and would make a good session beer.

Nothing outstanding, or of great character, but an easy to drink light beer with more flavour than many of the mass produced lager style 'beers.' A good starter to a session ending with something stronger!

JohnW
B'ham UK Dec 2008

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had an Imperial pint of this at a pub on a recent visit to London. In general I don't live british ales (they're a little malty for my taste) but I always like to try something new. This one was pretty interesting and, from what I hear, new.

Appearance is blonde, as the name would suggest. Cask pull so not very carbonated. As with most english ales, very cloudy.

Aroma was a little light. Some malt, maybe a hint of hops.

Flavor was light but distinctly different from the other british ales. A little more bit and a bit more refreshing.

Overall a good beer, especially on a hot afternoon.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Discovery Blonde Beer from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.57 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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