Jacobsen Saaz Blonde
Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #401
Ranked #44,006
3.51 | pDev: 13.39%
Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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Photo of flyingpig
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

200ml on-tap at Carlsberg Brewery/Visitor Centre, Copenhagen:
Decent, obviously Carlsberg keep all the good stuff in Denmark & export their crap beer to the UK, that being said it wasn't a particularly memorable beer really. I got some nice freshness & pleasant fruits to kick things off, mainly oranges, citrus & bananas which also added some sweetness. Towards the middle there was a few earthy malts & biscuit flavours that started to come through but on the whole it wasn't anything special & it's probably not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.
Pours clear orange/copper with nice creamy 2-finger white head, moderate retention.
Smell - fruity, phenolic.
Taste - biscuity malts, spices, lollipop, peppery, well-balanced.
Medium body, good carbonation, easy drinkable and calm.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.05/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased at a Maxima hypermarket in Vilnius, Lithuania.

BOTTLE: Best before: 23.05.2016. .5 litres. Has some semi-intricate glass etching of the label on the bottle, and classily has only a neck label and ribbon ring label towards the bottom of the glass.

7.10% ABV.

HEAD: Occupies ~70% of the glass, but has average characteristics, with a frothiness that doesn't cater to the style in the way that a more delicate, creamy head would. Retention is quite good - especially for the high ABV - coming in at about ~8 minutes.

BODY: Clear copper-gold of average vibrance. I see no yeast within.

It's a generic appearance for a blonde.

AROMA: Grassy Saaz hops aren't as overt as the name of the beer would suggest. Blonde malts, a brief hint of clove, vague fruit.

Aromatic intensity is below average.

If they were after a Belgian blonde, they're completely missing the yeast profile. If they're after an American blonde, they're off-base. If they're after the titular Saaz blonde, they're missing the Saaz hops.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Stale. Generic blonde malt sweetness and generic floral hops are present, but even that already underwhelming build is undermined by some unappealing artificial vanilla, and odd artificial honey sweetness.

Has no overt yeast profile.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, highly carbonated, and of adequate weight and thickness on the palate.

Imbalanced; too sweet.

OVERALL: I hoped for better given its current "80" rating even though it's from Carslberg, but this is just as subpar as the majority of their catalogue. The absence of grassy Saaz hop character is strange given the emphasis of Saaz in the marketing, but frankly the premise of a Saaz-hopped blonde isn't all that compelling anyway. Drinkable albeit mediocre, but the ABV is poorly hidden.

Low D (2.05) / AVERAGE

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2015, so it's a little out of date. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. The ingredients include glucose syrup and angelica extract (that's a new one).

A: Poured into a cervoise. A clear golden-amber colour with some faint floating sediment and light carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing and disappearing.

S: Aroma of sweet malt with hints of barley sugar, fruity yeast esters, faint grain, stewed leaves and a warming whiff of booze. A touch of solvent in the background. Uninspired.

T: Tastes of sweet malt with a mild, lingering finish. Notes of barley sugar, fruity yeast esters, stewed leaves, overdone veg and a touch of harsh cardboard in the background. Quite sweet, followed by a mild bitterness and a hint of alcohol upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and decent body. Could certainly be livelier. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of ale yeast esters, sweet malt and harsh stewed leaves/cardboard.

O: Meh - unimpressive. I'm not convinced that it's supposed to be a Belgian strong ale, in spite of the listing. Lacklustre looks, while the aroma and flavour are malty and bland. Too much booze in evidence. So-so body; needs more carbonation. The hop character claimed on the label seems to be completely absent. A dull strong ale with little going for it - forgettable stuff. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled and thankfully not clear glass
Pours a golden body with big foaming white head that retreats to a few wispy white clouds
Malty & wheaty with hints of the floral hop
had worse

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

Head dies quickly leaving small amount of lacing.

Aroma is belgian yeast, apples, pears and cinnamon. Mild but spicy.

Taste is belgian yeast. Belgian tart funkiness, toffee and mild saaz bitterness.

Overall, this is an interesting Danish macro Brewer's take on a Belgian strong pale ale. Quite good but not amazing.


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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - good golden copper pour. Quite the foamer, two fingers of white crispy head spring up but fall back about as fast.

Aroma - a spicy, hoppy sniff. The grains are fresh, the hops are zesty. Nice, but they fade quickly after the pour.

Taste - a sweet graininess, like a pilsner, but no hop bite, or very little. Some for balance but that's about it. A touch soapy at length and an occasional wisp of abv. Reminds me of a helles lager, amped up a bit.

Mouthfeel - average crispness, a note of smoothness.

Drinkability - a pretty decent session beer. Nothing fancy, well hidden abv for the most part.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It isn't often that I find a beer in my area that I haven't seen anywhere else on the shelves. I would like to thank the folks who run "The Cellar" liquor distributor in El Sobrante, CA. I know you don't do a lot of beer sells at your store anymore but this beer was a great find. Saaz blonde has a dark honey color with a nice foaming head. It has a balmy vanilla character with a strong dose of esters. There is a great variety of smells in this beer ranging from a malted bread to a nice banana smell. Right on the tip of my nose I get a spicy character which really beckons me. The taste is great. I taste apple peel with a slight orange citrus lemon flavor. There is a good assortment of fresh Czech hops. The malt characteristics are what really dominate. If you are fan of Belgian style beer you will enjoy this unique Ale. The malts are vanilla and bready. The taste is clean and crisp. I like the way the beer taste is my mouth. It might be a little hard to stomach for some who might prefer a lighter less malted beer. I would have even like it if I could taste more of the "Saaz" rather than the typical Belgian qualities. Nonetheless, I wish this beer was more widely available as I would buy it frequently. Great job Carlsberg.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Looks like Carlsberg is going right after the beer connoisseur crowd with their Jacobsen brand. The Saaz Blonde is modeled after the Belgian Strong Pale Ales. Sugar syrup and spices are added to this brew.

Quick formation of foam off of a hefty pour, the three-fingers-deep head drops to a semi-stick lace. Perfect clarity and a shimmering copper color. Intermingling of light phenols and spices with biscuity grain in the aroma--very Belgian. Moderate body with a fluffy crispness. Spiciness hits first with a bite of clove and some underlying coriander. Saaz hops play well with the clove as the flavors fuse together. Suggestions of black pepper and ripe pears. Big kernel of maltiness in the middle, which quickly clears to a faint, medicinal phenol and a lingering spice flavor in a dry finish.

Delicious. While this is not an exotic Belgian beer from a small brewery that no one has ever heard of, it ends up being a very flavorful rendition of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style. Throw this one at some grilled game meat, like venison or wild boar, with roasted root vegetables.

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Photo of jikvig
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very clear, dark golden colour. Not to foamy though, still have an okey head.

Very "Saazy" on the nose, even if it´s not a very hopy beer. Good maltaromas with a topnote of latex. Also getting a hint of lemon aswell.

A long lasting aftertaste, but the taste is not half as interesting as the nose. The maltcomponent is very clear, but it does not feel very lively.

All in all this is not a bad beer, especially coming from Carlsberg and massproduced. Good enough for a hot summer day!

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Photo of crossovert
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Pours a bright amber/orange, not to blonde. It has a tall foamy white head that quickly recedes with no lacing.

The smell is pretty standard. It has a slight gruit scent along with some malt sweetness and a pinch of saaz, I dk how old this bottle is but the hops have faded a bit.

The taste has alot of gruit flavor, with some light malt and hops. The yeast brings a ton of banana flavor.

It is hard to describe this beer, it is a pretty average blonde ale.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fun bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a 2-finger, off-white (light khaki) head. The body was a clean, gold-amber with tiny, abundant carbonation. The head drops to a full lace leaving decent sticky spots.

S- Initially, there was a fruitiness (rapsberry?). Some sour apple, a little vanilla, spicy/peppery hops, and a light caramel all come through. There was also a pleasant mustyness. It could have all been a touch stronger, overall.

T- It was fairly complex. Some crisp, Granny Smith and berry-like fruit mixed with a variety of spice (including black pepper).

M- Tight carbonation, well hidden alcohol, and a crisp/dry feel from start to finish make for a pleasant mouthfeel. There was the slightest of tingle.

D- It's a very easy drinker considering the ABV. Good flavor, great value (paid 2.99 for a 750 ml on sale). I'd drink it again.

Overall- It's like a lighter version of a Belgain Strong Pale Ale. If you're looking for some heft, or a nightcap, this might not be your beer. If you want something with a kick that isn't going to overwhelm you, go for it.

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Photo of capra12
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured dark amber with fair head retention and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell - This brew smells of yeast and subtle malts. Very simple and light.

Taste - Surprisingly the flavors of malts and yeast are nicely balanced from start to finish. Leaving me with enough time to enjoy my meal before my next sip.

Mouthfeel - This beer is light in body and the flavors which are apparent do not linger unnecessarily like other brews.

Drinkability - The drinkability of this brew is high and I would definitely have this again on a cool summer afternoon.

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Photo of seand
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversize wine glass.

A: Pours a clear light amber, with a half finger of bubbly white head. The head disappears for the most part, but leaves a few patches. Not much lacing.

S: Light citrusy fruits, with a sweet malt background.

T: Like the nose, with a mild hop bitterness combined with a bit of sweetness. Fairly light but balanced. Not much alcohol taste.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation, light mouthfeel, a little bit of crispness.

D: Drinks quite easily, though the ABV is just high enough to need to watch out for it.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale amber/deep gold with a good beige head -- lots of bubbles. No real lacing.

Scent is a mixed bag. You get some yeast, some alcohol/chemical scents, some sweet fruit, and a macro boiled grain edge. Not really that appealing.

Taste is better than scent. Yeast, some chemical alcohol, white pepper spice, some light fruitiness and a very mild bitterness in the finish. Flavors are present but muted. Overall, just ok with what is presented and the intensity of flavors.

This one has some decent body and some ever-present carbonation.

Overall, this one went down fairly easy. Not something I'd grab all of the time, as it has some flaws. This one didn't come out of my fridge, so I can't even comment on if it is worth the money. An ok representation of the style, with a lean toward the big mass-produced side of the brewing industry.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml brown bottle. Best before 2009/06/08.

A- Pale amber. Good effervescence. Weak off-white head.

S- Pale malt with a hint of caramel. Faint straw taste and a touch of floral hops. A bit of grapiness.

T- Flash of bitterness towards the finish. A littler too much on the sweet side. Decent but ordinary.

MF- Smooth. Medium bodied. A touch drying on the mouth at teh finish but wet/watery up front.

D- Easy to drink. Bit of an alcohol kick. Not bad overall.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with floating particles. (I strongly believe that if a beer is going to have sediment, the brewery should label it on the bottle) huge cream-colored head that diminished very quickly.

S - Yeasty and macro brew smelling. The real killer in the smell department is the fact that it immediately smelled like Testors model paint. Wtf?

T - It's got a light, crisp flavor with a bit of hoppiness. Tiny bitter hints. The malty sweetness overwhelms. The 7.2% disappears completely.

M - Crisp and light mouthfeel. Very smooth.

D - At 7.2% this guy can get the party rolling but don't expect a whole lot from the other departments.

Reading the label was very disappointing. Glucose syrup as a main ingredient? The adding of pure sugar could explain the high alcohol percent and lack of great flavors. :/

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this brew was a copper color with a big, two and a half finger head of khaki bubbles. Lots of rising carbonation and good clarity. The aroma was very macro-like, like MGD on steroids, grains and alcohol. The flavors were much better and revealed this ones true character (a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, not a Blonde). Well balanced herbal hops and pale malt with some fruity yeast and a light spiciness. The fruit finish was nice. The mouthfeel was a bit rough due to a higher carbonation of the medium body. Not bad but the 7.1% was pretty well hidden.

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Photo of Dantheman4162
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my first reviews, so its probably not very good, but here it is anyways.

Cool bottle! Dark amber color, not much head.
smells... like a pilsner?

Has the white blonde taste, but has a tone of a beligium style. Imediate pilsner-esque, taste followed by the belgium notes. Taste ends dry with little pale ale after taste. very clean
bell curve of taste... pale ale to belgium back to pale ale.

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Photo of corby112
2.81/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at a restaurant in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a foamy white head. Very bland aroma with slight earthy hop presence. Nice citrus hops up front with crisp golden fruit ( apple, pear) and alcohol. Subtle hop notes last throughout with a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of Drew966
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jacobsen Saaz Blonde pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown 750 ml bottle. The aroma seems a bit fruity. The flavor is not well balanced, there are some hops (hence the name) but they aren't especially strong. The flavor is a bit fruity, but I can't really identify any specific fruit, I can also pick up a bit of malt. There is a little bit of clove too. Frankly, the peppery alcohol at the back end is the most identifiable taste and it's a bit too noticeable imho. Mediocre.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This dirty straw pale amber beer gives a weak head and reduces to a small amount of lacing. This ale has a distinct farm style flowera smell that has a host of mixed flavors anything from the spices to vinilla and herbal hop flavoring. This is a overall decent beer to enjoy with friends.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a vigorous field of carbonation and a clingy, smallish head. The aroma lightly malty with some fruity esters and a bit of floral hop character. A biscuity malt base plays host to spices, berbal hops and vanilla. The finish is mildly bitter and shortlived. The mouthfeel is full bodied and tingly with carbonation. To my palate, there is no traditional saaz hop flavors or aromas in the mix.

This is an OK strong ale. It lacks the depth and malt complexity of a good Belgian ale, but its tastey, if a little watery.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold/amber with a barely off-white head. Not overly stiff foam.

S - Spiciness with a big of a grainy back and a floral/herbal hoppiness. Some alcohol comes through as well.

T/M - Fairly sweet with some astringency. Slightly chewy and again grainy. Mild grassy hopping. Some spiciness - cloves maybe. Very clean though - pils-like. Very light apple

D - Solid flavours but very clean. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Very drinkable.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine level of powdered snowy white is dotted with holes even along its sides where it stands twice as thick. It will last for the long run and leave fleeting splashes of lacing. The colour is undiluted, sheer deep yellow. Brittle streams of lacing are easily disturbed by swirling. Hard to argue with what I'm seeing.

The first time trying this I was pleasantly taken with the noble but mildly spicy impression Saaz hops make on one's sense of smell. It blossomed of damp floral grasses and crisp wheat with just an ounce of spicy tang. This enjoyable scent was heavily muffled in my second sample by the unmistakable omen of corn. This smell is not far from what I find in my domestic can of mass produced, adjunct ridden swill.

The corn starts to show more in the taste, especially after some warmth. It really doesn't hold the quenching crispness of a true pilsner. The complexities of a tried and tested Belgian yeast strain are also absent. To be critical, it misses on both marks its name sets out to hit.

In its defense, the yeast strain is at least Belgian-esque. It has some of the qualities, albeit without any of the character. This allows a passing grade on both taste and mouthfeel. An ample level of Saaz hoping also provides a clean, brisk bitterness. If it weren't for the backdrop of adjunct this has all the potential to be a success.

The idea of a Belgian pale brimming with Saaz is appealing. It summons thoughts both quenching and savory; it's an appetizing and agreeable hybrid of styles. Although I'd consider this far from delectable, it is certainly leagues more palatable than anything I've tried from Carlsberg's main line of production. If this is what Jacobsen's been up to then I hope they can keep on at it.

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Jacobsen Saaz Blonde from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 109 ratings