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Red Brick Blonde | Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick BlondeRed Brick Blonde

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2005

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 150
Photo of AMG1971
2.06/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not sure why the ABV is reported as being 5.7, unless it's been changed. The bottle I purchased today (1/17/13) is marked 4.6. That's a significant difference, and should be noted by those who are reviewing current bottles.

This is my first review here, and was prompted by a desire to correct the ABV amount. This beer is innocuous and forgettable. Light-bodied, light-flavored, and if served cold would be even more lacking in flavor. I have mine at roughly 65 F. I thought at first it would be a good summer afternoon cookout beer, but now that I'm almost finished with it, I would instead say avoid and look elsewhere. There are far more satisfyingly "gluggable" beers for such occasions.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.36/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass... Straw-yellow color, almost transparent with some cloudiness to it. A thin white head that a minutes later only barely covered the surface.

The nose has a slight honey and dry hay smell. Not pronounced or particularly appealing.

The carbonation attacks the tongue.. but quickly lets up, still moderate throughout. The body is light. The taste is lacking taste. There is a slight malty flavor at first, quickly followed by an astringent bitterness. Not horrible, but...

Knowing that Blonds are not the most flavorful beers, this one was still a let down. Too carbonated and no identifying profile.

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Photo of scoobybrew
2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - slightly hazy light straw color, very small head with very modest retention

S - light malt aroma with a touch of hop and a touch of green apple from the yeast

T - watery, not much flavor here, modest grainy malt flavor, the hop is somewhat astringent on the finish, slight yeast bite and lots of carbonic acid

M - light body, high carbonation

D - I don't know if this is an old bottle or what, as there's not freshness date printed. This is barely drinkable, but not a total drain pour. I'll choke this down, but I would avoid it in the future. It's not that good a beer.

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Photo of armock
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is so faint that I can't smell much of anything

T - Not much going on here either I got some hope taste

M - Theres medium carbonation in this beer

D - Well its like drinking a better tasting macro nothing really made an impact on me while drinking this

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Photo of walleye
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

thanks goes to TheBeerCellar2 in a trade .from the bottle, poured a pale hazey yellow, with a white head, that didn’t last very long and left no lacing. aroma yeast, sour, grainy, touch of lemon. flavor, yeasty, citrus, sweet, some hops. was easy drinking.

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Photo of ncvbc
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A nice golden color with a slight haze. Fluffy white head with good retention and good carbonation. Slowly falls to a ring and leaves spots of lacing. Pretty good smell which is light but also pretty solid. Sweet malt, grain, a touch of hops. Light lemon zest and a little peppery. The taste is much of the same. Candy like malts and still a decent hop presence. The downfall is an odd, buttery like flavor that lingers in the background and almost says vanilla at times. Also a random sour sip at times. Mouthfeel is nice and light, somewhat sweet up front with a small crisp ending, though a tad thin and watery. Not so drinkable for such a light, supposed to be drinkable beer. One I don't see myself drinking again.

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Photo of steelerguy
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow, low carbonation, small head that fades quickly.

S - A little grassy malt, not much else.

T - Grainy malt flavor with a bit of sweetness. Really kind of tastes like corn pops to me.

M - Thin and watery, which makes it one part refreshing and one part boring.

D - If you are hot and thirsty and would rather than a watery beer than a water, this is it.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep straw into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Offers a fleeting head and minimal lacing.

Nose is light and somewhat metallic in nature, rather thin.

Taste improves a bit but never gets going. Touch of bready texture but otherwise rather thin and flat. Carbonation settles out too quickly to a flat cider like offering. There's enough carbonation to lift the feel a bit but not make me seek another. Unimpressive, at best, and with no distinctive flavors.

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Photo of Buckettt
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Gold with a thick, fluffy head and substantial lacing

S- Malty, yeasty, but generally a fairly weak nose

T- Malty, yeasty, slight caramel note

M- Clean, crisp, a very strong bite

O- Ok as a session beer, it's extremely drinkable, fairly simple palette that isn't overwhelming

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Photo of corby112
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with GatorBeerNerd. Thanks again man!

Pours a very slightly hazy dark golden yellow color with golden ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, soapy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic sheets of lacing left behind.

Crisp slightly spicy aroma with faint hints of pepper and coriander. Subtle light fruit notes in the nose, mostly apple and pear. Also, jut a touch of earthy hops. Overall, this beer smells pretty bland. Let's hope the flavor steps it up a notch.

Surprisingly full bodied for the style with some soft carbonation up front that fades into a sweet estery presence which is balanced by an odd malt backbone and a ry spicy finish. Hints of pepper and coriander along with apple, pear and subtle earthy hops. There's not much of an alcohol bite, which I expect and love from this style. Overall, this is a "watered down" version of a Belgian classic that doesn't quite live up to expectations.

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Photo of Beelzebier
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hard golden yellow with a head that quickly disappears
S: It smells a bit of lemons and barley grass
T: The taste slightly differs from on tap to the bottle, but in either case it tastes slightly of lemons with a subtle almost grassy taste
M: Medium level of carbonation, smooth but not the smoothest beer I have encountered.
O: I have mixed feelings on this beer overall. I would definitely consider it a good beer, however I would say I definitely prefer it on tap as opposed to bottled, still its worthy of a try and is one of the better beers produced by Red Brick.

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Photo of Paincane
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into globe glass producing a cloudy, pale golden color with thin head that dissipated in a minute without much lacing.
S: Grainy, malty aroma
T: Grainy, citrus and malt
M: Light bodied as you would expect from a blonde. Moderate carbonation.
D: I expected more out of this beer. Perhaps, because as a Georgia resident I wanted it to be better than it was. Overall, it was a decent beer.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear blonde in color with am amazing head of pure white fluff that retains and laced nicely. THis almost looks like Duvel with it's rocky top and craggy peaks.

THe nose is very subtle, some light malt graininess, lemony tartness, and grassy hops.

Flavor is equally unremarkeble. General "beer" flavor with a slightly metallic/sour astringancy.

Body is crisp and creamy. OVerall very average.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Massively bubbled honey with two fingers of liquid and seven fingers of pearl colored froth. The carbonation can only be described as Champagnesque. At least the huge head is sticky enough to paint the glass with some pretty good looking lace. In the end, the foamy residue appears as fuzzy chunks of foam rather than lace.

The nose isn't too shabby, considering. It's pale malty with a whiff of musky, grassy hops that probably have German origins. Beyond that it's hard to say, although blonde ales tend not to be very distinctive when it comes to aroma.

Even though ABC RBB is more fizzy than is optimal, the flavor seems to have come through relatively unscathed. On second and third sips... maybe not. All that CO2 gives the beer a bitterness and a metallic quality that takes my enjoyment down a peg or two.

The malt bill is probably pale with a hint of something slightly toasted. The hops are earthy-herbal-grassy and still bring Europe to mind rather than America. It makes no sense to comment on sweet-bitter balance in an overbubbled beer.

It's disappointing that I'm now into the bottom half of the bottle and the mouthfeel still hasn't settled down. At the moment, at least, the beer is too light (but then a barrage of bubbles will tend to do that). Burps are coming fast and furious.

It's hard to get a firm handle on Red Brick Blonde given the circumstances. It might be a pretty decent version of the style, but the brewery's failure to properly carbonate this bottle doesn't allow me appreciate potential, just reality.

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Photo of nickfl
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, gold body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Some light, grainy malt and a hint of herbal hops.

T - Dry, husky malt up front with a little bit of corn flavor. Some spicy hops in the middle and a dry, grainy finish with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Not bad. There is really very little going on here, as expected of the style. The malt is a bit on the harsh side, but not so much so that it makes the beer hard to drink. Decent for what it is, but hardly something worth seeking out.

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Photo of billab914
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear, pale golden, straw color. It started with a very thin bright white head to it that left a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a grainy and lemony zesty flavor to it with just a hint of some grassy hops. Like the nose, the taste has grainy sweetness to it with some citrusy lemon zest coming through. A hint of some toasty malt comes through as well. The finish has a moderate bitterness to it that lingers.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is decent, it's light and refreshing and went down pretty easy on this hot day. It wasn't anything outstanding but wasn't bad either. Pretty average overall.

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Photo of taylocd
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into imperial pint from 12-ounce bottle

A - Very pale yellow gold; tiny amount of head, but respectable amount of lacing for blond ale

S - faint grain aroma

T - weak, though non-offensive, flavor

M/D - good texture, not nearly as carbonated as I expected, which is a good thing.

The Red Brick Blonde is decent hot-weather choice.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a pale golden yellow with a white frothy head that holds nicely and laces nicely. The smell is slightly buttery with some maltiness The taste is mostly malts, also slightly buttery with a very faint taste of hops coming in at the end. The mouthfeel is nicely thick with good carbonation. Overall, I would have to say average on drinkability. I do not think that I am overly fond of this style.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy blonde color with an absolutely massive head. This beer is way over carbonated.

S: Spicy hop aroma of citrus and a bit of pepper up front with a sweet malty aroma as well.

T: Dry malty flavor up front with a bit floral hop notes thrown in.

O: Overall not a bad brew. Maybe the six I picked up was a fluke but every bottle was way over carbonated. It took several minutes of pours a little into a glass and waiting for it to settle to get the entire bottle poured out.

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Photo of kgrober
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last of my "box of bricks" sampler

Poured with better results than the brown and pale ale. Nice summery appearance with a golden ocre hue. 85/15 split beer to head with the head disappearing quickly.

The smell was light and crisp. Mild notes of malt and hops. Very drinkable, especially on a hot day.

I wasn't overly impressed, but it was the best of the bricks I drank.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours lemonade-yellow with a finger of white head that dies quickly with okay lace for such a weak beer.

S: Lemon, bready malts, light berries, and some light spicing.

T: The taste is simply of citrus, bread, and light berry flavors. It is quite boring.

M: The body is pretty light with average carbonation.

O: This is okay and quaffable but I won't be going for it again anytime soon.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to a trade with Ding. Nice golden yellow color, white suds about one centimeter thick. It smells like dirt with a hint of honey. The taste has more honey character and is an easy quaffer. Apparently this was a Gold medal winner at GABF back in 2007 and it is quite easy to drink but I find nothing special or exceptional about it.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color, with a fluffy white head that just keeps coming and coming. I had to pour this one slowly. Smells lightly of malt, and tastes of bitter malt and some breadiness. Very bitter aftertaste. A littel too much carbonation for my tastes--the bubbles just kept coming like there was no tomorrow. Not a bad beer at all, but nothing too special.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

Golden, clear and a really big, rocky, white head. Lots of lace.

The aroma is grainy with a hint of pear. The graininess is not like a light malt, but more like fresh hulled barley.

The flavor also has the same graininess that's in the nose, but there is also plenty more here. There is a nuttiness from the yeast and the hops are both earthy and herbal. The beer has a great medium body and the level of carbonation not only creates that great looking head but also tickles the tongue and brings out the flavors. Overall this is on the plus side of average for both the style and beers in general.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with nice lacing on a clear golden body. Aroma is grainy with pale malts and some yeast and lemon notes.
Taste is typical with some lemon notes, breads grain and wheat. Certainly not very memorable and leans towards the wheat beer genre to retain drinkability. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Not a great member of the genre, certainly light though..

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