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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Stigs on 07-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
16.47%
 
 
Wants:
2
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2
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0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of PorterBoy14
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of Mitchster
4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$1.79 for a 12oz single, purchased at BevCo. Purchase before 11/10 notched on label. 4.5% ABV. No ingredients posted on the bottle label or website.

Pours out to a clear medium golden, appears filtered. Forms a modest bone white head with excellent retention and a solid sheet of lace with a medium carbonation level. The aroma is of a EuroLager with a delicate floral hop nose and a nice pale malt body with a clean ferment and no perceptible off flavors. A little bit of that sulfury lager yeast nose is evident. The mouthfeel is lightly tart with acidity, has a smooth middle and a medium-light body with a creamy texture for the style. The taste opens with a nice floral hop flavor, tastes like Saaz, with a well-balanced malt body with husky grain notes, and mild bitterness. Lightly dry in the finish with a light corn flavor in the finish.

Easy to drink, well brewed pilsner style lager, but it's called an ALE. Hrmmm...they did a really nice job if it is indeed an ale because it doesn't have any ale esters. I would buy this again, especially considering it's price, it's a very nice Kolsch. Recommended.

Addendum: I just picked up a 6'er of this (3/11), best buy Nov 2010, but it was priced to move @ $2/6'er. It's just as good at this age

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Photo of Guden
4.37/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Looks like a pretty light lager but with decent 1/2" head retention. The light straw color doesn't bode well but nothing terrible.

S- Light malty sweetness and a hint of citrusy hops (maybe a little lemon too?) smells like a good light beer and perfect for a graduation bbq.

T- Like the nose but even better. There is a definite citrus component which pairs well with the light grassy and citrusy hops and the barley sweetness. Clean and refreshing to say the least.

M- Moderately light in body and moderately high in carbonation. This seems to hit the spot perfectly.

D- Nearly perfect for what it is. This is a beer you could savor any day or could down a six pack of at a bbq. I've passed up many other craft beers to go back for second and thirds on this as it just seems to hit the spot on a hot day. WAAAYYY better than the lemon swill Sam Adams puts out, with a much fresher cleaner citrus character and better balance all around.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of citrus, and a dash of hops at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, a fairly prominent citrus flavor, finishing off with a crisp slight earthy hop tastes. Aftertaste is very clean and very refreshing.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light bodied.
D: Very drinkable, flavors and feel all blended very well and a lower abv really helps it be a great summer session beer.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from a variety pack, a fairly simple blue/yellow label on a brown bottle with the Heavy Seas skull and crossbones logo and "For brewery fresh taste, purchase before Nov '10" (notched). Pours a light, summery yellow with a thin and fine white head that soon retreats into the glass of beer. Looks similar to most macros but with a bit less carbonation and more head.

Aroma is faint, sweet malt (grains of paradise, I believe) and some very light flowers and spices. Very light yeast/biscuit scent.

Taste is a grainy sweet with a bit of yeast (pleasant) and some flower/pepper spiciness that seems to come from the mild hops. Balanced quite well between malt and hops, both are sweet and light, complemented by the yeast. Very smooth and light, but the slight spiciness and a hint of citrus give it enough flavor to savor.

Lightly carbonated, very smooth and light mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation allows the subtle flavors to be more apparent. Extremely drinkable as it is very balanced, less carbonated than some similar beers but has a bit more flavor all around and a hint of spice.

Overall, similar to Sam Adams Summer Ale in the grain and yeast flavor, but with different hops and spicing.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh.

A - pure gold with no head

S - faint cereal grains and a bit sweet

T - grapefruit, faint orange peel, cereal grains

M - light to medium bodied, smooth

This is a nice, easily drinkable beer. It has its subtleties, but mostly it's enjoyable for it's drinkability. I probably won't buy this again, but it's not bad once.

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Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of tun
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of StaindProject86
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of rusty3335
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear gold body with an inch of white foam. Decent retention and light lace. Nice for what it is.

S: Nice, clean malt dominance - lightly toasty, and only very slightly sweet. I don't know why, but I'm getting a distinct aroma of fish, which I actually kind of like. Spicy hops follow up the scaliness, and it all somehow works for a summer ale from a nautically-themed brewery.

T: Moderate malt sweetness with solid minerality leading into a dry, herbal hop finish. Pretty good for the style.

M: Clean, light bodied, and moderately carbonated. Solid.

D: As with all the other categories, this beer is strong but not stupendous.

Notes: I've got to say that even though I found this to be the weak link in a very strong mixed pack (along with Red Sky at Night, Loose Cannon, and Peg Leg), it might be the best of those beers within its style. It's a low-ABV blond ale with actual character, which is rare. I'd definitely enjoy having this again under the right circumstances - say, relaxing on a seaside pier. Fun beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden straw color and is very clear.
It has an average at best white loose faomy cap that fades quickly to surface smudge.

A fine smelling ale with a nice balance between malts and floral hops.

Mild tasting beer with just enough malts and hops.
Malts are sweet and have slight biscuit or grainess to them while the hops have a floral flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Carbonation is medium. The beer has a soft delicate nature to itself.

I found this beer to be pretty good although I was expecting a crisp tasting more assertive beer. This beer none the less is a winner for me.

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Photo of Vineyardselite
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got this in stock and LOTS of it!

Pours a light, warm yellow with a thin and fine white head, retreats into the glass of beer quite quickly. Low carbonation

Smells lagery with a slight bitterness. Maybe a little bit of lemon but not much else. Definitely not bad.

A little grainy sweet , yeast (but nice though) and wit ha hint of blossom/pepper bite that seems to come from the gentle hops. Balanced

Mouthfull was a little weak that bought the gentle flavors more forward! Extremely drinkable as it is very balanced.

Overall, a nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of lou50rp
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a clear yellow with an off white head that dissipates quickly.
A mild citrusy smell.
the taste was citrusy,orange, not overpowering with a little bitterness at the end.
The mouthfeel had a little carbonation, a bit on the watery side.
It was very drinkable. A good summer ale. Wish I had purchased a six pack.

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Photo of beer1018
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer very refreshing with enough flavor to keep it from being bored. Appearance did look like your average macro. Withour looking at the style when i drank it i found it to smell like a lager. Taste was biscuty with a nice citrus hops kiss at the end. I was suprised to only see 6 revies so far. This was very refreshing for me after the heavy KBS i had before it. After i finish the other two bottles from my 12 pack i will revisit this review.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale brass hue with a half fing foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured grassy hops atop a crisp and slightly aromatic pale malt.

The flavor was clean with bright herbal and grassy hops. The crisp malt may contain a touch of wheat.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuuler end of the style with a clean finish.

Overall a tasty and refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of Stigs
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Description:
Approx. 4.5% ABV
Light gold in color, yet crisp and refreshing. This ale will pair well with grilled seafood and salads. Available all summer, beginning in late June.

update: Confirmed as a "milder version of an American Blonde Ale" by the brewmaster - update request submitted

12oz bottle from a Heavy Seas sampler pack, hadn't seen this one before...surprised it wasnt in the db here.

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - pours with a very thin layer of loose white film. the beer is bright gold in color, crystal clear.

S - very grainy, joined by some sweet and bready malts. faint grassy hops at the end.

T - begins with some lightly toasted malts, coming off lightly sweet and crackery. surprisingly ample amount of grassy hops come through the second half for good balance. not bad at all.

M - light and thin body, sharp and tingly carbonation, yet not overdone. finishes very clean with some faint lingering hops and crockery malts.

D - not great, but certainly easy drinking...a great Summer beer. not exactly sure of the style but it seems to fit here. 5 more bottles of this, I can live with that.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold into my glass with average lacing. Scent is biscuity with maybe some honey accents, appealing and hinting at a rich and substantial maltiness. Tastes rich and sweet up front, with a well-done hoppy finish. Seems like a solid Summer ale with superb balance and body. Superb!

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Photo of sludgy
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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