True Blonde Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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True Blonde AleTrue Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 446
Photo of Squelch
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw colored. Slight haze. Medium head with no lacing

Smell: Musty. No hops or malts evident.

Taste: Malty with little to no hops. Nice beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-heavy body.

Drinkability: This is a chugger. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. Typical comic book style Ska Brewery label with a long pony-tailed blond girl sitting on a blue motor scooter. Bottled on date is notched into the right side of the label.

Be careful with the pour here. The head rushes to the top with amazing speed. Once the head settles down, you are left with a cloudy pear-yellow colored beer with a gigantic soapy white head that leaves a good amount of splotchy lacing.

The beer has a really pleasant earthy wheat and fruity smell to it.

The taste is also good, I just wish there was more of it. A mild wheat and malt flavor is balanced by some mild citrus hops, and then a touch of honey is added for additional sweetness. It all comes together well, I just wish they would have doubled the recipe.

Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a biting dose of carbonation.

This is an easy drinker with average abv that is barely noticed.

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Photo of rye726
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. Nose has grassy hops and some pale malts. Taste is has subtle fruity hops and grainy malts. Light body is a bit thin and over carbonated. Could use a bit more hops, but a decent blonde ale from Ska. Comes in cans too!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with JJFoodie, Thanks Justin!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

Slight haze bright yellow golden color with a short white head that did leave some thin lacing.
Mild aroma, somewhat earthy with a little fruitiness.
Taste is light fruity sweetnees and bitterness, light malt flavor.
Light, crisp and refreshing.
Easy to drink.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear, golden-blonde color with a small head with many streams of bubbles throughout the glass

S- Clean with a light smell of cracker and some floral notes

T- The flavor is somewhat sweet, slightly bitter and very clean. Grainy feeling build up. Slight fruit flavor of pears and apples

M- Moderate body with light, prickly carbonation

D- One of the cleanest ales I've had to date.

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Photo of Brewsta
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stuff. I like the smoothness of this beer, not overly hopped. I've been drinking this beer after working hard moving rock around in the yard or just watching MNF. I think the taste could be bolder, however, it's a solid beer with its smoothness and light malted wheat flavor.

Overall a well balenced wheat beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a short but dense head. The smell is quite average, maybe a bit of wheat or is it malt. I don;t know because the beer practically has no aroma other than a beery smell. The taste is an average blonde ale, nothing hoppy about it, the malts are unremarkable, boring. The only thing this beer has going for it is that it is relatively light and easy to drink.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - 45F, poured into imperial pint glass.
A - smooth malt with just a touch of wheat (?) coming through. No hops that I can detect.
A - one finger of head that quickly dissipates to minimal film. Hazy straw color.
M - medium to high carbonation, some slickness, medium body.
T - Same malt from the aroma followed by some phenols of banana and unidentified citrus. No ester spices. Dry crisp finish.
D - This is a great session beer that I could have a few of.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale, yellow color with orange highlights. It had a two-finger, white head of foam.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and floral notes. There was a slightly nutty aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet grains and a bready taste. There was some nice caramel flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty nice blonde ale. It's great to find a sessionable ale in a can.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN you tell that I am into CANned beers? From the CAN: "Bee-Float-Recycle-Ska-B-Q-Play-Recycle-Picnic-Rally-Recycle-Adopt-Noodlin'-Recycle". Yep, all of the above. CAN you dig it?

Two fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sugary sweetness to it that reminded me of a lager. Mouthfeel was medium with a candy-like sweetness. Finish was likewise sweet. Much too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
2.56/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Notes: 6/29/09
Ska Brewing Co.
True Blonde Ale
blonde Ale
5.3% Abv.
12oz. Botlle in SN pint glass

Appearance= Regular pour into glass yields a thin 2 finger head. Nice white head. Lively carbonation. Semi-cloudy yellow body. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell= Decent smell.

Taste= Decent taste. Nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel= Thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability= Kinda high if you liked this beer. I however did not. Not much to this beer. I would drink this over BMC anyday, but would pass on it for something with more flavor. Just not my style I guess.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two finger white head, with some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some slight yeast notes, and some spice. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly yeasty, with a spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow with a fluffy white head. The bottles artwork is pretty neat as well. Says it's brewed with honey but I can't really smell or taste anything to indicate that. Not surprising seeing as how you have to really dump in honey to change the final beer. Tastes light and clean. Mainly of pale malt. Slight hop bittering and some noble hop-like flavors. Not bad but not really exciting. There are tastier (and cheaper) blonde ales out there.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant golden with lacey white head. Nose has a light herbal hop quality, with cereal/grain and bready aromas. Palate is rather uninteresting with a light malt, more cereal flavors, and light hops to balance. Easy drinking, but only because it lacks much to savor.

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Photo of beeragent
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a light straw, forming a 1/4 inch white head. Very small spots of lace dot the glass.

S - Almost a grainy aroma is present at first, before giving way to a light malt aroma.

T - Very nice malty smooth flavor. A slight buttery presence to the taste.

M - Light bodied and very smooth. I think it could use a little more carbonation as this has very little.

D - Overall, a very nice tasting blonde. I was a bit put off by the aroma and appearance, but the taste saved this beer. Very light and refreshing. My first beer from Ska brewing so I'm curious to see what else they do.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another canned offering from Ska! I'm liking the canned beer thing a lot. Six pack from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $8.

A: Pale yellow, blonde in color, stark white head, not much retention, no lacing to speak of. Slightly cloudy. Okay looking beer but not that exciting.

S: Honey and a slight graininess, I can smell absolutely nothing else.

T: A lot like the nose, but a little more robust, a nice hint of spicy bitterness towards the end, slightly piney. A bit of alcohol as well. Fairly sweet, but a hint of bitter in there. Doesn't really fall in any one category taste wise for me. Really not a lot going on. But nothing offensive.

M: Light, dry, and refreshing.

D: Easy drinking beer. This is a pretty mellow beer and an easy drinking one to boot. I probably won't be seeking this out again, but it is something I would recommend to cross over drinkers.

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Photo of Rayek
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Vibrant brass with mellow carbonation. Rocky white cap doesn't retain well, but does leave nice lace.

S: Grass and a little malt syrup sweetness.

T: Starts with a raw maltiness that's replaced by sharp earthy and peppery hops, and then a little metal (perhaps from the can). Finishes with a lingering lemon-pepper flavor.

M: Light body has a quite a bit of tingling carbonation.

D: This is a nice and unassuming blond. This isn't my favorite style, but this beer does its job as a summer refresher.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is nicely sour with soft malt. Some earthy/grassy/smoky-kind of aromas. Smells good.

Pours a medium yellow, good clarity, moderate creamy head. Looks good.

Moderately malted and hopped for a Blonde. Creamy malt is full-flavored and decently sweet. Hops add their twang over the sweetness and display a good deal of tartness and leafy/grassy freshness with the mildest of bitterness. Some hop trails into the finish, but it's otherwise clean. Tastes quite good. Feels nice. Impeccable drinkability.

Damn fine Blonde I must say. True Blonde has lots of flavor and a solid balance. It's easy and fun to drink. This would be a great gateway beer.

Kudos to Ska Brewing!

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: clear yellow/gold body with a white head.

s: Light aroma of pale malt and honey.

t: Pale malt, grainy with honey notes and a subtle hop bite in the finish.

m: crisp and clean.

d: easy drinking, refreshing and quite boring. I downed it like water, but I won't be seeking it out tin the future. Good beer for hot days or those who prefer tame beer.

Should be successful in a can.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A) Bright straw with standard white cap and lots of carbonation trails

S) Grainy, sweet, bit of corn

T) Yeah, some corn / DMS flavor, but not overwhelming, and just another flavor in a pretty straight forward beer.

M) High carbonation makes it fizzy.

D) A fine beer, just lost in the sea of Blonde/lighter ales and lagers. Probably best local and fresh.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color was a light golden color with a big thick white head that stuck around for awhile. Aroma was light grassy hops with very little else. Flavor was light slightly grainy malt with a grassy hop flavor and a fair amount of bitterness for a blond ale. Mouthfeel is light crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear light gold color with a frothy white head that has pretty decent retention and a smattering of lacing. Pretty average looking blonde.

Floral hops, honey and grainy malts come through on the nose with bits of barley husks and mowed grass as well. Fairly pleasant brew to sniff upon, if a bit light.

Hops are pretty noticeable in this beer, a mix of floral flavors and grassy bitterness. That could be because the malt bill seems pretty tame. Not a whole lot going on besides some grainy, husky sweetness. Taste is pretty average for the style...light, crisp and refreshing. A nice no-nonsense summertime quencher.

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Photo of elniko
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. There was a freshness date but it had a week marked instead of month. It was a little confusing.

A: Light nearly lager coloring, nice head and lacing. Ridiculous amount of carbonation. I am curious how this will carry through into the mouthfeel.

S: Slight grassy tones with quite heavy malty tones.

T & M: So far in the beer journey blond ales have not been my bag and unfortunately I felt no different about this beer. Taste is heavy malt up front with a crisp finish but not really bitter. Mouthfeel is nearly creamy in its quality, I don't pick up the carbonation apparent in the appearance.

D: Drinkable, but I will not be seeking out this beer again.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blonde ales aren't generally my tipple but I got this one as a sample from a beer rep so it's my duty to try it out.

Pours a clear golden colour. What little head there is soon disappears to leave a few bubbles around the circumference. Very little lacing. A little too much grain in the aroma for my liking, but some pleasant floral notes are present. It has more flavour than many blondes that I've tried - a little on the sweet side with some bitterness in the background, but again with the grain. A halfway decent body for this style of beer.

If you're looking for a beer that goes down easily and doesn't give you a fight, this one would be worth trying.

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Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purshased from Skee Vue Liquors for $1.49.

A: Peachy lemon yellow with 1-finger, foamy ivory head with decent retention and skimpy lacing.

S: Nothing special with cereal grains, a light tangy fruitiness, and noble and floral type hops

T: A solid, all-malt product due to the smooth lagerish grain flavors that are dominant but not harsh or weak. A good balance with a spicy hops finish.

M: I love the lush feel of this beer -- it's what's missing from most blonde ales which are usually too thin. Carbonation is midrange and on target. Aftertaste is pleasantly fruity but short.

D: A very nice surprise as most blondes don't offer a whole of anything interesting. While Ska Blonde is not the most original brew, it's done well and quite enjoyable.

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 446 ratings.
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