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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Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12oz brown bottle with a best by date of 12/20/10.

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears a perfectly clear yellow color with a finger of white head. A constant stream of large bubbles rise to the surface in support of the head. Despite the rising bubbles, it doesn't take long before the head receeds to a thin film across the top of the brew with a spotty amount of lace clinging to the glass.

This brew smells of light bready grains that come across as sweet at times. Little to no indication of hops, infact there isnt much going on in this brews aroma outside of a slightly sulfur twang and a very subdued fruitiness that is faint in the back as it warms.

The taste of this brew is crisp, clean and light tasting of bready malt. A very minor note of herbal hops keeps the malt in check as to not allow it to get sweet. In the back is a slight indication of the alcohol's presence. Lingering flavor left inside the mouth is mostly a clean maltiness and slight light fruit almost like pear skin.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fairly drinkable but not a bold amount of flavor or things to pick out in the nose. However, I can't fault this brew considering I am not that familiar with the American Style Blonde Ale. My impression of this brew is that with it's easy drinkability and lack of big flavor, it would be a likely substitute for a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in a mixed sixer. Bottle on the first week of July, notched on the label. Says this is brewed with the finest of Wildflower Honey on the bottle. Nice. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a slightly hazy light gold. A thin off-white head sits on top. Retains poorly. Leaves some light lace on the glass. Upon taking a whiff, I get scents of flowers and some faint hops right away. Further scents of light fruits such as apples and green grapes. Smells light and refreshing.

The body is fairly full for this style. Slightly chewy and has a bit of depth on the back end. Carbonation level is low-to-moderate. Nice clean flavors make this up. The honey comes through a bit in the flavor as there is a mild sweetness present. Bitterness is low on this, but that is expected. Slight grassy notes on the aftertaste. This was pretty good. Every once in awhile, I could go for this style. This is a good representation. Check it out.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours blond with a minor white head, no lace, pallid.

S: Notes of honey, some fermented Meyer lemon, sweet citrus, orange maramalade.

T: Lemon and orange blossom honey upfront, slightly sweet finish again with sweet oranges, tangerines. Notes of white grape, very Kolsch like mid-palate, tasty beer.

M: Crisp, tad flabby carbonation but not too bad, light-bodied, refreshing.

D: A pretty good beer in a style that doesn't all too often interest the beer geek. Kind of kolsch with a kiss of mead, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jsh420
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours cloudy yellow gold with 1 finger white head that left no lacing

smells of light grainy malts lemon apple grassy hops

tastes like the nose sweet grainy malts apples and lemon with a good amount of hop bitterness

mouthfeel is too heavy for this style with low carbonation

drinkability is good even with the so so mouthfeel

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Perhaps not surprisingly, pours a bright blonde color with minimal head. Aroma is all cereal malt with some faint grassy hops off in the background. Clear light malted flavor comes through with some light hopping adding to a bittersweet finish. Light mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Most assuredly a beer that comes in on the light end of the spectrum. This isn't a beer that will come out and wow you by any stretch of the imagination. It's a simple, straight forward beer meant to be enjoyed on hot summer days. Pretty not bad.

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Photo of beerman207
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a friend of mine.

A: Yellow almost like piss in a glass - for the style I'm guessing this is ok. :) The head lingers a while.

S: Lemon zest, wheat, some malt, grains

T: Lemon zest again along with some strong malt presence.

M: Easy to drink - medium carbonation

D: Could drink this all night - low ABV - good flavor.

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice little ale that is available in cans. A winner right there. Pours a bright golden color with one inch of white head that slowly settled to a half-inch and hung in there to the bottom of the glass. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Clean aroma of bready malt and cereal grains. Not much else to expand on in the aroma. Pleasant taste of light malt and some hops giving notes of melon and grass. Just slightly sweet. Finishes clean. Light body with good carbonation that keeps things lively without being prickly. Really nice for a lighter tasting beer. A refreshing beer that hit the spot on a hot evening. No problem finishing off several of these in a sitting.

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Photo of bamadog
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Jeff for the hook-up here! Review is from notes taken on 7/14/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a nice blonde/lemony yellow; starts with no real head to speak of, but there is a thin island of a cap sitting in the center; body is perfectly clear and shows moderate carbonation; only a few slippery spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Smell is crisp and toasty grainiess; a slight lemony citric/zesty hoppiness lingers around the back -- nose is a little weak overall.

Taste: This beer is OK -- nice toasty graininess; there is also a fair corn-like malty sweetness; a mild lemony hoppy bitterness lingers and it remains throughout the aftertaste; pretty simple overall, but solid enough and it makes for a nice summer beer.

Mouthfeel: Body is moderately light, and the carbonation is quite prickly and strong; a thin and moist stickiness is left hanging around.

Drinkability: Solid enough and great for a hot summer night -- nothing special about it, but it'd definitely sessionable with its light weight and low ABV.

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Photo of mjmbeer
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was glad to find this beer in a can. The taste is really smooth and tasty. Golden color with just enough of a hop to give it a great flavor. It's just a good smooth drinking summer time beer. If you ate looking for a great beer for a night bye the grill with friends this is a good choice

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Photo of semibaked
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy bright yellow, a thin layer of white head, tons of carbonation and some decent lacing.

S - Light malty sweetness, some sour candy, wheat or another grain, and a little lemon.

T - Wow kinda of surprising lemon sourness, was expecting sweeter. Has some candy qualities and almost tastes like a berleiner weisse but a tad sweeter.

M - Very light, watery, and loads of carbonation.

D - Interesting to try and decent tasting, but I think 1 will last me for the rest of my life, kinda of an odd beer but not awful.

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Photo of genek
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a Green Tea yellow with lively carbonation. No head at all.

A - Floral & Citrusy with a nice lemongrassy scent. Hop aromas pull through a bit, but not strongly.

T - Floral and Lavender with a mildly bitter finish from hops. Honey is present in a dry sort of way. A bit of tannins at the end. In all it reminded me of a dry Mead.

D - Easy to down fast, but no more thank two before switching to something with more body.

P - White fish, toss into a beer batter for some onion rings, or a cheese sauce for pretzels, Sesame or leeks seem good as well.

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3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thin white head which is lost quickly. No haze light golden body.

S: Lemon zest. light on the aroma, a refreshing smell.

T: A light orange taste, with lemon. a bit sweet on the finish.

M: Short and crisp, not much lingering taste.

D: In a can bonus, but a very lighter blonde in regards to taste and aroma. A good drinkable and light bodied beer.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - bright golden yellow, almost looks like a pilsner. A rather thin powdery head adorns this pour with some little bubbles streaming upwards adding a little excitement to the mix.

Aroma - a little grainy and corny along with a syrupy sweetness and some bread dough aromas.

Taste - sweet and tangy. Lots of malty sweetness is joined by the flavors of creamed corn, honey, caramel, biscuits and some slight but noticeable citrus flavors. Its a very pleasant mix of flavors that leads to a very easily consumed can of beer. Blonde Ales are known for being non-offensive and this one certainly fits the mold. A little hop bitterness in the aftertaste is a nice way to finish this brew.

Overall - solid Blonde with a nice malty body and some nice citrusy crispness that makes it a great summertime brew. As the style goes I'd say this is spot on and sure to please the masses. If you get the chance definitely give it a try and share some with your friends be they beer geeks or not.

Would I buy more of it? - I hear they do a mixed pack of Ska cans and that would definitely be a worthy investment for any weekend of outdoor activities. This one would be the perfect beer to start with before going on to the others.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a pale golden color with a nice .75 inch head that is sticky and dense with very good retention.

S - Great sweet malty smells with plenty of grain and bread like characteristics. Some mild grassy and citrus hops on the back end as well.

T - Nice initial malt grain sweetness. Followed by some bready and almost wheat like hints. Very nice grain hints are in full force in this beer. Overall it is a very grain heavy beer with nice crisp hints throughout there are also nice fruity hints that can be perceived.

M & D - Nice crisp and light bodied. Very refreshing and a good summer beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a light golden yellow with a thin head and good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: bready grains up front with hints of caramel and citrus fruits. This beer has very little malt and hop character.

T: wheat grain bready flavor like the nose with little malts and a mild hop presence. After a few sips I also gor a slight citrusy notes as well.

M: light bodied with good carbonation and ends thin on the palate.

D: decent blonde and would be a great summer brew to enjoy in the hot socal heat.

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Photo of JamisonM
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: a nice golden color its a rich gold not some kind of macro gold color

S: wonderful malted barley sweet smell

T: sweet malty and clean not very much to this but it is not supposed to have some crazy complex taste/smell

M: light body nice zippy carbonation

D: yea drinkable and sessionable good brew to grab on a hot day

overall: I enjoyed this beer a simple beer with no rice or corn and you can taste the difference. well crafted brew with good malted barley touch of hops and a nice sweet taste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from kiltedtxn, courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a light malt character. Then a little bit of citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer seems to fit the "Lawnmower Beer" role well even if there are some beers out there that fit the role better.

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Photo of Jayli
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a clear golden color, carbonation is highly visible. A 1/2 finger of white head stands on top but recedes quickly, leaving quite a bit of thin coating lacing.

S: Nose is of spicy hops and extreme floral hops. Some pale malts filter in and a hint of biscuit.

T: Taste starts with a major piney hop burst. Biscuit notes and pale malts rounds out the middle. Strong floral, almost soapy flavoring malts finish this beer.

M: Light body, high carbonation, crisp and clean start with an oily finish.

D: Not well blended, not a very good representation of the style, the soapy nature is overpowering - not of true soap but of the overpowering floral nature. I'd pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a belled beer glass.

Cute label. Brown bottle. Bottled in the third week of October. No year.

Beer is golden, clear and the head is light and white, but leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells are beery and a bit citrusy. Nothing stands out here.

Tastes are grainy, a bit of tartness and smooth sweetness. There is a kinship with Coors or Miller here I just can't place. Maybe the lack of pronounced hops. Again, nothing stands out.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonation full, finish slightly dry.

Drinkabilityis good but sufers a bit from being boring.

I look foward toi try the True Blonde Dubbel I saw on the shelf...

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Photo of vdread
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

True Blonde Ale is yellow and slightly hazy. the head is minimal, and there is a tiny bit of lacing. some aromas of grainy malt and honey.

taste is neutral/bland and yeasty. a sweet bready malt and honey follow, and some slight citrus notes come out at the end.

the spicy noble hops are very slightly bitter and linger on the palate. ends nice, clean, dry. pleasant mouthfeel, only slightly watery.

drinkable if there is nothing else around. not a bad beer by any means. i like what ska brewing has to offer, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

= taste is mildly interesting, and i would drink one if offered

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Photo of dostom
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite beers. has a very good taste. poors nice from bottle to tall glass. very nice taste but needs to be your style of beer. not strong but flavorful. light fruit aroma, looses bite quick so drink when first opened. i can easily drink a 6 pack.

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Photo of mwa423
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another CAN from Woodychandler, perfect for watching the Bengals 7-0 over the Jets.

A - Poured out of the can into a glass, small white head that quickly died to nothing. Color is a clear golden color, nothing particularly special.

S - Very little smell only a hint of malt.

T - The taste is a light sweet maltiness and some hints of cereal that is about average for style. No real hop smell but a great lawnmower beer.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thin but does leave a pleasant aftertaste. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, which could easily be sessioned.

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Photo of Jameyd33
2.41/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow, golden in coloer. Very pretty to look at. Smells a little of faint lemons. Head was thin, gone quickly. Crisp, cool, refreshing. Subtle hints of citrus. Slight after taste, though this would be good on a summer day at the beach. Not really my style.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yet incredible pale golden color with a shallow wispy white head that's gone in a flash, leaving spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is timid yet balanced between a sweet grainy malt and bright lemon hop. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is bright and tangy yet finishes smooth as the sweet flavor takes over and cleans up fairly quickly. The flavor is bright sweet refreshing lemon. While I'm not a big fan of this style, I found that this one was easy to consider.

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Photo of jhoban19
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A: clear golden/straw color with a foamy, eggshell-white head. A few floaties are suspended in the glass. Head settles quickly into a thin ring with minimal lacing.

S: Mostly biscuit malt, caramel, and subtle hints of floral hops. Aromas of raw grains also enter the nose. As it warms, a musty aroma presents itself.

T: Biscuit and caramel malts with subtle hints of hops and sweet apples. As with the aroma, a bit of raw grain flavor skips in and out with each sip.

M: prickly carbonation initially greets the tongue and roof of the mouth. Medium bodied with a crisp, smooth and fizzy finish. Hops leave a bit of a sticky feeling on the lips.

D: drinkable, though not very complex. Hops are only detected with a subtle hint on the nose and a sticky film on the lips, though I believe that is to style. It's a cold night in Chicago- this beer is more suited for a hot summer afternoon when you want something refreshing with some taste but not too heavy.

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True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 449 ratings.
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