Tagged: blonde

Odd Side Bean Flicker

BEAN FLICKER: 90 Points

Flick Gently

Flick Gently

The Coffee Blonde Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Looks can be deceiving! This satisfying simulation of self exploration is sure to surprise your pallet. It’s an extremely smooth sessionable coffee blonde. So light a candle and enjoy the adventure this beer has to offer.”

My Description: This is a fun beer that begins with a decent sized, white colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of brewed coffee, vanilla, and a hint of sweetness. Bean Flicker is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pleasant with a caramel presence throughout and of course, coffee notes. Some pale malts can also be detected but this is designed to be more of a subtle beer that is easy drinking. The aftertaste shows very little bitterness, even with the coffee addition. This is a nicely executed Blonde Ale, the body is smooth, the flavor profile is mild and clean, and overall presence is on the lighter side. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with soft cheeses, light salads, or a mild cigar.

ABV: 4.5% Color: Golden Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Petrus Blond Ale

BLOND ALE: 86 Points

Creamy and Crisp

Creamy and Crisp

This Blonde Ale is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Petrus Blond Ale is a top-fermented beer. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected malts and hops. This blond beer is soft and full of flavour and preferably served cool.”

My Description: This ale is clean, crisp, with a slightly creamy texture. There is a lot of sediment in this bottle, which could be a turn off for some but not for me. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of pale malts, honey, subtle hop notes, yeast, and light fruits. Blond Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is enjoyable with notes of pale malts, bread, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and hints of honey. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but the sweetness is what is most detected. Overall, this is a fine everyday beer with good flavor notes and a satisfying aroma. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with mushroom burgers, sautéed shrimp, or cheesecake.

ABV: 6.6% Color: Hazy Gold/Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Right Brain Smooth Operator

SMOOTH OPERATOR: 75 Points

Smooth means crappy?

Smooth means crappy?

This Cream Ale is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Right Brain’s answer to ‘light’ beers. Made with crystal clear water from Lake Michigan, but never watered down. A bold and easy to drink Cream Ale highlighted by satisfying notes of honey and biscuit.”

My Description: I’ll agree that this beer does not taste watered down, but that doesn’t mean it is a good beer. It begins with a decent, white colored head that fades to a film that holds for some time leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma does nothing to excite me; there are notes of adjunct grains, pale malts, dough, and a faint lemon note. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy the scent of pale malts, just not the way this beer is presenting it. Smooth Operator is light bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is all around weak with faint notes of pale malts and spicy hops. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter but kind of harsh. This is a small beer that’s easy to drink but why would I waste my time. To me it is no different than pounding back Budweiser. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken, mozzarella sticks, or light salads.

ABV: 3.8% Color: Straw Yellow Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

Magic Hat Single Chair

SINGLE CHAIR: 70 Points

No need for a second

No need for a second

This Golden/Blonde Ale is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Single Chair celebrating the uniqueness of the Mad River Glen Cooperative Ski Area in Vermont. Medium bodied and ideally balanced for all tastes, Single Chair Ale’s tempting light golden color, heady aroma and smooth liquid go down effortlessly and often!”

My Description: This is basically another below average beer from Magic Hat. This ale pours a weak, white colored head that forms a thin film that hold most of the way leaving behind very little lacing. There is really nothing exciting going on in the aroma; some hints of pale malts and floral hops accompanied by a touch of light fruits. Single Chair is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is just as boring as the aroma. Hints of grains and honey blend with notes of herbal and floral hops. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and doesn’t really satisfy. This beer isn’t necessarily horrible but I can’t see how a craft brewery would be proud of this. Drink this cold to hide some of the flavors and pair it with cheesecake, roasted asparagus, or a light pasta.

ABV: 5% Color: Light Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Boulevard Entwined Ale

ENTWINED ALE: 78 Points

White Wine Quality

White Wine Quality

This Blonde Ale/Fruit Ale is released seasonally between May and October in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Entwined Ale is the first production batch of a test beer formerly referred to as Nelson. While the recipe was adjusted slightly from the original tests, the use of Muscat juice remains the focus. The juice was combined with pale malt in the brewhouse for a beer that is light both in body and in color. It was hopped exclusively with a New Zealand hop variety called Nelson Sauvin, known for its tropical fruit and white wine-like aromatics. This unique session ale has a refreshing, slightly tart finish.”

My Description: There is nothing bad about this beer but also nothing memorable. The grape juice addition is interesting but does nothing to get my taste buds excited. It pours a good sized, white colored head that fades to a film but holds most of the way leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of pale malts, lemon juice, white grapes, and some earthiness. Entwined Ale is light/medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish that is crisp. This beer has an overall sparkling white wine characteristic in flavor. It is slightly tart with white grape juice notes. As the beer warms up and the carbonation begins to settle down, some light fruit notes begin to emerge along with some pale malt notes and some Nelson Sauvin hop notes. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but enough to balance out the beer. This is a good integration of grape juice with a beer but overall this is a mediocre offering. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with a grilled salmon salad, coconut shrimp, or roasted asparagus.

ABV: 4.1% Color: Light Straw Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Wychwood Wychcraft

WYCHCRAFT: 83 Points

The Blonde Witch

The Blonde Wych

This English Blonde Ale is available sporadically is 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A pale golden potion with delicate red hues, WychCraft has a heady burst of fresh citrus aroma derived from three infusions of Styrian golding hops. A sprig of gentle warming malty flavour finishes with a dry biscuit note and a counterpoise of bitterness.
WychCraft’s innovative new recipe includes adding three infusions of Styrian Goldings hops to the copper, to create a highly aromatic brew, bursting with succulent citrus and lime hop character. A light base of delicately flavoured English Fuggles hops, and the use of a lager malt, help retain the signature hop character and create a wonderfully aromatic and fragrant summertime beer. Beguiling to the end.”

My Description: This makes for a great pub ale because it is low in alcohol, easy drinking, and the taste isn’t half bad either. It pours a decent, white colored head that fades rather quickly to a thin film that holds a few minutes leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma smells fairly nice with pale malt notes taking center stage accompanied by hints of honey and noble hops. Wychcraft is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose closely with pale malts dominating with noticeable honey notes, some biscuit notes, and a faint lemon note that develops as the beer warms. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but enough to balance out this ale. A times this beer can be a bit dull but it doesn’t get boring. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with fish & chips, grilled white fish, or roasted potatoes.

ABV: 4.5% Color: Gold/Orange Hues Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Deschutes River Ale

RIVER ALE: 85 Points

A smooth and calm river

A smooth and calm river

This Blonde Ale has an IBU of 28 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Once called Riviere des Chutes by French Trappers the Deschutes River feeds our beers and souls alike. Merci. Here’s one that’s clean and refreshing enough for the long haul, but fully graced with hop aroma, malt heft and clear craft passion. Sit back, relax, and let the subtle pleasures reveal.”

My Description: Normally, a beer with this low of alcohol doesn’t do much for me but this beer kept my attention. This ale has a great body, tasty flavors, and I could easily see myself drinking a six pack. It pours a good sized, white colored head that fades to a thin film but holds the majority of the way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is interesting in that overall it is subtle, but there are noticeable notes of pale malts and citrus hops along with faint notes of grass and bread. Deschutes River Ale is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the aroma closely. Pale malts notes blend cleanly with light hop notes of citrus and herbal. A minimally bitter finish satisfies nicely and overall this beer is enjoyable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with baked fish, salads, or creamy cheeses.

ABV: 4.5% Color: Golden/Orange Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Firestone Walker 805

805: 78 Points

Everyday Blonde

Everyday Blonde

This Blonde Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A beer crafted for the coast. 805 is a light, approachable brew. Born from an all malt recipe and finished with a touch of hops, it’s slightly sweet with a clean finish. 805 is the perfect followup to that ultimate surf session or to reward a hard day’s work.”

My Description: 805 is an everyday chugging beer with its low ABV and simple flavors. It pours a good sized, bright white colored head that hangs around for a good while and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is fairly standard with some bready malt notes and some light yeast notes; really there is not much going on in the aroma. 805 is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is similar to the aroma in that not much is going on, which isn’t exactly a bad thing. Sometimes you just want a clean and easy drinking beer. This beer is definitely on the sweeter side with some honey notes and bready sweetness. The aftertaste is hardly bitter at all and some grassy hop notes can be detected. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with just about anything.

ABV: 4.7% Color: Gold Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10