GarrettB (1204) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
May 25th, 2012 - When move moves to San Diego - hopefully by choice - there is something of a long pilgrimage that they slowly become aware of. It doesn’t have any singular path or destination, though there many stops, or shrines. These are the breweries in and around San Diego, and they’re the places one must visit before leaving San Diego again. Occasionally, though, these shrines bring their relics and artifacts out to others to display, and to the convenience of the layman. I had held off visiting Manzanitas in the hopes of seeing all their beer and glory in the context of their faraway brewery. Thus, when faced with a decision between tap handles or bottles, I eschewed Manzanitas in favor of something less proximate. But that doesn’t stop bottles from being shared, and that is why the Manzanita Riverwalk Blonde became the first beer from that brewery I’ve tried, and well after my arrival. The pungency and bite of a dash of white vinegar leads the nose, with intensely acidic notes of pear, asiago cheese, and a nice bright funk, almost as if this blonde has been seasoned with a fruity vinaigrette. The taste would determine whether this was some horrible catastrophe of ingredients, or the brewery’s intention. And indeed, the flavor is utterly fascinating, and probably by design. The flavor is the same, though lacking the sweetness I would have expected from the pear in the nose. Instead, the flavor conjures images of a gourmet, bitter salad, paired with a dressing that is bright and punchy enough to complete with the likes of dandelion greens and mizuna. The dryness is complemented by a baffling profile of other deep, umami-rich flavors like parmesan, dry and unripe pear and maybe even a little arugula. This is a wonderful introduction to Manzanita Brewing, and has pushed it to the top of my pilgrimage list.
DedicatedToFun (3913) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a great blonde, but light and easy to drink, on tap at Commons Ale House in Santa Monica
anders37 (19112) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a golden color with a white head. Has a fruity malty grainy aroma. Fruity malty grainy flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty grainy finish.
J_man (785) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet lager-like aroma from a clear yellow body with a wispy white head. Clean toasted malt with a nice cereal/corn sweetness and a touch of hay flavor and dryness. Good balancing grassy bitterness makes this a very refreshing beer to drink. The 6% ABV makes this beer rise above light beer mediocrity and really rounds out the body and taste. Finishes light and smooth with a lingering bitter-sweetness.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was slight hay. Appearance was gold straw color. Taste is clean watery hay and cardboard with malty light grain/. Overall is was refredhing and crisp but pretty good.
mjg74 (2788) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber from Casa De Oro. Slightly sour grainy nose. Grains with a solid malt backbone. Lightly hopped. Decent for the style. Too carbonated for my tastes though.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Headbutts your taste buds with floral notes, citrus zing, carbonated pop. The complexity is similar to Sam Adams’ Summer Ale. Thin white lacing on the head seals the aesthetic. A decent brew perforated by overwhelming potpourri undertones.
dmac (4630) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bomber from doubleo, thanks Kyle. Poured a chill hazed straw gold body with a large foamy white head. Aroma is dusty grains, hint of honey and green grapes, dough. Medium body with strogn carbonation and a quick fading aftertaste. Flavor is very similar to the aroma with notes of dough, lemons, dusty grains, bad honey and grapes. Me.... but hey a rate is a rate and this is ratebeer after all.
BucannonXC5 (1062) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Manzanita Brewing Company in Santee, Calif. Color was hazy banana. About a finger of head. Uneven cloudy lacing on the top. Plenty of nice film in the sides.
Smelled clean and light with just a touch of cirrus notes.
Tasted wheat, citrus, water and light banana notes.
Light body. Lively (above average carbonation. Clean, crisp and refreshing.
Just an OK beer, but the feel really stood out. Do you want a summer brew? Then this is it.
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours hazy gold with a few small floaters. It smells very fruity fresh - maybe citrus. Near medium body with firm carbonation. Flavor is light malt with arguably citrus, then the malt gets a bit paper/grainy. Finishes pretty bitter, and that’s a good finish.