skmikeg (612) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a staw yellow with almost no head and some lacing. aroma is of yeast, bisuit malts, and some hops. flavor is light and is of biscuit malts, candied yeast, and some slight bitter hops. has a dry, refreshing finnish with a medium-light body. overall, a pretty good, refreshing blonde ale that is perfect for the summer.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Whispering Willows: Created a small layer of film covering as a head while the liquid was a slightly hazed straw gold color. Again, another one of Manzanitaís recipes that has absolutely no aroma other than a faint hint that itís a beer with an undeniable scent of alcohol. The flavor is bland yet quaffable and Iím only able to find a minor combination of grassy grains and hops.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery bar: Light straw color with a small white head. Aroma is faint grain. Flavor is honey sweet and wheaty with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Rating #6. Medium golden yellow pour with a small white head. Either Iím stuffed up or there is no aroma whatsoever, but a buddy that was sharing it said the same thing, so I guess Iím not stuffed up.flavor was similar in so much as there was none yo really speak of, very strange and very plain but no flaws either so it wasnít horrible. (1627)
Lagunitasfan (1309) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz bottle from Distillerís Outlet in Poway. $3.99 a bomber is fine by me. Too bad the beer isnít. Warm amber with wight head. Hint of haze. Nose is light malty sweet. Reminds me of a malt liquor. Taste is just eh. Mid sweet to light aspirin to eh. The kitchen sink is going to enjoy the rest of this one for me. The score is continually dropping as I drink the beer.
StefanSD (1920) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bev4less. Pours a yellow gold color with a small white head. The aroma was mild with sweet grains and yeast. The flavor was slightly sweet with almonds, sherry, biscuit, sweet breads and dough. The palate was light and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes medium in duration with lingering biscuit. Overall: Very nice blonde, very tasty
JohnnyJ (3889) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Cloudy gold pour, white head. Bread, light sweet malt, light hops, and some herbal quality. Light and easy drinking, pretty standard.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is that standard yellow color with a fluffy white head.
S: The nose is pretty standard and unassuming as well, but that pretty much sums up my experiences with blonde ales. A bread malt base that is only slightly sweet and has a very faint hop aroma.
T: A slight sweetness up front with some bready malt and honey flavors. The hops are a bit more present here and provide a light and fairly refreshing bitterness.
M: The body is on the lighter side of medium with a medium level of carbonation.
D: I guess I shouldnít expect too much from the blonde ale in any breweryís lineup. This one was pretty average, but easy enough to drink.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I loved this light refreshing blonde. Easy to drink and very tasty. This style is so easy to be average. This one was nothing like an average blonde. Very well crafted and very sessionable. I even bought a growler to share with some of my Macro drinking friends. I think they will like this one. The brewers at Manzanita know what they are doing. The 5 beers I tasted were all crafted well and should be popular among us locals and the San Diego beer scene.