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Marstons / Zululand Zulu Blonde

Brewed by Marstons
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Special - JDW Spring festival, 2010.
Brewed at Marston by Richard Chennells of Zululand brewery.
Hops: Saaz, Southern Brew.
A golden beer with a slight honey aroma and a flavour which is predominantly malty (and not as fruity as is usual for beers of this style), plus a subtle, underlying bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tombyars (1494) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2012
Tasted this at The Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in April 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Boiled eggs in the short aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malts give a thin digestive biscuit base with weak mandarin fruit evident. Slight hop bite in the dry aftertaste with a cereal wheat note. Finish is malty with a dry short bread flavour. An ok session Golden Ale but tastes weaker than the ABV suggests.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
ralphdot (1009) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2011
4.5% hazy yellow colour with a thin head, hop aroma, bitter dry citrus hop taste, very ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (39784) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ The Bankers Draft, 1-3 Market Place, Sheffield, South Yorkshire England S1 2GH.

Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, light nutty, burnt banana, light honey, light to moderate hoppy, flowers. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100424]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3901) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2010 Cask @ The Henglerís Circus. Mild honey aroma. Clear golden colour. Slightly bland sweet flavour. Quite smooth. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (18998) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2010
12th April 2010. Clear gold beer. No head, totally flat beer! Dry palate. Even malt - slightly creamy. Reasonably well balanced with some non bitter orange hop. Unfortunately there are also some distinct sulfur things going on here. What a shame! Still waiting for my first decent African craft beer. This one isnít too bad though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2010
Cask Handpump at the Bankers Draft JDW, Sheffield 24/04/2010 Hop aroma. White head. Golden coloured floral and hoppy with a sweet honey flavour. Bitter and slightly dry malt finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresthepath (1833) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2010
[Gravity cask at Back of Beyond, Reading] Golden amber. Sweet honey, syrup and malt with virtually no balancing bitterness. Despite the sweetness, it,s not actually sticky. In fact, itís quite pleasant, but given the sweetness may benefit from being served a little cooler than cellar temperature (and itís not often that I say that about a cask ale).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bobinlondon (1260) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2010
Gravity cask cellar run at the Moon and Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Gold/ Blonde with a fair white head. Bog standard UK regional brewer output. Unremarkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5432) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2010
JDW Spring fest - Rochester. Honey flavours - quite laid back golden beer. Dry with a lingering mild bitterness. OK, but very unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2010
Cask at Pilgrims Progress (JDW), Bedford, in Spoons Real Ale Festival í10. Gold with a small white head. Sweet aroma that was uncannily like those rhubarb and custard sweets you used to get years ago. Odd, curiously meaty malt taste. A strange grassy taste with rice paper in the background. Slight bitterness. I was expecting some dull pale lager and I got something I quite enjoyed, but without wanting another.

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