SODAK14 (333) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another good brew form New Belgium...just not one of my favorites. There are lots of other Blondes out there that are better. I really wasnít too fond of the slightly bitter finish.
GarrettB (1375) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
January 28th, 2014 - New Belgiumís Spring Blonde is a lovely clear brew, with a big frothy top. Even with a wait and a few sips, the foam persists, never giving up, never letting me down. The aroma, far from a bland blonde, is more like a triple, rich with wheat and pear and a hint of lime. The flavor is somewhat obscured by a sudsy palate, but I can still catch the grain profile, bringing out those wheat brew notes, intense and powerful. As craft beer goes this is a frugal choice, but it packs a lot of flavor for what it costs, and for that reason makes a great brew for social events - impress crowds, drink good beer.
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good blonde ale. Nice straw and grain taste. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
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ozzy70 (477) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 6, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. From notes 1-11-15. A light bodied, sweet and fruity golden ale. An easy to drink beer.
willisread (2040) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355ml bottle from Mitsuyaís Liquor in Asagaya, Tokyo. Poured into an English tulip pint. Clear straw golden color with a nice soapy white head that hangs around for a fair amount of time. After about 30 minutes it looks like a pale lager or pilsner in the glass. Banana, pineapple and citrus aroma. As it warms up a slight bubblegum aroma comes out. Almost no malt notes are noticeable. Strong wheat presence on the palate with lemon standing out particularly strongly. A slight sourness becomes noticeable on the palate after coming to room temperature. Soda-pop like carbonation with a medium dry finish.
Nekronos (3955) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad but nothing special. Nice malty beer with aroma of Spring. Easy to drink and quite thin too.
WABeerFiend (377) - - JAN 16, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
07.13.14 Best by date.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 04.10.14.
A: 1 finger head with an aggressive pour. Very light see through yellow.
S: Hops. Some sourness.
T: Lemon and honey dominate. It also has slight malt, some bitter hops.
O: This was ok. It was easy to drink and very light. It had a nice balance. There wasnít much else. There are much better blondes out there.
BassMan49 (8) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A decent choice if your looking for something light and not over powering. Just sort of what you would expect for a spring afternoon with a light lunch or afternoon snack. Cereal, hay, citrus, and a quick dissipating head.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a crystal clear golden color. The head is about two-fingers high, and completely white in shade. Itís quite bubbly in texture, with retention that isnít quite fantastic. Streaks of lacing are left on the glass. Iím usually wary of a Belgian-style ale thatís perfectly clear, so Iím not going to give a great score for that.
S: The aroma is both lemony and somewhat sweet. There are underlying notes of Belgian yeast, with a hint of phenol to back the aforementioned fruit esters and candied sugar. Faint touches of earthy hops also appear. Not a bad aroma, but too sweet for me, without enough of a balancing bitterness.
T: At first, itís very sweet and lemony. Thereís just a kiss of Belgian yeast here to go with the general opening flavors. The finish is a lot more enjoyable - the sugary notes fade, being replaced with a subtle hit of noble hops. Itís the gentle bitterness that damn near saves this beer entirely. This could have been a sugary mess, but itís actually pleasantly balanced and moderately enjoyable.
M: I want to say that the body is medium, with a one-two punch of healthy carbonation and a dry finish helping to make this go down easily. The aftertaste has a gentle bitterness that lingers nicely on the palate.
O: This oneís slightly better than I anticipated. While the Belgian yeast is almost a non-factor, itís still a decent beer thanks to the mild bitterness and easy-drinking nature. Itís not amazing or complex, but itíll get the job done. Worth trying.
Darkmagus82 (2197) - - OCT 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-28-14-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance Ė The beer pours a clear medium golden amber color with a two finger head of white billowy foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma of the beer is very light overall with just a bit of a citrus smell of lemon and some candied sugar, toasted malt, and some yeasty smells.
Taste Ė The taste begins with a bready and slightly yeasty flavor. Some lightly toasted Belgian malt flavors quickly come to the tongue along with some sweeter flavors of fruit with them being of a pear and a bit of apple. A little bit of a candied sugar taste later comes to the tongue with some lemongrass coming as well. All the while, the bready flavors convert more toward a doughy flavor as the taste advances to the end. Some hay comes to the tongue at the end as well, leaving a somewhat crisp but lightly sweetened malty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are rather nice for the mix of Belgian malt flavors and candied sugar/fruit flavors all while the higher carbonation level really does a nice job of keeping the brew crisp and refreshing.
Overall ĖWhile a bit light in the Belgian spice, the Belgian malt was quite nice and made for an interesting and overall nice drinking brew.
BrettTaylor (727) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a light yellow with creamy, thick, four finger head. Aroma - lemon, spicy yeast, soft hops. Taste - sweet malt, some citrus, spicy yeast notes, warm bread. Refreshing on palate. Not my favorite blonde ever, but pretty nice.