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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inspired by our anniversary bike trips through Belgium. Spring Blonde is a bright golden ale with a sweet lemony start, pedaling to a pleasantly bitter finish.

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2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
maddmatt639 (344) - Pacifica, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Light retention and good lacing. Smells of straw, lemon zest and cereal. Tastes of citrus, lemon and straw. Stale/dry aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3
Airlifter (134) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Pours a bright clear yellow with a white head. Not much aroma--a little yeasty. A bit bland. Some floral notes, a little apricot and slightly soapy finish. Not bad.

3.1
JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Yellow to light golden color. Moderate diminishing head. Light grain, dough and flour scents. Hints of herbal to light floral hops. Light malt and mild citrus. White pepper to herbal spice. Simple ale. 1/14

3.3
GarrettB (1657) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2015
January 28th, 2014 - New Belgium’s 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.

4.1
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Very good blonde ale. Nice straw and grain taste. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
ozzy70 (1283) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 6, 2015
12 oz. bottle. From notes 1-11-15. A light bodied, sweet and fruity golden ale. An easy to drink beer.

2.8
willisread (3640) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2015
355ml bottle from Mitsuya’s 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.

3.4
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2015
Not bad but nothing special. Nice malty beer with aroma of Spring. Easy to drink and quite thin too.

2.8
WABeerFiend (426) - - JAN 16, 2015
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. M: Crisp. O: This was ok. It was easy to drink and very light. It had a nice balance. There wasn’t much else. There are much better blondes out there.

2.9
BassMan49 (8) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
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.

3.2
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
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. It’s quite bubbly in texture, with retention that isn’t quite fantastic. Streaks of lacing are left on the glass. I’m usually wary of a Belgian-style ale that’s perfectly clear, so I’m 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, it’s very sweet and lemony. There’s 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. It’s the gentle bitterness that damn near saves this beer entirely. This could have been a sugary mess, but it’s 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 one’s slightly better than I anticipated. While the Belgian yeast is almost a non-factor, it’s still a decent beer thanks to the mild bitterness and easy-drinking nature. It’s not amazing or complex, but it’ll get the job done. Worth trying.


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