Sainsbury’s Blonde Ale

Formerly brewed at Meantime (Asahi)

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Holborn, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottled only.
Brewed in small quantities by the Meantime micro-brewery in Greenwich using malted Lincolnshire barley and Kentish Hops, this unpasteurised ale has an exotic fruit aroma, fresh hoppy flavour and a long complex finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2005
Bottle. Nice floral, lemony hops in the nose. Nice, dry and bitter palate, with some orange rind and flowers. Long dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Sainsburys had a bunch of bottles reduced down to £1 (660ml bottles), not bad!. Wonderfuly fresh, aromatic hoppy nose. Has a light malt character, but really tasty with grainy/biscuit notes and loads of hops. They don’t make it insanely bitter, just very pleasent and hoppy! Great beer, I may get some more botltes of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2004
Yellow/golden coloured with a thin but persistant white head. Smells hoppy, fruity, floral and sweetish. Taste is very hoppy with a lasting bitterness. Some lemon in there as well. Nice mouthfeel, moderately carbonated and nicely thirst quenching. I like it. Thus far my Meantime experiences have all been pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2004
Bottled for Sainsbury’s by Meantime Brewery. Clean amber body, frothy white yet fully diminishing head, hint of grass and pine about it, fairly hoppy, little bit of a soapy finish but not bad overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5382) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2004
Some of the Meantime beers produced for Sainsburys have been dissapointing but this one was not-in fact it was a pleasure to drink. Very hoppy with a bitternesss that lasts just long enough to leave a flavour that is nice without being overpowering.Maltiness is also there but its the hops that grab your attention.A very refreshing and pleasant beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (14333) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2004
Bottled, Filtered. Yellow with an orange flush, thin head, natural low carbonation. Pleasant light fruity ale with a touch of lemon, though a dominating sweetness tends to mask some flavour. Late hoppiness improves the mouthfeel though it remains a little on the sweet side. Pleasant blonde ale, true to its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5711) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2004
Bottle. Filtered, but unpasteurised. BBE 05/04 Natural carbonation - very soft and fresh tasting. Surprisingly soft, delicate and fresh fruit aromas - hoving around citric, but slightly sweeter - passion-fruit, melon, gooseberry, etc. Very pleasant. The beer dies down very quickly, becoming quite lifeless, so it's best to drink this one quickly. The malt is vague, like a lager - just a bit grainy. It's the hops that do the work, so thank goodness Hook hasn't pasteurised the delicate floral flavours. Finishes dry with a lingering soft but full bitterness. I have to admit, this is actually very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2003
Light crisp malty nose. Golden blonde hue with a decent white head. Very hoppy taste similar to an IPA. Very floral, medium length finish. Low carbonation. Decent ale but no masterpiece

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (907) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
fresh fruity aroma, golden hue with a small white head, hoppy/peppery flavour, quite dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3872) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2004 Bottled. Gold colour, moderate head and condition. Orange citrus hop aroma with some fuity malt. Good level of citrus hops in the mouth becoming spicy and finally dry and hop bitter in the finish. Good session/summer beer.

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