Overview for the American Blonde Ale

The American Blonde Ale is often the least complicated style offered by a brewery. As such, it’s easy to drink and approachable. It’s a refreshing brew with a clean palate that lacks any harsh or challenging flavors. It’s a preferred offering by many smaller breweries that don’t produce lagers.

Style Expectations

Easy-drinking, approachable, malt-oriented American craft beer, often with interesting fruit, hop, or character malt notes. Well-balanced and clean, is a refreshing pint without aggressive flavors.

Appearance

Light yellow to deep gold in color. Clear to brilliant. Low to medium white head with fair to good retention.

Aroma

Light to moderate sweet malty aroma, possibly with a light bready or caramelly note. Low to moderate fruitiness is optional, but acceptable. May have a low to medium hop aroma, and can reflect almost any hop variety although citrusy, floral, fruity, and spicy notes are common.

Flavor

Initial soft malty sweetness, but optionally some light character malt flavor (e.g., bread, toast, biscuit, wheat) can also be present. Caramel flavors typically absent; if present, they are typically low-color caramel notes. Low to medium fruity esters optional, but are welcome. Light to moderate hop flavor (any variety), but shouldn\'t be overly aggressive. Medium-low to medium bitterness, but the balance is normally towards the malt or even between malt and hops. Finishes medium-dry to slightly malty-sweet; impression of sweetness is often an expression of lower bitterness than actual residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel

Medium-light to medium body. Medium to high carbonation. Smooth without being heavy.

Reviews

Beer to Drink Music to ’17

American Blonde Ale  •  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Beer to Drink Music to ’17 American Blonde Ale brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery refreshingly blends tart tropical fruit and floral hops. Read More

Sticky Treats

American Blonde Ale  •  Funky Buddha Brewery

Sticky Treats is an American Blonde Ale by Funky Buddha Brewery that combines sweet vanilla, marshmallow, and malted rice. Read More

Raspberry Sundae

American Blonde Ale  •  Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.The Bruery

Raspberry Sundae is American Blonde Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and The Bruery is light and sweet with flavors of vanilla and tangy fruit. Read More

Pineapple Beach

American Blonde Ale  •  Funky Buddha Brewery

Pineapple Beach is an American Blonde Ale by Funky Buddha Brewery that blends doughy bread and pineapple juice with citrus hops and pepper. Read More

St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale

American Blonde Ale  •  3 Daughters Brewing

St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale is an American Blonde Ale by 3 Daughters Brewing that blends lemony hops with bready malt and honey. Read More

Lemon Meringue Pie

American Blonde Ale  •  Funky Buddha Brewery

Lemon Meringue Pie is an American Blonde Ale by Funky Buddha Brewery that blends tart lemon and sweet vanilla with cracker malt. Read More

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