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Beer Styles

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Blonde Ale

One of the most approachable styles, a golden or blonde ale is an easy-drinking beer that is visually appealing and has no particularly dominating malt or hop characteristics. Rounded and smooth, it is an American classic known for its simplicity. Sometimes referred to as “golden ale.” These beers can have honey, spices and fruit added, and may be fermented with lager or ale yeast.

Category: Pale Ales

Food Pairings

  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Pepper Jack
  • Sugar Cookies

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Tulip
45-50 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Straw to Light Amber

Clarity

Brilliant to Slight Haze

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Mild

Hop

Hop aroma is low to medium-low, present but not dominant. Hop bitterness is low to medium-low.

Malt

Light malt sweetness is present in the flavor. Bread, toast, biscuit and wheat flavors are common.

Esters

Fruity esters may be perceived but not predominant.

Phenols

Not common to style.

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Short

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

Williamette

Malt

American Two-Row, Crystal

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager or Ale

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