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What Is a Blonde Ale?

For starters, it’s a bit of a catch-all term for various styles of beer. “Blonde ale” generally refers to beer in the cream ale and kölsch realm. It is also used interchangeably with golden ale and summer ale.

The blonde ale first came on the scene in the late 1800s as a lighter alternative to a pale ale. Back then, it was called a dinner or sparkling ale. Nowadays, a blonde ale is defined by a low to moderate hop bitterness with a bready, biscuity flavor and a lingering taste that will feel dry and sweet. The color (where the style mostly got its name from) is usually pale straw to deep golden.

The beer is designed for easy-drinking, but the brewing process is a little more complicated. Any flaw is highly noticeable. Brewers tend to use soft water, as harder, alkaline waters can turn the bitterness harsh.

Taste Test Tips

This style will pair well with chicken, spaghetti, barbeque food, shrimp, pepper jack cheese and…sugar cookies! It is best enjoyed in a tulip-shaped glass.

You can try our Golden Rule Blonde Ale with our blackened shrimp tacos or a baby kale salad with pan-seared chicken. The brew is German-style kölsch using German pale malts and Crystal hops.