March 26, 2010
Henry Weinhard's Blonde
Tonightís beer is a first time submission from my friend Tina, AKA Wilís Wife. She gave this to me when she came up for a pre-St. Patís celebration. The beer she chose for her initial donation is Henry Weinhardís Blonde by the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company in Hood River, OR.
It comes in a customized 12 fl oz. brown bottle. It has the company logo and ďSince 1856Ē cast into the bottle itself. The label is an off white with a gold border. The company logo is at the top, the name of the company below it. The word BLONDE is in a yellow stripe about two thirds of the way down. At the very bottom is the image of a mountain.
There is a clear, golden wheat coloring to it. You can see through the beer rather easily, not a hint of cloudiness at al. A quarter inch head formed on the top of the beer that faded to a film at the top. The film stayed in place until the beer was finished. There was no lacing on the side of the glass.
The first thing I noticed when taking a whiff of the beer is a roasted malt and corn scent. A citrus scent was also noticeable. There was also a slight grassy hop scent. The flavor was rather unassuming. Toasted malts and corn basically made up most of the flavor. I really canít detect anything else, itís not very impressive. There is a cornflake like aftertaste.
This is a light bodied beer. Itís a little heavier on the carbonation than one would expect with a light bodied beer. It has a good bite on the tongue.
This beer is less than impressive. Itís not bad, but itís only a step up from your standard mass produced beers in America. I was less than impressed with it, and wouldnít go out of my way to recommend it, nor purchase one. On the other hand, I wouldnít turn one down if offered to me. I give it 4 out of 10.