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What is a Blonde Ale: Everything You Need to Know About This Light-Bodied Beer

Smooth, golden-yellow, light-bodied...what are we describing? A delicious Blonde Ale beer, of course! This brew is loved by many and is a great place to start if you’re just venturing into the world of beer. But what makes these drinks so well-loved and how are they made? Where did they come from? Well, we’re here to answer all your questions! Who knows, you might be a Blonde Ale expert by the end of this blog.


What is a Blonde Ale?


Blonde Ales are known as a “session beer”. What does that mean? Session beers are ones that you can enjoy for long periods at a time and not grow tired of, making them a go-to drink for many. This explains the Blonde Ale’s popularity! These ales are sometimes called summer ales because of how crisp and refreshing they are, so be sure to pack them for that summer boating trip or family event.


History of Blonde Ales


Now that we know what a Blonde Ale is, let’s dive into its history! Some of this ale’s ancestors are old traditions of both pale ale and Kölsch. The modern blonde ale originated in the 1980s in America and are now brewed across the world; from Belgium to Brazil, from France to the US. They usually all have their own unique style or theme, but all have the same light-color. These ales are slightly dry with a medium body and a slight malty sweetness. Modern brewers also like to throw in subtle fruit flavors and hoppiness. At Twin Oast, we like to brew and serve American Blonde Ales.


Blonde Ale Characteristics


We all know Blonde Ales are named after their color, but what are some other characteristics of these tasty brews? In this next section we’ll cover some of their signature traits.


Flavor Profile


One thing you might notice from ale to ale is the diversity. Each one can have a slightly different flavor profile, but typically American Blonde Ales should have a slight bitterness, subtle fruit and hop flavors and malty sweetness. Belgian Blonde Ales usually feature spices and herbs.


How They’re Made


This craft beer is fairly easy to make. It can be made with either ale or lager yeasts and uses a 50/50 blend of Maris Otter and Pilsner malt. Fermentation should be complete in about one week, which allows for a quick turn-around time. Hop selection is wide open in this style as well as fruit flavors, so let your creativity run wild!


Alcohol Content


ABV is typically 3.8 – 5.5% with Blonde Ales. However, if brewers get crazy, they can be as high as 6% or even 7%.


Food Pairings



Not sure how to enjoy your ale? We have good news – you can pair this beer with just about anything! Pizza, wings, chicken, burgers, Mexican food, Italian food, and Chinese food are just a few options you have. When in doubt, always opt for a Blonde Ale with your meal.


See, we told you that you’d feel like a pro! Now you know (almost) all there is to know about this delicious craft beer. And next time you go to order a beer, you’ll be inclined to order an ale of your own.


Looking for some tasty options? Come to Twin Oast for our seasonal options and classic Old Ohio brew!

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