Softening the springtime switch
A Review of American Blonde by Frankenmuth Brewery
Posted on 4/6/2012 by Brew's Your Daddy
Alright, I get it. Spring is in full effect and I guess its time that I start trying some beers on the lighter end of the spectrum. I want to go on record as saying that I am not happy about this in the least bit, but I realize that it must be done. It is just so difficult to make this particular seasonal switch in the beer world. You are going from those rich, bold, and full flavored stouts and porters, to light, crisp, and refreshing blonde ales and hefeweizens and such. In essence, you are going through a palate reset. Now while I am willing to give up my rich and bold flavors, I refuse to give up flavor in general. Thank goodness we have beers like the American Blonde Ale from Frankenmuth Brewery to not only make this transitional time easy, but actually enjoyable.

In the glass the American Blonde Ale takes on a crystal clear golden straw coloration. About a fingers worth of bright white head forms with a standard pour, but little more than a thin film remains on top after a few minutes of settling time. The initial aromas coming from the glass are fruity and include oranges and tangerines. There are a few slightly earthy notes laying just beneath the top layer, and they do a good job in transitioning to the subtle but constant malt backbone that consists of light caramel and freshly baked biscuits. Occasionally, pops of white pepper and clove come through just to keep things crisp and interesting.

When you go in for the first taste, you are greeted by a flavor train that follows the nose almost to the letter. The fruity layer of oranges and tangerines is given some extra complexity by a hint of banana, which adds a creamy sense to things. Once you move past the opening, the malt layer comes through and keeps things well balanced with a faint caramel flavor at first, and then moves to a more bready taste. No real hops bitterness is to be found, and just a bit of a spice tingle resembling the clove noted in the nose comes through at the very end. The mouthfeel is light, while the finish is very crisp and dry, and the aftertaste is mildly sweet.

Making the transition from winter beers to spring beers can be a rough one. Often times we end up having to sacrifice flavor, body, and pretty much everything else we love in our better beer. But fear not my friends. Thanks to beers like the American Blonde Ale, we still have hope. Frankenmuth Brewery has shown that just because a beer is light in color, that doesn't mean it has to be light in every other department. Every level of drinker, advanced and novices alike, could benefit from tossing a few of these back. While the seasonal switch isn't easy, the American Blonde Ale can surely help soften the blow.

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