Beer School

What is a Golden or Blonde Ale?

Golden Ales & Blonde Ales: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestionss are all explained in this Beer Styles 201 article.

What is a Golden or Blonde Ale?

What is a Golden Ale / Blonde Ale?

Golden Ales are a straw to medium blonde ale that have a moderate bitterness and maltiness.

These light coloured ales tend to be clear, crisp and dry, so they go well with foods that, like their colour, are light.

Blonde / Golden Ales are not as popular in North America as they are in UK, Europe and South America.

 

Blonde Ale / Golden Ale Essential Information:

 

Golden & Blonde Ale Style Region:

In England, these are called Summer Ales. In North America, they include anything from Light Ale and Cream Ale to Blonde Ale.

Appearance:

Blonde Ale beers are usually clear with a colour that ranges from straw to amber and a weaker head.

Flavour & Aroma:

The malt of Golden Ales gives the beer grainy or bread flavours and a sweet character. They also have a fruity character from the yeast and a slight hop bitterness.

Palate & Mouthfeel:

With moderate carbonation and medium weight, Golden / Blonde Ales have little to no after-taste and a smooth texture.

What foods pair well with Golden Ales / Blonde Ales?

Think summer foods and lightness. Foods like grilled chicken, seafood, pasta, light salads and mild cheeses.

How to serve a Blonde Ale:

This is a hot weather beer for sure, but there is still a big debate as to whether it should be served chilled or at room temp. Use your own judgement.

Comparable styles to a Blonde Ale / Golden Ale:

Pale Lager

 

Now that you’re a Golden and Blonde Ale expert, check out more beer styles below:

Amber Ale / Dark Ale
Amber Lager / Dark Lager
Barleywine
Belgian IPA / White India Pale Ale
Berliner Weisse
Bock
Double IPA / Imperial IPA
Golden Lager / Pale Lager
Gose
Gruit Beer
India Pale Ale (IPA)
Pilsner
Porter
Saison
Sour Ale / Wild Ale
Stout
Strong Ale
Weizenbock
Wheat Beer

Related Posts

Beer School

What is a Saison or Farmhouse Ale?

Saisons and Farmhouse Ales: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestions are all explained in this Beer Styles 201 article.

Beer School

What is a Red or Dark Lager?

Amber Lagers, Red Lagers & Dark Lagers: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestions are all explained in this Beer Styles 201 article.

Beer School

What is a Golden or Pale Lager?

Golden Lagers & Pale Lagers: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestions are all explained in this Beer Styles 201 article.

Beer School

What Temperature Should I Drink My Beer? Suggested Serving Temperatures for Each Beer Style

Did you know that not all beers should be drank cold? Different beers and beer styles require different temperatures. Continue reading to learn more…

Beer School

German Beer Styles – Pale Beers: Euro Lagers, Kölsch, & German Pilsener

Join us as we cover Germany’s pale beer styles; from Euro/International Lagers and Kölsch to German Pilsener (not “pilsner”). A brief history and vital statistics about each pale ale or lager style.