Blonde Ale


Blonde Ale is a light, refreshing ale variety that is meant to be easy-drinking and quite approachable. While not a lager, blonde ale has many characteristics of light style lagers including a light golden or pale color and a clean finish. Blonde Ales generally have higher hopping levels however, and are great for using German or European variety hops.

Another approach to hopping would involve Cascade or Amarillo in the finish to make an American variety blonde ale.

The Beer

American 2 Row Pale malt as a base with some Munich and a bit of crystal should produce a nice beer. The addition of wheat or Cara malts will provide some mouth feel.

Hopping can either be European (Hallertau, Saaz, etc.) or American (Cascade, Amarillo, Sterling.)

OG: 1.03- 1.054 FG: 1.008 - 1.013 IBU: 15 - 28 SRM: 3 - 6 ABV: 3.8% - 5.5%

All Grain Recipe - Blonde Ale ::: 1.052/1.012 (5.75 Gal)

Grain Bill

9.5 lbs. - 2 Row Pale Malt (US)
1 lb. - Munich Malt
1 lb. - Carapils or Carafoam

Hop Schedule (21 IBU)

1.25 oz - Hallertau [4.8%] (60 Min.)
1 oz - Saaz [4%] (5 Min.)


White Labs WLP001/ Wyeast 1056 / Safale S-05 American Yeast
- OR -
White Labs German Ale/Kolsch (WLP029) - 1800 ml starter


Mash at 154° for 30 min.
Sparge as usual
Boil for 60 minutes
Cool and ferment at about 67° (WLP001) or 58° (WLP029)


Recipe changed 10/08 to lighten it up a bit.

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