As beer reviews go, the one you are about to read is as simple and straightforward as it gets. The product in question isn’t trendy, which in the beer world means it’s not a sour, it’s not barrel-aged and it’s not infused with some exotic ingredient you can only find in the Congo. There’s no real history to talk about either, since information on the website is sparse, and if a Google search could respond with sound bites it would likely answer with the call of the crickets.

Central Waters Honey Blonde Ale bottle

Indeed, Central Waters Honey Blonde Ale would appear to be just another beer. It’s brewed with honey, but even then your only insight into its origin is that it was harvested in Wisconsin. There’s no varietal given, and maybe it doesn’t matter, since from my perspective it seems clear that Central Waters Honey Blonde isn’t meant to be anything other than a good, basic beer.

With that in mind, a description of the beer could almost literally be plucked from the standard style guidelines for a cream ale. Central Waters Honey Blonde is mildly malty, with a faint floral hop character and a hint of honey sweetness. It’s light-bodied, easy to drink and undeniably refreshing, thanks in part to a clean finish and little or no bitterness in the aftertaste.

Central Waters Honey Blonde Ale

And, really, that’s all there is to say about this beer, other than that it’s a well-executed take on a classic cream ale. See what I mean? As simple and straightforwards as it gets.

Central Waters Honey Blonde Ale
BREWERY: Central Waters Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Amherst, Wis.
STYLE: Cream ale
ABV: 4.5 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $1.67 (six-pack of 12-ounce bottles, $9.99)
RELEASE DATE: 12-ounce bottles
The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) says a cream ale should essentially be a step up from a typical American lager. Central Waters Honey Blonde is at least that, if not something more. And, with an ABV of 4.5 percent, it fits the bill as a session beer, a lawnmower beer, or whatever light beer lingo you like.
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