Review by Rob
I shit you not, that is Sainsbury’s description of this – they remind me of that awkward friend who you ask a question to and get back a one word answer – every time.
Doing my own digging I can find for you that this is a traditional ale brewed with Hallertau hops and a proportion of East Anglian wheat to give a delicious yeasty flavours typical of German wheat beers.
The famous St. Peter’s brewery, in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, has used traditional brewing practices together with the very finest ingredients and water from their own borehole to create this delicious blonde ale. Serve chilled with roast pork for a great match.
Day two of the great legendary Sainsbury’s beer challenge here @BeerClub_UK and I pull this one out of the fridge, Suffolk Blonde. Immediate impressions, the colour is clear and coppery brown, not what I was expecting for a blonde beer. Promises of tropical aromas of bananas & cloves, a delicate, beautifully balanced wheat beer is what’s written on the front of the bottle.
I could not detect any bananas, cloves or delicate wheat beers in this. Usually a wheat beer has the wheat flavour in abundance, not so here it’s reined in so it’s a supermarket safe IPA similar style which won’t offend. Overly acidic and a smell of banana yes, taste no.
I was expecting this to be a white cloudy wheat beer similar to what you’d expect a Belgian or German beer to look like and fruity to the taste, this kind of failed to deliver on my expectation. I could forgive this if it offered a pleasant alternative, just too acidic for my liking and worse than day 1. If you like your drinks sharp and acidic you may like this, but I’m afraid it’s a miss for me, your £1.50 would be better spent on day one’s offering, the Westmorland Ale.