Beer Review: Baltimore Blonde (Guinness Open Gate Brewery)

Beer Review: Baltimore Blonde (Guinness Open Gate Brewery)

Baltimore Blonde by Guinness Open Gate Brewery (Baltimore, Maryland) – poured straight from the can

Guinness Brewery

Before we deep dive into the beer review, let’s do a little bit of a look back at Guinness Brewery, especially its involvement in Baltimore. Now, in light of their taking the production of this beer (the Baltimore Blonde) out of Maryland, and moving it up to New York, I think now is a good time to take a look at the beer and the brewery.

(For more information, on Guinness Brewery’s closing of their Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, and moving production, check these two articles out: Guinness Brewing is Closing Their Maryland Production Facility and Guinness Baltimore Blonde Beer Production Moving to New York.)

The History of Guinness Brewery in Baltimore: A Rich Legacy of Craftsmanship

Guinness Brewery Open Gate Baltimore

The Guinness Brewery in Baltimore holds a rich and storied history that spans centuries. From its humble beginnings in Ireland to its expansion across the globe, Guinness has become synonymous with exceptional craftsmanship and quality brewing. In this section, we delve into the captivating journey of the Guinness Brewery in Baltimore and explore the legacy that has made it a revered name in the world of beer.

A Heritage of Brewing Excellence

The roots of the Guinness Brewery can be traced back to 1759 when Arthur Guinness established the original St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. With a vision to create exceptional brews, Arthur Guinness laid the foundation for a legacy that would transcend borders and captivate beer enthusiasts worldwide.

In 2018, Guinness ventured beyond its Irish homeland and set its sights on Baltimore, a city known for its thriving craft beer scene and vibrant culture. The decision to establish a brewery in Baltimore was driven by a deep appreciation for the city’s rich brewing heritage and the desire to contribute to its dynamic craft beer community.

A Celebration of Baltimore’s Spirit

A can of Baltimore Blonde produced at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, Maryland

The Guinness Brewery in Baltimore is more than just a place of production; it is a celebration of the city’s spirit and character. Nestled in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Relay, the brewery pays homage to Baltimore’s industrial roots while embracing the spirit of innovation and creativity that defines the city.

By incorporating local influences and engaging with the Baltimore community, Guinness Brewery has seamlessly integrated itself into the fabric of the city. The brewery acts as a gathering place, inviting locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the world of craft beer, experience the artistry of brewing firsthand, and forge lasting connections.

Reviving a Legacy of Collaboration

One of the defining aspects of Guinness Brewery in Baltimore is its commitment to collaboration. The brewery works hand in hand with local businesses, artisans, and community organizations to create unique and memorable experiences for beer enthusiasts. Whether it’s hosting beer festivals, partnering with local chefs for food pairings, or collaborating with artists to showcase their talent, Guinness Brewery embraces the spirit of collaboration and embraces the diversity of Baltimore’s creative scene.

Through this collaborative approach, Guinness Brewery in Baltimore continues to write a new chapter in the brewery’s long and illustrious history. It remains dedicated to upholding the values of quality, craftsmanship, and community that have been integral to Guinness since its inception.

The Guinness Brewery in Baltimore stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of a brand that has shaped the beer industry for centuries. With its deep-rooted heritage, commitment to quality, and celebration of Baltimore’s spirit, the brewery offers a unique and immersive experience for beer lovers. Raise a glass and toast to the history, craftsmanship, and innovation that the Guinness Brewery in Baltimore represents. Cheers to the next chapter in the extraordinary journey of Guinness beer.

Guinness Baltimore Blonde: A Refreshing and Flavorful Craft Beer Experience

Welcome to the ultimate beer review, where we delve into the extraordinary world of Guinness Baltimore Blonde. In this comprehensive blog article, we will explore every facet of this craft beer masterpiece, from its captivating appearance to its perfectly balanced flavors. Prepare to embark on a sensory journey as we uncover the secrets behind this refreshing and flavorful brew. Whether you’re a seasoned beer enthusiast or simply curious about trying something new, Guinness Baltimore Blonde is sure to captivate your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Brewed by the renowned Guinness Brewery, a name synonymous with exceptional quality and rich brewing heritage, Guinness Baltimore Blonde pays homage to the vibrant city that inspired its creation. Born amidst the thriving craft beer scene of Baltimore, this brew captures the spirit and energy of the city in each sip. It is a testament to the dedication and innovation of the master brewers who sought to create a beer that would not only stand out in flavor but also celebrate the local community.

Crafted with precision and passion, Guinness Baltimore Blonde represents a harmonious fusion of traditional brewing techniques and modern creativity. The meticulous attention to detail is evident in every aspect of this beer, from the carefully selected ingredients to the precise brewing process. The result is a beer that not only satisfies the palate but also tells a story—a story of craftsmanship, community, and the pursuit of excellence.

So sit back, grab a pint of Guinness Baltimore Blonde, and join us on this remarkable beer adventure as we explore the nuances of its appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and pairing possibilities. Get ready to unlock a new level of appreciation for craft beer and discover why Guinness Baltimore Blonde has become a favorite among beer lovers and connoisseurs alike. Let us raise our glasses and toast to the artistry and flavor that Guinness Baltimore Blonde brings to the world of craft beer. Cheers!

Beer Review: Baltimore Blonde

Baltimore Blonde by Guinness Open Gate Brewery

Beer: Baltimore Blonde
Brewery: Guinness Open Gate Brewery
ABV: 5%
IBU: 19
Untappd Description: A light, crisp blonde ale brewed using Citra and Mosaic hops. This beer recipe was updated by the brewers at the Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House in Baltimore, MD, creating a drier, more drinkable beer.

Hope your ready, maybe even having a beer, possibly a Baltimore Blonde yourself, and ready to read about the beer. Lets go!


As you pour Guinness Baltimore Blonde into your favorite glass, you’re greeted with a mesmerizing golden hue that immediately catches the eye. Its radiant and crystal-clear body resembles a picturesque summer sunset, evoking a sense of warmth and relaxation. Topping off the beer is a frothy, creamy white head that enhances its visual appeal. As the head settles, delicate lacing clings to the glass, adding an elegant touch to this already captivating beer.


Before taking your first sip, take a moment to savor the enticing aroma of Guinness Baltimore Blonde. The beer presents a harmonious blend of floral hops, subtle citrus notes, and a gentle malt sweetness. Close your eyes and let your senses transport you to sprawling hop gardens and vibrant citrus orchards. The aroma sets the stage for the tantalizing flavor experience that awaits.


With your taste buds primed, it’s time to savor the flavors of Guinness Baltimore Blonde. The beer showcases remarkable balance, offering a crisp and zesty combination of citrusy hops and a delicate biscuity malt backbone. As you take your first sip, the hops deliver a pleasant bitterness that intertwines with the underlying malt sweetness, creating a symphony of flavors that dance across your palate. Each subsequent sip reveals new layers of complexity, inviting you to explore the beer’s intricacies further.


The mouthfeel of Guinness Baltimore Blonde is a testament to its craftsmanship. The beer’s medium body glides effortlessly across your tongue, providing a velvety smoothness that enhances the overall drinking experience. The carbonation, lively yet gentle, imparts a refreshing effervescence that uplifts the flavors and invigorates your senses. As you reach the end of each sip, a clean and dry finish leaves you yearning for the next indulgence.


Guinness Baltimore Blonde is a versatile beer that complements a wide range of culinary delights. Its refreshing nature makes it an ideal pairing for seafood dishes, such as grilled shrimp or fish tacos, as it harmonizes with their delicate flavors. For a contrasting experience, try pairing this brew with spicy barbecue chicken wings, allowing the zesty hops to tame the heat and elevate the flavors to new heights. The possibilities are endless, and each pairing unlocks a new dimension of taste.

Final Thoughts

Guinness Baltimore Blonde stands as a true masterpiece in the world of craft beer. Its captivating appearance, enticing aroma, perfectly balanced flavors, and velvety mouthfeel make it a must-try for beer enthusiasts and novices alike. Whether you’re enjoying it on a sunny day, sipping it alongside a delicious meal, or sharing it with friends, this brew leaves an indelible mark on your taste buds. Raise your glass and immerse yourself in the brilliance of Guinness Baltimore Blonde. Cheers to exceptional craft beer!

My Untappd Rating: ***.75 / ****
Global Untappd Rating: 3.56 (as of 6.4.23)


In summary, Guinness Baltimore Blonde is a beer that effortlessly combines visual appeal, enticing aromas, harmonious flavors, and a luxurious mouthfeel. Its versatility in pairing with various culinary delights further enhances its appeal. This craft beer gem deserves a spot on every beer enthusiast’s list. So, go ahead and experience the refreshing and flavorful journey that Guinness Baltimore Blonde has to offer. Embrace the craft, embrace the flavor, and savor every sip. Cheers!

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