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Oppigårds Golden Ale - Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

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85
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oppigårds Bryggeri AB visit their website
Sweden

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt: Pilsener, caremel
Hops: Centennial, EK Goldings, Cascade, Herzbrucker
IBU: 32
OG: 1048
Introduced in October 2006.

(Beer added by: bark on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose, similar to what you could expect from an English Ale. As the beer warms up, the smell becomes stronger and aromas of fruit become equally dominant.
T: The taste shares some similarities to the smell and also has some fruity flavors from the yeast. A very light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is perfectly sessionable.

metter98, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold banana peel yellow with a hint of orange. Very few bubbles make their way up to a cream colored cap that is good-sized after a vigorous pour. The upper surface is rumpled and pitted, as hundreds of tiny bubbles pop in slow motion. Not a bad look for a Swedish blonde.

Regarding the nose, hops have the run of the joint and are nicely musky without crossing the line into funky (not that there'd be anything wrong with that). At least it won't be as bland as most American versions of the style.

This is interesting beer. Initial impression: it favors hops more than most blondes, while still providing an adequate amount of malt support. It's almost reminiscent of a pils, especially given the grassy, herbal, Saaz-like nature of the hop flavor.

The malt tastes like almost exclusively pale/pils and is cracker-like, while still possessing a sneaky sweetness that is a perfect foil for the bitterness of the hops. As warming occurs, the beer is becoming more herbal-woody, more fruity (pears), slightly more spicy (white pepper) and significantly more delicious. This really is a well-brewed ale.

The mouthfeel is right about where it needs to be, both in terms of heft (solidly medium) and carbonation (lively, but not buzzy). I wouldn't change a thing.

Well-Hopped Lager, my first Oppigards Bryggeri beer, was impressive. This offering is equally so. If it was available in sixers and was available at my local grocery, Oppigards Golden Ale might just be one of my semi-regulars during the warmer months of the year.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, a good amount of hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of hops bitterness that is strong for the style, followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy; however there doesn't seem to be a very good balance amongst all of the flavors. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is the second beer I've had from this brewer and both have been on the hoppy side for their respective style, while I like that trait, this particular beer just isn't that good overall. There are several other beers in the style that I would choose first even if they aren't as hoppy.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +6.1%

rolltide8425, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of bark
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold. The high compact foam forms a warm white head with a nice crater. Lots of lacing.

The smell is dominated by a mild hoppy flavour. Notes of butter, honey and flowers. There is a clean bitter note too.

As usual with beers from Oppigårds, the taste is hoppy with both English and American flavours: Balanced, but never bald. The beer is one of the milder from this brewery, almost like a lager. But that is the point of a golden ale, isn't it? Some citric bitter notes, a very pleasant mild clean bitterness. The aftertaste brings more of those mild citric-bitter flavours balanced by creamy malts with just a hint of roasted notes. There are also some hints of hay and cooked fish.

The carbonation is medium strong; the fresh bubbles are medium sized. The liquid is light and smooth.

"Springtime yum-yum" the bartender had written as the description for this ale on the slate. I agree fully - this is an uncomplicated fresh ale with high drinkability.

bark, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours light golden with a rather nice white head that sure takes its time before it dissipate, but when it does - NICE rich lacings.

S: Floral hops (I'm guessing Cascade), but there is also a bready smell with a caramell twist. Some citrus is also traceable.

T: The floral hoppyness from the Cascade hops is rather strong, but there is also a freshness to this dry beer with a citric tone.

M: Bitter and dry with nice carbonic acids.

D: A nice beer that was just perfect on the warm summer night on the balcony. If I could change anything it would be the quantity - I didn't buy enough!

Evil_Pidde, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -20.4%

AgentZero, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a great beer, but not bad. Pours with a nice foamy frothy off white head that lasts and a little lace. Color is an ever so slightly hazy amber. Aroma is malty, grassy, hoppy, and bready beer. Flavor's very similar along with pretzels and with bitterness coming out at the end. Good body and carbonation. Finish is good. Drinkable beer. Could be a session.

drpimento, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up on a whim from KJ Baarons. Glad I tried it.

A - Pours a glorious light yellow colour with some nice orange hues in the center. Atop was a big two finger white head that very slowly faded to leave about a quarter inch head. Not much lacing.

S - Some nice light yeast aromas but more importantly I'm getting some really nice, potent honey aromas. Really, really good honey aromas.

T - A combination beer. A good one. Nice saison qualities intermixed with larger qualities. Yeast, floral, spice, and more of that delicious honey. Wow, I really really love this honey aroma and flavour.

M - Somewhat light on the mouthfeel. Borders on almost watery but the carbonation is just high enough to keep it from doing so.

O - Yeah, I really, REALLY enjoyed this beer. I'm not sure if the honey aspects are a usual for this style but it works so great here that I just cant get enough. My only knock is its a little pricey.

rudzud, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours dark golden orange with a creamy white head. Nice grain note with strong fruit behind of golden apricots and lemon. Taste doesn't live up to nose, grain is messy, a bit flabby, fruits aren't as bright, a touch of lemon and some subtle malt notes underneath. Body is light, carbonation is moderate, smooth on the throat.

cpetrone84, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +6.1%

bigred89, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden clear beer with a rather quickly receding off-white head leaving good lacing.

The smell is full of citric orange like notes complemented with a floral summer smell. Some faint pure sweetness as well.

The beer is well balanced, but with a clear bitter dominance that stays for a long time. A sweet alcoholic presence is noted.

A good refreshing carbonation makes the beer perfect for sipping on the porch a nice summer's eve.

rarbring, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of BeerLover99
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy deep orange, slight hue of light brown, trace head, patchy lacing.

S: malt, grain, slight citrus aroma

T: malt, grain, fresh citrus flavor with a splash of bitter in the finish.

M: Medium body, smooth

D: My 1st Swedish beer and it was quite nice. Golden Ale is great session beer. Fantastic gateway beer for your apprehensive friends + family. If they are hip to euro lagers, they will love this. Look forward to tasting more Scandinavian brews.

BeerLover99, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.9 oz light brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. Purchased at the Wine and Cheese Place in St. Louis. The body was semi-opaque. A hazy butterscotch color with a tall soapy creamy off-white head. Sticky lace remained.

Smell was wet cement. As it warmed a nice fresh grain aroma appeared. Fruit. Concord grapes. Interesting.

Taste was tangy with a prickly bite of grassy hops. Rich flavor. There was a welcome lack of sweetness because the hops shine here. There was a nice understated bittering finish. Herbal and drying. Better than expected.

Mouthfeel was zippy and denser than expected. Nice.

I believe this beer is wrongly categorized as a Amer. Blonde Ale. The label says "Golden Ale" and "Farmhouse". I would say it presents more like a Belgian Pale Ale/Saison.

Cresant, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Mattias, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of philipquarles
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Pours a very hazy copper with a fluffy, medium white head that leaves decent lacing. Smells sweet, earthy, herbal, and grassy. Lightly toasted malt presence. The earthy aromatic hops come through more strongly in the taste, with citrus and some light spicy yeast notes in the background. Dry and refreshing. Full bodied for the style. Very nice and quite drinkable.

philipquarles, May 13, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a golden amber with a dense head that left light lacing.

S-Apricot is the most apparent aroma, but there are also hints of orange rind, apple compote, and hops.

T-Good malt base with a heavy dose of fruit notes, apricot, and hops. What you end up with is sort of a sweet-tart blend of dried, candied fruit and citrus rind, and a pleasant bitterness left by the hops.

M-Medium bodied leaning toward the heavier side.

D-Very enjoyable.

BoitSansSoif, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A very nice thirst quencher drunk on Midsummer evening, a celebration tradition in Sweden.

The flavor has tones of paper pulp, plastics and flavored wort with some malt and hops in it.

A great thirst quencher that is sharper than most lager beers.

Alex-Alkis, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1/2 liter bottle into a 1/2 liter Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy deep golden color with a nice white foamy head that didn't leave a lot of lacing, but receded to a nice frothy white cap for the duration.

Smell: Yeasty, hops, wheat and a little sweet fruit on the nose. Has a sort of Belgian Saison funk to it, which fits since it's called a "Swedish Farmhouse Ale".

Taste: Very nice. Good yeast phenols with banana, apricot and spices. Sweet, with a good balance of noticeable hops and roasted malts. The yeast is the star of the flavor. This falls somewhere between a Belgian Saison and a HefeWeizen in flavor, with just a little extra hops 'oomph' (which is good).

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with a thick and creamy feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: I would drink this again for sure, especially in the 1/2 liter bottles. Low ABV and refreshing sweetness, with a nice hops bite as well, make this a good spring/summer brew.

ChopperSmith, May 29, 2010
Photo of JamFuel
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JamFuel, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Hultkrantz
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Hultkrantz, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of kmeves
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi cloudy straw golden with a medium off white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, light grapefruit, some lemon and bread. Flavor is grapefruit, lemon and light bread. Fairly bitter. Light to medium body, crisp texture. Very well hopped for a blond ale.

kmeves, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of BuddhaBrowett
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%

BuddhaBrowett, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of JustinBathurst
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly clear gold with 2 cm white head. The lacing is awesome and the head pretty well remains.

The aroma resembles the hand sanitizer I use in the kitchen--Juniper hand santizer--which disturbs me. I also detect celery, grass, metal, red licorice, grain, and the overall smell of a horsebarn. This is hilarious considering the beer comes from Dalarna.

The mouthfeel is slick with the consistency of carbonated water.

The taste? The hops are front and centre. Hoppier than any representation of the style I've had. It's almost like Nils Oscar's India Ale in some respects, but with winegums and lemon added in. The aftertaste is extremely copper.

A solid brew, even if the aroma put me off initially. The best example of the style I've had.

JustinBathurst, Jul 14, 2008
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Oppigårds Golden Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
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