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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Asgeirr
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Oppigårds Golden Ale pours a light orange-to-golden colour along with a clear white, airy crown consisting of small bubbles. The crown in question disappears pretty quickly, it's more or less vanished after 2 minutes. Additionally, a small amount of bubbles are visible.

Smell: The sour and sweet scent of orange, or lemon and peach, are vividly present along with a underline of caramelly notes and a slightly bitter touch during the end.

Taste: The aforementioned fruitiness of peach peaks out in a mild but still prominent manner, sweet and almost vanilla-like at times. Continually, a acidic tone mellowly stings its way out in the middle followed by a distinctively bitter aftertaste which is greatly reminiscent of wormwood, but not in the overwhelmingly putrid penicillin-like sense of mould...

Mouthfeel: Rather flat, medium-to-thin in its body, smooth and round as well. The aforementioned bitterness leaves a dry feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability: Smell might be the most distinct sensory characteristic here, it differs greatly between smell and taste and it's all too flat for my taste. However, interesting, but not spectacular.

Asgeirr, Apr 18, 2009
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 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 simonjohansson
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: typical american hops, fruity (pineapple, grape) and some herbs.

Taste: fresh, lots of nice hops, tropical fruits (pineapple, kiwi), citrus (grape, apricot), resin, flowery, a bit earthy, bitter and dry; some notes of wheat as well.

Great stuff from Oppigård. Very nice on a hot summer day.

simonjohansson, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Ch1mpy
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden colour and an impressive off-white head of which half a centimetre remains long after the beer has been poured. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Malty smell with fresh notes of apples.

Nice, spicy taste with lots of malts and some cloves. Leaves a dry feeling in the mouth.

In my opinion this has to rate among the best Swedish non-seasonal brews. Oppigård was the big revelation at this year's Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival winning no fewer than 12 medals.

Ch1mpy, Oct 11, 2008
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 rosenbergh
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this beer from Systembolaget in Kiruna couple of weeks ago when I visited Swedish Lapland. Exp. date Oct 08.

Pours golden yellow. Smell is Very hoppy and fruity. Very nice. Taste is a bit milder than the smell promises. Very hoppy. The aftertaste is quite bitter. After all very enjoyable beer.

rosenbergh, Jul 31, 2008
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
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 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
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Oppigårds Golden Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
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