Williams Gold - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2005)
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Photo of JamesS
4.9/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a fantastic golden, fizzy, blonde with great head and excellent lacing. Wonderful scent, with a great sweet malt aroma and wonderful slight hop undertones. Great flavor, with a great sweet, maltiness, slight citrus flavors, and a wonderfully sweet citrus and earthy, slighty spicy, hop finish. Invigorating on the tongue as it goes down. A truly wonderful beer.

Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, bright yellow in color, low carbonation

Smell: honey and fresh meadow

Taste: honey, fresh meadow, caramel, some citrus hops

Mouthfeel: sweet start slightly bitter end, moderate carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability: A very sessionable and light ale. I like the light meadow taste. Will search this out again.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Max's today

Clear golden with a dense off white head great retention. Lacing leaves a bit to be desired, though. Nose is delicately hoppy with a touch of earth some herbal mint and some mineral. Light malt character is present with a decidedly English yeast character. The palate opens with a great but delicate blend of herbal mint hop character and a medium bodied malt backbone with flavors of bread, honey and caramel. Mildly drying on the finish with a mild hop bitterness, quite earthy . Moderate carbonation and a great finish make for an enjoyable session beer

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, best by July 2011. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention is decent, with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice and hoppy, it smells like pine, citrusy (grapefruit), and grassy hops. It tastes like honey, sweet malt and some grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light, it has moderate carbonation and it's also a bit slick. Drinkability is good, the name fits this beer well as it is quite sessionable, it certainly would be easy to drink more than one of these at a time. I'd definitely buy this again in the future, it's a tasty brew that's pretty easy to drink.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 11/11. Consumed 6/11. 3.9%abv.

A: A medium pumpkin orange coloring has a fair clarity with an abundance of effervesce densely packed with some swirling particulate matter caught up in the quickly paced uprising. A milky white head is thin in statue but was sturdy in retention for its initial size always leaving a thin skim coating on top. An intricate spongy dab lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: A light helping of musky oranges and wheat is first to be noticed on the aroma. A bit of orange candy sweetness comes right before a soft wet green hopping.

T: For flavor there is soda bread and oranges, with a brisk carbonation that brings out some damp musky notes. Creamy sweetness, bready and sweet candy with a touch of honey mixes well with a side order of herbal hops and peppercorns. Some instances of wheat can be had, spicy citrus and a bit of tropical fruitiness of mangos and pineapples are ever so brief but present.

M: a light feel and creaminess to it with a refreshing brisk carbonation. Beautiful sweet and musky notes confuse the tongue on holds while leaving a light musky hoppiness behind.

O: Overall a refreshing and brisk natured drink that packs quite a punch for a small beer (3.9%abv). Really surprising, great summertime quencher with the perfect amount of alcohol because this just goes down way to easy. Very good drinkability and very good overall satisfaction. I would definitely like to see more beers akin to this style and perhaps take over/replace the American macro lawnmower lager as this is much more refreshing and packs a ton more flavor with even less alcohol, you really cant go wrong on enjoying one of these. The perfect session.

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pale golden liquid is covered by a rather modest layer of foam, though it does leave a few strands behind

Smell: Biscuity, grainy and layered with a bit of tea-like hops

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a grainy character that develops along with a fruity hop aspect through mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops add a tea-like element, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Always like a flavorful session ale, and this one fits the bill to a T

Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, hop oils, sweet malt, and slight grain. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. The feel is slightly watery. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, slight grass, slight yeast, and a hint of grain. Overall, good taste, blend, and aroma.

Photo of hunteraw
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a CAMRA nonic pint glass. Label indicates that it's brewed with seven different malts, and suggests vanilla, fruit, grapefruit and orange.

Appearance: Honey/apple juice color. Not quite clear. Nice two finger head that leaves nice lacing, but has average retention.

Smell: Light biscuit notes and floral hops. Fresh, green hops that suggest pine. Not particularly fruity, but I might just be able to agree with the vanilla note suggested by the brewery.

Taste: Citrus rind, herbal hops. Hops are fresh and oily in character. Mineral finish. Does not come across as "light," despite the low alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily mouthfeel, light-medium body, finishes on a bitter note, with a lasting aftertaste. Carbonation is right for style, but I wouldn't mind a bit more.

Drinkability: fairly drinkable, good overall. At only 3.9%, potentially sessionable.

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

A bubbly, almost spritzy white head tops this yellowish, straw-colored brew. Slight citric and floral hops, faint buttery yeast and a bit of grain show up in the nose. This beer is smooth with a delicate, light-sided body. Its bready grain flavor is a bit wet, and the hops are light but certainly big enough to balance this small-sized ale. Buttery? Sure, but just a tad from the yeast, which is also fruity. This beer has a leafy hop finish with dried grass from the malt. If you are one of the few getting caught up in the session ale movement, this one is for you. It works for its size and packs a lot of flavor.

Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey straw color with a soapy pure white head that quickly settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is of light cereal, grassy hops and hay. There is sort of a caramel sweetness in the aroma. The main flavor is a dry grassy hop, very hay like. There is some grainy flavors and a metallic twang. Has a tea like bitterness going on. The feel is light with tingly carbonation, finishes with an ever so slight hoppy bitterness. Quite crisp and fairly clean on the palate. Drinks very well and straight forward. It is nice to have a beer that is light and simple without the fear of tasting nasty as it warms.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain with some earthy hops. The flavor is earthy and grassy hops with some lighter malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice sessionable beer, but I found it a little lacking in flavor. Still, there is nothing wrong with the beer and as far as beers under 4 percent ABV go, this is not a bad choice.

Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB date: June 06.
A: quite hazy (unfiltering + chill-haze I believe) dark orange colour, coming with a subtle and tight frothy head sustaining pretty well. Very low carbonation.
S: very fruity and juicy malty upfront—I smell lots of honey, honey-dew, and flowery scent on top of a fig-flavoured sponge-cake like sweet and buttery fruity maltiness; after swirling the perfumy sweet edge of maltiness intensifies, making the fruity aroma just expanding from the glass softly and freely. Very nice!
T&M: smooth as well as refreshing texture of very faintly biscuity malts dominates the attention, leading to an equally mild, honeyish and flat, fruity palate at the back, slightly like fresh lychee’s aftertaste; short but rather clean finish with minimum hop characters coming through with just a touch of bitterness. Surprisingly, the malty flavour is not as pronounced as I’d guess from the nose, and without much hop presence the beer tastes one-dimensional, yet pleasant enough.
D: this simplistic but pleasant beer is very easy to drink, and very distinct from its more hoppy English counterpart of pale mild ale or golden ale. Not Bad.

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Doin some yard work and griiling out today,man my relatives back in Saginaw,Mi. are envious...anyways its all sessions style easy drinkers for me today.This golden ale poured into an imperial nonic a dull light to medium golden with tight formed 1/2 finger bone white head that held pretty well.Light aromas of some biscuit malt and a tinge of passing leafy hop,flavors have a slight green apple note to go along with a dryer crisp maltiness,the hops come in the back end with a light herbal edge.The label is right its incredible sessionable,its not gonna make you say "wow",but its good at what it is.

Photo of mdagnew
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from the Vintage, Antrim

Poured a light golden colour... White head poured thick, foamy and whipped cream like then faded to decent thickish covering... barely any carbonation... some light sticky, wispy lacing...

Aroma - Juicy, lightly spiced, fruits (oranges, apricots, limes, pears), doughy / biscuity maltiness, cut grass / herbal notes, some vegetal traces, light grainy hints, some saltiness, vanilla, peppery hops, faint toastiness, some light caramel...

Taste - Quite strong peppery hop bitterness, faint tobacco notes, juicy fruits (grapefruits, apples, bitter oranges, pears), light biscuity malts, sea saltiness, grassy, floral / perfumed, no real sweetness...

M&D - Quite sharp and dry... light bodied... A pretty refreshing brew and at only 3.9% pretty drinkable...

Overall - A decent enough pale ale... nothing mind blowing but probably worth a try...

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle at Euro Market with the Scottish Session label. There's a bright, almost fruity malt character with a dry, slightly toasty finish. There's a light hit of hops to balance the barley with an earthy touch. I might like a more forward, clean malt character, but this is a tasty session beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle with an expiration date of Dec 2012. Sample on April 21, 2012. Served about 45 degrees. The color is golden yellow with a short-lived off white head and a slightly cloudy appearance. The aromas are grainy malts, yeast, and a twist of citrus. The texture of the body is creamy and it is in light to medium range. The taste also exhibits a grainy flavor but it tends to be more bitter at the end than you might expect. A decent enough session beer just like the label suggests.

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has the slightest hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away, leaving just a bit of delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has lots of fruity aromas of yeast along with some hints of herbal hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has slight hints of toast from the malts. No bitterness is perceptible, but there are enough hops to mask any sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a very low amount of carbonation (almost as if you were drinking this from a cask).
O: The low alcohol content of this beer makes it very easy to drink and sessionable. I wouldn't mind having a few of these in a sitting because the fruity flavors are interesting.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Williams Gold from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.