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Valley Golden Ale - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Valley Golden Ale
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2002)
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Reviews by Lewdd:
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Lewdd, Feb 23, 2013
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Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful and mysterious hazy yellow with a monster, fluffy white head . . . out of a growler no less.

Smell – There a nice, citrusy aroma here that hints of sour apples and tangerines. I can pick up a bit of quality grain here as well, which is a rare aroma indeed.

Taste – Have we found the proper way to serve up American grain? Yes, I think we have. It must be drunk with light, lemon and orange hops that are borderline sour.

This is eerily like the Celtic Bayou’s (Far West Ireland’s) St. Brigade’s Blond Ale, only better. I had that one on-tap at the brewpub. The flavors are very similar, but this is much smoother.

Mouthfeel – There is a wonderful mouthfeel to this one. Again, the beer is very smooth and the snappy twang keeps things lively. It finishes with a mild bitter bite.

Drinkability – Since I’m impatient and like warm beer anyway I popped this growler right out of the box in the middle of the summer. It is well-blended, tastes great, and is very refreshing.

This is a great example of an answer to the, “Is there a good beer under 6.0% ABV out there,” post that we seem to get every three months in the forum. I can’t wait to see what it tastes like cold. This growler WILL be drained before I head off to bed tonight and will certainly help in flushing down my homemade Cajun sausage pizza (of which I will consume large quantities of).

Comments – How do I get all the good stuff from Bethlehem? Francisweizen is the man! This is the third growler I’ve had from this brewery, and they rock!

RoyalT, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Varkias41
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Varkias41, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is what sells, a golden transition beer, in so many pubs I have passed through. This one is mediocre, with above average carbonation that bothered my mouth. Mid yellow with a little head. light mouthfeel, good lace though. Nice aroma. Too cold. Metallic finish.

Sammy, May 20, 2006
Photo of cfadams17
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%

cfadams17, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surprisingly complex for a brewpub golden, though not that not complex. It's pleasantly grainy, almost like a pilsner's taste with pale grains and little tweak from the yeast. A little touch of spicy hops round out the beer. I've definitely had worse golden ales and would recommend this as a gateway beer.

tempest, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Caddant
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Caddant, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This is, indeed, a golden ale. Crystal clear with a small head, this ale is as golden as it can get.

S: The ale has a primarily malty nose. Those malts are grainy and somewhat sweet. There are no hops from what I can smell.

T: The ale has a very subtle taste, basically there is nothing happening here. There are some malty notes and a bit of hop character, but not enough of either to get excited.

M: The mouthfeel is somewhat bland, as neither the hop nor malt characters really stand out.

D: The ale very restrained, perhaps an intro for someone new to ales. Beyond that, there just isn’t enough happening.

akorsak, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +20.5%

richbrew, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of devildog1633310
4.58/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A truly golden smoothness that comes with few small batch brewers. A yellow batch of gold. I just wish that I still lived in Allentown so I could have 1 on a daily basis. My only negative comment is the lack of sufficent head at the first pour. It has a somewhat bitter after taste. But after the first couple you won't mind it a bit. One of the better Goldens that I have ever tasted. My hats off to BBW. And from what I hear they have a new spot in downtown Allentown.

devildog1633310, May 25, 2005
Photo of yuenglingade
3/5  rDev -9.6%

yuenglingade, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of rfgetz
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright clear gold color with thin cap of white head. Scent is very pale, almost non-existant, only faint notes of grain. Taste brings touches of dried grain only a fraction more than scent dictated, light light grassy hop note. Best quality is it lacks any sign of an off-charachter. Light bodied, suprisingly undercarbonated since the masses seem to like their light beer bubbly. It is what it is... we all have seen the people who walk into a brew pub or good beer bar and as for a Miller Lite, well this is what they get at Bethlehem Brew Works.

rfgetz, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Bethlehem BrewWorks

BBW's #1 seller, and it's no surprise. This is the beer people get when the walk in and ask, "What do you have that's like a Miller Lite?" All things considered, this one isn't too bad in a relative sense. Typical pour: clear, golden yellow with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipated almost completely. Distant aroma, sweet and grainy. Taste of lightly toasted grain, sugar, corn, a touch of hops in there somewhere. Definitely went down smooth and easy, with a light and watery body. Not very good, but not very bad for the style.

Rifugium, May 07, 2012
Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bethlehem Brew Works Brew Pub.

Poured a see through golden color with a small white head. Some hops and malts in the aroma. Sweet malty tasting with a crisp finish. I can see where this may be a stepping stone for the Macro drinkers.

Notes from 5/15/05

hopdog, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

TheBigBoy, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

tobelerone, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale malt scent with a dry (lager yeast?) aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that goes down quick and finishes with a dry, bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good golden ale. It has decent flavor and mouthfeel; a good drinker.

WesWes, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Bethlehem Brew Works.

Appearance: Archetypal presentation in the glass. Clear golden yellow body with a rustic looking white head that stabilized at first but soon disappeared after a couple of mouthfuls to a broken covering.

Nose: I didn’t get that much from the nose at first I recall. It seemed to improve when the head disappeared, ironically. A soft start with some grain and a little lemon bitterness, hoppy too, in a low key way though.

Taste: Starts with a pristine entrance, clean and slick with a feint lemon and grainy start. Middle has a moderate bitterness with a crisp refreshing finish. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Suffers from a light feel, dare I say thin, it just needs a little more body for me to make this a much more interesting brew, but then that would defeat its whole purpose I guess.

Drinkability: Definitely a great beer to spend the whole night with, to accompany food, or even for even a raging thirst; but it’s a little too light in the long run for me to keep at it much beyond a Pint or two.

Overall: Obviously aimed at, and destined for, consumption by those that like their American Lagers and Lite beers, but this really ain’t all that bad and should not be confused with the versions from the Big Boys, this one is much better. It’s clean and easily drinkable.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of pezoids
4.13/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out an attractive and a very clear golden color. There wasn’t much of a head on this one. Nice refreshing lemony hop aroma. The hops were just perfect for this ale. Although light tasting, this beer wasn’t short of substance – I thought it had a lot of character and a nice flavor. Very drinkable and my favorite so far from this brewery.

pezoids, May 25, 2003
Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of sampler tray at the brewpub.
presented as clear copper color with abundant white head. Smell is very light with a slight note of malt. Taste is also very light with a very light hop character. Mouthfeel is very smooth and nicely creamy. An easy to drink ale.

tgbljb, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of George2744
3/5  rDev -9.6%

George2744, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a clear looking golden color with a thin white head that sticks to the glass fairly well. The smell of the beer is a little on the weak side, some grains and hops on the nose but not much else really going on here. The taste of the beer is probably the best part here. The sweetness upfront gently fades into a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty nice but a little too light and watery for me. Overall it's an average brew in my opinion.

Knapp85, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of Lehighace06
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Lehighace06, Jan 25, 2014
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Valley Golden Ale from Bethlehem Brew Works
78 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.