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Good Old Potosi - Potosi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KeefD on 01-05-2009)
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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color wih a modest head that fails the lacing test

Smell: Slightly bready but not much else

Taste: Bready, up front, with a hint of hops developing in the middle; slightly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing very exciting but easy to drink

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I wasn't able to sample this at the source, it was available at Cornerstone in Galena, IL. I also spotted some historical remnants of this brand around town, a 1960's bottle in one shop for $8, and a rusty cone top can in another shop for $235.

Poured into a Hamms goblet, straight out of the fridge. Super pale, pastel yellow gold. Fizzy white cap, fades to nothing after a minute or two. Champagne streams of carbonation. Spotty bits of lace here and there.

Faint mineral aroma, as it warms there's vaguely something beer like.

Crisp and smooth, a very light cracker taste, some faint floral bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean and simple, nothing wrong with that. It almost seems more like an American lager than Blonde ale as it's currently listed, though there is a slightly fuller body. Snappy carbonation, lending to a general crispness. Very easy to drink, classic lawnmower beer. Nice to find a retro beer that actually tastes decent for a change. Pairs well with spicy foods.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

I felt a bit odd ordering this, as its name forced me to imply that I've not only had some before, but have enjoyed every one of them. It was my first time, though, so you see my problem, right? Oh well, anyway, it pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises dusty honey, light flowers, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of wheat for good measure. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly crisp finish. Overall, a pretty nice blonde, something that could be easily taken down in the Summer.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 5.0% ABV, 1260 on the neck.

A - Pale yellow straw beer is filled with carbonation bubbles rising to an almost non-existent ring of white foam. The crystal clear beer is rather average in appearance.

S - Husky, grainy malt signals what's to come from this beer. Crisp and light, a touch of wheat softens it up a bit while something nostalgic about it's simplicity is very inviting. A touch of spice pulls through on the finish as well.

T - A touch of wheat and mild spice seem to draw it away from an ordinary beer bit is immediately brought back by a grainy pale malt flavor. No hops are present in this beer.

M - Crisp, clean, and very light-bodied, Good Old Potosi Beer is a small step above the average American crap (BMC). The thin texture and full carbonation deliver the usual though.

D - Well, it IS beer. This one is a stepping stone for BMC drinkers. If you know one having a hard time letting go of their "beer" flavored beer, get them on this. It'll still be comforting but nudging them in the right direction.

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of drpimento
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent brew. I like it a lot more than the bottled version. Nothing special, but Served with a white head and a little lace. Color is an amber. Aroma is decent. Taste is common beer but fresh and very easy drinking. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Session beer. Drank it all day a few days ago and all night a couple of nights ago.

Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw bodied with a quick rise and fall of stark white foam. Subsequently, it goes bald and leaves little lacing.
Husky grain aroma, backed with hay, and wetter notions of grass. Touches of wheat and corn.
A brief huskiness rolls across the mouth, as it settles towards saltine crackers, white bread, and hay. Some soft hues of corn and wheat, then phantoms of lemon and honey, and a final, fading, floral note to close on.
It's both crisp and soft, the rolling carbonation feeds lift into the gentle, almost frail, body.
As a no brainer, hot weather quaffer, this absolutely hits the spot. It's probably best compared to a Cream Ale, or even an American Pale Lager. It's an easy-going, enjoyable, clean, simple thing.

Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I gather, this is their old recipe beer. And I mean *old* recipe, as this is supposedly the same formula that was used in 1855.

And it's a heck of a nice pour for an Adjunct. You know how High Life has a real nice head but it goes away after like ten seconds? This is the same head, same tight white consistency, but it sticks around for ages.

Smells mild, light adjunct grass and corn along with Schlitz-level hops (that is, more hops than your average BMC, but nowhere near as much as a German pils).

Tastes good, the same sized flavor as Gusto Schlitz or Grainbelt, only a lot more balanced and pilsenery. Grain and weeds up front, hops near the back, and a pleasant beery sourness lingers on the back on the tongue.

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Sometimes, the lightest of the bunch will tell the true worth and expertise of a brewery. Three-fingered head crowns the clear, pale yellow-colored ale. Hints of pale malt, taffy fruit and dusty bread in the nose. Soft, cushy smoothness super- sedes the crisp bite with a light creaminess. Smacks of dry, bready malt, which sticks to the palate. Mild exotic fruitiness with a very faint alcoholic ester. Hops flavor it very well and keep the malt in check. "Superb" would be a simple word to use for this beer.

Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of garymuchow
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hopefully not too old. Nice label, with the retro feel and all.
Poured into pils glassware, for the heck of it, I guess.
And it seems a proper choice as it pours similarly to a german pils, very light in color, initially a full-white head with a prominent German hops aroma. I'm assuming it's going for that style, but maybe they don't lager much. I guess even the label on the bottle made me think pils.
Body is definitively ale, although it is reasonable light. The hops are prominent, but there is a tartness/citrus quality. Touch of fruitiness up front. Fullness and prickliness from carbonation. Extended drying on the finish. Very slight grain flavor, with a tad of breadiness too. Minimal bitterness, but not without.
Would have liked the freshness of the aroma to transfer to the flavors, but there is really nothing very wrong with this, just pretty pedestrian, an maybe that's what they were looking for - in that case, well done.

Photo of seeswo
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow with a small white head. Looks very light - maybe even disconcertingly so. Nose is very light and clean, very faint hops and just a touch of sweetness. The taste is dramatically clean - like the best version of a bmc beer you've ever had. There is a touch of additional sweetness that clues you in to the style. That said, everything is in balance and harmony - this is really a good beer. Clean, clean, clean. Very nice. Mouthfeel is good carbonation and a slightly sweet finish in the mouth. Overall, I challenge anyone to find me a beer that blows this one out of the water for what it is trying to do.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gold color with some highlighting and a hint of orange as well. White foam rises and falls on an accelerated schedule. Little lacing in the glass beyond the times I put this beer down for longer than 10 minutes.

Which shows the general lack of enthusiasm. I had this one at a "job fair mixer" which was as lame as it sounds. Hors d' oeuvres and chit-chat paired pretty well with this beer, definitely "ignorable" at best and "insipid" at worst.

Nose is grainy, with a little DMS, and definitely some earth-tones like hay and grass. Light. Flavor rolls the same way, with a decently heavy grain bill, although corn and wheat horn their way in as well. Faintest blips of honey-cracker sweetness, fairly dry finish, and enough of a citric crackle on the finish to quality as a beer.

I was pleased that this was tastable; as mentioned, it was at a catered event alongside such winners as Bud Light Lime and Coors. Therefore, this one looked quite good at the time as an alternative, and definitely fit the bill as much, much better than that shit. Hardly a ringing endorsement, but I did enjoy it as an easy sipping quaff.

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to one of my non BA friends for bringing this back from a recent trip home.

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of very sweet malt

T - Follows the smell but its tastes very good for the style

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - To me this is an excellent example of the style very easy to drink with a good taste as a beer geek you won't be blown away but for the style you will be worth a shot

Photo of gatornation
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light yellow with a very white 1 finger head some clinging lace..smell is malt and grass and grain..taste is the same it has some sweet malts flavors with a grain taste and grass some faint hops..light mouth feel it is what it is... an adjunct lager..but a tasty one for the style its crisp and refreshing and a good representation for the style

Photo of FreshHawk
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light, straw color with a large, smooth, sticky, frothy, bright white head. Good retention but little lace is left.

S - Grainy malt dominates along with a touch of wheat grain/spiciness. Hints of grassy and floral hops.

T - Grainy/wheaty flavors are dominant. There is a subtle spiciness that often accompanies wheat. Light grassy and earthy hops, nothing too strong but enough to be present.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Pretty crisp and clean.

D - Easy to drink beer for the summer. Nothing too exciting, but it's fairly refreshing.

Notes: Decent beer for someone who typically drinks macros/adjuncts. Easy to drink and refreshing that makes a decent replacement for adjunct lagers and the likes.

Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of bismarksays
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of beagle75
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, pale yellow color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few dense streams of small bubbles rise in the column.

S: Weak hops are both grassy and spicy, with no detectable malt. Obnoxiously clean, for an ale.

T: Begins dry, with grain that is refined almost beyond the point of recognition. Acidity is initially mild while dried hay hop aromatics prevail, but then becomes slightly citric, mixed with esters, in the seltzery middle. Light floral hop flavors flee across the palate before yeasty bread is established during the bitter-free finish.

M: Thin viscosity, watery and insubstantial on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a mediocre and predictable pale beer, guaranteed not to offend and probably likely to be lost in the shuffle of a herd of various macro adjuncts. It should prove refreshing to those who drink it in search of refreshment, but in terms of qualities worthy of critical consideration it just doesn't register.

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Clear pale straw color with two fingers of foamy froth for a head that retains structure for about a minute and a half but has only minimal lacing.

S. Light floral / herbal hopping and honeyed pale malts.

T. Dry crusty bread and floral flavors with grassy (hay, straw) overtones. Gets a very light rise of honey sweetness in the mid-sip, which fades in and out gently like a welcome visitor who knows the proper time to take his leave.

M. Thinner side of medium-bodied, yet very creamy soft and silky smooth in texture. Lightly carbonated but with the lighter heft it doesn't really matter as much.

A very refreshing summer beer, well done Potosi!

Photo of daledeee
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A quick pour shows a very blond gold body. Head is nice.

Nose is slightly yeasty and fruity. Not real strong.

Taste is pretty hoppy, but also has the American grain thing going on and some grass. Cool this one down and you will find yourself keeping your self satisfied on a hot day. Not bad but not great.

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Good Old Potosi from Potosi Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.