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Herman Joseph's Private Reserve - AC Golden Brewing Company

Herman Joseph's Private Reserve
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BA SCORE
85
very good

24 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%


Brewed by:
AC Golden Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.95% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Haybeerman on 07-18-2008)
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Reviews by brownbeer:
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light amber, transparent. Lilly pads of foam are trying to stay afloat on there.

Popcorn kernel grains, chlorine, and maybe some softer grains mingling with saaz-like hops.

Similar taste, nothing to get excited about. It's dry with pretty generic malt-hop ratios going on. It's much better than the adjunct riddled swill they're more known for putting out. If they bottled this as Coor's Banquet instead of what is currently in their bottles or cans, I would drink it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:24:40 | More by brownbeer
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SuperStorm

Colorado

4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If you haven't tried Herman Joseph's in a few years I suggest you do right away!
What a remarkable find over christmas. It is available on tap and sold by the case only in Denver Colorado. I now know why. This is a mastery among lagers. A beer of quality that shows what a large brewery can do when they let the brew masters loose.
Clean and crisp, with a dark amber color, this beer is now in my top five favorite beers. A beer to be celebrated, and a beer to be taken seriously. The Moravian 2-row barley just lets the flavors of the other fine ingredients of this beer shine. Watch out micro-brewers, Coors is doing some real magic in them there foothills of Golden!!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:09:06 | More by SuperStorm
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settsu

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-16-2013 03:21:40 | More by settsu
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crobinso

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-09-2013 04:12:37 | More by crobinso
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spoony

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-03-2013 01:23:15 | More by spoony
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timontheroad

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-26-2013 18:32:09 | More by timontheroad
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Lucho

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-28-2013 06:36:27 | More by Lucho
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ithacork


3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-31-2012 23:51:00 | More by ithacork
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-15-2012 23:12:49 | More by carteravebrew
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-03-2012 03:01:31 | More by abcramer
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-26-2012 21:44:55 | More by Mebuzzard
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Private Reserve pours a light, golden-amber with a slightly off-white head of about one-inch, that dissipates slowly, leaving a moderate lace. Toasty and bready aromas are very prevalent, with noble hop notes for the Saaz hops easily distinguishable. In true German Pilsner fashion, bready and toasty malt flavors dominate the initial tastes, with a slight spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Very smooth and slightly creamy in this medium-heavy bodied beer, and a higher then expected amount of carbonation. A hard to come by favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 17:03:28 | More by phishsihq
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scarfield

Nebraska

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 058

Appearance- After reading the back of the bottle I poured this into a glass, anticipating the 1 to 2 inch head that the bottle told me would appear, however all there was was a thin film over the dark golden/amber liquid. The carbonation seems quite active, and the beer is remarkably clear for a darker colored beer. Little to no lacing.

Smell- biscuity malt tones arise at first from the glass, with a subdued hop character there as well. Balanced.

Taste- reminds me of grass/grains with a good bit of a bite of hops bitterness. The beer focuses primarily on the malty-bready flavors, but it is not out of balance. The aftertaste is slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Feels overall thin, despite being quite bready/malty.

Knowing the origins of the beer, I would say that it exceeds my expectations. It is a good representation of the style, but I would not pay a premium price for it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 23:46:17 | More by scarfield
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Czech antique tall pint glass. Date printed on the neck of the bottle I am assuming is the best by date.

Pours a brilliant crystal clear slightly darker than average straw color. Initially three full fingers of thick white head rise from the pour, and this diminishes over the next few minutes to a tenacious layer that is thin but retains well. Lacing in this glass is so-so, but lacing is often container-dependent.

Smells of biscuity toasty malts (grass, slight hay, toasted white bread) and a good dose of fresh slightly spicy hops of the noble variety. The typical near-harsh bitter bite is present in the nose, but balanced and accompanied by the floral sweet simplicity of this traditional class of hops.

First off, everything you would expect in a German Pilsener is present in this flavor profile. A nice balance of sweet malty grain flavors and a robust and clean dishing up of noble hops. The bitterness wavers on the line of astringent and harsh, but rides the line well and never goes beyond the realm of enjoyable. The aftertaste goes through phases of bitter and sweet and is the best aspect of this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is lighter (but not watery) and is kept alive by sparkling carbonation, which is actually more compact than I would expect from this style (which in my mouth is a bonus, as I prefer lower carbonation beers). Drinkability is high and wonderful, as this beer keeps me wanting more whenever it isn't in my mouth.

Conclusion: This is a very good beer, especially considering it is coming from the craft division of Coors. Frankly I don't care where it comes from, if it tastes this good I am happy. The whole beer isn't quite as snappy, clean and rich as the leading German examples (what is?), but this is still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:12:53 | More by allforbetterbeer
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Girlfriend got this for me from a trip to Colorado.

Batch # 26.

Appearance: Nice frothy 2-inch head. Lots of carbonation. Nothing special to look at, pale and light golden hue.

Smell: Slightly skunky or "earthy", if you will... with a smell of wet grains

Taste & Mouthfeel: Just by the smell alone, i thought this would be typical of those notes....however it's an ever so slight notch above a macro flavor. Very light in body (almost water-like) and easily drinkable. Slight malt flavor comes through and finishes with a bit of a warm spike. One note, but enjoyable.

Drinkability: While it's not going to knock your socks off, it is very easy to drink and could be quite refreshing on a summer day or as an accompaniment to a hearty meal. Try it out and decide for yourself....not a game changer in sense of the word.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 00:39:17 | More by July2Nov
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rfabian

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this on the menu of the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver for a premium price. I must say it was worth it.

Poured into a special Herman Joseph Reserve extra large flute it forms a one inch head with nice lacing. The appearance is light golden amber and clear. The aroma is of lightly toasted malt and a hint of hops. The taste is of a finely crafted pilsener with lightly toasted malts, well integrated noble hops, richness and smoothness and excellent drink-ability. The feel is moderate and the finish is clean.

In my opinion, this is world class stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 23:28:40 | More by rfabian
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waltertrush

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep gold color. Developed a finger width white head that dissipates quickly, bubbly.
Aroma: Hops with a hint of sweetness.
Taste: Hoppy, a little bitter.
Mouth feel: Astringent from carbonation.
Not a horrible beer but also not a good one. Average to below average.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 07:26:42 | More by waltertrush
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jacobseyb

Alabama

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass, a vigorous pour produced a three finger slightly off white head that retained well and laced mininally. A bit of citrus on the initial aroma followed by a grassiness that is typical of the style. Taste is a bit citrusy and slightly sweet, with a dryness that finishes well. Feels light bodied with a great crisp finish. Great drinkability and characteristics make this a good German Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 02:04:24 | More by jacobseyb
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew number 19 according to the label

A - Golden yellow (since not sure what straw color is). Head shrinks to a nice coating on to of the liquid. Some carbonation seen rising through out the tasting. Some lacing is left on about half of the glass.

S - Toasted scent. A lttle sweet smelling too.

T - Spicy and herbal. Also osme hints of citrus as I get further through the glass. Not a lot of aftertaste but enough at the end to show off the hops.

M - Smooth and crisp.

D - Though not a pils fan, I liked this beer a lot. The drinkability and taste was very nice. Could easliy have more then one.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 00:26:28 | More by JMBSH
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Domingo

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't be fooled by the name...and I mean that in more than one way! AC Golden is essentially Coors. At the same time - this is actually GOOD.

Pours a deep golden color with a solid 1/2" head off of a conservative pour. The head sticks around and laces the glass like a champ, but you never start to think this is overcarbonated.
Smells toasty and bready with a nice dose of noble hops to keep it in balance.
The flavors are spot on for a beer you'd get in Germany. Bready and malty up front, but with a hop punch in the middle and a finish that has elements of both. It's somewhere between a helles and pils...think Bavarian pils. The grains really come through and you can't mistake that potent barley flavor.
Easy drinking and not too carbonated or foamy.
Don't be fooled by the AC Golden name or what you think you know about them. This really is a good lager that I bet would fool a ton of BA's if they didn't know what it was. Coors can make some good lagers, hence the Sandlot brews and even the Winterfest this year.
Seriously - this is good stuff. Whomever is really brewing this behind the scenes - they're doing a good job.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 19:14:27 | More by Domingo
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katan

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint. Brew # 006. Apparently an AWOL offering from the brewery in golden through a friend of a friend of a relative.

Whoa - not a twistoff out of Coors. Score #1.

A -Pours a dark golden color, almost breaking into a brown color. Some hazing, but overall this beer is pretty clear. Light bubbling, carbonation appears light. Head formation is quick, effervescent, but quick to break down to a film.

S - Not at all what I would expect from a German Pils - sweet, dark, rich malt notes. Somewhat earthy. None of the grainy pils notes you would expect.

T - Starts off with those same dark, rich deep malty flavors. Very sweet - no grainy notes or astringency that I would have expected. Only a minor bitterness forms - a malt forward beer. Aftertaste is almost sour, acidic, as the beer starts to really grow into those malty flavors. An odd cat.

M - Very thick bodied - doesn't even seem lagered. Creamy to me. Carbonation bite is apparent however. Finishes very clean.

D - Moderate drinkability. ABV is manageable. The flavors are just a bit off for me to the point I couldn't see me sessioning this beer. Slightly filling.

Not sure if this beer just didn't make it out QA - as it just seems to be missing something. Beyond that, and what I think is a miss if they were aiming for a Pils, this beer represents something very interesting out of that old brewery in Golden.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 03:55:13 | More by katan
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Troy for the bottle. Brew Number 018.

Pours a clear, straw yellow body with a resilient white head and wisps of lacing. Tiny effervescent bubbles stream from the bottom of my glass.

The aroma is a bouquet of noble hops: grassy with a touch of hay, bread, and maybe honey. A bready, cracker like toasted malt flavor arrives first, followed by a crisp, grassy, spicy, refreshingly hoppy, dry finish. The body is full for a lager, very crisp, depositing a chalky, dry, moderately bitter finish.

As I review this beer, I look out my window and gaze upon the sheet of snow that has carpeted Denver this weekend. I have a fire roaring in my fireplace. There is no logical reason why I would enjoy a lager today.

Yet here I am, more satisfied by this beer than I have been in a long time. DIPAs, Imperial Stouts, and Barrel-aged Sours may have bigger wow factor in today's beer culture, but finding a truly excellent lager is a holy grail quest.

In a world of extreme beer, lagers have fallen by the wayside, many consumers simply assume that they all taste like those sold in a 24 can suitcase. Beers like Herman Joseph can help change this misconception. This is an excellent beer.

Nice work Troy.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 21:56:43 | More by BradLikesBrew
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MinorThreat

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle (brew number 005) my girlfriend brought back from Merle's in Littleton, she knows I am a nerd.

A-Honey golden with incredible clarity. Even with a vigorous pour I got a small head with poor retention and okay lacing.

S-nicely integrated sweet caramel malts, bready yeast, granny smith apples and slight white pepper. Nice lager nose.

T-Wow, so eh... Coors can make a flavorful beer, they just decided NOW was a good time to bring this one back. Good hearty dry malt backbone with a slight caramel sweetness balances out with low AA noble hops. Yeast gives some fruitiness and spice. Not overpowering and not delicate, just a good sessionable tasty brew...from Coors?

M-A bit over gassed for my tastes, "expands" in the mouth a bit too much for me.

D-High, tasty, kind of light but with flavor. If I wasn't hung up on "supporting the little guy" I would have a six pack of this on hand, it actually tastes pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 07:56:53 | More by MinorThreat
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The first that struck me was the bright , deep golden color. Nice full coarse head that didn't disapate until the last few drinks.

Smell: Aroma was slightly sweet and a little "bready" with a hint of bitter hop.

Taste: Very clean and crisp. Finish was very slightly bitter and, like the start, very clean and smooth. More of a grain flavor than many beers of its style.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium light body; frankly, a little thin relative to color and taste.

Drinkability: Very balanced, very smooth with a slightly bitter finish leaves yoiu wanting more - both more beer and a bit more in taste and mouthfeel

This is a Coors attempt at craft beers through it AC Golden Brewing Company. The beer is brewed in 30 barrel increments in old German Copper kettles, hand bottles, hand labeled and hand pachaged. Brews are numbered - bottle carries a lot number; the one I had was 001. Very limited distribution; only Denver and Golden Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 20:32:53 | More by Haybeerman
Herman Joseph's Private Reserve from AC Golden Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.