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Colorado Native Lager - AC Golden Brewing Company

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Colorado Native LagerColorado Native Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AC Golden Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Domingo on 04-05-2010)
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Elfastball7, May 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

kj8525, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of GetTheYayo
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

GetTheYayo, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this is not a craft brew, and it doesnt taste like one. pours slightly darker than the industry standard corn beers, decent white head. smells a bit metallic or something, malts in the nose, no hops to speak of. taste is pretty weak, cerealy a bit, with a slight metallic tinge. not as bad as a silver bullet, thats for sure, but a poor attempt to capture the craft beer drinker by a big company. still, when next to budlight at the hockey rink for the same price, ill get a native every time. credit for all colorado ingredients, but this just doesnt taste real good

StonedTrippin, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of DenverHopHead
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%

DenverHopHead, Jul 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Kirby, Mar 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

MinorThreat, Aug 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Northtexan, Jun 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

freed, Jul 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

surfrogue1, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I first saw this beer, I assumed it was a marketing ploy by one of the big 3 to make something that looked like craft beer while hiding it's true identity. My bad.

12oz. long neck brown bottle with a twist off cap. Opens with barely a hiss.

CO Native is a nice redish amber color with perfect clarity. The slightly off-white head is smooth but settles fairly quickly.

Aroma is pretty standard/average fare. Slightly sweet, malty, and fruity but overall very mild. Little to no hop presence.

Flavor is more of the same. Not very remarkable in any particular way. It has a malt-forward taste meaning it's very low in hop bitterness. There is a little roast to it but basically forgetable. I keep going back for another small sip and nothing really sticks.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall a very average beer in a state full of exceptional ones.

GilGarp, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unfortunately I am not able to really see this beer as I am not able to drink it out of a proper glass right now...so I am drinking it out of the bottle. I don't imagine that it will make a heck of a lot of difference on this one, but my appearance comments will obviously be a little weak.

Appearance: Looks really clear in the bottle with no noticeable sediment on the bottom or anything. When I popped the top, there were a couple bubbles rising to the top, but nothing to write home about.

Aroma: Before the sip I am picking up a bit of hops in the aroma along with a very subtle sweet honey malt.

Taste: The flavor is really dry and the hops are very noticeable in the finish on the back of the throat for a while after the sip. It is so well attenuated that the hops are practically standing in a field all by themselves. I really can hardly tell that the malt is there except for a faint toasty honey-like thing going on somewhere in the finish, but is muddled by the hops.

Opinion: Well, this is an OK beer. I will drink the whole thing which is something to say for one of the big three. I am glad that I only got this one bottle in a "build your own six-pack" deal at the local liquor store. It might be OK for someone who has been brainwashed by the big three and is starting to think for themselves...otherwise there are a whole lot of better beers out there.

SkeeterHawk, Nov 18, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

beaversfan12, Sep 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Dinkel, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of DougT
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Looks good as it pours a medium to dark amber with a couple finger pillowy white head that
dissipates fairly quickly into a full foam layer leaving some heavy lace.

Aroma is a nice mix of grains and hops. Some corn, straw and pine smells blend in.

The flavor is OK. A little hops, not too much, and some sweetness.
However it is a bit too watery for my liking.

Mouthfeel is rather thin. Even for a lager. Almost light beer levels.
This lend to the watery taste.

Overall it's an acceptable beer, but nothing stellar. A notch above Bud but not into great beer territory.

DougT, Aug 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Rhettroactive, Jun 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

mcaulifww, Mar 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

vcoggins, Dec 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

strongaf, Mar 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

MarkyMOD, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of phishsihq
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Native pours a clean and clear copper color with amber highlights, and a thin off-white head that provides decent amounts of lacing. Sweet bready malt aromas are met with some slight hop tones. Toasty, bready malt flavors are very noticeable in the beginning, with a little hop bitterness providing good balance in the finish. The brew is crisp and clean with a medium-light body and a moderate amount of carbonation.

phishsihq, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall thin glass. No freshness date on bottle.

Pours with one finger of quickly disappearing head that is made up of large bubbles that rise through the pale, washed out amber body. Despite the receding head, there is some good lacing.

Some mellow pine-like hops and alcoholic malts. Smells reminiscent of a large-scale produced amber or bock. Not much complexity and no subtlety. Not a promising sign.

Slam, bang, done. This flavor isn't waiting around. A shot of slightly bitter astringent hops swoosh through the mouth followed by a bit of sweeter pine and floral hop notes mixed with some roasty malts, and then it all goes away leaving a slightly bitter generic hoppy aftertaste to linger. I feel like there wasn't enough oomph to make any real impression, and not enough breadth to cause me to consider anything about it beyond "this is alright".

Medium mouthfeel and relatively smooth carbonation. It does fine here, but not outstanding. To much hop to caress the mouth with malty goodness, but not enough hop to wash the mouth with smooth, bitter and juicy hoppiness. Not quite like a reg lager or like an APA. The deeper into the bottle I get the better it is, but it never reaches outstanding.

Conclusion: This is a good beer, but it barely makes that status. There are many other red lagers and American ambers that surpass this brew. I am a native of Colorado and it makes me sad that a beer calling itself "Colorado Native Lager" would be so mediocre. Shouldn't it be wild like the tops of the mountains, rugged like the cliffs and lush like the roaring rivers?

Edit- As I finished the last few gulps of this beer I found I really enjoyed it more than I had as I wrote this during the first half of the experience. I bumped up my drinkability and mouthfeel marks.

allforbetterbeer, Sep 22, 2010
Colorado Native Lager from AC Golden Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.