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Ghost River Golden Ale - Ghost River Brewing

Ghost River Golden AleGhost River Golden Ale

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%


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Ghost River Brewing visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with the finest two-row malted barley and German variety hops, Ghost River Golden’s mellow, refreshing character is accentuated by Memphis’ soft water. Munich and caramel malts give this beer enough sweetness to balance the crisp, dry finish.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: Vancer on 04-19-2009)
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KWD

Tennessee

4.74/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer looks exactly as it's supposed to. It's not a Kolsch. It's a golden ale. If you didn't figure that out, you were already in for the wrong ride. This beer really opens up and its floral, has a great softness due to the water they use, and it has a slight sweetness and bitterness thats perfectly balanced. Overall a great beer for session or whatever. Perfect for all seasons.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 15:56:13 | More by KWD
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have had this beer in a bottle, on tap and have also picked up a few growlers from the brewery. It's a very enjoyable beer. It's light but not too light.

A: Golden with white, creamy head
T: Very smooth. Easy to drink.
M: Silky, smooth finish.

I really like this beer. Perfect beer to enjoy outside.

Serving type: growler

04-02-2013 14:53:16 | More by BlueMoon10
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden color with tons of bubbles and a 1 finger frothy white head with good retention. Beautiful beer.

S - Very light smells. Mainly malts. Sweet smelling upfront and perhaps a lttile yeasty. Also detected a slight grassy odor.

T - Sweet, grainy malts. A very earthy beer. I really enjoyed it. Very, very slight bitter hops on the finish

M - Extremely light beer. Feels silky and smooth. Quite enjoyable

O - Great Kolsch. I found it to be very easy drinking but still quite flavorful. Definately a beer one could sit down and have multiples of.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:43:53 | More by Goosehunter75
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a frothy white head and deep gold color. Aroma is grassy hops and sweet malt. Favor presents with a grainy start, biscuity, vinous middle and clean, mildly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light and co2is generous. had this beer on tap the night before this review and have to say on tap is definitely better. Overall, a decent Kolsch and a good crossover brew for the mid-south.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 20:41:41 | More by EagleTalon
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, rich golden with a creamy off-white head. A light grain aroma. Taste is sweet and light caramel up front, followed by a rich cream flavor, next up is some doughy bread, and a zesty light bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good. Over a nice kolsch, I would get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 03:01:41 | More by tronester
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at a concert in Memphis purchased from the Brewers stand , assume that it was pretty fresh. To me this is a good night out , day at the lake, mowing the lawn kind of beer. Far better than the mass produced St Louis Swill , nothing to sit around and sip on at the house or share for a special moment , but a good summer time hot weather beer to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 14:13:23 | More by ubenumber2
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in Memphis.

Beer was a medium gold and slightly hazy with not much in the way of a head.

Faint grainy aroma with some wet grass and hay.

The flavor had plenty of bread and hay much like a Euro lager. There is definitely a soft wheat characteristic which does help drinkability. Light bitterness.

Overall, a pretty forgetable beer. Drinkability is extremely high but flavors are somewhat lacking. Not offensive but not impressive either.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 00:20:08 | More by rangerred
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-17-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

Pours a clear, golden color with lots of bubbles seen in the glass. The head is 2 fingers high, white, showing a fair amount of retention and good lacing.

Aromas include sweet malt and a bit of floral hops, with a touch of spices.

The taste is clean, with a slightly sweet and bready malt profile. Bitterness is very low.

Well carbonated, it has a crisp mouthfeel and medium body. Finishes on the dry side, but is well-balanced.

Overall very easy drinking, simple but enjoyable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:33:26 | More by sommersb
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KDawg

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from tap into a pint glass. pours a solid gold color with no real head

a bit aromatically challenged with some aromas of malts and a touch of grains

light bodied with some flavors of malts. Lacking some flavor, but the feel is nice

a pretty forgettable beer. I didn't even realize it was supposed to be a kolsch. It didn't really taste like one or be one

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2012 05:07:49 | More by KDawg
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mdfb79

New York

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from bstaffor; thanks Brian! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for less then a minute and leaves no lacing.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bready malts, and some light earthy malts. Not bad, but very bland and nonexistent.

t - Tastes of grains, bready malts, wheat, earthy notes, light lemon, and some tea/herbal notes. Better then the nose but still quite bland and light.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, a little too carbonated, otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall a very average beer. Nose and taste and pretty bland, with some light herbal notes in the taste. Easy to drink but nothing special. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:52:27 | More by mdfb79
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GeorgiaBrewed

Mississippi

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass

A: Gold color, probably a tad bit darker than the other kolsches I've had

S: Not really any discernible aroma. It's possible to smell a little bit of the malt, but nothing more than that.

T: Slightly sweet with a hoppy, but not overly bitter finish. Not bad really.

M: Very light and totally drinkable

O: It's alright and totally worth a try. It's not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but there's nothing about it that made me say, "wow!"

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 01:59:25 | More by GeorgiaBrewed
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to pitasoup. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light golden color. A small fizzy white head develops quickly and disappears even faster. Not much lacing is left on the glass. Good carbonation is evident from appearance alone.

Not much going on in the nose. There is a sublte malt sweetness and perhaps some zesty lemon aroma but not much else. There isn't any hop character detected.

The taste has a little more to it than the nose. The sweet malt is still what stands out most. There is a touch of some bready malt as well. Not much in the way of hops here either. The lemon that was in the nose also isn't present.

This beer is very crisp and very clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking.

This beer strikes me as a great summer beer. The flavors and aromas aren't very bold but they aren't bad either. It's good enough for an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 18:39:05 | More by ms11781
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/30/12
*From notes

-- Bottle purchased at Buster's Liquor Store in Memphis, TN on 1/20/12 --

A: Extremely clean. It's a pale, fair yellow in color. A standard pour yields a loose and white 1.5 finger head. Minimal lacing and collar.

S: Some untanned leather, dry corn flakes, unbuttered popcorn and clean, untoasted malt.

T: Crisp and a bit sweet. A hearty helping of creamed corn steals the show here. The back end features just a touch of white smoke.

M: Lively and playful carbonation up front, which quickly whisps away to reveal a light to medium body.

O: In no way does Ghost River's Golden Ale resemble a traditional Kolsch, though it didn't prevent me from moderately enjoying it. This actually comes off like a cream ale, not too dissimilar to Sixpoint's Sweet Action. If you're looking for a reasonably flavorful craft session option, this would most likely deliver your fix.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 21:42:43 | More by Rhettroactive
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear yellow body with a touch of orange hue. A one-finger white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Very little aroma. A bit of sweet malt, a hint of lemon.

The taste is a little better; the malt flavor is still very sweet, but is followed by a light citrus kick. Not exactly a strong Kolsch, but it comes close.

Light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Would be a decent summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:59:59 | More by FanofHefe
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed blind via Blind Beers BIF 6, thanks to pitasoup

big head, bright gold/yellow color. Head is slow to fall and puts some frosty lacing on the glass.

Sweet fruity/grassy malt. Light. No real sense of hops. Aroma is very subdued- not an aromatic beer.

Taste is similar. Sweet, light malt. Mildly bready. Some bitterness in the finish, along with a metallic twang in the finish. It grows on me as I sip it and it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel- beer is light in flavor but a bit more heavy body-wise. Good carbonation, lingering sweetness is pleasant.

I like this beer. Not much for malt or hops- easy-drinking stuff.

This beer would be great in the summertime heat.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 20:39:00 | More by ShogoKawada
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jerryjeff

Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 12 oz bottle out of a six-pack shortly after started distribution in Memphis area so figured I'd review.

Aroma
Sweet toffee/caramel scent no real hop presence, only sweetish scent plus some malt

Mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation, enough that it hides the taste a bit to me. Bit heavier than water and has a bit of presence on the palette

Appearance
Light amber in color with maybe a hint of copper, poured to slight head in 1/2 liter globe which quickly dissipated. No lacing, bit dissapointing regarding head retention/behavior

Taste
Scent doesn't mislead, there's a sweet toffee/caramel like taste in there with a slight sourish note maybe. My guess is it's meant to be positioned as an approachable beer for non craft beer drinkers and not be offensive. No real bitterness to speak of. I like this although I don't know that it's a beer I find worth paying craft beer prices for.

Drinkability
Rather, easily sessionable beer.

Overall
I think this is a good drinkable beer that has a nice sweetish malt twist. I don't think it's quite a kolsch and may be more of a blonde or even a cream ale in thinking of it. Not spectacular, maybe a good starter beer for those who might start drinking craft/imported non fizzy yellow water...

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 01:00:04 | More by jerryjeff
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Heuys in Memphis... Served into a shaker pint

A- Bright golden straw color with an inch of fluffy head, very large bubbles. The carbonation is very active through the clear liquid.

S- Crisp and fruity. Very grainy on the back end. Hops contribute a little to the fruity and floral aroma.

T/M- Light and refreshing. Esters pop like crazy giving this a light apricot/fruity flavor. Malt does give a supporting light biscuit and bread characteristic. Also a bit sweet, somewhat out of place for the rest of the beer. Carbonation is just that great level for a hot day.

O- Decent summer beer. I would never order this again just to have it, but on a hot day this was alright. Very forgettable, but though it wasn't great, there werent any ridiculous flaws either...

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 01:46:56 | More by TheGordianKnot
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jsprain1

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden with a two finger head on it.
S- Smell is very earthy, with some graininess and yeast scents playing in.
T- Earthy, with some sweetness. Slight hop taste to finish. I like my kolschs but the flavors just didn't mesh well in this one.
M- Sharp carbonation that distracts from this beer. When you have a beer with subtle flavors, sharp carbonation can be distracting. This beer suffered from that.
D- Sessionable, to be sure, but this beer needs a little bit of polishing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 08:16:32 | More by jsprain1
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Tone

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, grain, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight citrus hops, hint of wheat, and grain. Overall, average Kolsch, at best.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 14:36:42 | More by Tone
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally found my notes from Savor. This is taken from those notes...

Appearance is cloudy, carbonated yellow with a white head that didn't last long. The smell was bitter, earthy, and woody. The taste was carbonated and crisp, but very dry and bitter in the finish. Nice medium body on the palate, but not enough flavor for me to session.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 06:12:20 | More by donniecuffs
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Wheelinb

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Repeal of Prohibition tasting event in St Louis.

This beer is very light and dry. While it has a nice crispness to it, the flavor is a little underwhelming for my taste. Slightly sweet, it is a nice summer beer for those who like things on the lighter side.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 23:54:54 | More by Wheelinb
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Vancer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Schlafly Repeal festival, this Golden poured, well golden (bit on the hazy side), with a nice white head that left bits of lace in my lil' sample glass - which I tried 3 times!

Light malt in the aroma with a hint of roasted nut. The nut came through in the quaff nicely, mixing well with a woody resin and a touch of caramel. Well balanced with the hops in the finish, I was pleased with this brew and would look for it again, in the bottle for some summer STL quaffing

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 18:16:59 | More by Vancer
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