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Ghost River Golden Ale - Ghost River Brewing

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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J2L


3/5  rDev -12%

10-24-2012 02:27:29 | More by J2L
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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

Tennessee

2.85/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

09-07-2012 00:20:08 | More by rangerred
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-18-2012 18:48:22 | More by outdoor7or24
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eguter


3/5  rDev -12%

08-16-2012 02:33:46 | More by eguter
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-13-2012 03:36:40 | More by TheBishopco
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mmagbee


4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

07-26-2012 17:12:35 | More by mmagbee
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Ted

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10%

07-25-2012 02:56:55 | More by Ted
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fuzz


5/5  rDev +46.6%

07-18-2012 23:27:19 | More by fuzz
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev +5%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +17.3%

07-07-2012 14:56:38 | More by JHeskew
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hockenbeer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12%

06-17-2012 16:43:53 | More by hockenbeer
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KDawg

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%

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

04-21-2012 05:07:49 | More by KDawg
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Mdodge8837

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +10%

04-17-2012 19:58:52 | More by Mdodge8837
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

04-06-2012 04:08:04 | More by garuda
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NickCurley

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -12%

04-02-2012 01:15:25 | More by NickCurley
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ParraPalliative


3/5  rDev -12%

03-29-2012 00:26:20 | More by ParraPalliative
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +10%

03-13-2012 00:51:28 | More by doucmehu
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-09-2012 11:50:30 | More by ohtheguilt
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mdfb79

New York

3/5  rDev -12%

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.

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

Mississippi

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

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!"

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

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +17.3%

02-16-2012 01:34:10 | More by wabritton
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

01-17-2012 23:59:59 | More by FanofHefe
Ghost River Golden Ale from Ghost River Brewing
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