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Goldmine - World Brews

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 14.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MNJR on 01-26-2011

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

Another no-frills-labeled beer from World Brews, not too far off from “Generic Beer,” but the price tag of less than $4 a six-pack is what this beer is about. And to think this beer is being sold at Whole Foods, go figure.

STYLE: American Adjunct Lager
ABV: 4.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Crystal-clear pale yellow straw, lacing struggles

SMELL: Grainy, dried grass, corn syrup, faintly herbal

TASTE: Big crispness, clean, lighter bodied, mild hop bitterness, grassy, faint cereal grain, hint of corn syrup, one dimensional hop character; dry, semi-clean finish (618 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%

The beer comes in a golden amber.

The aroma hits of sweet puree'd apples, apple sauce, hints of metallic, a touch of sulfur

A big sweetness up front of sugar and honey. Along with a slightly funky corn. A good biscuity sweetness as well. The beer is generally refreshing and cleans up reasonably well. The back end hits of that lager yeast quality.

The sweetness helps the beer out as the beer is not too dominated by unattractive flavors. Very light on flavor, but still one of the better AALs I've had. (507 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt, grain, a hint of grassy hops. Flavor is light sweet malt and slight grassy hops, a bit grainy. Light bodied. Pretty much what it is marketed as: a cheap version of an adjunct lager. Tastes OK, but even blander and lighter in flavor than the standard brands. A decent very cheap lager. (444 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Darker than your straight up BMC macro's. Pale golden. Moderate carbonation for the style. Finger and a half of dissipating foam. Shrinks to a thin white cap. Bubbles are big, but don't rush to the surface of the beer. No lacing on the glass.

S: Hops are leafy and floral. Malt is grainy, sweet, a bit metallic and has some distinct cereal notes (corn).

T: About what one would expect. Metallic, grainy, a bit of adjunt (but less than anticipated). Slightly sweet in the mid palate, the grain domination takes over to finish this one out. Notes of apple. Aftertaste of lightly toasted grain. Not a completely dry finish, with some residual sweetness.

M: Pretty good for the style. Carbonation isn't overblown. Softer on the tongue than expected. This one has a bit of body to it.

O: You can do a lot worse for the style. This one is decent and the six pack was 2.99. Would buy again for game day and/or BBQ's. (949 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold with a large white head that goes fairly soon leaving some spatters of lace.
I rated the smell okay because I couldn't smell much at all.
Taste is mildly sweet with a bit of light hops toward the end of the taste. Mouthfeel is close to medium with just enough carbonation to give it a bit of crispness.
Yes it is a cheap warm weather beer but I give it a thumbs up. Purchased at Whole Foods Market for $3.99 a sixer. (427 characters)

Photo of UHRedCat
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack at a Sprout's store near Dallas. Was surprised by the taste, I was expecting it to be a lot more bland than it was. One thing I really like is how smooth it feels in the mouth . For the price, it's actually not a bad beer. I've had much worse. (264 characters)

Photo of Offa
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is a decent pale lager.

Gold, it has a medium-big white head soon thins.

Aroma is grain, grass, apple skin, very light.

Taste is lightly zesty grass, apple skin, grain up front, sweeter grain-light white bread - following. It has a somewhat nice, zesty finish. A bit thin and soapy,especially when warm. It's a decently good, solid pale lager but thin and a bit rough, very basic. (389 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium golden in color with a faint haze, and a fairly large, dense and persistent white head. Small bubbles ascend to the surface in columns. The lacing is thick and scattered.

Aroma: Clean pale malt, moderate hops which seem almost noble in type, and some mineral notes.

Taste: Opens with crisp pale malt, followed by somewhat bitter, metallic hops. As the taste progresses, the hops hold sway over the malt, although not overpoweringly so. This seems slightly unusual for an American Adjunct Lager, although not unpleasant in any sense. Finishes with a touch of malt sweetness and a lingering metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly soft, with a hint of sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: For the price, its hard to complain, and in my opinion, it is as good or better than the American Adjunct Lager offerings from Bud, Miller, and Coors.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce pop-top aluminum can, served in a standard pint Pilsener glass.

Source: Purchased at Whole Foods in Texas in January of 2014 for $3.99/six-pack plus tax. (1,074 characters)

Photo of Hops4Pops
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz Can.
Aggressive side pour into a tulip.
A: Crystal clear light gold color. Well carbonated. Almost no head. Disappeared fast. Very little lacing and very oily.
S: Barely smells like beer. Corn and a little bit of hops. That's about it.
T: Not bad. Decent tasting actually for what it is. Decently balanced.
M: Just a little bite from the carbonation. Smooth.
O: Not bad for a basic adjunct lager. Price point is right at $3.99 for a six-pack. Yes... only $3.99. Just a basic American lager. It is so light, I can hardly imagine the Goldmine Light. Nothing offensive or off tasting so decent. I would call it Just-A-Beer. Certainly drinkable and chugable. LOL! Its a beer bong beer. (688 characters)

Photo of dv8sean
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm thinking that there should be another dimension added to beer ratings: value.

Picked up a sixer at Whole Foods. Total impulse buy brought on by the $2.99 price. Yes that's "two dollars and ninety nine cents". That, and I noted the beer is brewed in my hometown of Rochester, NY.

Yup, it's an average American lager. Maybe a little better than average in terms of color (a pleasant honey-yellow glow) and body (not as insipid as many cheap beers). Hey, it even says PREMIUM on the can!

Factor in the bargain price, and this mostly harmless beer will bridge the gap between water skiing sessions. (603 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Premium" GOLDMINE LAGER BEER appears to me to be simply a re-packaging of Genesee Beer, but I could be wrong, it could be a derivation of Genesee Beer. Regardless of what it actually is, it falls right in line with other American adjunct lagers.

Its clear straw-gold body reveals a good amount of steadily rising, average-sized bubbles beneath a short cap of bright white foam. The head drops rather quickly, and it doesn't leave much lacing initially (mainly small spots and an occasional small streak or splash), but as you progress through the glass and it warms it begins to leave fuller lacing.

The aroma is fairly non-descript, revealing a bit of gently sweet adjunct-maltiness and some yeasty sulphur along with a very light touch of sweet-apple yeastiness.

The flavor reveals a little bit more corn-like sweetness, which is actually welcome because the aroma itself is so thin, but it's sweetish, and there are little hops to back it up. There's a dull bitterness, and a minor background hop flavor that's leafy and dully herbal, perhaps even tea-like. It's balanced, but very basic.

Overall, it's an average American adjunct-lager that neither impresses nor disappoints. It is what it is, which is what it's exactly what it's expected to be. (1,267 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and faint notes of golden yellow. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with corn and rice adjuncts. Light hints of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of grainy malts with mostly corn and some rice adjuncts. Light amounts of grassy hops which impart a light to moderate bitterness which lingers.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and went really well with the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs and Low Country Boil at the cookout, did not compete with the flavors of the food. Nothing really special about this one that makes me want to purchase it again but not offensive as some beers in the style can be. (966 characters)

Photo of DM1293
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer in a nutshell? Cheap and drinkable.

Its clear and light gold. Lacing is very thin.

Smell...is off. It has a little bit of a sweetness, and a little...hint of metallic.

Taste is fine. Its not too bitter, mostly a corn-y sweetness but not off-putting. Its thin enough to chug and clean enough to like. Almost like an adjunct of an adjunct.

Overall you get what you pay for: if you're on a budget, $3 isn't the worst you could pay. If you're looking for a couple casual drinks to share, this works fine. But for a party? I say spend a little more and get your money worth. (583 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up for $2.99 a six pack at Whole Foods. 12 fl oz aluminum can served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low. Label is a generic yellow and red. "Brewed by Gold Mine Brews, Rochester, NY." I don't see an ABV anywhere on the can.

Served straight from the fridge - as I think this style always should be. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger off-white colour thin head of no real cream. Retention is average (~2 minutes) generally, though a bit lackluster considering the low ABV. No lacing at all as the head recedes. Body colour is a pale light yellow; looks watery. It's littered with carbonation bubbles, indicating overcarbonation. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Overall, it's thin and pathetic looking. I've seen other beers in the style with more colouration and appeal. This isn't great.

Sm: Clean barley with some stale character, generic pale malts, and light artificial lemon zest. It's not what I'd call fresh, but it doesn't come off old. No yeast is detectable. I don't detect any alcohol or heat. Light clean corn rounds out the adjunct; I don't get rice. A hint of artificial fruit sweetness; maybe it's just the sugary lemon. I get some buried light generic floral hopping; there's little depth there but it's detectable. It doesn't come off watery. I don't know that it's a balanced aroma, but it's generally pleasant for a beer lover like me. Nothing sticks out as particularly egregious other than the staleness. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean corn and crisp barley, with clean palt malts in the late second act continuing into the third act, joined by a light (and I mean light) generic floral hop character. What I love about it is that it doesn't lack body like many beers in the style; this is not as watery as your mainstream offerings like Bud or Coors. There's little flavour here, but it's balanced. Even lightly buttery, reminding me of Trader Joe's Simpler Times lager. Both are good budget beers. I think for the style they could do far worse here. A bit of crystal malt comes through; maybe more would lend it more complexity. As it is, there's no subtlety or complexity, but the balance is notable. Do I like it? Sure. Why not. But it's rather average. What can I say? I love beer.

Mf: Crisp and soft, with slight overcarbonation. Good thickness and body. Poor palate presence. Nicely wet. I'd stop short of calling it refreshing, but it'll reduce your thirst.

Dr: Aside from a bit of a stale barley character, it's not bad for the style. I think many will come down hard on it merely because it's an adjunct lager, but I do think it's one of the better ones I've had. People like to call these lawnmower or BBQ beers and I think this fits the bill at 50 cents a can. I'd definitely grab this over more mainstream offerings. You could do far worse. This might be a good beer if you're trying to ease a macro lager drinker towards craft beer; maybe after this you could make the jump to Allagash White and then Blue Moon? In any case, it has its place and I have nothing against it. I love the price point. Very drinkable; I could kill a pitcher of this with the lads over some wings. That said, I won't be getting this again.

High C- (3,362 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Thank to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some corn and grains. Taste is also a bit mild, grains, a bit of sweetness, kind of light. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is about the standard beer for this style. (330 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.81/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goldmine Lager (a private label clone of Genesee) has a very thick, foamy, stark-white head, a clear, yellow-golden appearance, streaming bubbles, and a heavy lacing left on the glass. Under intense light, one can detect tiny, white particles floating throughout the beer. The aroma is of sweet, lightly-toasted barley malt, and the flavor is of sweet malt and grain, some corn, and a light dusting of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Goldmine Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. There were no off-putting notes with this one. I rate very good.

RJT (600 characters)

Photo of Guyute
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I had zero expectations for Goldmine, but at $2.99 a six pack, I couldn't resist picking it up. Especially as I read the cheese pairing suggestions posted next to the stacked beer display at Whole Foods. I have to say though, expecting nothing from the gold and yellow can, I was surprised at how non-unpleasant it was. Much better than a can of Coors or Bud. Get it cold enough and it may be a treat on a warm night next to the bbq. Don't be afraid of this one. (462 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Found at Whole Foods for $3.99 a six-pack.

Pours a dirty gold with a thin stream of bubbles that sustains a bit of foam.

Smells of sweet and sour grains with a dry crispness. It generally reminds me of cheap beer.

Tastes about the same. Isn't the bottom floor already full in the adjunct lager market? Is there really demand for another poorly done adjunct lager? This one tastes like any number of slightly sour and dirty lagers. I suppose it is a touch better than some with a clean and almost fruity corn, but it just finishes off with the sour, pungent edge that brings out the worst in the style.

Feels full with a soft rasp of carbonation but finishes clean.

I guess I don't see the point. I won't be revisiting this beer. (735 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh mighty overseer of CANs, thank you for landing me some CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), which has been off-track for too long. I scored a sixer at Whole Foods Market (Dupont Circle) while in DC last week to look at the Lichtenstein exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.

Nothing on the CAN that CAN't be discerned from the picture, so it is Crack & Glug time, kids! I love that sound and the visual that accompanies it. This showed real promise, developing two-plus fingers of dense, foamy bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity allowing me to see into the future. My future is filled with beer! Yay. Nose smelled like so many other AALs - full of corn and other adjuncts. I think that corn is the worst as it ends up reminding me of silage: rotting, fermenting corn, husks and cobs stored in a silo for use as pig feed. Oh well. Such is the nature of the beast. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was sweeter than the nose led me to expect. Yeah, it was as corny as the puns that I start my students out with every day, but either I have gotten used to it or it was not as pronounced as in many of its brethren. Finish was semi-dry and for the price, it was not bad. It would make a decent lawnmower beer, but if you asked me to distinguish it from others, I would fold my hand. This is dime-a-dozen beer. (1,387 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.35/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely an adjunct lager, but it's pretty good for one. It's fairly bland and unobtrusive, but it's got a nice fruity note to it and is very refreshing and easy drinking. It's completely enjoyable as an adjunct lager, which is not true of most. It tastes like a better batch of Big Flats (a very inconsistent and cheap brew by the same company). I'd get it again if it was cheaper in my area, but I'll stick with Big Flats for now and hope for a good batch. (468 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.61/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear super light yellow body with a small white foam cap.

A- Sweet malt aroma. Adjunct aroma. A little malt, a little corn. Pleasant.

T- Sweet adjunct flavor. Very light bitterness with a crisp clean finish. Semi-sweet, not bland, pretty good.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation.

D- Easy drinking, and for the price completely worth it. Get it, drink it, and don't be a snob. (384 characters)

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed within the STYLE it is impossible to score this one low. At $3.49 per six pack at Whole Foods Market, I thought what the heck. And I got a lot more than I thought I would for about what I pay for a gallon of gas these days...

A: Poured into a tumbler, this one retains a decent foamy head and shows some great color for an American Adjunct Lager.

S: Nothing offensive, which would place this one up there with Gennesee Cream Ale as one of the best smelling adjuncts out there. A little corn, light maltiness, and some notes of sourdough.

T: Again, nothing offensive. Smooth, creamy, not sharp at all, goes down easy with a nice refreshing, but not bland flavor. Semi-sweet, but not artificial. Overall a nice tasting beer.

Value: For $3.49 a sixer, only the worst hipster beer snob would NOT buy this. Recommended for that night before pay day!!! (860 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear gold with a thin, bubbly, fizzy layer of white head

S - sweet, grainy

T - sweet, grainy, very faint hop character

M - light bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is definitely better out of the can, but even in a glass this isn't an awful beer for the style. It's typical but doesn't have the off flavors that often plague this style. This isn't something I'll have again, but it was nice once (405 characters)

Photo of jadpsu
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12 pack of this for $6.99 (now that's an economy beer) at the package store on hwy. 29 in Lilburn.
Pours a very light, clear pale straw yellow, with a bright white head that has surprisingly decent retention.
Smell is corn husk and grain. Nothing here offensive. Taste follows the nose.
Got to give this beer some props. Cheap, but provides a nice value.
We have a match with the can shown on BA but this is from Rochester, NY - not Calif. (453 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in a tall ale glass.

A: clear bright yellow; lots of carb beads; very thick head, goes down quickly; lacing decent
S: stale smell of lager
T: sweet; not bitter; emphasis on malt; few hops; not very flavorful, and what there is seems to be in the Sprite/lemon water region; relatively nondescript; it's about average for this genre

An American version of a eastern European adjunct lager (think Stauropramen). (425 characters)

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Goldmine from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.