Coronado Golden - Coronado Brewing Company

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 11-18-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 33
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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Keg. Clear gold with a bubbly head. Aroma is bitter grain and metal. Flavor is okay. Some dry malt with the grassy flavors, but ends with the metallic bite. Good enough, but nothing special. I have come to the conclusion that micro-brewery/restaurants brew the golden/blonde ales only to satisfy those who drink macros and can't order one at their establishments.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sort of a cloudy yellow orange with a single finger white head that stays a long time before melting to sticky lacing.
Aroma is light malt and corn or cornbread.
Taste is not like the aroma at all...sweet light malt followed quickly with lemon and orange hops and a little bit of alcohol taste.
Mouthfeel is thin but typical for style.
Aftertaste is citrus peel bitter and alcohol.
Dry and quenching.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coronado Golden Ale

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep gold with a hint of an orange cast to it. Full, foamy white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Golden malt with a touch of graininess and minor, non-descript hops.

Taste: Firm, grainy maltiness pushes against a solid bitterness with some spicy and grassy hop flavors in between. Very minor underlying fruitiness. Clean and well balanced, with spicy hops lingering in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently zesty across the palate.

Overall: Solidly made. Straightforward. You can tell it's an ale, but it's also very lager-like in its character... kind of like a cross between a Dortmunder export and a northern German pils, but with ale yeast fermented cool.

Photo of scottoale
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. brown bomber with colorful label and no freshness date, a transparent yellow-gold with a finger of white floamy head and lots of carbonation.

Smells of green vegetable matter (perhaps the hops) and a grainy, raw earthy sweetness in the nose.

Tastes pretty much like it smells with a boat load of grainy, wet wheat and malt with next to no sweetness and plenty of bitterness to follow. It tastes a bit blunt and muted with non-balanced bitter and strange soapish, yet fizzy mouthfeel. Kinda makes me wonder how or why it's their most popular selling beer...perhaps it's better on tap?

One was more than enough for me, you know the rest...average at best.

Photo of Clembo1957
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 335ml bottle into a glass the result was a thin head and a yellow slightly cloudy appearance, i'd describe the aroma as average.

The beer was a nice smooth drink with a bubbly mouthfeel, but nothing exceptional, i'd drink it again but wouldn't make a special effort. ABV is 5.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden colored ale with a massive and persistent white head.

Smell is grain and malt and a bit metallic can't smell hops. This smells like a cream ale.

Taste is mild, sweet and fruity. Tasty ale very malty with a bit of fruit and a solid bitter finish. Malt level might be too much for some.

Mouthfeel is good, but the carbonation level seems very high.

Tasty undemanding brew here. Might be a bit sweet for some but I like it.

Photo of hopdog
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Coronado Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and clear orange color with a smaller white head. Aromas of, well I had a hard time picking anything out. Tastes of some graininess and citrus. On the softer and subtle side all the way around.

Notes from: 12/1/04

Photo of Psilo707
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Thick golden color. Seems fairly solid and appealing. Thick lacing happening as it settles.

S: Smell is very light and almost non-existent to me. The scent I am getting is nothing out of the ordinary and nothing to write home about.

T: Pretty decent. No negatives to really speak of but nothing too impressive either. Half and half 50/50 rating.

M: Good. Light in the mouth and not demanding of the taste buds.

D: Sipping this beer is a bit more appealing than taking mouthfuls at a time. Drinkability is about average.

Overall: I like this beer but it's nothing too special or something that I would pick over many others. Still, a decent brew!

Photo of womencantsail
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 5 Points

A: The pour is a slightly hazy light gold/yellow color with a big white head on it.

S: The nose is just incredibly light, like I've come to expect from all "golden" ales. Slightly adjunct in nature, perhaps some corn, and sweet grain.

T: Like the nose, very "meh" flavor. Bland and uninteresting with some grain sweetness and just a light bitterness.

M: The body is very light with an above average level of carbonation (certainly a fizzy yellow beer).

D: Another slamming beer. Easy to drink because it doesn't taste like much at all, but not something that I find enjoyable.

Photo of FosterJM
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

313th review on BA
bottle to mug
12 oz bottle

App- Very yellow with a 1/2 finger head. Looked good but the too yellow of a color struck me as odd.

Smell- Malt, grainy corn like with not much else.

Taste- Sugary malts, a little bitter. This was just straight down the pipe okay. Nothing really more than that.

Mouth- Had a nice feel to it. A good medium body with a medium/high carb level. A unique after taste but I liked it.

Drink- I can say it was a good attempt but fell a bit flat on taste or maybe I cant appreciate run of the mill anymore. Probably won't have this one again.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a yellow orange color and clear. Small, white frothy head that is quickly and fully diminishing and minimal lacing. Small, thin particles.

S- Subtle, malty nose with overtones of corn and grain.

T- Taste is mild and wheaty. Finishes with a noticeable hoppy bitterness that fades quickly.

M- Mouthfeel is light and watery with high carbonation and a bitter profile.

D- Underwhelming Pilsner-style beer. Not much character or enduring taste. Easily drinkable, but no other standout traits that would warrant a repeat performance.

Photo of nerow
3.79/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at the source. Beautiful rich golden color, minimal head/lacing. Smells like a wheat with a bit of honey. The taste is very wheaty with some sweetness and a hint of spice. The mouthfeel was nice, very crisp. The drinkability was fantastic. Very refreshing. Not a complicated beer, but an extremely likable one. A delightful summer wheatbeer.

Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bright, clear golden in the tall glass. Attractive lacing and a persistent low foam. A faint resiny tang at the end. A little hoppy fragrance with a grainy nose. Light body.

Goes down easy when it's good and cold, but reveals some pleasant maltiness as it warms up. Toasty with a faint sweetness. The tangy mouthfeel is refreshing. This is something like the ideal Blonde-- aromatic with a crackery warmth and a crispy carbonation.

Very simple stuff but clean and well made. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: After trying the rather weird Mermaid’s Red recently, I spied this other beer from Coronado when I went down to Morry’s of Naples to stock up on Stone Vertical Epic 04.04.04. A very colorful plastic like label has the requisite red-haired Mermaid beauty politely holding a large glass of frothing ale in front of what should be her naked breasts. Labeled as Coronado Golden Premium Ale. No freshness or strength listed.

Appearance: A quite dark golden body, perfectly lucid with a frothy white head that leaves no lace and which is comprised of larger than usual bubbles, giving a soapy appearance at times. Probably the best part of the experience of drinking this beer is looking at it!!

Nose: Pilsner grain, smoky ashtrays, some bitterness and a lingering “lager pong” often associated with some English ‘Keg’ Lagers. Off-putting at times I have to say.

Taste: Two words, Typical Lager. Quite simply a reasonably average lager style beer with some ‘watery’ Pils traits. Light grain feel at first that can have an ashtray taste at times, redeemed from mediocrity by the rising and falling middling Saaz bitterness in the back end. Little in the way of finish lends this one another ‘3’.

Mouthfeel: Definitely the classic ‘3’. Enough to keep you occupied but not much in the way of anything to tax you. Nice carbonation and ebbing Saaz bitterness add to the body.

Drinkability: It’s been quite warm day today in Long Beach, and we are in the midst of moving to a new Building at work, so I have been furiously packing my Office contents. As such, this style of beer really made a great thirst slaker when I got into my rather warm Apartment tonight. However, once your thirst is quenched, it doesn’t really offer anything else in the way of attractions. Yet another ‘3’ I see.

Overall: Physically and Numerically “Average”. Rather Pedestrian and worth a try, but nothing special at all. Still, I’m glad I got the 12 Bottles of Stone VE04 though! Save the empty bottle, or just the label, and you can get 10% off your next purchase when you visit the Brewery – just don’t get the Mermaid’s Red or Coronado Gold would be my advice.

Photo of forcedlaughter
4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and light with a big pillowy head that lasts for the duration.

Smells fruity, grainy, and a little sour. Like a cross between a Duvel and a Prima Pils.

Taste is good. A little bite, fruity, grainy, refreshing...making drinkability high.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and goes down really smooth. Great summer brew.

Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear light color, small, tight bubbled head.

S - Not much. A bit earthy, light sweet malt.

T - Very light malt and hop profile. Nice, but not much to it.

M - Creamy, carbonated, good balance.

D - A great ballpark beer.

Had this on tap in Peoria during Spring Break for the Padres.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz fresh bottle into a plain pint glass. Glad to see this brewery in SEPA.

A- Coronado golden is just that, a light golden color with lighter tan qualities up to light. Just a smiggen of haze or is that sediment, probably the latter. The head was of a bright white color but died in 30 seconds flat leaving barely a cap and no lace to speak of.

S- The smell was hard to pick up because it was so subdued. I mean it was really light. Just a faint amount of grain, with some sweet malt and hops, well I did not really pick up on any hops. I'm hoping this bottle is not old.

T- The taste pretty much mimics the smell in that it is extremely light and uninspiring. All I really get is some grain from the silo and even that was difficult to pick up. Some orange in the way way back. Are there any hops in this? As it opened up more just a small amount of sweet caramel pokes his head, no more no less.

M- Light bodied and dead. The carb was lacking while the body was a dead fish. This went down easy enough, but a little to easy if you get my drift. I may have to try this on draft If I find it, because the feel is light to the touch.

D- I finished my 12oz and said to myself, well you got that done with, what's next? Everything about this beer just falls very short to being enjoyable. Maybe I got a bad bottle, so I will update if I find it on draft. Maybe that will clear some of this up.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking golden color tending toward honey make the body of this quite attractive. The creamy head laces very well and makes this an attractive package.

The aroma is mostly of a caramel malt with the slightest hints of hops. The flavor is also mostly malty with just a slight amount of bittering from the hops. The creamy mouthfeel lacks a good crisp finish. An easily drinkable ale.

Photo of Phocion
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden, very clear and a minimal head with no lacing.

Nose is of sweet malts, molasses and brown sugar. Very wheaty as well with citrus hops in the background.

The taste is mostly wheat, with light malts with an unpleasant but fortunately light hops bitterness in the background.

Thin and watery feel, but easily drinkable and moderately refreshing. I can't see myself buying this one again unless I want something nonoffensive to wash down a meal at their restaraunt. Not recommended.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Bulldog Brewery in Murrieta, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.

Photo of surfer4life
2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bomber.

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a small head, looks like a hefy. Head quickly disapates to nothing. No Lacing whatsoever.

S - Not much in the way of hop smell, has a big sweet smell to it, but almost smells like corn syrup was used and not brewer sugars. Smells like soft candy left out on a hot day.

T - Is ok, small, very small bit of hops to balance, but tastes more light wheat grass. The corn syrup smell I got in the nose is not there in taste. The malt comes through a little better in taste. Not bad, not good.

M - Light bodied, but I think the carbonation is much to high. Need to bring it down a notch. Again, not terrible.

D - Average, if it were cheap and there with the only other choices being bud and miller. This wins.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale straw yellow with ahalf finger of head and left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: pretty fruity at first whiff consisting of pineaplle and citrus grapefruit but I did pick up apples, slight spice, with a good malt backbone.

T: the spice and fruits were also there on the palate with lots of maltiness going on as well with various grain notes, apples, and a touch of coriander; good tasting blonde.

M: the brew was light to medium with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, and malty finish.

D: it drank real good and to me was more complex than your average blonde style beer. Definitely a good session brew for sure.

Photo of callmescraps
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for camping, the only craft brew in the shop at Big Bear.

Appearance - Dirty gold color. Fairly clear. A ton of head on the pour, fairly solid. Sticking around for awhile.

Smell - Some lemon. Lots of yeasty bread smell. A touch of clove. It's nice. Fresh baked bread all over.

Taste - Some bread on the front. Then a hint of lemon and some real sweetness on the finish. That sweet is almost a little much, but it is balanced.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Very nice. Goes down easy.

This is a very solid beer. It's sort of what you wish BMC garbage was like. Nice, light, easy to drink, but some real flavor to the party.

Photo of rowew
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light aroma of noble hops. This pours a clear gold color with a thin head, but nice lacing. Taste is light as well, with a slight hop bitterness at the end, but not too much going on. Drinkable alternative to macros, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of winomark
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden hue with a bone white head. Slightly clingy. Light, sweet malty nose; somewhat grainy aromas. Mild palate with sweet malt/grains and subtle hoppy dry and bitter finish. Easy drinking and pleasant. Nothing spectacular, but something to enjoy with some friends.

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Coronado Golden from Coronado Brewing Company
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