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Golden Wing - Finch's Beer Co.

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 04-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Finch's Blonde Ale is an easy drinking and approachable American craft beer. It has a moderately sweet malty aroma and is deep gold in color. We like to think of this particular one as more of a 'Dirty Blonde.' When you first pour it, a soft lacey foam clings to the glass as malty aromas fill your nose and linger to the final sip. Upon finish, this blonde turns heads with a smooth finish and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Enjoy this medium-bodied craft beer anytime of year.
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Ratings: 168 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean pale yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, floral and a light lemon citrus presence. In the taste, a lighter lemon citrus and a dry floral presence. A lighter bitterness with a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Decent, clean, and refreshing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of banglin
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice short white colored head poured from a can in to a pint glass. Excellent lacing. A bit cloudy with a nice golden color.

S: Nice aroma with some hops and sweetness

T: The hops are not too strong and are even throughout.

M: A good amount of carbonation but maybe not quite enough

O: This beer is pretty good with an even hops profile throughout the swallow. I look forward to trying other varieties from Finch's.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.74/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours a clear light, straw/yellow color with a small white head that reduces to a thin cap very quickly. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Some bready malt, faint grassy hops, and some grains.

T: A little bit lemon right away, but after that it goes a bit downhill. Very grainy with a metallic flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation. After taste is non-existent.

O: Not great, like their pale ale a lot more. Once I swallow I can't really even remember what the beer tasted like, its just gone and leaves no trace.

Photo of zaphodchak
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big pour for a little head. A finger of foamy white. Body is pale blond. Decent lace, but little retention.

Nose is some tangy malt, I think, and some rather acrid hops. Not ideal, but definitely not skunked, because it's canned.

This is quite hop-forward, for a blonde, and has way more bite than I was expecting. That said, the hops used are quite bitter and come across as almost metallic. Some biscuity malt is present... kind of, in the aftertaste, which is faintly floral. This was not as balanced as I was hoping for.

Feel is pretty smooth, nothing weird here.

For a blonde, this is totally dominated by bitterness, which is unexpected for the style.

Photo of marcobrau
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a nice amount of carb that forms a thin head of white foam that falls to a collar. Sheets of lace form with each gulp. Smells mostly of papaya with a bit of wet cardboard and canned corn. Tastes much better, with a very crisp, light malt character and surprisingly robust hop character, especially the assertive hop bite in the finish. First time I've had hop burps from a blonde ale!

Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce can poured into my Sam perfect pint glass.

Pours very cloudy hazy goldish bordering on orange. Some small layer of white foam on the top. Very faint light smell. Medium hopped malt which starts strong and lingers. Touch overbalanced. Some lemon. Decent body. The taste is just a little off.

Photo of jaredtp
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It has been a long time since I have had this beer. But from what I can remember this beer was ok. The taste was not all that bad. I enjoyed the sweet and malty flavor that this beer has. The aroma was not all that bad as well. I liked the golden color that this beer has as well.

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another can provided by the (in)famous woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty and biscuity. Taste has a good bit of hops for the style, bready, some malts, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can. Sampled on December 22, 2013.

The pour is cloudy yellow with a short-lived white head. The head does not last very long. I think it looks the way it should be.

The aroma has a summer sweetness including crisp clean grains, grass, and orange citrus. Hops are downplayed.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste tends to bring out the orange citrus more than anything else but there are plenty of grainy toasted malts and a clean crisp hop finale. It really is what is is supposed to be.

Photo of emerge077
3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint tonight at Beckett's.

Lightly hazed yellow orange body, shot through with streams of visible carbonation. Nice lacing inside the glass forming concentric rings on the way down.

The scent was a bit green (young) and nondescript. Some yeasty notes, fresh and clean, but little else to be honest. Dry hop it for some aroma?

Firmly bitter, earthy and herbal hop presence that lingered for a bit into the aftertaste. Somewhat floral with a light malt presence. Easy drinking, simple and well carbonated without much nuance. Quenching and sessionable enough, seemed like something best paired with food. Maiden voyage from Finch's, i've heard good things about the Cut Throat Pale Ale, and plan to seek it out next...

Photo of jbrown1
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden Wing has a real nice traditional beer appearance, a light gold translucent brew with a head that dissipates to a thin layer with retention on the glass. Aroma is light with malt and lemon, which conveys its flavor. The taste is biscuty, lemon with a dry hop finish. Its mouthfeel is flavorful, exceptionally balanced while leaving a dry hoppy aftertaste.

While this is a good beer, and I'll gladly have another, I come to question the style designation for GW. This is nicely balanced, but I'm left with an impression of a hopped up Chec Pilsner or an APA. In all fairness, the BA style designation suggests a Blonde Ale may be near a lager, however, this it is not near a Kolsch.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.
5.0% ABV, no date or info

A - Golden Wing, like Finch's others, is filled to the brim. Be careful of a little splash when the can is opened. It pours a gorgeous deep golden honey color with a long-lasting dense white head. Delicate lace clutches the glass as it recedes.

S - Grainy pale malts balance out the pilsner sweetness this beer offers up right away which delicately into the subtly hop additions. A soft kiss of citrus zest arouses the senses and signals balance and refreshment ahead. Light earthy notes finish out.

T - The earthy tones at the back end of the aroma spring forwards in flavor, washing the tongue with a combination of light pine-like hop resin and cut lawn. Grainy pale malt is more suggestive than any sweetness adding a dry, mildly harsh bite that's closely followed by a splash of citrus.

M - Crisp and refreshing, Golden Wing resembles a lager more than an ale in this department. Light-bodied but certainly not thin, this beer has a vibrant carbonation spritz to it with a bone-dry softly bitter finish of hops.

O - Golden Wing is a great introductory beer for anyone looking to kick the BMC habit but not get crazy. This blonde ale features a smooth body and overall, light flavor that nags at you without beating you over the head; a perfect combo for a mindless summer slammer and/or delicate beer you can sip and enjoy.

Photo of matjack85
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glad to see a new local beer on the shelf. I found these pint sized silver cans in a 4-pack at Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL for $8,49. No freshness date or any information about the beer on the can, but did take note that my can clearly says the abv is 5.0% rather than the 4. 7% listed on the BA page.

The beer poured a hazed pear yellow color with 1 finger of white head. Unfortunately, the head disappeared in under 30 seconds and lacing was minimal.

The beer has a nice small to it - biscuity malt with plenty of citrus fruits.

This beer is surprisingly bitter for a blonde ale. Citrus (orange peel and lemon zest) hops and piny hops dominate the flavor with sweet biscuity malt seemingly added as just an afterthought. Not balanced at all. Much too bitter for a blonde ale.

Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, with only moderate carbonation. Medium bodied with a dry finish and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

I'm not a fan of this one as far as a good example of a blonde ale goes, but it's not altogether undrinkable either. Too expensive to taste like this however. I'll pass on buying more.

with sweet biscuity malt seemingly added as an afterthought. Much too bitter for a blonde ale.

Photo of angrybabboon
2.49/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 11/9/11

Appearance: Mostly golden hue with a touch of light orange, decent head to start with, leaves some nice lacing, mostly clear

Smell: Not much here - light grains, cereal, grass, maybe a hint of citrus peel - some kind of overcooked vegetable appears in the aroma once this warms up... really not an attractive smell

Taste: Slightly more interesting than the smell, but not necessarily good - a herbal, grassy bitterness - a lingering bitterness - some kind of citrus, perhaps lemon rind? - some raw dough - and there is an undercurrent of unpleasantness- kind of reminds me of stale cereal, with a side of cooked vegetables, and some off-flavors that are slightly phenolic

Mouthfeel: Nicely light, nicely carbonated, pretty smooth - would be extremely drinkable if it tasted better

Overall: Not good, even for the style

The main characteristics of this beer aren't that exciting, and the off-flavors are just weird. I won't be trading for this.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into pint glass. Enjoyed in the comfort of home. Pours a slightly hazy pale gold color with a creamy white one finger head. Decent head retention and great consistent lacing.

Nose: Honey, biscuit, lemon, apricot, pineapple. Very fruity and clean. Love the nose on this one.

Taste: Honeycrisp apple, tropical fruit, sweet malt, and then a wallop of bitterness kicks in. I like the malt profile but the hops seem out of place.

Moderately low carbonation. I think it should be decently higher, if we're shooting for a style here. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry and bitter finish. Overall pretty good, but the bitterness makes it less sessionable than it could be.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance 3.25: Attractive color. Kind of a dark golden yellow. Head was decent, around a 1/5".

Smell 3.5:Pleasant bouquet. Nice blend of malt and hops.

Taste 3.25: Front is where the alkaline hops seep in. Middle is clean and cool and neutral. Finish features more malty caramel flavors and more subdued and pleasant hoppiness. Aftertaste is relatively long and slightly burning to the sides of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: 3.25: Carbonation level is standard for this style of beer.

Overall 3.25: Good, solid brew. Nothing special, but who says it has to be? I particularly enjoyed the balance between the hops and the malt. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

Photo of Kromes
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy light gold color with a thin line of white bubbles.

S: Bready malts and a noticable citrus aroma. Also some canned vegetable soup in there.

T: Initial taste reminds me of veggie soup, but, it calms down and the citrus and biscuit malts come through. Finish is a tad bitter with some lingering peach and citrus.

M: Light - Medium body with below average carbonation. Smooth body though.

O: After the initial strange flavors, it turns out to be OK. Would be a decent summer beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Well hazed golden wheat color. One and a half finger of frothy white head. Retention is decent and a moderate sized ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Light neutral maltiness, plenty of bready yeast, a light sugariness. Grassy and spicy hops. A bit mild here, but not bad.

3.5 T: Taste is much more flavorful. Borderline 4.0. Hops give a nice spiciness that is probably the most potent flavor. Bready yeast, light neutral malts, a touch of hay. Simple, but pleasant.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a chewiness from the yeast.

4.0 D: Well rounded, easy to drink blonde.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a single pounder from the house of 1,000 beers for $1.75

A - Boy this is one dirty blonde! Hazy and bright yellow with a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a lace ring of almost nothing.
S - Some piney hops, touch of mild grains, some wheat, and a bit of lemon peel.
T - Pretty tasty summer brew. They didn't scrimp on the hops which is nice. Grains are mild and balanced with some wheat base and a touch of lemon peel in the finish.
M - Light and crisp yet more body than I expected. Decent.

Overall even a simple blonde these guys craft well. I have not found a single Finch beer I have been disappointed with. Worth a try.

Photo of GbVDave
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal clear, light golden-honey color. One finger of bright white foam forms on top before quickly melting down to a thin collar and splotchy skim. Nice clumps of lace were left behind.

S: Slightly sweet aroma of toasted cereal grains, biscuits, vegetables, and a faint whiff of honey. A slight herb garden aroma, as well.

T: See above. Traces of citrus hops come out as it warms, but this tends towards the sweeter & maltier side of things.

M: Sweet caramel and bisquits at first, with the hops gradually stepping out and showing off a bitter and drier edge that didn't translate very well to the smell and taste.

O: I think these guys hit the market a little too soon with their canned stuff. I hope they tweak their recipes a bit because, while their stuff is decent, I don't see a reason to buy much of it in the future...

Photo of sweethome
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a hazy golden color - decent head is as white as it gets. Looks a little like my my memories of my father's Schmidt's of Philadelphia.

Nose is decent - some light maltiness backed by citrus - orange marmalade.

Crisp entry - turns a bit sharp - I like the overall flavor profile - but it gets punched by the overpowering bitterness. The crisp maltiness gets shoved aside leaving a rather sharp and intense bitterness. I wouldn't call this your average "blonde ale", if there is such a thing - more like an american extra pale ale. Could use a little more malt backbone or little less bittering hops. Overall - I think this is a decent early effort for this brewery - just needs a little refinement. I would probably have liked it more on hot day.

Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Things have taken a detour here on New CANned Beer Sunday as Karbach's Weisse Versa Wheat was in the on-deck circle until I realized that there is neither a picture nor one pending. I CANNot brook a picture of an opened CAN and my camera is not ready-to-hand, so it has gone back into the holding pen, sorry, JenRay.

This is a beautiful CAN that I scored at Pinocchio's on Friday! Yellow/gold is CANsidered to be the luckiest color in many eastern religions, hence Uma Thurman's outfit in "Kill Bill".

Finch's calls it a "Dirty Blonde", making it the logical follow-on to Atwater's Dirty Blonde. Line up the Dirty Blondes so that I may have all of them in the CAN!

I even have a soundtrack going which includes both Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Little Wing" after which I will ride my Honda Silver Wing while the Old Lady leads the way on her Honda Gold Wing. Man, I'm writing this while I'm coming in on a wing and a prayer. Enough? So be it!

From the CAN: "Enjoy the beer in here."

My Crack developed some spritzing action that reminded me of Devo's "Whip It" video, leading to an inverted Glug. I ended up with a finger-and-a-half of rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy golden-yellow, but Midas told me that he is more into clarity and gave it a pass. Nose had a musty, yeasty quality causing me to wonder what this Dirty Blonde had been up to previously. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness, with a combination of minty hops and a yeasty mustiness on the tongue. Ooh, I like this Dirty Blonde! Then again, I have always had success in Chicago. Where was I? Oh, yes. I let it roll around in my mouth before swallowing and it not only seemed to increase in viscosity, but the grassy, minty hops really amped up in intensity. Phew! If this is the trend for the ABA style, then I am all for it. I wish that I had bought this before my recent beach excursions and it rates a place on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

Photo of AleWatcher
1.93/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Deep golden body, fizzy and bubbly small white head. Moderate lacing and retention.
Smells really pretty malty. Like way too malty. Tastes pretty sweet, sweet and chalky.

Oddly syrupy and chalky feel... Needs more carbonation. Really thin.

Overall-- this is not a beer I will be buying again. This is the worst American golden ale I've had... For a style that should be easy drinking, and quite probably be a good cross-over for BMC drinkers. This beer doesn't impress me, and doesn't impress my BMC drinking friends that sampled it with me.

Photo of NorthsideFred
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Kasey's in Printer's Row, by an attractive bartender. Very cool bar. Great music.

A: Slightly cloudy, dark yellowish-orange, perfect foam, and lacing.

S: Not bad, slight grape scent.

T: Pretty good. For this style, it is hard to beat. Very smooth, with very little aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O: Perfect summer beer. This is not my favorite style, but for this style, it is hard to top this beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Finch's shaker pint glass at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

Thursdays mean $3 pints at WF. Get some. This one pours a clear gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet flowers, and light grass. The taste holds notes of lemon peel, grass, flowers, light pine, very light caramel, and light balsa. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice blonde ale, nothing special, but it's pretty drinkable and moderately enjoyable.

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Golden Wing from Finch's Beer Co.
76 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.