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Golden Wing - Finch's Beer Co.

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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 168
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 15.55%
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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Photo of MasterSki
1.75/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Kristina for sharing this gem. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to hazy, wispy, patches and a thin collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. The body is a lightly hazed golden color.

S - Cereal grains, yeasty bread, some cooked veggies, and a light metallic note. The cereal character reminds me of Cheerios that have been sitting in milk for far too long.

T - Taste is equally horrendous. Cooked cabbage, stale cereal, seltzer water. Finish is mildly astringent. Reminds me of this line from 1984 - "The kitchen sink was full nearly to the brim with filthy greenish water which smelt worse than ever of cabbage. "

M - Grainy, with lower carbonation. Slightly slimy medium-light body. Thankfully no alcohol, although that would have been impressive given the 4.7% ABV.

D - It was a struggle to choke down a few ounces of this one - most of my friends wouldn't even try it after taking one whiff of the glorious aroma. This is on par with Indian Wells for terrible beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.93/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.49/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light golden color with 2 finger white head and good lacing.

S- Macro beer smell. Light malts and some skunkiness.

T- Some sweetness with decent hop bitterness.

M- Thin bodied. Astringent aftertaste from the bitterness.

O- Maybe it's because I don't drink lighter beers like this, but thought this was very sub par. Thought it would be sweeter with more flavor. Again, reminds me too much of a macro.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very slight chill haze that drops after a touch of warming. Dusky gold with a bright-white head. Some lacing. Slightly creamy and bubbly. Looks on point.

Smell: Grass, husk, cereal grains, and a touch of citrus. Some orange rind and lemon zest. Faint touches of wheat. Some toasted malts and a slightly crusty malt aroma. Powdery and grassy. Clean overall.

Taste: Grass and lemon. Wheat tang on the back. so very grassy. Almost like lemon pledge at times. Malts are powdery biscuit/bread crust and mildly sweet. Not a lot going on here. Lemon is the longest lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of moderate, but not water thin. A little dry. Smooth.

Overall: Inoffensive. Easy drinking and enough flavor to be interesting, but not a lot going on.

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Photo of BierStein711
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was water+hops+more hops+hops it seemed.

I would not have this again; the establishment informed us that it was a wheat beer, this was not the case. I would probably never have this beer again as it felt like I was drinking a extra bitter IPA rather than a wheat beer, or whatever this is supposed to be. With all bitterness and no true flavors, its just not what I expected.

This beer was something that I would have if I was forced between a macro or this one.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a translucent golden color with a clean white cap over the entire body.
Aroma is faint with some grainy oats and earthy hops from the smell of things, smells like some saaz or something going on with a lemon accent in there too.
The flavors are owned by the bready biscuity body of grainy malts that dominate this beer, and there is the earthy hops and lemony hops in there as well.

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Photo of zaphodchak
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pounder can poured into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a clear light golden yellow color with a finger of white head that fades back to soapy lacing and a thin film across the top.

The aroma has a bit of perfume-like lemon to coriander character over a slight yeast spicing like black pepper. Minor hints of earth and wheaty grain are also present but they play a very minor supporting role to the lemon inclusion.

The taste has a lemony zesty bitterness almost grassy and solvent and perfune-like. A touch of herbal conponent and faint yeast almost like clove and pepper are noticed with additional sips. However, the oily lemon-like zest and bitterness is the dominating character.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a very light amount of carbonation. It is pretty bitter for a blonde with almost astringent perfume finish. It i ok to say ive tried it but I would avoid ever having this again.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a recent trip through Ohio...

A: Pours a cloudy and yet pure bright yellow. Lemon yellow. There is about a half finger of white head that settles quickly along the edges of the glass. Some lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is corn. It's malty and sweet, like creamed corn.

T: This beer starts out sweet and finishes the same way, but it takes a dip into tart land somewhere in the middle. It's not overly complicated, and I'm just plain bored by this brew.

M: Light bodied beer. Sweet to start, sweet to finish. Nothing lingers.

O: Let's not kid ourselves. This is basically and adjunct lager with some sore of added corn/fruit notes. It's not horrible, but this is a super forgettable beer. There is no need for me to ever have this brew again.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden honey color with a nice looking head that leaves some decent lacing within the glass. Some suspended sediment in the pour, reminds me a bit of an APWA in appearance.

Aroma also triggers my brain to think American Pale Wheat Ale, some sour wheat notes, lemon juice and socks. Some hints of maltiness in the end. Hmmm....

Thankfully the taste is better than the aroma. Solid enough malt flavor with a lemony astringent bitter finish after each sip. Not terrible but certainly not the most drinkable blonde ale on the market.

Overall, I prefer their Cut Throat Pale Ale to this one. It just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer from urwithdave. Thanks Dave!

16oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark yellow color with a white head that thinned out and left some thin trails of lacing.

S - earthy aroma.

T - not exactly sweet malt but kind of earthy with a sour, bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a little fizz to it.

O - it was just ok.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can, no date.

appears a hazy golden color, with bone-white head. smells of sweet grain, a bit yeasty. clean taste, slightly sweet. no hops detected at all. medium body, coats the mouth. medium carbontion. overall it's okay, easy drinking neutral beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a generous 6 oz. sample of this poured during the Finch's brewery tour (on tap).

A: Pours a hazy light amber color with a light off-white head. Nice retention with sheet lacing down the sample glass.

S: Smells lightly hopped up front with a very minimal citrus. I get some nice biscuit malts and a little grassy finish.

T: The taste was an almost carbon copy of the nose, just more pronounced. I get the light citrus with a nice malt backbone. This gives way to an earthy/grassy middle and a light hop bitterness at the end.

M: Medium carbonation with a very dry mouthfeel. It is refreshing though and that dryness keeps drawing you back for more.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of blonde ales, but I did enjoy this brew very much. I like the grassy notes in the nose and mouth quite a bit.

Edit: The can version is not too king to this review. I have edited to reflect.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light copper color mixed with soft tarnushed brass. Good bubbling, great head and foam retention for all 16 ozs.

Old grass clippings, soft, sweet biscuits, toasted malts. Then theres some metallic and semingly adjuncty aromas.

Toasted and super grassy upfront. The middle gets metallic and musty, with soft toasty undertones. The finish is a creamy, frothy, faint metallic grass and wonderbread.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, vivid solar yellow with a decent white head. Yeasty aroma has malty and hoppy hints, and though not strong still invites a sip. Malty flavor is surprisingly hoppy, not as yeasty as the aroma, and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. Texture is smooth with average body and fizz, but still refreshing. If you like blonde ales (I prefer darker ones), let this one fly down your throat.

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Photo of rangerred
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

160z can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a half finger white head. Head quickly fades to just a thin lace leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass as the beer is drunk.

Aroma is quite yeasty with Some toasted malt and lemony notes. A little bit of grass as well.

The flavor expands on the characteristics found in the aroma with more toasted malt along with grass and hay. There are some lemon and peach notes along with a little bit of butterscotch. Bitterness is moderate with a fairly dry mouthfeel throughout. Nice crisp finish.

Overall, there is not a lot to this beer but that is typical for the style. This is a great summer brew and a perfect thirst quencher on a hot day. More flavor than bmc and overall, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

LOOK: Pours a hazed golden color, with a bone white tightly beaded head that leaves good lacing behind.

SMELL: Bready malts and crackery yeast. Some lemon and floral hop notes. Pinch of wheat.

TASTE: Mild tea like hops, creamed malt, wheat. Perfumeish hops translate to a flavor of edible flowers. Biscuit, bread, mild tangy green apple fruitiness in the finish. So lemony and tea like its vaguely reminiscent of a bitter shandy. Pretty mellow and easy drinking.

FEEL: Thin feel, carbonation is low but has a small zing to it. Quite watery and loose in the finish, which is disappointing.

OVERALL: There are some things to like about this beer, it looks good and tastes good, but it really lacks depth and body.

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Golden Wing from Finch's Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.