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Golden Wing - Finch's Beer Co.

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 168
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 7.88%
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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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 168
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. (669 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.2/5  rDev -3%
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. (398 characters)

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! (407 characters)

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. (489 characters)

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. (584 characters)

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. (661 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (632 characters)

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. (966 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (475 characters)

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. (546 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (403 characters)

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. (758 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
1.75/5  rDev -47%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- One inch tall fizzly head on a clear pale yellow beer. Very fine sediment within the body. Pretty darn good lacing and decent head retention.

S- Bready. Hints of lemon zest.

T- Initial sweetness followed immediately by a lemony citrus flavor and a hop bite. Not much to it but refreshing none-the-less. ABV matches well with actual presence in the taste.

M- Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium-thin.

D/O- Great in the refreshment department, lacking in the flavor one...but that's not a blondes strong suit anyways. Would have again, perhaps next summer paired with a chicken meal on the streets of Chicago somewhere. Thanks for the small "keep'em tickin'" trade to kawilliams81! (691 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (354 characters)

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... (931 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (391 characters)

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. (1,208 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of KBomb
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a little cloudiness. A good finger and a half of foam head leaves generous lacing all the way to the end.

Smell has a little biscuity malt aroma with a bit of grassy/floral hops (maybe just a faint touch of citrus in the mix).

Taste is assertively hopped for a Blonde Ale. Malt flavor is minimal. Hops have a little bit of a grassy, dandelion taste. Hoppy, but with a fairly clean finish. Not bad.

Medium body weight; nice enough carbonation for a crisp, light feel.

A fine beer, without a lot of turn-ons or turn-offs (and that's okay). (564 characters)

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. (688 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (876 characters)

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. (544 characters)

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. (445 characters)

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