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329 Lager | Golden Road Brewing

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Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 03-24-2014

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 79
Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

329 days of sun translates to a lot of sunshine. Living an hour southeast of the brewery's location, the weather here is not much different. Even in December, I can be found wearing shorts. But I digress. There's 12 ounces of lager inside this can, which shall see the light. On to the beer:

Based on color, this could be confused as a Bud Light, as its color is as pale as pee yellow. The head formed thick and rocky on top. Retention is adequate and it leaves a few splashes of lace. The aroma is clean and fruity with a zest of hay and grass. I'd say that this is on target.

Hay and a whisper of diacetyl start off this lager's taste. I prefer if the latter were out of the picture, but sometimes things don't work out perfect. There's a twang of fruitiness from the yeast and a little grass. It's light boded with a light crispness and has a slick aftertaste.

Compared to fresh German counterparts, 329 Days of Sun is a step below. But at least it's drinkable during the many sunny days LA encounters.

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Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of LXIXME
2.34/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I tried this on draft at the Lab Gastropub. I don't believe they intended this beer to taste like this, either they need to clean the lines, get a new keg, or something. Golden Road needs to get this fixed.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.57/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce can poured into a can-shaped glass.

Nice golden body with spritzy carbonation. A bit of haziness though. Foamy head a finger and a half thick and pale white in color. 4.25

Smells like absolutely nothing. No malt aroma and no hop presence. 1

A bit skunky and a bit of sweet, bready maltiness. More filling than an adjunct lager and a bit more flavor, but pretty tame overall. Plenty of non-craft drinkers would get down with this. 3

Not quite as light as I'd expect for a 4.something percenter. Medium-bodied and sweet maltiness up front and then a light bitter finish. Very unoffensive. With more lightness I'd like this better. 2.75

Decent brew. Unremarkable.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dertyd
2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fatehunter
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is mild grains and a little lemon.
The taste mild balance of bitter and malty sweet.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's an average light(er) lager.

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Photo of Giesch
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmoen
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RaulMondesi
2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sampled out of a can provided by the nice bartender at Beachwood in Seal Beach, CA.

Ay mami! No mas! This literally is Budweiser. Budweiser in a hipster can.

Smells like the Inland Empire and tastes like a skunk that got ran over on the 91.

This thang is just rank. It is rank on all levels.


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Photo of Absolut
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of errantnight
4/5  rDev +21.2%

A really solid, borderline excellent APL. Honestly, I'm not sure what more you would want out of a beer in this style bracket without busting firmly outside it. It's well balanced, with nice malt and biscuit flavors, with a clean, bitter finish. No off flavors, not thin and flabby. This is better than a lot of other craft "pilsners" that bring more character but fail to deliver a drinkable beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of kerry4porters
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Modernrickk
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of evbro
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chill hazed yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells floral and slightly of grapefruit. Smells slightly of lime.

Starts out mildly sweet with a fruity flavor. Some burned sugars and caramel. Medium level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a little better than Budweiser.

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Photo of 33JESUS
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of NotDarkEnough
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

329's sold in 12 oz. cans around L.A. -- not too hard to locate, for those looking

A: Light yellow with a foamy white head. If you didn't know any better, you'd think this was a BMC brew by appearance.

S: And this is where the differentiation starts: You get a mild amount of malt aromas and some fresh, clean floral scents that certainly set it apart from other lighter lagers on the market.

T: Bitter, but extremely mild. No overwhelming flavors, but still manages to be a well-balanced beer.

M: Medium carbonation and clean, light finish. Doesn't take much effort to drink this at all.

O: If you're looking for a great day drinking option and want to avoid BMC options (likely), this is a great selection. While not overly full on flavor, you certainly feel like you're enjoying a well-constructed brew. Worth a try if you find it.

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Photo of RodFod
2.64/5  rDev -20%

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329 Lager from Golden Road Brewing
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