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Gold - O'Fallon Brewery

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 12-26-2002

The original beer from our brewery…a smooth golden ale with three types of barley, two varieties of hops and fresh Kolsch yeast. It’s cold-conditioned and carefully filtered for a clear, beautifully colored, delicious beer.

10 IBU
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 60
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Photo of merlin48
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear golden amber body with a small offwhite head that leaves some spiderweb lacing on the glass. Aroma has some bready caramel malt and vague floral fruitiness. Medium body and carbnation. Taste is earthy and spicy hop bitterness and a balancing sweet malt backbone. Not bad, but rather pedestrian.

Photo of brewgetter
2.21/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Beer pours a very nice golden color, a little lacing in the head, maybe a little watery though, doesn't stay around for long. Smell is yeasty and malty, reminds me of a halfway drinkable macro, maybe MGD. Taste follows suit, nothing that good about it, leaves that macro feeling in your mouth, bleh.

I realize that a lot of breweries feel they need to make a beer like this to attract the BMC crowd, but for me, it turns me off from this brewery. I bought all of their regular brews and am hoping it gets much better from here.

Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm still catching up on notes. These are a few weeks old.

A simple label has a graphic of a prospecter panning for gold in a stream. The color is close to the name, though a little darker. The head is nearly white and fades to foam after a short time. Lacing is spotty. When did O'Fallon start using screw caps?
The aroma is grains, with more hops bitterness than expected and a strong malts balance.
The taste seems to follow suit, but seems more like an alt (I didn't know the style when I was drinking it) than a blonde. The flavor unfortunately goes bland after a while, then ends with a sour finish.
The body is light and the feel is a bit slick with a strong but not overbearing carbonation giving a consistent crispness.
I've had some great ones from o'Fallon. This isn't bad, but it's not up to par.

Photo of russpowell
3.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Some lacing & no head retention

S: Cereal & a bit of lemon

T: Lemony & some grainyness & biscuitty malt up front. Honey & lemon as this warms in light doses. Finishes grainy with some citrus hops

MF: Light bodied, a bit watery with low carbonation

Drinks alright, maybe one to wean folks off of BMC, otherwise, pass

Photo of BeerZack
2.52/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle; more elaborate label that the one pictured

Orangey-straw color with a thin ring of white bubble, no lacing.

Smells sweet and slightly bready.

Not much taste, light caramel.

Very watery mouthfeel, besides the carbonation sting.

I wouldn't normally buy this beer anyway (was brought back from a roadtrip by my brother), but I won't be buying or drinking it again. Very light, very watery and trace hops- almost tastes like an Non-Alcoholic beer.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.09/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dull golden in color, clinging yet tiny head. A massive toasted wheat bread aroma, grains and fresh honey. Very thin and carbonated, but a masked offering of flavors. A sweet blast of honey noticed up front, rather thin bodied, cereal like sweetness. Barley flakes and some oats noticed in the body. A sweetness that is just too much. The flagship brand? Come on. It’s time to re-tag a different franchise player and/or stick to the seasonal offerings.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pure 14K or 18K golden color with a bright white head.
Aroma was light with some grass and hay and some light bread tones. Just a hint of some perfumed light hop oil.
Flavor was very pale malt and just a touch of caramel. Pretty sweet for a lighter style but tasty nonetheless. Thirst quenching.
Mouthfeel was light but balanced. Sweet, almost honey note creeps in the front but is cut by just the right amount of balanced hops to make solid.
Drinkability was above average. Definitely a light style but really a decent quaffing brew that I imagine is pretty solid on draught.

Photo of Taipans
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this a few times on tap and from the bottle. This review was from the tap at the "Texas road house" bar and grill in O'Fallon.

A- Dark Amber, clear, carbonated. Once I got it the head was gone so I am not sure how much appears at pour.
S- Smells pretty plain, possibly a touch of sweetness
T- Good overall taste, very typical for the style. Light hoppyness followed by a touch of maltiness.
M- Light bodied and smooth, good carbonation
D- Easily drinkable, maybe I am partial since its a local brew but its not bad.

Overall I like O'fallon brewerys beers, this one is a simple light ale that goes down easy.

Photo of Erdinger2003
1/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dull appearance without head. Watery smell that roughly reminds me of beer, but I can't tell. Taste is lacking any flavor of beer. Bad without body, flavor, or taste. Mouthfeel was like sucking on water with a hint of beer. I could not have another one of these beers.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a somewhat hazed gold color with very little white foam. A little disappointing looking beer, really.

Nose consists of cream soda sweetness, buttered toffee and a kiss of pear-like fruitiness. Not impressed here either.

Flavor is a bit better, but still has a little buttery graininess to it. Very little hops, yeast is fairly tame and pretty much maintains a light feel to it all the way through. If you're into craft, this one aint for you. But feel free to have a sixer in the fridge for your macro friends if you are so inclined, they wont know the difference.

Photo of MTNboy
4.07/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Augusta beer festival.

Appearance: It is true to its name it has a nice golden color body. There is average lace and a frothy light tan head.

Smell: It has a very clean pure aroma. It is very mild for the most part but crisp with equal tones of hops and malt.

Taste: It is based on Kolsch and it stays true to that style. It has clean malty taste with just the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light with some slight fizz to the body.

Drinkability: Very refreshing.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a bit dark for "gold" with a 1/4 inch of head. Lacing is slightly sticky

S - Smells of grains and malts mostly. No real hops and then I drink.

T - Not bad for a blond it has a good bit of sweetness to keep the grains in check and even has a bit of hop bite. Still it's just ok.

M - Light bodied for sure.

Overall it was cool to find both the IPA and gold at my local place but they are nothing more than a lackluster tick.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label has changed from the example picture ... pours a clear, clean light gold straw color with a white, rocky head. Sporadic lacing in the pint glass. Nose is of subtle fruity hops, sweet malt, and grains. Very delicate nose. Palate is similar in every respect, with easy going malt and hop character ... easy but not wimpy. The flavor is there. Pleasant fruitiness. Mouthfeel is light and the beer has ample carbonation. A good "American Blonde" in the Kolsch tradition. This is a beer to offer your macro-swilling friends. Non-threatening, but substantive. Solid.

Photo of TheSarge
3.64/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really fizzy, golden colored and clear body. Not any head retention, but what I did see was off white, but totally vanished seconds after the pour.

Aroma wise it's pretty husky and grainy, along with a slight fruitiness. It actually reminds me a lot of a koelsch style beer.

The taste shares the traits of the aroma, except for a honey like flavor in the end.

This brew is crisp, light, and refreshing. Not a bad summer BBQ beer. Overall this beer isn't bad. If you would have told me this was a koelsch, I would have believed it.

Photo of RBorsato
4.32/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold and clear with a nice full off-white head, subtle carbonation, and spotty lace. Light hop, light fruity, and light malt aromas. Lightly sweet malt flavor dominates the profile with some fruitiness underneath. Light-medium bodied with a smooth character.

Seems to be a text book Kolsch ... not really my style though so not sure.

Per OB website: 3 types of barley, 2 varieties of hops, and fresh Kolsch yeast.

($2.69 / 22 oz.)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle of this from bort11 in a recent trade. I am pouring a room temp bottle into a pint glass.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color with a bleached white head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a thin surface layer quickly.
The aroma is white grapes, grassy hops, grainy malt, some caramel and a bit of bready yeast.
The first sip reveals a lite body with very fine and fizzy carbonation that foams up greatly with a swirl around my mouth.
The flavor starts with some sweet caramel and white grape, moves to a bit of grainy malt and finishes fairly dry and a bit of grassy hop character. My mouth is very dry after each sip and urges me to drink more to remoisten my palate.
No hint of alcohol anywhere. I think this is a great summer beer and I will try the other bottle after being chilled in the fridge for a few hours.
A crisp easy drinker. Not bad.

Photo of karst
3.59/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle no best by date < :20 sec head of course foam. Suspended floaties - sparce but noticable otherwise a clear gold tending towards bright copper.

Sweet inviting fruity aroma. Grainy almost lager-like taste with light hops and a German style Kölsch at the end. Light mouthfeel perfect for the style.

My guess is that it is pretty well constructed according to the American Blonde ale. The last blonde I had was full of diacetyl. Not so with OFallon Gold. Started at 40° F but this beer's taste peaks around 50° F.

From Granite City, Corral Liquors. Maybe a little past its best by date although I have kept is refrigerated as OFallon recommends.

Photo of Realale
3.76/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gorgeous full gold, with just the slightest blush of color. 3/4 inch tight foam head settles slowly to a thin, complete cap. Very appetizing-looking pint.

Nose is subtle spicy hops with a rich bready maltiness underneath. Balance tilts fully towards malt on the palate, with a nice Kolsch-like fruitiness kicks in.

Quite light-bodied and flavored, but its well-balanced and there are lots of interesting things going on. Is this an all-barley brew? Perhaps a bit of wheat is in the grain bill. This would be a nice quaffer at the ballgame.

Photo of shadow1961
2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

O'Fallon Gold pours a lofty head that collapses quickly over a clear amber brew.
Carbonation is pretty sedate, and the nose is lager yeast and malt. The flavor is
light barley malt up front with a hint of some kind of hop in the finish. Barley grain
in the aftertaste. Might have been interesting if it was hopped a bit more. Got it 'cause
it was part of a variety pack. You win some, you lose some. Not competent enough.

Photo of jokelahoma
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden and crystal clear into a pint glass. Nice head formed immediately, but fell rather rapidly to almost nothing.

The nose is almost all malt. I smell no hops in here at all. It's just the earthy pale base malt smell. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

The taste does have a tinge of bitterness to it up front. That bitterness actually lingers longer than might be expected due to the fact the malt backbone isn't that strong. Considering this is a blonde ale, that's just about what you'd expect. The malt that is there is firm and clean, with just a slight hint of caramel (although my tongue may be playing tricks on me).

The mouthfeel is extremely light, again about what you would expect from a blonde ale. It isn't watery, however. Just thinnish.

This is an extremely drinkable ale, provided you know what you're getting yourself in to. It's an American Blonde, a style that is as much an introduction to craft beers as anything. It's a training wheels beer, if you will, for those who aren't deeply into craft brews, and want to try to move up from the macros they're used to. It would also make an excellent lawnmower brew. It's not going to have the character of an Imperial IPA, nor should it. For what it's supposed to be, it's dead-on. Nice, and one I'd recommend to any friends wanting to branch out into craft brews, or who think all craft beers are huge, dark, oily behemoths, unapproachable by mere mortals.

Photo of tfarmstrong
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to write about here... Average beer.

A- golden color, cidery like head

S - some malt, no hops

T - a microbrew take on Budwiser (not the tasty Czech variety)

M - Average

O - A dead average beer, I feel like they are attempting to make a microbrew version of Budwiser, my question is why?

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely gold in color, clear with a decent head and pretty good lace.

It's quite malty in smell and taste, more aromatic and flavorful than you'd expect from a blonde ale. Sweet with some grainy notes and a pretty good light to almost slightly medium body. It's not bad stuff at all.

Overall it's an easy afternoon beer for barbeque, watching football or even doing chores. Not too heavy and pretty easy to drink. Not bad.

Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color with a decent head ans some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, fresh grain and a bit of malt in the background.

T: Taste is of fresh grain and a bit of citrus. there is a mild sweetness with a touch of bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp, smooth and somewhat refreshing.

O: Decent beer. One of the better Blond Ales I have had. If nothing else it is non-offensive and goes well with food.

Photo of Tone
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color. Decent head (more than 1/4 inch) with poor retention and only slight lacing. Smells a lager with a slightly sweet wheat aroma. Fits the style. Tastes of a lager with a sweet wheat background. Overall, a vast improvement after drinking PBR, Old Style, Schlitz, etc...

Photo of jdc8d8
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local brewer in my hometown.

Have had several times in bottle and on tap.

Owner Tony told me he was inspired by old style Budweiser, which was before my drinking days.

Has a nice bite from the grains used and a clean after taste.

Will order over any mass produced products on tap any day of the week.

Great job Tony!

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