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Gold - O'Fallon Brewery

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: maxpower on 12-26-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apricot-amber with the body of the beer favoring the former and the margins favoring the latter. Occasional large-bubbled carbonation zips up to an average looking cap the color of old newspaper. It sticks around long enough to be polite, but rudely fails to deposit much of any lace. Not a bad look for a blonde; not great either.

Likewise the nose. Minimally toasted (if at all) pale malt combines with lightly spicy hops that probably originated in Deustchland. It all adds up to a by-the-numbers aroma that really makes no missteps even as it fails to impress. Might the flavor have more personality? I hope so.

Gold is a malt-first beer that tastes like a mixture of pale, caramel and Munich to me. Assuming I'm right, I'd shuffle the percentages a bit to see if I could come up with something a little more tasty. It's honeyish without being all that sweet and is barely hoppy at all. There appears to be enough ingredients on hand, they just don't result in anything exciting.

Warming fails to bring about anything of interest and as time passes, the beer loses what modest carbonation it had immediately after the pour. I don't mean to focus on Gold's negatives because it really is decent beer. It's just that it makes no moves to be anything better than decent. More hops might help, but then that's usually my suggested fix.

The body is solidly medium and even has a trace of creaminess about it. I guess there's a little life left in those bubbles after all. Although this isn't what I'd call a crisp, refreshing beer, it is satisfying it its own way. Actually, its strength might be in being paired with all manner of 'tailgate' foods. It sure beats the hell out of Missouri's better known beer for that purpose.

As a jack of all trades, O' Fallon's original beer isn't a bad choice for Midwesterners. As long as you don't expect to hit the mother lode and are satisfied with a few measly nuggets, Gold will get the job done.

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured out an orange/gold color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grains and yeast.

T - Tasted very sweet and of grains.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A very light-bodied brew.

D - It was an okay blonde. Not something I'd rush out to buy again, but not bad.

Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  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 feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale orange/golden hue, light, white suds above, big carbonation.

Grainy nose, clean and free of flavor...just a wispy cereal-ness.

Taste: light, clean, watery...very lager-y. Some citrus, lemony, minor hops...Light body, easy drinkability, a cinch to toss back in July weather, with enough taste to keep a smile on your lips.

Not bad. Not my personal first choice, but a pleasant, light brew when that's what the occasion calls for.

thanks to Chaz for the sample!

Photo of Tone
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Bighuge
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep golden. Thin off white head. Lace is spotty. Nice nose. Floral aromatics with some fruitiness. Light bready malts are noticeable. Pretty basic flavor profile. Some sweet grainy like malts. A little fruitiness. Hops are barely perceptible. This is o.k.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 twiggamortis420
2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
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 RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +38.3%
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 ZAP
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Regal golden color...slight haze but this looks impressive and inviting

S-Nice freshly baked bread aroma...a little hint of vanilla and almond as well..

T-Not as impressive as the aroma leads you to believe but tasty none-the-less....moderately malty with a lightly bready impression...a little lemon peel citrus on the finish adds some zest.

M-Medium to light bodied...moderate carbonation...

D-A nice little golden ale...relatively flavorfull for the style. I'd buy this again..

Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev +8%
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 mynie
1.78/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Most of the time when I say a beer is gold I mean that it's just a nice shade of yellow. But this beer--this is GOLD. This is like enhanced, QVC jewlery kind of gold.

Smells weakly of simple malt. Very weak.

Tastes very much like it smells. Seltzer water up front, moving into a slight hint of sweetness, ending in the horrible malt of a macro. Mix Bud and club soda and this is what you get.

This is a pretty beer but that's it. Avoid.

Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy orange-blond color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of light caramel, and sugary berries. The taste is mildly fruity with a grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. It has enough flavor and aroma, but is quite one-dimensional and boring.

Photo of merlin48
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Vancer
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good looking pint – looked somewhat gold/amber with a nice whitish head, but I was in a darkened Timber Creek Bar & Grill. Faint malty aroma. First taste in the mouth was fairly grainy, and balanced with the hops. But, I agree with a couple other reviews, this beer has a strange and not pleasant finish – a kinda funky, bready, almost reminding me of an old stale lager. Maybe just my taste, but I only had 2 pints and switched to something else.

Photo of birchstick
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - golden in color, as its name suggests, with a nice head.
S - definite wheat tones, some sweeter malts, a bit of lemon as well
T - a tad bit of malts, followed by a honey and citrus blend, which is followed by a huge wheat presence that overshadows everything else.
MF - very, very smooth
D - this is okay, not my favorite wheat beer, but it's okay.

Photo of Mitchster
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed 8 pack, but sadly amiss of the Smoked Porter, even though it says so on the box. What a crock!

Brewed with 3 types of barley, 2 varieties of hops and Kolsch yeast. Cold-conditioned and filtered.

Pours out to a clear orange, forming a soapy light yellow head which quickly recedes into nothingness within seconds, leaving no lace behind. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is sparse, but when swirled, exhudes sweetly husky crystal, munich, and pale malts with some faint floral hops and a clean ferment. Mouthfeel is odd at first...almost sour in it's bite, but then dissipates into a medium body. A bigger body than the 4.9% ABV would have you believe. The taste begins with sourness, almost as if it was a yeast by-product and the sourness of carbonation. No hops up front, then some grainy malt husk with moderate sweetness in the middle, and then a very mild bitterness in the end with a touch of hay. Cleanly fermented. Hops taste like Saaz or Hallertau.

Relatively easy to drink, but that sour mouthfeel takes me by surprise with every gulp. An odd, but decent brew.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.6/5  rDev +15%
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 CRJMellor
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Redrover
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one while attending a industry event in St. Lois. I must admit I was glad to see some choices besides AB products.

Beer was a nice gold with a decent head.

The smell was on the lighter side, some fresh bread, hints of hops and a little grass. Not bad, but not assertive enough.

The taste was slightly skewered to the sweet side of the spectrum. The hops seemed to be subdued until about ½ way through the beer. They then added some nice floral taste and bit of balance.

Mouthfeel was slightly thin, but the carbonation seemed spot on for this beer, The beer was easy to drink in a non-threatening way. While not a top notch beer, it was not to bad and I would have another.

Photo of thufflife
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
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 beergoot
2.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Big gold color with huge carbonation bubbles that ultimately leave a very thin, wispy head. Strong grain and caramel aroma. Syrupy sweet flavor with a sharp, metallic bitterness; grapefruit; twinge of brown sugar. Medium bodied but very coarse on the tongue.

A very mediocre beer, very disjointed as far as mixing all the malt and hop components together in a satisfying, well-balanced package. Not a drain pour, but pretty forgettable. Rough and bruising and, personally, I'd rather have a canned Budweiser...

Photo of Chucker17
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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Gold from O'Fallon Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.