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Gold - O'Fallon Brewery

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60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.14
pDev: 18.47%
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:
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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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 87
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a decent white head, with not much retention or lacing. Aroma is of slightly sweet malt and a bit of floral hops and fruitiness. Taste has a touch of the sweetness noted in the aroma nicely balanced with some hops towards the finish. Nothing to exciting here, as seems to be the case with the style. Might make for a nice summer session once in a while or a "crossover" for your macro drinking buddies, as there is definitely more flavor than a BMC but nothing overkill. Even though it is nothing too exciting, I thought it was good.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.82/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden in color and crystal clear. Absolutely zero head developed. Quick moving but sparse streams of carbonation. Only a few spots of lace.

A weak blend of yeast and malt. A second sip has a subtly fruitiness that has a distinct presence of strawberries over other fruits. Minimal hops bitterness.

Extremely yeasty taste hit the tongue strong. A light strawberry taste is hidden in the back of the taste. Lack of any hops presence keeps this too sweet.

Just an average thickness in the mouth. Carbonation abounds on the tongue and tingles all the way down.

Just above average. This one would wash down summer picnic food nicely. A definte beer to enjoy in a session if you want something without a lot of bitterness.

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Photo of zeff80
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev +21%
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..

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Photo of Bighuge
3.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of xav33
2.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

O'Fallon Gold
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a goblet
Recent bottling, prospected 11/06

Poured a clear dirty gold (orange and brown tints on yellow) with a white fizzy quickly diminishing head.

Smelt of light perfume and grass hops with light malt tones.

Taste was upfront light bittersweet biscuit and perfume hops followed by a light bitter dirty grain on a short finish. Palate was light bodied, watery and fizzy.

Overall, its too watery and simple to be sipped on and enjoyed. I'm disappointed I had to get a glass dirty for this one. A tasty summer quencher straight out of the bottle, at best.

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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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of bort11
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Color is a hazy golden amber. Fizzy white head that jumps up at first but quickly recedes. Decent lacing. Smell is a little grassy with some honey sweetness and a lot of vegetable notes. Taste is almost like broccoli with malts. There are some other hop flavors, but I can't get over the vegetable flavor. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied. i don't think I would want to try this again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of Chaz
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is rather subdued, with a slight hint of biscuity malt but none of the hop presence that we all seem to love hereabouts. Powers a hazy golden (chill haze in the summer heat, boyee!) in color with a medium-firm amount of carbonation. Not quite crisp and not quite medium-bodied, malty but with a nice lingering bitterness and . .. definitely lager-like (but with none of those pesky macro lager adjunct qualities) and reminiscent of a Kolsch. This one actually surprises me with its smooth and easy drinking nature, and it's definitely something I could session - perhaps this is the type of beer that I always wished Redhook Blonde would be @_@ ?!?

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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.)

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Photo of tarrbaby
4.13/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer tastes more like an amber than a blonde. Color is a bright copper, also resembling ambers. Very high malt taste and smell- a hint of grapes, very low hops. A bit of a carbonation feel at the finish. Full flavor for a blonde. Very drinkable beer

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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.

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Photo of whynot44
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice coppery gold color with a very modest head that is gone if you blink.

The aroma is very mild, mostly sweet malt as far as I could tell.

The taste is mild sweet malt with just a hint of caramel and a bit of floral hops that shows up a little more in the aftertaste along with a hint of cardboard..

Light/medium bodied and easy enough to drink. A little on the sweet side but still light on flavor. Not bad, but not particularly interesting either.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Tang07
2/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As I travel around this great world I like to taste the local beers. Being that was in O'Fallon, I figured that I'd have an O'Fallon Gold.

That was probably not the best idea that I had today.

The beer poured into the pilsner glass and looked quite good; a nice rich darkish golden color. That is where this beer's good points ended. There was no smell to speak of and there was no taste to speak of. It has less flavor and body than say the St. Louis staple, Bud Light.

Weak head.

NO FLAVOR to speak of. If you concentrate, maybe you can detect a whisper of hops followed by a hint of malt.

I can't say that it tasted bad because it didn't taste like anything at all. It was a complete waste of time.

I guess that it's a beer for people who want to look like they are driking something good but don't really like the taste of good beer????

I'm not sure how this place stays in business. Maybe their other beers are OK. I wasn't really in the mood to keep experimenting after having this one.

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Gold from O'Fallon Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.