Woodie Gold - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4.8/5 rDev +42.9%
Poured to a yellow hazy color on my glass. This beer carries a hoppy aroma with a hint of apricot aroma. The head on this pour was very mild but did not take anything away from the great taste of this beer. The overall taste is of a beer that is not over the top bitter and not so mild. I think its a well balanced taste that makes Woodie Gold an instant winner on my list. Love them Pilsners!
06-30-2010 06:03:44 | More by sergio1va
4.6/5 rDev +36.9%
This was just excellent. If you are looking for a flavorful, refreshing, go-to beer for the summer, this is it. I've just finished my second six-pack and plan to add another sixer to the wife's grocery list.
It has a distinct, yellow tint. The head is not particularly huge or long-lasting, but is that what you really want on a hot, summer day? The best description of this beer is "well-balanced." Mr. Strauss seems to know what he is doing. I detect malt, citrus, and a gentle hop note that puts a smile on my face.
If you like "hop water" instead of beer, then this is not your beer. Go grab an IPA or your neighbor's home brew instead. If you are a San Diegan who needs a huge, hoppy brew, buy something from Stone instead. Otherwise, San Diego, you have a winner in Woodie Gold. Mmmm...
07-31-2010 07:09:22 | More by 1realbeer
4.47/5 rDev +33%
Appearance- The body is light, clear gold with a foamy white head. Some head retention. Very little lacing.
Aroma- Very nice balnace between a soft malt sweetness, subdued graininess, and a tiny hint of lemon and floral hops. Also get a very subtle, sweet smelling wood aroma.
Taste- This is one of Karl's better beers. Is has a very nice mix of malt sweetness, a subdued graininess and just enough hop bitterness to let you know it's beer.
Mouthfeel- Mouthfeel is also very nice. Medium to slightly heavy body with just the right level of carbonation. Just sticky enough to coat your mouth and give you an excellent after-taste.
Drinkability- Very nice. Good for day-time drinking or relxing with. I am really impressed.
05-24-2007 02:29:07 | More by theopholis
4.15/5 rDev +23.5%
Pours a golden straw color with a half finger of white foam that melts to a ring of thin lacing.
For some reason this was very different and much more enjoyable to me in the bottle.
Aromas are very light and slightly floral...only a touch of lager yeast smells are present so less of a biscuit smell than most American attempts at this style. There is definitely a presence of fruit in both the aroma and the taste. Refreshing.
Mouthfeel is very substantial for this style with lots of tiny, tingly carbonation.
Taste is bright and light. Touch of very pale malt sweetness then a little fruitiness, then some mild citrus hops.
Aftertaste is very clean and fresh.
One of the best.
12-16-2006 21:38:31 | More by IntriqKen
3.9/5 rDev +16.1%
Had this on tap at several locations in San Diego.
Pours a fairly solid straw color w/a decent amount of head. The taste is mostly a good dose of sweet malt with just a bit of hop bitterness there. I see it classified as a German Pils", but I would probably say it's more like a Helles with a little more hop punch. Lots of bready flavors in there. Nothing awesome, but very highly drinkable and somewhat interesting for a good session brew.
08-08-2007 02:57:37 | More by AustinBeerLvr
3.88/5 rDev +15.5%
Appearance - Pours a clear yellow with no real lacing to speak of.
Smell - just a slight whiff of hops and not much else detectable.
Taste - crisp with just a slighlty bitter hop presence.
Mouthfeel - smooth and drinkable.
Overall - above average pilsener could easily drink several of these in a session.
05-07-2011 03:16:32 | More by ejimhof
3.88/5 rDev +15.5%
Consumed 6/13 at Redondo Beach Brewing at LAX airport
Served in a pint glass
A: This beer pours a murky yellow with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes immediately leaving wispy lacing on the glass.
S: Nose is somewhat fruity, grain, and hints of grassy hops.
T: Taste pale malts on the forefront, hints of wheat and grain through the middle mixed with mild honey fruitiness. Finish is of a light grassy hop note.
M: Light body, moderate carbonation, nice crisp body with a dry finish.
D: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not much of a kick. This isn't a knock your socks off beer, but it's pretty simple and nicely balanced. Nice enough flavoring and a nice ABV to make this a sessionable beer.
06-18-2010 14:15:17 | More by Jayli
3.63/5 rDev +8%
Picked up a six at the Pasadena Whole Foods while visiting Southern California for work. Pours nicely, decent white head, decent lacing, looks very much the classic pilsner. Smells a little better than average, with a hint of florals coming from the above-average hops.
This tastes good. Has that classic pilsner taste, nice bite, with a better-than-average hop characteristic that doesn't overwhelm. Crisp dry finish. Blessedly, they didn't go overboard on the fizz, so mouthfeel was good for the style.
Overall, a really drinkable brew that was greatly appreciated in the midst of a SoCal heat wave. Nothing world-shakingly special, but a very solid session brew. I'd go for this again on a hot day.
05-20-2008 16:42:38 | More by Newsman
3.63/5 rDev +8%
A - Pours very clear, very light honey. Some small near white head, leaves instantly.. Some cling lace near the surface.
S - Very light malt and the hint of very light hops.
T - Light crisp.. maltier than I expected giving it some nice structure. Bittering is evident at finish. Not much needed, not much given.
M - Well carbed and balanced.
D - No offensive or tiring flavors. Easy stuff.
02-24-2011 03:02:59 | More by srandycarter
3.58/5 rDev +6.5%
A&S - Pours an obvious golden blonde, with a slim white head, tons of bubbles coming off the bottom even 10 minutes after the pour. Smell is mostly covered up but hints of light malt, light hops, light bready yeast.
T&M - Extremely crisp and light, goes down very smooth and tastes very refreshing. Finishes with the slightest stickiness and hop presence. Mouthfeel is light bodied.
O - A great session beer, and one of my favorites from KS.
I might consider this to be my go to pilsner for summer hang-outs, next to things like Longboard Lager. Its a shame they advertise more of Red Trolley than anything else. RT didn't live up to the hype in my book but I highly recommend you check out Tower 10 IPA and Woodie Gold, tastes better in SD where the beer and air is fresher! Stay thirsty my friends.
08-12-2011 06:28:55 | More by NickRivers
3.55/5 rDev +5.7%
On tap at Karl Strauss.
A: Burnished gold with a large white sea foam head. Much lighter in color than, say, a coy fish, which is more of a majestic orange rather than light gold and transparent. Another aptly named beer.
S: Biscuit, grain, and toasted bread blend with a light noble hop presence that's floral and somewhat grassy.
T: Grainy with light toasted notes and a low bitterness. This is very clean. Elegant and innocent in its simplicity.
M: Light in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp.
Overall: This grew on me. It's another somewhat simple but well executed beer that a man could drink pitchers of if afforded a comfortable seat with an advantageous view.
12-23-2011 22:55:25 | More by HopHead84
3.45/5 rDev +2.7%
(This review is sung to the tune of "Takin' Retards to the Zoo")
Was a boring day, got nothing to do
So I'll open up a bottle of local brew
Moving right onto the beer, moving right on to the beer:
Twist off top, pour it in a glass
Gold colored lager, head is fading fast
Smells imported, but it is not
Stinky grains and grass is all I got
Moving right on to the taste, moving right onto the taste:
Clean and crisp and medium bodied
Honey and hops is what it's embodied
Lightly flavored, and has nice balance
Three or four bottles, that's my allowance
This review is over now, this review is over now..oww.
01-11-2008 00:36:39 | More by DoubleJ
3.43/5 rDev +2.1%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - One finger white head has no retention to speak of. Pour is a clear yellowish gold.
S - Honey and some breadiness, but really not too much there.
T - Slightly sweet breadiness with some honey and caramel notes in the finish as well as a faint tartness.
M - Mild carbonation and fairly watery.
D - A decent session brew, but there are others with more character.
12-26-2009 20:51:40 | More by deruiz10
3.4/5 rDev +1.2%
On-tap at George's in north San Diego.
Pours a clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of light pilsner malts, diacetyl, and grassy hop aromas, in that order. The diacetyl isn't overpowering but it also isn't pleasant. As the beer warms the hop aromas turn slightly citrus but remain on the grassy side.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malt flavors kick things off before being joined by moderate amounts of buttery flavors. The diacetyl isn't quite as pronounced as in the nose, leaving room for more robust hop flavors. Grassy, earthy, and slightly lemon-like hop flavors join in midway through the sip and carry through to a mildly crisp ending.
Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side.
Drinkability is also OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.
Overall I hadn't heard anything terribly good about this brewery and this beer confirmed it. Not a terrible offering but not one worth seeking out.
05-14-2010 18:51:06 | More by glid02
Woodie Gold from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.