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Woodie Gold - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.21%


Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 03-20-2006)
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kojevergas

Texas

2.03/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'ice Chouffe beer flute glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are mediocre.

A: Pours a half finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and terrible retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Malt, straw, and stale cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Quite malty, with stale cream and some straw. Simple and bland. It doesn't taste good - that's for damned sure. What were they thinking? A wretched pilsner. Imbalanced and badly built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but entirely too thick for the style and flavours.

Dr: Hard to drink because it tastes so bad. It's really an awful take on the pilsner style. It might be better on draught, but as is I have no plans to try this again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 06:57:33 | More by kojevergas
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DogFood11

California

2.05/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured the 12oz brown bottle into a pounder glass. Extremely clear bright yellow body with minimal support carbonation. Head is fluffy and falls to an island. Little lace.

Plenty of bready, doughy malts make up the body of this brew. Give me a hop cutter of some kind and it may have worked. Like most Karl Strauss brews this is another solid offering but hardly here to wow anyone. There is a cream soda feel to this in taste and it has a creamy sloppy finish that lingers. Hops are subtly bittering towards the finish only to give way back to the doughed up malts. Ends rather sweet and I would reccomend you drink this as cold as possible.

Notes: Probably better in the blonde category as its nowhere near a double pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 00:20:50 | More by DogFood11
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ehammond1


2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

On Tap

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden and yellow with a thin white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

An appropriately grassy and biscuity aroma with a mild floral hop presence, though there's an unwelcome aroma of butter and margarine pushing everything else to the side.

The flavor is dominated by the unmistakable flavors of margarine and butter.There's a bit of earthy and grassy hop character, but the flavor of butter is dominant. Unpleasant.

Medium bodied but oily and buttery.

Not good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 04:11:09 | More by ehammond1
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mithrascruor

California

2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.
I had some of this a couple weeks ago from a growler, and thought I'd try it again.

Appearance: Clear, yellow-gold color. White head that laces the glass a bit.

Smell: Smells of mild malts, mild grains, and mild hops. Nothing special.

Taste: Fairly boring taste. A bland amalgam of grains, hops, and malts -- no complexity, and it has a somewhat nasty bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied, smooth, a bit of carbonation. As with most other elements here, it's average.

Drinkability: Alcohol-wise, it's very drinkable. But the taste is just so annoying, and the beer is really tedious.

I'm not impressed -- taste isn't good and the rest is just average. No reason to get this again. And I probably won't have it again from a growler. As usual, not impressed with Karl Strauss beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 04:52:24 | More by mithrascruor
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froghop

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear golden yellow with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of wheat, citrus, some nuts, a little corn, and some spice in the back.

taste is weak, wheat, corn, and some lemon, ends a little tangy.

overall for a pilsner it was not that bad, but as a beer it was just average.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 04:15:30 | More by froghop
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fsimcox

California

2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice clear golden straw color. White foamy head that dissipates quickly. A little lacing.

Smells of breed and a little hops, perhaps a hint of corn.

Hop notes up front, some metallic hints, finishes dry with a little metallic after taste.

Mouthfeel is good. Has some dry sides to it after the hops blast.

I'd heard some good things about Karl Strauss, but compared to the many German Pils I've had, this one disappointed me.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 20:27:22 | More by fsimcox
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scottoale

California

2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at my folks house last night. Somewhat perplexed, I bought a single 12oz to add and review. The brown bottle has a lable that depicts a San Diego beach scene at sunset with the classic old "Woodie" as the theme of the label. The neck label classifies this brew as a "Coastal-Style Classic Blonde Pilsener"... whatever...the closest style listed I figured would be the American Dbl. Pilsner, so I went with it.

It pours a straw pale gold with a two finger pure white bubbly head that dies quickly. Lacing, well a few dots and a dab, although the carbonation produces a steady flow of bubbles from the bottom.

Smells of light wheat, weak malt and a hint of lemony hops. It smells like a wheat beer to me.

Tastes sweet at first with a watery, fizzy, light malt (more like wheat) to a weak hop (bitter defeated by sweet) dry finish. Notes of lemon peel and sweet-n-low with no sign of alcohol, must be low in ABV (not listed)

Fizzy, creamy like mouthfeel leaves the mouth dry and has very little aftertaste as it just tastes weak. You could probably drink gallons of it, but why bother ?

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 03:58:57 | More by scottoale
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magictrokini

California

2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours mostly clear light gold with a bubbly white head. Bready aroma with some metal and grass. No Noble hops to speak of, considering this is a German Pilsner. Sweet with a small hop bitterness with a dry finish. Nice little beer, but not very good for this category.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 17:08:48 | More by magictrokini
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a clean, clear light gold. It's a little darker than straw. Two fingers of foamy white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Much like Karl's Amber Lager, though there's not as much caramel. Bready corn malts that are toasted a touch. Honey and a little butterscotch.

Taste: Not as good as the smell. Buttery and bready smooth. Mostly adjunct corn -- though higher quality than the usual macro fare -- and a very awkward hop bite. It's not the usual, crisp pilsner bite, but something more sour that tickles the cheeks.

Drinkability: It's okay. Karl wanted to make something drinkable for all of SoCal's elevations. It did so, but the result is nothing memorable.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 05:39:09 | More by TheQuietMan22
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ThreeWiseMen

California

2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this on-tap at a Karl Strauss outpost in the San Diego International Airport.

Served in a 20oz. imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Upon arrival, this beer sported a half inch of white fluff, though that quickly decayed to a splotchy film, leaving blankets of lacing in its wake. Body is golden and lightly hazed. Decent head retention and lacing. Not bright nor crystal clear though.

Smell: Leafy Noble hops come through as dew-covered vegetation. Smells sweeter than anticipated. A more subtle lager yeast aroma also makes its way into the mix. Not a whole lot of complexity here. Hops definitely reign supreme.

Taste: Once again, those leafy Noble hops are the main players. Lager yeast adds some pleasant bitterness/sourness (I never know which word to use when describing this), though the flavor profile is decidedly blunt and hop-centric. I also get a touch of salt, which occasionally comes through as an oat-y flavor. The finish is sweet and resinous with lots of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium in body, moderate-to-high in carbonation, and resinous/sticky. No clean finish here folks! The feel isn't disruptive or unpleasant, but it certainly misses the mark style-wise.

Overall: A bold, American interpretation of a delicate German beer. I can see what Karl Strauss was going for here - a light-bodied, hop-forward lager for the SoCal masses - but I'm just not that into it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 16:25:13 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Karl Strauss Beer Cart located in Disneyland.

Poured a medeium golden/yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of some grass, grainy, and a little earthy. Tastes of toasted grains, the same light earthiness, and light caramel. Lively body.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 00:45:55 | More by hopdog
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at LAX
Poured a solid straw color with decent amount of head. 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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 04:11:28 | More by barleywinefiend
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goschool

California

3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No offense Scottale, but this is not a double pilsner.

I bought a sixer at Von's, because they didn't have Stone and I know that Karl recently passed away. He really did a lot for the craft brewing community. Hear hear Brewmaster!

Appearance: The pour is light gold with a foamy white head.

Smell: Soft malts, doughy malts, lager yeast, and a tiny hint of lemon and floral hops.

Taste: Nobody gives Karl the credit he deserves for his contribution in creating the double IPA, but I think he did quite a bit. He used almost no hops in any of his beers, leaving more for Vinnie Cilurzo to experiment with. There are plenty of grainy and doughy malts, but very little saaz hop flavor or bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Good for the style.

Drinkability: This should be a good pilsner to ween macro drinkers off swill with. All Karl Strauss beers are useful in that department and I salute them for it. It's easy drinking, but it's so bland, I have no desire to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 07:44:56 | More by goschool
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Halcyondays

California

3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a cool vintage-60's style label,

A: Pours a pale yellow, gold, but with an excellent head, which stays around for the whole glass, and drink.

S: Some pale bread malt, pretty sweet, though nothing too substantial.

T: Sweet bread malt, some flowery, grassy noble hops, a straightforward pils taste.

M: Thin, good carbonation, very light.

D: A good pils, easy to drink and refreshing, definitely a step up from BMC, but not in the same league with the German-made pilsners, or better made craft pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 21:44:14 | More by Halcyondays
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yesyouam

New York

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a slightly sparkling light golden lager with a small, soft white head that leaves really good lacing. The aroma is a very light breeze of fruity hops. Perhaps a note of tangerine. The medium light body is more than I expected. It is soft and forgiving on the tongue but it retains the zazzle from the carbonation. There is a little citrus and a little noble hop action going on in here. The taste quickly fades and ends up a tad watery. This is a beer your dad would drink.
(rated Apr 26, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 16:14:18 | More by yesyouam
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Merkur

Tennessee

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the San Diego Airport's Karl Strauss.

Beer pours a nice golden color without much head at all.

No real smells to detect other than a slight bit of bready yeast.

Beer has a very crisp flavor with a bit of hop bitterness, but not very much.

Very crisp and full of carbonation flavor.

Average pilsner

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 03:12:30 | More by Merkur
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Domingo

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not many reviews for this one...which I though was odd. I must've seen it on tap in nearly every hotel or restaurant I saw in the San Diego gaslamp area.
Comes a light golden color. It looks like a Pils, although maybe a little more amber than a bright yellow. Head's more pronounced than the KS Amber, which is nice.
Smells like a fresh euro macro to me. No skunkiness, but then again nothing really special either. Reminds me of a Heineken straight from the brewery.
Taste is crisp. For a double pils, this was pretty subdued. There's a little hoppy bitterness and some huskiness, but I was expecting something stronger. Again, it reminds me of a euro lager that has no skunkiness. If you like those but hate how it's tough to get a "good" one - this is your brew.
Mouthfeel is a little thicker than you'd expect. I'm used to the more "soda-style" carbonation from the euro pils brews, but this one is thicker and reminds me a little of a british ale in texture.
It could be a decent quencher, but I like the Amber much more. Not a bad brew, but nothing wonderful either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2006 23:36:41 | More by Domingo
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gregshead

California

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium golden color w/ less than half finger of head.

S: Lots of light wheat. Some good hints of banana aroma

T: Lager yeasts adds nice banana flavor. Very light/crisp malt. Very light bread taste. Little bit of hops at end but not that much.

M: Low in carb, disappointing

O: Its just alright. Had some highlights and lowlights. Wouldn't be the first of its type I'd grab, but also not the last either.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 05:24:35 | More by gregshead
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap in downtown San Diego at the Columbia Street brewpub. The beer was poured into a pint glass with a bright, pale golden-yellow color. The beer had no head. There were light and soft malt smells, with very faint hints of hops at the end. The beer has flavors of light, musty pilsner tastes, with a balance of malt. It has a smooth finish, and is extremely light in mouth, but overall uneventful. Decent beer to down on a hot day of yardwork, but not if you are expecting anything of substance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 08:09:57 | More by GarthDanielson
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Zorro

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good clear golden Pilsener with a short white head. Good rich golden color.

Smell is malty and toasted grainy with a spicy hop aroma. Little bit herbal but the spicy hop tweak is quite nice and not at all expected from a beer from this maker.

The taste starts out malty and toasted grain with a little sweetness and a toasted bread flavor. Little bit of caramel and a trace of spicy hop taste, flavor isn't what the smell promised. Not that much bitterness and the hops actually give more of a lemon taste than anything else.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A notch above Budweiser and beers of that type. This is OK and I could see ordering this again sometime when there was nothing special available. Not worth any great efforts or pain to obtain though.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 02:59:28 | More by Zorro
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domtronzero

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very clear straw yellow with a short, long lasting fizzy whitish head. Very little lacing.

S - Light grainy, bready malts. Subtle floral hops. Otherwise clean. Not much going on.

F/M - Again, light bready malts, somewhat grainy and a little sweet. Floral, earthy hops with a medium bitterness. Clean and dry finish with a lingering sweet corn-like grainy malt flavor. Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Quite easy drinking. Light, dry, clean and refreshing, the least they could do is can it so I can take it along with me on our mountain bike rides.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 05:49:32 | More by domtronzero
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Floydster

California

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint from Bad Dog Ale House in El Segundo

Pour was a light yellow color, kind of cloudy with 3/4 inch head that stuck around pretty much the whole time

Smell had a little malt and the aroma was mostly coming from grains

Taste was nice and smooth with a little bit of hops, but not much at all

Could drink a good amount, refreshing on a hot summer day

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2007 16:01:03 | More by Floydster
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MusicmanSD

California

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

I'll start off by saying this is a really odd beer. It looks like a pilsner, smells faintly like a pilsner, but tastes strangely like a Vienna lager??? Anyways, the appearance is sweet, nice golden pilsner hue, but absolutely no head after about 30 seconds of sitting. The smell is interesting, has a little bit of roasty complexion with spices, which is odd for a pilsner...The taste is alot like a watery Sam Adams Boston Lager, but is very light. Almost feels like a light beer. Which would be good, because it is quite tasty and leaves an interesting aftertaste of slightly roasted malt. The mouthfeel sucks. Watery and a little less carbonation then I would have hoped for, so I'm wondering if this was a dud bottle. The drinkability is average however. I could see myself having a good time with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 18:54:31 | More by MusicmanSD
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aquaderek

California

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of the karl strauss woodie gold at my local vons. Poured into a tasting glass. It has a golden yellow color, the head diminishes to a very thin broken lace. It looks like what you would expect for the style. The nose leads me to believe that this bottle is skunky, but I guess hoppy with slighty cabbage like smell. This beer has a slightly more viscious and heavier body than what I would expect in a pilsner. It has a fuller more complex taste than most american pilsners and a great drinkablility, I could drink a few in a setting.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 01:46:20 | More by aquaderek
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jeffjeff1

California

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a pretty good beer.

Appearance- golden color, nice head

Smell- bready

Taste- smooth, bit of hops

Mouthfeel- smooth, light

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, I would drink it again. It's a pretty good summer beer, good for outside working on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 20:24:45 | More by jeffjeff1
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Woodie Gold from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.