Woodie Gold - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
10-28-2011 05:24:35 | More by gregshead
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
3.15/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
01-24-2012 03:12:30 | More by Merkur
3.38/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
12-03-2006 01:46:20 | More by aquaderek
2.8/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
09-11-2009 20:27:22 | More by fsimcox
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
3.4/5 rDev +1.2%
Woodie Gold produces a thin white head, maybe a finger width at most that dissipates not quickly, but confidently leaving a thin veneer of white bubbles encasing the top of my beer. Bits of lacing that apparently did not want to be part of the protective layer of foam faithfully following my beer down the glass remain stuck to the sides like shy people at a club avoiding the dance floor.
Grainy and toasted malt aromas greet my nose with some slight hop aromas that I am not yet talented enough to identify.
The color is golden yellow of course but a deeper shade than the macro pilsners like Bud and Coors. The carbonation also seems lighter then the aforementioned heavyweights of pilsner.
Slight malt sweetness greets my tounge with a faint backend bitterness. A very drinkable beer but not one you would tell your friends they have to try. If this beer was a person, you would never be close friends but you would always get along.
03-04-2009 21:35:22 | More by birdypowder
3.38/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
08-13-2006 18:54:31 | More by MusicmanSD
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
3.63/5 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
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
Woodie Gold from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.