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Woodie Gold - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Photo of glid02
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.

glid02, May 14, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

GarthDanielson, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -10.7%

mhaugo, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

hopdog, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of ehammond1
2.13/5  rDev -36.6%

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.

ehammond1, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
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.

srandycarter, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Floydster
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Floydster, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of beerpadawan
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Jayli
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.

Jayli, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from the tap into a shaker pint.

Perfectly clear pale gold, with a one-finger frothy head of off-white. It soon becomes a thick, soapy top layer that lingers forever.

Very little to pick up in the aroma. Biscuits, eggs and very subtle hops.

The egginess, which seems now rather odd, shows up the flavor as well. Along with lightly spicy hops, I get biscuits and scrambled eggs. It’s like breakfast! A crisp, clean finish rounds it out.

Medium fizzy carbonation, very bubbly as it moves. The medium-light body leaves the palate with a crisp snap, as it should.

Aside from some weird sulfuric flavors, this is a fairly standard pils. Not bad, not great.

Phelps, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of DogFood11
2.05/5  rDev -39%

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.

DogFood11, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of magictrokini
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
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.

IntriqKen, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of yesyouam
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%

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)

yesyouam, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +19%

Eriktheipaman, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of froghop
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

froghop, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Domingo
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

Domingo, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +19%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz bottle from a sixer brought by a friend to my wife's birthday party in July 2006. He brought it because he liked the label (see attached photo).

Double Pilsner? What is that? Never heard of it. Based on the style guidelines (more malt backbone and intense bitterness), this gets one out of two right. Full rich malt, sweet but not cloying, very very drinkable on a hot day, but I can find absolutely no bitterness. As aonther reviewer mentioned, creamy. Not a bad thing, just not what the description says. Hmm.

I kinda like it, but it is literally 110 degrees at 5:30 PM, so most cold beers will be good. Seriously, I can drink this, but it is more of a one-off for me.

Dukeofearl, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%

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.

mithrascruor, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of scottoale
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%

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 ?

scottoale, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

jeffjeff1, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of heytomcat
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -10.7%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Woodie Gold from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.