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Wheat State Golden - Free State Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 97
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 25.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 10-13-2002

Being located in the biggest wheat producing state in the nation, a refreshing wheat beer is a must-brew. The Wheat State Golden is usually our lightest beer. It is fashioned after the Kolsch beers made around Cologne. It is traditionally brewed in the Alt Style like our Ad Astra Ale and has about 25% wheat malt. There is just a touch of caramel malt to add the golden color, and the rest is pale malt. The Golden is lightly hopped with Yakima Perle for bittering, and Hallertau Hersbrucker hops for aroma.

20 IBU
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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 97
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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden hue and excellent clarity. A quarter inch of tightly knit off white head rests on top. Aroma is is pale wheat and kolsch yeast which gives it a bit of a Saltine cracker aroma. The flavor closely mimics the aroma with pale wheat and the Saltine cracker profile. The body is smooth and yet moderately carbonated.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Free State Wheat State Golden is a nice little wheat beer. It is a slightly hazy amber color with surprisingly little head sustain and large, soda-like CO2 bubbles. The beer had a pleasant yeasty bready aroma and bit of toasted grain. The beer is light on the palette with good body and a thick doughy quality. Nice easy drinking beer. Not spectacular but enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, enjoyed well within BBD date(10-28-11)

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of pearl colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Bready & grainy notes

T: Breadyness mingles with golden delicious apples up front. Fruittyness (apples & white grapes) more earthy grainyness. Finishes crisp, grainy & refreshing

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation

So pleasant to drink, a flavorful example of the style that really captured wheaty flavors

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3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stange glass. This is from a selection of Free State Brewing beers send to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothiness that leaves back a foamy cascade of lacing that settles into a light spotty look. The aroma smells of fresh cut grass, spice, and bitter fruit. A sticky backing of caramel and bread fill out the back of the nose. This is light yet still flavorful and pleasant in the nostrils.

The taste is tight across the tongue with a snap of bready wheat and some sweeter caramel character. A pleasant bite of earthy bitterness, fruit, and spice add complexity and crispness and linger in the finish with some moderate dryness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and crisp and lively in the mouth but yet, most importantly, remains very smooth and easy on the palate.

While this did come off more to me like a hoppy Blonde Ale, I still rather enjoyed this. It was well balanced, approachable, and most of all, extremely refreshing and quaffable! This would be a summer-time go-to if it was local to me. Nice stuff.

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3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant golden hue, filtered, luminous white head, great lacing pattern. Faint nose, herbal & flowery bouquet. Simple palate, weak hops profile, faint citrus, mildly-weak wheaty-tartness. Light body… this is a good brew, something for beginners… simple yet tasty enough. Wheat State has ‘drink on a hot summer day’ written allover it.

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2.69/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5


I visit Lawrence, KS, about once a year for business purposes. Free State Brewing Co. seems to be the go-to restaurant for out of towners. It's recommended frequently. It's a restaurant but also a craft brewery. You can get the brewskies at the restaurant or in any liquor store in the area. This is one of the flagship beers available year round. I got a six pack of bottles.

I was not happy. It's just not very good. Sorry.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler to a nice golden color with a light white head that worked it's way down to a thin layer after a minute or two. Smell wasn't at all overpowering, but had a nice wheaty airy aroma to it. Mouthfeel is nice with dry bubbly feeling to it. Besides a little malty dryness and an almost sweet aftertaste this beer didn't exactly make my taste buds explode. Nevertheless, this is a great summer beer, extremely refreshing and easy to drink.

I prefer Free State's oatmeal stout or their copperhead pale ale, but for a first time, I'd grab this one again.

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Wheat State Golden from Free State Brewing Co.
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