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Wheat State Golden - Free State Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 26
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm a long term Free State fan...been drinking there since the brewery opened in 1989. However, living in a nearby city, I was really happy to hear they had bottled 4 of their beers: Copperhead Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Ad Astra Ale, and Wheat State Golden. It's the golden I'm reviewing today.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass - nice two finger head that dissipated quickly. A coppery color - much more colorful than most beers containing wheat, but the wheat is only 25% of this beer. Smells slightly sweet (the wheat) with a bit of citrus. Low hops, malty taste with that hint of wheat sweetness (nothing like a hefe, though...this is an Alt style ale).

This is a phenomenal session beer - very smooth, flavorful - perfect for watching a KU basketball game.

One difference between the bottled version and the on tap version is that the head lasts longer on tap - otherwise, the bottled version is remarkably true to the on tap version.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed as on tap since the growler was filled from a tap. Nice brown ½ gallon growler with Free State Brewery logo on the front, and a bit of history about Free State and brewing in Kansas on the back.

Poured a nice, deep golden color, with a decent head that held on through most of the glass. A nice, clean wheaty smell to it. A bit of a bite on first drink, that fades to a nice mix of malt and hoppy flavors. Reminds me a bit of the Kölsch style beer. Good mouthfeel with a bit of crispness and carbonation.

I'm very partial to the Kölsch style beers for the summertime, and this beer reminded me a lot of that style, even though it's reported as an American Blonde Ale. I think it's definitelly worth a try, and will probably be one of my frequent choices at Free State.

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4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 6/4/14. Bought this single last weekend while down in Lawrence, Kansas (where the brewery & restaurant is where we ate on 5/30).

Pours a clear golden-yellow in color with about a 1/2-finger white head that settles down to around the edges of the glass after a while. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of grains and grass. The taste is about the same with a hint of sweetness also. Very easy to drink with no bitter or harsh after taste at all. Really like this one and was tasty on tap last weekend at their brewery/restaurant.

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4.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: The beer is a clear golden color with a eggshell colored head that recedes to a wisp. Watery lacing is present.

Aroma: Grains and malts give way to a grassy body, some sweetness in there. Faint hops.

Taste: Somewhat metallic, but much like the aroma. Very clean, sweet, and a good display of grains and barley with just enough hops to even it out.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean.

Overall, a good, clean refreshing beer.

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4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a light golden color with the aroma of malt and a hint of spice. The white lace on the glass follows the entire brew. The flavor consists of an initial bitter bite followed by a smooth malt and otherwise fruity hop profile. Quite tasty for a style I generally do not favor.

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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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3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first saw this beer, and indeed the first few times I had it, I thought it was a wheat beer. What a misleading name! Yes indeed it has wheat in it, and to the inexperienced beer drinker, might taste like that, but this beer should be in its own category. It is a golden ale made with a good deal of wheat malt.

Poured from the bottle ( which had a best by date, nice!) into a beer mug. Wonderful 1.5 finger head with excellent lacing all the way down the glass. Pale golden straw color, slightly more orange than a hefe would be. Like Duvel had kids with a Hefe is how it looks, and tastes.

It smells like that too. Biscuity pale malts with fruity wheat, and the wonderful snap of hops trailing all that malty goodness.

The taste is great. Definitely a beer best enjoyed cold, and especially on any day it gets warmer than 70. It tastes much like it smells, with those beautiful hops presenting themselves quite well throughout the beer. Quite hoppy for a wheat or golden ale, and that's not a bad thing! Good job Free State!

Mouthfeel is perfect. Not to thick or thin.

Overall this beer is good.

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3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy, golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy, bubbly head. It left some sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, wheat and some caramel notes.

T - This beer has a nice sweet flavor with a lemony touch. There is a very subtle grassy bitterness blend with a dash of caramel.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light bodied and easy drinking brew.

D - This is one of the more interesting blonde ales that I've had. It brings some good flavors to the table.

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3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, translucent gold color, and produced a one finger white head.
The was of wheat, and bread.
The taste is similar to smell, but lighter tasting, than the aroma let on that it would be. Medium carbonation, light mouth-feel.
Easy drinking, good for a warm day, but not much body.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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Wheat State Golden from Free State Brewing Co.
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