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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
Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub in August 2009.

Pours a moderate golden color with a bit of haze. Short white head that recedes pretty quickly. The nose brings some really light grain and a bit of very light hops. The flavor is mild grain, wheat, and hints of citrus. Creamy, light mouthfeel. Drinks okay, but nothing terribly special.

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Photo of zeff80
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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Photo of Kegatron
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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Photo of russpowell
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this out of the growler and into a weizen glass, not the easiest thing to do.
Much head, due to pouring, laced and then vanished. Color of body was pale, fuzzy yellow. Some sediment.
A grain based taste, but not wheat...rice maybe. Hops and carbonation are the main focus, but some lemon and sugar are present.
Easy drinking, especially during a hot day.

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Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, grain, hint of wheat, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of wheat, slight citrus hops, and a hint of grain. Overall, good blend, appearance, and feel.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

909th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- Darker than most blonde ales and a bit of a thinner head. A few dots of cling and some scattered bubbles.

Smell- Much more german malts in essence on the aromatics. A bit thicker with a slight grain and sweet note.

Taste- I think I've grown too accustomed to beers bashing me with flavor. This was light, malty and a touch of citrus. A decent blonde.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a light-medium body. A nice mix of caramel, grain and wheat.

Drink- Overall a nice little beer. Just needs to be tweeked a little to make some flavors layer a little better.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear straw yellow with a big rocky white head with a generous amount of sticky lacing.

Light aroma of grainy malts, yeast and bread.

The aroma of grainy malts and bread carries over to the taste along with a touch light fruit and a metallic tinge.

Lighter bodied and dry with moderate carbonation.

A very average Blonde or Wheat ale at best. Sadly, nothing really stands out with this one.

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Photo of bditty187
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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Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Up for review is a 12oz bottle of Wheat State Golden Ale from Free State Brewing Company. Poured into a pint glass at room temp. Light golden, beige head. Nothing spectacular. Light malts and light body. Decent session beer I guess, just came off a bit thin for me.

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Photo of marc77
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beautifully clear light golden hue, perhaps from fining and / or filtration. Sticky, thin, tight head leaves intricate lace. Lightly tart, grainy aroma, w/ a hint of herbal hops. Prosaic, clean aroma. A snap of bready sweetness upfront leads into a sweet/tart combination of token malt sweetness and wheat. Meager hop bitterness, but the high attenuation leaves little residual sweetness to be balanced. Crisp, thinnish mouthfeel. Trace herbal hop flavor. Finishes clean, dry and lightly bready. Quaffable and typically bland for style. Beautiful in appearance, but lackluster otherwise. Perhaps the polar opposite of their Owd Mac's Imperial Stout in overall character.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
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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Photo of Franziskaner
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light and clear golden color, decent white foamy lasting head that leaves a lace in the glass. Has a flowery and light grainy aroma. Light malt and flowery flavors, nice hoppy dry and clean, crisp finish, light body and a watery mouthfeel, not all that bad for the style, might be a little better on a hot summer day.

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Photo of beernut7
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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Photo of BeerWithMike
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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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold body with a white head.

Simple grain and fruit aromas. Almost bubblegum like. Similar to a Kolsch, but with a little twist.

Pale malt grain profile with crackery notes. The fruity character of the aroma is nowhere to be found on the palate. Mild grassy hops on the finish.

Crisp and medium bodied.

No frills, a touch more depth than the standard issue blonde ale. Refreshing, plain, typical.

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Photo of Goliath
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch slightly yellowed head. Good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is decent. Sweet pale pils like malt dominats. A slgith hop is also present.

Taste is ok. A big pale malt sweetness, with a slight hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Decent flavor and low alcohol make this brew sessionalbe, but it's kind of boring and uninspiring. Pretty average.

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Photo of Soonami
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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Photo of TCMike
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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Photo of acelin
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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Photo of Rio
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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Photo of UnkleFester
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden color, a fingers worth of a creamy white head that doesn't last leaving a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Grainy malt and lemon on the nose.

T: Grainy malt just like on the nose with also a some earth/grassy hops towards the finish.

M: Light body with medium carbonation that finishes dry.

O: This one reminds me a lot of a blonde, nothing amazing but still decent and drinkable.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
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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Photo of Jayhawk
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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Wheat State Golden from Free State Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.