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Alamo Golden Ale - Alamo Beer Co.

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alamo Beer Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-13-2003

Brewed by Alamo Beer Co., but currently distributed by Real Ale Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 61
Reviews by DarthMalt:
Photo of DarthMalt
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Remember the Alamo!...brewer?" [see below]

Pours light and frothy, with a tighter-than-average head for a beer of this lightness. A pleasing grainy aroma comes across without any astringency. Very sweet malt body with bittering hops produces a nice pucker of honey-lemon citrus flavor. The high-dextrine punch pays for itself, however, with a squeaky-dry finish.

Note of Confusion:
The beer I am drinking looks the same as in the picture. I don't know if this is the same "Alamo" beer I tried at the Menger hotel in San Antonio (going on two years ago) or a completely new concoction. The alamobeer website only furthered my befuddlement.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brewQ
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name says Golden but the tap I got was towards brown.
No head off this pour. The aromas were subdued, grassy and sweet with a fleeting note of hops.

Taste had some malt and was refreshing.

An easy drinking brew if not especially interesting.

The bar staff along the Riverwalk couldn't tell me anything about the Brewer. I began to suspect contract brewing.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The Alamo Golden Ale - Almost thought this was a shiner at first!

Appearance - This beer a bit darker than your usual brew but mostly yellow to brown

Smell - A nutty (peanut) scent that is almost a bit off from that. It was good but not enough there to fully satisfy

Taste - A Shiner (light) but with more of the peanut and barley flavors in there. I wish there was some more to this and more umph to it (technical word)

Mouthfeel - This is where this beer excels, the taste sticks with you for a good several minutes leaving a satisfied taste

Overall - an okay drinker

Photo of kyleelton
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't know what I was expecting from this beer. I suppose I wanted it to be...better.

Anyway, it looked good out of the bottle. Poured into a pint glass the color was golden as advertised with a good head that laced nicely.

Smelled sweetness and some hops. Balanced.

Taste left some to be desired. The malts and hops were well balanced enough but the aftertaste was not terribly pleasant. There was a slight adjunct taste to this beer. Does not compare to other blonde ales I've had, even though it wasn't horrible.

Photo of mdunman
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slighly hazy gold with a decent white head and some linger.

S: Heavy malt, some citrus and light hops.

T: Malt up front with a twist of rose, some light biscuit and a slightly hoppy finish.

M: Light body, decent carbonation.

Pretty good beer, worthwhile on a summer day. I enjoyed it, but I would rather try something new next time.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Buckhorn saloon in san antonio

Pours golden/bronze with with 1' of white head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Citrussy hops & malt sweetness & a little iron, plus grassy notes

T: Crisp lemony hops, malt sweetness & maybe some pear notes. Breadyness in the middle. Finishes crisp & hoppy (citrus & a little herbal hops)

MF: Medium bodied with efferevescent carbonation. Good balance

Drank really easy, suprised I didn't see it around more down by the riverwalk. Give this a chance!

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/1...pours clear gold, light foam. Bright floral nose, sweet. Clean malty taste, light pils, small bitter. Very nice.

Photo of ByMySword
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very smooth pour. Had a very golden color and very prominent head.

Smell: The smell was not personally to my liking. It was very overwhelming.

Taste: The taste was very salty. Not at all what I was expecting. Yet it was good and was complimented by the mouthfeel. Towards the middle of the glass, the taste became much more prominent and pleasurable. The taste is very unique.

Mouthfeel: As was said above, the mouthfeel complimented the taste very well and was probably its saving grace. The mouthfeel had a healthy carbonation which also complimented the salty taste.

Overall: Not a bad beer, if you don't mind a smooth but salty beer. I hesitate to say it was bitter. It really wasn't and the bitterness was felt mostly in the aftertaste. All in all, a beer you would expect out of Texas. But I'm Texan, so I'm biased.

Photo of LacquerHead
2.56/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at the Executive Surf Club in Corpus Christi TX and it was poured into an American pint glass.

A:The color was pale golden with a very slight haze.

S:It was not very aromatic, but I could pick up signs of hops trying to come through. There were also hints of citrus. The head retention was not very good and it had very little aroma towards the end.

T:The taste was rather bland and there was not much to this beer. Towards the end of the glass the beer tasted flat.

M: It had large bubbles but did not taste very carbonated.

D: It did have a decent drinkability

Overall I would not buy this beer again on tap, but was worth trying once. I would recommend this beer to someone who wanted a simple beer with drinkability. Next time I will have to try Alamo in a bottle to see if there is a difference; maybe it taste better that way?

Photo of cheers2beers
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a dull and dirty but not quite full golden hue. A pure white head rose up two fingers then setteled into a nice quarter inch layer on top of my brew. Generous beading is noted throughout.

Smell: Fresh and slightly hoppy. Im suprised by some sweet malt as well. Maybe even a little peppery in the nose. Can't wait to take a sip.

Taste: Grass and grains baby! Actually, the flavor is somewhat subdued and relaxed. The hops are showcased not by there bitterness but buy there grassy, herbal, medicinal properties. The pilsner type malt is there to balance but plays more of a supporting role than that of a co-star. Very refreshing and non-offensive.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy yet smooth with a body that dances on the fatter side of thin. The carbonation keeps things livley but not overly so. Spot on for a Blonde!

Drinkability: This one was quaffed with ease. Im not a big fan of these lighter styles but Alamo kept it somewhat interesting with this offering. In my mind this is still too light to be a gateway beer but I envision this beer holding that new persons hand on there way up to the gate!

Cheers2Beers

Photo of ungyano
4.53/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great starter beer in the Ale category. That's probably why it can cause some confusion. For folks who don't care too much for a strong finish this is good. I would say it's in the middle. Overall, it's a great Texas beer I would definitely recommend it to beer novices looking to take a step up.

Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blonde tilting toward amber. Moderate malt aspect, with some mildly sweet grain notes closely followed by an equally moderate hops presence. Not a bad representation of the style, although a tad less smooth than the frontrunners in the category and fell a little short of what I would want in a session ale.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 09.08.11. Pours a pretty clear gold color with a fluffy white head. Fades fairly quick and leaves minimal lace.

Nose is earthy, almost caramel-esque malt with a fair amount of nuttiness. Very little hops or fruity yeast presence. Pretty boring, actually.

Taste is grainy and fresh with a light hint of fruity yeast. Biscuity and there is still a hint of pecan nuttiness. Hops are a no-show on the palate. Not bad by any means, but totally and utterly forgettable. It is just slightly above average for a blonde ale. The fresh, grainy malt flavors are the saving grace here.

Photo of atxlex
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color. Head dissipates within a couple minutes. Good carbonation.

Light mouthfeel, tart hops up front. Immediately following is a smooth, slightly sweet maltiness. Honey and lemon on the palate. Hops linger after swallowing.

I like this beer a lot. It's got a good deal of flavor, but it's surprisingly refreshing. Exceptionally well balanced.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a very clear and lite golden color. The head is shallow and short lived. There is no lacing down the glass.

The nose is crisp and moderate hops with some grassy notes and hints of bread. not much complexity here.

The taste is also average and dry with some earthy notes and a moderate hoppiness.

The moutfeel is a tad watery for my taste.

Overall not a great nor a bad beer. Just an average beer. I would say slightly better than Stella Artois.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent head and fairly good retention. Cloudy yellow color.

I think i smell faint crystal malts and I'm going to guess cascade hops. It's really faint though.

Taste is of simple crystal malts with a very low cascade hop bitterness.

Dry mouthfeel. Not bad though.

A no frills beer. I believe this is brewed by Real Ale Brewing according to the bottle. Contract brewed?

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of MUSHROOMCLOUD

Pours a murky blonde color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with some light malt tones. The fruitiness seems to be a blend of yeast and citrus hops. It has an almost "fruit juice" type smell.

Taste is slightly sweet and malty upfront. It is quickly overtaken by a very fruity taste. I taste some citrusy hops, but not much bitterness. It has a unique flavor.

Body is thin. Plenty of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable brew. Quite a nice surprise from a blonde ale.

Photo of tomnoble
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have seen this bottle several times before buying one as a part of a mix and match your own sixpack. THis was the only of the six that was not an IPA and that was because coming from San Antonio, I have an affinity for the Alamo and Texas in general (five of the six were Texas brews). I struggled to figure out where in the world this beer came from. THe label indicated it is a product of Real Ale Brewing in Blanco, bu the website is a completely different company, so obviously Real Ale must be contract brewing for them while they build up the brand. I am a huge Real Ale fan and consider Fireman's Four (SMaSH brew or not) the best lawnmower beer around. Since I am firmly in camp with Real Ale I cannot falt their technique and must fault the recipe for what turned out to be a dissapointing experience. The brew is crystal clear, and pours with a slight head if agitated which leaves light lacing, but the hop profile is almost non-existant and reminded me of a BMC rather than blond ale (like Fireman's Four). THe malt is strangely out in front and does not seem well balanced with any bittering hops I could distinguish. I prefer a blond ale with a light malt body that is subtle and there mostly to support about 25 IBUs, but this seems closer to 5 or 6.

Photo of obrike
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was brought over during my Christmas Eve dinner party. Looks like about 3 were left from the six pack. Lucky me!

Poured into my Molly's on the Market pint glass...a fairly big head that subsided farily quickly...a yellow straw color and just a few bits of lace sticking to the glass

I liked the scent. Quite fresh...a lightly nutty sweet malt with just a touch of grassy hops.

Taste followed scent. Easy drinking malt forward ale, balanced with some grassy hops. Not overly sweet at all. Almost drinks more like a lager than an ale. Very easy drinking, but the high carbonation is a bit of a distraction.

Not a bad beer for Alamo. It's weird, the label says this is a Real Ale beer...possibly Alamo is an off shoot? Would like to see more outta these guys...always willing to give the Texas breweries my business.

Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a the only viable vessel i had in my hotel room.... a paper cup.

A: It's well... golden. Thick, foamy, white head. A slight blanket of foam remains throughout, and a fair amount of beer ring lacing remains.

S: Baked sourdough bread, black pepper. Slight lemon citrus, and an indistinct bittersweet tone that I can't quite place.

T: Tastes like it smells. Sourdough bread, poppy seed, a little peppery, with just a hint of citrus sweetness.

M: Light body, refreshing quality. A little pungent aftertaste lingers.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice color, and a substantial head which lingers, and some nice lacing. Nose is a very stout grainy tone with some pepper and citrus. Flavor, also very grainy. Fresh baked bread with hints of the sweet citrus and a bit of bitterness to balance it out. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of climax
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in San Antonio, after seeing the Alamo itself. It poured a very pale gold, with a wispy white head that faded quickly. Lace was reduced to a few clumps of bubbles on the glass.

The nose had a very prominent wheat aroma with a bit of tart lemon. The taste followed very closely to the smell, which was good, I didn't expect the bold wheat flavor to carry over as much as it did. Citrus accented it throughout, with a stronger honey flavor emerging as it warmed. All leads to a clean finish.

The body is on the light side, a tad bit watery. The carbonation is very heavy and crisp, which leaves a tingly finish.

Easy to drink on a hot San Antonio evening, and enough flavor to satisfy.

Photo of Atlas1
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having just moved back to San Antonio (SA) after 11 years away, i was excited to try out some of the local beer samplings from the region that I couldn't find in Washington, DC. But I kinda put this one off for a while. Golden/blonde ales don't really do it for me. Still, this is the Alamo City, and this is Alamo Gold.

Pours a bright pale golden (naturally) color with a frothy, one-finger white head on top. Fades a bit quickly, but does leave behind some decent lace. A golden beer, to be sure, but nothing fancy. A dry musty malt nose here. Some fruitiness to the aroma as well. Earthy, but muted on the whole. Not bad, but not great. Hmm, this tastes interesting. Much richer and maltier than I expected, but still bland overall. A strange taste indeed. I was expecting a thinner, duller brew, but this actually has some body to it, if not much flavor. Mouthfeel is richer than expected too. Smooth and dry.

This beer actually delivered more than I was expecting. It's fuller and more robust than I imagined it. Still, that's not to say that I would go out of my way to drink this beer again, because I wouldn't. But it was somewhat better than I expected it to be, and that's always a good thing. Worth trying, if you're working your way through all the beers in Texas.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger head with some retention and ok lacing topped this golden, pretty much clear beer. Rising bubbles steadily make their way up the sides of my glass.

Aroma is something along the lines of an adjunct lager, but with more character. A light hoppiness balances out a general grainy and light maltiness.

Taste was surprisingly good. Sweet malts come through first, along with a nice grainy and slightly grassy flavor. The hops are noticeable and well done. There's a very nice balance to this beer.

Body is very light and effervescent, easy to drink, well carbonated, with a sweet finish.

My biggest issue is that a beer this easy to drink should be canned so you can take it to the lake and on your fishin' boat. It's pretty tasty stuff. I just made a blonde ale that I am hoping comes out this light and tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alamo Ale, of course, being in San Antonio for the first time, I had to try it. I was a bit disappointed, as I thought it could definitely be better. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It poured a clear, slightly-darker-than-straw color, with a decent head on it that hung around a little bit. Smell was of light malts and a touch of hops. Flavor followed suit. A decent hit of malts, blended with a light flavor of hops. Produces a clean and crisp flavor and mouthfeel. It's nothing spectacular, but it's a decent ale. It could be improved with only a little work. However, that said, given the Alamo theme, my feeling is that it's more targeted towards the average beer drinker who's visiting Texas and gets pulled in by the novelty of the label. Still, it's worth a try. I could see it being a great hot-summer-day type beer. Better than a macro lager.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this while enjoying spicy food on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. This was not necessarily a bad beer, but just nothing stuck out. Hard to pick up any aroma or taste, and despite having a slightly tingly mouth, it went nowhere from there.

As the description says, it will help put out the fire, but so will a tall glass of ice water.

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Alamo Golden Ale from Alamo Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.