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Alamo Golden Ale - Alamo Beer Co.

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 182
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 182
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, light yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Faint, thin scent of uber-pale malts, cut lemon wedges, and sun-dried hay.

Taste: Light, light maltiness with a pinch of powdered sugar for sweetness along with a flavor of store-bought lemons, juice, zest and all. Quick hint of hewn hay. Light, light bitterness. Dry, thin, lemony finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, light beer designed for simple, light refreshment, and, in that duty, it does fine, I suppose. Remember the Alamo, though you may have trouble remembering this brew down the road. (627 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive in the glass with a decent head on the golden brew. Adequately spritzy and while light bodied, it does have a little malty mouthfeel. More of a Kolsch sensation, with a lemony hint. Nothing much of an aroma. Maybe a touch of crackers for flavor. Faintly sourish, though not unpleasantly so. Not much of any bitterness to describe. I let this warm up quite a bit, and it doesn't help much.

Not much to stir the imagination here. I guess I have to admit this is quite drinkable, but it's no better than the average Blonde. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Texas Wine Cellars in Fredericksburg, TX. (606 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (535 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Alamo Golden Ale has a yellow colour and slight lime tint at angles into the light. Though transparent, its complexion is considerably bleary (a bit strange given such a brightly polished tone). It would look infinitely better if it had any head at all.

The aroma gives me the impression this beer will taste better than it smells. There's nothing "off" about this bouquet - it has nice elements of sweet cereal grain and straw - it simply just isn't very aromatic. But you can tell good quality ingredients have been used.

The malt is of substantial quality and quantity to produce a pleasant flavour of lightly-toasted, rustic farmhouse-style white bread. It tastes bakery fresh. I could spread some butter over this and call it a meal. There's no bitterness, but there is a tinge of earthiness in the finish.

The state motto may be "remember the Alamo" but this beer which has the same slogan leaves little to remember it by. A very conventional blonde ale, it is much cleaner tasting and provides more malt than a mainstream lager, but is similar in most respects to popular commercial brands.

Alamo Golden Ale suffices as is, but a few more handfuls of C-hops would provide it with more of the "piercingly independent spirit" it boasts of. It is a simple ale well-suited to the hot Texas climate. To be sure, however, the Lone Star state has enough new craft breweries that residents should probably forget about the Alamo and move to greener pastures. (1,465 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alamo Golden is contract brewed by the Real Ale Company of Blanco, Texas.

Alamo Golden is a hazy golden orange in color. Head is white and frothy. The aroma is a fairly nondescript, generic sweetness. Not bad smelling, but not much character. Taste is sweet, almost as if there is a little honey involved. There is also a distinct herbal, tea-like taste towards the middle of the sip. Finish is a lingering combination of sweet malts and herbal flavor. Drinkability is very good, this is a nice lighter ale for sessioning. Still this beer isn't nearly as good as the other Real Ale offerings I've sampled. (609 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think Real Ale might contract brew this, or has in the past anyway. On tap at the Faust Hotel in New Braunfels.

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to a ring. A small film of lace is left.
S: Grainy, slightly metallic, bread, light sweetness.
T: Follows the nose and pretty neutral. Grains, bread, metal, some lingering sweetness. Like a week Rio Blanco.
M/D: A light and thin mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, fairly clean, but way to thin. Not hard to drink, but there are usually much better options.

Very average at best. I think that is pretty much the point of this beer though. Even so, not a lot going on to keep me interested. (683 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the airport in San Antonio, clear golden yellow. Smells boooring. The taste is actually pretty good, crisp, slight bit of lemon, not too bad! Extremely easy to drink , would order again but fortunately I will probably never have to go back to Texas! (259 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of Vancer
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my daughter for bringing one back from a business trip to San Antonio.

Poured a hazy golden yellow in the Bitburger pilsner glass, topped with a frothy white head that's laying some lace down.

Not digging the cabbage, corn, and a pop of euro skunk in the aroma. Also seems to come across in the quaff, which finished a bit harshly. The corn adjunct is dominating the overall flavor here.

A good looking beer, didn't match it in the taste. (451 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/1...pours clear gold see through, light white foam. Bright floral nose, sweet, fresh. Clean malty taste, light pils taste, small bitter to finish. Very nice. (159 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a golden colored ale with thin to no foam. It has an extremely light , honeyed aroma. Very effervescent—force carbonated? Dare I say, fizzy even. It has a clean finish with some light malt lingering around. Not a whole lot going on here and what is going on is dialed down to a whisper.

This is—although it pains me to say it—an utterly forgettable golden ale. (Why does it pain me? Because it’s a local microbrew and I wanna give some love to the home team.) It is not the same recipe as Real Ale’s Firehouse 4, although until they open their own facilities it’s contract brewed in Blanco. (612 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard 12 oz brown bottle with Best before and Feb very lightly notched. 5.3% abv listed
Aroma: Mild grapefruit infused with a light malt sweetness. Inviting
Appearance: Extremely clear glass shows good carbonation streams feeding a white collar and thin cover. Cover fades by mid glass and only a thin line of lace is left behind.
Flavor: Soft and mild overall, immediate taste is one of gentle alcohol, but as it warms it shows a great marriage between malt and hop. It’s very balanced with a lightly sugary start and a mild bitter finish. Subtle yeast flavors add some depth to the total package.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body that has a slowly fading finish. Carbonation settled down to a great level, just enough sparkle to keep from being flat, which encouraged a quick glass. After reading Gagnonsux description of tea flavors, I can second that taste in the profile as well.
Overall Impression: Very enjoyable. Refreshing and clean, this is a great summer session or lawnmower. I think the label and name are a bit gimmicky, but what ever it takes to get Real Ale’s product out there. Strongly recommended! (1,125 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev +2%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FLUID OZ. (355 ML) bottle of this from Llyb in a trade. Poured from the Bright Orange/Maroon bordered & labeled bottle w/ the Alamo Canons and Texas Star into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has BEST IF CONSUMED BY THIS DATE: 7.13.12 on the back on the bottle.

Aroma- Very sweet but well balanced with malt and light hops. Good for the style.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has weak retention. Has a semi-clear bright golden colored body and leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Sweet and subtle at the same time. Malts hit with sweetness and a bit toasty. Wheat follows up with this flavor and takes over. Sweet finish and almost no hop flavor or any bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Malty, Sweet, and finishes easy overall.

Overall Impression- A very pleasant Golden ale that still had character and a nice taste to keep this above average. Thanks for the share Laura! (930 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd, it actually says that this is brewed by Real Ale on the bottle, but this beer isn't under their list. Anyway, let's give it a formal review:

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy yellow golden color with a small 1/8" head of small active bubbles that was only around for about 20 seconds after the pour. It doesn't look like there are too many bubbles rising after the initial head.

Aroma: I got a good bit of hops in the aroma giving grassy notes in particular. They are getting more citrusy as the beer sits for a bit, and the malt is present and a little grainy and is contributing some subtle toasty notes and some light caramel sweetness. The malt is pretty subtle in this beer.

Taste: The flavor is also favoring the hops with some malty notes. The yeast is making a bigger appearance in the flavor than in the aroma giving a little bit of bread dough. The beer is pretty light bodied overall and the carbonation is present in the mouthfeel, though it is a bit low. The finish is tipped mildly toward the hops, but it doesn't end very dry or bitter, so they are playing pretty well with the water. The earthy properties of the hops are coming out a bit more as the beer warms and is starting to make the beer a little less pleasant to drink.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. I am not a big fan of their hop-bill, but that is just personal preference. Overall the balance is pretty good, and it is a pretty well made beer without any fermentation flaws or anything. This is the last beer out of a 6-pack that I got, and I may come back to it someday...but will probably pick up a number of other beers first. (1,624 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 23 Feb 2010.

Poured in an Avery shaker pint. Medium sized yellowish white head. Well carbonated. Clear golden color (imagine that...). Aroma is sweet and malty, slightly mineral. Sweet and malty. Faint bit of yeastiness. Club soda finish. Aftertaste is lightly bittersweet. Medium body. Light ethanol.

Easy to drink, better than expected. (361 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
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? (372 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a slightly hazy, dirty gold with a small, white, foamy head. The aroma is nutty, a little sour, a little wheaty, a little floral. The front is tangy, fruity and floral. The fizzy middle is fruity, light and a little milky. The finish is very roasty and nutty, with some nice bitterness and a little more fruit. Delicious. A long, lingering grainsy aftertaste. Apple burps. It's a nice, flavorful, nutty blonde. I like it a lot. (440 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light malt sweetness accompanied with a quaint little bitterness.

Pale straw, good clarity, little head.

Toasty, dry malt gives the impression of fermented corn. A little sweetness rounds out the dryness. A hint of hops comes and goes. Minimal bitterness. Good carbonation, a bit thin though.

What a fun idea - I love the Alamo. But is this the best we can drink to drink to the Alamo? Refreshing and light? Yes. Tasty? No, not really. I assume this brew is targeted to more-of-your-average-beer-drinker-crowd-type persons, but why can’t it taste better? It is just shy of good. (584 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just finished a couple of these sitting on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. I have to admit, I would not normally rate a beer I drank out of a bottle, but I liked this one enough to come here and give it some props!

Color: have say golden like the label says. Nice label though!

Aroma: couldn't get a great nose but pleasant enough. Light hops and bit of grainy malt.

Flavor: OK, can comment here. Very decent. At first, it has a bit of a light lager start, but as I continued and had another, began noticing some nice light grassy hops combining nicely with the malt grain bill.

Light mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Very solid overall and could definitely see this being a regular in my fridge if available to me. (719 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Straw color, a little hazy. Tons of fine carbonation. Soapy head that disappears really quick.

Aroma:
Sweet clean malts and some spicy hops.

Taste:
Sweet clean malts up front with a mild spicy hops at the end. I get touch of grainy and some zesty lemon in the taste. Body is light, good amount of carbonation. Very refreshing taste.

Finish:
Very clean and crisp finish, slight dry aftertaste.

Overall:
It's very refreshing beer. Very drinkable and sessionable. Only thing lacking is the flavor, otherwise it's a good summer's beer. (547 characters)

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Alamo Golden Ale from Alamo Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.