1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Alamo Golden Ale - Alamo Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Alamo Golden AleAlamo Golden Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

168 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 168
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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:
Brewed by Alamo Beer Co., but currently distributed by Real Ale Brewing Co.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-13-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175  | next › last »
Ratings: 168 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Atlas1
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Atlas1, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

YonderWanderer, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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?

jasonjlewis, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

russpowell, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of capo56
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color white head faded rather quicky, but plenty of carbonation evident.

Wow, there is actually some complexity to this aroma. I was expecting something very mild on the nose, but i'm picking up on barley, oats, lemon, some citrus fruit and even a hint of hops.

Goes down smooth and easy leaving some lacing behind, there is a bit of the citrus left on the tongue, but it wasn't overly sweet so I actually enjoyed it.

Overall a nice offering, and I'll keep this one in mind when spring rolls around again.

capo56, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of cheers2beers
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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

cheers2beers, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a beer trade, first time I've heard of this, hopefully this will be distributed back east. Pours a hazy golden orange color. Smell is of light citrus. Taste is a citrusy hop flavor quite like graprfruit which fades out quite quickly. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected. But overall this is a really great beer to drink, reminds me of a more flavorful summer ale. I think this is the only style Alamo makes, hopefully they will branch out a bit more.

Manosbeeroffate, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of kdog630
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a very pale gold color. Not what I expected, but it is nearly the same color as the label. Very sweet odor with a hint of hops. Decent head that lingered with plenty of effervescence.

Tasted much fuller than I would have expected given the color and odor. Very full bodied with a nice finish that lingered well. Nice balance without an overly hoppy taste or smell. Had this been an APA or IPA, there would be a need for more hops, but this seems just right.

Picked this up just before leaving SA on the way back to IL. Had to wait more than 24 hours before trying. I wish I'd had a chance to sample a draft version, but this one is a very drinkable ale. One I will definitely get again next time in the River City.

kdog630, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of beerdiablo
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In this case, what one needs to remember about the Alamo is that like the real Alamo, is that you can only see it in San Antonio. Additionally, this beer is contract brewed by our friends at Real Ale. This is the bottled version of Firemen's #4.

This is as close to a lager that Real Ale is going to get:
This light bodied blonde ale is perfectly balanced with a touch of hops.
Its a great choice on any hot Texas summer day or pair it with spicy foods to help you put out the fire.

This beer makes for a good session ale.

beerdiablo, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of DarthMalt
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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.

DarthMalt, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Indeed, this one is golden colored. However, it is hazy, which is not so good. The white head dissipates quickly.

Smell - Aroma is light and malty. The beer has a number of aromas in it. Fresh grain seems to be prominent.

Taste - Crisp and refreshing. The hops hit mid-mouth and bring out a brightness in the beer. Other flavors: slight buttery taste, floral, grassy, slightly tart and sour. There might even be a grainy flavor in there. The flavor is not particularly to my liking.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium-light. The beer has a tiny bit of oily or slick feel to it.

Drinkability - This one is a pretty easy drinker. I suspect that many will peg this one as "boring." Given a chance and some patience, the subtlties in this beer begin to shine through.

Comments - Although the beer has many positive characteristics, I am not really fond of it. This would make a good summer beer.

mgdeth, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

HardTarget, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

Gagnonsux, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of brewQ
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

brewQ, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

kbub6f, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of TPoling
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alamo in a bottle pours with a quickly dissipating head and is a rich gold. There are slight citrus notes and some floral hops in the nose. This is a great for those that like some character in their beer without going over the top in any of the aspects. While this is not terribly light, it is a summery beer with a decent balance. A little hay and orange peel in the aftertaste.

TPoling, Aug 06, 2004
« first ‹ prev | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175  | next › last »
Alamo Golden Ale from Alamo Beer Co.
78 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.