Alamo Golden Ale - Alamo Beer Co.

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | 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: 182 | Reviews: 62
Photo of TWHartman
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pale golden with clean white head, head retention pretty good for the style

S- light grainy sweetness balanced with grassy hop, pretty standard

T- lightly sweet from grain, maintains a nice finish. Grass and some spice from hops. Taste mimics smell strongly.

M- body is the most pleasant feature of the beer, flavor sticks to sides and back of tongue but still maintains a crisp finish

Overall a nice beer to drink outside on a nice warm day, I'd drink a couple.

Photo of mgdeth
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is golden with a slight haze. Head is white a thin foam with moderate retention. Lacing is minimal and splotchy. The nose has some sweetness to it. Lemongrass, orange and some pepper spice. Getting just a small amount of bitter hops in there as well. Just like the taste. Sweet upfront with a bitter middle that sort of even out towards the finish. All previous characters are still present. The mouth feel is very refreshing. Just under medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Not bad at all. This one is a bit above average. A good drinking beer. Great for summer weather no doubt.

Photo of brewQ
3.48/5  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.

Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of capo56
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of TPoling
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of obrike
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +6.3%
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 FanofHefe
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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 htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of DarthMalt
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of mjurney
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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 kdog630
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of climax
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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 DCon
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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 zoolzoo
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours straw colored, hazy, white head.

S: Bready, fruity yeast undertones. Clean, crisp.

T: Refreshingly simple, very clean. Bread / grains form a solid base. Fruity yeast plays a part rounding out mid sip; black pepper, drop of lemon juice.

M: Medium all around except in the finish, which is a bit watery.

O: Exceeded my expectations.

Alamo Golden Ale from Alamo Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.