Guilford Golden Ale - Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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Guilford Golden AleGuilford Golden Ale

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-11-2004

Malts: Maris Otter, Wheat Malt, Aromatic

Hops: Progress, East Kent Goldings

Yeast: London, 1028
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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 38
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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light clear golden with nice froth on top that left minmal lacing,aroma was light I picked up a toasy grain hint and a a light mettalic note but very light.Taste was somewhat blazee toaste malt mainly with just a touch of citruis in the finish but not much going on.A beer for the macro drinkers who come in,bland but a easy drinker in the warm weather.

Photo of newk340
3.37/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a very pale gold that is reminiscent of a cheap light beer.

S: faint hints of hops, wheat, and malts.

T: malts are certainly front and foremost, but there are hints of hops, leaves lots to be desired.

MF/D: surprisingly smooth making it sessionable, but a bland mouthfeel leaves this beer lacking.

Photo of Chuggs
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blonde Ale out of the bottle.

This blonde presented a nice light gold hue that would be expected from a blonde. Thin lacing that is sticky. Carbonation is very strong, which brings out the fruity aroma. If a fan of golden/blondes this is a good beer. Do not expect a hoppy, bitter after taste, but a rather smooth and light descent. If you are in the mood for this style its a good beer if in the area. I generally like blondes; moreso in the summer months, but this was a pleasing and easy drinking beer. Would not recommend those that appreciate a high hopped beer, but well represented for its class and style.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Less-than-spectacular yellow-gold in color with scant white head. Aromas are muted, and consist of a fruity-grain-type. Flavor follows smell. Grainy, with a splash of fruit flavor. Ends dry and clean. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Drinkable, but nothing mind-blowing. Good for the macro-crowd that wants to start down the micro path.

Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an undated 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Had to back off and pour carefully as the head from this beer threatened to burst over the top of the over-sized glass.

Appearance: a clear pale gold with a large white head that settled fairly quickly. Barely visible, very fine-grained carbonation.

Smell is light but not faint, with light malt and just hints of hops. Nothing particularly good or bad here.

Taste is of malt with an appropriate (i.e., in good balance) amount of hop bitterness. Better than the aroma, but lacks, richness, interest and complexity -- none of which are common in this style. Improves with some warming.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, crisp and well carbonated. It has a rather dry finish.

O - This goes down easy, has no brewing flaws and is refreshing, but it also has limited flavor and aroma. Could make a good pairing with a delicately flavored meal. Certainly way better and more flavorful than a typical American light beer.

Photo of tdm168
2.96/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper color with a 1/4" of loose, white head that quickly fades. The smell is minimal; faint malt and yeast. The taste is light malt, red apples, yeast, medicine, and lemon. The mouthfeel is light, heavily carbonated, and dry.

The odd notes in the flavor (medicine and apples) really throw me off. I'm not a big fan of this one.

Photo of thagr81us
2.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Pours golden with a one finger white head that subsided to minimal slowly. It maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, hops, and corn. The flavor was of malt and corn. It was light on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I was not really impressed with this one. It needed a bit more of just about everything to be appealing. Also, the corn flavor was a little unpleasant as this one was allowed to warm up a little bit. Not a fan...

Photo of cbleary
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I remember this being better on tap. Anyway, its an enjoyable and easy drinking ale with a very light body with a mild English hop flavor. This one is for the light beer drinkers. I think a bit less carbonation would do this beer a world of good.

Photo of ThoughtPolice
2.29/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I won't do a long review as I usually would because this beer was downright disappointing. A little surprising due to what I've come to expect from this brewery, which is an average - somewhat above average brew.

The smell and taste is too heavy on the corn. The mouthfeel is good, drinkability is only good insofar as it is light and not too intense flavor-wise. Flavor leaves a lot to be desired.

As another reviewer said before me, this is as close to a Budweiser as any craft brew I've had.

Skip this one, guys and gals, but don't skip the company altogether. (Especially if you're able to stop in and grab some food at the brewpub. They make a good Cuban sandwich)

Take care

Photo of wedge
3.57/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color with a white head that disappears completely halfway through the glass. Aroma is a balance of light sweet malt and subtle fruitiness. Pale malty flavor, almost Kolsch-like. Sweet cereal grain. Light bodied with lowish carbonation...lingering dry grain.

According to the website, this is 3.8% now. Nice summer quencher.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had the chance to try pretty much the entire lineup from Natty Green's and I just do not pass up the opportunity to try these things.

Poured a very light yellow color with loads of carbonation and a fizzy white head that quickly faded leaving a nearly bare top. Loads of grain on the nose. Light bready notes and a just way too light. Again not the biggest fan of the style but I will take it with a grain of salt. Light flavor, again grainy with liht bread undertones and a touch of grassy flavors in the finish. Nothing really standing out here for me at all. Light feel, over carbonated it seemed at times, but easy to drink when it is warm out.

Overall again this was about average for me for the style. Nothing really making it stand out from the crowd really.

Photo of BeerDocT
2.54/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've been impressed with Natty Greene's IPA and other beers, so I was intrigued to try this beer which is now included in their 12 pack sampler. We'll see... .

-Appearance 2: Imagine a pint glass filled with lemon kool-aid. Yep. Non-existent head quickly dissipated into a swirly, CO2-enhanced film. Lots of CO2 bubbles popping up all over the place.

-Smell 3: Pleasant bouquet. Nothing special. Lots of grainy, adjuncty scents. Not bad, but certainly not great.

-Taste 2.5: Front tastes of a watered down barley. Middle is where the CO2 bubbles attack your palate and it is difficult to taste anything. Finish is slightly barley/grain/adjunct. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. No hops, no nuances, no nothing.

-Mouthfeel 2: Just like water in your mouth. Nothing added from the carbonation other than little tickles on the tongue.

-Overall 2.5: This beer isn't as bad as it is just...bleargh. Just nothing. A true disappointment. I cannot believe this swill was produced by the same brewery that brewed Buckshot, Southern IPA, Brown Ale... . Sad, really. Natty Greene needs to pull this recipe, take it out to the back yard and set it on fire. If this beer is included in their sampler from now on, I will not be buying any further samplers from now on. Avoid.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.37/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden/yellow. Two finger head quickly recedes to a thin film leaving some lace.

S - Toasted malt; buttermilk biscuits with a hint of candy-like sweetness.

T - Somewhat bland, but more of the toasted malt from the nose. Sourdough bread comes to mind, with the "sour" definitely increasing late palate. A slight hop bitterness balances the sweetness.

M - Moderate to low carbonation and almost watery. Very flat tasting, and completely working against the taste.

D - Eh, it's an ok brew, but a little thin and sweet to drink all night. Blonde's aren't really my thing anyway.

Photo of Neehan
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My 2nd Natty offering in a bottle.

It poured a light gold with a small amount of carbonation and little retention. This one just seemed to be lacking in all aspects and reminded me quite a bit of a macro lager in appearance, smell, and taste. More hops and a more grainy character would improve it IMO. The company has some good beer out there, this is just not one of them.

Photo of Enola
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something happened to the air in my truck. It was not cooling like it should so I was hot. In multiple ways. So this beer helped cool me down. It was light in appearance and had a macro type smell. The taste was typical for the style. On a hot afternoon this beer really hit the spot for me. The drinkability is good given the right situation.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some moderate amounts of golden yellow and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with some light honey and just a touch of herbal and earthy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with some light honey and a fair amount of sweetness. Very light amounts of herbal and earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness that fades almost immediately.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Super easy to drink and with this low an ABV, you could easily drink this one all day long - the definition of a session beer. Matches really well with just about any food.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.51/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours very light and somewhat cloudy. Thin white head. Nose brings forward some light bread and grain with a pinch of some mild fruits. The taste is simply light bready grain and not really anything else. Light body with adequate carbonation, there's really nothing here.

Photo of FloppyDog
2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. A crystal clear honey yellow in appearance with an inch of white head.

The aroma is of cooked corn and a bit grainy with no real noticeable hop aroma.

The taste is, again the dms followed by a light maltyness. Very light bodied, with less carbonation than I was expecting.

Overall, an average to unimpressive golden ale that is a little too heavy on the dms for my tastes (although I acknowledge that it is acceptable for the style).

Photo of rtrasr
4.34/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Starts out rather grainy but them becomes biscuity with some honey notes. Tastes great on a hot and muggy night. Not going to wow too many BA's, but we need more session beers. At 3.8% abv this one of the few true session ales brewed in the states. We need more.

Photo of ntgrant
4.53/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden/Yellow Wheat. Small white head, dissipates quickly.

Smell: Grainy, some honey-ish notes. Bread.

Taste: Malt, bread, slight honey and grain. A slight bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Middling body, smooth. Overall a good beer.

Photo of MrStark
2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a mostly clear pale gold with a small foamy white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell is pretty faint, just hints of malt and hops. nothing impressive.

Taste is of malt and seams to have a sweet corn finish. A small amount of hop bitterness as well. Like the smeel, not too impressive.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly carbonated. It has a dry finish.

Drinkability is just ok. Its not a terrible brew but there's not really anything here to make me want more. It goes down fairly easy but the taste just doesn't really do it for me.

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light gold with good clarity. Head is on the small side with minimal lacing.
Smell is crisp and grainy. Not a lot of aroma which is understandable considering the abv and style.

Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Fair amount of malt flavor given the very low abv.

A good true session ale. Also a great "light beer" that blows the macro equivalents out of the water (no pun intended). I do wish it was in a can and priced lower but such is craft.

Photo of sinistrsam
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This had a golden-colored body and a mediocre white head. The aroma was nothing to write home about; mild sweet malts, some alcohol, maybe grains and wheat? The taste was muchof the same. Tasted very typical and uninteresting. Not complex. The mouthfeel was that of a typical cheap beer; some carbonation but watery and bland. I wouldn't recommend this brew.

Photo of cbros
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type- from a bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance- Poured a dark golden yellow with a light white lace that lasted till finish. No activity present in glass after pour.

Smell- Hints of hops but nothing overwhelming.

Taste- This beer had a flat taste that ended with a litte hint of the hops.

Drinkability- Purchased a loosey from local beer store in hopes of finding a local brew that I could support. I was somewhat disappointed with the result. To me this beer brought nothing new to the table. If I didn't know any better I would think this was some macro brew that you can get at any local convient store. Even though I would probably not purchase this specific one again I plan on trying some of the other beers that Natty Greenes offers in hopes of finding something that I can enjoy that comes from right down the street.

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a white head that fades away about halfway through. Smells of ale yeast fruity touch of wheat and mostly pale malt. Taste about the same little hop up front but not much. Very easy to drink and at 3.8% you could problay drink a good bit of these not bad but problay won't buy again unless I'm just looking for a beer to drink a good bit with out feeling to buzzed.

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Guilford Golden Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
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