Gage Roads Wahoo | Gage Roads Brewing Company

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Gage Roads Brewing Company

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by joecast on 09-15-2008

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by foles:
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3.55/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer gets a bad rap, but I think its more misunderstood than anything. Its actually somewhere between an alt and a kolsch, but not as good as either. Some clean robust malt character present in the background (alt like), but it is let down by a metallic hop character/bitterness

Overall a drinkable beer - but it could be a great if they bumped up the bitternss, put in a touch more malt, and chuck in some quality hops.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Andrewziggy
2.99/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Citrus biscuit malts not to bad

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.96/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a a small head.
Nose shows caramel and toffee in large amounts, quite nice.
Similar flavours, loads of malt with honey and caramel notes, similar to the IPA. Unfortunately is fall flat quickly after that.
Body seems watery.
I was quite surprised with this, especially after looking at other reviews. It's actually quite nice, and far removed from the boring pale lager-like beer I expecting...

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Photo of Kulrak
1.59/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow, that's the least amount of head I've ever seen. It didn't even cover the top of the beer when poured into the middle of the glass.. Then what was there promptly disappeared. Anyway, it's sort of a bland yellow color. Moving on to smell....there isn't any. It smells like water. As for taste, it's actually got some, which is progress, I guess. Unfortunately, it tastes like somebody dipped their keys into some water and bottled it. Mouthfeel, watery and not carbonated at all. Drinkability: I guess it's drinkable. It says it's brewed and bottled to chill on ice, which I guess means it'll be so cold you won't really taste anything anyway, which would be an improvement here.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with a White fluffy head that reduces to a film.

S - A little malt but not much else.

T - Small amounts of malt notes with some light grains.

M - Light body and full carbonation

O - Not a beer that offers much in the way of flavour but has its place quenching a thirst.

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Photo of joecast
2.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

4.6% abv. 330ml brown bottle. best before 19/03/09

well, the label says ale, but the beer screams euro lager.

grassy, zesty nose. as pale as any beer ive ever tried. limp white head that evaporates quickly. low carbonation.

slight twang on the back of the throat to let you know you just drank something. other than that, flavor doesnt get in the way of this beer.

ok, i get what this beer is about. its an easy drinker for those hot days at the beach. im fine with that, but it doesnt score any more points for it.

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Photo of istarilord
2.81/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very skunky smell, don't think it's a bad bottle but just in case...

Pours a very pale yellow with a thin head & large bubbles.

Skunky/metallic aroma, does NOT match the flavor. The taste is halfway decent hoppiness with a touch of malt. Very light ale, ok balance but not much depth.

Easy to drink but not much too it.

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Photo of rjimlad
1.83/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I expected better things since I rather like the Gage roads IPA and Lager. This is definitely in the macro lager territory and I found it insipid and even unpalatable. It looks like a Corona clone with a very pale straw colour and faint head. At first taste I thought 'Stella' but it doesn't have the depth or thirst quenchability of Stella. Then it just sort of petered out into bland macro swill that was disappointing. I just finished plastering my bathroom ceiling and the first one went down easily and was refreshing. The second made its inadequacies apparent and I can say it ranks among all the other bland blondes out there. It's as flavourless as Corona but without the urban cool. Avoid.

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Photo of Macca
2.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours pale, pale, pale. Pale what? Straw I suppose. Large bubbled head which quickly disappears with no retention or lacing. An ugly looking beer.
A nose of lemon and lime which unfortunately reminded me of dishwashing liquid.
Not an unpleasant taste, again the lemon and lime, but very simple. Very low carbonation. The glass getting empty is the best indication that I am drinking something.

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Photo of WHROO
1.75/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very surprised Gage Road released something as bland as this...
A: Poured straw yellow, 2 finger head, with no head retention. Started with lagerlike good carb but finished with barely a bubble.
S: Little grass, hay, & some sulphur egg.
T: Bland, not much of anything, zero bitter...
M: weak, watery, no style...flat. yucko
D: Nah, next!!!

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Photo of soju6
2.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a small head that fades to very little lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus and some malt sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste is of citrus up front with some mild malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: Decent beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Julian4077
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Breeza
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of djbx
2/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of laituegonflable
1.82/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a pale straw colour with light carbonation, no head, thin rim of lace. Nice champagne colour, shame it doesn't have the sparkle of champagne. Or anything else.

Nose has a hint of fruit, a hint of honey, a hint of herbal hops. A big dollop of nothing, and a slight rice aroma. Very light sourness saves it from being utterly boring.

Taste is simple and dull, very watery with hints of carbonation and a mild piney hop, but very little. Very thin feel, no carbonation or anything. Has maybe a slight grassy astringency but nothing really. Short, dull palate, very little to recommend here. Sharpness at the back is a turnoff, otherwise just boring.

Wouldn't call this premium, and it's far more likely to make me yell "Get out of the way, I have to puke" than "Wahoo!"

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.58/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Very pale piss yellow, with some champagne bubbles and a filmy head of white foam. Looks pretty insipid.

Smells undeniably like ass, or at least a slightly warm and organic fart. Sulphurous, with a light carbonic acidity. Great, it's like puke and farts. Well done beer. Slight fishy characters as well. At least these characters aren't really strong.

Light sweet and a little sickly with a thin corn or wheat-husk character. Boo. Not very much at all. Mouthfeel very thin.

A thoroughly unpleasant and thoughtlessly offensive beer. It doesn't have quite enough character to be truly undrinkable, but I'll certainly pass if someone offers me another.

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Photo of buddyau
2.53/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very strange beer from the gage road brewing company are they trying to sell beer to the VB drinkers or are they trying something new

Rather band beer not much flavour rather disapointing beer.

Theres not much that can be said about this beer.

Don't buy it my six pack was a gift and I only drank three and gave the rest away

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Photo of doktorhops
2.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A friend kept recommending I try this beer, but stubborn and lazy as I am I never got around to it. So the other day when he dropped by with a bottle of this I thought now I have to review it. It says "Kolsch" on the label and the only Kolsch I've ever tried is the quite outstanding "Kamberra Kolsch" which whilst not as good as their ales is still a decent brew... lets see how this beer compares.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint (good old pinty!).

A: Body is a translucent light gold with a half centimeter white head. The action inside looks a little bit flat.

S: Very mild aroma for this one. It is reminiscent crisp apple with a grain undertone and cut grass after note.

T: The flavour is fresh and slightly hoppy with biscuit malts and apple peel. It's not bad but nonetheless presents little challenge to the taste buds. There is an odd aftertaste; regular hop bitterness mixed with some sort of metallic tang, it's not "tip the drink down the sink" bad however it does distract from the overall flavour.

M: Mid to low carbonation and fairly light bodied.

D: It's a middle road brew this 'Wahoo'. I want to like it more but it doesn't offer much in the way of flavour, kind of like a typical Aussie lager (only this is much less offensive). This would be a good beer for a scorching summer day when you needed something that goes down fast and without a challenge - like lemonade.

Food match: Try matching this with seafood (yeah I know there's a picture of a fish on the side of the bottle), prawns would go well with this, or calamari rings fried with a lemon wedge and some chips.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle, a pretty ordinary macro label.

Appearance: pours a pale golden colour with a small fluffing head that dissipates reasonably quickly. Doesn't look like much.

Aroma: an aroma of some light citrus hops and an adjunct fug (rice). The citrus is nice, but the adjunct comes across a bit cheap.

Taste: mostly citrus with some light malts. Not terribly exciting, but that's what you get for the price.

Aftertaste: the flavours disappear quickly, which was expected.

Mouth feel: light in body and full on carbonation. Okay for a warm day only.

Overall: an okay beer for a warm day, but there are others more worthy even at as reasonable a price as AU$43 a case.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.5/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As per all of the preceeding reviews this to my palate was rather uninteresting.
However if one reads the BA view of American Blonde ALe it does appear to be well within the definition , hence a passing score.
It is a drinkable beer ,suited to a hot day , and infinitely better than most other offerings , of the macro variety from the local Drive Through.
Gage Roads normally have a bit more of a quality about them but the name and labelling suggest it is far more of an business beer than a craft beer, which is fine , as long as there better beers dont head down that track

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Andrewharemza
2.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle labelled "Kolsch" . Pours a clear amber, not much head, Taste of sour malt but no hops and no bitterness. Light body, watery. Very good on a hot day.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.02/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.0
A firm pour yeilds a very thin white head that instantly all but disappears. Light blonde in colour with great clarity.

Smell - 2.5
Very little aroma to speak of, but very clean, a little corn, slightly sweet.

Taste - 3.0
Very clean and crisp, with just a hint of softness that suggests that it is an ale, not a lager. Light grain and husk flavour, low to moderate bitterness lingers nicely, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Low carbonation, could definitely stand to be more lively, but goes down quite smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.0
Certainly sessionable, this would be a great bbq beer, although certainly not interesting enough for enthusiasts to come back to.

How this won a gold at the AIBA I will never know. Admittedly there is not much wrong with it, but there is very little right with it either. It could be easily mistaken as one of the better Australian or European macro lagers. Sad that Gage Roads is having to resort to this kind of tasteless beer to save their own hides.

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Gage Roads Wahoo from Gage Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.61 out of 5 with 25 ratings