Regatta Golden | Cambridge Brewing Company

31 Reviews

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2000

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -3%

From 09/16/14 notes from CBC in MA.

Pours a somewhat clear golden color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident. Bready malts, grains, dough, wheat, kind of bland. Light body with low to mod carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall ok but kind of bland. Would pass next time.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, pale, straw color with a filmy, clingy, frothy white head. Nose of toasted grains, cream sweetness, with floral and honey highlights. Flavors are smooth and crisp, with a honey and floral hops forward character balanced on a creamy backbone. Peppery spice at the end of the palate, with a crisp, slightly bitter and dry aftertaste. Crisp, clean finish. Very easy drinker.

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Photo of harrymel
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the source

Golden with a near brilliant clarity and solid sheet of bone whites. Smells like a nice kolsch: corn, grain, soft floral character and a nice hint of grass. Taste follows through well with a solid grain bed, some flowers, some nice bitterness to dry it up a bit as the slight sweetness rolls over the tongue. Medium and maybe even a little full for the style with soft carb and a wet finish. A nice beer, wish they'd not call it a golden on their menu, because it doesn't really fit that categorically IMO.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in the CBC Beergarden during the 24th Anniversary.

The initial pour produced half-of-the-glass head. The bartender repeatedly added to the liquid. Spotty lace. Straw color and clear.

Mild aroma but with a pleasant blend of malt/hop. Lots of raw grain and straw.

An excellently blended beer. Pale malt is dominant, but there's enough bitterness to give this balance. In the background, I detect citrus flavors. In the swallow, I note fresh blackberries and banana. The aftertaste is short with notes of black pepper. The mouthfeel is superior: It's rich, almost chewy, with a below average level of carbonation--unusual even for a Kölsch.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer on draft I am having at CBC

A- a straw yellow body with mild carbonation. Not much lacing

S- very grainy with a sweet corn scent that I like to look for in this style. Not massive but still there

T- good sweet flavor that is very refreshing. Even a swig of bitterness at the end

M- carbonated and solid with flavor

O- a very refreshing kolsch that I am excited about for kicking off this meal

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Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cambridge Brewing

A: The pour is a clear light golden straw color with a small white head.

S: Not that great of a nose for a "kolsch". Sweet cereal grains with a heavy corn aroma. The hop aromas are mild at best, just a light floral note. Some bread character to it, but not much.

T: Same story for the flavor. Heavy on the grain/corn flavors and sweetness. Minimal hops with very little bitterness (the latter of which actually is a good thing). Bland overall.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Just way too plain and bland. Not very good flavors or aromas that are there.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the Kolsch. Hard to make, at least in the eyes of American drinkers. Too light? Too "BMC"-ish? We'll see...

Pale golden pour, nice non-huge head. Bubbly and clean.

Aroma is like brown--but not dry--grass, some malty sweetness. A hint of hop spice. Light, but nothing bad here

Same goes for the taste. It's malty, light. Very light cracker, unsalted, taste seems a bit bland. And the beer as a whole would be bland without some delicate touches of hops. Slight herbal spice, honeysuckle. Carbonation cleans things up and is quenching.

A good hot summer day beer

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy head with crystal clear golden straw color.

Nose has light pilsner malts, straw, very light grassy hops, hint of a corn like cream malt aroma.

Taste is nice and malty, toasty, straw malts, pilsner like malts, light grassy hops, hint of yeast on the back end, hint of creamy feel, touch of a corn or maize like malt flavor, drinkable, dry and crisp finish, just a touch of bitterness.

Mouth is very light, decent carbonation and a bit creamy.

Overall good, drinkable, a nice summer beer, dry, clean, crisp, refreshing, nice toasty straw malts, hint of a creamy like taste and feel.

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Photo of gfreed
1.48/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

My goodness... this was a terrible beer. Its pale, Bud Lite-watery appearance is well matched to its pale, ricey, Bud Lite-watery taste. Its mild detergent smell reminds me of the summer beers from Sam Adams, and also of the days long ago when I would rise very early on a Sunday morning, say goodbye to my wife and tote several bags of laundry to the laundromat where, for two hours, I would sit and inhale the dust from old boxes of Tide and Cheer. It was bad then and it's bad now, especially in beer. Ick.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC 6/3 to kick off my ACBF weekend. This one was served in a tall pils glass.

Regatta Golden pours a brilliant, completely translucent gold. There's about two fingers of clean white foam capping the beer, and it sticks around for a quick minute before disappearing without a trace. There's some bready malts in the nose, as well as a touch of honey sweetness. They're joined in the aroma by a familiar herbal smell that's highly suggestive of noble hops. The flavor generally follows along with the aroma. The honey presence isn't quite as noticeable, and there's a crackling, yet restrained bite of bitterness mid palate. The body was nice and spry, very light without crossing over into watery. The carbonation though seemed to fizz out before reaching the back end of each sip. Regatta Golden is a very solid sessionable beer, and it made for a great first round after walking to CBC in the heat.

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Photo of Brad007
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on 3/11/11.

This beer pours a mild golden blond color with a thin head into my glass

The aroma is light and crisp with just a touch of both hops and malt.

Grainy, bready malt greets the tongue followed by just a kiss of hops. Buttery.

Mouthfeel contains lingering buttered bread and hops on the palate.

This is a decent, sessionable golden ale that works if you don't want anything too extreme. Upon learning that it's a kolsch, I was delighted as this is a style that doesn't get much recognition.

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Photo of ccrida
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub, recommend by rousee as a nice Kölsch for a summer session. Served in a pils glass, Regatta Golden is gold and still, with only a small white collar.

Smell is sweeter cereals with a hint of diacetyl, with some noble hops coming through as it opened up.

Taste has a nice bread dough maltiness, clean and simple, with a snappy bitterness on the subtle, minty hop finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a light body and moderate carbonation in spite of the vapid appearance.

Drinkability was good, a nice little Kölsch thats perfect for those stifling summer days that require extended sabbaticals in the bar!

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Photo of marcpal
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the brewery, my first of the CBCs that I had tried. Unfortunately, not a good start. Hefe was the true winner and this one was left a bit bland on the wayside.

A: Light as can be, some head and gold color. Nothing notable. Sign of things to come.

N: If anything here, some cornlike flavors. Overall, just nothing that stood out even when looking for it.

T: A little bit of hops and a little bit of malt. I know the style is designed to lack intensity, but this one even falls shy of that. No real character to it.

M: Crisp and somewhat spicy. Some carbonation but nothing of character again.

D: Hate to be redundant, but this one was just dull and uneventful. More of a light beer that could be good for yardwork as a refresher but thats it. Go for the hefe.

Surely a session beer, but where was the flavor. Maybe it was a bad batch.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried a pint while at dinner at Woody's this past Friday. Pours a bright yellow color, with a very light body and lots of carbonation. Slight lacing. As it's a kolsch, it's made to be light and easily drinkable. That's dead on right. You can gulp this stuff down like water. Not heavy at all, and with such a low abv, it's a nice session beer, a great summer beer, and an excellent accompaniment to a spicy chicken pizza. It's always good to see a CBC tap handle at a beer bar.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a 22 oz. stange at the Reggatabar.

Appearance - Light gold color and very clean and clear. Topped off by a fluffy, bright-white finger and a half head. The head retention was incredibly long lasting and left light lacing.
The aroma was quite mild, but balanced. Floral noble hops come through with a light bready, yeasty backing. Very light on the nose.
Taste - More bitter than I was expecting from the smell. A subtle, bready sweetness in the aftertaste. The sweetness becomes more pronounced as it warms slightly. Very clean and smooth flavor. No fruity notes (that I picked up) in either nose or taste. Dry finish.
Medium-light mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit higher than it should be, which added to the bite.
All in all a very clean, delicately balanced brew. Could easily drink a few of these. Kolsch seems to be a very subtle, delicate style and I don't know if I can pick out the subtleties, but I'm not entirely sure if this is a good representation of some of the characteristics according to BJCP (no fruity hints, mid-high carbonation and bitter etc). It is no doubt tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of Malted
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I actually did not order this one, but had quite a bit of my girlfriend's at a recent dinner. I ordered the Pumpkin and Amber, and loved both of those. However, I was most impressed with this beer as it was a nice light style with plenty of flavor. Not my typical choice in a beer, but so well crafted I had to review it.

Appearance: Nice light straw color. Sparkling clear. Very little head, but I noticed none of their beers seemed to come out with much head at all.

Aroma: Not much here, the only disappointing part of this beer.

Taste: Good balance of crisp grain with a finish of mild yeast. No tangy metallic finish that you would find with most lagers (probably because this is an ale I suppose).

Drinkability/Overall: I could easily finish off two or three of these if I were looking for a session beer. A great crafted mild beer. I have to add, CBC pours the beer at the perfect temperature. Thankfully, they had no ice cold mugs to hide all the flavors. If I were to fashion a "12 Steps to Introducing Craft Beer to the Masses", I think I would pick this as the first step.

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Photo of Freshie
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden appearence with small frothy head that dissapated.

Smell is grainy with some floral hints.

Taste is grainy as well, but light and flavourful, with some spice on the back of the tongue. Light bodied. Goes down easy. Refreshing.

A good choice on a hot day I would say. I didn't mean for that to rhyme.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a Spaten stange glass for Christmas from my little brother and I finally get to use it. Poured a bright, illuminating gold that was absolutley clear. Thick, frothy head and lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. some strings of lace. Nose was present but very light and sweetly malty. Kind of like when you walk past a bakery as they make the donuts.

Flavor is very light and a bit juicy. Sweet and crisp. Slight hop presence gives it just the slightest of bitterness. Kind of a grape-y thing going on too. Very light mouthfeel but does not take away from the beer. I actually really like the juicey and (almost) chewy quality. A nice drinkable, sessionable beer that went well with my home-made Mexican enchiladas.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On-Tap 10/01/05 at the CBC in Cambridge, MA.

Clear yellow with a low white ringed head. Light spicy malty grainy aroma and flavor. Lightly sweet. Light bodied.

Not bad and worth a try but this just must not be my style ...

Per CBC website:
OG: 1.042 FG: 1.010 ABV: 4.2%

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Photo of packetknife
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-golden color with a frothy white head. Smeared down the side of the pint glass and lingered for the rest of the night. Sweetness on the nose with a touch of hop. Same on the tongue, light, crisp, perhaps not as full bodied as it could have been. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on cask with Halletauer hops

It's golden all right with a creamy white head, a slightly hazy clover honey blonde.

Brisk floral scent.

There's a slight spice in the hops, with that unknown something that I still can't quite put my finger on except that it says "German" to me. If I have to characterize the spice I'd call it gingery.

Bready malt with an apricot fruitiness, thats grows stonger as I drink.
Cloying honey in the finish.

Too fizzy for cask, but it's definitely sessionable, just not what I'm in the mood for at the moment.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

probably as simple a brew as your gonna find at the cbc, but it holds form and flavour quite nicely and makes for an enjoyable, lighter beer. it pours a crisp golden colour with a tiny head leaving minimal stickiness on the glass. the smell is fruity, chalky and sweet...maybe a tad boring but nothing bad. the flavour expands upon the smell bringin a bolder yet light and balances flavour to the table. it is sweet and grainy throughout. very easy to drink and a nice to wash down a burger, wings, etc with while still maintaining a nice amount of flavour at the same time. i would happily sample this one again.

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Photo of rousee
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Why mess with a classic ?? How can you go to a great brewpub with one of the most creative and hard-working brewmasters of all time and try only the Regatta Golden. Well, when there are not a bunch of seasonal beers, this is when.

Golden color, but a dark straw -very malty--this is one of my favorite beers of all time. I love malt.Yes--I think I know the biscuit that y'awl mention but its a nice homemade one by me or my mother no KFC type biscuit here. You could drink this till the cows come home.

I will frequently buy growlers of this and while I wish it was served a bit colder at the pub itself , I have found that the growlers out of my fridge are better when they have sat on the counter opened for 15-20 mins.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear corn color, served with no head or lacing. Aroma reinforces sweet cooked corn in my mind, though I stringly doubt any corn would be used in this style beer. Other pleasnat vegetal notes and light grassy hops are in the nose. Flavor is sweet husky grain, hints of stewed greens, some lemon and lime. Seems young. I do not pick up the hop spiciness that is advertised. Medium bodied, thicker and slicker than I expected from the style.

A decent beer for when you want something on the lighter side.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at least 2-3 of these in a row. Easy to drink, and a nice session beer. Color is (surprise!) a clear golden. Clean aroma, with little to no head. I found the taste rather biscuity actually, with some astringency in the finish. Nicely balanced, and again: easy to drink. Very nice session beer I would be sure to order again.

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