Valley Golden Ale | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2002

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Druss157:
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful and mysterious hazy yellow with a monster, fluffy white head . . . out of a growler no less.

Smell – There a nice, citrusy aroma here that hints of sour apples and tangerines. I can pick up a bit of quality grain here as well, which is a rare aroma indeed.

Taste – Have we found the proper way to serve up American grain? Yes, I think we have. It must be drunk with light, lemon and orange hops that are borderline sour.

This is eerily like the Celtic Bayou’s (Far West Ireland’s) St. Brigade’s Blond Ale, only better. I had that one on-tap at the brewpub. The flavors are very similar, but this is much smoother.

Mouthfeel – There is a wonderful mouthfeel to this one. Again, the beer is very smooth and the snappy twang keeps things lively. It finishes with a mild bitter bite.

Drinkability – Since I’m impatient and like warm beer anyway I popped this growler right out of the box in the middle of the summer. It is well-blended, tastes great, and is very refreshing.

This is a great example of an answer to the, “Is there a good beer under 6.0% ABV out there,” post that we seem to get every three months in the forum. I can’t wait to see what it tastes like cold. This growler WILL be drained before I head off to bed tonight and will certainly help in flushing down my homemade Cajun sausage pizza (of which I will consume large quantities of).

Comments – How do I get all the good stuff from Bethlehem? Francisweizen is the man! This is the third growler I’ve had from this brewery, and they rock!

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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2.82/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is what sells, a golden transition beer, in so many pubs I have passed through. This one is mediocre, with above average carbonation that bothered my mouth. Mid yellow with a little head. light mouthfeel, good lace though. Nice aroma. Too cold. Metallic finish.

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2.96/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surprisingly complex for a brewpub golden, though not that not complex. It's pleasantly grainy, almost like a pilsner's taste with pale grains and little tweak from the yeast. A little touch of spicy hops round out the beer. I've definitely had worse golden ales and would recommend this as a gateway beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This is, indeed, a golden ale. Crystal clear with a small head, this ale is as golden as it can get.

S: The ale has a primarily malty nose. Those malts are grainy and somewhat sweet. There are no hops from what I can smell.

T: The ale has a very subtle taste, basically there is nothing happening here. There are some malty notes and a bit of hop character, but not enough of either to get excited.

M: The mouthfeel is somewhat bland, as neither the hop nor malt characters really stand out.

D: The ale very restrained, perhaps an intro for someone new to ales. Beyond that, there just isn’t enough happening.

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Photo of Lurkerson
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jake_eff
2.89/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikr
2/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Stofko1992
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of devildog1633310
4.53/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A truly golden smoothness that comes with few small batch brewers. A yellow batch of gold. I just wish that I still lived in Allentown so I could have 1 on a daily basis. My only negative comment is the lack of sufficent head at the first pour. It has a somewhat bitter after taste. But after the first couple you won't mind it a bit. One of the better Goldens that I have ever tasted. My hats off to BBW. And from what I hear they have a new spot in downtown Allentown.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of rfgetz
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright clear gold color with thin cap of white head. Scent is very pale, almost non-existant, only faint notes of grain. Taste brings touches of dried grain only a fraction more than scent dictated, light light grassy hop note. Best quality is it lacks any sign of an off-charachter. Light bodied, suprisingly undercarbonated since the masses seem to like their light beer bubbly. It is what it is... we all have seen the people who walk into a brew pub or good beer bar and as for a Miller Lite, well this is what they get at Bethlehem Brew Works.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Bethlehem BrewWorks

BBW's #1 seller, and it's no surprise. This is the beer people get when the walk in and ask, "What do you have that's like a Miller Lite?" All things considered, this one isn't too bad in a relative sense. Typical pour: clear, golden yellow with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipated almost completely. Distant aroma, sweet and grainy. Taste of lightly toasted grain, sugar, corn, a touch of hops in there somewhere. Definitely went down smooth and easy, with a light and watery body. Not very good, but not very bad for the style.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bethlehem Brew Works Brew Pub.

Poured a see through golden color with a small white head. Some hops and malts in the aroma. Sweet malty tasting with a crisp finish. I can see where this may be a stepping stone for the Macro drinkers.

Notes from 5/15/05

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale malt scent with a dry (lager yeast?) aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that goes down quick and finishes with a dry, bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good golden ale. It has decent flavor and mouthfeel; a good drinker.

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

Presentation: Sampled at the Bethlehem Brew Works.

Appearance: Archetypal presentation in the glass. Clear golden yellow body with a rustic looking white head that stabilized at first but soon disappeared after a couple of mouthfuls to a broken covering.

Nose: I didn’t get that much from the nose at first I recall. It seemed to improve when the head disappeared, ironically. A soft start with some grain and a little lemon bitterness, hoppy too, in a low key way though.

Taste: Starts with a pristine entrance, clean and slick with a feint lemon and grainy start. Middle has a moderate bitterness with a crisp refreshing finish. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Suffers from a light feel, dare I say thin, it just needs a little more body for me to make this a much more interesting brew, but then that would defeat its whole purpose I guess.

Drinkability: Definitely a great beer to spend the whole night with, to accompany food, or even for even a raging thirst; but it’s a little too light in the long run for me to keep at it much beyond a Pint or two.

Overall: Obviously aimed at, and destined for, consumption by those that like their American Lagers and Lite beers, but this really ain’t all that bad and should not be confused with the versions from the Big Boys, this one is much better. It’s clean and easily drinkable.

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Photo of stirgy
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out an attractive and a very clear golden color. There wasn’t much of a head on this one. Nice refreshing lemony hop aroma. The hops were just perfect for this ale. Although light tasting, this beer wasn’t short of substance – I thought it had a lot of character and a nice flavor. Very drinkable and my favorite so far from this brewery.

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Valley Golden Ale from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 44 ratings