Good Old Potosi | Potosi Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
potosibrewery.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by KeefD on 01-05-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
93
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
17.78%
 
 
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Photo of Chaz
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a classic 'dirty blonde' in color. A hazy off-straw, and not clear like a Pils or other beer with very good to excellent clarity. Thin cap of white foam rest atop the glass and fades rather quickly.

S: Big, yeasty and even (somewhat) fusel, vegetal character on the nose. Reminds me of a classic American Cream Ale -- you know, a corn adjunct lager brewed a little bit warm, and "underlagered"? Yeah. Wheat malt? That might explain the lack of clarity, as would rough or coarse filtering. So which is it? There definitely seems to be wheat malt in the nose, and none of the above is a judgement or pronouncement that this is a "cheap, adjunct beer" -- more on that in the Overall notes.

T: Initial sip tells me that this is a sweeter and somewhat full-bodied beer, with somewhat lighter carbonation. Full and sweet across the tongue and upper palate, coating and not-quite scrubbing carbonation.

Minimal bitterness, but appropriate for the style. Some nice (pale, biscuit-y) malt character lingers along with the hop bitterness, and the finish is drier than many in this style, but not quite truly "Dry." There are notes of higher ferment in the aromatics, along with the vegetal character from the nose. Yeast profile is unobtrusive and stuck somewhere in the middle of the malt and vegetal aspect, fairly neutral for the style. Wheat malt? It seems like it to me (this reminds me of a beer from a not well thought of brewery which I happen to love, which DOES have wheat malt), and as for corn, again, that's a guess. Maybe the wheat and corn character that I perceive are strictly aspects of the proprietary yeast strain, itself? In which case it's far more active than strictly neutral. : )

F: Not "full bodied" in the manner of a stout, but certainly -MORE- full bodied for a pale lager or Golden or Cream Ale, while still quite pleasing on the palate. Seems to be one that could be well suited to fatty, buttery food pairings.

O: For a Golden Ale this is not bad, and probably just below average. However!

I'm reminded of the adjunct character in the nose, which immediately reminded me of "Huber Original" (a brand which I loved but which is almost completely loathed) once I'd popped the crown and decanted this beer . . . and then I was reminded of the heritage of this beer.

Good Old Potosi was the flagship brand from Potosi Brewing Company, an "old line" brewery which closed in 1972.

The brand was brewed up until they closed, before being brewed by others, including Joseph Huber (Monroe), by which point the character and flavor profile would have changed. But the important thing to remember is this: The beer was as traditional as it came -- for the area. It was a pale lager brewed using portions of corn and wheat in the malt bill!

They likely didn't lager as long as they might have done with a Pils, and whether they brewed it with a hybrid yeast or a proprietary house yeast, I don't know. I certainly never tasted it, as it was unavailable in my home town (and I was just a toddler when the original brewery closed!)

When Potosi re-opened in 2008, they entered into a co-packaging contract with the ever-capable Point Brewing. That incarnation of Good Old Potosi, while certainly a good and drinkable beer, was still a far cry from the original, and not far from the type of clear ale / pale lager which Point excels at brewing; An American Golden Ale (Cream Ale) it was not.

NOW! What all of this half-remembered history and guesswork on my part boils down to is this: It's not a bad beer, and for what it is (assuming it's meant to be a western Wisconsin-regional Cream Ale) it's above average!

In the end, I'd highly recommend this one to anyone interested in trying a classic example of that style.

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Photo of Tone
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight hops, strong pale malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, a session Blonde with simple flavors.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good, breathy malty blonde ale, with a slight fruity taste. When you make a blonde like this, you've got my attention. The nearby Galena brewery makes one like this, but a little better. This is a brewery I need to revisit.

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Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rather simple and not complex, it had a little metallic edge mixed with smooth in the finish, not a lot to it going on really but easy to drink and not nasty.

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Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed lightt golden with a thin head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of light bready malt.

The taste is of light bready malt. A hint of general fruitiness and floral notes balance it.

Creamy and refreshing, it's an easy-drinking, light, subtle brew.

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Photo of Phocion
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Clear straw/gold body with a fizzy white head. Little retention and no noticeable lacing.

Aroma is grassy and bready. Slight caramel sweetness.

Flavor is bready and crackerlike. Slightly floral. Pretty simple profile.

Light-bodied and with ample champagne-like carbonation. Nice crisp finish.

Overall, this is a simple but pleasant beer. Nothing special, but extraordinarily drinkable. No off-putting flavors whatsoever.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color wih a modest head that fails the lacing test

Smell: Slightly bready but not much else

Taste: Bready, up front, with a hint of hops developing in the middle; slightly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing very exciting but easy to drink

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Photo of SAJ6
2.47/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-light straw color with almost zero lacing.
S-slight malty aroma
T-slightly sweet
M-thin
Found out this flag ship beer is brewed in Stevens Point and you can tell the difference between those produced in housed. The beers produced in the brewpub are fantastic. Those in bottle have a huge drop off.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light, straw color with a large, smooth, sticky, frothy, bright white head. Good retention but little lace is left.

S - Grainy malt dominates along with a touch of wheat grain/spiciness. Hints of grassy and floral hops.

T - Grainy/wheaty flavors are dominant. There is a subtle spiciness that often accompanies wheat. Light grassy and earthy hops, nothing too strong but enough to be present.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Pretty crisp and clean.

D - Easy to drink beer for the summer. Nothing too exciting, but it's fairly refreshing.

Notes: Decent beer for someone who typically drinks macros/adjuncts. Easy to drink and refreshing that makes a decent replacement for adjunct lagers and the likes.

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Photo of pitch31
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer had a nice straw color and a one finger head. The beer had a a light clean smell. The beer had a light taste with a little sweetness, which was very nice for a blonde ale. This is a very good,drinkable beer that serves as a good session beer you can have plenty of.

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Photo of dhannes
1.25/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had a bottle at Cottage Grove beer fest.

A=Very light yellow, thin head.

S=Almost none.

T=Almost none...more like a light beer, with a hint of malted barley. Like drinking water.

M=Very light...like water.

O=Even worse than I expected...not good at all.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Clear pale straw color with two fingers of foamy froth for a head that retains structure for about a minute and a half but has only minimal lacing.

S. Light floral / herbal hopping and honeyed pale malts.

T. Dry crusty bread and floral flavors with grassy (hay, straw) overtones. Gets a very light rise of honey sweetness in the mid-sip, which fades in and out gently like a welcome visitor who knows the proper time to take his leave.

M. Thinner side of medium-bodied, yet very creamy soft and silky smooth in texture. Lightly carbonated but with the lighter heft it doesn't really matter as much.

A very refreshing summer beer, well done Potosi!

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Photo of beagle75
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

A: Clear, pale yellow color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few dense streams of small bubbles rise in the column.

S: Weak hops are both grassy and spicy, with no detectable malt. Obnoxiously clean, for an ale.

T: Begins dry, with grain that is refined almost beyond the point of recognition. Acidity is initially mild while dried hay hop aromatics prevail, but then becomes slightly citric, mixed with esters, in the seltzery middle. Light floral hop flavors flee across the palate before yeasty bread is established during the bitter-free finish.

M: Thin viscosity, watery and insubstantial on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a mediocre and predictable pale beer, guaranteed not to offend and probably likely to be lost in the shuffle of a herd of various macro adjuncts. It should prove refreshing to those who drink it in search of refreshment, but in terms of qualities worthy of critical consideration it just doesn't register.

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Photo of daledeee
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A quick pour shows a very blond gold body. Head is nice.

Nose is slightly yeasty and fruity. Not real strong.

Taste is pretty hoppy, but also has the American grain thing going on and some grass. Cool this one down and you will find yourself keeping your self satisfied on a hot day. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

I felt a bit odd ordering this, as its name forced me to imply that I've not only had some before, but have enjoyed every one of them. It was my first time, though, so you see my problem, right? Oh well, anyway, it pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises dusty honey, light flowers, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of wheat for good measure. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly crisp finish. Overall, a pretty nice blonde, something that could be easily taken down in the Summer.

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Photo of seeswo
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow with a small white head. Looks very light - maybe even disconcertingly so. Nose is very light and clean, very faint hops and just a touch of sweetness. The taste is dramatically clean - like the best version of a bmc beer you've ever had. There is a touch of additional sweetness that clues you in to the style. That said, everything is in balance and harmony - this is really a good beer. Clean, clean, clean. Very nice. Mouthfeel is good carbonation and a slightly sweet finish in the mouth. Overall, I challenge anyone to find me a beer that blows this one out of the water for what it is trying to do.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Sometimes, the lightest of the bunch will tell the true worth and expertise of a brewery. Three-fingered head crowns the clear, pale yellow-colored ale. Hints of pale malt, taffy fruit and dusty bread in the nose. Soft, cushy smoothness super- sedes the crisp bite with a light creaminess. Smacks of dry, bready malt, which sticks to the palate. Mild exotic fruitiness with a very faint alcoholic ester. Hops flavor it very well and keep the malt in check. "Superb" would be a simple word to use for this beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gold color with some highlighting and a hint of orange as well. White foam rises and falls on an accelerated schedule. Little lacing in the glass beyond the times I put this beer down for longer than 10 minutes.

Which shows the general lack of enthusiasm. I had this one at a "job fair mixer" which was as lame as it sounds. Hors d' oeuvres and chit-chat paired pretty well with this beer, definitely "ignorable" at best and "insipid" at worst.

Nose is grainy, with a little DMS, and definitely some earth-tones like hay and grass. Light. Flavor rolls the same way, with a decently heavy grain bill, although corn and wheat horn their way in as well. Faintest blips of honey-cracker sweetness, fairly dry finish, and enough of a citric crackle on the finish to quality as a beer.

I was pleased that this was tastable; as mentioned, it was at a catered event alongside such winners as Bud Light Lime and Coors. Therefore, this one looked quite good at the time as an alternative, and definitely fit the bill as much, much better than that shit. Hardly a ringing endorsement, but I did enjoy it as an easy sipping quaff.

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Photo of mdwalsh
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Possibly a crack in the bottle, there's no seepage, but it's uncomfortably ridged in one spot and makes a grinding sound a little bit.
A: Pours a white, two or three finger head on a well carbonated golden body that is probably 95% clear. Very attractive, though the head doesn't seem to be lasting too long. 4.0

S: Sort of smells, unfortunately, like stale beer. I get some wet cardboard, skunked hops, and other unpleasant smells. There is no date on the bottle, though the store I got it from looked like it went through beer fast enough. But this is just not alright. 2.0

T: Slightly, but not much, better than the aroma. The cardboard taste is mostly gone from the palate, but leaves some aftertaste. Otherwise, there isn't much there. 3.0

M: Alright, light, but smooth. 4

D: No, not really drinkable at all, it's giving me burps. 3.0

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Photo of garymuchow
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hopefully not too old. Nice label, with the retro feel and all.
Poured into pils glassware, for the heck of it, I guess.
And it seems a proper choice as it pours similarly to a german pils, very light in color, initially a full-white head with a prominent German hops aroma. I'm assuming it's going for that style, but maybe they don't lager much. I guess even the label on the bottle made me think pils.
Body is definitively ale, although it is reasonable light. The hops are prominent, but there is a tartness/citrus quality. Touch of fruitiness up front. Fullness and prickliness from carbonation. Extended drying on the finish. Very slight grain flavor, with a tad of breadiness too. Minimal bitterness, but not without.
Would have liked the freshness of the aroma to transfer to the flavors, but there is really nothing very wrong with this, just pretty pedestrian, an maybe that's what they were looking for - in that case, well done.

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Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I wasn't able to sample this at the source, it was available at Cornerstone in Galena, IL. I also spotted some historical remnants of this brand around town, a 1960's bottle in one shop for $8, and a rusty cone top can in another shop for $235.

Poured into a Hamms goblet, straight out of the fridge. Super pale, pastel yellow gold. Fizzy white cap, fades to nothing after a minute or two. Champagne streams of carbonation. Spotty bits of lace here and there.

Faint mineral aroma, as it warms there's vaguely something beer like.

Crisp and smooth, a very light cracker taste, some faint floral bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean and simple, nothing wrong with that. It almost seems more like an American lager than Blonde ale as it's currently listed, though there is a slightly fuller body. Snappy carbonation, lending to a general crispness. Very easy to drink, classic lawnmower beer. Nice to find a retro beer that actually tastes decent for a change. Pairs well with spicy foods.

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Photo of cokes
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw bodied with a quick rise and fall of stark white foam. Subsequently, it goes bald and leaves little lacing.
Husky grain aroma, backed with hay, and wetter notions of grass. Touches of wheat and corn.
A brief huskiness rolls across the mouth, as it settles towards saltine crackers, white bread, and hay. Some soft hues of corn and wheat, then phantoms of lemon and honey, and a final, fading, floral note to close on.
It's both crisp and soft, the rolling carbonation feeds lift into the gentle, almost frail, body.
As a no brainer, hot weather quaffer, this absolutely hits the spot. It's probably best compared to a Cream Ale, or even an American Pale Lager. It's an easy-going, enjoyable, clean, simple thing.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 5.0% ABV, 1260 on the neck.

A - Pale yellow straw beer is filled with carbonation bubbles rising to an almost non-existent ring of white foam. The crystal clear beer is rather average in appearance.

S - Husky, grainy malt signals what's to come from this beer. Crisp and light, a touch of wheat softens it up a bit while something nostalgic about it's simplicity is very inviting. A touch of spice pulls through on the finish as well.

T - A touch of wheat and mild spice seem to draw it away from an ordinary beer bit is immediately brought back by a grainy pale malt flavor. No hops are present in this beer.

M - Crisp, clean, and very light-bodied, Good Old Potosi Beer is a small step above the average American crap (BMC). The thin texture and full carbonation deliver the usual though.

D - Well, it IS beer. This one is a stepping stone for BMC drinkers. If you know one having a hard time letting go of their "beer" flavored beer, get them on this. It'll still be comforting but nudging them in the right direction.

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Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light yellow with a very white 1 finger head some clinging lace..smell is malt and grass and grain..taste is the same it has some sweet malts flavors with a grain taste and grass some faint hops..light mouth feel it is what it is... an adjunct lager..but a tasty one for the style its crisp and refreshing and a good representation for the style

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Photo of drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent brew. I like it a lot more than the bottled version. Nothing special, but Served with a white head and a little lace. Color is an amber. Aroma is decent. Taste is common beer but fresh and very easy drinking. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Session beer. Drank it all day a few days ago and all night a couple of nights ago.

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