Good Old Potosi | Potosi Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
Good Old PotosiGood Old Potosi
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by KeefD on 01-05-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
17.49%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 30
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 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 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 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 jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 22Blue
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Sweffin
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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 egrace84
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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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Photo of mynie
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I gather, this is their old recipe beer. And I mean *old* recipe, as this is supposedly the same formula that was used in 1855.

And it's a heck of a nice pour for an Adjunct. You know how High Life has a real nice head but it goes away after like ten seconds? This is the same head, same tight white consistency, but it sticks around for ages.

Smells mild, light adjunct grass and corn along with Schlitz-level hops (that is, more hops than your average BMC, but nowhere near as much as a German pils).

Tastes good, the same sized flavor as Gusto Schlitz or Grainbelt, only a lot more balanced and pilsenery. Grain and weeds up front, hops near the back, and a pleasant beery sourness lingers on the back on the tongue.

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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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 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 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 Soneast
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of thebigredone
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Good Old Potosi from Potosi Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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