Ghost River Golden Ale | Ghost River Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ghost River Brewing
Tennessee, United States
ghostriverbrewing.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with the finest two-row malted barley and German variety hops, Ghost River Golden’s mellow, refreshing character is accentuated by Memphis’ soft water. Munich and caramel malts give this beer enough sweetness to balance the crisp, dry finish.

19 IBU

Added by Vancer on 04-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
149
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
18.07%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of sibhuskyx
1/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A Kolsh is not an ale. What a disappointment.

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Photo of Sheesha
1/5  rDev -69.9%

Photo of JayNat
1.82/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Sadly, this is a lackluster golden little or no single element that allows it to stand up, much less stand out with the competition.

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Photo of textodixie
2.07/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JeffKowalek
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of msquared36
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of PoppyRobison
2.49/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

tastes like cheap beer

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Photo of craft_shannie
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Frenzeljr
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KDawg
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from tap into a pint glass. pours a solid gold color with no real head

a bit aromatically challenged with some aromas of malts and a touch of grains

light bodied with some flavors of malts. Lacking some flavor, but the feel is nice

a pretty forgettable beer. I didn't even realize it was supposed to be a kolsch. It didn't really taste like one or be one

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Photo of billab914
2.67/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mikeg67
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Butcher’s Shop. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is of pale malt and apples. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of pale malt and some hops. The brew tastes like macro.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass.
3/2.5/2.75/3.25/2.5
Limpid yellow-gold with mild effervescence and an initial finger and a half of head.
It smells unpleasantly grainy. Ah? It's a kölsch. All becomes clear. Mildly sweet-sulfuric lager yeast as well.
Huh! It tastes okay. Way too grainy and sweet, but at least not watery swill. This is a clean, delicate Lite Beer. I don't understand why craft brewers continue to manufacture craft beers that craft beer drinkers allege to revile. Either we all secretly love lagers or there's a wide swath of the populace willing to spend 40% more for gussied up Bud Light.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of AlexFields
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of target88
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of rangerred
2.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in Memphis.

Beer was a medium gold and slightly hazy with not much in the way of a head.

Faint grainy aroma with some wet grass and hay.

The flavor had plenty of bread and hay much like a Euro lager. There is definitely a soft wheat characteristic which does help drinkability. Light bitterness.

Overall, a pretty forgetable beer. Drinkability is extremely high but flavors are somewhat lacking. Not offensive but not impressive either.

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Photo of heerboth
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of user785335
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of donniecuffs
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally found my notes from Savor. This is taken from those notes...

Appearance is cloudy, carbonated yellow with a white head that didn't last long. The smell was bitter, earthy, and woody. The taste was carbonated and crisp, but very dry and bitter in the finish. Nice medium body on the palate, but not enough flavor for me to session.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden with a two finger head on it.
S- Smell is very earthy, with some graininess and yeast scents playing in.
T- Earthy, with some sweetness. Slight hop taste to finish. I like my kolschs but the flavors just didn't mesh well in this one.
M- Sharp carbonation that distracts from this beer. When you have a beer with subtle flavors, sharp carbonation can be distracting. This beer suffered from that.
D- Sessionable, to be sure, but this beer needs a little bit of polishing.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from bstaffor; thanks Brian! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for less then a minute and leaves no lacing.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bready malts, and some light earthy malts. Not bad, but very bland and nonexistent.

t - Tastes of grains, bready malts, wheat, earthy notes, light lemon, and some tea/herbal notes. Better then the nose but still quite bland and light.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, a little too carbonated, otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall a very average beer. Nose and taste and pretty bland, with some light herbal notes in the taste. Easy to drink but nothing special. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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

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Ghost River Golden Ale from Ghost River Brewing
3.32 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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