Clem's Gold
Orlison Brewing Co.

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Style:
Lager - American
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 8.47%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
27
From:
Orlison Brewing Co.
 
Washington, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
82
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jun 11, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24K coloured Lager with a 2 finger head of foam, poured cold.

It smells grainy, malty, very light bitter note. The grain isn't all that strong so extra points for that.

Malty semi sweetness in the taste, light grain, an earthy type of hop bitterness with a mild spice character.

Exceptionally smooth with enough flavour to satisfy my taste buds, this is another delicious Lager from the gang at Orlison.

Sep 26, 2015
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can bought from "lifesource" in Salem. $2.49 Pours a clear golden colour with a large thick and rocky white head. Actually typical "macro" lager aromas..sweet malts ,paper and some bread. Taste again like the usual industrial lagers but a tad sweeter and a lot cleaner..sweet honey and a touch of hop. Plate is just fine for style light and drinkable. Good clean American lager.

Apr 12, 2014
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woemad from Washington

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

NOTE: When I reviewed this beer, the brewery was called Golden Hills, not Orlison.

Pint served on tap at the Steelhead Grill in Spokane for $4.50 (I think). Golden Hills is a newish brewery in Airway Heights that is specializing (so far) in lagers.

A tad too dark to be called gold, I thought. Really more of an amber color. Creamy off-white head that dropped fairly quickly but left some decent lace behind.

Mostly malty in the nose, but not overly sweet about it. Perfumey hops in the background.

Like in the nose, this is mainly a malty beer, though rather restrained. Mild, bready malts hit the tastebud beachhead first. Hops soon wade ashore, but they stay in the background. Slightly bitter zap to the palate at the swallow.

Medium bodied and clean finishing.

If I were to describe a lager-version of the ubiquitious amber ale, this is what it would be like. Not particularly distinctive, but very drinkable. If the price were a little lower, I would reccomend it to B/M/C drinkers that are looking to branch out but not ready to jump on the craft beer band wagon.

Jul 19, 2009
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Seantronz3030 from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

May 06, 2014
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rab53 from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Dec 08, 2013
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty superb pale lager. If any of the macros tasted like this, they wouldn't be losing so much market-share to the craft segment.

Pours a clear, gold/orange colour. Decent white head, fairly strong retention. Smell has echoes of a Marzen-style: some toasted malt, biscuit, caramel. Noble hoping, slight vegetal hop bitterness. Superbly drinkable--great carbonation, light body that still has some nice character.

Would that this had entered the Alberta beer market earlier, I could have easily knocked back a few of these on a warm summer day.

Oct 31, 2015
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RJLarse from Washington

3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Bubba's Bar and Grill in Reardan, WA. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear. Creamy off white head.

Smell is faint, maybe too cold to give off an aroma. Bit of a perfume scent.

Taste is good. A green apple flavor and some mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Clean at first maybe just a bit cloying after a couple.

Nice drinkable flavorful lager.

I'll have it again I'm sure.

May 24, 2009
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Spikester from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber with three fingers of white head. Head retention is about five minutes and leaves rings of lace.
Smell is some grains and something sour.
Taste is malty with some mild bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Lightly dry bitter finish.
Overall a decent beer.

Apr 24, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, the second of two offerings from this brewery to breach the Alberta market. 'Pre-Prohibition' lager? Sign me up!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent disintegrating coral reef lace around the glass as things evenly bleed away.

It smells of bready, doughy, and biscuity pale malt, a small caramel sweetness, some subtle green apple and underripe pear fruitiness, hints of wet ash, and earthy, weedy, and slightly grassy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, biscuity caramel, muddled light orchard fruit, ethereal earthy spice, further light smokey notes, and a plain weedy, leafy, and fresh hay-like hoppiness.

The carbonation is nice and light, what with its frothiness tripping across my various palates, the body an adequate middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really pushing the envelope far enough to cause any trouble here. It finishes off-dry, the sturdy and complex malt keeping the music loud, and the party going.

Overall, a pretty flavourful and winsome lager, robust in a manner that one might imagine existed before the industrialization of the American brewing landscape, and the associated dumbing down of its mainstream product. And much like its Euro-style sibling, I could see no problem enjoying another few of these, especially as I am currently half-way through a detective novel set in 1905.

Oct 01, 2015
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barleywinefiend from Washington

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

A: Poured a clear golden color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Not much of a nose but I got some sweet candy, light grains, green apples

T: Light fruits, candy, light grains, light booze sting and a bit floral

M: Light body, clean finish, good carbonation

O: Good

Nov 14, 2011
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz undated can into a lager glass.

Pours with an over-sized frothy head over an amber body with coarse (artificial?) carbonation visible.
Aroma of earthy and fruity hops, with a more earthy and minimally fruity flavor. Bold and hop forward for style. Mild+ bitterness.
Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Jul 27, 2016
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NWer from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Nov 14, 2013
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bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Nov 23, 2013
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nathanmiller from New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 02, 2015
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Satan70 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Mar 08, 2014
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cbcrunch from Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 01, 2016
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jellikit from Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Can
A: orange. Crystal clear. Thin, foamy white head.
S: very light on the aroma.
T: light maltiness. Bread and grain flavor is the backbone of the flavor. Slightly sweet. Light citrus hop flavor. Light bitterness.
M: medium carbonation. Medium body. Crisp.
O: solid lager. Light, refreshing and crisp. Would buy again.

Sep 02, 2014
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NickThePyro from Washington

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

Apr 10, 2018
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Kurmaraja from California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Feb 03, 2014
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22Blue from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Aug 26, 2014
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HoppySeb from Washington

3/5  rDev -18%

Jun 09, 2014
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DOCRW from Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%

May 04, 2014
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DrMullet from Florida

3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with moderate head and persistent lacing.
Smell is sweet malt with a bit of fruit.
Taste is malt followed by a sour apple/pear finish.

Dec 30, 2018
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rarigney from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 18, 2017
Clem's Gold from Orlison Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 27 ratings