Coronado Golden | Coronado Brewing Company

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Coronado GoldenCoronado Golden

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Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xlperro on 11-18-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 86
Photo of Olek4374
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I drank a bottle of this on my recent trip to Las Vegas. I haven't seen this anywhere in Alberta, so I really wanted to try it. I made a bunch of notes on it, which is what the entire review is.

The aroma is very light with a faint maltiness. No real hop character.
The appearance is the standard pale yellow of your typical north american lager. Head is quick dissipating.
There isn't much flavour to this beer - it has an apparent maltiness with not much hoppiness to it at all, making it fairly sweet. It is very refreshing, however. The beer is highly carbonated and on the whole reminds me of mill st. Stock Ale.

Not bad overall, but nothing special.

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Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bright, clear golden in the tall glass. Attractive lacing and a persistent low foam. A faint resiny tang at the end. A little hoppy fragrance with a grainy nose. Light body.

Goes down easy when it's good and cold, but reveals some pleasant maltiness as it warms up. Toasty with a faint sweetness. The tangy mouthfeel is refreshing. This is something like the ideal Blonde-- aromatic with a crackery warmth and a crispy carbonation.

Very simple stuff but clean and well made. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Bulldog Brewery in Murrieta, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of Clembo1957
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 335ml bottle into a glass the result was a thin head and a yellow slightly cloudy appearance, i'd describe the aroma as average.

The beer was a nice smooth drink with a bubbly mouthfeel, but nothing exceptional, i'd drink it again but wouldn't make a special effort. ABV is 5.4%

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Photo of forcedlaughter
4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and light with a big pillowy head that lasts for the duration.

Smells fruity, grainy, and a little sour. Like a cross between a Duvel and a Prima Pils.

Taste is good. A little bite, fruity, grainy, refreshing...making drinkability high.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and goes down really smooth. Great summer brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coronado Golden Ale

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep gold with a hint of an orange cast to it. Full, foamy white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Golden malt with a touch of graininess and minor, non-descript hops.

Taste: Firm, grainy maltiness pushes against a solid bitterness with some spicy and grassy hop flavors in between. Very minor underlying fruitiness. Clean and well balanced, with spicy hops lingering in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently zesty across the palate.

Overall: Solidly made. Straightforward. You can tell it's an ale, but it's also very lager-like in its character... kind of like a cross between a Dortmunder export and a northern German pils, but with ale yeast fermented cool.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

313th review on BA
bottle to mug
12 oz bottle

App- Very yellow with a 1/2 finger head. Looked good but the too yellow of a color struck me as odd.

Smell- Malt, grainy corn like with not much else.

Taste- Sugary malts, a little bitter. This was just straight down the pipe okay. Nothing really more than that.

Mouth- Had a nice feel to it. A good medium body with a medium/high carb level. A unique after taste but I liked it.

Drink- I can say it was a good attempt but fell a bit flat on taste or maybe I cant appreciate run of the mill anymore. Probably won't have this one again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, I'm confused, the bottle description says it's similar to a pils, but the front of the bottle says ale, and it's listed as an ale here, I will try to review this as best I can,

A: Pours a murky cloudy goldenrod with an average white head, good retention, no real lace.

S: Very pils-like hop wise with clear Saaz notes, also some honeyed fruit.

T: Fairly sweet, some light notes of pear and yellow apple. Lots of malt sweetness almost gets corny (I mean it literally). Some very mild hops, fairly light flavour overall.

M: Crisp, clean with a frothy spritzy carbonation. Has the potential to be refreshing.

D: An OK brewpub blonde, not that much going for it, but it could be something to give to a BMC drinker to ease them into San Diego.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale straw yellow with ahalf finger of head and left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: pretty fruity at first whiff consisting of pineaplle and citrus grapefruit but I did pick up apples, slight spice, with a good malt backbone.

T: the spice and fruits were also there on the palate with lots of maltiness going on as well with various grain notes, apples, and a touch of coriander; good tasting blonde.

M: the brew was light to medium with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, and malty finish.

D: it drank real good and to me was more complex than your average blonde style beer. Definitely a good session brew for sure.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wished I like this more, because it does have potential.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a lively white head (which falls away far too quickly). The aroma has lots of corn, more like corn husk. The flavor has lots of that same corn in it, but there is a pleasant bitterness on the end, like a bit of citrus rind. If it weren't for the corn character, this would probably be a simple and refreshing beer. But as it is, it's just OK.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 5 Points

A: The pour is a slightly hazy light gold/yellow color with a big white head on it.

S: The nose is just incredibly light, like I've come to expect from all "golden" ales. Slightly adjunct in nature, perhaps some corn, and sweet grain.

T: Like the nose, very "meh" flavor. Bland and uninteresting with some grain sweetness and just a light bitterness.

M: The body is very light with an above average level of carbonation (certainly a fizzy yellow beer).

D: Another slamming beer. Easy to drink because it doesn't taste like much at all, but not something that I find enjoyable.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz fresh bottle into a plain pint glass. Glad to see this brewery in SEPA.

A- Coronado golden is just that, a light golden color with lighter tan qualities up to light. Just a smiggen of haze or is that sediment, probably the latter. The head was of a bright white color but died in 30 seconds flat leaving barely a cap and no lace to speak of.

S- The smell was hard to pick up because it was so subdued. I mean it was really light. Just a faint amount of grain, with some sweet malt and hops, well I did not really pick up on any hops. I'm hoping this bottle is not old.

T- The taste pretty much mimics the smell in that it is extremely light and uninspiring. All I really get is some grain from the silo and even that was difficult to pick up. Some orange in the way way back. Are there any hops in this? As it opened up more just a small amount of sweet caramel pokes his head, no more no less.

M- Light bodied and dead. The carb was lacking while the body was a dead fish. This went down easy enough, but a little to easy if you get my drift. I may have to try this on draft If I find it, because the feel is light to the touch.

D- I finished my 12oz and said to myself, well you got that done with, what's next? Everything about this beer just falls very short to being enjoyable. Maybe I got a bad bottle, so I will update if I find it on draft. Maybe that will clear some of this up.

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Photo of nerow
3.79/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at the source. Beautiful rich golden color, minimal head/lacing. Smells like a wheat with a bit of honey. The taste is very wheaty with some sweetness and a hint of spice. The mouthfeel was nice, very crisp. The drinkability was fantastic. Very refreshing. Not a complicated beer, but an extremely likable one. A delightful summer wheatbeer.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for camping, the only craft brew in the shop at Big Bear.

Appearance - Dirty gold color. Fairly clear. A ton of head on the pour, fairly solid. Sticking around for awhile.

Smell - Some lemon. Lots of yeasty bread smell. A touch of clove. It's nice. Fresh baked bread all over.

Taste - Some bread on the front. Then a hint of lemon and some real sweetness on the finish. That sweet is almost a little much, but it is balanced.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Very nice. Goes down easy.

This is a very solid beer. It's sort of what you wish BMC garbage was like. Nice, light, easy to drink, but some real flavor to the party.

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Photo of surfer4life
2.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bomber.

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a small head, looks like a hefy. Head quickly disapates to nothing. No Lacing whatsoever.

S - Not much in the way of hop smell, has a big sweet smell to it, but almost smells like corn syrup was used and not brewer sugars. Smells like soft candy left out on a hot day.

T - Is ok, small, very small bit of hops to balance, but tastes more light wheat grass. The corn syrup smell I got in the nose is not there in taste. The malt comes through a little better in taste. Not bad, not good.

M - Light bodied, but I think the carbonation is much to high. Need to bring it down a notch. Again, not terrible.

D - Average, if it were cheap and there with the only other choices being bud and miller. This wins.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.01/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful pale gold, transparent, with light/thin white head. Nose is tepid with faint malt, light fruits, and slightly metallic.

Light bodied on the palate, gentle malt, light Saaz hop to balance, but overall is just a light, easy drinking beer.

Fine alternative to non-craft "macros" that are also pale. Might be a good gateway beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear light color, small, tight bubbled head.

S - Not much. A bit earthy, light sweet malt.

T - Very light malt and hop profile. Nice, but not much to it.

M - Creamy, carbonated, good balance.

D - A great ballpark beer.

Had this on tap in Peoria during Spring Break for the Padres.

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Photo of hopdog
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Coronado Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and clear orange color with a smaller white head. Aromas of, well I had a hard time picking anything out. Tastes of some graininess and citrus. On the softer and subtle side all the way around.

Notes from: 12/1/04

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Keg. Clear gold with a bubbly head. Aroma is bitter grain and metal. Flavor is okay. Some dry malt with the grassy flavors, but ends with the metallic bite. Good enough, but nothing special. I have come to the conclusion that micro-brewery/restaurants brew the golden/blonde ales only to satisfy those who drink macros and can't order one at their establishments.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.14/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Thick golden color. Seems fairly solid and appealing. Thick lacing happening as it settles.

S: Smell is very light and almost non-existent to me. The scent I am getting is nothing out of the ordinary and nothing to write home about.

T: Pretty decent. No negatives to really speak of but nothing too impressive either. Half and half 50/50 rating.

M: Good. Light in the mouth and not demanding of the taste buds.

D: Sipping this beer is a bit more appealing than taking mouthfuls at a time. Drinkability is about average.

Overall: I like this beer but it's nothing too special or something that I would pick over many others. Still, a decent brew!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a bright, yet hazy, yellow with big, soapy head. Good amount of lacing and a surprisingly large amount of yeast.

Smell: Sweet, grainy malts with a little bit of tartness (maybe from orange zest).

Taste: Similar to smell, with a very malty aftertaste. Slightly astringent actually...

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation with a very light body. Stings badly. Really chewy, considering the weak body.

Drinkability: Mouthfeel is not where it should be, though this is a very easy drink. Not really anything memorable.

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Photo of mentor
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger off white head over a hazed bright straw liqui. Smells extremely mild. Orange hop aroma and some grassy. Lemon balm.

Tastes mild. Pastey bland with some orange flavor and an earthy hop tie-down. Sweet of malt is mild and driven away by strong carbonation. Dry finish is a bit grassy and has a touch of sour. Lemony pleasant aftertaste. A nice easy drinker. Light body and strong carbonation.

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Photo of scottoale
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. brown bomber with colorful label and no freshness date, a transparent yellow-gold with a finger of white floamy head and lots of carbonation.

Smells of green vegetable matter (perhaps the hops) and a grainy, raw earthy sweetness in the nose.

Tastes pretty much like it smells with a boat load of grainy, wet wheat and malt with next to no sweetness and plenty of bitterness to follow. It tastes a bit blunt and muted with non-balanced bitter and strange soapish, yet fizzy mouthfeel. Kinda makes me wonder how or why it's their most popular selling beer...perhaps it's better on tap?

One was more than enough for me, you know the rest...average at best.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clean and dull, copper poupon color with a lot of activity. Head started fizzy but a solid mass of fluffy snow white bubbles appear to settling down for the long hall.

S: Corn pops, aluminum, grass clippings, strawberry leaves and soap.

T: First thing that hits me is a sour twang at the tip of the tongue. You know that sourness where you aren’t sure if the beer is tainted? Yeah, that sourness. Next is a taste that I can only describe as dove soap, it’s a very specific taste. Some green fruits come next of the apple, pear with moments of artichoke. Bitterness is detectable along the metallic lines. Finishes grainy and soapy.

M: Medium body and fluffy.

D: The longer I drank it, the more the smell and taste of Dove soap bothered me. I can’t finish this beer. Just goes to show you that not every beer from San Diego is good.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a yellow orange color and clear. Small, white frothy head that is quickly and fully diminishing and minimal lacing. Small, thin particles.

S- Subtle, malty nose with overtones of corn and grain.

T- Taste is mild and wheaty. Finishes with a noticeable hoppy bitterness that fades quickly.

M- Mouthfeel is light and watery with high carbonation and a bitter profile.

D- Underwhelming Pilsner-style beer. Not much character or enduring taste. Easily drinkable, but no other standout traits that would warrant a repeat performance.

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