Goldenrod Pilsner | French Broad Brewing Co.

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Goldenrod PilsnerGoldenrod Pilsner

Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 04-21-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 11
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lobster Trap in Asheville,poured a dull light golden with a thinner but well retained white head,clean aromas light bready malt and herbal hop.A very crisp pilsner to be had and food friendly with lighter seafood dishes,dry cracker malt up front with a nice smack of spiecey/herbal hop in the finish that really stands out.Better than the basic run of the mill pilsner here good hop profile and light and easy to drink.

 442 characters

Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden hue with a small white head. Poured pretty cold, so not much in the way of aroma, but what's there is nice: crisp, clean pilsner aroma. Well-balanced taste of hops and malt, but not as assertive as I'd like. Background notes of lemon and light astringency. Nice, slightly creamy mouthfeel. A good beer for sitting outside at the Federal on a late summer evening.

 382 characters

Photo of Backer2004
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was probably my favorite of the flight of beers I tried from French Broad. What hit me the most was the bit of spices in the aftertaste and clean finish. One of the best pilsners I've had in quite while. Nothing too exciting, but neither is the style.

 256 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

light pale golden color with a big white head and a nice streaming carbonation from the bottom. Smell was very yeasty, with the classic lager smell. Hints of a slight hoppiness could be detected. First impression of the taste was light, crisp, clean and refreshing. Flavors are atypical of the style and nothing exceptional. Overall though it is a fantastic little sessionable lage

 381 characters

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Loki
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow of a traditional pilsner. Smell of light spice and hops. Very hoppy for a pilsner, hoppier that I like but if you enjoy hops, this is the pilsner for you. Finishes crisp and clean good session beer for a hop head. This is their flagship beer.

 270 characters

Photo of RBorsato
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow-ish straw color with a decent white head and low carbonation. Grainy and hoppy saaz-ish aroma and flavor. Nice hoppy little Pils ... crisp, clean, and refreshing with a lightly bitter hop finish; dry. Light-medium bodied and smooth.

Per FB website: 4.2% ABV

Tasted: 08/26/06

($9.99 / Growler)

 319 characters

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cold from a growler into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours nicely, with a fluffy white head that left a little bit of lacing. Textbook greenish yellow color and crystal clear.

Aroma has a strong cidery component over a grassy lager aroma.

Taste is pretty bland. The bold bitterness walks all over the rest of the senses. Carbonic bite on the tip of the tongue, good bitterness. Watery.

Drinkability is decent, I wouldn't bother having another. That cidery smell suggests an adjunct beer, but it is supposedly all malt. A real pilsner would be slightly darker, have more body, I think. Bitterness is appropriate.

 616 characters

Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp straw yellow with a decent frothy head that diminishes to a ring and leaves some lacing. The aroma was some sweet malts and some sweet fruits. The taste is a nice blend of sweet malts, some citrus hops and a hint of spices such as coriander and lemon peel. The beer was light and crisp with just a hint of sweet stickiness. This one made for a great session.

 372 characters

Photo of finepaws
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big pilsner fan, but this is good. Pours a clear yellowish-white, with a nice frothy creamy head, that lasts throughout. Has a sweet grain smell, with a slight grassy hop note. Taste is crisp and creamy. Good grain taste is all I can come up with. with a touch of honey sweetness. Slightly spicey/earthy notes with the hops. Not much though. Very refreshing, light body, but not watery. This is a great summer session beer. Why would someone drink BW when you can have this?

 484 characters

Photo of carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Goldenrod Pilsner from French Broad Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.