Golden Wing
Finch Beer Co.

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Blonde Ale - American
3.34 | pDev: 15.27%
Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Finch's Blonde Ale is an easy drinking and approachable American craft beer. It has a moderately sweet malty aroma and is deep gold in color. We like to think of this particular one as more of a 'Dirty Blonde.' When you first pour it, a soft lacey foam clings to the glass as malty aromas fill your nose and linger to the final sip. Upon finish, this blonde turns heads with a smooth finish and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Enjoy this medium-bodied craft beer anytime of year.
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Vestlake from Alabama

3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can pour, half a finger head. Typical blonde color. The aroma and taste are similar and there's something in there I don't like. I don't know if it's the combination of citrus flavor and the hop bitterness, but I didn't like this beer as much as I thought I would.

Jun 17, 2016
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jaredtp from Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It has been a long time since I have had this beer. But from what I can remember this beer was ok. The taste was not all that bad. I enjoyed the sweet and malty flavor that this beer has. The aroma was not all that bad as well. I liked the golden color that this beer has as well.

Jul 16, 2014
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a creamy, fluffy white head. Head retention is very good. Lacing is moderate.

S: Aromas of bread, biscuits, honey, cream, caramel, lemon, minerals, grass, and straw are present on the nose.

T: Notes of bread, biscuit, cream, and minerals are apparent on the entry, but are pushed aside by notes of lemon rind, lime zest, grapefruit pith, grass, straw, and herbs. Bitter citrus flavors linger on the finish, but are balanced by subtle notes of cream, minerals, biscuit, and honey.

M: Very light in body, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is crisp.

O: An interesting and underrated blonde ale. There is a lot to take in here, especially when compared with many other ales of this style. I love the turbulent, complex flavor profile.

Mar 17, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can. Sampled on December 22, 2013.

The pour is cloudy yellow with a short-lived white head. The head does not last very long. I think it looks the way it should be.

The aroma has a summer sweetness including crisp clean grains, grass, and orange citrus. Hops are downplayed.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste tends to bring out the orange citrus more than anything else but there are plenty of grainy toasted malts and a clean crisp hop finale. It really is what is is supposed to be.

Dec 23, 2013
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can, no date.

appears a hazy golden color, with bone-white head. smells of sweet grain, a bit yeasty. clean taste, slightly sweet. no hops detected at all. medium body, coats the mouth. medium carbontion. overall it's okay, easy drinking neutral beer.

Dec 14, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pounder can poured into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a clear light golden yellow color with a finger of white head that fades back to soapy lacing and a thin film across the top.

The aroma has a bit of perfume-like lemon to coriander character over a slight yeast spicing like black pepper. Minor hints of earth and wheaty grain are also present but they play a very minor supporting role to the lemon inclusion.

The taste has a lemony zesty bitterness almost grassy and solvent and perfune-like. A touch of herbal conponent and faint yeast almost like clove and pepper are noticed with additional sips. However, the oily lemon-like zest and bitterness is the dominating character.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a very light amount of carbonation. It is pretty bitter for a blonde with almost astringent perfume finish. It i ok to say ive tried it but I would avoid ever having this again.

Nov 18, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden color with a small pure white foamy head. The head fades superfast leaving only a very light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite light overall. While light, there are notes of a bit of a bready malt as well as some wheat. Rounding out the smell is just a little bit of a grass and some pine hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and bready flavor with just the lightest hint of sweetness. The biscuit and bready remain throughout the taste, but the sweet flavors are almost lost completely in the middle of the taste. The loss of the sweetness is accompanied by the arrival of some cracker malt flavors as well as a rather decent showing of some hop. The hop initially is of a lemon citrus taste, but is joined by some pine and earth. With just a hint of sweetness coming back to the tongue at the end, all in all, one is left with a still rather dry and lightly malted taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The medium body and carbonation are both very appropriate for the style and make for an easy drinker.

Overall – This is a rather easy brew to sit back and drink. While nothing exceptional, it is on the slightly drier and actually more hoppy side for a blond making for a rather enjoyable brew to sip on a warmer day.

Sep 18, 2013
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades to a thin cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Quite malty, with a very light sweetness. Some almost unnoticeable hops come through, providing a slight hint of earthiness

T: Again, pretty much all malt until the VERY end. Starts off with a light sweetness and goes into some vegetal notes (almost like creamed corn, although this is not nearly as bad as creamed corn sounds in a beer). Hoppiness lends a light bitterness in the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A fairly average blonde, lacking any decent hop presence. The maltiness is nice, but it's a little unbalanced. Decent, but at nearly $10 for a 4-pack I wouldn't consider it again

Jul 18, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean pale yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, floral and a light lemon citrus presence. In the taste, a lighter lemon citrus and a dry floral presence. A lighter bitterness with a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Decent, clean, and refreshing.

Jul 13, 2013
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BeerDocT from Georgia

3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance 3.25: Attractive color. Kind of a dark golden yellow. Head was decent, around a 1/5".

Smell 3.5:Pleasant bouquet. Nice blend of malt and hops.

Taste 3.25: Front is where the alkaline hops seep in. Middle is clean and cool and neutral. Finish features more malty caramel flavors and more subdued and pleasant hoppiness. Aftertaste is relatively long and slightly burning to the sides of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: 3.25: Carbonation level is standard for this style of beer.

Overall 3.25: Good, solid brew. Nothing special, but who says it has to be? I particularly enjoyed the balance between the hops and the malt. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

Jul 04, 2013
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful golden blonde with a huge, frothy white head. True to the description.

Sweet with a touch of pine hops in the nose. Grainy texture as well. I don't see anything that shouldn't be.

Chewy, sweet, buttery malt with just that kiss of pine I mentioned. It's reminiscent of a basic pale ale.

Lingering bitterness and graininess of the malt at the back. Not as pleasant as I had hoped but it does give it a bit more flavor.

Not bad. I probably wouldn't buy it again and I think they would have better off making a kolsch if they were looking for something sessionable.

Jun 14, 2013
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

LOOK: Pours a hazed golden color, with a bone white tightly beaded head that leaves good lacing behind.

SMELL: Bready malts and crackery yeast. Some lemon and floral hop notes. Pinch of wheat.

TASTE: Mild tea like hops, creamed malt, wheat. Perfumeish hops translate to a flavor of edible flowers. Biscuit, bread, mild tangy green apple fruitiness in the finish. So lemony and tea like its vaguely reminiscent of a bitter shandy. Pretty mellow and easy drinking.

FEEL: Thin feel, carbonation is low but has a small zing to it. Quite watery and loose in the finish, which is disappointing.

OVERALL: There are some things to like about this beer, it looks good and tastes good, but it really lacks depth and body.

May 19, 2013
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banglin from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice short white colored head poured from a can in to a pint glass. Excellent lacing. A bit cloudy with a nice golden color.

S: Nice aroma with some hops and sweetness

T: The hops are not too strong and are even throughout.

M: A good amount of carbonation but maybe not quite enough

O: This beer is pretty good with an even hops profile throughout the swallow. I look forward to trying other varieties from Finch's.

May 12, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a single pounder from the house of 1,000 beers for $1.75

A - Boy this is one dirty blonde! Hazy and bright yellow with a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a lace ring of almost nothing.
S - Some piney hops, touch of mild grains, some wheat, and a bit of lemon peel.
T - Pretty tasty summer brew. They didn't scrimp on the hops which is nice. Grains are mild and balanced with some wheat base and a touch of lemon peel in the finish.
M - Light and crisp yet more body than I expected. Decent.

Overall even a simple blonde these guys craft well. I have not found a single Finch beer I have been disappointed with. Worth a try.

May 10, 2013
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

160z can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a half finger white head. Head quickly fades to just a thin lace leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass as the beer is drunk.

Aroma is quite yeasty with Some toasted malt and lemony notes. A little bit of grass as well.

The flavor expands on the characteristics found in the aroma with more toasted malt along with grass and hay. There are some lemon and peach notes along with a little bit of butterscotch. Bitterness is moderate with a fairly dry mouthfeel throughout. Nice crisp finish.

Overall, there is not a lot to this beer but that is typical for the style. This is a great summer brew and a perfect thirst quencher on a hot day. More flavor than bmc and overall, a pleasure to drink.

May 05, 2013
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adrock314 from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Haven't reviewed in over a year! 16oz Can served in shaker pint. Great looking silver can with a bird pic front and center. So far all of the cans I've seen from Finch's are very attractive, and I'm a sucker for a good looking can of craft.

A: Pours bright golden yellow with a little bit of haze. Nothing terribly appealing to look at, but appearance is as expected. Just a small amount of bight white head from a forceful pour, but it is nearly gone within a minute or so.

S: Nothing jumps out of the glass here. Bready aroma with a hint of grassiness. Faint sniff of hops.

T: Very similar to the scent. Not bad, but not very entertaining either. Kind of grainy. Reminds me of corn husk a bit. Vaguely metallic? Dries up with some bitterness in the finish.

M: Thin with proper carbonation.

O: Nothing special here, but I really can't knock it considering it's what I would expect out of a blonde ale. Style-wise this is pretty good. This would be a decent beer to go to for cookouts, tailgating, etc. and the fact that its in a nice 16oz can really helps it to be a good active/outdoor beer.

Jan 19, 2013
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy blonde hue. Head is off-white and fairly thick. Head retains well. Laces with some decency.

S-Light notes of citrus backed with some cereal grain. Light crackers. Soft and subtle. Inoffensive and bland.

T-More of the same. There is a bit of bitterness caught in the middle, the moderate grassiness is probably the culprit. Mostly toasted oats and sweet Animal Crackers.

M-Fuller than I expected it to be yet still pretty easy drinking. Quite bubbly. The body is just a bit more robust. Not watery. Mild bitterness.

O/D-Decent Blonde Ale that a newbie could really get into.I guess it would go good when the weather gets hot again.

Nov 13, 2012
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another can provided by the (in)famous woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty and biscuity. Taste has a good bit of hops for the style, bready, some malts, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Nov 03, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer #2 in my great Illinois Brew Hunt.

Probably should have done this before the pale ale, but who cares! Let's see just how good my palate is.

Admittedly, I have a lingering burning thing on my tongue that is probably from the pale ale before this. Let's see if it gets wiped out before the end of this one.

The beer seems quite full bodied. Oddly hopped in that it seems spicy. It's a decent blonde ale (deja vu?) that I could go for several of, but wouldn't rush to the store for.

Oct 16, 2012
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Well hazed golden wheat color. One and a half finger of frothy white head. Retention is decent and a moderate sized ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Light neutral maltiness, plenty of bready yeast, a light sugariness. Grassy and spicy hops. A bit mild here, but not bad.

3.5 T: Taste is much more flavorful. Borderline 4.0. Hops give a nice spiciness that is probably the most potent flavor. Bready yeast, light neutral malts, a touch of hay. Simple, but pleasant.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a chewiness from the yeast.

4.0 D: Well rounded, easy to drink blonde.

Oct 11, 2012
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Things have taken a detour here on New CANned Beer Sunday as Karbach's Weisse Versa Wheat was in the on-deck circle until I realized that there is neither a picture nor one pending. I CANNot brook a picture of an opened CAN and my camera is not ready-to-hand, so it has gone back into the holding pen, sorry, JenRay.

This is a beautiful CAN that I scored at Pinocchio's on Friday! Yellow/gold is CANsidered to be the luckiest color in many eastern religions, hence Uma Thurman's outfit in "Kill Bill".

Finch's calls it a "Dirty Blonde", making it the logical follow-on to Atwater's Dirty Blonde. Line up the Dirty Blondes so that I may have all of them in the CAN!

I even have a soundtrack going which includes both Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Little Wing" after which I will ride my Honda Silver Wing while the Old Lady leads the way on her Honda Gold Wing. Man, I'm writing this while I'm coming in on a wing and a prayer. Enough? So be it!

From the CAN: "Enjoy the beer in here."

My Crack developed some spritzing action that reminded me of Devo's "Whip It" video, leading to an inverted Glug. I ended up with a finger-and-a-half of rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy golden-yellow, but Midas told me that he is more into clarity and gave it a pass. Nose had a musty, yeasty quality causing me to wonder what this Dirty Blonde had been up to previously. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness, with a combination of minty hops and a yeasty mustiness on the tongue. Ooh, I like this Dirty Blonde! Then again, I have always had success in Chicago. Where was I? Oh, yes. I let it roll around in my mouth before swallowing and it not only seemed to increase in viscosity, but the grassy, minty hops really amped up in intensity. Phew! If this is the trend for the ABA style, then I am all for it. I wish that I had bought this before my recent beach excursions and it rates a place on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

Aug 05, 2012
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce can poured into my Sam perfect pint glass.

Pours very cloudy hazy goldish bordering on orange. Some small layer of white foam on the top. Very faint light smell. Medium hopped malt which starts strong and lingers. Touch overbalanced. Some lemon. Decent body. The taste is just a little off.

Aug 04, 2012
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.
5.0% ABV, no date or info

A - Golden Wing, like Finch's others, is filled to the brim. Be careful of a little splash when the can is opened. It pours a gorgeous deep golden honey color with a long-lasting dense white head. Delicate lace clutches the glass as it recedes.

S - Grainy pale malts balance out the pilsner sweetness this beer offers up right away which delicately into the subtly hop additions. A soft kiss of citrus zest arouses the senses and signals balance and refreshment ahead. Light earthy notes finish out.

T - The earthy tones at the back end of the aroma spring forwards in flavor, washing the tongue with a combination of light pine-like hop resin and cut lawn. Grainy pale malt is more suggestive than any sweetness adding a dry, mildly harsh bite that's closely followed by a splash of citrus.

M - Crisp and refreshing, Golden Wing resembles a lager more than an ale in this department. Light-bodied but certainly not thin, this beer has a vibrant carbonation spritz to it with a bone-dry softly bitter finish of hops.

O - Golden Wing is a great introductory beer for anyone looking to kick the BMC habit but not get crazy. This blonde ale features a smooth body and overall, light flavor that nags at you without beating you over the head; a perfect combo for a mindless summer slammer and/or delicate beer you can sip and enjoy.

Jul 03, 2012
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trxxpaxxs from New York

3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a recent trip through Ohio...

A: Pours a cloudy and yet pure bright yellow. Lemon yellow. There is about a half finger of white head that settles quickly along the edges of the glass. Some lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is corn. It's malty and sweet, like creamed corn.

T: This beer starts out sweet and finishes the same way, but it takes a dip into tart land somewhere in the middle. It's not overly complicated, and I'm just plain bored by this brew.

M: Light bodied beer. Sweet to start, sweet to finish. Nothing lingers.

O: Let's not kid ourselves. This is basically and adjunct lager with some sore of added corn/fruit notes. It's not horrible, but this is a super forgettable beer. There is no need for me to ever have this brew again.

Jun 24, 2012
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MakeMineAPBR from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Ray's in Wauatosa, WI.

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass, the color is hazy; deep gold, almost amber. A bit "darker" than most blondes I've had. A thick white head formed immediately, sticking to the glass somewhat as the beer was consumed.

Hints of fruity hops dominate the nose, but some sweet malt can also be detected.

True to the nose, this is a hoppier blonde than almost any other I've had. While not traditional to the style, it is very tasty. There is some malt sweetness to balance the fruity hops. There is little alcohol detectable.

The body is fairly light, with little carbonation on the palate.

Overall, Golden Wing is a very sessionable blonde ale that would fit in perfectly on the patio on a hot summer day. Recommended!

Jun 14, 2012
Golden Wing from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 170 ratings