Golden Wing | Finch's Beer Co.

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Finch's Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by emerge077 on 04-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +25.3%
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).

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of NorthsideFred
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Kasey's in Printer's Row, by an attractive bartender. Very cool bar. Great music.

A: Slightly cloudy, dark yellowish-orange, perfect foam, and lacing.

S: Not bad, slight grape scent.

T: Pretty good. For this style, it is hard to beat. Very smooth, with very little aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O: Perfect summer beer. This is not my favorite style, but for this style, it is hard to top this beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can - $2.09 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, golden-hued body with a tall, sudsy, white head. If nothing else, it's at least a good-looking blonde.

Smell: Modest maltiness in the nose hinting a thin sliver of sweetness atop broader hop notes of citrus, florals, and a zestful grassiness.

Taste: Light taste of brioche lightly brushed with wildflower honey for a bit of sweetness. Slightly floral, citrusy hops with a bit of spiciness to it. Grows more grassy on the back half and into the dry, moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's solid for a blonde/golden ale.

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Photo of MakeMineAPBR
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into pint glass. Enjoyed in the comfort of home. Pours a slightly hazy pale gold color with a creamy white one finger head. Decent head retention and great consistent lacing.

Nose: Honey, biscuit, lemon, apricot, pineapple. Very fruity and clean. Love the nose on this one.

Taste: Honeycrisp apple, tropical fruit, sweet malt, and then a wallop of bitterness kicks in. I like the malt profile but the hops seem out of place.

Moderately low carbonation. I think it should be decently higher, if we're shooting for a style here. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry and bitter finish. Overall pretty good, but the bitterness makes it less sessionable than it could be.

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Photo of KBomb
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a little cloudiness. A good finger and a half of foam head leaves generous lacing all the way to the end.

Smell has a little biscuity malt aroma with a bit of grassy/floral hops (maybe just a faint touch of citrus in the mix).

Taste is assertively hopped for a Blonde Ale. Malt flavor is minimal. Hops have a little bit of a grassy, dandelion taste. Hoppy, but with a fairly clean finish. Not bad.

Medium body weight; nice enough carbonation for a crisp, light feel.

A fine beer, without a lot of turn-ons or turn-offs (and that's okay).

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Photo of jbrown1
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden Wing has a real nice traditional beer appearance, a light gold translucent brew with a head that dissipates to a thin layer with retention on the glass. Aroma is light with malt and lemon, which conveys its flavor. The taste is biscuty, lemon with a dry hop finish. Its mouthfeel is flavorful, exceptionally balanced while leaving a dry hoppy aftertaste.

While this is a good beer, and I'll gladly have another, I come to question the style designation for GW. This is nicely balanced, but I'm left with an impression of a hopped up Chec Pilsner or an APA. In all fairness, the BA style designation suggests a Blonde Ale may be near a lager, however, this it is not near a Kolsch.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of banglin
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a hazy golden color - decent head is as white as it gets. Looks a little like my my memories of my father's Schmidt's of Philadelphia.

Nose is decent - some light maltiness backed by citrus - orange marmalade.

Crisp entry - turns a bit sharp - I like the overall flavor profile - but it gets punched by the overpowering bitterness. The crisp maltiness gets shoved aside leaving a rather sharp and intense bitterness. I wouldn't call this your average "blonde ale", if there is such a thing - more like an american extra pale ale. Could use a little more malt backbone or little less bittering hops. Overall - I think this is a decent early effort for this brewery - just needs a little refinement. I would probably have liked it more on hot day.

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Photo of Brad007
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Finch's shaker pint glass at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

Thursdays mean $3 pints at WF. Get some. This one pours a clear gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet flowers, and light grass. The taste holds notes of lemon peel, grass, flowers, light pine, very light caramel, and light balsa. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice blonde ale, nothing special, but it's pretty drinkable and moderately enjoyable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.51/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- One inch tall fizzly head on a clear pale yellow beer. Very fine sediment within the body. Pretty darn good lacing and decent head retention.

S- Bready. Hints of lemon zest.

T- Initial sweetness followed immediately by a lemony citrus flavor and a hop bite. Not much to it but refreshing none-the-less. ABV matches well with actual presence in the taste.

M- Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium-thin.

D/O- Great in the refreshment department, lacking in the flavor one...but that's not a blondes strong suit anyways. Would have again, perhaps next summer paired with a chicken meal on the streets of Chicago somewhere. Thanks for the small "keep'em tickin'" trade to kawilliams81!

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Photo of GbVDave
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal clear, light golden-honey color. One finger of bright white foam forms on top before quickly melting down to a thin collar and splotchy skim. Nice clumps of lace were left behind.

S: Slightly sweet aroma of toasted cereal grains, biscuits, vegetables, and a faint whiff of honey. A slight herb garden aroma, as well.

T: See above. Traces of citrus hops come out as it warms, but this tends towards the sweeter & maltier side of things.

M: Sweet caramel and bisquits at first, with the hops gradually stepping out and showing off a bitter and drier edge that didn't translate very well to the smell and taste.

O: I think these guys hit the market a little too soon with their canned stuff. I hope they tweak their recipes a bit because, while their stuff is decent, I don't see a reason to buy much of it in the future...

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Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a nice amount of carb that forms a thin head of white foam that falls to a collar. Sheets of lace form with each gulp. Smells mostly of papaya with a bit of wet cardboard and canned corn. Tastes much better, with a very crisp, light malt character and surprisingly robust hop character, especially the assertive hop bite in the finish. First time I've had hop burps from a blonde ale!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pale gold/ blonde, slightly cloudy, good head retention no lacing

S: bread, malt, slightly herbal, an almost vegetable like character

T: malt forward, spicy, grass, grape nuts decent balance

Mf: creamy, medium carbonation

O: decent balance, lots of flavor but not my favorite, interested to see what else this brewery will make

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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