Golden Beach Pale Wheat
Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #45
Ranked #17,720
3.91 | pDev: 10.49%
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Golden Beach Pale WheatGolden Beach Pale Wheat
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pale hazy yellow. Pours with 2 finger rocky white head. Fantastic retention on the head after 5 minutes.
Smell: Soft pines and citrus.
Taste: Piney with plenty of tropical citrus. Nothing overwhelms the flavour, quite a nice balenced attack all the way through.
Feel: Soft with a bubbly effervesce .
This is a fantastic summer sipper. Definately going to be a beer i revisit again. This earns a solid A-

Aug 21, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm amazed by this beer for two reasons.
First, it is very refreshing and I cannot make a suggestion on how to improve it.
While it doesn't Look as good as what it delivers, all that improves when I Smell a brewed drink that is bursting with fruit. Tastes deliver about the same; totally cleans the palate, then sits ever so softly in the mouth. I did not want this can to end.

The second reason I am amazed is Ontario's craft world is totally transformed. I last came to Toronto 12 years ago and they seemed to be just starting a few micros. (Since most of them do not export south to Chicago, I got little warning of the revolution that was happening here.) And then today, I go into a beer store with perhaps only 100 different brews; three dozen of whom are from brewers I had never heard of. And one of them is from a town I will never hear of again and it produced this absolutely great Pale Wheat.

Anyway, thanks for the thrill.

Aug 09, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold color with a slight chill haze. Full three finger head with great retention and lacing.

Smell is light citrus, a touch of stone fruit, and and a touch of wheat.

Taste is pithy citrus, some tropical fruits and that touch of grainy/wheaty.

Feel is light with active carbonation.

A nice surprise, bought on a whim and quite enjoyed this. Would be fantastic on the dock during the Summer.

Feb 04, 2018
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely hazy pale yellow with a light billowy head with good lacing. Aroma is lemony, citrusy. Flavour has tropical fruit sweetness, grapefruit, with wonderfully balanced hop bitterness that ends floral, citrus. Good lightish mouthfeel. For a light beer has wonderful range of flavours.

Aug 02, 2017
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Easton70 from Canada (ON)

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can bought at the Beer Store on Sommerset. It pours a lovely pale cloudy beer with a head of big bubbles that disipates slowly. The smell has grapefruit and a hint of tropical fruit. The taste is similar but with a slightly bitter after taste which adds to the beer. This is a great summer beer and very drinkable.

Jul 07, 2017
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light gold colour with a massive head that sticks around forever. The smell is hoppy, and gardeny. Taste is hops again with notes of dandelions and other springtime backyard plants. Mouthfeel is nice with an ample carbonation level And a quality feel
Aug 9 2020

Mar 12, 2017
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biker30x from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. Ok, wheat is not my thing, but we were in Canada and this one called out to be sampled. It succeeds by being exactly what it says it is. A sessionable light ale aimed at people who like hoppy beers. Poured a mostly clear orange-gold with a light but sharp lemony nose. The hops are present but step back to allow the fruit (mostly lemon) shine through. The tropical fruits seem to take the place of malts as the sweetness. A very nice summer session beer that doesn't overload on the usual bready profile of wheats.

Jul 07, 2016
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw wth a nice head, good retention, bit of lace.

Nice tropical fruit aroma, with some lemon grass and stone fruit.

Tropical fruit is prominent in the flavour as well, pineapple, tangerine, mango and lemon grass.

Body is a bit thin and bubbly.

Thanks TBeckett for another CanBIF!

May 28, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can: Poured a super light yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh juicy hops with grassy notes and some tropical fruit notes is quite interesting. Taste is also dominated by some juicy green hops notes with light tropical fruit notes and some light residuals sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Solid offering and nice take on the NZ hops.

Mar 14, 2016
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A really remarkable hoppy, sessionable pale wheat ale. Nearest comparison might be HUB's Non-Stop, but this has more of a malt backbone. Pours cloudy yellow with dense, persistent head and tons of lacing. Smell is grapefruit, orange, slight pine, slight wheat, cracker, malt. Crisp fruity-then-bitter taste. Low bitterness initially, growing with a dry finish. Super refreshing. Carbonation is perhaps a touch high, but body is nice. This is a really great beer, one that doesn't trade flavour for sessionability--makes me long for summer.

Dec 30, 2015
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours super pale straw verging on green, kind of like a Witbier but less hazy. The frothy, chunky head lasts forever and drapes the glass in foam. The nose is full of tropical fruit and floral hop notes. Galaxy/Mosaic fruityness takes the lead in the taste and some Summit/Sorachi Ace herbalness lays in the back. The malt profile is very light, just providing enough balance and a bit of body. Light mouthfeel with lower carbonation than I expected. The finish is moderately bitter with lots of lingering passionfruit and guava hops.

Excellent Pale Ale. Lots of complex hop flavor from some awesome varieties and incredibly quaffable. Even not hopheads should give this a try.

Nov 16, 2015
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kevinlater from Canada (ON)

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

473ml can into nonic pint. brewed with galaxy, mosaic, sorachi ace, and summit hops -- nice! "aug 27 2015" on the bottom of the can. consumed oct 20 2015

a: pours a cloudy, super-light yellow, reminiscent of witbiers. three fingers of white head

s: really vibrant passionfruit and lemon up front. just smells so damn tropical! dank pine, orange rind, and slight grapefruit follow

t: explosive fruitiness and a light, bready-wheaty malt profile. such a juicy beer. tart lemon, sweet passionfruit, lemon zest, orange rind. pine resin on the back end, slightly dank. my goodness!

m: plentiful carbonation in a light liquid gives the beer an excellent body

o: a ridiculous pale wheat ale. the hopping is done so well and makes the beer incredibly juicy

Oct 20, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for $3.25 CDN from the local LCBO.

Appearance - cloudy, pale golden straw colored beer. A light fluffy two finger head rests on top. Some spidery lacing lingers around the glass as the head subsides. It's hard to tell the level of carbonation with the beer being as cloudy as it is.

Smell - Plenty of tropical citrus, grapefruit and lemon predominantly, with a light floral essence in behind. Typical aromas of this "session IPA" craze that has struck the province in 2015, although this is executed better than most.

Taste - Again lemon and grapefruit provide hefty bitterness, with some creamy and crackery wheat flavors backing. Finishes quite bitter. A real tropical medley as other sips it tastes like lime or orange in addition to the aforementioned lemon and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Light and thin, a little watery although the use of wheat makes this a little creamier than others in the session ale category. Carbonation is expressive. Very dry finishes accompanies the bitterness quite nicely.

Overall - A nice interpretation of the style, the use of wheat to provide a little extra body will certainly go over well with the craft beer crowd here in Ontario. Quite tasty and definitely worth a try.

Oct 12, 2015
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Aug 27 2015 and served slightly chilled. A little late in the season for a beach-themed session ale, but I'm going to assume that's because it was forced through the usual mandatory LCBO Warehouse Ageing program.

Pours a foggy lemondrop-yellow colour, producing just under one finger of foamy, sparkling white-coloured head. Good retention; it seeps away at a slow, constant pace, requiring more than five minutes to subside into a generously-wide collar of bubbly foam, while also leaving behind a messy curtain of sticky lace. Tons of citrusy notes on the nose: lemonpeel, orange and grapefruit can all be distinguished, but everything beyond that is fairly muted. Some grainy, wheaty malt sweetness, apricot and floral hops also come through, but citrus fruits remain the most noticeable feature, even as the glass warms up.

Tasty stuff. A light, grainy, crackery, wheaty sweetness is about all that I'm able to pick out of the malt contribution, with the combination of Summit, Galaxy, Sorachi Ace and Mosaic hops resulting in a lively, somewhat fruit-forward flavour profile. Notes of apricot/peach and passion fruit are soon overrun by big citrus flavours of juicy orange along with zesty lemonpeel and astringent grapefruit pithiness. Finishes floral and grassy, with a slight hint of pine resin. Very dry aftertaste, which increases the urge to keep taking small sips quickly. Light-bodied; bordering on watery-thin, with peppy carbonation levels that produce a moderately crisp, and highly refreshing mouthfeel. Highly sessionable, despite its inherent lack of balance.

Final Grade: 3.97, on the high end of a B+. Within the last year or two, basically every brewery in the province has hopped onto the "session ale" bandwagon. I don't know how many of these sorts of ales I've had over the past summer, but suffice to say it was a large quantity. After reviewing so many light, hoppy pale ales, they can really start to blend together. Sawdust City's Golden Beach Pale Ale, however, is one of a handful that manages to really distinguish itself from the pack. Its hop bill impresses, and the resultant dry finish is actually very nice. I don't think I'd call this a true world-class beer, but by Ontario standards, it's really quite good and well worth a try.

Oct 11, 2015
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under the $3.00 mark for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for a minute or two before film out.

S- Good hops here. Nice grapefruit

T- Very light on the malt but the hops are high. Has a great all around flavor but not a wheat brew like the title says. More like a really great low alcohol IPA.

M- Dry and a touch watery.

O- I like this brew. It's refreshing and light so you can drink it on a hot summer day not like a heavy big bodied IPA.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went very well with....... Watermelon! The sugar hit this one and opened up the brew.


Oct 10, 2015
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byronic from Canada (ON)

2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a nice pale but cloudy yellow. Not much of a nose presence. A small hop presence and a tinge of bitterness followed by a dry grapefruit finish.

Apr 17, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Crooked Cue.

A - Very slightly cloudy pale yellow. Golden along the edges. Thin layer of white head.

S - Very light nose. Some sweet bready malts and lightly hopped pine and floral.

T - Decent bitterness up front. Mostly floral with some citrus. Sweet malts in the background. Wondering about freshness as I have had this once before (didn't review it) and I recall the hop profile to be much more pungent and full of citrus. Even the menu described citrus notes.

M - Light body. Slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O - I think this was a very old keg. Either that or my taste buds were off (had a clean palate though). I had this one before (also on tap) and remembered a very hoppy pale wheat ale along the lines of Gumballhead. I have adjusted my scores up to take this in to account. Based on this experience alone, this would have been closer to a 3 overall.

Oct 19, 2012
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Stouts. Every so often a beer is better than expected, as it is this time. Hazy yellow, soapy head. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy like a pale, a C-citrus hop taste.A kiss of tasrt and nice. Good drinkability, and more of a pale than a wheat ale.

Aug 23, 2012
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hopsolutely from Canada (ON)

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Introduced to this beer on tap at Bar Hop, and enjoying a second pint at C'est What. Not a fan of typical wheat beers, but this follows in the vein of Great Lake's Miami Weiss and is true "c hop” lover's delight.

Appearance is the only weak link - pours a pale, straw-coloured hazy yellow that's not at all pleasant to behold. However the aroma is stunningly "west coast" - pure citrus and pine resin - absolutely beautiful. Likewise in the flavour; a delightfully light ABV citrus and tropical fruit hopped ale.

Well done, Sawdust City! Can't wait until Gravenhurst becomes a place to visit...

Aug 04, 2012
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ritzkiss from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Burger Bar in Kensington. Light golden, cloudy appearance, thin head which leaves streaks of lace down the glass.

Really nice hopped up American wheat - lemon and grapefruit dominate with a faint hint of pine, moderate hop bitterness in finish that is quite resiny, light body which has a hint of cereal, a bit of the 'pillowy' effect I equate with wheat. Definitely a hop centred brew.

Refreshing and quenching, one of the best new Ontario offerings. Come summer I'm all over this.

Jan 12, 2012
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Burger Bar, into a pint glass. Listed at 4.8% ABV, hopped with Summit, Sorachi Ace and Galaxy - dry-hopped with Centennial. 25 IBUs, 3 SRM.

Poured a straw yellow with a golden tinge to it, finger or so of white head and some nice lacing. Nose is dry hopped nicely, Centennial comes through well. Ripe citrus notes, some orange pine, lemons and a touch of grass. Wheat is quite present as well. Taste has some sharp and dominant wheat notes, with some orange, lemon and more grassy/herbal qualities. Juicy hop notes. Lightly drying with a bit of grain in the finish. Moderate hop bitterness, with a medium high carbonation to match up nicely with it's light body. Continued solid efforts by this new brewery, can't wait to try the next release from these guys. Would've been nice to see this over the summer, certainly not a style I'm looking for in November!

EDIT: Had this again this summer (August 2012) and the recipe is much improved. A little less bitterness, a lot more hop flavour. Lots of tropical fruits. Deliciously yummy, hoppy and wheaty. Really an excellent American Pale Wheat.

Nov 23, 2011
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a moderately cloudy golden colour with a small white head. Lots of lacing.

Perhaps the beer was too cold, but I got very little aroma off of this. Nothing but faint hints of typical wheat malt scents. As it warmed a bit, the strongest scent that came through (still light) was cheddar cheese, of all things, along with a bit of bread. Faint, and what exists is not the best.

Taste is mildly bitter, rather soapy. Crisp wheat flavours. Some light sweetness balances the bitter. Banana flavours are present, as well as some bubble gum.

High carbonation level. A little irritating but not too bad. Light to medium body.

Overall, decent and enjoyable. but not great. Would have again but wouldn't hunt for it.

Nov 23, 2011
Golden Beach Pale Wheat from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 70 ratings