Golden Beach Pale Wheat | Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Golden Beach Pale WheatGolden Beach Pale Wheat

Brewed by:
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jrenihan on 11-23-2011

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by cfalovo97:
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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Photo of Easton70
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ63
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big citrus nose. A bit grassy in the mouth, but a solid, dry finish.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WeizenMike
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.


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Photo of StormAles
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedAleMan
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Mousel
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of bixby1971
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brody1714
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byronic
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Golden Beach Pale Wheat from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 67 ratings