Gold Road | Mother Road Brewery

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Brewed by:
Mother Road Brewery
Arizona, United States
motherroadbeer.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by denver10 on 03-18-2013

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Reviews:
13
Ratings:
48
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
21.76%
 
 
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by Auraan:
Photo of Auraan
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy yellow, with a thin ring of white lacing. It looks okay, but not quite as bright and clear as a kolsch usually does. Nose has fruity aromas and hints of dry grain. It's okay, it doesn't repel you that's for certain. Taste begins with grain husk and goes into German hops and some wheat cracker. The finish is dry. It's crisp and clean, without a great deal of complexity. It's pretty good for a kolsch. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. It's pleasant, making the beer easy to drink. Overall it's a nice kolsch, similar to most other examples of the style I've tasted. Not bad.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Kolsches and pilsners really know how to capture the beauty of a beer and Mother Road's rendition is no different. This glowing golden beer with crystal clarity, robust carbonation and a wispy and foamy pale white head are a treasure to look at. The scattered lace makes my mouth water to look at. Beautiful. 5

Light fruit notes suggest berries or wine grapes. They're ever so subtle. There's a pleasant floral bouquet and a sweet mineral quality that all combine to appeal to the nose. 4.25

The flavor here doesn't quite capture the magic of the appearance and smell. The malt flavor imparts some honey and sweet flavor but also a bit of cardboard taste. Floral hop flavor and a touch of fruitiness find their way to my palate and I actually find myself rethinking my initial distaste. 3.5

Drinks light and mostly clean. Easy to finish. One bottle went down very, very quickly. 3.5

A nice brew. Killing a sixer wouldn't be a problem at all.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, and the first Arizona-based brewery to make it up to (now) snowy Alberta, a general reversal of the typical travel flow, as it were.

This beer pours a clear, rather bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, somewhat chunky, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some wan cannonball splash lace in places around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of grainy, gritty pale cereal malt, juicy red apple and Bartlett pear fruit, a wee earthy yeastiness, and pleasantly sedate leafy, floral, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is bready, faintly doughy pale malt, wet breakfast cereal, stale (I know, it can't really be) honey, muddled pome and stone fruit, and a still good to go earthy, leafy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its plain and underdeveloped frothiness, the body on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and generally smooth, just the hops, weirdly, stepping on the roses a bit too heavily here. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, as the malt continues to bleed out, and the hops and lingering fruitiness consider ordering another round.

Overall, a somewhat Americanized version of this venerable Teutonic style - the fruitiness is kind of pushy, and the hops, while mostly agreeable, seem a little out of sorts at times. Anyways, easy enough to drink, and even easier to forget about, and I mean that in a good way.

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Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nothing special, seemed disjointed & too fruity

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one night with dinner while in Sedona, and liked it enough to have it again the night after. Good body and taste for the ABV.

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Photo of ClayO
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of dd43
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nicely malty as a kolsch should be, and yet light crisp and drinkable. Refreshing and sessionable for sure at sub 5% ABV. Mild lemon in the flavor, but not tart. Also some cantelope. Malts are bready and have a kiss of sweetness.

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Photo of Lawnboard
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chefbigjon
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light yellow hue with a small head that fades into virtually no lacing. Smells rather basic but also inviting. First taste it was just okay, rather basic and lacking complexity, however, by the end of the pint I was glad that I tried it. Not all beers have to be complex in order to be good. This beer, while simple, was very satisfying for me. In fact, I really enjoyed it. It's a light-bodied beer and is crisp and refreshing for hot summer days. I recommend trying it if you come across it. Mother Road is a great brewery and this beer is satisfactory.

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Photo of cbutova
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Live review at our campground in Colorado Springs, CO. Random grab at Haugh's in Flagstaff, AZ.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle comes a pale golden bodied brew with just a bit of haze. White fluffy foam crowns the beer to about half a finger with decent retention. A medium ring remains leaving spotty lace around the glass.

S- Light cereal grain and sweetness comes from the malts with just a bit of cracked grain aroma as well. Pale fruits mostly like apple come to mind but not much else, it is a Kolsch after all.

T- This Kolsch rides a balance between a few main flavors for me. It is not exactly mild but simplicity describes it. Light fruit esters like apple and slight unripe pear are the emphasis paired with cereal grain malts and spicy hops. Yeast bread also comes to mind.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a substantial foamy slightly creamy texture that holds the beer together. Carbonation is fairly high but works out with the flavors at hand.

For me the main theme is apple and pear light fruit esters paired with cereal grain malts. There is nothing in your face about it but that is Kolsch for you I suppose. Perhaps a bit too much from the yeast but I think overall it is nice.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JohnCassillo
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dave2234
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Livendadream
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickyG213
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of zherriott
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mactrail
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Quite a yellow color, not the usual golden to amber shades. An average head that dissipates before long, but attractive enough for awhile. Pleasantly carbonated in the mouth. A little slicker than others in this style. Not much aroma.

A dirty, scratchy sort of flavor. Whatever these hops are, they don't give any sense of the Kölsch perfumey hoppiness. A slight biterness. This isn't a really bad beer, but for the Kölsch category it's wildly overshadowed by so many vastly better examples. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Gold Road from Mother Road Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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