Goldencold Lager | Susquehanna Brewing Company

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Goldencold LagerGoldencold Lager

Brewed by:
Susquehanna Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by undeadozzy on 06-12-2012

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on tap, into a Susquehanna Brewing Company pint glass, at the Holiday Inn’s Bistro in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It showed a metallic yellow sheen, holding a two finger head of high and tight white foam. This left sheeted, slotted lacing to cover virtually the entire glass, following a medium retention. No haze or sediment was noted, while carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave notes of cooled skim milk, lemon skin, seed, and juice, powdery ale yeast, Styrofoam, unsalted cashew butter, cheap adjuncty pale malts, cereal grain, fermented and browned apple sugars, cardboard, white rice, raw popcorn kernels, soured white flour mash, tamari, clay, and anciently aged tobacco. Through the taste, we experienced wet cereal grain, raw eggplant and white onion, unsweetened Rice Krispie treats, wheaty dog food grit, burnt table pretzels, caramel corn, pork fat, lemon and lime rind, pale malt dust, hearty tinny yeastiness, light vodka booziness, cork, denim, and commercial white grape juice sugars. The body was on the lighter side of medium, with quickly fizzling higher carbonation to match. Slurp and smack off the lip were wet, thinned, and generally detracted from the experience, while cream or froth were essentially absent. The mouth was left cooled, prickled, zested, and thinly coated otherwise, but this quickly bled away into a chalky dryness. The abv was easy, and drinkability was only okay, despite the lightness.

Overall, it was clear that this was Susquehanna’s “BMC”, “for-the-masses” beverage. For the style, however, it drank much more thickly than most, and was, generally, more robust in flavoring. A robust flavor does not a better beer make. In this case, it actually makes it a bit harder to stomach, as the corn and metallic adjuncty bulkiness tend to overwhelm the drinker. This is not a phenomenal beer by any stretch of the word, but I think we can safely say that we would prefer it over the Miller Lite that is tapped right next to it, any day.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. packaged 3/21/18, so about 3 weeks old.

pale golden yellow body, some carbonation, but head dissipates to nothing rather quickly, despite a fairly aggressive pour. hence, no lacing.

aroma is quite strong in maltiness.

hmmmm... this is a mild, crisp, clean flavor. slightly sweet, a mere suggestion of bitterness. initially tingly around the tongue. quite enjoyable.

mouth is around medium, finish is malty and slightly sweet.

overall, extremely sessionable, drinkable beer. I could see slamming these all day long on a hot summers day, and usually, pale lagers aren't my bag at all. lack of a head is the only knock on this one. kudos, SBC.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Oberson58
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

This shit is good. It tastes like Pennsylvania

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of dacrza1
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Date: July 10, 2015... Glassware: 22 oz. pilsner... Occasion: craftbrew showdown--Susquehanna Goldencold vs. Victory Helles... Appearance: clear, golden body with steady but sparse effervescence; white head is spongy, with large gaps separating as it settles; the final formation is thin, solid and likable .... Aroma: hay and cereal malts begin the profile; bubblegum and soft floral aromas suggest a lightly hopped offering; some grainy, blanketed scents are also present.... Palate: a bit south of medium-bodied, but slightly weightier than soft; the rush to the throat is obvious, but the frontal fizziness is appreciated; the aftertaste lingers long enough to be enjoyed; a slight bitterness draws a subtle balance... Taste: a balanced approach here, with the sweet and bitter in a light-footed dance that doesn’t inspire or detract from the experience-- slightly metallic hops, slightly doughy finish; some spice and variation late; a bit beefier than the Victory Helles... Overall: a lager that knows what it’s intended to do, and it fulfills its promise of thirst-quenching without fanfare; picked up at a make-a-six at Wegman’s, and happy for it; will not win any awards, IMO, but will make an afternoon more enjoyable, for certain...

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Photo of Dawkins
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Susquehanna Brewing Co. "Goldencold Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Look: The body is straw gold in color with fingerprint-through-the-glass clarity. The bright white head pours a finger-thick cap and then slowly settles down to a thin but solid surface covering. Torn sheets of lace rise up from the surface and hold quite well as you work your way through the glass.

Smell: Clean. Gently sweetish and grainy malt with a soft apple-like fruitiness from the yeast and some floral and lightly herbal hops.

Taste: As the aroma suggests. The graininess of the Pilsner malt, the light fruitiness of the yeast, and the floral, herbal, lightly spicy and even subtly minty hops work together quite well. It's balanced by a median to moderate bitterness (around 20 IBUs) that brings it to a mostly dry conclusion where the malt and fruit steadily fade leaving only swirls of lingering hops behind.

Feel: Medium leaning towards medium-light in body and delicately crisp with a fine-bubbled median carbonation that softens to become smooth across the tongue.

Overall: Quite impressive. Had this come from Germany or the Czech republic I'm sure it would receive more notoriety. It's a little less bitter than expected, but there are pilsners in Bavaria that are softer, and it still works. Some more hops for flavor and aroma might be nice as well, and less yeasty fruitiness, but the malt component is hard to argue against. As it stands it's quite enjoyable, and slightly unique (because why just replicate a beer that already exists?). Nicely done. Massively drinkable.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/26...bright but light gold. White bubbly foam on top. Small straw and hay nose. Subtle citrus. Rich malty lager flavor, some sweetness. Light, easy, good flavor profile. Simple and subtle.

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Photo of Bouder32
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some grains. Taste is crisp, clean, malts, some hops at the finish, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a fine session beer.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdillon86
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of pinyin
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served 36F into a 16 ounce perfect pint tumbler. No bottle dating.

Straw clarified light copper orange.

Light biscuit malts, yeast, melanoidins, and some slight esters on the nose.

Nutty, malty, cookie dough, biscuit malts, and yeasty.

To Susquehanna's credit here, this lager is very well balanced, and didn't seem to drop off in the bottle, although there is no bottle date or dating on the packaging, so as the consumer, I have no idea how old the the product is, which is why won't be purchasing anything from the brand again, unless they start bottle dating.

Goldencold is your standard fare German inspired Pennsylvania lager. It competes with Victory Helles, Sly Fox Helles, Penns Best Penndmonium and Stoudt's Gold. I will say that out of all he aforementioned, Goldencold is the most dry, and is is the least sugary which is a very positive attribute for a lager. It reminds me a lot Victory Helles, only it doesn't pack as much punch in the flavor department. Some purists may appreciate that. I wish that this lager was cloudier with less filtration. Overall very solid craftsmanship and recipe, but I will not revisit the brand until they decide to bottle date their products (not enjoy by date).

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of philc4
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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