Golden One | Anthem Brewing Company

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Golden OneGolden One

Brewed by:
Anthem Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jaydoc on 10-20-2013

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 65
Reviews by russpowell:
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3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazed gold/pear color with much effervescence with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Nice lacing & below average head retention

S: Bready, yeasty,

T: Follows the nose, much phenols, & little bit of hay up front. Some coriander & faint lemon notes as this warms, plus yeasty notes in spades, plus a little green bananas. Finishes yeasty, dry with pears & hay

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Carbonation picks up once warm

This is drinkable, but not memorable, easily the worst of the first 3 beers these guys are canning

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3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of socon67
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast. Taste is apples, malts, hints of vinegar, light spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not the flavor profile I usually associate with this style, but a decent beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great casual beer

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3.72/5  rDev +9.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of champ103
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost a gusher as I open the can. A massive white head rises on a tiny pour. Once that settles, a cloudy golden color with some floating yeast suspended.
S: Phenolic spice, fruity esters and sweet candied sugar. That is pretty much it.
T: Again, that phenolic spice hits hard. Fruity esters and really sweet. The yeast is the entire show. Not that that is a problem, just one sided and nothing takes away from the nearly plastic like character and spice.
M/D: A light body, but super carbonated. Needs to be dry, and just a bit heftier. Not hard to drink. Enjoyable enough, but plenty of better examples.

Phenolic spice and sweetness is the main show. Not that this is bad, just middle of the pack and not something I would really seek out. Enjoyable for what it is, but ho hum.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In spite of the atrocious label art and design, I picked this one up locally here in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as a Belgian style blonde ale per the label.

CAN: 12 fl oz. Aluminum. Standard pull-tab.

7% ABV. Served cold into a pilsner glass. Expectations are above average; I quite liked the first (and only other) beer I had from Anthem.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Somewhat soft looking. Has an uneven consistency and a poor complexion. Not full or thick, but not weak or thin either. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - ~3-4 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent blonde. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment. Clearly filtered, which takes away from the Belgian vibe they're after. Yeasty cloudiness would make this look more alive and inviting.

Overall, it's a bit odd. Looks more like an American blonde ale than anything else.

AROMA: I'm put off by the pineapple - which is a note I detest in beer. Has a candied sweetness alongside blonde malts. There's really no identifiable yeast character apart from a hint of clove. The bubblegum hop profile seems inappropriate.

It's pretty uneven, and I'm reticent to take the first sip. They need to play up the Belgian yeast, throw in some leavening fresh wheat, clean up the hop profile, and maybe consider adding lemon or some kind of citrusy twang. The candied sweetness is too much. This aroma suggests a dull unevocative brew which isn't much of a Belgian and isn't much of a blonde.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Better than I expected, but nevertheless subpar. The bubblegum and pineapple in the hop profile are ruinous, eclipsing even the basic blonde malt backbone. It's too sweet - as predicted - and gains little from the candied sugary character it so prominently emphasizes. It isn't noticeably Belgian in character, lacking much in terms of a yeast profile, though I do get a bit of clove.

In short, it's poorly balanced and built. There's some cohesion here, but it never feels like a gestalt whole which is more than the sum of its parts. Not subtly executed. It should just be a straightforward clean refreshing brew with obvious blonde malt character, and if they really want to make it Belgian there needs to be more yeast presence. Lemon peel and/or cilantro wouldn't hurt either.

I'm not sure this recipe can be fixed. Even the basic hop selection is lacking, and the malt selection doesn't seem apt either. Needs a completely different grain bill.

TEXTURE: Clean, unrefreshing, and oddly medium-bodied, with unwelcome weight on the palate. It's too hefty and unwieldly, and the flavour profile doesn't require this much body to support it. Needs to be lighter and easier on the palate. This texture fails to elevate the beer. Overcarbonated to boot.

OVERALL: Why is a Belgian blonde coming in at 7% to begin with? This is overmalted and overhopped. The brewers would do well to focus more on balance and subtlety rather than big bold flavours. Contrary to the label's claims, it's neither beautiful nor complex, and I definitely wouldn't buy it again. The discerning drinker will be let down, and the typical beer enthusiast will forget it soon after trying it. Absolutely a below average brew. I'd recommend leaving it on the shelf.

Low C- (2.52)

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Golden One from Anthem Brewing Company
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