Koch's Golden Anniversary Beer | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Koch's Golden Anniversary BeerKoch's Golden Anniversary Beer

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 07-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of Dantes
1.06/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am writing my first review of a beer on this site, and I've chosen Koch's GA for sentimental reasons. On my first day at university, 3 of my floormates and I walked to Collegetown looking to buy beer for a small party we were hosting that night to get to know our classmates. We got to the store, where my new friend quickly saw the Koch's, which was in a fancy gold-tone carton with gold foil-topped bottles. It was unbelievably cheap (although now I don't remember exactly what it cost), and we bought 8 cases, which was all we could carry back. I was reluctant to get it although I was not suggesting we buy something expensive (I was a Bass drinker then), but I was hoping for some Labatt's or Molson. My friend said, "How bad can this be?" The answer: VERY BAD. This is without a doubt the worst beer I have ever had (including Iron City and Utica Club). In fact, during fraternity initiation, we were required to buy 3 cases of the worst beer we knew of, and drink it all under decidedly uncomfortable circumstances. Of course, we bought the Koch's GA. Anyway, none of our guests seemed to mind, though it was tough finishing off the last bottles and I ended up with a killer hangover. My new (and still great) friend still has one bottle from the original cases for posterity. I still see it (in cans) on shelves here on occasion and smile.

As noted: looks like a standard American lager. Sour, grassy smell with a thin, metallic and acidulous taste. Astringent finish. I can't see how Michelob Ultra could be worse. Makes Coors taste like Krug in comparison.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Jason
3.13/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz can with no freshness date to be found. $5.69 a 12-pack at Kappy’s in East Boston, MA.

Appearance: Good lacing even though the head is lacking a bit, crystal clear golden straw color.

Smell: Spicy husk, minute hops and more grain in the back of the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mildly astringent but not offensive, the bite comes from mostly grain husk yet there is some hop bitterness. Very light on the malt with signature corn flavors … an American mass-produced beer trait.

Notes: A well rounded cheap lager, right up there with Schlitz and PBR. I paired and cooked with it, roasted curried chicken with red potatoes and carrots.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Well, what can I say two bucks for a sixer. It has to be shittier than all of the other marketed beers right? Well, that's what I thought I much rather drink this adjunct ridden American light lager than Bud, Miller, or Coors. If I wasn't broke right now I wouldn't ever want to drink this swill but, for a party this is an easy drinking true golden in color lager. The highly carbonated white head is leaving some lace, but overall the appearance is not that impressive except for the fact they got a golden color going on rather than yellow fizzy we have golden fizzy. The aroma is a very faint sweetness with really no hop aroma, but at least it smells sweet and rather pleasant. The taste is this beer's selling point no hard core off flavors, but this is a cheaply made beer that uses cereal grains to produce their beer. It works I could drink this stuff again if my only desire is to buy a couple sixers to recieve a buzz and for that it serves a purpose. The mouthfeel is thin bodied and highly carbonated.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pale yellow with a few strands of straw. Lots of bubbles with a light slobbering of lacing

S: grains, corns, light hops of floral and grass whiffs

T: a few husks of corn and a handful of barley malt. Keeps a clean profile with no real skunk or powerful adjunct sourness. Otherwise it has the usual macro/adjunct flavors in a tasteful manner. No hops on the palate...

M: light, clean, with some favorable flavors. Has a good mouthfeel, not all that bad

D: good drinking adjunct

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer actually won a gold medal at the GABF! Of course, it was early on in the GABF's career when not as many beers were entered. The light-straw gold appearance is crystal clear and gives a fairly good looking head which actually keeps some lace throughout. But the appearance is all this beer offers. The aroma offers no hop. I'm not surprised by that. The company advertises it as "moderately hopped", but also goes on to note that it uses a blend of Pacific Northwest and imported hops. Hmmm? What aroma is there is earthy, minerally, and has some vegetal in the background. They also advertise that it is brewed with select 6-row barley and "grains" - my guess is corn. Based on the malt character I'd guess that's alot of corn. A very average brew.

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Photo of beerluvr
1.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Saw this in the singles section at my local beer joint and thought "why not"? Poured into the glass with an actually decent white head that soon collapsed over clear pale yellow liquid. The nose is of adjuncts (corn, rice or both, I'm not sure) and weak watery malt with a very brief hop aroma that's soon overcome by said adjuncts. The taste was as expected, weak, watery, and nothing spectacular at all...just fizzy blandness. Finishes up blah and uninspiring to say the least. Pass on it.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
1/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Biermeister
2.29/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is not a refined quality beer but sometimes you need a "chug a lug" lager to quench a thirst. What do you expect for $2.75 a 6 pack? I do not like the unnatural foam head that has a chemical quality to it. I still think this is a surprising value.

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Photo of bierman2000
1.33/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

One of the worst beers in the world. No wonder its so cheap. No body. Lousy, bitter taste and just an awful example of beer. Period. Good for watering the lawn or something but not drinking. Why they still make this is unknown to the me and the rest of the world.

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Photo of tone77
2.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of corn. Taste is missing for the most part. Crisp but flavorless. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall the only redeeming quality here is the cheap price tag.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.75/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had never seen this one before but what the heck right I might as well give it a shot. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 10/28/2009.
The pour was about what I would have expected. Golden hay colored with a big white head of foam on top that really fizzled out quite quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbling up from the surface throughout the session as well. Aroma of light corn, light grain, and light all around, in fact I found myself searching for anything at all really after just but a few minutes. Flavor was about the same, muted hops if any at all loaded on top of a lot of corn and grain flavor. Quick hitting with no aftertaste and a light and non existent body. Drinkable but falls into the you can do better category. Overall I have had much better and much worse.

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Photo of kkmiller76
1/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
1.97/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass.

A: pale straw color, fizzy white head.

S: smells like corn and rice. And a bit of alcohol.

T: a little citrus flavor and typical macro flavors. It's a mix between being tasteless and having better taste than your other crappy light beers.

M: fizzy watery, light body.

O: not the worst macro, but not too great either.

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Photo of plaid75
2.81/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear light straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light and mildly sweet husky adjunct grain with a slight grassy hop.

The taste was light but mildly flavorful. Some boiled corn flavor, but otherwise a decent grain profile. Light hops freshen the taste up.

The mouthfeel was clean and very light. A mild creaminess as well.

Overall a very drinkable lower tier macro. Pretty good for what it is.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

To quote a previous reviewer, "this beer is a turd."

Clear, dehydrated, first piss of the morning yellow with a decent head (for a macro lager).

Smells and tastes like Red Bull. With hints of Papa Gino's spaghetti and meatballs thrown in. Really.

At $3.29 a six pack I was curious. That this beer won a medal at The Great American Beer Festival is proof that every beer has won some award at some point. This was a suitable beer for a canoe trip down the Saco. That's about it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, adjuncts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out just like any other beer in the style with an adjunct and light malt sweetness and the breadiness of grain and barley. The hops presence is very mild even for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and kind of smooth, light body, heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily since there isn't much to it, not too filling, in a style where I find it difficult to distinguish one beer from the next I suppose this beer is as good or bad as any other in it. Overall, it's not a beer I would pick unless I were looking for something inexpensive and didn't have very many options.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.74/5  rDev +67.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought to you in a brown 40 oz bottle with a label that states
" A Great American Beer"
Now this is what I have to say about that...
This brew is very nice, I expected very little and was very pleasantly surprized.
The appearance is exceptional. The colour was a deep yellow with a crown of two fingers leading to a large frothy lace, ring and mountainous glass cling.
The aroma is a little grainy.
The body is a medium.
The carbonation is unbelievably light.
The taste is that of a very well balanced brew starting ever so lightly to the malts and finishing equally to the hops.
This is an exellent buy for the buck, a very well priced lawn mower beer.
Makes me long for my college days.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.92/5  rDev +75.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now, I am not a major fan of macro lagers... I drink them, but am not thrilled by them. However, this one surprised me. Now, that being said, I will grade this against the style... so it will have scores higher than if I graded it against my own personal tastes.

This one was an average yellow brew, but it had a four finger, white head in my pint glass. AMAZING for a macro lager, if short-lived.

Aroma was primarily of malt. Also a surprise. Grains were there, but hid in the background. And was that a hint of hops? Noticeable hops in a macro, and not skunky? Wow!

Taste was a little fruity and a little malty. Grains were present, and the light hops were still there. Much better than a standard macro.

Mouthfeel was average... not too thin, but not bold either.

Drinkability... hell, a 1 pint can for 80 cents? Cheap, and better than many macros. Yeah, I'll give it good marks.

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Photo of mirish72
1.83/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Golden Anny was the beer of choice my sophmore year in college, largely because you could get a case for under $10. I cannot give an accurate count of how many of these bad boys I managed to drink that year, but it was a number that was much higher than my GPA.

I always saw this for what it was, really cheap swill that you could drink all night without leaving you with a hung over so bad you couldn't do it again the next night and the next. This is fraternity hazing beer, pure and simple.

I feel bad for someone that still has to drink this, it would mean that they're still in college in Western MA and they are entering year 19 of college.

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Photo of BrewtusTheBeer
1.75/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Omniscia
2.15/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What looks like Schweppes, smells like a livestock feed store, and tastes like liquified corn flakes? Koch's Golden Anniversary.

Don't approach this brew expecting new heights of flavor, or anything even remotely resembling character. It's just a step or two above Coors Light in this regard. You won't find much to keep you coming back.

That said, at about $5 a 12-pack (thank you, Shaws), it's far cheaper swill than the Silver Bullet. If you must have a cheap, unassuming "lawnmower" beer, this is much more cost-effective than the macros.

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Photo of roastbeefdinner
1/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of IrishRedRock
1.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well this certainly was a find at the packy. My buddy and I were digging around in the crap beer section and found a case of this lying on the bottom. We started laughing hysterically and said, "Oh yeah we have to buy this crap."

So anyway, the Golden Anniversary beer. I must say to, the case says something about this beer winning some award in 1987. Come on, live in the now!!
Right, the beer...clear yellow, no head. Smells like rotten veggies. Tastes just like any other American macro lager, mild maltiness, very watery. We bought it because it was cheap and humorous. That's probably the best, and only, reason there is.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.35/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A step above the typical mass made macro lager. Poured out to a clear golden color with a short lived head of foam. Some notes of lace. Medium high level of carbonation. Aromas are light and grassy, hinting at malt and adjunct additives. Taste is suprisingly nice; very refreshing clean malts, some sweet grain, a touch of corn. Nothing great, but not offensive or undesireable. Mouthfeel was watery, and the carbonation didn't carry over well to the palate. Better than normal drinkability when it comes to macro lagers. Worth a try. I like the retro can. Simple, classic, devoid of flashy graphics or photos. Special thanks to conneticut poet for securing the specimen.

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Koch's Golden Anniversary Beer from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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