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O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The original beer from our brewery…a smooth golden ale with three types of barley, two varieties of hops and fresh Kolsch yeast. It’s cold-conditioned and carefully filtered for a clear, beautifully colored, delicious beer.

10 IBU

Added by maxpower on 12-26-2002

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Photo of RBorsato
4.32/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold and clear with a nice full off-white head, subtle carbonation, and spotty lace. Light hop, light fruity, and light malt aromas. Lightly sweet malt flavor dominates the profile with some fruitiness underneath. Light-medium bodied with a smooth character.

Seems to be a text book Kolsch ... not really my style though so not sure.

Per OB website: 3 types of barley, 2 varieties of hops, and fresh Kolsch yeast.

($2.69 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of dmowen
4.3/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very golden and pleasent color. Had about a inch of head that lasted a short time. Fairly good carbonation with a very small amount of lacing on the glass. Smells slightly sweet and slightly yeasty. Mouth-feel is good and to me goes down good too.
Tastes almost like a lager. I dicovered near the end of the glass that this beer gets better as it warms slightly. To me doesn't leave a bad after-taste either. I would most likely buy some again and would suggest giving it a try.

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Photo of tarrbaby
4.13/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer tastes more like an amber than a blonde. Color is a bright copper, also resembling ambers. Very high malt taste and smell- a hint of grapes, very low hops. A bit of a carbonation feel at the finish. Full flavor for a blonde. Very drinkable beer

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Photo of MTNboy
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Augusta beer festival.

Appearance: It is true to its name it has a nice golden color body. There is average lace and a frothy light tan head.

Smell: It has a very clean pure aroma. It is very mild for the most part but crisp with equal tones of hops and malt.

Taste: It is based on Kolsch and it stays true to that style. It has clean malty taste with just the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light with some slight fizz to the body.

Drinkability: Very refreshing.

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Photo of jdc8d8
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local brewer in my hometown.

Have had several times in bottle and on tap.

Owner Tony told me he was inspired by old style Budweiser, which was before my drinking days.

Has a nice bite from the grains used and a clean after taste.

Will order over any mass produced products on tap any day of the week.

Great job Tony!

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Photo of singletary
3.89/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank from a 12oz bottle, nice smooth taste. It was more malty than I had expected but that is what I prefer. No real after taste, nice drink for cooking out late in the day.

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Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Great gold color, nice head, not too much lacing.

S: Honey, malts, corn

T: Sweet malts, some honey, some malts. Corn seems to be there also. No real hop bitterness. Seems to be a Kolsch maybe? If not, it is damned close, and a good example of an "Americanized" Kolsch.

M: Super clean, slick, and clean.

D: Very drinkable. Low ABV, very refreshing. Hell of a step up from any BMC products. Sometimes a guy needs a break from big beers, and hop-bombs, and, this is the ticket. Really is CLOSE to New Glarus Yokel.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed 8 pack, but sadly amiss of the Smoked Porter, even though it says so on the box. What a crock!

Brewed with 3 types of barley, 2 varieties of hops and Kolsch yeast. Cold-conditioned and filtered.

Pours out to a clear orange, forming a soapy light yellow head which quickly recedes into nothingness within seconds, leaving no lace behind. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is sparse, but when swirled, exhudes sweetly husky crystal, munich, and pale malts with some faint floral hops and a clean ferment. Mouthfeel is odd at first...almost sour in it's bite, but then dissipates into a medium body. A bigger body than the 4.9% ABV would have you believe. The taste begins with sourness, almost as if it was a yeast by-product and the sourness of carbonation. No hops up front, then some grainy malt husk with moderate sweetness in the middle, and then a very mild bitterness in the end with a touch of hay. Cleanly fermented. Hops taste like Saaz or Hallertau.

Relatively easy to drink, but that sour mouthfeel takes me by surprise with every gulp. An odd, but decent brew.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with Julian date inkjetted on the neck.

This beer pours.. gold (!) with an 1/8" head that stays around until the finish. Smells good, like bready malt and mild hops. Tastes clean; the malt is a touch sweeter than the nose, and finishes with a dash of decent bitterness, smooth and inviting. All in all, a good beer - carbonated well, and easy to drink. Nothing to dislike, just may be a little boring for everyday consumption.

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Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Regal golden color...slight haze but this looks impressive and inviting

S-Nice freshly baked bread aroma...a little hint of vanilla and almond as well..

T-Not as impressive as the aroma leads you to believe but tasty none-the-less....moderately malty with a lightly bready impression...a little lemon peel citrus on the finish adds some zest.

M-Medium to light bodied...moderate carbonation...

D-A nice little golden ale...relatively flavorfull for the style. I'd buy this again..

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Photo of Realale
3.76/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gorgeous full gold, with just the slightest blush of color. 3/4 inch tight foam head settles slowly to a thin, complete cap. Very appetizing-looking pint.

Nose is subtle spicy hops with a rich bready maltiness underneath. Balance tilts fully towards malt on the palate, with a nice Kolsch-like fruitiness kicks in.

Quite light-bodied and flavored, but its well-balanced and there are lots of interesting things going on. Is this an all-barley brew? Perhaps a bit of wheat is in the grain bill. This would be a nice quaffer at the ballgame.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label has changed from the example picture ... pours a clear, clean light gold straw color with a white, rocky head. Sporadic lacing in the pint glass. Nose is of subtle fruity hops, sweet malt, and grains. Very delicate nose. Palate is similar in every respect, with easy going malt and hop character ... easy but not wimpy. The flavor is there. Pleasant fruitiness. Mouthfeel is light and the beer has ample carbonation. A good "American Blonde" in the Kolsch tradition. This is a beer to offer your macro-swilling friends. Non-threatening, but substantive. Solid.

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up from the brewery, this golden brew is from a 12 ounce bottle. The beer is pale, clear, and has a white head. Clean aroma of pale malt and slightly floral hops. The taste is moderately dry, with enough malt flavor to keep it interesting. Crisp finish. I've always liked cream ales.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.64/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really fizzy, golden colored and clear body. Not any head retention, but what I did see was off white, but totally vanished seconds after the pour.

Aroma wise it's pretty husky and grainy, along with a slight fruitiness. It actually reminds me a lot of a koelsch style beer.

The taste shares the traits of the aroma, except for a honey like flavor in the end.

This brew is crisp, light, and refreshing. Not a bad summer BBQ beer. Overall this beer isn't bad. If you would have told me this was a koelsch, I would have believed it.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden and crystal clear into a pint glass. Nice head formed immediately, but fell rather rapidly to almost nothing.

The nose is almost all malt. I smell no hops in here at all. It's just the earthy pale base malt smell. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

The taste does have a tinge of bitterness to it up front. That bitterness actually lingers longer than might be expected due to the fact the malt backbone isn't that strong. Considering this is a blonde ale, that's just about what you'd expect. The malt that is there is firm and clean, with just a slight hint of caramel (although my tongue may be playing tricks on me).

The mouthfeel is extremely light, again about what you would expect from a blonde ale. It isn't watery, however. Just thinnish.

This is an extremely drinkable ale, provided you know what you're getting yourself in to. It's an American Blonde, a style that is as much an introduction to craft beers as anything. It's a training wheels beer, if you will, for those who aren't deeply into craft brews, and want to try to move up from the macros they're used to. It would also make an excellent lawnmower brew. It's not going to have the character of an Imperial IPA, nor should it. For what it's supposed to be, it's dead-on. Nice, and one I'd recommend to any friends wanting to branch out into craft brews, or who think all craft beers are huge, dark, oily behemoths, unapproachable by mere mortals.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep golden color, clear otherwise, with a nice double finger of white head that receeds to a thin film atop the brew.

The smell is grainy malts and molases.

The taste is spot on for the sty;e. A nice grainy taste coupled with dark fruits, raisen and plum.

A creamy mouth feel, goes down smooth.

Not a bad beer, nothing overly dynamic about it but not something I would turn away.

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Photo of Chaz
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is rather subdued, with a slight hint of biscuity malt but none of the hop presence that we all seem to love hereabouts. Powers a hazy golden (chill haze in the summer heat, boyee!) in color with a medium-firm amount of carbonation. Not quite crisp and not quite medium-bodied, malty but with a nice lingering bitterness and . .. definitely lager-like (but with none of those pesky macro lager adjunct qualities) and reminiscent of a Kolsch. This one actually surprises me with its smooth and easy drinking nature, and it's definitely something I could session - perhaps this is the type of beer that I always wished Redhook Blonde would be @_@ ?!?

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle of this from bort11 in a recent trade. I am pouring a room temp bottle into a pint glass.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color with a bleached white head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a thin surface layer quickly.
The aroma is white grapes, grassy hops, grainy malt, some caramel and a bit of bready yeast.
The first sip reveals a lite body with very fine and fizzy carbonation that foams up greatly with a swirl around my mouth.
The flavor starts with some sweet caramel and white grape, moves to a bit of grainy malt and finishes fairly dry and a bit of grassy hop character. My mouth is very dry after each sip and urges me to drink more to remoisten my palate.
No hint of alcohol anywhere. I think this is a great summer beer and I will try the other bottle after being chilled in the fridge for a few hours.
A crisp easy drinker. Not bad.

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Photo of karst
3.59/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle no best by date < :20 sec head of course foam. Suspended floaties - sparce but noticable otherwise a clear gold tending towards bright copper.

Sweet inviting fruity aroma. Grainy almost lager-like taste with light hops and a German style Kölsch at the end. Light mouthfeel perfect for the style.

My guess is that it is pretty well constructed according to the American Blonde ale. The last blonde I had was full of diacetyl. Not so with OFallon Gold. Started at 40° F but this beer's taste peaks around 50° F.

From Granite City, Corral Liquors. Maybe a little past its best by date although I have kept is refrigerated as OFallon recommends.

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Photo of ahommell
3.59/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Head dissipates quickly... wasn't around long enough to really measure. I saw another reviewer commented the color as "urine" and I gotta say that it looks like urine if you have had a 3-4 day bender for sure. No lacing. opaque.

S: Grainy. Some citrus in there some where. Smell is crisp and light.

T: I taste more citrus that I expected. Tangerine almost. Grains are the obvious first flavor. Thick, yet a smooth light finish.

F: Very nice. I am surprised at the smoothness. It is very crisp on the finish. No alcohol burn at all.

O: I think this beer would be really good with any pubgrub... I'd especially pair it with pizza. Unremarkable for it's type, but overall it is more than pleasant. One of the better O'Fallon products.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.51/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a decent white head, with not much retention or lacing. Aroma is of slightly sweet malt and a bit of floral hops and fruitiness. Taste has a touch of the sweetness noted in the aroma nicely balanced with some hops towards the finish. Nothing to exciting here, as seems to be the case with the style. Might make for a nice summer session once in a while or a "crossover" for your macro drinking buddies, as there is definitely more flavor than a BMC but nothing overkill. Even though it is nothing too exciting, I thought it was good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apricot-amber with the body of the beer favoring the former and the margins favoring the latter. Occasional large-bubbled carbonation zips up to an average looking cap the color of old newspaper. It sticks around long enough to be polite, but rudely fails to deposit much of any lace. Not a bad look for a blonde; not great either.

Likewise the nose. Minimally toasted (if at all) pale malt combines with lightly spicy hops that probably originated in Deustchland. It all adds up to a by-the-numbers aroma that really makes no missteps even as it fails to impress. Might the flavor have more personality? I hope so.

Gold is a malt-first beer that tastes like a mixture of pale, caramel and Munich to me. Assuming I'm right, I'd shuffle the percentages a bit to see if I could come up with something a little more tasty. It's honeyish without being all that sweet and is barely hoppy at all. There appears to be enough ingredients on hand, they just don't result in anything exciting.

Warming fails to bring about anything of interest and as time passes, the beer loses what modest carbonation it had immediately after the pour. I don't mean to focus on Gold's negatives because it really is decent beer. It's just that it makes no moves to be anything better than decent. More hops might help, but then that's usually my suggested fix.

The body is solidly medium and even has a trace of creaminess about it. I guess there's a little life left in those bubbles after all. Although this isn't what I'd call a crisp, refreshing beer, it is satisfying it its own way. Actually, its strength might be in being paired with all manner of 'tailgate' foods. It sure beats the hell out of Missouri's better known beer for that purpose.

As a jack of all trades, O' Fallon's original beer isn't a bad choice for Midwesterners. As long as you don't expect to hit the mother lode and are satisfied with a few measly nuggets, Gold will get the job done.

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Photo of DCon
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO (Keg has a date of March 2011). Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed with other employees @ the Wolf.

Appearance- Very golden/yellow color with a clear base. Looks exactly like a Lager. 1 Finger of head dissipates quickly but then leaves bubbly lace on the sides.

Smell- great amount of grain, pale malt, and yeast. Not extraordinary and nothing like an American Blonde Ale... Let go for the taste

Taste- Has a great amount of malt and yeast taste like your average adjunct lager. There is a lot of rice and corn taste also as this beer is textured greatly. The Blonde Ale character is coming out more in the taste but still doesn't have the fruitiness or hops that I would like to see more of.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Lager-like (once again), and a small amount of carbonation. Has a warming, medium-like taste as it crosses my palate.

Overall- As O'Fallon Brewery has always been a huge part of the Wolf Public House (5-Day IPA, Wheach, Cherry-Chocolate, and more), we will always have this O'Fallon's Gold to give the audience their medium, easy tasting beer. There is nothing crazy or interesting about this beer but you can sure enjoy it with almost any meal and it is refreshing. Also an easy beer you can pound on after the next. Will be selling more and more of this as our weather is getting warming here in St. Louis, MO.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pure 14K or 18K golden color with a bright white head.
Aroma was light with some grass and hay and some light bread tones. Just a hint of some perfumed light hop oil.
Flavor was very pale malt and just a touch of caramel. Pretty sweet for a lighter style but tasty nonetheless. Thirst quenching.
Mouthfeel was light but balanced. Sweet, almost honey note creeps in the front but is cut by just the right amount of balanced hops to make solid.
Drinkability was above average. Definitely a light style but really a decent quaffing brew that I imagine is pretty solid on draught.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely gold in color, clear with a decent head and pretty good lace.

It's quite malty in smell and taste, more aromatic and flavorful than you'd expect from a blonde ale. Sweet with some grainy notes and a pretty good light to almost slightly medium body. It's not bad stuff at all.

Overall it's an easy afternoon beer for barbeque, watching football or even doing chores. Not too heavy and pretty easy to drink. Not bad.

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