Gold | O'Fallon Brewery

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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 sixerofelixir
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
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 jdc8d8
4/5  rDev +26.6%
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 katan
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - pours a deeper golden color. Very clear, filtered. Head formation about nil. Bubbling is light.

S - A light malty sweetness comes through. Perhaps just a bit of grain or wheat huskiness.

T - Starts off with a combination of a astringent grainy note and a straight 2 row sweetness. Mid-stream shows little hopping, or even bitterness. Finishes with a bit more of that grainy bite. A fairly monotone beer.

M - Moderate beer body. Little carbonation bite, comes off flat at times - or creamy depending on how it goes down.

D - Seems very drinkable. Flavors are really not in your face. ABV is manageable. Not filling due to its light carbonation.

In general a very indistinctive beer.

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Photo of colts9016
2.69/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer from Mandy, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A golden blonde yellow color. There was a one finger ivory head. The head dissipated very quickly.
There are a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.

Nose: A moderate sweetness with some fruity esters.

Taste: A moderate amount of malty sweetness, there are some fruity esters and some bready/toasty on the end.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and tad dry. The body of the medium light, and the finish has an odd after taste that is offensive. This beer represents it style pretty good. There are few things that I don't like, there is this odd phenol/solvent flavor.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Jan 2009.

Poured in shaker pint glass. Small white head, well carbonated. Clear bright gold color. Smells lightly of malt and some metallic earthiness. Starts with a touch of sweet grain. Somewhat tart like unsweet grapes, unripe stone fruit. Powdery mouthfeel in finish. Thin water body.

Would not get this again.

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Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
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 Tone
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color. Decent head (more than 1/4 inch) with poor retention and only slight lacing. Smells a lager with a slightly sweet wheat aroma. Fits the style. Tastes of a lager with a sweet wheat background. Overall, a vast improvement after drinking PBR, Old Style, Schlitz, etc...

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Photo of MTNboy
4.07/5  rDev +28.8%
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 birchstick
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - golden in color, as its name suggests, with a nice head.
S - definite wheat tones, some sweeter malts, a bit of lemon as well
T - a tad bit of malts, followed by a honey and citrus blend, which is followed by a huge wheat presence that overshadows everything else.
MF - very, very smooth
D - this is okay, not my favorite wheat beer, but it's okay.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy orange-blond color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of light caramel, and sugary berries. The taste is mildly fruity with a grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. It has enough flavor and aroma, but is quite one-dimensional and boring.

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Photo of russpowell
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Some lacing & no head retention

S: Cereal & a bit of lemon

T: Lemony & some grainyness & biscuitty malt up front. Honey & lemon as this warms in light doses. Finishes grainy with some citrus hops

MF: Light bodied, a bit watery with low carbonation

Drinks alright, maybe one to wean folks off of BMC, otherwise, pass

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Photo of brewgetter
2.21/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Beer pours a very nice golden color, a little lacing in the head, maybe a little watery though, doesn't stay around for long. Smell is yeasty and malty, reminds me of a halfway drinkable macro, maybe MGD. Taste follows suit, nothing that good about it, leaves that macro feeling in your mouth, bleh.

I realize that a lot of breweries feel they need to make a beer like this to attract the BMC crowd, but for me, it turns me off from this brewery. I bought all of their regular brews and am hoping it gets much better from here.

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Photo of merlin48
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear golden amber body with a small offwhite head that leaves some spiderweb lacing on the glass. Aroma has some bready caramel malt and vague floral fruitiness. Medium body and carbnation. Taste is earthy and spicy hop bitterness and a balancing sweet malt backbone. Not bad, but rather pedestrian.

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Photo of BeerZack
2.52/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle; more elaborate label that the one pictured

Orangey-straw color with a thin ring of white bubble, no lacing.

Smells sweet and slightly bready.

Not much taste, light caramel.

Very watery mouthfeel, besides the carbonation sting.

I wouldn't normally buy this beer anyway (was brought back from a roadtrip by my brother), but I won't be buying or drinking it again. Very light, very watery and trace hops- almost tastes like an Non-Alcoholic beer.

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Photo of Taipans
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this a few times on tap and from the bottle. This review was from the tap at the "Texas road house" bar and grill in O'Fallon.

A- Dark Amber, clear, carbonated. Once I got it the head was gone so I am not sure how much appears at pour.
S- Smells pretty plain, possibly a touch of sweetness
T- Good overall taste, very typical for the style. Light hoppyness followed by a touch of maltiness.
M- Light bodied and smooth, good carbonation
D- Easily drinkable, maybe I am partial since its a local brew but its not bad.

Overall I like O'fallon brewerys beers, this one is a simple light ale that goes down easy.

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Photo of shadow1961
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

O'Fallon Gold pours a lofty head that collapses quickly over a clear amber brew.
Carbonation is pretty sedate, and the nose is lager yeast and malt. The flavor is
light barley malt up front with a hint of some kind of hop in the finish. Barley grain
in the aftertaste. Might have been interesting if it was hopped a bit more. Got it 'cause
it was part of a variety pack. You win some, you lose some. Not competent enough.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Mitchster
3.82/5  rDev +20.9%
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 RedChrome
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden in color and crystal clear. Absolutely zero head developed. Quick moving but sparse streams of carbonation. Only a few spots of lace.

A weak blend of yeast and malt. A second sip has a subtly fruitiness that has a distinct presence of strawberries over other fruits. Minimal hops bitterness.

Extremely yeasty taste hit the tongue strong. A light strawberry taste is hidden in the back of the taste. Lack of any hops presence keeps this too sweet.

Just an average thickness in the mouth. Carbonation abounds on the tongue and tingles all the way down.

Just above average. This one would wash down summer picnic food nicely. A definte beer to enjoy in a session if you want something without a lot of bitterness.

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Photo of zeff80
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured out an orange/gold color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grains and yeast.

T - Tasted very sweet and of grains.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A very light-bodied brew.

D - It was an okay blonde. Not something I'd rush out to buy again, but not bad.

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Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
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 Bighuge
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep golden. Thin off white head. Lace is spotty. Nice nose. Floral aromatics with some fruitiness. Light bready malts are noticeable. Pretty basic flavor profile. Some sweet grainy like malts. A little fruitiness. Hops are barely perceptible. This is o.k.

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Photo of xav33
2.59/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

O'Fallon Gold
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a goblet
Recent bottling, prospected 11/06

Poured a clear dirty gold (orange and brown tints on yellow) with a white fizzy quickly diminishing head.

Smelt of light perfume and grass hops with light malt tones.

Taste was upfront light bittersweet biscuit and perfume hops followed by a light bitter dirty grain on a short finish. Palate was light bodied, watery and fizzy.

Overall, its too watery and simple to be sipped on and enjoyed. I'm disappointed I had to get a glass dirty for this one. A tasty summer quencher straight out of the bottle, at best.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Gold from O'Fallon Brewery
3.16 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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