Gold | O'Fallon Brewery

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O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
91
Avg:
3.16
pDev:
21.84%
 
 
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Photo of jokelahoma
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Erdinger2003
1/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dull appearance without head. Watery smell that roughly reminds me of beer, but I can't tell. Taste is lacking any flavor of beer. Bad without body, flavor, or taste. Mouthfeel was like sucking on water with a hint of beer. I could not have another one of these beers.

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Photo of Tang07
2/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As I travel around this great world I like to taste the local beers. Being that was in O'Fallon, I figured that I'd have an O'Fallon Gold.

That was probably not the best idea that I had today.

The beer poured into the pilsner glass and looked quite good; a nice rich darkish golden color. That is where this beer's good points ended. There was no smell to speak of and there was no taste to speak of. It has less flavor and body than say the St. Louis staple, Bud Light.

Weak head.

NO FLAVOR to speak of. If you concentrate, maybe you can detect a whisper of hops followed by a hint of malt.

I can't say that it tasted bad because it didn't taste like anything at all. It was a complete waste of time.

I guess that it's a beer for people who want to look like they are driking something good but don't really like the taste of good beer????

I'm not sure how this place stays in business. Maybe their other beers are OK. I wasn't really in the mood to keep experimenting after having this one.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
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 dmowen
4.3/5  rDev +36.1%
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 mynie
1.82/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Most of the time when I say a beer is gold I mean that it's just a nice shade of yellow. But this beer--this is GOLD. This is like enhanced, QVC jewlery kind of gold.

Smells weakly of simple malt. Very weak.

Tastes very much like it smells. Seltzer water up front, moving into a slight hint of sweetness, ending in the horrible malt of a macro. Mix Bud and club soda and this is what you get.

This is a pretty beer but that's it. Avoid.

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Photo of karst
3.59/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Vancer
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good looking pint – looked somewhat gold/amber with a nice whitish head, but I was in a darkened Timber Creek Bar & Grill. Faint malty aroma. First taste in the mouth was fairly grainy, and balanced with the hops. But, I agree with a couple other reviews, this beer has a strange and not pleasant finish – a kinda funky, bready, almost reminding me of an old stale lager. Maybe just my taste, but I only had 2 pints and switched to something else.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dull golden in color, clinging yet tiny head. A massive toasted wheat bread aroma, grains and fresh honey. Very thin and carbonated, but a masked offering of flavors. A sweet blast of honey noticed up front, rather thin bodied, cereal like sweetness. Barley flakes and some oats noticed in the body. A sweetness that is just too much. The flagship brand? Come on. It’s time to re-tag a different franchise player and/or stick to the seasonal offerings.

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Photo of Redrover
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one while attending a industry event in St. Lois. I must admit I was glad to see some choices besides AB products.

Beer was a nice gold with a decent head.

The smell was on the lighter side, some fresh bread, hints of hops and a little grass. Not bad, but not assertive enough.

The taste was slightly skewered to the sweet side of the spectrum. The hops seemed to be subdued until about ½ way through the beer. They then added some nice floral taste and bit of balance.

Mouthfeel was slightly thin, but the carbonation seemed spot on for this beer, The beer was easy to drink in a non-threatening way. While not a top notch beer, it was not to bad and I would have another.

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Photo of winomark
2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a ncie meduim golden color with a wispy, bone-white head.

Aroma: Somewhat sweet nose, with a somewhat grainy focus.

Taste: Lots of carbonation supports a fairly weak palate. Some hops and malt, but nothing distinct.

Mouthfeel: Thin and slightly watery. Short palate with a nonexistent finish.

Drinkability: Quite ordinary, with nothing special to show. Won't try again.

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Photo of Realale
3.76/5  rDev +19%
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 maxpower
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden-yellow color, small white head, light floral aroma. Light grainy flavors with some honey flavor in the finish, light bodied, crisp and clean, not a bad light ale, light and refreshing taste.

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